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  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 580

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely and positive story

  • By Annie on 19-03-18

Makes me even more proud to work for Audible!

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

Reviewed: 19-03-18

This Audiobook and the charitable initiatives it supports have pretty much made my LIFE ... #betterbundobook

Romeo and Jude cover art
  • Romeo and Jude

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Owen Teale, Nick Moran, Matthew Tennyson, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

A gritty reimagining of Shakespeare's famous tragedy - full of passion, emotion, scandal, disillusionment and family fallout. A brand new modern-day audiobook adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic love story. Romeo and Jude - starring Owen Teale ( Game of Thrones), Matthew Tennyson ( Pride), Nick Moran ( Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels) and Ricky Norwood ( EastEnders).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant - but not how you'd expect it!

  • By Alex on 20-02-16

If you've ever been in love, you should listen.

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

Reviewed: 21-04-16

Full disclosure: I commissioned this title for Audible Originals UK. However, I wanted to write a review at this stage, to outline the fact that I TRULY LOVE IT. Despite having listened to R&J countless times in production and edit, I have now listened to this drama 3 further times and have found myself laughing out loud, in tears and fully caught up in the fast-moving action - all credit to the work of Marty Ross and Wireless Theatre Company.

Although genre-wise this title may be regarded as specialist or niche as it concerns the love affair between a younger and older man, it is my firm conviction that everyone who has ever been in love should listen; R&J is a pure and simple tale of love against the odds...which is not without its fair share of thrills. Did I mention that Nick Moran and Ricky 'Fatboy from Eastenders' Norwood play some really nasty homophobic gangsters? There's conflict, action, sex, love and a moving study of dysfunctional societal and family dynamics in this fully dramatised piece. I challenge you to remain unmoved. I, for one, will be listening again soon.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Child

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,799

My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling, Difficult in places, but damn good!

  • By Simon on 07-06-15

Audible Staff Reviewer: We're All Scared Here!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

As a staff member of Audible, I'm writing a brief review at this point as I was really very chuffed to arrive mid-conversation at a more-animated-than-usual-on-a-Monday-morning office today, where my colleagues were all discussing The Child. They were mainly speaking at a rate of knots about how truly scared and hooked they were over the weekend- always a good sign for a title we describe as 'immersive' audio.

My own experience of listening to The Child was actually very similar - not necessarily my usual Genre (I prefer contemporary/contemporary-classic LitFic) though I personally really enjoyed the music and sound effects, paired with the narration. The production transported me to the gritter parts of Berlin and I enjoyed (and feared) it.

I'll definitely be reading some more Fitzek - and it sounds like my colleagues will too...if they dare!

12 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Doc Brown

  • Unfamous
  • By: Doc Brown
  • Narrated by: Doc Brown
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Comedian, musician and actor Doc Brown has produced a quite unique show in Unfamous. His self-deprecating humour fused with some hilarious rapping shows why the critics at the Edinburgh Festival and all around the country have said such positive things about him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Doc brown= genius!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-05-15

Zadie Smith's Bro Brings Us Stand-Up Rap

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

Reviewed: 22-05-14

Funny, honest and refreshingly British blend of rap and storytelling is a good laugh and at times touching.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bridget Jones

  • Mad About the Boy
  • By: Helen Fielding
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 911

With her hotly anticipated third instalment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget's life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous email CC, total lack of twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on. An uproariously funny novel of modern life, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is a triumphant return of our favourite Everywoman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A mixed reading/listening experience!

  • By Ann D on 07-11-13

Bridget sans la Joie de Vivre

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

Reviewed: 11-02-14

Bridget cuts a more tragic figure in this book, through inevitably growing up, gaining responsibilities and becoming less of a purely comic character. Spending a large proportion of the book trying not to get sucked down to the 'dark place', the various Yummy Mummies, Twitter Followers and Toyboys that also feature seem more like sad caricature/truisms here than the LOLs they perhaps should prove. I could say a lot more, but, fine performance and a few smiles aside, this listen proved rather depressing, above all.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Funny Magnet

  • By: Jon Richardson
  • Narrated by: Jon Richardson
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Having stormed shows such as Have I Got News for You (BBC1), Live At The Apollo (BBC1), Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road Show (BBC1) and now as the new host of Channel 4’s Stand Up for the Week and team captain on 8 out of 10 Cats, the brilliantly funny Jon Richardson is the UK’s rising comedy star to watch out for! Discussing the everyday items that have a profound effect on his outlook, Funny Magnet is Jon’s new hilarious sell-out show that will be touring the UK in 2012.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Dan Jones on 25-09-17

Finding Humour in the Everyday

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

Reviewed: 20-01-14

Some laugh-out-loud highlights include the drawn-out description of telling adults the 'proper' way to do washing up [why does this wine taste of bacon...it's because you washed the baking tray before the wine glasses! etc.], nudging wayward Housemates towards recycling [why would they leave the cereal box on the window ledge NEXT to the recycling bin...entirely to spite me?!] and the perils of finding love with OCD [I spend my 20s cleaning skirting boards, thinking 'what woman doesn't love a clean skirting board']. Panel show fave doesn't disappoint with his own material - yet another example of this reviewer looking bonkers on the train, snorting with laughter whilst listening.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,049

My name is Peter Grant and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Liked by a Londoner!

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

Reviewed: 20-01-14

I enjoyed this new twist on a supernaturally parallel London - especially as the story is grounded in real places in the city, many of which I visit or pass through weekly...though they seldom yield events as interesting/terrifying as in this novel! I'm still undecided about the narration in parts, though I'll admit that KHS' performance does aptly reflect the central character's often laid-back attitude. Looking forward to listening to the next two books!

  • When God Was a Rabbit

  • By: Sarah Winman
  • Narrated by: Sarah Winman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 369

This is a story about a brother and a sister. It's a story about childhood and growing up, friendships and families, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. More than anything, it's a story about love in all its forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first review

  • By Lou on 20-04-11

Unexpected Dark and Light

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

Reviewed: 02-01-14

If you're looking for a book to listen to with the kids, don't be fooled by this cover/cutesy title - it's definitely not one for kids. Despite quite a few funny moments, which are well-narrated and occasionally laugh-out-loud, there is a dark underlayer to this book which I wouldn't have anticipated from appearance alone.

Despite all not being as it might seem, this is a well-structured book which is a rounded example of a strong writer doing what she does best - telling a damn good story.

  • Just Kids

  • By: Patti Smith
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

In 1967, a chance meeting between two young people led to a romance and a lifelong friendship that would carry each to international success never dreamed of. The backdrop is Brooklyn, Chelsea Hotel, Max’s Kansas City, Scribner’s Bookstore, Coney Island, Warhol’s Factory and the whole city resplendent. Among their friends, literary lights, musicians and artists such as Harry Smith, Bobby Neuwirth, Allen Ginsberg, Sandy Daley, Sam Shepherd, William Burroughs, etc

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By ReadingWild on 25-11-15

Engaging narration from Patti

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

Reviewed: 02-01-14

As well as finding her story very involving, it was frequently made very moving through Smith's narration - this audiobook is pretty much made by being read by its author. Especially worth a listen if you're already into her/her music, but the study of the interesting relationship(s) that the Biog revolves around is worth the listen in itself.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sum: Tales from the Afterlives

  • By: David Eagleman
  • Narrated by: Gillian Anderson, Emily Blunt, Nick Cave, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

In this astounding book, David Eagleman entertains forty fictional possibilities of life beyond death. With wit and humanity he asks the key questions about existence, hope, technology and love. These stories are full of big ideas and bold imagination.This audiobook assembles a stellar cast of readers who bring the scenarios of SUM brilliantly alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gem of a book not to be missed

  • By Vivienne on 13-10-10

I love this book

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

Reviewed: 02-01-14

The all-star narrator line-up notwithstanding, I love this book and its varied takes on what might happen after we die. Spanning religious, spiritual, natural and atheist doctrine whilst managing to remain unpatronising and often amusing, these vignettes are a must for anyone who suffers the occasional existential crisis.

Having both read and listened to this book, I find that I prefer the audio version for the lovely range and variation of narration, although I'll admit that I love them both.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful