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Mr. K. Leigh

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK
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  • Lancelot

  • By: Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 22 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Lancelot by Giles Kristian. The legions of Rome are a fading memory. Enemies stalk the fringes of Britain. And Uther Pendragon is dying. Into this fractured and uncertain world the boy is cast, a refugee from fire, murder and betrayal. An outsider whose only companions are a hateful hawk and memories of the lost. Yet he is gifted, and under the watchful eyes of Merlin and the Lady Nimue he will hone his talents and begin his journey to manhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Arise Sir Giles!

  • By Simon on 19-06-18

Absolutely fabulous historical yarn!

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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: 13-07-19

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator was excellent with a nice variation in voice for different characters: male, female and elderly. The story arc was excellent and, as a sign of a good story, I miss the characters now I’ve completed listening to the book. At the end the author explains how he has taken poetic licence with history so don’t think this is a true historical narrative - leaving aside that anything about King Arthur is highly speculative. It was fascinating to hear the story from Lancelot’s perspective. The story draws the listener in and overall I found it thoroughly enjoyable and wonderfully distracting from 21st century life to peek into Britain around 1500 years ago, after the Romans had left and the Saxons had not yet taken hold. Well worth listening to!

  • The Prince

  • By: Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 212

From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli based his insights on the way people really are rather than an ideal of how they should be. This is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, or a president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I needed to hear

  • By J. C. Maynard-daley on 28-02-16

Interesting production of a well-known book

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

Reviewed: 08-07-19

I have so often referred to Machiavellian intrigue but it was interesting to listen to the famous treatise by the man himself. There is a lot of history and historical context in the book too. It was an education to hear the advice given by someone with hands-on experience to a Prince who he admired. But because the book keeps faithfully to the original the text can be repetitive sometimes and the historical references are hard to follow unless you know your contemporary Italian and European history. You can ignore the names and places however and understand the message. Some of the tips recommended to the Prince ally still today. Though some of the advice is too brutal for modern politics even if it might actually be popular given the behaviour of some on the world stage. If you really want to understand Machiavellian intrigue more than superficially this will illuminate the thinking of the famous man. If you are happy to be content with just the Wikipedia entry then you will find the book a slog unless you ignore the labouring of some points and old Italian geography and names.

  • Alien III

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes, Michael Biehn, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 856

Father of cyberpunk William Gibson’s original script for Alien III, written in 1987 as a sequel to Aliens, never made it to our screens, although it went on to achieve cult status among fans as the third instalment that might have been after being leaked online. This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation - directed by the multi-award-winning Dirk Maggs - is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So, Alien 3 Could have been MUCH better!

  • By Simon on 30-05-19

Too short, confusing fight sequences & lacking substance

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

Reviewed: 16-06-19

I felt I had heard the story arc before. The special effects tended to drown out the clarity of the voices. The many fight sequences were confusing though it was easy to guess/follow the overall story that has become familiar. There was a nice twist learning how the alien can adapt its ability to procreate. Presumably setting us up for another story. Overall however I was disappointed having enjoyed the previous episodes so much more. Probably a missable interlude on the Alien series.

  • Fatherland

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206

Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Provoking

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-02-18

Great story right to the end woven with historical fact

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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: 07-06-19

A bleak version of history had the Nazis won the war. But with the enduring human hope of decency emerging as the story plays out. The references to the Holocaust are moving and informing while German bureaucratic efficiency is exposed. Without spoiling the ending I’d love to know what happened next. But then I think I can guess! And entertaining listen.

  • The Ultimate Brian Tracy Library

  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

In Nightingale-Conant’s nearly 60 years in existence, publishing some of the most well-known personal development authors in the world, there is probably none that is more prolific and popular than Brian Tracy. In this all-encompassing audio library, which contains some of the most popular segments from Brian Tracy’s many Nightingale-Conant programs, you’ll hear Brian’s thoughts on nearly every important personal development topic imaginable - from setting goals, to creative thinking, to succeeding in your career, to developing highly satisfying personal and professional relationships.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An ok audio.

  • By Anna Pappa on 04-09-18

Dreadfully repetitive in that loquacious American way of self-help guides.

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

Reviewed: 24-05-19

I really wanted to enjoy this book. It inspired me for several minutes. Then it just repeats and repeats itself. Within the same chapter and then in other chapters. Points are rephrased time and again. It seems something that Americans love to do having listened to self help talks and books before from Americans. It doesn’t work outside an American mindset. Make a point and move on. Recap maybe at the end. But the book became tedious as topics were laboured then revisited repeatedly. And the main narrator has an irritating way of pausing mid-sentence as if to swallow before continuing. After a while it is another irritation. Don’t waste your time! The essence is to help yourself and make your own luck by being thoroughly prepared when opportunity presents itself.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,415
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,088

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Literally could not put it down!

  • By Emily on 11-08-17

Fabulous conclusion to a wonderful trilogy!

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

Reviewed: 23-05-19

It was great to go the full story arc and see what becomes of original Bob and the other Bobs as well as mankind and some other species encountered along the way. There are some funny light touches too with references to Star Trek and the sci-fi world. The names of planets and new Bobs is always amusing. There’s a lot of jumping around from planet to planet along with going back and forth in time but it all comes together nicely. Loved the whole series of books and the narrator is brilliant with the voices. Like all great books I shall miss the characters. The concepts underlying the Bobs is brilliant and the narrative is well thought out with lots of detail.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,980

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected gem

  • By Andrew on 29-01-17

Excellent entertainment and fantastic narration!

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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: 12-05-19

A thoroughly enjoyable and very entertaining listen. The story arc is a good one with some interesting techie idea for space exploration. The book is also full of humour and lots of sci-fi jokes that add to the fun. A great listen and I suspect the start of a journey of more listening to “Bob” and his space exploits saving the human race.

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,084

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!!

  • By Daniel on 09-12-17

Fabulous start to a wonderful trilogy

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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: 08-05-19

Great acting and narration. The entire trilogy is a wonderful story arc through fact and fiction in the mid 1300s of English history. A very enjoyable listen!

  • Empire: Scarlet City - Part III

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120

A true rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London - the Scarlet City - the centre of medieval England, this is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empire

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-04-18

Thoroughly enjoyable end to a superb trilogy

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

Reviewed: 08-05-19

The third book in the series brings a fitting end to Jonah Durham’s story. It’s been a great tale and well read and played by all the actors involved. There’s room for a follow-on but I don’t expect it will be written now. The blend of historical facts and fiction worked well. Very entertaining!

  • Six Degrees of Assassination

  • By: M J Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

Follow Andrew Scott (BAFTA-winner, Sherlock, James Bond: Spectre) and Freema Agyeman ( Sense8, Doctor Who) as they race against time to solve this multi-layered political thriller. On a sullen, cloudy July day, ten years since 7/7, the confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It's just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I WAS HOOKED!

  • By SM, Somerset on 24-02-18

Excellent story!

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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: 11-04-19

After the bodyguard there is a sense of deja vu. However this is a great story that keeps you guessing until the end. Very enjoyable!