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edinburgh, United Kingdom
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  • The Moon's a Balloon

  • By: David Niven
  • Narrated by: David Niven
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Rich in hilarious anecdote, this audiobook tells the story of Niven's school and Sandhurst days, his posting to Malta with the Highland Light Infantry, and how he escaped the army for a new life in the States. There he joined New York high society, before crossing the continent, lured by Hollywood. He returned to Britain to serve during the Second World War, but then made Hollywood his home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I had hoped it would be!

  • By Alison St Pierre on 18-09-12

Velvet Niven

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-11

I have been reading a lot of autobiographies lately but I still return to this one as the most honest and moving. Short, heartfelt and authentic read by the man himself.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Algebraist

  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

It is 4034 AD. Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year. The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of civilisation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By ben on 08-08-11

Perfect

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-11

Iain Banks could write a parking ticket and I would probably read it 1000 times and smile with glee. The man is a genius and the only author I would have to dinner. Anton Lesser reads this better than any other audiobook I have (and I have a few), his nuance and fleshing out of the characters is so subtle and correct whilst not being dramatic..this is a near perfect audiobook on all fronts.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Afghan

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

When British and US intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation, they're ready for action. But what can they do? They know nothing about the attack, so they plant The Afghan, a prisoner of Guantanamo Bay and a former commander of the Taliban.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Review of the Afghan

  • By Hayley J. on 15-11-07

Afghantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-11

Whilst I consider Forsyth a guilty pleasure, no doubt my own pathetic snobbery this novel as with most of his others reels you in and makes you accept his world entirely from its smallest details to the larger world view it extends. An excellent example of the genre.

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • Rama, Book 1
  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book, poorly read

  • By Benjamin on 15-02-09

rama review

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-11

Whilst of its time this is one of Clarks more fully formed and fleshed out worlds with characters that connect with the story rather than just inhabit a space within a wider plot.

  • Stalin Ate My Homework

  • By: Alexei Sayle
  • Narrated by: Alexei Sayle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Very funny and (almost) stranger than Alexei's fiction....Alexei knew he was doomed to be different the day he was taken to see Sergei Eisentein's Alexander Nevsky instead of Walt Disney's Bambi. Born on the day that egg rationing came to an end, Alexei grew up with his parents and the Soviet Weekly. Each year they holidayed in Eastern Europe, where they were shown round locomotive factories and the sites of Nazi atrocities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Punchy, Delightful

  • By John on 24-09-10

red hot

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-11

This is a well written and well paced autobiography unusually from someone who knows how to write and turns this talent to self-analysis.Self-depracating and yet robust this is an excellent insight into a fully-formed and inhabited microcosm that still allows universal access.

  • Foundation

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Jim Gallant
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

After 12,000 years, the once-supreme Galactic Empire was plunging into a future of barbarism and warfare. All knowledge previously created by mankind faced destruction. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, foresaw the dark age of ignorance that was to come, and set out to preserve knowledge and mankind itself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Foundation (the musical)!

  • By J on 19-06-07

How do you ruin a great book?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-09

I'll keep this brief. It is unlistenable if that is word which it is not but my tongue tried to strangle my brain when I listened to this. The music is psychotic...and not in a good way...avoid