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B. Cole

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  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • almost as funny & heartwarming as the film itself

  • By emma on 25-10-15

For (the many) devoted fans

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

Reviewed: 24-03-19

An entertaining enough listen for fans but others will find it lacking. Would have been interesting to have heard more from either the author (rest in peace Mr Goldberg) or the director about their choices.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804

Earth is dying. Thousands of workers, who live in the vast caves beneath Mars, mine the precious elements that will make the planet habitable. They are Earth’s only hope. Until the day Darrow learns that it’s a lie. Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations. Darrow disguises himself and infiltrates their society, intent on taking them down. But the surface is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only one with an agenda.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible story, gripped me straight to the end

  • By Tayo S. on 07-01-18

Derivative and lacking

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

The narration of this novel is excellent - the storyteller copes well with a range of accents and dialects. However, the plot is poor and entirely lacking in originality. There's a few nice twists and, had the book come along before The Hunger Games, I'd have some more respect for it. I did listen to the end, and would - despite myself - like to know just how the hero wins his way, but I won't bother with the sequels

  • Doctor Who: Twelve Doctors of Christmas

  • By: Jacqueline Rayner, Colin Brake, Richard Dungworth, and others
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Chris Addison, Rachael Stirling, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 239

A new collection of Christmas adventures, starring 12 incarnations of the Doctor plus many of his friends and enemies. Inside this festive audiobook of Doctor Who stories, you'll find timey-wimey mysteries, travels in the TARDIS, monster-chasing excitement and plenty of Christmas magic. Find out what happens when the Third Doctor meets Jackie Tyler, the Seventh Doctor and Ace encounter an alien at Macy's department store, and the Ninth Doctor tries to get Rose a red bicycle for Christmas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book!

  • By Heisenberg on 07-11-17

Reasonable, but nothing to set the time vortex alight

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

A range of narrators means you're going to like some more than others. I found a few irritating in so much as the volume of their voice varied considerably. I'd probably blame the sound mixer, but either way it meant constantly wanting to play with the volume.
The stories are quite nice, with a few really fairly good ones. But I can't say I really remember many beyond the one I've just finished. I'll probably listen to it again next Christmas.
Not worth the full price IMHO.

  • The Hidden Oracle

  • The Trials of Apollo, Book One
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Hidden Oracle: The Trials of Apollo, Book One, by Rick Riordan, read by Robbie Daymond. How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. After angering his father, Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love the story

  • By Mils1001 on 07-04-17

Meandered on but didn't convince

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

I quite liked the narration, though question the pronunciation of the ancient Greek names at times. Whilst I'm not the target audience for this story (I'm a teacher doing research) I thought the characters were likeable enough and the scenario decent. But by the end of this story I felt like I'd been cheated. You're left waiting for the big conflict and win. What you're given is a revelation and a battle with a baddie who is introduced simply for a finale and fight scene.

  • Gangsters and Goodfellas

  • By: Henry Hill
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

"In 1980, my life as a 'Goodfella' came to an end… I traded my Brioni and Armani suits for T-shirts and jeans. I became a normal citizen. I became Joe Schmoe," says Henry Hill, author of Gangsters and Goodfellas and subject of Wiseguy, which was the inspiration for the blockbuster film Goodfellas. After a quarter of a century of silence, Hill can finally tell us the rest of the story, Gangsters and Goodfellas picks up where Wiseguy left off, taking readers on the crazy ride of Henry's life....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring Whinge

  • By robert on 31-08-15

A bit indulgent

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

The start of the book covers territory covered in Goodfellows (I've seen film, but not read book) and it felt to me, at times, that the book was created more so there guy could tell his story, and earn some money, rather than for the benefit of the listener. It would have been interesting to hear from the people around him.

  • A Rising Man

  • By: Abir Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 590

Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. But with barely a moment to acclimatise to his new life or to deal with the ghosts which still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Worthy of Rankin

  • By Arthur on 21-05-16

A little predictable, but in general a good story, well written and narrated.

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

Reviewed: 17-07-17

I enjoyed the quality of this audiobook. The narration is skilled and effective-aiding the story telling. The characters are a little one dimensional, but the setting is enjoyable and the story had enough depth to keep me interested.

  • The Road to Little Dribbling

  • More Notes From a Small Island
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491

Twenty years ago Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became the best-selling travel book ever and was voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey around Britain to see what has changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • funny, perceptive and grumpy

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-15

Grumpy and leaving fun

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

Firstly, the reading of this book is wobbly, straying across different accents in bizarre fashion. It often feels like the narrator is surprised by the upcoming text.
Bryson spends a great deal of time moaning, a little time celebrating and a little time informing. I'd much rather he put more effort into informing in an entertaining manner and not bother so much with expressing his own gripes with the modern world. Get over it Bill.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Andromeda Strain

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 505

The United States government is given a warning by the preeminent biophysicists in the country: Current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated reentry to the atmosphere.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Opportunity Missed?

  • By Simon on 18-10-15

Story doesn't work well in this format

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

Reviewed: 26-11-16

The story is reasonably good, though feels abbreviated to me. At times, even considering the context of time, sections feel stretched.
The transfer to audio book is, in sections, frustrating. The transcripts, essentially in script format, are repetitive and irritating. An issue not just with this book but common with some audio book transfers.

  • Shogun

  • The Epic Novel of Japan
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 53 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417

A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern classic historic novel

  • By Mrs. S. J. Caldwell on 17-08-16

A satisfying listen

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

Reviewed: 21-11-16

It shows it's age a little and feels nieve in today's world, but it's a good story with likeable characters, if a little stereotyped.

  • Boy

  • Tales of Childhood
  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 518

Throughout his young days at school and just afterwards, a number of things happened to Roald Dahl, which made such a tremendous impression he never forgot them. Boy is the remarkable story of Roald Dahl's childhood; tales of exciting and strange things - some funny, some frightening, all true. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a perfect insight into the mind of Roald Dahl!

  • By ruth on 02-12-14

Well narrated version of a classic child-friendly autobiography

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

Reviewed: 16-09-16

Whilst Dahl claimed this wasn't an auto-biography, it really is. The story is great fun and there narrator has a range of voices which do it justice. Now it's time for a reread of Going Solo (which, if anything, is even better).