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  • 17

  • By: Bill Drummond
  • Narrated by: Bill Drummond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

In 17, Drummond analyses the past, present, and possible future of music and the ways in which we hear and relate to it. He references his own contributions to the canon of popular music, and he provides fascinating insider portraits of the industry and its protagonists. But above all, he questions our ideas of music and our attitude to sound, introducing us throughout this provocative and superbly written book to his current work, The17.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Released without editing

  • By Chris on 07-09-18

Rambling and ultimately a bit dull

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-11

I loved The KLF, especially the mystery that they allowed to surround themselves. Here Drummond specifically states that 17 won't contain any stories from that time but he uses the same grandiose language to describe his mission to produce his new musical project '17' but now it feels empty. Recorded cheaply (you can hear traffic and doors closing in the background) this is of little interest.

  • Doctor Who: The Hounds of Artemis

  • By: James Goss
  • Narrated by: Matt Smith, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Matt Smith and Clare Corbett read this exclusive audio adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond, with original music and sound design. When Lord Woolcroft and his team break open the fabled Tomb of Artemis, sealed for thousands of years, they are astonished by what they find inside... The Doctor and Amy have come to Smyrna in 1929 to investigate a mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping stuff!

  • By Ian on 19-07-11

Gripping stuff!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-11

In this adventure we find the Doctor and Amy Pond at an archeological dig in Greece, where in typical Doctor Who fashion all is not as it seems. Brilliantly read by Matt Smith and Clare Corbett (who delivers a very passable Amy Pond) this is both scary and funny. I've listened to it about 5 times on various car journeys and am yet to get bored of it.

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  • Saturday Live, Volume 3

  • By: Stephen Fry, Peter Cook, John Fortune, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Based on the format of the American TV show Saturday Night Live, this home-grown comedy production was an enormous success and bought recognition and fame to a great many performers, many of whom are now household names.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Retro-laughs

  • By Ian on 19-07-11

Retro-laughs

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-11

Stand up comedy from the late 1980s is never going to sound fresh and up-to-date, jokes about apartheid era South Africa and Thatcher can only date badly, but don't let that deter you from listening to Saturday Live. If you are a fan of Fry, Fortune and Bird this is an almost unique opportunity to hear three of them at the very start of their careers and Peter Cook, already past his best, is still very funny.

  • The Dark Tourist

  • Sightseeing in the World's Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations
  • By: Dom Joly
  • Narrated by: Dom Joly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Ever since he can remember, Dom Joly has been fascinated by travel to odd places. In part this stems from a childhood spent in war-torn Lebanon, where instead of swapping marbles in the schoolyard, he had a shrapnel collection -- the schoolboy currency of Beirut. These early experiences left Dom with a profound loathing for the sanitized experiences of the modern-day travel industry and a taste for the darkest of places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing, engaging and thought-provoking

  • By Helena on 26-04-11

Interesting, funny and in places, laugh out loud.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-11

I'm not a huge fan of Dom Joly, but this book had me laughing my head off as I walked to work. This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to and I cannot recommend it enough. The situations he gets into are bizarre, sometimes surreal and very funny. Read by the author, his voice is perfect and his foreign accents add even more humour. A must listen audiobook!

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  • One Born Every Minute

  • Real Stories from the Delivery Room
  • By: Maria Dore, Ros Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Judy Sweeney, Emma Kay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

One Born Every Minute, Channel 4's Bafta-winning documentary series, was the critical and popular smash-hit of 2010. And in February 2011, it was back on the maternity ward for 12 more thrilling episodes. In this wonderful new book, midwives Maria Dore and Ros Bradbury look back over their careers and reveal the extraordinary experiences that fill their every working day - from first-time mums with unusual birth plans to overwhelmed dads who end up on the delivery room floor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My wife loved this

  • By Ian on 09-06-11

My wife loved this

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-11

Although not read by Maria Dore and Ros Bradbury, the narrators, Judy Sweeney and Emma Kay, do such a good job it doesn't matter. You really feel the joy and despair that comes with the job of midwife. My wife who normally doesn't like audiobooks really loved this as we drove up the M1 one evening. She'd been a fan of the TV series and thought this was a really good contrast, showing more of the midwives lives than the show, which naturally focused on the lives of the new parents.

If you liked the TV show, this is highly recommended.

  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 8

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661

In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. His victims are two young women, both found with twenty-four inexplicable puncture wounds, both drowned in their own blood. The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them, and he doesn’t want to be found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Leopard

  • By Chanel on 26-03-11

Great story, brilliant narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-11

I don't think I have ever been as terrified listening to an opening chapter as I was by that of 'The Leopard'. It really is gruesome.

The following chapters are less terrifying but by no means lacking in tension and suspense.

Detective Harry Hole reluctantly takes on a murder case that quickly becomes a hunt for a serial killer, all the victims connected by what appears to by the loosest thread.

The narration is fantastic, characters are voiced in such a way that they are individually recognisable and the narrator uses his voice to build incredible levels of tension.

A really good book, I can't wait to listen to more Jo Nesbo.

  • Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care

  • By: Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
  • Narrated by: Jeff Forshaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565

In one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of The Theory of Relativity in recent years, Professors Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most famous equation, exploring the principles of physics through everyday life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easier than I thought

  • By Mr. S. Hyams on 30-05-11

Relatively easy relativity.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-11

There is no denying that relativity is not a subject that most of us need to understand. I'm not sure if it's something that most of can even begin to understand whether we need to or not. That said 'Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care' goes some way to making sense of the subject for the layman using real life examples and simple mathematical explanations. Read by one of the authors, Professor Jeff Forshaw, the narration is authoritative without patronising the listener. I didn't think I would enjoy this as much as I did but it was a really good listen and I am happy to give it 5 stars.

37 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • The Heroes

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597

They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbour, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New recording with the original narrator

  • By Gavin on 21-01-12

Great book, sad to see it end.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-03-11

I?ve just finished The Heroes and would strongly recommend it - terrific, gritty battle scenes and some great gallows humour from the soldiers help to make it an audiobook you can really get immersed it. By the time I finished it, I felt like I was waving goodbye to old friends.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Unknown: A Special Edition of Out of My Head

  • By: Didier van Cauwelaert, Mark Polizzotti (translator)
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Martin Harris returns home after a short absence to find that his wife doesn’t know him, another man is living in his house under his name, and the neighbors think he’s a raving lunatic. Worse, not a single person - family, colleague, or doctor - can vouch for him. Worse still, the impostor shares all of Martin’s memories, experiences, and knowledge, down to the last detail. He is, in fact, a more convincing Martin than Martin himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly gripping

  • By Ian on 10-03-11

Utterly gripping

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-11

I normally prefer non-fiction, so was pleasantly surprised to find myself totally gripped by this audiobook. I've listened to the whole thing in just three days. The story is well read by Bronson Pinchot, who brings the characters to life, especially the lead, Martin. Waking from a coma, he finds himself in a world where no one believes he is the man he knows himself to be, not even his wife. The story continues at a great pace up until the end. Highly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Oscar Wilde's Short Stories

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

"Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales continue to exert the same pull over the imagination and emotions as they did when he first read them to his children in the 1880s. Written with inspired poetic intensity and sudden flowerings of the matchless wit for which he is so well remembered, the stories combine the wisdom of parables with the impact of drama."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A family favourite

  • By Wendy on 01-02-09

Fry brings Wilde to life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-11

That these stories were written by Wilde for his own children just makes them all the more special. Stephen Fry narrates them with his usual inimitable style and charm and really brings them to life.

The story that stood out for me was the tale of The Happy Prince. Hearing it again brought back memories of it being read to me in school assembly and it was read with such tenderness by Fry it is hard not to feel emotional as the narrative progresses.

I had downloaded the book to listen to with my daughter as she went to sleep but I stayed listening long after she had dropped off. Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful