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  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • The Lord of the Rings, Book 1
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,492
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,481

Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Nat on 20-02-11

Dullest book I've ever listened to...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-12

I've never seen the films but given all the hype I thought I would give the books ago and to be honest I didn't even get to the end, I just got so bored by it I gave up about two thirds the way through. It is quiet frankly the dullest book I've ever listened to. It is also full of little "songs" that the narrator sings (badly) and they are terrible songs, that make no sense at all and add nothing to the story. Also there were points when I got the impression that the narrated thought the same and sounded like he was thinking "what the hell am I reading". I cannot understand how this book or the full set of books, if they are all as bad, ever made it past the editor at the publisher let alone was published and turned into a cult.

1 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Steve Jobs

  • The Exclusive Biography
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson (introduction)
  • Length: 25 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,642

In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Adam on 01-11-11

Interesting but hard going...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-12

The story of Steve Jobs live is extremely interesting and he was a highly important person to the modern world but the problem is the narration is bad and the style of writing is terrible. The author repeats things over and over and I found myself wanting to scream "I know that already..." on many occasions. On the plus side the author was given exclusive access to lots of people and information so you know you are getting as close to the trust as is possible. If you are interested in Steve, Apple and/or Pixar it is worth listening to, but be warned it will be hard going...

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,410
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,630
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,623

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relished every minute

  • By Sara on 22-03-10

Very good but a slow burn

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-11

This is a very good book but I found it a bit of a slow burn and could well understand that it will not be everyone's cup of tea. The narration is superb from all the voice artists and really added something to the story. It is in a lot of ways a strange story as nothing really happens but at the same time it is captivating and compelling and I found myself wanting to listen to more. There were a couple of occasions in the book when I could see what was coming and found myself getting slightly frustrated at the pace but other than that it was enjoyable. Would definitely recommend it.

  • 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

  • By: Ha-Joon Chang
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

If you've wondered how we did not see the economic collapse coming, Ha-Joon Chang knows the answer: We didn't ask what they didn't tell us about capitalism. This is a lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists-the apostles of the freemarket-have spun since the Age of Reagan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By nev on 31-03-17

Interesting if a bit one sided

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-11

This is an interesting take on the financial situation in the world at this time with some interesting concepts that are well thought out and explained. It did however come across as a bit one sided and whilst Ha-Joon tries to be moderate at times he sounds like a bit of a know-it-all and that he has the answers and is right and everyone else is simply wrong. The big contradiction I found with the book was in the first chapter he explains that there is no such thing as a truly "free market", which is true, but then go on in the next 23 chapters to explain why free market capitalism is wrong and doesn't work, something which he said in his own words doesn't exist. Given that I would still recommend it but don't just accept what he has written as gospel. Challenge your to challenge his ideas and think through them yourself and come to your own conclusion.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs, Michael Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926

The long-awaited follow-up to the global best-seller Liar's Poker, The Big Short tells a story of spectacular, epic folly. It has taken the world's greatest financial meltdown to bring Michael Lewis back to the subject that made him famous. His international best seller Liar's Poker exposed the greed and carnage of the City and Wall Street in the 1980s; he wrote it as a cautionary tale, but people seem to have read it as a how-to guide. Now, he wants to settle accounts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sub-Primes for Dummies

  • By Olivier on 23-01-13

Interesting and shocking

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-11

This is a very interesting book which explains how the financial world screwed itself royally and how a few people saw it coming and made a lot of money betting on the collapse happening. It is well explained in great detail and at times that makes it a difficult listen, but it is a very difficult and involved topic. On the whole very good. If you are interested in knowing what happened and why I would recommend it.

  • God Collar

  • By: Marcus Brigstocke
  • Narrated by: Marcus Brigstocke
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 217

‘There's probably no God ... but I wish there was. I've got some things I need to ask him.' Based on Marcus Brigstocke's award-winning Edinburgh and West End show, God Collar focuses on the ‘God-shaped hole’ that opens up in Marcus’s life following the death of his best friend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry but I don't do 'Laugh out loud'

  • By M. Russell on 18-07-11

Funny, well read and insightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-11

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book going into it, I purchased it mainly on the fact I had found Marcus very funny on Radio 4 many times and I was not disappointed. This is a funny, well read and insightful peace into someones (Marcus's) search for "god". He is sincere in his search and it explains clearly why he finds it impossible to believe in any of the Abrahamic religions. It was any interesting listen and well worth the time. I would highly recommend it for all, believers, non-believers and the unsure. There are no answers here and he makes that clear, but it challenges tradition and is funny at the same time.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • I'm Feeling Lucky

  • The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59
  • By: Douglas Edwards
  • Narrated by: Douglas Edwards
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and insightful

  • By Andrew on 16-08-11

Interesting and insightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-11

For anyone interested in Google or working at an internet based business this book is a must read/listen. Douglas gives a detailed account of his 6 or so years at Google as the business went from a small start up to the massive internet giant it is today. Douglas also reads it excellently and as it is his story you get a better feeling of his feelings about the different things that happened during his time there. Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Nine Dragons

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

The shooting of a Chinese liquor store owner in LA brings Harry Bosch back to the Rodney King riots and the moment a stranger gave a young cop sanctuary. Now the debt must be repaid, and Harry soon discovers the old man's death was no ordinary holdup.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff

  • By Tom on 07-02-10

A good listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-11

This is the first Michael Connelly I have read/listened to and I found the story good, the characters compelling and I will definitely be considering another one of his books. The narrator of this version has a very deep voice which at first I thought I wasn't going to like but if actually fits very well with the type of story and the main character. Although I now know that the main character(s) in this book have featured in past books of Connelly's, it didn't matter that I had no prior knowledge of them. Overall an enjoyable commute listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dies the Fire

  • A Novel of the Change
  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but jumpy

  • By Andrew on 07-07-11

Good but jumpy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-11

I enjoyed the story and the narrator is very good however there are quiet a few times that it suddenly jumps forward or to another part of the story line with no particular pause or change of chapter. I'm not sure if it is the way it is written or the way it has been edited but for a few moments you are left wondering what has happened. Apart for that it was very good and if it hadn't been for that I would have given it 5 stars.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful