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Maid Marian

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  • Listening to the Animals

  • Becoming the Supervet
  • By: Professor Noel Fitzpatrick
  • Narrated by: Professor Noel Fitzpatrick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 272

In this inspiring, uplifting and heartwarming memoir, world-renowned veterinary surgeon Professor Noel Fitzpatrick explores his journey to becoming The Supervet. Growing up on the family farm in Ballyfin, Ireland, Noel's childhood was spent tending to the cattle and sheep, the hay and silage, the tractors and land, his beloved sheepdog, Pirate, providing solace from the bullies that plagued him at school. It was this bond with Pirate, and a fateful night spent desperately trying to save a newborn lamb, that inspired Noel to enter the world of veterinary science.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely outstanding

  • By Bowbow on 13-12-18

Vet on a mission

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

Reviewed: 21-01-19

This book is not so much an autobiography as a vehicle for Noel's mission to unite animal and human medicine A worthy cause and a common-sense idea, but I was expecting a story of Noel's life, uninterrupted by his 'preachings.' I love the Supervet programmes, even though I'm not an animal owner. You can't help but the like the man, you just warm to him because he's so genuine - what you see is what you get.

In this book he bares his soul to us, the listeners, and for that I commend his bravery!

I've listened to it once but probably won't listen again, as I do with many of my audiobooks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mystery of Three Quarters

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 432

Returning home after lunch one day, Hercule Poirot finds an angry woman waiting outside his front door. She demands to know why Poirot has sent her a letter accusing her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. Poirot has also never heard of a Barnabas Pandy and has accused nobody of murder. Shaken, he goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him - a man who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy.... 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious in the extreme!

  • By raven on 27-09-18

As good as the original

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

Reviewed: 21-01-19

Could have been written by Agatha Christie herself. The narrator was almost a carbon copy of David Suchet (which I liked). Much better than the recent BBC attempts. More please!

  • Egg and Soldiers

  • A Childhood Memoir (with Postcards from the Present) by Damien Trench
  • By: Miles Jupp
  • Narrated by: Miles Jupp
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

'I have just had one of those absolutely mad mornings when you go out to have a browse at tagines and end up coming home with a brand-new gas ring expander. I think I was probably as surprised as anybody. Sometimes life is just like that, isn't it?' Award-winning food writer Damien Trench takes you on a journey through his childhood and his early inspirations - culinary and otherwise - with occasional diversions to the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just brilliant like catching up with an old friend

  • By S. Donohue on 15-09-17

Miles Jupp at his best

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

Just as good as ‘In and out of the Kitchen’. I did think he’d toned down the character of Damien Trench though, but still funny all the same. Glad to see there were a selection of recipes included. I think you need to have listened to ‘In and out of the Kitchen’ to appreciate this book. I do hope there’s a sequel!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nigel

  • My Family and Other Dogs
  • By: Monty Don
  • Narrated by: Monty Don
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 265

When Monty Don's golden retriever, Nigel, became the surprise star of BBC's Gardeners' World, inspiring huge interest, fan mail and even his own social media accounts, Monty Don wanted to explore what makes us connect with animals quite so deeply. In many respects Nigel is a very ordinary dog - charming, handsome and obedient, as so many are. He is also a much loved family pet. He is also a star. By telling Nigel's story, Monty relates his relationships with other special dogs in his life in a memoir of his dogs past and very much present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Tony Swinton on 28-09-16

A tender tale

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

Reviewed: 17-10-17

I’m a Gardeners’ World fan and not normally a dog lover, but how could anyone fail to enjoy this book? Monty narrates well; in fact, no-one else could have done it. If you know of Monty and Nigel it’s almost a ‘must read’.

  • Blue Lights and Long Nights

  • By: Les Pringle
  • Narrated by: Gordon Grifin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Card-playing corpses, unfaithful husbands and "flying" ladies - life as an ambulance driver in the 1970s was certainly varied.... At the age of 23, Les Pringle decided to escape from office life, broaden his horizons, and become an ambulance driver. Little did he realize how broad those horizons would turn out to be.... Filled with warmth and humour, Blue Lights and Long Nights takes us back to a time when lonely old ladies could call 999 and have a cup of tea waiting when the drivers turned up for a chat; when learning to drive the ambulance meant going out for one test drive and managing not to hit a pedestrian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 29 years Service

  • By Anonymous User on 21-03-18

Light-hearted , easy listening

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

Reviewed: 27-05-17

A good listen and a gentle approach to what could be a gruesome subject. We are spared many of the gory details, thankfully! I have no more medical knowledge than the average person and because the author didn't use too many technical terms, I was able to appreciate the stories. This is one of my collection of audio books that I will listen to again. I liked it enough to buy the second book, which continues the story.

  • Charles Paris: Murder in the Title

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Charles Paris is his own worst enemy, a louche lush who can resist anything except temptation - especially in the form of women and alcohol. He’s been out of work so long now he feels he may never get a job and he’s driving Frances, his semi-ex-wife, mad. So when he’s offered a small role in a play, she nearly pushes him out of the door. But it seems that ‘The Message is Murder’ is such a terrible production that someone wants to kill off the cast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lightweight but great fun

  • By Pippa on 06-02-16

Wry and languid - just right!

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

Reviewed: 25-10-16

The wry Brett observation, delivered in Bill Nighy's languid tones, finds a near-perfect balance. The plot is just about sufficiently interesting to provide an entertaining background to a motorway or rail journey.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams

  • My Life in Stories and Pictures
  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

A beloved actor and famous man-on-the-scene, Alan Cumming takes the reader on a wild journey of pithy and cheeky fun, presenting his real-life stories of debauchery during late night Hollywood parties, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and hilarious yet poignant memories of his life, family, and friends.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't work as an audio book

  • By Jay on 22-01-17

Oh dear

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

Reviewed: 20-10-16

What did you like about this audiobook?

Very little.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Not one jot.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

No.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

The performance was fine but the 'story' or rather the snippets of Alan's life weren't really that interesting. Yes, I understand he's a 'party animal' (his words) but it all got a bit boring after a while.

Do you have any additional comments?

His other book 'Not my father's son' is the best Audible book in my collection. Very well written and narrated by Alan himself. A terrible story, in its way, of his childhood, but the writing is more mature, showing what he's capable of.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cabin Pressure

  • Zurich: The BBC Radio 4 airline
  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Full Cast, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 870

The complete finale of the hit BBC Radio 4 sitcom- 2 episodes. Cabin Pressure is set in the wing and prayer world of a tiny, one-plane airline, staffed by two pilots, one on his way down, and one who was never up to start with. In this, the finale of the whole series, we discover that for MJN Air, whether it's choosing an ice-cream flavour, putting a princess in a van or remembering your grandmother's name, no job is too small, but, many, many jobs are too difficult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!!!!!!

  • By SARA JANE RATHBONE on 01-02-15

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-16

What other word is there to describe this gem of a series? Perfect cast, excellent scripts and consistently funny.

  • The Lost Continent

  • Travels In Small Town America
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839

Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The road trip you're dying to take

  • By Miss on 13-04-13

Excellent combination of author and narrator

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

Reviewed: 25-08-16

Once again, Bill Bryson's words and William Roberts' narration take this audio book into my personal top ten. Bill's travels across America are told in his usual observant and witty style. Full of interesting facts, anecdotes and laugh-out-loud moments.

Would definitely recommend it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Notes From a Big Country

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

After moving back to the States, Bryson started to write a column for The Mail on Sunday Night and Day magazine. This is a collection of these column entries. Bryson writes about everything from everyday chores, to suing people, the beach, TV, movies, air conditioners, college, Americana, injury dangers, wasting resources, and holiday seasons.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bitter or Sweet ? I'm not sure !

  • By J-H2O on 03-10-06

Excellent, once again

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

Reviewed: 15-08-16

Yes, I'm a big Bill Bryson fan and this selection from his newspaper column is written specifically for we Brits, in order to better understand Americans. As usual, there are many laugh-out-loud moments, enhanced by William Roberts' excellent narration.