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  • The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

  • The Untold Story of a Lost World
  • By: Steve Brusatte
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Sixty-six million years ago the dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the earth. Today a new generation of dinosaur hunters, armed with cutting-edge technology, is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs created a hugely successful empire that lasted for around 150 million years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable.

  • By G. Morgan on 13-05-18

Interesting, and read with gusto!

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

I found this informative and fun. Both writing and narration are good. It's very up to date as of 2019.

  • Requiem for a Wren

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Damien Warren-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Alan Duncan returns to his family home in Australia after the war and several years of study in England. But his homecoming is marred by the mysterious suicide of his parents' quiet and reliable parlour-maid. A search through her belongings in search of clues leads to heart-breaking revelations about the woman's identity, the death of Alan's brother Bill, and, above all, the disappearance of his brother's fiancée, Janet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A poignant love story told with great restraint

  • By Trevor on 23-09-13

Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

I like some of Nevil Shute's books very much. This is one I feel is very much of its time, to an extent where it loses sympathy with the modern reader or listener.
It's plain that the Wren in question is suffering from what we would call PTSD, which goes completely unrecognised, and leads eventually to her suicide.
In these Internet days, the elements of the plot which turn on people having absolutely no idea what is happening on the other side of the world, and being unable to access any information about other people seem incredible. Surely they had libraries, newspapers and newsreels?
The emotions of all the other characters are so restrained as to seem implausible to us.
Equally implausible, for me, is the idea that the daughter of an Oxford professor could be so naive about the world or have so few skills or recourse to support of any sort.
I listened all the way through, but I feel this one is a curiosity rather than a pleasure. The reader did a perfectly good job as far as I am concerned.

  • The Diary of a Bookseller

  • By: Shaun Bythell
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle pleasure

  • By Flint on 11-12-17

Mixed reaction

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

I enjoyed this, and listened attentively all the way through. I do like physical books, and I greatly sympathise with the difficulties of smaller booksellers versus Amazon. However, as I read all the time, in the Tube, in the bath, in the supermarket queue, I keep a Kindle in my handbag.
It occurred to me while listening that I wondered what the author would have said about me if I entered his bookshop. Members of the public are frequently annoying, and I'm sure bookshops do attract some people who are even more so. But I think that is a cross you have to bear if you want to sell them things!


  • Unnatural Causes

  • By: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 453

As the country's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rollercoaster ride

  • By Dr Debbie Tranter on 23-09-18

I know other doctors like this!

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

Dr Shepherd's career is impressive, and the book is very interesting.

I got the impression throughout that he was trying to justify himself to himself all the time, quite unnecessarily. I'm sure he always made his very best efforts to be supremely professional, fully informed and fair. Even when one does this, however, sometimes one can look back and see what one could or might have done better - that is the value of hindsight. Everyone is human and can sometimes turn out to be wrong, however hard they try. Of course, Dr Shepherd's opinion could be life changing for some of those affected by it, so he was right to take it very seriously; but I got the feeling he was constantly beating himself up for not being omniscient. Perhaps I'm projecting the personality of other doctors I have known, so don't let this review put you off!

  • The Year of Reading Dangerously

  • How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life
  • By: Andy Miller
  • Narrated by: Andy Miller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

An editor and writer's vivaciously entertaining, and often moving, memoir — a true story that reminds us why we should all make time in our lives for books.Nearing his fortieth birthday, author and critic Andy Miller realized he's not nearly as well read as he'd like to be. A devout book lover who somehow fell out of the habit of reading, he began to ponder the power of books to change an individual life—including his own—and to define the sort of person he would like to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How One Great Book Made My Life Much Better.

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-01-15

It was alive, and it spoke to me!

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

The above headline is Andy Miller's highest praise of a book (I think). He quotes it from somewhere - he's not that pretentious, himself. Well, his book spoke to me. I enjoyed his discussion of the various books he read, and his family background also spoke to me. Like him, I enjoy reading more than almost anything else, and I as I am older than him, I am glad to find that the habit of reading has not altogether died out.

Listening to this made me vow to read Anna Karenina at least, and maybe have another go at War and Peace. Not to mention Edwin Drood. As his wife says, however, The Razor's Edge is far superior to Of Human Bondage and Cakes and Ale, and I highly recommend it.

PS The footnote sound was perfect.

  • The Things They Carried

  • By: Tim O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What is a true war story?

  • By John on 24-12-14

Just not for me

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

So far I've just literally heard lists of things the soldiers carried with them. This may be a powerful meditation (and Bryan Cranston is a good reader) but I was hoping for more information. There isn't a narrative. I'm already convinced by the ^war is hell^ story and don't need to be immersed in any more horror, so I will return this.

  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,503

A century before A Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros.... A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great intro to Westeros if u can't face the Epics!

  • By Mini on 04-11-15

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

It's not as mature as GOT, but good all the same.
No disrespect to Roy Dotrice, but I didn't like him as the narrator for GOT and so only bought one of the audiobooks. Harry Lloyd is much more suitable IMO.

  • The Drop

  • A Slough House Novella
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Old spooks carry the memory of tradecraft in their bones, and when Solomon Dortmund sees an envelope being passed from one pair of hands to another in a Marylebone café, he knows he's witnessed more than an innocent encounter. But in relaying his suspicions to John Bachelor, who babysits retired spies like Solly, he sets in train events which will alter lives. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear Mick!!

  • By susan barnes on 09-12-18

Cameo

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Providing you are already a fan, and you realise it only lasts two hours, you will enjoy this. Silkily read by Sean Barrett, as usual.

I imagine it is, at least potentially, setting the scene for new characters in a further Slough House novel; an excellent prospect.

  • Pet Sematary

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785

The house looked right, felt right to Dr Louis Creed. Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle, the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago. Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive threat. But behind the house and far away from the road: that was safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The One Where King Crossed A Line

  • By Simon on 29-03-18

One of my favourites, well read

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

It's always been a genuinely disturbing book. Yes, the narration is good, with the accents and so on, although halfway through I started to find the tone of Michael C Hall just a little too portentous, or perhaps I mean reverential, as if pointing out a particularly scary/philosophical bit. However, this is just nitpicking. I think this version will please existing fans and new listeners alike.

  • The Dead Zone

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191

Meet Johnny Smith. A young man whose streak of luck ends dramatically in a major car crash. Followed by blackness. A long, long time in cold limbo. When he wakes up, life has been turned upside down. His fiancée has met someone else. And Johnny is cursed with the power to perceive evil in men's souls. He's had these hunches since he had an ice-skating accident as a child. Now he has an ability to see into the future. An ability which will bring him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and dangerous man....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Bright Light of a Master Story-Teller!

  • By Simon on 28-04-17

Troubling in a different way nowdays

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

Reviewed: 28-10-18

I read this book perhaps 30 years ago. As I listened to this performance I thought how much speech and language have changed since the 1970s. Characters here speak in a far more literate or articulate way than they seem to now. There is hardly any swearing either. The world King depicts also seems like a lost world. There is decency and it is acknowledged that some stories do not have a happy ending.
The story of The Dead Zone is still gripping, and the performance is excellent. In 2018 ,however, the idea that if you see a future where a populist, manipulative politician who relies on bullying and flattery and has no regard for facts or the truth is heading towards the presidency of the US then the right way to deal with him is to shoot him dead is troubling in a rather different way from what King intended!
Still well worth a listen.