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Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom
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  • Live Again

  • By: Jack Dee
  • Narrated by: Jack Dee
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Following the huge success of his sell-out 100-date UK tour, the nation's favourite deadpan stand-up returns to the Hammersmith Apollo to deliver some of his most scathing and hilarious material for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do not listen whilst driving

  • By BS on 19-05-06

You should only listen to this in private!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-10

Hilarious! I was annoying my family by laughing aloud so I had to leave the room and listen to it alone. At the risk of seeming petty, there are some jokes that seem to have a visual element and which are lost on the listener. But I would still recommend it highly

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dara O'Briain Live at the Theatre Royal

  • By: Dara O'Briain
  • Narrated by: Dara O'Briain
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 71

Following the huge success of his sell-out 100-date UK stand-up tour, Dara O'Briain Live at the Theatre Royal marks the explosive finale to the run. Recorded in front of 2500 fans at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, this show has Dara at the very top of his game, musing on subjects as diverse as driving tests, baguettes, and the Milky Bar Kid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for attention seekers!

  • By Steven on 17-04-10

Great for attention seekers!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-10

I listened to this while I was on a treadmill in the gym. A friend told me afterwards that people had been watching at me because my facial expressions and inability to control my laughter made be look and sound like some kind of maniac!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Tertiary Phase (Dramatised)

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Full Cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 405

Stranded on prehistoric Earth, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect find escape in the form of a time-travelling sofa. But as eleven homicidal, bat-wielding robots proceed to blow up Lord’s Cricket Ground, it seems that Arthur is far from Home and Dry. In fact, he is not even Home and Vigorously Towelling Himself. Off. Soon he is on an explosive quest to save the Universe, equipped with only a rabbit bone, a worn dressing gown, and a spaceship which looks remarkably like an Italian bistro. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad to hear it

  • By Vince on 14-06-06

A bit disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-10

Douglas Adams fans will probably regard me as a philistine but I didn't think was this was a entertaining as Primary Phase. Sorry!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dara O'Briain

  • Talks Funny Live in London
  • By: Dara O'Briain
  • Narrated by: Dara O'Briain
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Dara O Briain Talks Funny: Live in London is the culmination of Dara's massive 2008 sell out tour of the UK and Ireland. Recorded at the world famous Hammersmith Apollo before 3,300 fans, this is Dara at his best, mixing top drawer material with lightning fast improvisation to give his audience yet another hilarious night to remember.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dara O'Briain is hilarious

  • By Pamela on 24-11-08

Hilarious!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-10

I was listening to this on a train and I had to switch it off because I could't help laughing out loud

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Star Called Henry

  • By: Roddy Doyle
  • Narrated by: Roddy Doyle
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Born in the slums of Dublin in 1901, his father a one-legged whore-house bouncer and settler of scores, Henry Smart has to grow up fast. By the time he can walk he's out robbing, begging, often cold, always hungry, but a prince of the streets. At 14, already six-foot-two, Henry's in the General Post Office on Easter Monday 1916, a soldier in the Irish Citizen Army, fighting for freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and narration

  • By galacticcamper on 11-06-16

Stimulating and educating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-10

The story begins implausibly with a one-legged bouncer but it soon takes off and becomes an exciting story of a young man whose early years are marked by poverty and exclusion. Later he becomes a rebelious hero. Roddy Doyle has gone to a lot of trouble to ensure the historical accuracy of the story.

  • Wealth of Nations

  • By: Adam Smith
  • Narrated by: Michael Edwards
  • Length: 35 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

This classic statement of economic liberalism or the policy of laissez-faire was first published in 1776. It is an engrossing analysis of the economic facts of life. Several fundamental principles, many of which are now referred to as axioms, were introduced in this work, the division of labor, supply-and-demand, and free market capitalism being among the most obvious.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking Sound Quality

  • By David on 02-12-09

Not a suitable subject for an Audible Book.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-10

Apart from the appalling sound quality, this is a subject of such complexity that it can't be communicated in this way. The ideas are presented too quickly and briefly to allow the listener to reflect on what they've just heard. This compares unfavourably with using a hard copy, where the reader has a chance to reflect on a new idea and,if necessary, re-read the paragraph.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The God Delusion

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Lalla Ward, Richard Dawkins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Winner of the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, 2007.

As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, Richard Dawkins has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why bring out the abridged version first!!

  • By Robert on 18-08-11

It would have been better without the sarcasm

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-09

This is a really interesting book. What undermines the author's otherwise compelling arguments is the frequent sarcastic comments delivered by another voice. Presumably, the comments are scripted by Dawkins, this being a device to separate Dawkins' usually rational arguments from his prejudices. Of course, the final irony is that Dawkins' ideas are ultimately rooted in a systematic set of values and therefore form a type of belief system.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Anyone Can Do It

  • My Story
  • By: Duncan Bannatyne
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

At 30, Duncan Bannatyne had no money and was enjoying life on the beaches of Jersey. He saw a story about someone who had made himself a millionaire, and decided to do the same. Five years later, he had done it, and now he is worth £168 million. In this remarkable book, he explains how anyone could take the same route as he did, if they really want to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Duncan Bannatyne - Super Hero!

  • By Stephen on 28-07-07

Fascinating!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-09

A really interesting man. What I like most is that he gave due credit to those who worked for him and made no secret of the role, however small, luck had played in his success.

One thing I did find a bit irritating was his habit of beginning a new section of a chapter with "People often ask me ..." and then answering his own question. But it's still a very good book.

  • Liberty

  • By: Garrison Keillor
  • Narrated by: Garrison Keillor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Lake Wobegon is in a frenzy of preparations for the Fourth of July. The town is dizzy with anticipation - until they hear of Clint's ambition to run for Congress. They know about his episodes with vodka sours, his rocky marriage, and his friendship with the 24-year-old who dresses up as the Statue of Liberty for the parade and may be buck naked beneath her robes. In Keillor's words, "It is Lake Wobegon as you imagined it - good loving people who drive each other crazy."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every bit as good as Lake Wobegon

  • By Steven on 08-12-09

Every bit as good as Lake Wobegon

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-09

To begin with I didn't find this quite as easy to get into as Keillor's 'Lake Wobegon' but, once I did, it was excellent. As with Lakewobegon,the story is about a town populated by likeable eccentrics and yet the characters and the story itself are entirely plausible.There's a tremondous warmth to this book and I would strongly recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    22 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Lake Wobegon USA

  • By: Garrison Keillor
  • Narrated by: Garrison Keillor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

These tales of everyday life in Lake Wobegon about rhubarb pie, the perils of prophecy, a miserable Thanksgiving, Florian and Myrtle's thrifty vacation, and the vapour lights of Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility, were all recorded on tour. They show an abiding restlessness among Lake Wobegon's residents, especially in March, the month God created to show people who don't drink what a hangover is like.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sunday Afternoon Listening

  • By Jackie on 14-07-06

plausible and funny

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-09

I read the hard copy of this book many years ago and it was great to hear the audible version.
Keillor has a way of telling an outrageous tale in such a way that the story and its characters are entirely plausible. Instead of stringing together a series of 'funny ho!ho!' events to make a story,Keillor's gentle humour is non-stop and woven into the account of Lake Wobegon.