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  • Heads Will Roll

  • By: Kate McKinnon, Emily Lynne
  • Narrated by: Kate McKinnon, Emily Lynne, Tim Gunn, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

Heads Will Roll is an Audible Original from Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon and her cocreator/costar (and real-life sister) Emily Lynne. Produced by Broadway Video, this is not an audiobook - it’s a 10-episode, star-studded audio comedy that features performances from Meryl Streep, Tim Gunn, Peter Dinklage, Queer Eye’s Fab Five, and so many more.  Please note: This content is not for kids. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All stars for these all stars

  • By Liza Lieverse on 02-05-19

Not for me I have to say

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

Reviewed: 14-05-19

I had high hopes for this book on the basis of the synopsis. Sadly I only managed to make it a third of the way into the second chapter before the gratuitous vulgarity and generally unpolished dialogue wore me down to the point where I never want to hear this title ever again. Maybe I prefer subtle innuendo and craftsmanship to "in your face" coarseness/ It really isn't big or clever, just lazy, cheap and obvious writing. The actors struggled valiantly to make this listenable and entertaining but it was a shameful waste of their talents. I only hope they were paid extremely well to participate in this desperate pile of tripe.

  • The Path to Pride with Lance Bass and Nikki Levy

  • By: Lance Bass, Nikki Levy, Frank DeCaro, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Recorded live at the Los Angeles storytelling series Don't Tell My Mother, this special brings you heartwarming (and funny!) stories of coming out and being prideful. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Strictly for the American listener

  • By Roving eye for a good buy on 30-01-19

Strictly for the American listener

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

Reviewed: 30-01-19

If I never hear these people and their dreary tales again (whoever they are) then it will be a month too soon. I had high, if misplaced, hopes for this but sadly the terms of reference are almost exclusively orientated to the American culture and way of life which, they being American, is fair enough but it was hard work from the outset and I have to say I baled after thirty-five minutes. I am sure they are lovely people and riotously funny to U.S. audiences but I doubt that I would want to be stuck in a lift with them for any length of time. Some American humour is utterly timeless and without boundaries but I don't think this example travels particularly well. We are indeed truly two nations divided by a common language.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Path to Pride with Lance Bass and Nikki Levy

  • By: Lance Bass, Nikki Levy, Frank DeCaro, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Recorded live at the Los Angeles storytelling series Don't Tell My Mother, this special brings you heartwarming (and funny!) stories of coming out and being prideful. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Strictly for the American listener

  • By Roving eye for a good buy on 30-01-19

Strictly for the American listener

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

Reviewed: 30-01-19

If I never here these people and their dreary tales again (whoever they are) then it will be a month too soon. I had high, if misplaced, hopes for this but sadly the terms of reference are almost exclusively orientated to the American culture and way of life which, they being American, is fair enough but it was hard work from the outset and I have to say I baled after thirty-five minutes. I am sure they are lovely people and riotously funny to U.S. audiences but I doubt that I would want to be stuck in a lift with them for any length of time. Some American humour is utterly timeless and without boundaries but I don't think this example travels particularly well. We are indeed truly two nations divided by a common language.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Eyre Affair

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next. In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio problems mar an otherwise entertaining read

  • By Charles on 06-06-13

Diamonds and pearls

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I am so pleased to have discovered this series of books and I am sure they will get many a listen from me.

I have no idea what all the gripes and bellyaching other listeners have registered can be about as I think the readers voice perfectly suits the materiel and conveys the energy and humour of the passages extremely well. I would much rather an animated and lively style of narration than some flat, lifeless monotone as has been the case with some audio books I have heard. If the sound of an actors breathing or turning pages upsets them then however do they manage when its they themselves that are reading something?

If I had to find one thing to make an observation about rather than a complaint it would be the dodgy pronunciation of certain Welsh place names however I imagine that would go unnoticed by the majority of listeners as I know how much our accent baffles some folks at the best of times.

  • Mark Steel's in Town: Series 3 & 4 Plus Edinburgh Special

  • The BBC Radio 4 Comedy Series
  • By: Mark Steel
  • Narrated by: Mark Steel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 74

In each episode of this BBC Radio 4 series, Mark Steel visits a UK town and researches its history, heritage and culture, after which he performs a bespoke evening of comedy for the local residents. Mark's destinations in series 3 & 4 are Berwick-upon-Tweed; Holyhead; Basingstoke; Douglas on the Isle of Man; Bungay; Wigan; Whitehaven; Tobermory; Corby; Handsworth; Ottery St. Mary and Chipping Norton. There's also a special episode recorded at the Edinburgh Festival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gets better every year

  • By PT online on 14-09-16

Possibly unsuitable for export!

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

Reviewed: 26-12-17

Absolutely top class entertainment as always from professor Steel.

The man is a national treasure.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Potter's Field

  • The Seventeenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

It is the Summer and Autumn of the Year of Our Lord 1143 in which the gentle monk, Brother Cadfael, is forced to leave the tranquility of his herb garden to find the whole truth behind the murder of a young women whose body was unexpectedly discovered in a newly tilled field recently acquired by the Shrewsbury Abbey in a land exchange.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good listen but not the best oration or plot.

  • By N. Dyne on 20-05-18

No new tale under the sun

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

Reviewed: 17-05-17

It is, as are all the Cadfael Chronicles, perfectly executed and uses the English language with the precision of a surgeons scalpel rather than the clumsy bludgeon that it has sadly become.

The reading of this tale is utterly atmospheric and I would expect nothing less from one of the most prestigious members of the Royal Shakespeare Company it has ever had the good fortune to number.

Cadfael the self-effacing and studious worldly-wise hero transports us back to an era when rival royal factions battled for power in England and Wales was a kingdom in its own right with its own laws and customs. Long before our identity and culture were later to be violently suppressed by the Norman invaders, our history and stories re-written or dismissed at the whim of the newcomers and we were treated as strangers in our own lands.

I will not give any details of what happens in this story, if you really want to know then it is here for you to listen to and discover for yourself. It will certainly do you no harm to listen.