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  • Frankenstein

  • By: Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 516

Narrator Dan Stevens ( Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good performance of a great story.

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-07-16

This is NOT the original story

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

Reviewed: 15-11-16

Did it buy this if you wanted to read the original Frankenstein. This is an edited version. I wanted the full version not this rewrite!!

16 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Oasis

  • The Truth - My Life as Oasis's Drummer
  • By: Tony McCarroll
  • Narrated by: Stephen Ballantyne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

In 1991, five wannabe Mancunian musicians came together and cracked the spark that ignited the explosion which became Oasis. The band went from obscurity to a global phenomenon in the space of a year, achieving world-wide recognition and selling over 70 million records. What started out as five young lads with a common dream of becoming rock stars eventually disintegrated into in-fighting, clashes of egos, and financial disputes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great insight

  • By screamadelic on 16-01-15

Great

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

Reviewed: 29-12-14

What made the experience of listening to Oasis the most enjoyable?

I Totally believe what he is saying.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Oasis?

The conflict with Noel, and the way that they wrote the songs together

What does Stephen Ballantyne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Nothing. I would rather the author.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

  • By: Peter Saccio, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Peter Saccio
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Shakespeare's plays - whether a comedy like A Midsummer Night's Dream, a history like Henry IV, or a tragedy like Hamlet - are treasure troves of insight into our very humanity. These 36 lectures introduce you to Shakespeare's major plays from each of these three genres and explain the achievement that makes him the leading playwright in Western civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent insights to the Shakespearean world

  • By Mark Kelly on 15-08-17

Good details.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not really sure. I think so, but the guy reading stutters and makes mistakes over and over again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not really suited to this book. Hamlet.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He stuttered and stammered the whole time. It was quite distracting.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Words, Words, Words

  • SAT, Basic Skills, GRE Tests, & Sound Smarter Series
  • By: Deaver Brown
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

Five best-selling vocabulary test, job, and life preparation titles combined for deeper learning through variety and repetition. Here are 100 and 300 core SAT and GRE words - 100 and 300 words to sound smarter and be more accepted in the workplace and in all of your activities, as well as in your career development. Few things impress as much as a good word in the right spot. The last is a complete vocabulary with 1,500 words. All have been-best sellers on Audible.com and elsewhere.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • English?

  • By Conrad on 14-04-14

English?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'm not sure. The person reading couldn't read or talk properly.

Has Words, Words, Words put you off other books in this genre?

Absolutely.

Would you be willing to try another one of Deaver Brown’s performances?

Of course not. It was substandard. The audio quality is terrible, and his performance is weak.

What character would you cut from Words, Words, Words?

The performer.

Any additional comments?

This is a terrible recording. I warn you, It is a con.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Blair Years

  • Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries
  • By: Alastair Campbell
  • Narrated by: Alastair Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book Award, 2007.
Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

The Blair Years is the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever hear. Taken from Alastair Campbell's daily diaries, these audio extracts chart the rise of New Labour and the tumultuous years of Tony Blair's leadership, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in our national life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rivetting

  • By David on 13-07-07

Shockingly dull.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-14

What would have made The Blair Years better?

Some interesting political insights. Maybe some diary entries which are personal and reflective, relating to major political events and figures.

Would you ever listen to anything by Alastair Campbell again?

Probably not. The guy hasn't got anything to say. Comes across as quite the idiot.

Did Alastair Campbell do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

His desciptions of the political players were barely interesting or insightful.

What character would you cut from The Blair Years?

Non applicable, but Cherie Blair comes across badly.

Any additional comments?

The parts picked out to be read are quite random and have no link. The best political diaries out there are Tony Benn.
If you like politics don't buy. Not even interesting if you are interested in the cult of personality or celebrity culture actually.

  • More Time for Politics

  • Diaries 2001-2007
  • By: Tony Benn
  • Narrated by: Tony Benn
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book Award, 2007.
When Tony Benn left Parliament after 51 years he quoted his wife Caroline's remark that now he would have "more time for politics". And so this has proved: in the first seven years of this century he has helped reinvigorate national debate through public meetings, mass campaigns, and appearances in the media, passionately bringing moral and political issues to wide audiences. And throughout, as ever, he has been keeping his diaries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a wonderfully kind and loveable man

  • By Amoss on 24-01-19

Great.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-14

Would you listen to More Time for Politics again? Why?

Yes I would. Because it is honest, and there is something existential about it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tony Benn

What about Tony Benn’s performance did you like?

His voice is great. And also you can feel the passion for humanity.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I would recommend that you savour it.

Any additional comments?

BUY BUY BUY

  • The Benn Diaries, 1940-1970

  • By: Tony Benn
  • Narrated by: Tony Benn
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

This abridged audio edition of the Diaries, read by the author, conveys even more directly than the Diaries themselves the achievements, conflicts, and dramatic events in a unique political life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You are there!

  • By Conrad on 01-04-14

You are there!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-14

If you could sum up The Benn Diaries, 1940-1970 in three words, what would they be?

Exciting
Inspiring
Riveting

What other book might you compare The Benn Diaries, 1940-1970 to, and why?

More time for politics. As it is a collection of diaries by Tony Benn.

Which character – as performed by Tony Benn – was your favourite?

Tony Benn

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me inspired. Although it did make me want to cry. As a honest MP like this is few and far between.

Any additional comments?

I was upset when it came to the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine

  • By: Tony Benn
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

In this final volume of diaries, Tony Benn reflects on the compensations and the disadvantages of old age. With the support of a small circle of friends and his extended family, he continues his activities on behalf of social justice, peace and accountability in public life, to a background of political change and the international economic crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sincere and from the heart.

  • By Vicuña on 18-03-14

Honest and powerful.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-14

What did you like most about A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine?

I liked the honesty of Tony Benn, and his reflections on life.

What did you like best about this story?

It showed an honest account of one mans descent into old age.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Jayston?

Tony Benn.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, if I had had all the time.

Any additional comments?

I hope there is more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Letters to My Grandchildren

  • By: Tony Benn
  • Narrated by: Tony Benn
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

'As a diarist I have chronicled the time through which I have lived in meticulous detail: but all that is history. What matters now is the future for those who will live through it. The past is the past but there may be lessons to be learned which could help the next generation to avoid mistakes their parents and grandparents made. Certainly at my age I have learned an enormous amount from the study of history.' (Tony Benn)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suprised

  • By Paul on 23-01-11

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 18-03-14

What made the experience of listening to Letters to My Grandchildren the most enjoyable?

The book was an honest letter to his grandchildren, but in essence a letter to all of us. It is an original and thought provoking idea. Tony Benn was an amazing man.

What other book might you compare Letters to My Grandchildren to, and why?

It is like 'free at last'.

What about Tony Benn’s performance did you like?

Tony is very honest and heartfelt.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Daddy shop was quite good.

Any additional comments?

I never wanted it to end really.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The News

  • A User's Manual
  • By: Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness), but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. In his dazzling new book, de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal news stories - including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal - and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Essential listening/ reading

  • By Conrad on 17-03-14

Great book. Essential listening/ reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a great book, with great advice and thoughts.

What didn’t you like about Nicholas Bell’s performance?

He is a lifeless reader, and emotionless. I've read the physical book, and he just doesn't bring the book to life.

Any additional comments?

Hopefully in the future Alain De Botton will be asked to narrate his own books. I spoke with him about this, and he said that he is not asked. Lets hope this changes.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful