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  • Thanks for Nothing

  • By: Jack Dee
  • Narrated by: Jack Dee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 299

For the first time, comedian Jack Dee reveals the highs and lows of his early life and disastrous day jobs. You don't just wake up jaundiced and bitter; it's taken Jack years of dedication and commitment to brew his unique cocktail of disillusionment and bile. What turned this once optimistic young man into a grumpy middle-aged git? Was it working in an artificial-leg factory?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks For Everything Jack

  • By Shane on 10-11-09

Nice one Jack!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-11

really enjoyed this autobiography. I think the fact that Jack is a big fan of audio books himself made listening to it very entertaining.

As for the content, I was surprised how tough he'd at it until he made the big time. It was also refreshing to hear how much a celebrity is devoted to his wife who went through a lot for him.

Recommended to all fans of comedy.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

  • A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099

Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat? Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages. The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very, very interesting - highly recommended

  • By anthonyunionjackson on 06-05-09

A fascinating listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-09

As someone who has an interest (albeit fairly 'amateur') in medieval history, I found listening to this audiobook both fascinating and informative. It is very well written and read out and a must for all those interested in social history.

38 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • Pies and Prejudice

  • By: Stuart Maconie
  • Narrated by: Stuart Maconie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

A Northerner in exile, Stuart Maconie goes on a journey in search of the North, attempting to discover where the clichés end and the truth begins. He travels from Wigan Pier to Blackpool Tower and Newcastle's Bigg Market to the Lake District to find his own Northern Soul, encountering along the way an exotic cast of chippy Scousers, pie-eating woollybacks, topless Geordies, mad-for-it Mancs, Yorkshire nationalists and brothers in southern exile.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best ever

  • By Adrian on 31-01-10

A grand read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-09

Being a bit of a fan of the author (and I didn't bother reading the synopsis), I did expect this book to a mild rant from Mr Maconie about the virtues of the 'north' over the 'south'. However, although there are aspects of this in the book, it is more of akin to a travel journal in a similar vein to Bill Bryson's books (whom the author refers to often). This though is far from a criticism but is a compliment.

Like Bryson, Mr Maconie manages to both praise and sometime complains about people and places in the north without being overtly nasty but with a sense of honesty. He pokes fun at himself and his race but is prepared to speak his mind bluntly when required. Typical northerner really!

I really, really enjoyed this book and the author's narration really enhances his opinions. Being from the midlands, it left me both envying, admiring and sometimes fearing my northern neighbours. And like all good books it just finishes far too soon.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • The Pickwick Papers

  • Dickens on Dickens
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Gerald Dickens
  • Length: 32 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

For Samuel Pickwick and his friends - Mr. Nathaniel Winkle, Mr. Augustus Snodgrass, and Mr. Tracy Tupman - their wanderings around the English countryside repeatedly land them in comical trouble. Notable adventures include Mr. Pickwick's legal case against his landlady, Mrs Bardell, who (through an apparent misunderstanding on her part) is suing him for the breach of promise to marry her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • pickwick papers

  • By Joy on 16-02-09

A delightful listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-09

The fact that the reader of this novel is one of Charles Dickens' descendants adds an extra enjoyable element to the listening of this novel. There are moments in the recording when the reader loses his place or has difficulty pronouncing a word. Other audio books would have edited this out. However, rather than detract from telling of the novel, it just adds to it's charm and is funny to listen to. He really makes it enjoyable and easy for the listener with all the different voices of the characters also.

The novel itself is now my favourite Dickens novel. Although it is basically a collaboration of short stories concerning the main characters along with any other random stories added in, it is extremely funny. For Dickens' first novel it never fails to entertain.

It's a long listen but a very worthwhile one!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful