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  • Ringo

  • With a Little Help
  • By: Michael Seth Starr
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

This book traces the entire arc of Ringo's remarkable life and career, from his sickly childhood to his life as the world's most famous drummer to his triumphs, addictions, and emotional battles following the breakup of the Beatles. Born in 1940 as Richard Starkey in the Dingle, one of Liverpool's most gritty, rough-and-tumble neighborhoods, he rose from a hardscrabble childhood marked by serious illnesses, long hospital stays, and little schooling to emerge, against all odds, as a locally renowned drummer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's Impersontaion of Ringo Was Annoying

  • By Steve K on 02-05-16

Oh Dear

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-05-19

This has two main issues; the book and the performance.

Firstly the book. I am not sure there is any worthwhile new research here. Much of the work is a rehash of already existing work. There are extensive meaningless quotes from non-important articles, shows etc.

Also there are some fundamental inaccuracies,beg Paul writing Across the Universe, and Andy Capo being a cockney cartoon character.

As for the performance, it made it difficult to continue to the end it was that bad.

Also, the Scouse accent is abysmal. He was not Hollywood Irish. Then halfway through the performance the accent changes, but not for the good.

Why has someone not told him his accent was awful.

Also IT IS NOT Mercy, it's Mersey, as in river, beat sound etc.

Avoid like the plague.

  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps

  • The Music of George Harrison
  • By: Simon Leng
  • Narrated by: Simon Leng
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Far from being "the quiet one," George Harrison was a writer and arranger of terrific power and beauty, and his guitar playing was fundamental to the Beatles' sound and success. Now fully revised and expanded, this new edition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison is the most comprehensive evaluation of George Harrison's musical career ever published.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why oh why

  • By John on 12-03-14

Awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-19

Any value this book may have had was ruined by the wholly inept reading. it was read, so very badly, by the author. Surely at some point his agent should have realised this was a big mistake and got a professional in: it's that bad, don't Audible have any quality control.

There are false starts, hesitations, errors, poor and inappropriate inflexions. There are gaps of varying lengths between words, sentences, paragraphs: but only no gap at all between the last word of a chapter and the start of the next.

The book may be better.

  • The Third Reich at War

  • By: Richard J. Evans
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 35 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war’s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people - from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since. Fresh insights into the conflict’s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler’s suicide in the bunker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By crabbit101 on 30-04-15

Brilliant - must read (listen)

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Magnificent book well read. I've listened to all three volumes and they are all superb.

  • The Third Reich in Power

  • By: Richard J. Evans
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 31 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

The definitive account of Germany's malign transformation under Hitler's total rule and the implacable march to war. This magnificent second volume of Richard J. Evans's three-volume history of Nazi Germany was hailed by Benjamin Schwartz of The Atlantic Monthly as "the definitive English-language account... gripping and precise." It chronicles the incredible story of Germany's radical reshaping under Nazi rule.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very thorough account

  • By Phillip Lawrence on 04-04-16

Utterly superb

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

This is the second volume of three.

Utterly absorbing listen. Great depth and breadth, a masterpiece.

  • Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Max Hastings, Nigel Harrington
  • Length: 28 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

The Amazon History Book of the Year 2013 is a magisterial chronicle of the calamity that befell Europe in 1914 as the continent shifted from the glamour of the Edwardian era to the tragedy of total war. Nineteen fourteen was a year of unparalleled change. The year that diplomacy failed, imperial Europe was thrown into its first modernised warfare and white-gloved soldiers rode in their masses across pastoral landscapes into the blaze of machine guns. What followed were the costliest days of the entire war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Tommy on 08-04-17

Superb

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Sorry it did not cover the whole war rather than just 1914.

Fantastic mix of the personal with the global. Well written and wonderfully read.

  • Darkness at Noon

  • By: Arthur Koestler
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

A fictional portrayal of an aging revolutionary, this novel is a powerful commentary on the nightmare politics of the troubled 20th century. Born in Hungary in 1905, a defector from the Communist Party in 1938, and then arrested in both Spain and France for his political views, Arthur Koestler writes from a wealth of personal experience.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Cannot Listen to This

  • By Clive on 12-04-17

I Cannot Listen to This

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

This is a great book. Utterly ruined by the performance. i am afraid i have given up listening to it.

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  • Hitler's Hangman

  • The Life of Heydrich
  • By: Robert Gerwarth
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Reinhard Heydrich is widely recognized as one of the great iconic villains of the 20th century, an appalling figure even within the context of the Nazi leadership. Chief of the Nazi Criminal Police, the SS Security Service, and the Gestapo, ruthless overlord of Nazi-occupied Bohemia and Moravia, and leading planner of the "Final Solution," Heydrich played a central role in Hitler's Germany.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Trying subject matter

  • By john on 11-11-16

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

i had expected more. Two main criticisms.

1. i never grasped from this how or even why this man turned inro such a inhumane killer by proxy. There was no real psychological assessment at all. Indeed this just seemed to be a horror chronology. Sometimes far too much time spent on tangents that did not seem necessary.

2. The narration is appalling. The over dramatic exaggeration of German names was so annoying i nearly gave up.

On the whole not an entirely successful biography.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Beatles - All These Years

  • Volume One: Tune In
  • By: Mark Lewisohn
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 43 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 81

The Beatles have been at the top for 50 years, their music remains exciting, their influence is still huge, their acclaim and achievements cannot be surpassed. But who really were the Beatles, and how did they and everything else in the 1960s fuse so explosively? Mark Lewisohn's three-part biography is the first true and accurate account of the Beatles, a contextual history built upon impeccable research and written with energy, style, objectivity and insight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The only Beatles story to listen to

  • By mr lyndon p brookes on 14-03-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 27-01-17

Really enjoyed this. only criticism is the very poor Liverpool accents in the narration.

Do not let that put you off. looking forward to the next volume.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • H Is For Hawk

  • By: Helen MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Helen MacDonald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 480

"Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson PrizeShortlisted for the 2014 Costa Biography Award‘. In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they’re the birdwatchers’ dark grail.’ As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T. H.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Autobiography, superb audiobook.

  • By Chris Lilly on 30-01-15

A Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 14-07-15

annoying in a wearisome way both in terms of the book and how it was read.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful