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  • Slaughterhouse-Five

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289

Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant listen

  • By Matthew Dawkins on 22-01-17

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 21-12-18

My first experience of Vonnegut and James Franco. The gritty, realistic, jet-black-humoured, human narrative combined with Franco's world-weary yet charismatic style makes this makes this required reading before you pop your clogs. So it goes.

  • Three Men in a Boat

  • By: Jerome K. Jerome
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

In this comedic masterpiece, three young men, increasingly given to thoughts of hypochondria, decide to embark on a journey along the river Thames. Confident that the fresh air and daily exercise will grant them immunity from a myriad of illnesses and diseases, they pack up their frying pans, toothbrushes, food and canine companion, Montmorency, and set off on an unexpected adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Review of this version of the book!

  • By C. J. Lansdown on 28-12-13

Simply Charming

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

Reviewed: 21-12-18

Excellent book, with Ian Carmichael's narration perfect for the style. Very much like attending a 19th Century five-hour observational comedy show (I would imagine). Break out the Pimms, give the dog a biscuit and sit back and enjoy.

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  • Cisco CCENT Networking for Beginners

  • The Ultimate Beginners Crash Course to Learn Cisco Quickly and Easily
  • By: Adam Vardy
  • Narrated by: Jim D. Johnston
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5

The ultimate beginners crash course to learning Cisco & passing your exam. Are you ready to learn how to configure & operate Cisco equipment? If so you've come to the right place - regardless of how little experience you may have! If you're interested in networking then you're going to want (or need!) to know and understand Cisco switches, routers & more. This is your ultimate guide to getting the knowledge you need and passing your CCENT exam too!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good but

  • By lee garner on 24-08-17

Ouch!

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

Reviewed: 21-12-18

The very very basics of networking read by someone who (a) doesn't understand what they're reading (b) has a really high pitched whistling 's'.

Hearing about 'strong and stable Cisco systems for businesses' while using headphones is like being trapped in a very small room filled with angry referees.

One to swerve.

  • London Fields

  • By: Martin Amis
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 131

The murderee is Nicola Six, a 'black hole' of sex and self-loathing who is intend on orchestrating her own extinction. The murderer may be Keith Talent, a violent lowlife whose only passions are pornography and darts; or the rich, honourable, and dimly romantic Guy Clinch. And as Nicola leads her suitors towards the precipice, London - and, indeed, the whole world - seems to shamble after them in a corrosively funny novel of complexity and morality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, I think...

  • By Simon on 26-01-11

Slowly Ploughing the Fields

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

Reviewed: 30-11-15

Sorry but I found this a truly awful book. Which is odd because it is included in Amazon's 100 books to read before you die.

From the arrogant tone of the narrative the book details the self-obsessed and soulless actions of four main characters; each being an ill-formed conflation of a couple of attributes, no depth, not sympathetic, just paper thin and pointless.

Keith the thief (pedophile, child molester, rapist, dart player), Guy the err.. guy (successful city operator and father yet unbelievably stupid, ignorant of basic historical facts, infinitely malleable when it comes to relationships) Nicola Six - sex (femme fatale and erm... Nope that's it). And the writer / narrator character who's near-death situation breaks the rule by being deep enough to stick your toe in, so to speak.

Guy and Keith spend the 300 pages trying to get into Nicola's knickers. Aggression vs submission. And that's it, round and round and round, stuck trying to get double 1 forever on the dartboard of life.

This book was a war I wasn't going to lose, I was going to reach the end, never mind the turgid nonsense, the non-believable character actions, the endless clawing dullness of it all, I was determined to fight to the anti-climax.

If I'm missing the hidden depths, then, well, they're too hidden for me. Is this whole endeavor just an analogy of the British class system, that I'm just taking on face value? Perhaps, but If so it's still a dull one.

I would spare you this misery :)

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