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  • Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

  • By: Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Michael Caine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

With over 100 movies to his credit over five decades, Hollywood legend and British national treasure Michael Caine shares the wisdom, stories, insight and skills for success in life that acting has taught him in his remarkable career. One of our best-loved actors Michael Caine has starred in everything from classic British films Alfie, Zulu and The Italian Job to the Hollywood blockbusting The Dark Knight trilogy and much-loved movie favourites Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hannah and Her Sisters and The Quiet American. Caine has excelled in every kind of role - with a skill that's made it look easy.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Find what you love and do it as well as you can'

  • By Mark on 26-10-18

Go Out And Blow The Bloody Doors Off!

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

Please Sir, can I have some more?

Listening to Michael’s story is the best six hours I have spent of my life. I wouldn’t expect anything less, but is it possible that listening to him can get any better.
Throughout, it was like being in a pub with a pint on a wet afternoon and chatting with him about his life of movies and family...and wonderful advise along the way.
An absolute must for budding actors, people starting out on their careers and for we oldies.
It can’t get better than this. Thank you, Sir Michael for all that you have given us for so many years.

  • A Week in December

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

A Week in December is Sebastian Faulks's first wholly contemporary novel. Set in London, it's a brilliant social satire, structured like a thriller, that takes place over the course of a single week at the end of 2007. It brings together an intriguing cast of characters, each apparently in his or her own world but - as gradually becomes clear - ultimately intricately related.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Agatha on 08-10-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

It has taken me so long to read/listen to this book...why did it take so long? Every word is gripping as the lives of the characters unfold.
Don’t delay, listen to an excellent story.

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  • David Jason

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Robin Morgan-Bentley
  • Narrated by: David Jason
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 98

Sir David Jason, legendary television actor and comedian, joins us to talk about his role as the narrator in Audible’s original adaptation of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals. The 37th Discworld novel, Unseen Academicals follows the wizards of Unseen University as they’re introduced to the game - and world - of football, whilst the citizens of Ankh-Morpork hope for their team’s victory on the pitch. We talk to David about his time in the recording studio and Pratchett’s incredible legacy. Also looking back at his own outstanding career, we discuss David’s embarrassing audition moments, his iconic roles and what Del Boy would think of Brexit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • quality

  • By Pete on 17-07-18

Thoroughly Enjoyable and Enlightening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-18

What a joy to hear some of the stories behind David Jason’s wonderful acting career.
From knocking heels in early auditions right through to latter days of how A Touch of Frost came about, to the beginnings of Del Boys character is a delight.
Thank you for a fun and interesting 30 minutes.

  • David Copperfield (Dramatised)

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes, Timothy Spall, Phil Daniels, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

David Copperfield is the story of a boy growing to maturity in the affairs of the world and of the heart, surrounded by some of Dickens' most memorable characters: David's eccentric great-aunt, Miss Betsey Trotwood; the ever-optimistic Mr Micawber; jolly Peggotty and her willing husband Barkis; the charming Steerforth; the ever so 'umble Uriah Heep; and the foolishly innocent Dora. But will David finally find happiness with the faithful Agnes Wickfield, whom he has known since childhood?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • outstanding classic drama

  • By susie on 15-12-14

Charles Dickens and BBC At Their Best

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

The story tells us of the worst and the best of humanity. Such is the powerful writing of Charles Dickens and the casts acting ability had me in tears and in shock when telling the time of David Copperfield, his cruel step father and his sister. Then the joy of meeting his aunt when begging for help.
So many strong and interesting characters in one story, each with their own role in life which involved David Copoerfield to develop and round his kind soul.
This dramatisation is a must for a Dickens follower and an excellent introduction to people have not met David Copperfield.or Charles Dickens.

  • So, Anyway...

  • The Autobiography
  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339

John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic homelife, with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work, as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh Out Loud!

  • By Rachel Redford on 29-11-16

An Absolute Joy

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

How could it get better...John Cleese narrating his life’s story.
Listening to his story of things I didn’t know was very interesting and the things that I did know was so so good to hear again and his story told in such relish as only John Cleese could do.
There is a lot of interesting and intriguing history of comedians throughout the book.
The portrayal of the meeting with the Hollywood producer is one the funniest stories I have ever heard and the vision of Ernest Burgoyne, Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren tied to pigs will be hard to forget...the story is a must!
Highly recommended for John Cleese fans.
Michael Palin’s involvement was a very nice touch and a lot of fun.

  • Neither Here nor There

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615

In Neither Here nor There Bill Bryson brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was thinking of stoppong half way through

  • By David on 08-07-16

Europe- More Blissful Travel

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

Reviewed: 21-02-18

As I get older and due to restricted movement, my adult years of travel have come to end. This new chapter of my journey I hate with avengence. When I was able to travel, I rarely read travel books as I was too busy doing my own travel with my own many adventures. Now I copiously read/listen to travel books to satisfy my hunger.
Bill Bryson is my saviour and medicine.
This book covers many places I have visited in Europe. It is so beautifully descriptive of local customs of past and present, the people, the scenery, the good and the bad of travel and has so much belly laughter humour.
This trip is ideal for anyone wanting to visit Europe with Bill Bryson - it’s another great journey...thanks Bill

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • MEMBER GIFT: The Tales of Max Carrados

  • By: Ernest Bramah
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,168

Max Carrados, a fictional detective series, was first introduced to the literary world by Ernest Bramah in 1914. In the Edwardian era, Carrados' stories often outsold Sherlock Holmes, with the blind detective sharing top billing with his fictional rival. George Orwell wrote that together with those of Conan Doyle, they were "the only detective stories since Poe that are worth rereading".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Lena on 17-12-15

What a Pleasure to Meet Max Carrodos

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Until receiving this gift from The Sunday Times, I had never heard of Max Carrodos. How the hour slipped by so quickly listening to the story of Max Carridos and learning of his amazing detective skills and abilities and his wide breadth of knowledge. The story was wonderfully narrated by the so very talented Stephen Fry. George Orwell stated that since Poe, there were only two fictional detectives worth reading: Sherlock Holmes and Max Carrodos. I will now be following Max Carrodos and I highly recommend this audiobook.

  • Eastern Horizons

  • Hitchhiking the Silk Road
  • By: Levison Wood
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Levison Wood was only 22 when he decided to hitchhike from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but he wasn't the conventional follower of the hippy trail. A fascination with the deeds of the early explorers, a history degree in the bag, an army career already planned and a shoestring budget of £750 - including for the flight home - he was determined to find out more about the countries of the Caucasus and beyond - and meet the people who lived and worked there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Journey

  • By Agatha on 25-01-18

Wonderful Journey

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-18

From the very first sentence I knew this journey was me.
Levison Wood’s writing is clear and absorbing. His explanation of how his love of travel was instilled in him is a wonderful story in itself.
As he set off on his travels I set up my atlas to journey with him. Apart from the joys of hearing his adventures, I have learnt so much geography and history and gained understanding of things unknown or of scant knowledge. Google has furthered the knowledge. I learnt about local culture of races; their customs and daily life.
This book is choice for anyone interested in countries related to the Silk Road or interested in hearing a well written travel book.
It would also be a great choice for students learning about this region.
I cannot recommend the book highly enough and I will be reading more if work.
The narrator, Barnaby Edwards was excellent and set the tone perfectly for the listener to become absorbed in the story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Uncommon Type

  • Some Stories
  • By: Tom Hanks
  • Narrated by: Tom Hanks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

A collection of 17 wonderful short stories showing that Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game - and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ten Hours With Tom Hanks

  • By Agatha on 28-10-17

Ten Hours With Tom Hanks

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-17

Not only can Tom Hanks act, he can also write! His imagination, his knowledge, his humour and his ability to combine his attributes to weave a marvellous story in which he succeeds in taking his reader/listener with him to wherever the story is to take us. Each story is such fun, wondering where and how the typewriter is going to feature.
Added to the pleasure is listening to Tom Hanks narrating his stories.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys short stories which cover many subjects.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The House by the Lake

  • By: Thomas Harding
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

In the summer of 1993, Thomas Harding travelled to Germany with his grandmother to visit a house by a lake. It had been a holiday home for her family, that she had been forced to leave as the Nazis swept to power. As he began to piece together the lives of the five families who had lived, he realised that this house had witnessed violence, betrayals and murders, had withstood the trauma of a world war and the dividing of a nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A historical treasure

  • By KittyB on 28-10-15

History in a Family Sory

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-17

Beautifully written and a very absorbing book. This is not only a very interesting story about a family home but very important history that consequently affected the world. Highly recommended and I would suggest all students read this book.