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  • What Does This Button Do?

  • By: Bruce Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Bruce Dickinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015

Pioneers of Britain's nascent rock and metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style and stage presence of its second but twice-longest-serving lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden's front man - first from 1981 to 1993, and then from 1999 to the present - Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scream for me Audible

  • By Neil Pardoe on 19-10-17

Not just about the music

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

Reviewed: 18-02-18

I bought the audiobook as I'm aware Bruce Dickinson has had a varied life, and with a title like 'What does this button do?', it begged to be listened to.

Any author who reads their own work usually brings something that only they can to their work, and this is no exception. Bruce has an ability to engage the listener (or reader), and is clearly an entertainer at heart.

If you enjoy autobiographies, get this one - you will not be disappointed.





  • A Lion Called Christian

  • By: Anthony Bourke, John Rendall
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

A Lion Called Christian relates how Anthony ‘Ace’ Bourke and John Rendall visited London from Australia in 1969 and bought a boisterous lion cub in Harrods. For a while, the three of them lived together as flatmates on the King’s Road, Chelsea, where Christian became a local celebrity. But he was growing up, fast, and even the church garden in which he exercised was becoming too small for him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you liked 'Born Wild', download this.

  • By Mike D. on 05-12-16

If you liked 'Born Wild', download this.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

Having learned about Christian originally in 'Born Wild', 'A Lion Called Christian' tells his full story.

Although it is a relatively short book, it's a tremendous companion to Tony Fitzjohns excellent 'Born Wild', and well worth the download.

However, during John Lees narration his accent seemed to drift out of English into a quasi-Australian accent early in the book, and later had elements of a South African pronunciation with selected words. Despite this, if you persevere through the first couple of chapters his accent thankfully settles down. As a result, I've marked the performance down. I will add that this does not detract from the overall story though.

Had the performance been better, it would have been a 5 star review all round.

In summary, if you enjoy anything safari / African / wildlife related, you will definitely enjoy this.

  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965

Springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Low down dirty double crossing ...

  • By Stuart on 08-02-13

Not quite the 'epic fantasy' hoped for

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

Reviewed: 29-11-16

I enjoy epic fiction / fantasy novels (a good example would be 'Magician' by Raymond Feist), and had high hopes for this book given the reviews.

It's not the worst I have heard, but sadly, I couldn't finish this. I found the storyline to wander, with characters that didn't grasp or hold my attention.

Some of the voice characterizations I felt bordered almost on the pantomime level.

One for the 'return' pile.

  • Born Wild

  • By: Tony Fitzjohn
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Born Wild' is a story of passion, adventure and skullduggery on the frontline of African conservation. Following Tony Fitzjohn’s journey from London bad boy to African wildlife warrior, the heart of the story is a series of love affairs with the world’s most beautiful and endangered creatures - affairs that so often end in pain. For to succeed in re-introducing a lion or leopard to the wild is to be deprived of their companionship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An African tale well worth listening to

  • By Mike D. on 08-11-16

An African tale well worth listening to

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16


Tony Fitzjohns story is fascinating, and John Telfers narration fits very well.

There are a number of audiobooks available that proclaim that if you've spent time on the African continent, they will take you back when you listen to them. Having lived on the African continent for a while, not one of the books has given that feeling of reminiscence.

Except this one.

The story is first class - from the tale of when he first encountered Christian the lion (who was bought by John Rendall and Anthony "Ace" Bourke from Harrods department store in London, England, in 1969), through his experiences working closely with the tremendous George Adamson, this is a story for anybody who has been fortunate enough to spend time with African wildlife in their natural habitat.

Even if you haven't been to Africa, but you have an interest in wildlife conservation, please take time to download this book - you will not be disappointed.

From the multitude of books I have read and listened to, there are only a few that I would go back to again and again. This, along with Ray Mears' excellent 'My Outdoor Life', are two of them.

Excellent - truly excellent.

Download, listen, and enjoy.

  • Spectacles

  • By: Sue Perkins
  • Narrated by: Sue Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,232

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Spectacles, the hilarious, creative and incredibly moving memoir from much loved comedian, writer and presenter Sue Perkins. When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn't kept some of it. She had kept all of it - every bus ticket, postcard, school report....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Jeannette on 31-01-16

Easy listening, with an interesting story

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

Reviewed: 27-10-16

I downloaded this audiobook based on other reviews, and was pleasantly surprised.

Read by the author, this book is definitely engaging, and time flew by whilst listening to it.

Sues performance is excellent, with some very good use of accents.

Well worth the download. Very, very enjoyable.

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 26-05-18

Not what I was hoping for...

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

Reviewed: 27-10-16

Given some of the 5 star reviews posted for this, I was expecting a lot more from this audiobook.

Sadly, I felt that it was an average story, with an average performance. Nothing special or compelling.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Magicians of the Gods

  • The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth's Lost Civilisation – the sequel to Fingerprints of the Gods
  • By: Graham Hancock
  • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

Graham Hancock's multimillion best seller Fingerprints of the Gods remains an astonishing, deeply controversial, wide-ranging investigation of the mysteries of our past and the evidence for Earth's lost civilization. Twenty years on, Hancock returns with the sequel to his seminal work filled with completely new scientific and archaeological evidence which has only recently come to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By A on 14-12-15

Something different to listen to...

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

Reviewed: 29-09-16

Graham Hancock, reading his own work has a clear voice, and it's easy to listen to.

There is much debate over the veracity of Graham Hancocks findings, and as my headline for the review states, it's something different to listen to if you find yourself on long commutes in the car.

Like all things though, it's worth doing your own research on the topics presented in the book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Scary Monsters and Supercreeps

  • By: Dom Joly
  • Narrated by: Dom Joly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 411

Dom Joly sets off round the world again, but this time he's not looking to holiday in a danger zone - he's monster hunting. In Scary Monsters and Super Creeps he heads to six completely different destinations to investigate local monster sightings.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • dont

  • By richard williams on 14-05-18

Great stuff!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

Great book from Dom.

His travel adventures get better and better with each book.

Download and enjoy.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Alien: Out of the Shadows
    An Audible Original Drama
    
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    Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    5,053 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,692

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!!!

  • By Chris on 27-04-16

Enjoyable, but with a plot very similar to the original 'Alien'

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

Not so much an audiobook, but a dramatization.

Although the actual plot is similar to the original Alien movie, it is still worth listening to. The voice acting is carried out well, and the sound effects add to the experience.

  • Wars of the Roses: Trinity

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Wars of the Roses: Trinity, the second instalment in Conn Iggulden's thrilling Wars of the Roses trilogy. 1454: King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle, struck down by his illness for over a year, his eyes vacant, his mind a blank. His fiercely loyal wife and Queen, Margaret of Anjou, safeguards her husband's interests, hoping that her son Edward will one day know the love of his father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Queen Margaret and Richard, Duke of York

  • By Norma Miles on 11-05-15

Tremendous

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

It's rare that a second in series meets the expectations set by the first, but Conn Iggulden has managed to keep the high standard set by the first installment in the Wars of the Roses series.

Roy McMillan continues to provide superb narration to a magnificent story.

Download, and enjoy.