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Paul WP

Bath, UK
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  • The Abolition of Britain

  • From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana
  • By: Peter Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Peter Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Prominent English social critic Peter Hitchens writes of the period between the death of Winston Churchill and the funeral of Princess Diana, a time he believes has seen disastrous changes in English life. The Abolition of Britain is bitingly witty and fiercely argued, yet also filled with somber appreciation for what the idea of England has always meant to the West and to the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Depressing

  • By Anonymous User on 19-12-18

He speaks the truth

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Having the work read by its author is always a bonus. This does not disappoint.

In his inimitable fashion, Hitchens expresses what the silent majority (which includes even those in Westminster) are all thinking but afraid to say out loud.

Great Britain has changed rapidly even in my 50 years. Read this and know the truth about how and more importantly, why this has taken place.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heretic

  • By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Narrated by: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 230

What happened to Islamic reform? Why have al Qaeda and Boko Haram become the faces of contemporary Islam? Why has the Arab Spring devolved into a battle over sharia law? Continuing her personal journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard and American citizenship, the New York Times best-selling author of Infidel and Nomad crafts a powerful call for an Islamic reformation as the only way to end the current wave of global violence and repression of women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitive

  • By S. Morley on 10-05-15

Those in power need to listen

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

This needs saying. Again and again until those in power listen and take heed instead of repeating the "religion of peace" mantra and hoping it goes away

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Letter to a Christian Nation

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Jordan Bridges
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

"Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next 50 years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this...should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not easy listening for religious types

  • By Judy Corstjens on 10-02-11

A useful summation of Bill Hicks position

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

Reviewed: 30-12-14

The comedian Bill Hicks once said "Folks, it's time to evolve. That's why we're troubled. You know why our institutions are failing us, the church, the state, everything's failing? It's because, um – they're no longer relevant. We're supposed to keep evolving. Evolution did not end with us growing opposable thumbs. You do know that, right?"
Sam Harris presents the reasoning behind Bill's statement. I'm grateful for that. And I miss Bill.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blitz

  • By: Ken Bruen
  • Narrated by: David John
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

The Cop Detective Sergeant Brant is tough and uncompromising, as sleazy and ruthless as the villains he’s out to get. While his violent methods may be questionable, Brant always gets results. The Killer A psychopath has started a killing spree across London. Calling himself ‘The Blitz’, his weapon of choice is a workman’s hammer. And his victims are all cops. The Target The police squad are desperate to catch the killer before he catches up with them. And Brant is top of his list…

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • predictable

  • By Paul WP on 21-08-11

predictable

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-11

Don't expect a lot from this. Just turn of your brain and listen along for the ride. Yes, it will be a Jason Statham film - enough said then.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ordinary Thunderstorms

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Martyn Ellis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 473

Adam Kindred, visiting London for a job interview, comes across a little Italian bistro as he walks along the Embankment, admiring the views. During his meal he strikes up a conversation with a diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterwards. With horrifying speed, Adam's encounter leads to a series of accidents through which he will lose everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book, beautifully read.

  • By L. Fuchs on 24-09-09

Superb!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-09

Loved it - great story, read very well.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,657

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did it end?

  • By PatriciaWN on 25-08-10

Standard Brown stuff

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-09

All the typical elements of a Brown work are there. Formulaic, but good all the same.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: David Brown
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

One of the great literary classics of Western literature and the only published novel written by Oscar Wilde. The Picture of Dorian Gray created great controversy on publication because of its homosexual undertones, and was later used as evidence against him at his trial at the Old Bailey in 1895. "If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old...I would give my soul for that!" The wish uttered by Dorian Gray as he gazes on his portrait forms the basis of this story.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bad narration

  • By H. Bacon on 10-10-09

Narrator is not good enough

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-09

I have given up listening to this purely because I think the narrator is bad. Sentences are disjointed, there are unnecessarily long pauses - it just does not flow. I don't want to ruin the experience of listening to this classic work through bad narration.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Devil May Care

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

This new instalment in the adventures of the world's most iconic spy has been written by one of Britain's most admired novelists, Sebastian Faulks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devil May Care (Unabridged)

  • By Katharine Murray on 17-06-08

Sean Connery not Roger Moore

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-08

Excellent yarn that really captures the spirit of the earlier Bond stories. My imagination definitely had Connery (rather than Moore)in the starring role. The bad guy is a traditional 'bond baddie' which is reassuring and there are many clever references to scenes from earlier Bond stories for the Bond purists. This was my first Audible download and I really enjoyed it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful