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Paul S. Turner

birmingham ,england
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  • Flaubert's Parrot

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Julian Barnes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Geoffrey Braithwaite is a retired doctor haunted by an obsession with the great French literary genius, Gustave Flaubert. As Geoffrey investigates the mystery of the stuffed parrot Flaubert borrowed from the Museum of Rouen to help research one of his novels, we learn an enormous amount about the writer’s work, family, lovers, thought processes, health and obsessions. But we also gradually come to learn some important and shocking details about Geoffrey and his own life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Who's a pretty polly

  • By Paul S. Turner on 20-08-14

Who's a pretty polly

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

Reviewed: 20-08-14

Would you try another book written by Julian Barnes or narrated by Julian Barnes?

I love julian Barnes-- so effortless in his writing and narration

What will your next listen be?

England,England

Which scene did you most enjoy?

most of what i heard

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Flaubert's Parrot?

If i was the editor i would have redone this entire production as the sound levels of this recording are faulty especially from chapter 3 onwards

Any additional comments?

this audiobook is faulty very poor sound quality

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Look Who's Back

  • By: Timur Vermes
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,218

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb satire on modern life

  • By Evolutionary Artefact on 16-09-14

ich bin eine berliner

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

Reviewed: 13-08-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Look Who's Back to be better than the print version?

I honestly think that it's better being an audiobook

What was one of the most memorable moments of Look Who's Back?

the surprise of julian rhind-tutt awful actor but brilliant narrator

Which scene did you most enjoy?

every chapter was brilliant

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

it certainly made me laugh and i'll defiantly re-read it again

Any additional comments?

what a surprise that i actually like julian rind-tutt -- i never thought i'd ever say that as i dislike him as an actor but his narration is wonderful

  • Fight Club

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Jim Colby
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507

Every weekend, in basements and car parks across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter and dark, anarchic genius. And it's only the beginning of his plans for revenge on the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The first rule of Fight Club...

  • By Mr on 20-12-14

I wanted to breathe smoke

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

Reviewed: 04-08-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

oh dear a great book let down by poor narration

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fight Club?

all of it shame about the audio book

How did the narrator detract from the book?

totally ruined it

Do you think Fight Club needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

fight club 2 is now being written as a graphic novel

Any additional comments?

please please get edward norton to read this

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Delicate Truth

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: John le Carré
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 995

A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding writing and narration

  • By Al on 14-05-13

between a rock and a hard place

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

Reviewed: 03-08-14

What did you like most about A Delicate Truth?

Le carre is back to his very best with his new thriller

What other book might you compare A Delicate Truth to, and why?

this book is a lot like his earlier book The russia house

What does John le Carré bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Le carre uses a lot of different nationalities in his books and it was enligthening to hear different voices which is something i don't do when i read a book

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

I'd have liked to but i couldn't

Any additional comments?

I love john le carre books

  • Levels of Life

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Julian Barnes
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

'You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed...' Julian Barnes's new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described him as 'an unparalleled magus of the heart'. This book confirms that opinion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truthful and painful

  • By Susan on 05-12-13

The tropics of grief

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

Reviewed: 20-07-14

Would you listen to Levels of Life again? Why?

Totally and utterly heartbreaking.His exploration of his own grief of losing his wife of 30 years is detailed and totally honest

What did you like best about this story?

his honesty and total love of his wife

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It hurts as much as it's worth,so in a way one relishes the pain. if it didn't matter,it wouldn't matter

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

i was in flood of tears

Any additional comments?

the most beautiful book i have read in years

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hatchet Job

  • By: Mark Kermode
  • Narrated by: Mark Kermode
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

For decades, the backbone of film criticism has been the hatchet job - the entertaining trashing of a film by professional reviewers, seen by many as cynical snobs. But with the arrival of the internet, have the critics finally fallen under the axe? With movie posters now just as likely to be adorned by Twitter quotes as fusty reviewer recommendations, has the rise of enthusiastic amateurism sounded the death knell of a profession? Are the democratic opportunities of the internet any more reliable than the old gripes and prejudices of the establishment?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly acceptable book from the Good Doctor

  • By Ian on 17-02-15

the wolves of wardour street

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

Reviewed: 20-07-14

Would you listen to Hatchet Job again? Why?

i love Mark Kermode

What did you like best about this story?

Brutal honesty and fantastic stories

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

His funny wit and insightful anecdotes

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

carry on Kermode

Any additional comments?

nobody else could have narrated this book

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bismarck

  • The Final Days of Germany's Greatest Battleship
  • By: Niklas Zetterling, Michael Tamelander
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

The sinking of the German battleship Bismarck - a masterpiece of engineering, well-armored with a main artillery of eight 15-inch guns - was one of the most dramatic events of World War II. She left the port of Gotenhafen for her first operation on the night of 18 May 1941, yet was almost immediately discovered by Norwegian resistance and Allied air reconnaissance. British battlecruiser Hood was quickly dispatched from Scapa Flow to intercept the Bismarck, together with new battleship Prince of Wales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • RD Cool H

  • By r on 23-11-16

You sunk my battleship

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

Reviewed: 13-07-14

Would you listen to Bismarck again? Why?

Yes I'd listen to it again
The Bismarck was a beautiful ship

What other book might you compare Bismarck to, and why?

Any great naval battle books

Which character – as performed by Charles Constant – was your favourite?

All of them

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

Yes I could listen to it again no problem

Any additional comments?

Great book

  • Lords of the Sky Unabridged

  • Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16
  • By: Dan Hampton
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

The New York Times best-selling author of Viper Pilot and retired USAF F-16 legend Dan Hampton offers the first comprehensive popular history of combat aviation - a unique, entertaining, and action-packed look at the aces of the air and their machines, from the Red Baron and his triplane in World War I to today's technologically expert flying warriors in supersonic jets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The real top guns

  • By Paul S. Turner on 11-07-14

The real top guns

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

Reviewed: 11-07-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Lords of the Sky Unabridged to be better than the print version?

Some books are better listened to than read. And this is one of those

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lords of the Sky Unabridged?

Wild weasels over Vietnam

What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

A very good narrator

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The very best of the best

Any additional comments?

A wonderful book

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bomber Command

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

With an introduction read by Max Hastings. Bomber Command's offensive against the cities of Germany was one of the epic campaigns of the Second World War. More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle began in 1939 with a few score primitive Whitleys, Hampdens and Wellingtons, and ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes razing whole cities in a single night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Jonathan Cunningham on 19-06-16

Target for tonight

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

Reviewed: 03-07-14

What made the experience of listening to Bomber Command the most enjoyable?

The full and accurate history of bomber command is astonishing

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the brave crew members

What about Barnaby Edwards’s performance did you like?

clear and good paced narration

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

the bravery of all the crews

Any additional comments?

an excellent book

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Battle of Jutland (Dramatised)

  • By: Kenneth Allen
  • Narrated by: Nigel Lambert, Michael Burrell, Michael Sheard, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

It was the most controversial naval battle of the 20th century. Statistically, both sides lost; but the British Fleet was readied for action again within 24 hours and dominated the seas for the rest of the First World War. This programme recreates the whole dramatic conflict.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There seems to be something wrong with our ships

  • By Paul S. Turner on 23-06-14

There seems to be something wrong with our ships

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

Reviewed: 23-06-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The annoying stuttering like a scratched record

What did you like best about this story?

A huge game of battleships

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

About average really

Was The Battle of Jutland (Dramatised) worth the listening time?

Wished it was longer

Any additional comments?

Factual and interesting but flawed