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  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain

  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

If you could travel back in time, the period from 1660 to 1700 would make one of the most exciting destinations in history. It's the age of Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London, bawdy comedy and the libertine court of Charles II, Christopher Wren in architecture, Henry Purcell in music and Isaac Newton in science. In The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain, Ian Mortimer answers the crucial questions that a prospective traveller to 17th-century Britain would ask.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, interesting and entertaining history

  • By Kirstine on 21-09-17

yet another great insight to the past

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Up to the standard of the other books in the series. especially the last chapter which really makes you think

  • The Atlantis Plague

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 2
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 349

In Marbella, Spain, Dr. Kate Warner awakens to a horrifying reality: the human race stands on the brink of extinction. A pandemic unlike any before it has swept the globe. Nearly a billion people are dead--and those the Atlantis Plague doesn't kill, it transforms at the genetic level. A few rapidly evolve. The remainder devolve. As the world slips into chaos, radical solutions emerge. Industrialized nations offer a miracle drug, Orchid, which they mass produce and distribute to refugee camps around the world. But Orchid is merely a way to buy time. It treats the symptoms of the plague but never actually cures the disease.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poor research by the author

  • By C on 26-01-15

Heavy going but worth it in the end

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

Reviewed: 27-08-15

Would you listen to The Atlantis Plague again? Why?

It took me a long time to get through this needing to read a few other books in between as it can get very drawn out in the middle not seeming to go anywhere just round in circles but at about 3/4 through the story picks up and comes to a conclusion

What did you like best about this story?

Its the second book in the trilogy and moved the story along

Which character – as performed by Stephen Bel Davies – was your favourite?

Al the characters were good and consitant

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

No

Any additional comments?

the book is part of a trilogy this is just and excuse for procrastinator I am sure the whole story could have been condensed a bit and I will think twice before downloading the third episode.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • One Summer

  • America 1927
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334

One Summer: America, 1927, is the new book by Britain’s favourite writer of narrative nonfiction, Bill Bryson. Narrated by the man himself, One Summer takes you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a plan to carve four giant heads into a mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown, and finished it as the most famous man on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bryson hits another Home Run

  • By Colin on 21-10-13

Very interesting if a little long winded

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

Reviewed: 11-11-14

What did you like most about One Summer?

It covered the american history very well and in enough depth for an englishman to understand

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

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

I like his style he has a friendly style and you can hear him chuckle at some of the more weird stuff

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

Laugh at some of the things that happend

Any additional comments?

This is the fouth book of Bills I have listened to and look forward to the next one

  • Warriors

  • Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield
  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

With an introduction read by Max Hastings. An exhilarating and uplifting account of the lives of 16 ‘warriors’ from the last three centuries, hand-picked for their bravery or extraordinary military experience by the eminent military historian, author and ex-editor of the Daily Telegraph, Sir Max Hastings. Over the course of 40 years of writing about war, Max Hastings has grown fascinated by outstanding deeds of derring-do on the battlefield (land, sea, or air) - and by their practitioners.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly absorbing

  • By cjg on 11-09-15

Excellent History lesson

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

Reviewed: 11-10-14

What made the experience of listening to Warriors the most enjoyable?

The way it went into detail about characters I had only just heard of.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Warriors?

The Coverage of Guy Gibson

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

The narration was very good

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

Not realy suitable for a book

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • C'est la Folie

  • One Man's Quest for a More Meaningful Life
  • By: Michael Wright
  • Narrated by: Michael Wright
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

One day in late summer, Michael Wright gave up his comfortable South London existence and, with only his long-suffering cat for company, set out to begin a new life. His destination was "La Folie", a dilapidated 15th century farmhouse in need of love and renovation in the heart of rural France.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • C'est formidable !

  • By Timothy on 23-12-12

Supprisingly adictive

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-11

I bought this book because I have always wanted to live in France. I found this book addictive and what ever the audible equivalent of a page turner. I listened to the book in about 5 days and can't wait to listen to the follow up. Michael's description of living with Chickens has even made a true towny like me think about it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Packing for Mars

  • The Curious Science of Life in the Void
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected Gem

  • By Pete on 18-09-10

Unexpected Gem

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-09-10

I bought this book on a whim but what a interesting book it goes right into the detail of man space flight and explains a lot of thing the TV never told us, I listen to my books while walking to work but with this one I made up walks just to listen to it!

I fully recommend it if you have half a interest in space flight

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Bomber (Dramatised)

  • By: Len Deighton
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker, Frank Windsor, Samuel West, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Bomber is the story of the final mission of RAF Lancaster bomber WF183, call sign O, Orange, which took place one night in 1943. It is also the story of the many men and women, British and German, whose lives were irrevocably changed by that night's bombing raid. Starring Tom Baker, Frank Windsor, Samuel West, Emma Chambers, and Jack Shepherd, Bomber is a brilliant production.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an insight !!

  • By J-H2O on 06-05-08

A good buy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-10

I read this book in paper many years ago, I missed the BBC dramatisation when it went out on the air so I use a credit to buy this book. Listened to it in 24 hours. although I knew the story the actors brought it to life and really made it seem real. Very thought provoking. I recommend it to anyone interested in the air war

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lewis Hamilton

  • The Full Story (revised Edition 2009)
  • By: Mark Hughes
  • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

No driver has ever made such an instant impact on the sport of F1 racing as Lewis Hamilton. The first black grand prix driver, his astonishing level of success in his rookie season together with his swash-buckling, attacking style has created a sensation. It has also been a central factor in the most exciting and controversial season of F1 in living memory as Hamilton was involved in a three-way fight for the world crown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story of progressive winning, patience and persistence

  • By cmj123 on 09-08-17

Great read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-10

For the interested enthusiast this book gives a great background into the make up of Lewis. It covers his life up to the 'first' world championship in such detail you think you must have been there all the time yourself