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Long Road from Jarrow
- A journey through Britain then and now
- By: Stuart Maconie
- Narrated by: Stuart Maconie
- Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
In the autumn of 1936, some 200 men from the Tyneside town of Jarrow marched 300 miles to London in protest against the destruction of their towns and industries. Precisely 80 years on, Stuart Maconie walks from north to south, retracing the route of the emblematic Jarrow Crusade. Following history's footsteps, Maconie is in search of what modern Britain is really like today.
Fabulous, edgy recreation of the Jarrow March
- By Mr SA Lambe on 27-08-17
Should be on the school cirriculum
As per the book's title, Stuart Maconie (the bloke off the radio), walks the same 300 mile route taken by the Jarrow marchers back in 1936. While he's at it, he compares then and now: the people, the poiltics, the food, the religions; and in so doing comes up with some pretty astute observations on things like Brexit and how the shabby, self-serving behaviour of modern politicians isn't exactly something new. Thankfully, despite this, he remains upbeat and warm and fascinating. Just the kind of bloke you'd love to have round for an evening of curry and chips and a trawl through your record collection.
The Sidekicks Initiative: A Comedy Superhero Adventure
- By: Barry J. Hutchison
- Narrated by: Phil Thron
- Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
When sworn protectors of Earth, the Justice Platoon, are all horribly killed, their former arch-enemies come crawling out of the woodwork. Outnumbered, outgunned, and out of options, the US government has no choice but to activate the Sidekicks Initiative, dragging the Platoon's middle-aged ex-sidekicks out of retirement. Now these three reluctant, out of shape former child-wonders must work together to stop the rising tide of supervillainy, avenge their former mentors' deaths, and bring the world back from the brink of destruction.
- By mat brown on 14-03-19
Having enjoyed a handful of Barry Hutchison's 'Space Team' books, I bought this one expecting some slightly frivolous, lightweight superhero fun. A sort of tongue-in-cheek Incredibles. It was actually more Kick-Ass or Deadpool in tone. Quite grim and sweary in places. Nothing excessive, mind. It's a rare thing indeed for me to laugh at a book but I was sniggering all the time. Thankfully Hutchison does more than write funny lines. Nor does he fall into the trap of slavishly parodying all the superhero tropes, like wearing-underpants-on-the-outside and looking for phone boxes to change in. There was some lovely nuanced stuff when it comes to the relationships between father and son, between lovers and between enemies. You will grow to love these characters, even the hapless Butterfly King. Especially the hapless Butterfly King!
A special mention must be made for the narrator, Phil Thron. What a tour de force! Whether he's growling dialogue (think of Bale's Batman) or voicing a robot with a little old lady AI inside, he never misses a beat. He plays each part to perfection and acts the lines rather than just reads them. Hutchison and Thron are becoming a formidable double act. As much as I like Space Team, I want more Sidekicks. Lots more!
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