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  • SPQR

  • A History of Ancient Rome
  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407

Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and erudite

  • By Mr. D on 01-12-15

Dates became wearing

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Living in Italy I've done a lot of reading about the history. Whilst the information is great in this book I found the date references, in almost every sentence, quite wearing after a while. I'm not sure if it was me but I also felt we were jumping about in time a bit.

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  • It Was Always You

  • By: Georgie Capron
  • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Libby heads off to beautiful Positano in Italy for one last summer of fun. Despite her good intentions, she can't help but fall in love with the handsome Luca. Soon she has some decisions to make. Should she head home and be responsible? Is Luca really the right man to start a family with, or has the perfect man been right in front of her all this time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Summer book

  • By Julia Hatch on 03-09-18

Great Summer book

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Excellent story and delivery. Great for a 'light listen' during the summer or for sheer entertainment value.

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  • Rubicon

  • The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic
  • By: Tom Holland
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

The Roman Republic was the most remarkable state in history. What began as a small community of peasants camped among marshes and hills ended up ruling the known world. Rubicon paints a vivid portrait of the Republic at the climax of its greatness - the same greatness which would herald the catastrophe of its fall. It is a story of incomparable drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Romans make great listening

  • By Dave on 29-04-12

Excellent history

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

This could have been a really dry and boring subject but Holland's style and the pace stopped that happening. I just wish my memory was good enough to remember some of the fascinating twists of Roman history.

  • Only Dad

  • By: Alan Titchmarsh
  • Narrated by: Alan Titchmarsh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Tom and Pippa Drummond have the perfect life. Tom is a partner in the successful restaurant The Pelican, and Pippa grows and sells herbs whilst bringing up their lively daughter, Tally. As they arrive in Tuscany on a much needed family holiday, it seems life couldn't be better. But overnight their whole world is turned upside down, and life will never be the same again. From being the perfect family and the envy of all their friends, they are thrust into a world that nobody would wish upon them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My own feelings

  • By Rosario on 30-12-18

Titchmarsh never fails

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

I have enjoyed all of Alan Titchmarsh's books that I have read to date and this one is no exception. Great story that had me thinking of excuses to put my headphones on to listen to a bit more.

  • I've Got Your Number

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier: She is about to marry her ideal man. But in one afternoon, everything begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill, but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations and mysterious phone calls, she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By VINCENS on 14-04-12

Very difficult listen

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

I bought this book based on the authors name but was very disappointed. The first person writing style, lack of depth to the story and constant asides drove me mad. I rarely give up on a book but this was one that I couldn't bear. Shame.

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  • The Girl You Left Behind

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483

France, 1916. Sophie Lefevre is ordered to serve the German officers who socialise in her hotel. When the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait - painted by her husband Edouard - a dangerous obsession is born. Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth - and its troubled history that is about to resurface and turn Liv's life upside down…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding - I loved it

  • By Happy and Smiling on 16-02-13

Moves seamlessly through time

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

The book tells a lovely story which moves from current time and back to the early 20th century. The narration is excellent and the story engaging. Definitely worth listening to.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,854

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

Not really gripping

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

Reviewed: 17-07-17

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

Listening became more of a task than time well spent. the fundamental problem for me was that the character of the deceased was not interesting so I didn't really care whether she committed suicide or was killed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't really develop a favourite character, they were not that gripping

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

His presentation was excellent

Could you see The Cuckoo's Calling being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I think the screen play would have to develop the book a lot further and it would need an excellent cast. Someone like David Tennant could play the lead.

  • 11.22.63

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,998

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return to top form

  • By John on 14-12-11

Keeps you guessing all the way

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

Would you consider the audio edition of 11.22.63 to be better than the print version?

I hardly ever read printed books any more, only if it's something I desperately want to read and it isn't available on audio. I've got used to having stories read to me.

What other book might you compare 11.22.63 to, and why?

For me it was unique. I hadn't read/listened to a Stephen King book before and this wasn't what I expected. I thought it would be scary rather than gripping.

Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I don't think I have listened to his performances before but the skill of the narrator - if they are not the author - is that you actually forget them and just listen to the story surely.

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

It somehow brought back my feeling from when John and Robert Kennedy were assassinated and it made me wonder what if ...

Any additional comments?

A really good listen, quite long and at times I wanted it to hurry along. You also need to concentrate at the beginning to understand what is happening. The end was worth waiting for I think.

  • Alfie

  • My Story
  • By: Alfie Boe
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Alfie Boe is the first official bad boy of opera: a musical superstar celebrated not only in Britain, but worldwide. This is the story of his life - the ups and the downs, from finding fame to losing his father - and, essentially, of his love affair with music. This is the tale of how Alfie went from car mechanic to the UK's most popular and well-known opera star, lauded by Baz Luhrman, Cameron Macintosh and Michael Parkinson as the best tenor we've produced in a generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but could have been better

  • By Julia Hatch on 08-07-13

Good, but could have been better

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

What did you like most about Alfie?

The story of his background and his upbringing was very moving. It helps you to understand his motivation.

What did you like best about this story?

I think his relationship with his Dad, although his time on the street was a big surprise

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Andrew Wincott?

Alfie himself. That was the big let down for me. I think these type of books should always be read by the person themselves. If Barak Obama has time ......

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

His story of his father's death. I actually cried.

Any additional comments?

Re-record it yourself Alfie.

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  • Tuffers' Cricket Tales

  • By: Phil Tufnell
  • Narrated by: Phil Tufnell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

A wonderful collection of hilarious cricket stories and anecdotes from the one and only 'Tuffers'. Phil Tufnell, aka 'Tuffers', is the much-loved English cricketer who has now become one of the country's favourite broadcasters. Not cast from the same mould as other players of his generation, Tufnell has become a cult figure for his unorthodox approach to the game ... and to life in general. Tuffers' Cricket Tales is a deliciously eccentric collection of the great man's favourite cricket stories that will amuse and inform.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by Tuffers narrating his own book

  • By Peter on 18-10-12

You'll laugh out loud

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Whether you are a cricket addict or not this book is really entertaining. Classic Phil Tufnell. If you ever watch 'A question of sport' you'll know what I mean. Just be careful as you'll get funny looks when you laugh out loud in public.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tuffers' Cricket Tales?

When he was preparing to bowl and couldn't remember which foot to start off on. He said he looked as if he was doing Riverdance! That's a laugh out loud moment.

Which character – as performed by Phil Tufnell – was your favourite?

Phil Tufnell as Phil Tufnell is magic.

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

Wanted to but had to take two bites at it.

Any additional comments?

This book has convinced my husband to use Audible too. If he uses too many of my credits he'll have to get his own account!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful