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  • Doctor Who: Scratchman

  • 4th Doctor Novel
  • By: Tom Baker
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

In his first-ever Doctor Who novel, Tom Baker’s incredible imagination is given free rein. A story so epic it was originally intended for the big screen, Scratchman is a gripping, white-knuckle thriller almost 40 years in the making. The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island when their holiday is cut short by the appearance of strange creatures - hideous scarecrows who are preying on the local population. The islanders are living in fear, and the Doctor vows to save them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Evocative and perfect. If you love 4 this is it.

  • By Mike on 25-01-19

Dr Who exactly as it should be .....

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

Reviewed: 15-02-19

The lines are definitely blurred between Tom Baker and his most famous character in this performance*; the two are intertwinable, and its hard to know where Tom Baker ends and The Doctor begins (deliberately so, as I’ve read he always ‘just played himself’ when playing the Timelord).

*I say performance as you have to perceive this audiobook narration in that way; Tom’s reading of his own novel is a tour-de-force. For an 80-something actor to perform his book with the verve, nuances, wit, speed and power of when he first played Dr Who in the mid-1970s is really quite remarkable.

  • Warlord: Fury of the Godmachine

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: David Annandale
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

The Battle Titans of the Adeptus Titanicus are towering war engines, striding to war as holy effigies of the Omnissiah. Greatest of all are the mighty Warlord Titans, their weapons bringing righteous death to alien and heretic alike. Still reeling from a near disastrous battle against tyranids, the Pallidus Morr demi-legio is assigned to a new warzone, a nearby forge world which has fallen under the sway of Chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Titan madness

  • By Daniel on 22-12-17

Relentless and majestic.

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

Reviewed: 27-04-18

This is basically titans, banelords, god-machines and tanks pummelling the crap out of one another. Nothing wrong with that! Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Six Bravo

  • 60 Special Forces. 100,000 Enemy. The Explosive True Story
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788

The No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling modern classic: A Bravo Two Zero for the Second Gulf War. They were branded as cowards and accused of being the British Special Forces Squadron that ran away from the Iraqis. But nothing could be further from the truth. Ten years on, the story of these sixty men can finally be told. In March 2003 M Squadron - an SBS unit with SAS embeds - was sent 1,000 kilometres behind enemy lines on a true mission impossible, to take the surrender of the 100,000-strong Iraqi Army 5th Corps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story, superbly narrated.

  • By sarah on 21-01-15

Bloody excellent

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

Reviewed: 22-07-16

Don't usually buy 'war books' but this was unputdownable - tense and relentless, and a true story
. Recommended.

  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,181
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,189

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of 13 dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By Stuart on 12-06-11

EXCELLENT, but get rid of that music!!!

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

Reviewed: 14-06-16

Any additional comments?

This (and the other Tolkien audiobooks) are all performed wonderfully, but they're blighted by pseudo-medieval musical snippets at the beginning and end, that overlay the spoken word so you struggle to hear the words. This is probably deliberate by the publisher, to stop people copying the narration, but it's annoying nonetheless.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hairy Tales

  • A Collection of Stories for Naughty Boys and Girls
  • By: Clifford James Hayes
  • Narrated by: Sheree Wichard
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Join the Ugly Mermaid on her amazing undersea quest to discover why she's so hideous, and find out why Veronica the Velociraptor has such very bad teeth! Discover Aubrey's Smelly Adventure in the Land of Bernards, and learn that it can be cool to be different in Shipwreck'd Sarah and the Silly-Looking Pirates!Are you brave enough to meet the hideous, toad-fearing Grandma Grunt? And what dreadful fate awaits Horrid Horatia, the fearsome lady-slug?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stories for Naughty Boys and Girls

  • By April H. on 13-05-16

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 17-05-16

this is a child friendly collection of short stories which are great fun for adults too. would recommend it as a Christmas purchase or birthday gift

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 10X Rule

  • The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
  • By: Grant Cardone
  • Narrated by: Grant Cardone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825

Extreme success, by definition, lies beyond the realm of normal action. If you want to achieve extreme success, you can’t operate like everybody else and settle for mediocrity. You need to remove luck and chance from your business equation, and lock in massive success. The 10X Rule shows you how!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Smug, unsubstantiated waffle

  • By Raistrick on 07-06-17

BEST AUDIOBOOK EVER.

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

Reviewed: 21-04-16

Would you listen to The 10X Rule again? Why?

Yes. It's brilliant. Another reviewer said it was like having your dad shouting at you. Unfortunately that's what it takes sometimes to get motivated in business, and make you realise a few home-truths.

What other book might you compare The 10X Rule to, and why?

OVERSUBSCRIBED by Daniel Priestley. Covers much of the same ground, but I like Grant's in your face humour.

What about Grant Cardone’s performance did you like?

He's nuts. Full-on. Ad libs make you chuckle.

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

Not that kind of book, but makes you reflect on how you could have done things differently at times.

  • Kenobi: Star Wars Legends

  • By: John Jackson Miller
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Written and Read...

  • By HappyCamper on 19-09-13

Slow in places, but picks up the pace

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

Reviewed: 28-02-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Get past the dull hick stuff at the start, then it enthrals. Fantastic background sound effects, straight from the movies. Even Chewbacca's in there briefly!

What did you like best about this story?

The first few chapters about the social lives of the 'moisture farmers' in Ben Kenobi's area was pretty dull and hard going. But improved when the pace picked up. The sections about Kenobi and the tuskens were by far the best. Carried on the events after Episode III quite nicely.

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

Excellent. And Kenobi (McGregor's) accent was spot on.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

More so as the book progressed.

Any additional comments?

Difficult brief for authors doing tie-in stories - you have to make sure you don't cross any 'canon' elements from the movies. Good job, overall.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Alien

  • The Official Movie Novelization
  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Peter Guinness
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494

Alan Dean Foster is the acclaimed author of movie tie-ins for Star Wars, Alien and Transformers. He was awarded the IAMTW Grand Master Scribe Award in 2008. He is also a best-selling science fiction and fantasy author in his own right, including the popular Pip & Flinx novels and the Founding of the Commonwealth series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old friend

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-12-15

V GOOD, BUT NOVEL DIFFERS FROM FILM SOMEWHAT

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

Reviewed: 30-12-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Alien to be better than the print version?

Yes, actually. There are some timely atmospheric sound effects in the background here and there, which I usually find annoying. But they work well here.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a great, creepy sci-fi tale in itself, but the novelisation differs somewhat from the movie. Alan Dean Foster was obviously asked to write it half-way through the 1979 film's production, and it is based on an early version of the movie script, as he seemingly has no idea what the movie's 'alien' is supposed to look like - he's very, very vague when he comes to describing it's appearance. There are also several scenes that differ a great deal from the movie version - there's no 'Space Jockey' in this, for example. Would be great to see an updated version of the tale, that ties in closer with the visuals of the movie and the final script. Hint, hint.

Which character – as performed by Peter Guinness – was your favourite?

Ripley and Lambert - for the wrong reasons. When he puts on a female voice he sounds very, very camp. Brought a smile or two.

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

When the pace quickens in the last third, it all gets quite creepy and I had to put the bedroom light on.

Any additional comments?

Still very good, despite the above points I mentioned. Any chance of a 'Prometheus' audiobook, to complete the 'Alien saga' set?

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Unlimited Financial Success, Money, and Opportunity with Hypnosis, Meditation, Relaxation, and Affirmations

  • The Sleep Learning System
  • By: Joel Thielke
  • Narrated by: Joel Thielke
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Get the money mindset and create unlimited financial success and opportunity with this guided meditation and relaxation program, from certified hypnotherapist, Joel Thielke. You can achieve financial security today. It's as easy as turning on the tracks and falling asleep! With this program, you will become more motivated and proactive to make money, creating a mindset that will help attracted wealth and abundance your way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect chill out, and a bit bonkers

  • By Reviews101 on 03-12-15

Perfect chill out, and a bit bonkers

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I've no idea if any of the 'suggestions' and 'affirmations' in the 'hypnosis' actually work, but it certainly relaxes you and puts you in a deep sleep (well, it works for me). I was slightly wary at first, as I thought it might train me to kill my family in my sleep. They're still alive.

What other book might you compare Unlimited Financial Success, Money, and Opportunity with Hypnosis, Meditation, Relaxation, and Affirmations to, and why?

I've another in the series, and it is similar. Both are very long. The vocalised 'suggestions' come half way through, when you're in 'deep sleep'.

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

N/A

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

N/A

Any additional comments?

Hypnosis audios are a bit bonkers (crazy) in my opinion, but they chill you out and get you off to sleep in no time. Perfect for insomniacs. And if the subconscious 'teaching' aspect works, then all the better.

26 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad

  • What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,510

Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education. According to Kiyosaki, "The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost.....

  • By L on 09-12-12

Well, it's given ME food for thought ...

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

Reviewed: 04-11-15

Where does Rich Dad Poor Dad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Hard to say as I'm a newbie, but certainly an inspiring listen.
I highly recommend this book if you're looking to change your attitudes to money, work and lifestyle (and hopefully improve your wealth one day).

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

N/A. Though the case studies by the author were fun and interesting.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Get rich via real estate, and make money work for YOU, not YOU work for money.

Any additional comments?

The only downside is that it refers to American tax and real estate matters, though I'm reasonably smart enough to Anglicise the terminology.
I highly recommend this book if you're looking to change your attitudes to money, work and lifestyle (and hopefully improve your wealth one day).