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  • The Age of Bowie

  • By: Paul Morley
  • Narrated by: Paul Morley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Respected arts commentator Paul Morley, one of the team who curated the highly successful retrospective exhibition for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, David Bowie Is..., constructs the definitive story of Bowie that explores how he worked, played, aged, structured his ideas, invented the future, and entered history as someone who could and would never be forgotten.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You already need to know - not a biography

  • By Rene on 10-11-17

More than just a biography!

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

Reviewed: 14-04-18

This book could not have been written by anybody other than Paul Morley. Bowie’s life and career is described as well as, if not better than, anybody else could have done. However, Paul manages to tell the tale in the style of Bowie. Bowie’s lyrics subtly appear throughout the book to describe Bowie himself. Narrative blends in with Paul’s ponderings of what might have influenced what happened, how outcomes may have been different in other circumstances and what Bowie might have been thinking.

If you have, as I have, been a Bowie fan for many years I am sure you will appreciate the style and recognise the homage to a very special entertainer. If you are not really a Bowie fan you should still find it interesting and informative and you may even come to see why Bowie was so important and revered.

The narration was excellent, I feel this book would have suffered without being narrated by the author.

Brilliant!

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  • Why Dylan Matters

  • By: Richard F. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in 2016, the literary world was up in arms. How could the world's most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter in his 70s, who wouldn't even deign to make a victory speech? In Why Dylan Matters, Harvard professor Richard F. Thomas answers that question with magisterial erudition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful, Informative and Enjoyable

  • By Pete on 31-01-18

Insightful, Informative and Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

An excellent narration of Why Dylan Matters. Although the book is about Bob Dylan and his work much of the discussion around influences could be applied to the work of other songwriters. This is not a line-by-line disection of Dylan’s songs but rather an observation of general influences on his songwriting and the directional changes of his career.

  • I'll Keep You Safe

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Anna Murray, Peter Forbes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,183

Husband and wife Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed: a Hebridean company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth, which has become a sought-after brand in the world of high fashion. But when Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair with Russian designer Irina Vetrov, then witnesses the pair killed by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins. Along with her husband's remains, she returns home to the Isle of Lewis bereft.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Michael D Hewitt on 28-01-18

Very good

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

Reviewed: 21-01-18

This was a good story and well told. However, I felt that it didn’t come up to the level of his other works (the original Lewis Trilogy in particular). Because of the writing style there was some repetition, which can be quite disorientating in audiobook format. It its own right this is a good book, just not as good as the other Peter May books I have listened to. If you are a fan of Peter May you will enjoy it. If this is your first Peter May book then I would suggest trying the excellent Lewis Trilogy first.

  • Flesh and Blood

  • A History of My Family in Seven Maladies
  • By: Stephen McGann
  • Narrated by: Stephen McGann
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Stephen McGann is Dr. Turner in the BBC hit drama series Call the Midwife. His family survived famine-ravaged Ireland in the 1850s. His ancestors settled in poverty-rife Victorian Liverpool, working to survive and thrive. Some of them became soldiers serving on the Western Front. One would be the last man to step off the SS Titanic as it sank beneath the icy waves. He would testify at the inquest. This is their story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Blood, sweat and tears

  • By Rachel Redford on 03-01-18

Not the “run of the mill” autobiography!

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

Reviewed: 21-12-17

In most autobiographies there is subtext to provide a little extra insight into the author’s being. In Flesh and Blood, Stephen McGann has elevated the value of the subtext to that of the main story. Clarification of historical events, along with social and medical conditions, serve to ensure that the reader has a full understanding who Stephen McGann is, rather than just what work he has done and how many famous people he knows.

This is thoughtfully written and excellently narrated. Flesh and Blood is a most refreshing read and much more than an autobiography.

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  • The Wild Truth: The Secrets That Drove Chris McCandless into the Wild

  • By: Carine McCandless
  • Narrated by: Carine McCandless
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

The key missing piece of Jon Krakauer's multi million, multi territory bestseller and widely acclaimed Sean Penn film Into the Wild is finally revealed by his best friend and sister, Carine. The story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just New York Times bestselling author Jon Krakauer, but the rest of the nation too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was right!

  • By Pete on 12-12-17

I was right!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Into The Wild was a brilliant book and film but I found myself feeling very defensive of the surounding criticism of Chris McCandless’ actions. I am so pleased that Carine has written The Wild Truth which satisfies my curiosity about why it all happened. If you haven’t read Into The Wild you should read it, if you have read it then read this!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stoner

  • A Novel
  • By: John Williams, John McGahern - introduction
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

Waterstone's book of the year. Colum McCann once called Stoner one of the great forgotten novels of the past century, but it seems it is forgotten no longer - in 2013, translations of Stoner began appearing on best-seller lists across Europe. William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at 19 to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably one of the finest books I have listened to - why isn't this book better known?!

  • By ADRIAN M WATTS on 21-03-17

This is why I love the Daily Deals

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

Reviewed: 17-10-17

Stoner would never have come close to entering my wish list but, thanks to the Daily Deals, I have just finished listening to what is now one of my favourite books of all time. Summarising the storyline would serve no useful purpose. It is more important to know that the writing, observation and characterisation are magnificent. All this is beautifully conveyed by Alfred Molina’s narration which surpasses any I have heard to date.

This is a must!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Down and Out in Paris and London

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656

An autobiographical study, Down and Out in Paris and London follows Orwell as he tramps around both Paris and London. Pawning his belongings to buy food, unemployment, drinking heavily and jostling for a place in homeless hostels are but a few of the experiences related with candour and insight in this unabridged exclusive audiobook. Orwell was arguably one of the first 'gonzo' journalists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Richard Blant on 20-07-15

Remarkable!

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

Reviewed: 21-09-17

This book would not have appealed to me when I was at school. However, I wish I had been compelled to read it at that time. It is a fascinating insight to another world. Although written some time ago, I imagine that many of the observations will still be relevant and more may even be reappearing.

An excellent narration too from Jeremy Northam.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • My Week With Marilyn

  • By: Colin Clark
  • Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

In 1956, fresh from Eton and Oxford, the 23-year-old Colin Clark (son of ‘Lord Clark of Civilisation’, brother of maverick Tory MP and diarist Alan) worked as a humble ‘gofer’ on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that disastrously united Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe. Forty years on, his diary account was chosen as book of the year by Jilly Cooper, Joan Collins and others. But one week was missing. This is the story of that week, a delicious idyll in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to escape from the pressures of stardom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short but definitely worth a listen.

  • By Pete on 13-09-17

Short but definitely worth a listen.

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

Reviewed: 13-09-17

I was reluctant to watch the film when it was released, fearing it would be a sensationalist "kiss and tell". When I finally saw the film I was pleasantly suprised. The film turns out to be a pretty accurate portayal of the book. If you want sensational or sordid then avoid this book. If you want a brief, and sympathetic, glimpse into a very short period of Marylin Monroe's life then this is it! Colin Clark's recollection of Marylin is captivating and Eddie Redmayne's narration is superb.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • You Don't Know Me

  • By: Imran Mahmood
  • Narrated by: Adam Deacon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 540

An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the closing speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer and decides to give his own defence speech. He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes the truth can be too difficult to explain or believe. But he thinks that if he's going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By The One Who Reads on 30-06-17

Refreshing!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

This was one of those choices when I thought that I would "give it a go" with barely a modicum of enthusiasm. Then I began listening to the book and the tale is told in such a way that I was captivated. There are few things that I hate more than the "innit" dialect but full marks go to Adam Deacon for his excellent narration and character portrayal. The novel is well sculpted to allow for breaks in reading but I truly didn't want to stop listening to it. I highly recommend listening to "You Don't Know Me" whether or not it appeals to you. I don't think you will be disappointed.

  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182

Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and gripping

  • By M. Williams on 17-03-17

Another pleasant surprise!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Luke Smitherd takes an intriguing concept and gets you thinking, "would I or wouldn't I, should I or shouldn't I?" He takes us through the underworld that lies within us and is responsible for how we justify our actions. This is not the type of book I would generally go for but it was a welcomed diversion from my usual path. Take a chance and you may well be pleasantly surprised.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful