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Mrs. T. L. Brown

Ipswich Suffolk
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  • Betrayal

  • The Crisis in the Catholic Church
  • By: The Investigative Staff of the Boston Globe
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

On 31 January 2002, The Boston Globe published a report that sent shockwaves around the world. Their findings, based on a six-month campaign by the 'Spotlight' investigative team, showed that hundreds of children in Boston had been abused by Catholic priests and that this horrific pattern of behaviour had been known - and ignored - by the Catholic Church.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly Shocking!

  • By P. Alsford on 14-06-18

How could they ignore this

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-17

I found this book amazing, to listen to how the Catholic church knew and covered up for in some cases 3 decades of sexual abuse on children by its priests by moving them around parish to parish once a complaint had been made by a parent to the church.
Sending priests that had molested children to so called treatment centres run by the church and then put them back into parishes with access to more children when they were quote "cured and unlikely to do it again" then did.
Buying families off rather than removing the abusive priests so allowing the abuse to continue in other areas.
The Boston Globe did an outstanding job in exposing this scandal and the bravery of the abused in coming forward and telling their traumatic stories to bring their abusers to justice.
I find it hard to understand how a church can become the 3 wise monkeys by seeing no evil, hearing no evil and speaking no evil when the evidence was all in their hands.
I will never understand their failure to protect the children within their care.

  • Doctor Who and the Deadly Assassin

  • A 4th Doctor novelisation
  • By: Terrance Dicks
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Geoffrey Beevers reads this exciting novelisation of a classic TV adventure for the Fourth Doctor. The Doctor is suddenly summoned to Gallifrey, the home of the Time Lords, where his ghastly hallucinations of the president’s assassination seem to turn into reality. When the Doctor is arrested for the murder, a hideous, dark, cowled figure is gleefully watching in the shadows. In a battle of minds, the Doctor faces renegade Time Lord the Master inside a nightmare world created by his old enemy’s imagination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return to Gallifrey

  • By Mrs. T. L. Brown on 01-05-17

Return to Gallifrey

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

This is one of my favourite Doctor Who stories, the Doctor returns to Gallifrey and is framed for the murder of the president and must prove his innocence and do battle in the matrix.
Brilliantly read by another master. Great stuff

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Vietnam War

  • A Concise International History
  • By: Mark Atwood Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Hailed as a "pithy and compelling account of an intensely relevant topic" ( Kirkus Reviews), this wide-ranging volume offers a superb account of a key moment in modern U.S. and world history. Drawing upon the latest research in archives in China, Russia, and Vietnam, Mark Lawrence creates an extraordinary, panoramic view of all sides of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good intro to the Vietnam war

  • By Mrs. T. L. Brown on 01-10-14

A good intro to the Vietnam war

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

Reviewed: 01-10-14

If you could sum up The Vietnam War in three words, what would they be?

Are they mad

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vietnam War?

The last French garrison falling.

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

Ho Chi Minh

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

The suffering of people.

Any additional comments?

This is a good introduction to the Vietnam war, I only knew the U.S. part of it and this covers all the history of the wars there both foreign and domestic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. Philby's two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Retold with Gripping Narrative

  • By Avril Sawers on 14-10-14

What a rat

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

Reviewed: 01-10-14

Would you consider the audio edition of A Spy Among Friends to be better than the print version?

Yes, I can be doing other things and still enjoy my book

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Spy Among Friends?

When his friends and defenders found out the truth.

Have you listened to any of Michael Tudor Barnes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is my first but enjoyed his performance so much I will look for more by him.

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

The spy who sold out his friends

Any additional comments?

I have always heard about Kim Philby being the ultimate spy and he must have been, he made fools of everyone who knew him.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dangerous Davies

  • By: Leslie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Alexander John
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

As plain-clothes men go, Dangerous Davies looks like a non-starter. The small fry of petty larceny and minor disturbances in the backwaters of north-west London are his daily round. His philosophising Welsh drinking companion Mod, his outsized and unruly dog Kitty, his quarrels with his landlady Mrs Fulljames - none of these bodes well for the efficient solving of crimes and the outwitting of villainy. But Davies is encouraged by his beautiful friend, Jemma, and every so often he stumbles upon something really big.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very funny

  • By Mrs. T. L. Brown on 31-05-13

Very funny

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

Reviewed: 31-05-13

This book is so funny, politically incorrect and a great story. You can tell that it is set a few years ago, the character of Dangerous Davies is an excellent creation. He comes across as a total pessimist but you can't help but want him to catch the person responsible for the murder. The other character's are also excellently created and feel like people we have all come across. I loved it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Decision Points

  • By: George Bush
  • Narrated by: George Bush
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America’s 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Listening to the other point of view

  • By Judy Corstjens on 22-03-11

Not such a jerk

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

Reviewed: 31-05-13

I found this audio book to be very interesting, like many others I had been lead to believe President GW Bush was a bit of a jerk, not very good with words, not very bright etc. this book has made me rethink my opinion of him, he made his decision's and stuck to them unlike many others, he believes he did the right things at the right time. Many will debate his actions for years to come but I myself have changed my mind about him. He cares deeply for his country, is proud of his country and let's face it would anybody have been ready to deal with what 9/11 threw at him.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Nixon in Winter

  • His Final Revelations About Diplomacy, Watergate, and Life Out of the Arena
  • By: Monica Crowley
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

This is the remarkable story of the final public and private years of the 37th president, based on full reconstructions of the conversations he had with Monica Crowley, his foreign-policy assistant and personal confidante.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nixon The Elder Statesman

  • By Mrs. T. L. Brown on 11-02-13

Nixon The Elder Statesman

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-13

This is a fascinating book about the last few years of President Nixons life, it shows he was still a passionate advocate of foreign policy in America. Full of ideas and not afraid to stick it down the throats of currant administrations in the White House and to foreign powers both home and abroad. His passion on Russia, China and various other parts of the world comes through very strongly as does his frustration that his ability to get things done is limited. It does show more to Nixon than Watergate, which is in the book and does tell his regrets in his political life. I was truly amazed at how his passion had not lessened with age and he did become a true elder statesman and I have come to understand Nixon just that bit more and can't help but wonder what would have happened if he'd lived longer.

  • All the President's Men

  • By: Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Beginning with the story of a simple burglary at Democratic headquarters and then continuing with headline after headline, Bernstein and Woodward kept the tale of conspiracy and the trail of dirty tricks coming - delivering the stunning revelations and pieces in the Watergate puzzle that brought about Nixon's scandalous downfall. Their explosive reports won a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post and toppled the president. This is the book that changed America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Lee on 14-12-13

Gutsy Reporting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-13

The classic book of the two reporters from the Washington Post, who against all odds battled through the lies to get to the truth about Watergate and the cover up that took down the Nixon White House. An amazing piece of history, excellently read and the change in voices are very good.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Frost/Nixon

  • Behind the Scenes of the Nixon Interviews
  • By: David Frost
  • Narrated by: David Frost
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Following on from the huge success of the eponymous West End and Broadway play, Frost/Nixon tells the extraordinary story of how David Frost pursued and landed the biggest fish of his career. When he first conceived the idea of interviewing Richard Nixon and trying to bring the ex-President to confront his past, he was told on all sides that the project would never get off the ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing book, well read ay the author

  • By Adam on 13-01-09

Classic interview

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-13

David Frost talks us through that amazing interview with Richard Nixon, with clips from the interview included, i am interested in Richard Nixon and as to why he went the route he did, a amazing book but it is abridged, I can't what for the unabridged

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bond on Bond

  • By: Sir Roger Moore
  • Narrated by: Sir Roger Moore
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

The year 2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the longest continually running film series in movie history. To celebrate the most renowned 007, Roger Moore, KBE, has written a book that features all the Bond movies, along with a wonderfully witty account of his own involvement in them. From girls to the villains, from the cars to the cocktails, from the gadgets to the locations; this is the ultimate James Bond book, written by the ultimate James Bond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The accout of a gentleman

  • By Mr John H on 23-12-12

Shaken not stirred

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-12-12

I love James Bond and I love listening to Sir Roger Moore, he was my first James Bond and who better to ask to cast his wry eye over the Bonds. He reads his book superbly, giving us all insights into the world of Bond with his humour coming across at all times. Excellent.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful