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  • Vulcan 607

  • By: Rowland White
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 134

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Vulcan 607 by Rowland White, read by Roy McMillan. It was to be one of the most ambitious operations since 617 Squadron bounced their revolutionary bombs into the dams of the Ruhr Valley in 1943.... When Argentine forces invaded the Falklands in the early hours of 2 April 1982, Britain's military chiefs were faced with a real-life Mission Impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant

  • By mr d on 13-02-18

Didn't expect this to be so gripping

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

Reviewed: 09-03-19

Wonderful read. I got totally immersed in this one. Highly recommended. Audible need to list more of this type of book.
Tally Ho!

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  • The Push

  • By: Tommy Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 123

Penguin Audio presents The Push by Tommy Caldwell, read by Johnathan McClain. A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite's El Capitan. On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history Yosemite's nearly vertical 3,000 foot Dawn Wall, after 19 days on the route. Caldwell's odds-defying feat was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Push by Tommy Caldwell

  • By Anonymous User on 28-05-18

Magnificent eloquent work

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

A future classic. Fascinating, engaging and touching. A true master of his arts: both climbing and writing. I am impressed by Tommy’s honestly and openness.
I listened over again on finishing the first time.
Skilfully performed by the reader too.

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  • West Cork

  • By: Audible Original
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,694
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,476

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery.Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story Brilliantly Presented!

  • By Simon on 28-07-18

So boring it actually made good bedtime listening

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

Reviewed: 30-07-18

... as it sent me to sleep.
A great cure for insomnia: you can listen to an episode, fall asleep half way through, and you won't miss a thing.
Utterly dull drone about an unsolved crime stretched out over 13 episodes.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ascent

  • By: Sir Chris Bonington
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Hear Sir Chris Bonington's extraordinary story, read by Gordon Griffin. His memoir, Ascent, charts not only his many triumphs in the climbing world - such as the Eiger and the Himalayas - but also the struggles he has faced in his life bringing up a family and maintaining a successful and loving marriage over the decades of travelling the world to conquer mountains.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By C. Hart on 17-01-18

A joy

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

At first I didn’t like the reader, expecting to hear the familiar Bonington voice. But Gordon Griffin does a masterful job, sensitively and convincingly.
Bonington retells the same old tales with a wonderful freshness then goes on to surpass the heights of the mountains he has climbed, telling a story of youthful vigour and aging frailty and love. An inspiration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Clear and Present Danger

  • Jack Ryan
  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 30 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

At what point does criminal activity threaten national security? When can a nation respond to it as to an enemy? These are the questions Jack Ryan must consider when he hears the awful news: Colombian drug lords, tired of being harassed by US law enforcement agents, have assassinated three high American officials, and that is just the beginning. The message is clear: Leave us alone. But they have pushed too far. Someone steps quietly over the line they have drawn, deploying covert-action teams in Colombia, intending to take the fight to the enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing book

  • By mark on 24-04-15

Great but not the best

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

Reviewed: 22-12-17

Great read but a bit padded.
The reader can’t do accents so all his characters are the same.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Cycling the Earth

  • A Life-Changing Race Around the World
  • By: Sean Conway
  • Narrated by: Stewart Clegg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

Sean Conway was stuck in a dead end life of his own making when he heard about a round-the-world cycling race. He was immediately inspired - but it was a huge undertaking, and he'd hardly been on a bike in years. Could he really cycle all the way round the world, solo and unsupported? Six months later, after completing a punishing training schedule and packing up everything he owned into boxes, Sean was in Greenwich Park, on the start line of the adventure of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great and inspiring read

  • By Mr Paul R Hartley on 15-07-16

Nice

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

Reviewed: 27-11-17

Nice bloke with a nice story, but not up there with the greats of round the world travel writing.

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  • One More Day Everywhere

  • Crossing Fifty Borders on the Road to Global Understanding
  • By: Glen Heggstad
  • Narrated by: John Morgan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

In 2001, martial arts-trained biker Glen Heggstad began a journey from California to the tip of South America on his motorcycle and made it as far as Colombia, where he was kidnapped by local rebels and held captive. Undeterred by more than a month of traumatic incarceration, the 'Striking Viking' finished his trip after being released. Three years later he set out into the world on his bike again, this time searching for truth on his own terms in a world that had become strangled by a climate of fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding insight into the people and places

  • By Mark on 22-03-18
  • One More Day Everywhere
  • Crossing Fifty Borders on the Road to Global Understanding
  • By: Glen Heggstad
  • Narrated by: John Morgan

The best motorcycle travelogue yet.

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Better than Investment Biker and Jupiter’s Travels. way better than Long Way Round/Down. Eloquent and fascinating.

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  • Wuthering Heights

  • By: Emily Brontë
  • Narrated by: Patricia Routledge
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442

The passionate and tragic story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is one of the high points of 19th-century Romantic literature. In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention and an instinct for poetry and the darkest depths of the human soul in torment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best performance

  • By chloe67 on 11-11-15

Excellent performance

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

Reviewed: 15-09-17

The reader does a perfect Nellie Dean and a superb Joseph. Her male characters are less convincing though.

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  • Fascinating Footnotes from History

  • By: Giles Milton
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

Fascinating Footnotes From History details 100 of the quirkiest historical nuggets - eye-stretching stories that sound like fiction but are 100 percent fact. There is Hiroo Onoda, the lone Japanese soldier still fighting the Second World War in 1974; Agatha Christie, who mysteriously disappeared for 11 days in 1926; and Werner Franz, a cabin boy on the Hindenburg who lived to tell the tale when it was engulfed in flames in 1937.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of the best books I've listened to in years

  • By mike blacker on 08-11-16

Rubbish

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

Reviewed: 13-08-17

Inconsistent, often boring tabloid trash. Too much coverage of despots, nutters and perverts. A waste of time.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • David Copperfield

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 36 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600

Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage ( The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brought me back to Dickens

  • By JD on 21-02-16

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 13-08-17

The reader is the best I've heard: he brings every character to life and has a different voice for each. He does real justice to the author's brilliant work. A real treat.