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Avid Rieder

Worcestershire, England
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  • The Making of Modern Britain

  • By: Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by: Andrew Marr
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

In The Making of Modern Britain, Andrew Marr paints a fascinating portrait of life in Britain during the first half of the twentieth century as the country recovered from the grand wreckage of the British Empire. Between the death of Queen Victoria and the end of the Second World War, the nation was shaken by war and peace. The two wars were the worst we had ever known and the episodes of peace among the most turbulent and surprising.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History Retold

  • By Wil on 24-05-10

So much information in 1 book!

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

Reviewed: 28-02-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this as it covers so many facts but also gives much more insight behind the historical acts to explain why and how. I appreciate some of this might be the author's opinion but isn't that what all historical writers do?

What does Andrew Marr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I very much prefer it when the author reads their own book. The intentions of the book comes across much clearer.

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

As the pace of the book was so quick, I found myself going back to re-cover old ground. Throughout the book there was much detail but I found myself surprised at the abrupt opinion at the end. Very much enjoyed it and will revisit it again.

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  • Autobiography

  • By: Morrissey
  • Narrated by: David Morrissey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22nd 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for twenty-six years, during which time he has had three number 1 albums in England in three different decades.Achieving eleven Top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths), his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful...

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-12-13

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 28-02-14

What did you like most about Autobiography?

I have always loved the way Morrisey writes and his use of the English Language simply fascinates me. As with much of his writing, his autobiography isn't as clear cut as some other personalities (I won't use the term celebrity) and it makes the reader/listener think, but it is that individual style I have admired for 30 years. An amazing journey from challenging childhood through to the current day with lots of detailed insights and stories along the way.

What does David Morrissey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I believe his reading of the book in terms of accent and presentation style was as close to having Morrissey have this heart to heart with the listener himself. Excellently and engagingly read.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely yes. Couldn't turn it off and will probably listen to it again in the very near future which is something I rarely do.

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  • I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,750
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,331

Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan’s never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma? Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You get what you pay for

  • By Ico on 06-10-11

As funny as I expected it to be.

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

Reviewed: 21-07-13

Where does I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have loved Alan Partridge from the beginning and listened eagerly to this 'autobiography'. It made me laugh out loud and kept me hooked. Will definitely return to listen to this again which is not something I do very often. Brilliant!

  • The Mystery of Mercy Close

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Niamh Daly
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 243

Meet Helen - youngest of the Walsh sisters and a law unto herself. She’s easily bored, has an inability to filter her thoughts and was fired from every job she ever had before she found her true calling as a private investigator. But times are tough for PIs, and Helen’s had no choice but to take on the search for AWOL boyband has-been Wayne Diffney: The Wacky One.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good story if you are running out of options

  • By Niome on 18-12-13

Mystery of Mercy Close - maybe just a bit too long

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

Reviewed: 21-07-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

What started out as a very promising story and told really well was just a bit too drawn out for my liking. Just as you thought the mystery was going to be solved, the story reverted to the main character (the Private Detective) and took a while to get going again.

Would you be willing to try another book from Marian Keyes? Why or why not?

Will definitely try another Marian Keyes as I have enjoyed several of her other books.

What three words best describe Niamh Daly’s performance?

Very fitting for this book. The way she excitedly told the detective story then switched to a more fitting style to deal with depression was well executed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Is It Just Me?

  • By: Miranda Hart
  • Narrated by: Miranda Hart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,871
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,865

Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic!

  • By berta on 25-12-12

Love Miranda and Love her Autobiography

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

Reviewed: 21-07-13

What made the experience of listening to Is It Just Me? the most enjoyable?

I really love Miranda and her presentation of her own story in this Audible book is just fantastic. A really interesting way of telling her own story in her own stand-up comedy style which I won't elaborate on for fear of spoiling it for future listeners.

If you like Miranda, then you will recognise shades of her story within her TV series which I find really funny again and again.

  • Brung Up Proper

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Jason Manford
  • Narrated by: Jason Manford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347

Jason Manford is firmly established as one of the country's favourite stand-ups and is up there with the best northern comedy legends. His career began one night in a pub in Chorlton when a comedian didn't arrive for his set and Jason, the 17-year-old glass collector stepped in to fill the gap. From that point on he's never looked back, until now that is.... This is the story in his own words of everything that lead up to that fateful moment – a colourful tale of growing up with lots of family and not enough money, of getting by and sticking together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Listen!

  • By Kerry on 01-04-14

Real laugh out loud stuff

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

As a huge fan of comedy but a little wary of autobiographies this was a bit of an experiment for me. However, it had me laughing out loud and kept me up at night as I just couldn't turn it off. Love the fact that Jason Manford reads it and brings it alive. Highly recommended.

  • 'Claudine at St Clare's' and 'Fifth Formers at St Clare's'

  • St Clare's Series
  • By: Enid Blyton
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Claudine at St Clare's: Pat and Isabel are in the fourth form now and there are lots of new faces. Will everybody learn to love St. Clare's - even cheeky Claudine?.... Fifth Formers at St Clare's: The Fifth Formers of St. Clare's are being given more responsibility now, but is Mirabel taking her job as sports captain too seriously?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Petra Koehne on 12-07-16

Excellent updated version of an old classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I love Enid Blyton stories and (fortunately) so do my children and this audio book lived up to all our expectations. We return to it again and again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 'Summer Term at St Clare's' & 'Second Form at St Clare's'

  • St. Clare's Series
  • By: Enid Blyton
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Summer Term at St Clare's: It's the summer term at St. Clare's and the O'Sullivan twins can't wait to swim and play tennis - and new girl, Carlotta, can't wait to do gymnastics! The Second Form at St. Clare's: It's a new year and a new class for the O'Sullivan twins. They find that there are hidden talents to be discovered in everyone - including the heads of form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Ara on 13-04-13

A Must for all Enid Blyton fans young and old.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

My daughters enjoy listening to the St Clare's stories at bed time and I love the way they transport me back to my own childhood. Well presented and made more enjoyable by the fact there is a cast reading the books. Loved it so much, I bought a 2nd St Clares title both of which are enjoyed time after time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful