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  • Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.

  • By: Viv Albertine
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

In 1975, Viv Albertine was obsessed with music, but it never occurred to her she could be in a band, as she couldn't play an instrument, and she'd never seen a girl play electric guitar. A year later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential all-girl band the Slits, who fearlessly took on the male-dominated music scene and became part of a movement that changed music. A raw, thrilling story of life on the frontiers and a candid account of Viv's life post-punk - taking in a career in film, the pain of IVF, illness and divorce and the triumph of making music again - Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. is a remarkable memoir. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds like a novel

  • By Venta on 30-01-19

"Not unless he wants to xxxx his mother" Shocking

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

Reviewed: 24-02-19

A compelling book, and a story of survival. Especially the horror of her husband's words "not unless he wants to xxx his mother" when she tries to talk about her emotional closeness to another man. The sadness of two doctors who abused her, one emotionally - a Dr Shah who says "your husband doesn't love you" and another doctor who sexually abuses her, amid cancer terror. The sheer amount of cruelty that goes along with Viv Albertine's life, along with her own creativity, her own positive response and inevitable depression..... its just very compelling and challenging. Its a book that needs a few listens. I have to say that Jasmine Blackborow is excellent as a reader. She really is the best that I've heard. It is not HER fault that she pronounces Gill Scott Heron as JILL Scott Heron. It is not HER fault that she pronounces Polly Styrene, as Powe-leee…. The fault lies with those involved in the production of this audio book - presumably they were too lazy to research via youtube, into the era of this music and listen to interviews and thereby get the pronunciation right. How awful for Albertine to have written an excellent book, only to be let down by shoddy producers of the audio book.... !!!! How awful for us to have to cringe while we listen to it. Not the fault of the narrator. The fault lies with lazy producers.

  • Christianity

  • The First Three Thousand Years
  • By: Diarmaid MacCulloch
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 46 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Once in a generation, a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read or heard - a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill. Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity is such a book. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jesus, this is interesting

  • By Mr on 15-02-15

Got very confused with the "BCE" thing. Gave up

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

I appreciate that Diarmaid MacCulloch is an amazing researcher and has done a wonderful amount of work - but - sadly I had to give up on this after two hours. The main problem was the "BCE" thing. I know he is being politically correct by using that idea of evaluating time and this is fine, but it really is confusing and I couldn't work out where, what or how. The choice of narrator was a difficult one for me, but I can see how others would enjoy his narration.
My feeling is that this is pitched at post graduation theology people and so they would enjoy it very much.
I don't know whether to return it or give it another hour - because it might get less confusing and less boring - but I have consulted the two cats who share my life, and they will get back to me "post lunch in commons whatsitmacallit common time"
Dear oh dear..... I don't want to slap my forehead - but all that is a bit LIFE OF BRIAN isn't it? I have got John Cleese in my head going on about "before common.... e for .. what? WHAT? " Even my imagined Cleese can't work out that one.

  • The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England

  • By: edited by Antonia Fraser
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

The former King of England, Edward II was murdered in Berkeley Castle, near Gloucester, England. In 1326, Edward's wife, Isabella of France, led an invasion against her husband. The following year, Edward was made to renounce the throne in favor of his son Edward. This was the first time that a king of England had been dethroned since Ethelred in 1013.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bored

  • By RFJ on 16-05-18

waffle waffle waffle

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I'm only twenty mins into this and I am afraid it is waffle, the performance is like a nagging next door neighbour and there is no sense of it going anywhere. I will probably return this. Waste of time.

  • Charles Paris: A Reconstructed Corpse

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris: unsuccessful actor, bad husband, and dipsomaniac. Desperately in need of work, having been kicked out of his marital home, Charles jumps at playing a missing property developer in a crime-reconstruction program. But the missing person case soon turns to murder when severed body parts begin to appear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb rendition!

  • By S. M. A. John on 14-08-17

Ok - so people die, but who and why?

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Always brilliantly acted by the cast, I did enjoy this but it was not up to the usual high standard of the Charles Paris mysteries.
I listened several times and couldn't work out who died, why and what was the entire point of the entire thing.

  • The Life and Times of William Shakespeare

  • By: Peter Levi
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

One of the most important books on William Shakespeare, this superb biography is both authoritative and extremely readable. It is the first modern biography of Shakespeare since the Victorian Age to pay full attention to his life and times, to his works, and to the numerous and subtle connections among them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • That narrator is angry about something

  • By the owl service. on 30-12-18

That narrator is angry about something

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

I'm sure Wanda narrates very well in other contexts, but when this was recorded, she was giving it the bossy headmistress who is angry about something voice, and that is not what is needed. Somebody should have produced or directed this item with a greater thought. Shoddy Will be returning it.

  • A Very English Scandal

  • Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
  • By: John Preston
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

It's the late 1960s, and homosexuality has only just been legalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his beautiful, unstable lover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk. With the help of his fellow politicians, Thorpe schemes, deceives and embezzles - until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed our society forever: it was the moment the British public discovered the truth about its political class.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By C Hall on 13-08-16

Daniel Waymen is great - but - it was hard work

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

Reviewed: 24-12-18

Three cheers for Daniel Waymen's narration. He'd be a person that I'd look out for, next time I buy an audio book, because he was excellent. However, I confess that I gave up on the book - it was too long, too complicated and I got the characters mixed up.
One thing that stood out for me was Jeremy Thorpe's Mother... Was she based on Mrs Danvers in "Rebecca?" or what?

  • Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

  • By: Peter Hook
  • Narrated by: Peter Hook
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 161

Inspired by the attitude and energy of punk, Peter Hook and school friend Bernard Sumner joined lead-singer and lyricist Ian Curtis and drummer Stephen Morris, and with some cobbled-together instruments, they created their own unique sound. In 1980 they had released two albums and were on the cusp of touring America when Ian Curtis committed suicide. In this no-holds-barred account, Peter Hook gives us the inside story of life with Joy Division. He talks with candour and reflection about Curtis's suicide and covers the band's friendships and fall-outs....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By simmering123 on 02-04-16

Hooky is a star... this is an amazing read.

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

Reviewed: 24-12-18

This is a really good audio book. Peter Hook is a great performer and an excellent writer. He really knows what he's doing. Having said that … the content is a really harsh sometimes. The nasty time to be in the Manchester was certainly the mid to late seventies. Random violence seemed to be the norm, and the stomach turning "japes" situation, was just frightening. I won't elaborate, but there are certain things that you should not do, even if somebody bribes you ten pounds. Just saying. You might want to skip over that episode.
My feeling was that Peter Hook had to put up with a lot when he was the driver of the van, and even given the nihilistic attitudes of the time, he was treated very badly by "the lads".
The death of Ian Curtis remains a mystery. The book doesn't attempt to solve it. Nor does it let the Belgium Boiler off the hook, (ouch.. sorry), for the part she played in the break up of a family. What did she get out of her friendship with Curtis? Not sex, due to his meds. It remains a very odd situation, and also, so very sad. Had he lived, Curtis might have stolen Bernard Sumner's sleeping bag...

  • The Lady Vanishes

  • By: Ethel Lina White
  • Narrated by: Kim Hartman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Iris Carr is tired and exhausted. Travelling by train from Switzerland to England she is surrounded by alien languages and situations which she finds difficult to comprehend. She is relieved therefore when talkative old English governess Miss Froy becomes her impromptu travelling companion. But when Iris wakes from a short sleep Miss Froy has vanished - and none of the passengers will acknowledge her existence. Is Iris mad? Or is there some more sinister reason for the woman's vanishing?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than the film

  • By Lovemykindle on 12-01-19

Was this a shaggy dog story?? Socks the dog?

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

Reviewed: 24-12-18

Ok- this was a tad confusing, so I'm glad I've got the book and I can read it and get things clear.
Firstly, its a great story and the performance was fine - even though the main character's voice was irritating, but then I think that is true to the story, because the girl WAS irritating...
Secondly, What??
Why was Ms Froy on the train, being looked at by the Baroness?
Who was the young man who was so ungallant as to drug the heroine... and... why did she then decide that he was "the chap for her?" I know there is such a thing as being a bad picker, but honestly...
What was going on with the DOG at the end... ? And was Ms Froy meant to be the young girl, but she was making up a story instead... so that the young girl wasn't real.
Is the DOG ok?
Socks the DOG was the main thing.
I think this is for people who like a challenge....

  • Tombland

  • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651

The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb - Samson’s best yet

  • By Jim__Leeder on 26-10-18

What were they thinking?

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

Steven Crossley is great.
But what were they thinking?
Its too long
You can't work out what is going on and you lose the will to live.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Unnatural Death (Dramatised)

  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers, Chris Miller (adaptation)
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

This was the second Lord Peter Wimsey story to be adapted for radio in the mid-seventies. Broadcast May 5 to June 16 1975, it was adapted by Chris Miller and produced by Simon Brett. The case on Agatha Dawson is closed, but Lord Peter Wimsey is not satisfied. With no clues to work on, he begins his own investigation. Then Agatha's maid is suddenly murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another wonderful piece of writing

  • By EmmyScotland on 30-01-11

I'm so confused !

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Very confusing
Posh Voices
Standard Not Posh ones dotted in..
Music every 15 mins.
Somebody has a lisp but not sure who.
Somebody drugged somebody, but not sure why.
The entire thing is weird