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  • Journey into Space

  • Operation Luna, Episodes 1-13
  • By: Charles Chilton
  • Narrated by: uncredited, David Williams, Andrew Faulds, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Charles Chilton's classic science-fiction trilogy stormed the BBC airwaves during the 1950s. Its gripping story lines, extra-terrestrial sound effects, and atmospheric music engaged listeners as never before. Between 1953 and 1958, a devoted audience of adults and children attentively followed Captain Jet Morgan and his crew from one cliff-hanger to another as, together, they faced the unknown perils of space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Journey into space

  • By Nick on 06-12-06

Make Sure To Listen to The Last Chapter!

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

Reviewed: 24-08-17

The last chapter is an interview with Charles Chiltern who wrote it. I was particularly moved by his account of the poor First World War wounded soldiers who worked at the BBC at the time.

Overall I love this series it's a true classic!

  • The Somme

  • By: Peter Hart
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

On 1 July 1916, Douglas Haig's army launched the "Big Push" that was supposed finally to bring an end to the stalemate on the Western Front. What happened next was a human catastrophe: scrambling over the top into the face of the German machine guns and artillery fire, 19,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers were killed, the greatest loss in a single day ever sustained by the British Army. The battle did not stop there, however.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Somme

  • By David on 09-01-07

Thank God I Was Not There

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

Reviewed: 14-08-16

A truly heart breaking yet informative account of this battle. Well narrated and the personal accounts of survivors make you realise that men just like you and I fought and died in a very real war. Lest we forget.

  • Goodbye, Mr Chips

  • By: James Hilton
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Mr Chipping, classics master at Brookfield school since 1870 - an old man - is reflecting upon his life in education. This cleverly and touchingly woven story intertwines a heart-wrenching and joyful romance with Mr Chipping's life as a teacher and the highs and lows that he has experienced in that capacity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goodbye Mister Chips

  • By Siobhan on 30-05-10

A perfect performance that brought a tear to my eye

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

Reviewed: 21-08-15

A truly classic story, read perfectly.

So endearing and moving.

It perfectly captures a forgotten time with true sentimentality.

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  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,065
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,073

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of 13 dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By Stuart on 12-06-11

Simply Perfect!

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit, Part 1 the most enjoyable?

It's not often that the narrator fits the book like a glove, but Rob Inglis is just amazing and really brings this children's classic to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course the main character is Bilbo Baggins and perhaps it's because I know this book inside and out, but he feels like an old friend you've not seen in years and have gone to visit.

Have you listened to any of Rob Inglis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No this is the only book I've heard Rob narrate, but he has the qualities of Oliver Postgate of Ivory the Engine and Noggin the Nogg fame.

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

This book endears itself to you and I often 'revisit' it to escape the harshness of the 21st century.

Any additional comments?

A true classic that every child and adult should read!

  • The Lost World

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

The Lost World is the account of a scientific expedition by four highspirited Englishmen - two scientists, a biggame hunter, and a journalist - deep into the Amazon jungle. In this region, cut off from the outside world by unscalable vertical cliffs and fetid swamps, they encounter a world where dinosaurs roam free and natives fight a murderous war with their fierce neighbors, the apemen. Trapped on the isolated plateau with only hunting rifles as protection the four must use savvy and intellect to escape from this primeval terror.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rollicking Tale

  • By Ms. C. T. Bell on 01-12-13

Get Lost In This Adventure!

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

Reviewed: 29-03-15

What made the experience of listening to The Lost World the most enjoyable?

It's a good old fashioned adventure, definitely one of my all time favourite books!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost World?

I love it when the group first make their way onto the plateau and what they discover there.

What about James Adams’s performance did you like?

The narrator is well suited and is able to project the drama to make you not want to turn it off.

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

I normally listen on the journey to and from work. I found I was really excited when it came to home time so I could catch up with the next installment.

Any additional comments?

Everybody knows Arthur Conan Doyle for Sherlock Holmes, but to me this is one of his greatest achievements!

  • Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales

  • By: Beatrix Potter
  • Narrated by: Gary Bond, Michael Hordern, Rosemary Leach, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter are now available as a downloadable, digital audiobook, complete and unabridged! The 23 tales in this set have never lost their popularity, and sell in their millions all over the world. Meet again the famous characters that children love and adore: Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, The Flopsy Bunnies, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Tom Kitten, Jeremy Fisher, Jemima Puddle-Duck and many more. These stories are beautifully brought to life by a talented cast of readers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • complete Beatrix Potter

  • By Deirdre on 05-07-12

Timeless Classics Brought To Life!

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

Reviewed: 30-11-13

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

This is the best version of the Beatrix Potter stories I have heard since I was a child 30+ years ago when my favourite record was an album of some of the stories.

What did you like best about this story?

The Beatrix Potter stories are timeless children's classics.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narrators chosen for this audio presentation of the Beatrix Potter Stories truly bring the characters to life!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Throw away the Xbox. Bin the Playstation. Fire your children's imagination with an audio book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Summit

  • The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season
  • By: Nick Heil
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

In early May 2006, a young British climber named David Sharp lay dying near the top of Mount Everest while forty other climbers walked past him on their way to the summit. A week later, Lincoln Hall, a seasoned Australian climber, was left for dead near the same spot. Hall's death was reported around the world, but the next day he was found alive after spending the night on the upper mountain with no food and no shelter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly full of journo speak

  • By Rose on 11-02-19

Simply Brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-13

One of the best books I've listened to!



Such an interesting book.



Very well written!



Kept me on the edge og my seat!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Beowulf

  • By: Robert K. Gordon, translator
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Beowulf is considered the finest heroic poem in Old English. It celebrates the character and exploits of Beowulf, a young nobleman and warrior, as he proves his superhuman strength and endurance. He also represents the ideal lord and vassal, rewarding his men generously and accomplishing glorious deeds to honor his king.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One to read before you die

  • By S(ean) on 08-08-12

One to read before you die

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-12

A great version of this classic.

Not sure if it would be easier to read than listen to as it is in old English/Anglo Saxon English.

Nevertheless one of the hundred titles to read before you die.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sniper

  • American Single-Shot Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • By: Gina Cavallaro, Matt Larsen
  • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin, Johnny Heller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

From Afghanistan's Hindu Kush peaks and sunbaked Helmand Valley to Baghdad, Mosul and Ramadi in Iraq, American snipers have braved heart-pounding situations to hit their human targets dead-on. Few military feats stir the imagination like the image of a pair of riflemen waiting quietly in a building, a bomb crater, or a mountain pass for a Taliban or Al Qaeda fighter to walk into their crosshairs. Sniper presents real-life tales from the military's frontline snipers---their hits and their misses, the anguish of loss, and the anxiety of the first kill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Everything you wanted to know about being a sniper

  • By S(ean) on 29-05-12

Everything you wanted to know about being a sniper

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-12

Let me begin by saying this is a very interesting book all about sniper missions in the Middle East conflict zones. The book itself wins the 4 stars.

There are two narrators who if they read the book in their normal accents would've made it 5 stars. But the female narrator's regional american accents were poor but I burst into fits of laughter in the car listening to her Irish accent! It was the funniest thing I'd heard in ages.

Overall a good book though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Steve Jobs

  • The Exclusive Biography
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson (introduction)
  • Length: 25 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,425

In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Adam on 01-11-11

Thanks for the iPod but....

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-12

I guess you don't have to be a nice guy to be a genius and I think that description certainly fits Steve Jobs.

I don't want to ruin the book if you're planning on reading it, but let's just say he could've been a nicer guy to those around him.

But then, perhaps nice guys finish second!

Quite a long slog as an audio book and I was glad when it was over hence only 3 stars.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful