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  • The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

  • Churchill's Mavericks: Plotting Hitler's Defeat
  • By: Giles Milton
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 527

Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War, a country house called The Firs in Buckinghamshire was requisitioned by the War Office. Sentries were posted at the entrance gates, and barbed wire was strung around the perimeter fence. To local villagers it looked like a prison camp. But the truth was far more sinister. This rambling Edwardian mansion had become home to an eccentric band of scientists, inventors and bluestockings. Their task was to build devastating new weaponry that could be used against the Nazis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humbling and enthralling

  • By T. Wyles on 26-10-16

A great story wonderfully told

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-18

This is full of fascinating anecdotes and is wonderfully narrated. The stories told here are astounding and it is humbling to read of such bravery.

  • Candide and Zadig

  • By: Voltaire
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Voltaire's razor-sharp satire on philosophical optimism, Candide, is coupled here with another of the author's most celebrated works, Zadig. Both challenge the moral and philosophical orthodoxies of the day with humor and sly wit, while parodying the clich├ęd formulas of so many contemporary novels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful reading of two masterpieces

  • By Patrick on 10-06-18

A beautiful reading of two masterpieces

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-06-18

In addition to the well-known classic, Candide, it was a pleasure to become familiar with the lesser known work, Zadig in this beautifully read audiobook.

  • The Iliad of Homer

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

For thousands of years, Homer's ancient epic poem the Iliad has enchanted readers from around the world. When you join Professor Vandiver for this lecture series on the Iliad, you'll come to understand what has enthralled and gripped so many people.Her compelling 12-lecture look at this literary masterpiece -whether it's the work of many authors or the "vision" of a single blind poet - makes it vividly clear why, after almost 3,000 years, the Iliad remains not only among the greatest adventure stories ever told but also one of the most compelling meditations on the human condition ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well read and informative

  • By rbooler on 25-07-18

Fascinating and informative

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Dr Vandiver's passion for and knowledge of The Iliad shines through in these insightful and thoroughly informative lectures.

  • Blood on Satan's Claw

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Mark Morris - adapter, Piers Haggard, Robert Wynne-Simmons
  • Narrated by: Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Thomas Turgoose, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 629

Seventeenth-century England, and a plough uncovers a grisly skull in the furrows of a farmer's field. The skull disappears, but its malefic influence begins to work in insidious ways upon the nearby village of Hexbridge. First, the cows stop milking and the fruit turns rotten on the trees. Then, an insolent ungodliness takes hold of the local children, mysterious fur patches appear on limbs and people start disappearing.... Something evil is stirring in the woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Folk Horror at it's best. A stellar adaptation.

  • By Film Lover on 17-01-18

Terrifying and brilliantly performed.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 21-04-18

An excellently performed interpretation of a fearful tale of a seemingly demonic force that consumes a village community. The acting is outstanding.

  • Alien: Covenant

  • A Novel
  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 262

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien adventure. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great addition

  • By Andy on 31-05-17

Interesting albeit a little formulaic

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-18

This is beautifully read but, although the story has some original and interesting touches, it is a little too predictable and formulaic.

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

  • Classic Drama from the BBC Archives
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Clive Merrison, Michael Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45

Clive Merrison stars as Holmes, with Michael Williams as Watson, in this collection from the unique, fully dramatised BBC Radio 4 canon. These 12 stories range from Holmes' very first case to the epic struggle between Holmes and Moriarty high above the Reichenbach Falls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sherlock Holmes

  • By Andrea on 06-02-17

The supreme Holmes audio interpretation

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-18

There are many readings and dramatisations of the Holmes canon but this will remain the ultimate interpretation. Outstanding!

  • The Poetry of Febuary

  • A Month in Verse
  • By: Edith Nesbit, Sara Teasdale, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley, Ghizela Rowe
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

February - the second month of the year in the Gregorian calendar brings not only the shortest month but, for lovers everywhere, Valentine's Day. On this and other themes, our poets, including Nesbit, Teasdale, and Coleridge, have much to say.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting selection

  • By Patrick on 09-03-18

An interesting selection

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I like the thematic idea and, while the poems are generally interesting, perhaps it would benefit from a wider range of poets?

  • The Winter's Tale

  • Arkangel Shakespeare
  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Sinead Cusack, Ciaran Hinda, Eileen Atkins, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

King Leontes of Sicilia is seized by sudden and terrible jealousy of his wife Hermione, whom he accuses of adultery. He believes the child Hermione is bearing was fathered by his friend Polixenes, and when the baby girl is born he orders her to be taken to some wild place and left to die. Though Hermione's child escapes death, Leontes' cruelty has terrible consequences. Loss paves the way for reunion, and life and hope are born out of desolation and despair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exit pursued by bear

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-11-16

Great acting marred by irritating music.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

The acting and recording are outstanding throughout but the music for the songs is somewhat irritating.

  • Hag-Seed

  • The Tempest Retold
  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: R. H. Thomson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

Felix is at the top of his game as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And brewing revenge. After 12 years revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, entertaining and clever

  • By Kirstine on 09-12-16

A wonderful ezxploration of The Tempest

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-18

This is s beautiful reading of a wondetfully nuanced and layered exploration of Shakespeare's late masterpiece.

  • Brand New Ancients

  • By: Kate Tempest
  • Narrated by: Kate Tempest
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Kate Tempest is one of the most exciting and innovative performers to have emerged in spoken-word poetry in many years; her dramatic poem "Brand New Ancients" won the prestigious Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry. Tempest's wholly unique blend of street poetry, rap, and storytelling - combined with the spellbinding delivery of an open-air revivalist - has won her legions of followers all over the UK. Her remarkable stage presence is wholly audible in this poem, a spoken story written to be told with live music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate's style is gripping.

  • By Anonymous User on 17-10-18

A superb performance but why the music?

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-18

As usual, Kate Tempest gives a powerful rendition of her most famous work. However, in my opinion, the music is irritating and unnecessary.