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P. J. Bell

England Surrey
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  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,285
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,972

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating charming sad redemptive

  • By sarah on 02-09-17

Honest

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

Reviewed: 24-11-17

So I just finished “how not to be a boy” by Robert Webb which was a goodish book. Funny touching and left you thinking the main character (Robert Webb) was not a great person which is very honest in a novel.

However the pod cast attached to the end of the audible version made me burst out laughing in public place a few times in a row so would recommend the audible version/extended version.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rally Cry

  • The Lost Regiment, Book 1
  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Boarding a transport ship after the Battle of Gettysburg, Colonel Andrew Keane and his 35th Maine regiment are swept into an alternate world. The first human civilization they encounter on this planet resembles medieval Russia, with boyars and priests ruling over the peasants and townspeople. Soon Keane and his regiment learn this world's terrible secret: that cannibalistic hordes of large, fierce Tugars circle the planet and demand tribute - including humans to be devoured.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • harry turtledove like with a Civilation game feel

  • By P. J. Bell on 11-11-17

harry turtledove like with a Civilation game feel

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I wasn't sure about this title but i'd say if you like Harry Turtledove, Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series or the Civilization games by Sid Meier; then you will probably enjoy this!

I have a fondness SF Alternative history combos so was already its target audience but its look at religion, the task high speed industrialization and civil war battle tech and tatics really made this book enjoyable.

Also its nice to have a book where a Quaker is one of the main character and their struggle with non-violence principles in a barbarous world.

  • Spell or High Water

  • Magic 2.0
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A less intense, more fun take on the Matrix...

  • By Suzanne on 03-12-15

More geeky fun in book two

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

Great book really enjoyable i really liked the Brit younger Brit older idea. Made me laugh what more could you want i think this author will get stronger and stronger.

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,455

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Matrix meets mediaeval fabtasy

  • By Matthew on 07-10-15

Geektasic fun :)

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

Like if Terry Pratchett rewrote The Matrix! Funny and enjoyable. Not a deep book and the female character could be better written but otherwise great. Looking for a fun geeky novel to read quickly with lots of laughs this is it :)

  • Theodore Boone: The Scandal

  • Theodore Boone 6
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Richard Thomas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

John Grisham delivers high-intensity legal drama for a new generation of listeners in the sixth novel in his best-selling Theodore Boone series. 'I'm the lawyer, and you're the client. My advice to you is to bury this and not tell a soul. Never. Got it?' Theodore Boone, courtroom hero and the only kid lawyer in town, is facing a tough week at school with his exams. But things take a turn for the worse when a huge scandal is revealed - by none other than his best friend, April.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another lovely little Theodore Boone book

  • By P. J. Bell on 05-06-16

Another lovely little Theodore Boone book

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

Yet another lovely little Theodore Boone book. If you liked the past book then you will enjoy this :)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mitosis

  • A Reckoners Novella
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

From Brandon Sanderson - the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Words of Radiance, co-author of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and creator of the internationally best-selling Mistborn Trilogy - comes Mitosis, a short story set in the action-packed world of "Steelheart: the Reckoners" series. Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back. Catch all the action before Firefight, the exciting sequel to Steelheart, comes to audio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good little interlude

  • By Robyn on 05-01-15

Short sweet same as the others :) (book 1.5)

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

Bridging the gap between book 1 and 2 this is a nice little novella to give you your reckoners fix. One warning it is very short.

  • Beside the Troubled Waters

  • A Black Doctor Remembers Life, Medicine, and Civil Rights in an Alabama Town
  • By: Dr. Sonnie Wellington Hereford III M.D., Jack D. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Kenneth J. Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Beside the Troubled Waters is a memoir by an African-American physician in Alabama whose story in many ways typifies the lives and careers of black doctors in the south during the segregationist era while also illustrating the diversity of the black experience in the medical profession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time :)

  • By P. J. Bell on 05-06-16

Well worth your time :)

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

A really interesting look at the history of civil rights, medicine, segregation and the daily life of black people in the American south. This book is well worth a read and one is left wondering if someone will one day make a movie. It’s full of little titbits as well such and the mother who could not pay for her delivery so her son came back 20 year later to pay for his own birth! Highly recommended!

Also the narrator is good :)

  • NPCs

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters? In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen

  • By DAVID EELES on 31-01-16

Not just for the D & D crowd

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

Great book, good character development, nicely written with funny and interesting story lines! I would recommend this book not just for the D & D gamer but for anyone who wants a geeky little novel distraction. Also the overlap with the idea of modules and critical failure makes for a sub plot. Overall the characters make this story particularly Thistle. Go Thistle!
Also the reader is very good even if he does have a habit of making minor characters sound like Sean Connery

  • Misery

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Crouse
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

Misery Chastain was dead. Paul Sheldon had just killed her - with relief, with joy. Misery had made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of best sellers. And now he wanted to get on to some real writing. That's when the car accident happened, and he woke up in pain in a strange bed. But it wasn't the hospital. Annie Wilkes had pulled him from the wreck, brought him to her remote mountain home, splinted and set his mangled legs. The good news was that Annie was a nurse and had painkilling drugs. The bad news was that she was Paul's Number One Fan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy, atmospheric, chilling, awesome.

  • By Daniel on 15-07-16

Scary !!! and Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 26-05-16

A brilliantly scary story, wonderfully read by Lindsay Crouse, which using interesting themes and metaphors demonstrates a master class in writing. (Such as the tides being compared to pain)! Demonstrating Stephen Kings excellent style. There are shocking screens which make me want to see the movie and a story within the story of “misery returns”. Moreover, it really keeps the listener captivate even when our hero finally thinks he’s free.

One warning! Don’t read this if you are recovering from an illness in bed!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 11.22.63

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,936

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return to top form

  • By John on 14-12-11

Like going back in time with an edge of horror :)

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

Reviewed: 17-05-16

I really enjoyed the depiction of 1950s and 1960s America in this book as it made me feel like i was really there :) Also the characters and story were great. The little aside with the children from IT was lovely. The only issue i had and the reason i give it four stars on story was i found the ending to be what i expected. That taken into account the ending it was the only moment lacking moxie for me. :)