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  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,430
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    5 out of 5 stars 8,627
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,586

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Fry does it again

  • By L. Turner on 14-11-17

Brilliant , brilliant, brilliant!

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Reviewed: 27-05-18

Wonderful retelling of the classic stories, so central so much of our culture. Not dumbed-down, but instead, brought to life in all their glory.
Of course, Stephen Fry's narration is an utter joy and his love for the subject shines through.

  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
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    5 out of 5 stars 243
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unfairly neglected gem of a master novella!

  • By Raphael on 04-01-16

Fantastic performance

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Reviewed: 28-02-18

Richard E Grant could read a bus timetable and it would be riveting. The story itself was somewhat laboured compared to Orwell’s better known works, but I persevered and enjoyed it overall.

  • Childhood's End

  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
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    4 out of 5 stars 250
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

When the silent spacecraft arrived and took the light from the world, no one knew what to expect. When the Overlords finally showed themselves it was a shock but one that humankind could now cope with, and an era of peace, prosperity and endless leisure began. But the children of this utopia dream strange dreams of distant suns and alien planets, and soon they will be ready to join the Overmind...and, in a grand and thrilling metaphysical climax, leave Earth behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Story

  • By Darren on 05-08-16

Wonderful story

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Reviewed: 12-02-18

Brilliantly structured and conceived story. Incredible to think that this was written in the early 1950s.

  • 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

  • By: Ha-Joon Chang
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

If you've wondered how we did not see the economic collapse coming, Ha-Joon Chang knows the answer: We didn't ask what they didn't tell us about capitalism. This is a lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists-the apostles of the freemarket-have spun since the Age of Reagan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By nev on 31-03-17

Really absorbing

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Reviewed: 05-02-18

I wasn’t sure what an audio book about economics would be like, but lots of iconoclastic ideas backed up with data to challenge existing thinking.
Recommended.

  • Adults in the Room

  • My Battle with Europe's Deep Establishment
  • By: Yanis Varoufakis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 20 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 433
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
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    5 out of 5 stars 396

In Adults in the Room, Yanis Varoufakis exposes the shocking reality of how power is wielded behind the scenes at the EU - and argues that only radical reform can save it from collapse. Yanis Varoufakis became globally famous when was elected finance minister of Greece with a specific mandate to say no to the EU: to reject the forced loans and crushing austerity forced upon his country by the Eurozone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most interesting political memoir I have read

  • By Nik Jewell on 02-06-17

Sobering but essential listening

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Reviewed: 22-07-17

Like his other books, Yanis Varoufakis give a clear, detailed account of his dealings with the EU IMF and central banks during his time as Greek finance minister. The unfolding account of how they approached negotiations, and their disdain for democracy, is at times both chilling and farcical. This is an important and compelling book which should be widely read/heard. It is well narrated, which could have been improved only had the author himself narrated it.

  • The Italian Renaissance

  • By: Kenneth R. Bartlett, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth R. Bartlett
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

The effects of the Italian Renaissance are still with us today, from the incomparable paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to the immortal writings of Petrarch and Machiavelli. But why was there such an artistic, cultural, and intellectual explosion in Italy at the start of the 14th century? Why did it occur in Italy? And why in certain Italian city-states such as Florence? Professor Bartlett probes these questions and more in 36 dynamic lectures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By mr on 29-12-14

Wonderful - highly recommend

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Reviewed: 09-07-17

An entertaining and scholarly exploration of the Italian renaissance. The lecturer is clearly passionate and makes the subject accessible without ever dumbing down.

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  • Letters to My Grandchildren

  • By: Tony Benn
  • Narrated by: Tony Benn
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
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    5 out of 5 stars 29

'As a diarist I have chronicled the time through which I have lived in meticulous detail: but all that is history. What matters now is the future for those who will live through it. The past is the past but there may be lessons to be learned which could help the next generation to avoid mistakes their parents and grandparents made. Certainly at my age I have learned an enormous amount from the study of history.' (Tony Benn)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suprised

  • By Paul on 23-01-11

An absolute gem

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Reviewed: 16-05-16

Tony Benn writes a series of letters to his grandchildren about the future challenges facing the world. His calm considered and deeply thoughtful manner contain the distillation of years at the political coal face. Whatever your own politics, you will enjoy this book.

  • A Very British Coup

  • By: Chris Mullin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Against the odds, former steel worker Harry Perkins has led the Labour Party to a stunning victory. His manifesto includes the removal of American bases, public control of finance and the dismantling of media empires. The Establishment is appalled. Something must be done. As MI5 conspires with the City and the press barons to bring Perkins down, he finds himself caught up in a no-holds-barred battle for survival.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did not live up to expectations.

  • By David M on 16-02-19

Gripping. Plausible. Prescient.

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Reviewed: 16-08-15

Despite having been written over 20yrs ago, this absorbing and unnerving story tells how the establishment protected itself when threatened by a democratically elected government. As such it remains as relevant now as it was then. Excellently read.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,354
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    5 out of 5 stars 3,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,064

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the '30s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the greats.

  • By Simon on 05-10-15

Wonderful, one you will sit in the car for.

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Reviewed: 15-06-15

I had no idea what to expect, other than this was a classic. Having listened to it I now understand why. I don't want to give any plot away, suffice to say it will stay with me for a long time.
Cissy Spacek's narration captures the characters in a beautifully nuanced way and is very easy to listen to.

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  • The Second World War, Part Two: Alamein to Nagasaki

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects. Using the most up-to-date scholarship and research, and writing with clarity and compassion, Beevor assembles the whole picture in a gripping narrative that extends from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The book to read on the Second World War!

  • By Graham on 30-08-12

Epic,sweeping and utterly "un-put-down-able"

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Reviewed: 20-11-14

What did you like most about The Second World War, Part Two: Alamein to Nagasaki?

Captures both the breadth of tactical & strategic decisions in campaigns and battles, as well as the sense of powerlessness of ordinary people like us caught up in events beyond their control. Also the insights into the egos of some of the key figures. Truly stunning, and numbing.

What other book might you compare The Second World War, Part Two: Alamein to Nagasaki to, and why?

The rise and fall of the Third Riech, by William L Shirer - another brilliant audiobook.

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

The scale of the human suffering is horrific; one can't but be moved.

Any additional comments?

It (along with part one) is a long book, but one of the best audiobooks ever.