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HATFIELD, United Kingdom
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  • Why Me? The Very Important Emails of Bob Servant

  • By: Neil Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

The star of the bestselling Delete This At Your Peril and the critically acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series The Bob Servant Emails is back with an all-new compilation targeting a fresh batch of email spammers - the false lenders who have cures for the credit crunch, supposed lawyers with solutions for Bob's woes and fake foreign soldiers giving military guidance for his campaign against a local bowling club. They all find a man ready to indulge them and offer a little advice of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marmite

  • By Philip on 25-03-19

Marmite

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

Reviewed: 25-03-19

You should have a short listen to the preview before you buy. You might hate it, but it had me in stitches. The humour is 110% Scottish, and that either appeals or it does not.

  • Yeah Yeah

  • Live in london
  • By: Dylan Moran
  • Narrated by: Dylan Moran
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Dylan Moran star of 'Black Books', 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Run Fat Boy Run' is about to spread a little happiness with a brand new live DVD for 2011. Ageing, religion, kids; relationships intertwine with the general absurdities of life. Searing observations and sumptuous imagery, painted across a large fraying canvas with cruel, curmudgeonly 'Moranesque' brush strokes are all delivered with Dylan's renowned, shambolic charm... Simply un-missable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dylan Moran is his usual self.

  • By Lars on 06-06-12

Laugh out loud

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

A poet of the surreal and the everyday. Few comedians can keep an audience in stitches for so long.

  • Fire and Fury

  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,623
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,601

The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, best-selling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive audiobook, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Whirl of Staff and Ideas

  • By Ricci on 22-03-18

A Must Read

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

A major political event in itself. A must read for anyone interested in US politics.

  • Doctor Who - The Lost Stories - The Fourth Doctor Box Set

  • By: Robert Banks Stewart, Philip Hinchcliffe, John Dorney, and others
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Paul Freeman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Two lost stories from the Fourth Doctor's era: The Foe from the Future and The Valley of Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old stories told anew.

  • By Samuel.P.K on 20-05-18

Good fun

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

Reviewed: 13-01-18

A couple of good Tom Baker Doctor Who stories that never got made. The first is rather gory for me, but in the spirit of the show.

The extras, which seem to go on forever, are dull and little more than a long extended advert for Big Finish.

Worth a credit for Tom Baker, if - like me - you are a fan.

  • Alien: River of Pain

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Christopher Golden, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Colin Salmon, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,036

Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 — where the crew of the Nostromo first came into contact with the deadly xenomorphs — has been renamed Acheron. Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What happened on Planet LV-426?

  • By Becks on 26-04-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

I usually love Audible dramas, but this was a disappointment.

The plot, for what it is, can be seen by a five-year-old. Colonists on a moon and Aliens. Yep, you pretty much guessed it.

Also, action/horror with kids in it just annoys me. Am I the only one?

I will buy and listen to the next Alien story from Audible - it has just got to be better!

  • The One from the Other

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Munich in 1949 is a place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work. It fills Bernie Gunther with disgust - but it also fills his sorely depleted wallet. Then a woman seeks him out. Her husband has disappeared. She's not looking to get him back - he's a wanted man who ran one of the most vicious concentration camps in Poland. She just wants confirmation that he's dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent book

  • By Tom on 19-06-08

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 15-04-17

A great series and this is a particularly good one. An exciting, intricate and intriguing mystery, well told by Jeff Harding.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for parents

  • By Philip on 05-12-16

Good for parents

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

This is well worth listening to if you are a parent. The advice is useful, although not particularly profound or surprising. The delivery is a little condescending at times, but clear and easy to understand.

  • The Scarifyers: The Nazad Conspiracy

  • By: Simon Barnard
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Courtney, Terry Molloy
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

The Scarifyers is a series of rip-roaring tales of comedic supernatural intrigue set in 1930s Britain, distilling the likes of Dick Barton, The Avengers, The Devil Rides Out and Quatermass into cracking new audio adventures. The Scarifyers is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and has been described as 'rollicking good fun', 'a slice of audio perfection', 'the smartest and most enjoyable thing on British radio' and 'like Tintin but with the lights out.'

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • found the music in the middle a bit irritating.

  • By Suz on 10-09-16

Tremendous Fun

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

Reviewed: 22-06-15

Where does The Scarifyers: The Nazad Conspiracy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

There is nothing quite like the Scarifyers. Comparisons could be made to The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy or Andy Hamilton's wonderfully comic Harry's Game, but in truth, The Scarifyers stands alongside them in its own unique brilliance.

Fans of MR James and HP Lovecraft will pick up the loving references immediately, but others who don't take their turn of the century horror and weird fiction quite so seriously will still be amused by the frantic goings on of Dunning and Lionheart as they stumbled from one supernatural terror to the next.

What did you like best about this story?

Made to the very highest standards of BBC drama, the show provides fine performances, excellent script and the very best sound effects on radio.

The plots are knowingly over the top, but they work!

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Courtney and Terry Molloy ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have now listened to five Scarifyers and loved them all. They are quite independent of each other, but I would still recommend starting at the beginning. So far, there has been little to discriminate between them — if you love (or hate) the first programme, you are likely to feel the same about the rest (up to and including the fifth anyway).

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Quite simply, everything works together to make this a very enjoyable show.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny

  • By: Garrison Keillor
  • Narrated by: Garrison Keillor, Tim Russell, Sue Scott
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

On the 12th floor of the Acme Building, on a cold February day in St. Paul, Guy Noir looks down the barrel of a loaded revolver in the hands of geezer gangster Joey Roast Beef, who is demanding to hear what lucrative scheme Guy is cooking up with stripper-turned-women's-studies-professor Naomi Fallopian. Everyone wants to know, and Guy faces them one by one, as he and Naomi pursue a dream of earning gazillions by selling a surefire method of dramatic weight loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and humane

  • By Philip on 08-05-14

Funny and humane

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

Reviewed: 08-05-14

What made the experience of listening to Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny the most enjoyable?

Part.performance, part narration, this is a wild mix of humour, sharp observation and a zAny plot.

What other book might you compare Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny to, and why?

If you enjoy Lake Wobegon Days, you will likely enjoy this. But to be sure you are going to like it, do a search for Guy Noir on YouTube. There are quite a few segments from the famous Minnesota Public Radio Prairie Home Companion radio show on there, including some of the Guy Noir sketches. This audio book is taken from the characters and setting from the show.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Sue Scott in her wide range of comic voices is a joy to listen to - from the bitter landlady of the Shropshire Arms to Guy's on/off girlfriend, Sugar, she brings a unique dimension of humour all of her own.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Guy de Maupassant: Selected Stories

  • By: Guy De Maupassant
  • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman, Jim Roberts, Cindy Hardin Killavey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Guy de Maupassant is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story as well as one of the form's finest writers. His stories are characterized by their economy of style and efficient, seemingly effortless dénouements

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent stories ruined.

  • By Philip on 06-01-14

Excellent stories ruined.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-14

What disappointed you about Guy de Maupassant: Selected Stories?

Such excellent stories — Guy de Maupassant writes such insightful and carefully crafted gems — ruined by mechanical reading. Reader after reader fails to add any emphasis, drama or life to these fascinating stories. I cannot remember enduring such poor readings since school when each member of the class was pressganged into reading a part in a Shakespeare play.

Any additional comments?

There must be better readings of these excellent stories elsewhere — I would recommend anyone to go and find them.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful