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  • Quidditch Through the Ages

  • By: J.K. Rowling, Kennilworthy Whisp
  • Narrated by: Andrew Lincoln
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

A perennial best-seller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School Library, Quidditch Through the Ages contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules - and the breaking of the rules - of the noble sport of Quidditch. Packed with fascinating facts, this definitive guide by the esteemed Quidditch writer Kennilworthy Whisp charts the game's history from its early origins in the medieval mists on Queerditch Marsh through to the modern-day sport loved by so many wizard and Muggle families around the world. With comprehensive coverage of famous Quidditch teams, the commonest fouls, the development of racing brooms, and much more, this is a must-have sporting bible for all Harry Potter fans and Quidditch lovers and players, whether the weekend amateur or the seasoned Chudley Cannons season-ticket holder.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing! Wonderful! Absolutely incredible!

  • By Anonymous User on 16-03-18

Hold out for the World Cup stuff

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-18

The narrator of the main book seems to love the sound of his own voice. Just wait for the World Cup stuff though; especially the interplay between Ginny and Skeeter. Without the vocal talents of these two actresses, the reading would have been decidedly average. Maybe even a bit smug.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier

  • By: Mark Frost
  • Narrated by: Annie Wersching
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

The return of Twin Peaks is one of the most anticipated events in the history of television. The subject of endless speculation, shrouded in mystery, fans will come flocking to see Mark Frost and David Lynch's inimitable vision once again grace the screen. Featuring all the characters we know and love from the first series, as well as a list of high-powered actors in new roles, the show will be endlessly debated, discussed, and dissected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect fan service

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-11-17

Superbly written, but frustratingly curt

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-17

With the entire dossier clocking in at around two hours worth of listening time, this return to Twin Peaks is as frustratingly selective as its televised counterpart. imagine being given the most decadent box of chocolates, only to find half of them are missing. I suppose it was foolhardy of me to expect a sense of narrative completion from an author who has for so long chosen to dwell in realms of suspenseful intrigue. Suffice is it to say that I enjoyed what there was, but those extant parts are only the shadow cast by a much larger presence.

  • The Princess Diarist

  • By: Carrie Fisher
  • Narrated by: Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved - plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable!

  • By Dan on 28-12-16

Carrie on Carrying On

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-17

When it comes to autobiography, the clichés are often the easiest to parrot. Words like 'warm', 'witty', and 'wry' are bandied about like cheap currency for a disposable celebrity-centric lexicon.

What survives Carrie Fisher though *is* her warmth. She's frank without being cutting, honest without excesses of self-pity. Despite herself, she's never felt like a celebrity. That wouldn't sit right with some authors, but there isn't a moment in 'The Princess Diarist' that seems peppered with the sort of incredulous sneering we might come to expect from celebrity memoir.

From easy charm to angsty poetry and back again, where there is humour in experience we're always in on the joke. That's ultimately what sets this memoir apart from so many others - the late great author knows we're all just 'jumped up, scruffy-looking nerf-herder[s]' at heart, but relishes sharing in the glorious unpredictability human life anyway.

She may have felt she lacked an intellectual streak, but her incisive observations philosophise with the best of them without ever seeming bombastic or 'precocious'. Hers aren't throwaway sentiments, while always aware of her capacity as actress, the tone isn't preoccupied with notions of 'legacy'. Instead, Fisher reminds us that sometimes the best of what is close to home resonates more fully set against that which seems 'far, far away' but that is, in its truest sense, ceaselessly and reassuringly human.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Four Quartets

  • By: T. S. Eliot
  • Narrated by: Ralph Fiennes
  • Length: 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34

A masterly new recording by Ralph Fiennes. Four Quartets is the culminating achievement of T. S. Eliot's career as a poet. While containing some of the most musical and unforgettable passages in 20th-century poetry, its four parts, 'Burnt Norton', 'East Coker', 'The Dry Salvages' and 'Little Gidding', present a rigorous meditation on the spiritual, philosophical and personal themes which preoccupied the author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant recording

  • By H. P. on 30-03-18

Fiennes makes sense of the dense

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-16

T.S. Eliot isn't for everyone, and I suspect he'd be proud of that. Much of 'Four Quartets', however brilliant, is also mired in the sort of intellectual bombast that critics celebrate for its seriousness and technical finesse.

Praise must be given here to Ralph Fiennes, whose delivery does much to revivify the more arid areas of the text. With an almost hypnotic smoothness, he elevates poetic posturing to a point where the listener can't help but be immersed in the shifting landscape. As

'garlic and sapphires in the mud
clot the bedded axletree'

of Eliot's often precise, often deliberate convolutions, Fiennes delivery is as haunting as it is 'fructifying'.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Natsume on 15-12-15

I wasn't expecting to enjoy Agatha Christie

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-16

...but I couldn't help being swept along for the ride. Other than a few small contrivances the narrative was consistently gripping, rendered all the more masterful under the auspices of David Suchet, whose breadth and sheer scope of delivery was formidable. I love an audiobook that allows the narrator's own enjoyment to shine through. I'm sorely tempted to try more.