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Colin Smith

Glasgow Scotland
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  • Creating my own Nemesis

  • The Autobiography of the Man Who Designed Alton Towers Big Rides, and Brought the Theme Park to Britain
  • By: John Wardley
  • Narrated by: John Wardley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
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    5 out of 5 stars 28
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    5 out of 5 stars 28

The autobiography of the man who brought the theme park concept to Britain and created some of the world's most thrilling rides and attractions. He talks about his early beginnings in the theater, circus, and magical cabaret, his time working on some of the most incredible special effects in the James Bond films. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By L. Barker on 13-12-17
  • Creating my own Nemesis
  • The Autobiography of the Man Who Designed Alton Towers Big Rides, and Brought the Theme Park to Britain
  • By: John Wardley
  • Narrated by: John Wardley

absolutely brilliant. great narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-02-19

What a great book, loved every second. great narration and what a career 10 stars out of 5 :)

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  • Robin

  • By: Dave Itzkoff
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Robin by Dave Itzkoff shows how Robin Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression - topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews - and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fitting biography for a tortured genius

  • By L. BETTLES on 11-06-18

A greater understanding of a great man

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-19

This was a good listen and difficult one to switch off. You definitely hear about a different side to the Robin Williams most people know from his TV and movie work. Some times the narration could be a bit annoying when the narrator tried to imitate Williams monologues. I'd still recommend it.

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  • Somebody to Love

  • The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury
  • By: Matt Richards, Mark Langthorne
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

When Freddie Mercury died in 1991, aged just 45, the world was rocked by the vibrant and flamboyant star's tragic secret that he had been battling AIDS. That Mercury had even been diagnosed came as a shock to his millions of fans, with his announcement coming less than 24 hours before his death. In Somebody to Love, biographers Mark Langthorne and Matt Richards skilfully weave Freddie Mercury's incredible pursuit of musical greatness with Queen, his upbringing and his endless search for love with the story of a terrible disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audiobooks I've ever listen to

  • By Colin Smith on 22-11-18

One of the best audiobooks I've ever listen to

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-18

I'm not a massive Queen fan and always found the story of Freddie Mercury a bit depressing if honest. I listened to this on a whim and glad I did. This is genuinely one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. This really is 2 stories, the story of Freddie from his emigration to rockstar and untimely death and the history of the HIV virus from origin to eventual medical detection. It's an odd combination, but is a captivating listen. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone.

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