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  • Ladhood: The Complete Series 1 and 2

  • A BBC Radio 4 Comedy
  • By: Liam Williams
  • Narrated by: Liam Williams, full cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

From Liam Williams, a two-time Edinburgh Festival Award-nominated comedian, comes a rich storytelling series about Liam's teenage misadventures in the Yorkshire suburbs. The first series delves into Liam's memories of his first fight, virginity loss, the best house party ever organised and his marvellous outwitting of an entire teaching staff. This is the New Labour, postmining, aspirational heartland meeting 50 Cent and Generation Y ennui, represented in a bourgeois radio format - by one of Britain's most exciting comedians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Julia Holmwood on 18-07-18

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Great writing, narration and acting. I loved every minute and was very sad when it ended.

  • That's Your Lot

  • By: Limmy
  • Narrated by: Limmy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Tom is in a soft play with his daughters. He's bored. He's so bored he can move things with his mind. A man fills up a mate's biscuit tin without ever telling him, to see what happens. Maggie's boyfriend, Iain, bought a curtain. It keeps attacking them. She wants it out of the house. A man is sitting in his wheelie bin at two in the morning, and he wants to tell you why. Kenny's mate Scott is suicidal and ridden with guilt. Kenny takes him on holiday to Benidorm. It'll be some laugh.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love Limmy... I didn't LOVE this...

  • By Jean Claude Ard Van Pierre on 16-06-17

Better than the first!

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

Reviewed: 16-05-17

Daft Wee Stories was good but this is better. A must for any Limmy fan.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,140

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

A bit predictable

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

Reviewed: 26-09-16

Very well performed but the story is quite derivative and predictable. Overall I was slightly disappointed.

  • Head of State

  • By: Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 58

Two corpses. A country on the edge of a political precipice. A conspiracy so bold it would make Machiavelli wince. Andrew Marr's debut novel imagines what really might be going on behind the door of 10 Downing Street. When a young investigative reporter is found dead on the streets of London few people notice. But when another body - minus its head and hands - is washed up on the banks of the Thames, its grisly condition arouses a little more interest.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste time listening to this rubbish

  • By Mr K Burgess on 18-11-14

Good fun but cheesy

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

Reviewed: 27-04-16

The basis for the story is a strong idea and the pacing is consistent throughout.

The gags are bawdy and the delivery a bit cheesy.

  • I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,590
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,180

Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan’s never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma? Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You get what you pay for

  • By ico on 06-10-11

Quite an achievement...

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Where does I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the very best I've listened to.

What did you like best about this story?

How it maintained a very high standard of writing and performance for the entire duration.

What about Alan Partridge’s performance did you like?

It was just perfect - unrelenting Alan.

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

A lot of laughing.

  • Hide And Seek

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spreadeagled, cross-like on the floor, between two burned-down candles, a five-pointed star daubed on the wall above. Just another dead addict - until John Rebus begins to chip away at the indifference, treachery, deceit and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to tourists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspector Rebus at his best

  • By Steve Kilpin on 24-07-15

Average murder caper

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

Reviewed: 30-11-15

Maybe it was too soon after I listened to the first Rebus novel, but this didn't really grab me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Divorcing Jack

  • By: Colin Bateman
  • Narrated by: Adam Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Dan Starkey is a young journalist in Belfast, who shares with his wife, Patricia, a prodigious appetite for drinking and dancing. Then Dan meets a beautiful and apparently impoverished student. And then, terrifyingly, she is murdered. Is it because she was not exactly who she claimed to be? Is it the IRA? A Protestant extremist group? A jealous lover? Before long, Dan is a target himself.…

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not his best work

  • By Richard Millar on 23-08-15

Not his best work

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

Reviewed: 23-08-15

I've always really enjoyed his books, in particular the Mystery Man series but this one didn't do it for me.

The narrator couldn't really do the american accent assigned to one of the characters but other than that did an ok job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • High-Rise

  • By: J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by: Tom Hiddleston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 862

From the author of the Sunday Times best seller Cocaine Nights comes an unnerving tale of life in a modern tower block running out of control. Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on "enemy" floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for riots and technological mayhem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing Fable

  • By G. K. Lowell on 14-05-15

Interesting idea that fizzles out

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

I liked the set up and the first half of the book but it just seemed to lose momentum. The narration is completely neutral and neither adds or takes away from the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster

  • By: David Attenborough
  • Narrated by: David Attenborough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,582

His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited. In this volume of memoirs David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places that he has visited. Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several landmark BBC series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable David

  • By Mark on 20-11-10

A delight from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 09-12-13

What did you like most about David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster?

This is an interesting book which touches on the birth of TV in the UK and how one man there from the start became one of the most respected and revered figures in natural history. All wonderfully told by the man himself!

What other book might you compare David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster to, and why?

It can't really be compared to anything else, there really is only one Sir David Attenborough.

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

Warmth and rye humour and a voice which has informed and intrigued generations.

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

Not really, it's all fantastic.