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Cambridge, England
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  • Case Histories

  • Jackson Brodie
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

Cambridge is sweltering, during an unusually hot summer. To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet--"lost" on the left, "found" on the right--and the two never seem to balance. Jackson has never felt at home in Cambridge and has a failed marriage to prove it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • unusual interesting kept me listening

  • By S on 06-07-16

Another winner from Kate Atkinson

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

Reviewed: 16-05-19

Another very enjoyable novel by Kate Atkinson. I loved the way this entwined several story strands into an intriguing whole.. Wonderful narration from Susan Jameson as well/

  • The Universe Speaks in Numbers

  • How Modern Maths Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets
  • By: Graham Farmelo
  • Narrated by: Hugh Kermode
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

One of the great mysteries of science is that its fundamental laws are written in the language of mathematics. Graham Farmelo's thrilling new book shows how modern maths has helped physicists to rethink gravity, space, and time. The Universe Speaks in Numbers takes us on an adventure from the Enlightenment to the present with a vibrant cast of characters, illuminating the most exciting and controversial developments in contemporary thought. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a dry history of mathematics in physics.

  • By Heisenberg on 06-05-19

Quite a dry history of mathematics in physics.

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-19

I found this to be quite a dry history of the developments in physics/mathematics that has been told many times before in popular physics books. It became more interesting in later chapters, looking at more recent developments, but I still found myself looking too frequently at how much time was remaining.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,217
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,726

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just fantastic!

  • By Miles on 12-06-13

Very enjoyable.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-19

This is the first Gaiman title I have read/listened to, and loved it. I had previously watched the American Gods series, which led me to the book; and while I enjoyed the series, the book was even better. The full cast performance also made for a wonderful listening experience.

  • Consider Phlebas

  • Culture Series, Book 1
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,629

The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction - cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Truly Great Sci-Fi Novel

  • By scotty on 09-04-12

I really wanted to like this.

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

Reviewed: 19-04-19

I came to this with high expectations, really wanting to like it, but after 16 hours, came away more than a bit disappointed. I just felt that it went nowhere, with a wafer thin plot, stringing together a series of events, that might just as easily have been separate short stories. There just seemed no dynamic driving it forwards.

While underwhelmed, I may well give the next book in the series a try, because I have heard so many positive things about this series, and I do want to like it.

On a positive note, the narration was excellent, and kept me listening, when I might have otherwise given up.

  • Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand

  • By: Marcus Chown
  • Narrated by: Marcus Chown
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Did you know that you could fit the whole human race in the volume of a sugar cube? Or that the electrical energy in a single mosquito is enough to cause a global mass extinction? Or that we are all, in fact, living in a giant hologram? Or perhaps, most importantly of all, out there in the universe there are an infinite number of copies of you reading an infinite number of copies of this? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Scattergun look at a variety of scientific facts.

  • By Heisenberg on 07-11-18

Scattergun look at a variety of scientific facts.

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Fifty brief overviews of diverse (and quite random) scientific facts. While a lot of the material was interesting, I found the whole approach of the book far too scattergun, and the material not covered in sufficient detail.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions

  • By: Stephen Hawking, Professor Kip Thorne - foreword
  • Narrated by: Ben Whishaw, Garrick Hagon - foreword, Lucy Hawking - afterword
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 801

The final book from Professor Stephen Hawking, the best-selling author of A Brief History of Time and arguably the most famous scientist of our age, Brief Answers to the Big Questions is a profound, accessible and timely reflection on the biggest questions in science. Professor Hawking was a brilliant theoretical physicist, an influential author and thinker and a great popular communicator. Throughout his career he was asked questions by business leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, academics and the general public on a broad range of subjects, from the origins of the universe to the future of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Look up to the stars, not down at your feet.

  • By Heisenberg on 16-10-18

Look up to the stars, not down at your feet.

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

Stephen Hawking was such a wonderful populariser of physics and cosmology, with a knack for explaining the most complicated science in such a way that even a layman like myself could begin to understand it. He was also a voice of reason in a world that often seems lacking in that quality.

This book covers a variety of questions Hawking has been asked, or addressed over the years - is there a God? What came before the big bang? Might AI develop a will of its own and become a threat to mankind? How did life begin? His answers are at once both challenging and informative. At just under five hours this is quite brief, but also fantastically enjoyable - I listened to the whole thing in a single day. I especially enjoyed the brief sections in Professor Hawking's own familiar, assisted, voice. Ben Whishaw was also excellent reading the main text.


"Remember to look up at the stars not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder what makes the universe exist. Be curious". - Stephen Hawking (1942 - 2018)

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Transcription

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037

In 1940, 18-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full Marks Kate

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-09-18

Kate Atkinson, excellent as always.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Another winner from Kate Atkinson. Excellent tale of war time (and post war) espionage, with engaging and believable characters, and wonderfully narrated by Fenella Woolgar. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Erebus: The Story of a Ship

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 502

In his major new work, Michael Palin - former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter - brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross’s Antarctic expedition of 1839-43, to its abandonment during Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its final rediscovery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in 2014. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic tale, written and narrated by Michael Palin.

  • By Heisenberg on 24-09-18

Epic tale, written and narrated by Michael Palin.

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

An enjoyable and easy listen from the always reliable Michael Palin. To be honest, Palin was the sole reason I downloaded this, knowing nothing about the story of Erebus. However it turned out to be a fascinating tale in its own right - the biography of HMS Erebus, part of a doomed expedition to Northern Canada, searching for the Northwest Passage, in the early 1840s. Palin does an excellent job in laying out the story, examining life aboard ship, and the lives of those involved.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Who: The Master Collection

  • Five Complete Classic Novelisations
  • By: Malcolm Hulke, Barry Letts, Christopher H Bidmead
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers, Barry Letts, Peter Davison, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Five classic novelisations of TV adventures featuring the Doctor's arch enemy, the Master! In Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon by Malcolm Hulke, the Master has stolen the Time Lord's files on a weapon which could make him ruler of the Galaxy. In Doctor Who and the Daemons by Barry Letts, secret ceremonies have been designed to conjure up a horribly powerful being from another planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic collection.

  • By Anonymous User on 10-08-18

Nearly 5 stars

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

It was a great book but I would have liked to see more story's about the master that didn't appear on TV, as it spoils it for when you watch the TV episode. However I did enjoy how the book explores the characters thoughts which is not something you can do in the actual episode. I like how each story has a person who contributed to either a dr who or just the episode they were reading. I especially liked it when Peter Davison read out his first regeneration story as I always enjoy the actors reading out story! However if I was being really picky I would say get people who sounded relatively similar as Christopher H Bidmead has a rather low voice which was hard to get to grips with as the previous story had had a more soft voiced reader. As a final example Christopher H Bidmeads impression of Tigen sounded nothing like Peter davisons. However this is just me being picky and I would definitely recommend this book as it was so close to 5 stars

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,695

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

Eleanor Oliphant is completely wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-05-18

I downloaded this after seeing it had won some awards, but knowing very little about it otherwise. I am so glad I did, as it was superb, far better than I was expecting, and read beautifully. Such a moving, tender, portrayal of a young woman left mentally and physically scarred after a traumatic childhood. I can't recommend this highly enough.