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  • Going Postal

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,393

Suddenly, condemned arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig found himself with a noose around his neck and dropping through a trapdoor into...a government job? By all rights, Moist should be meeting his maker rather than being offered a position as postmaster by Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In the unlikely event you've never read Pratchett

  • By nicole on 26-08-13

Tony Robinson made a better reading

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

This must be one of Stephen Briggs' earliest readings of Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" novels, and it shows. Stephen hasn't yet developed his character accents -- to the point where some are (frankly) laughably bad -- but, that said, it doesn't detract from the enjoyment too much. (In later readings of Terry's works, Stephen Briggs is much better, albeit a bit idiosyncratic. I'd highly recommend Stephen's later Pratchett readings. Less so this one.) The version of Going Postal by Tony Robinson is MUCH better, but that version is abridged. So, if you want the unabridged version, this one's worth having, but given the choice, Tony's reading is more enjoyable, just that (being an abridged version) you miss some of Terry Pratchett's clever humour. (I have both versions.)

  • The Longest Kill

  • The Story of Maverick 41, One of the World's Greatest Snipers
  • By: Craig Harrison
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 600

It takes a tough mind-set to be a successful sniper, to be able to dig in for days on your own as you wait for your target, to stay calm on a battlefield when you yourself have become the target the enemy most wants to take out. Craig Harrison has what it takes, and in November 2009 in Afghanistan, under intense pressure, he saved the lives of his comrades with the longest confirmed sniper kill - 2,475 metres, the length of 25 football pitches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing read

  • By Andrew on 07-03-17

A True Patriot let down by his country

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

Reviewed: 30-03-19

What an incredible story! Very well written and narrated.

Harrison tells the story of what it's like to serve in the modern British army as it really is, and there are many uncomfortable truths.

A very detailed account of his journey from the day he signed up, through boredom and bullying, to Sniper training and deployment to several war zones. It's a tale of exciting adventures, with brave and loyal squaddies, alongside the self-serving attitude of senior officers and the MoD. And, ultimately, it highlights that little has changed in the way 'other ranks' soldiers are treated since the days of Wellington and Waterloo.

The real sting in the tail comes at the end. The army uses then discards its common soldiers in a manner that can only be described as cynical. Had Sgt. Harrison been an officer, he'd probably have been given several medals and been made an OBE. But then, he wasn't an officer.., as you'll hear in this warts and all autobiography of one man's outstanding service to his country.

  • Frankenstein

  • By: Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 557

Narrator Dan Stevens ( Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good performance of a great story.

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-07-16

Did not enjoy

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

This audio-book is not what I expected. It is well performed, but Mary Shelley's writing style I found painfully slow and laborious. Stopped listening part way through and returned it to Audible for a refund. If you've only ever seen the Frankenstein films, then the book is very different. However, if you've read and liked Mary Shelley's book, then I'm sure you'll like this audio-book version.

  • A Raid over Berlin

  • A Miraculous True-Life Second World War Survival Story
  • By: John Martin
  • Narrated by: Colin Baker
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Trapped inside a burning Lancaster bomber, 20,000 feet above Berlin, airman John Martin consigned himself to his fate and turned his thoughts to his fiancee back home. In a miraculous turn of events, however, the 21-year-old was thrown clear of his disintegrating airplane and found himself parachuting into the heart of Nazi Germany. He was soon to be captured and began his period as a prisoner of war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly Misleading Title - a PoW's Story

  • By rascallybear on 10-03-19

Slightly Misleading Title - a PoW's Story

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

Reviewed: 10-03-19

An excellent story about the experiences of a PoW, rather than a story about flying in the RAF in WW2. Enjoyed listening.

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  • Rumpole on Trial

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

In this work Horace Rumpole returns to delight us with seven new cases. We find our hero jousting with the Devil, being wooed by a beautiful violin player, and even up before the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Bar Council.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly Brilliant

  • By Lesley on 16-07-10

Simply Superb

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

Excellent value, as it's a very long audio-book. Superbly narrated and thoroughly enjoyable ; Timothy West is a perfect choice for Rumpole. One ebook I'll be playing again and again.

  • Duel Under the Stars

  • The Memoir of a Luftwaffe Night Pilot in World War II
  • By: Wilhelm Johnen, James Holland
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Listen to this captivating memoir by Wilhelm Johnen who flew his first operational mission in July 1941, having completed his blind-flying training. In his first couple of years he brought down two enemy planes. The tally went up rapidly once the air war was escalated in spring 1943, when Air Marshal Arthur Harris of the RAF Bomber Command began the campaign dubbed the Battle of the Ruhr.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great book, but didn't like the narrator

  • By rascallybear on 05-02-19

A great book, but didn't like the narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-19

I've read this book, in its printed form, many times. It is fascinating to hear the night fighter story from the other side. But I simply couldn't get on with the voice of the narrator of this audio book. Otherwise it'd have been 5 stars. I think Amazon offer it as a Kindle book, together with the Audible narration add-on, so I'd highly recommend you buy the Kindle version and, maybe, try the add-on narrative. You can always return the narration if you don't like it. The book is well worth reading.

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  • Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: H. G. Wells, Jeff Wayne
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Theo James, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,573
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,406
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,392

One of the world’s most recognisable sci-fi stories, H. G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds established numerous conventions for the genre, including the threat of an invasive extraterrestrial species, space travel and intergalactic conflict, inspiring directors, gamers, producers and writers alike with its sobering story of struggle and survival. Marrying the suspense, drama and urgency of Wells’ original novel with Jeff Wayne’s rousing and flamboyant score, Audible’s new and exclusive dramatisation uses action, narration, original music and evocative sound design to immerse listeners in a world that’s as thrilling as it is desolate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Interpretation of Jeff Wayne's Classic!

  • By Simon on 29-11-18

Definitely the Curate's Egg: "Good in Parts"

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

The performance is excellent! Unfortunately, the reason this is billed as a "Musical" is what lets it down. The so-called "Musical" part is actually a musical soundtrack that often plays behind the actors performances. (Definitely NOT a "musical" such as you'd expect from Andrew Lloyd-Webber!) Not sure why they added such a dreadful soundtrack behind what is otherwise an excellent performance, but there you are. The so-called "music" is annoying and incompetent. 6th Form school children could have produced a better musical score! -- Well, that's MY opinion. The good news is that you can always return Audible books if you don't like them. So I'd suggest you might want to give it a try. The performers are good. Why not give it a try? -- Rick

4 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Diary of a RAF Lancaster Bomber Pilot

  • World War II
  • By: Les Joy
  • Narrated by: Les Joy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Leslie Joy flew in World War II for the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Lancaster Bomber Pilot. In November 2011, at the age of 88, he recorded this audiobook at his home in North Yorkshire, England. Hear Les tell his very own gripping story about life during and after World War II. Listen to Les recall how he was trained by the RAF as a pilot in Canada, experienced New York City and Chicago as a young man and then how he returned to England to become one of Britain's World War II heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joy by name, Joy by nature!

  • By Richard on 11-02-16

Such a pleasure. Thank you, Les

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

Reviewed: 26-10-18

What a lovely experience. To hear the man himself, telling his story as to a friend. I love hearing RAF war stories and memoirs, but this one really stands out. It's as though he's invited us into his living room, hopefully with a wee snifter, and we're relaxing into deep armchairs as he tells his tale. Not all action, nor so much detail about the flying, but (in this case, I think you'll agree) that isn't important. There's more to a pilot's memoir than fluing. I've sat and listened -- totally enraptured -- to other ex-servicemen telling their stories. This brought back memories of those friends and heroes, now gone. Such a privilege and a real pleasure. One of the best RAF memoirs available on Audible. Thank you for sharing, Les.

  • Jingo

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,531

A weathercock has risen from the sea of Discworld, and suddenly you can tell which way the wind is blowing. As two armies march, Commander Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch has got just a few hours to deal with a crime so big that there's no law against it. It's called "war"....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terry never fails to deliver a fantastic story

  • By Mrs on 25-11-13

One of Terry's best books

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

A complicated plot that will bear many listenings to fully understand and catch all of the subtleties. And, as the title suggests, Mr. Pratchett has great fun playing on the theme of Jingoism.

  • Six Weeks of Blenheim Summer

  • By: Alastair Panton
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Six Weeks of Blenheim Summer by Alastair Panton, read by Jonathan Keeble. As I write, I can clearly recall the stinging heat of a burning Blenheim, smells, tastes, expressions, sounds of voices and, most of all, fear gripping deep in me. Flying Officer Alastair Panton was just 23 when his squadron deployed across the Channel in the defence of France. They were desperate days. Pushed back to the beaches as the German blitzkrieg rolled through the Low Countries and into France, by June 4th 1940 the evacuation of the Allies from Dunkirk was complete. A little over two weeks later France surrendered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blenheim Reflection in Darkest Times of 1940

  • By Mr. Alan R. Jenkins on 10-06-18

An unusual and interesting account

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

Reviewed: 20-08-18

This audio book deals with a part of WW2 we rarely hear about. A well written narrative that tells things how they were on a day-to-day, sometimes hour-by-hour basis. Thank you for publishing.

Only fly in the ointment is that the narrator didn't take the trouble to find out how to pronounce Odiham. (Odd-E-ham for goodness sake!)