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  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,341

Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Fact Pact Bryson

  • By Stewart Webb on 06-06-10


5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-10

Bryson does it again weaving a merry path of fact upon fact upon fact as he takes us on a tour around the origins of the home. If you like interesting general and not so general knowledge and are interested in the way we are, where we are from and how we came to develop ideas then you should listen to this. Its like throwing open an encyclopaedia and exploring and researching thread after thread of information. Absorbing!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Corduroy Mansions

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteelly crumbling mansion block in London's vibrant Pimlico. This is the home patch of - among others - a lovelorn literary agent, possibly the first ever nasty Liberal Democrat MP and Freddie de la Hay, an urbane terrier trained to be vegetarian and respectful of feline rights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like chocolate for the ears.

  • By Vivien on 08-08-09

Sorry but...

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-10

....I just can not give this any more than two stars. This is just personal preference and I would ask that anyone who is a fan of A.M. Smith consider other 'like minded' reviews. For me it was a dull observational interlaced with poor comedic moments and characters that I would not cross the road to kick. I completely understand the setting, the trials of the middle class and thought the story considered - but my god its dull. Smith is a good writer but I think he needs someone to help him deliver irony and parody as he just isn't up to it. This needed someone with a rapier wit to help the jokes and the dialogue cut and ultimately deliver what could have been a hilarious observation.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tycoon

  • By: Peter Jones
  • Narrated by: Peter Jones
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46

Dragon's Den star Peter Jones will demonstrate how anyone can become successful: you just need guts, determination, and ideas. In Tycoon, Peter offers his personal insight into the qualities and skills he believes every successful entrepreneur possesses. His 10 Golden Rules provide key building blocks for turning your ideas into successful businesses. This is the ultimate guide to thinking like a millionaire and becoming one.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as Duncan's

  • By Alistair on 18-01-09

Solid advice

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-09

Worth listening to as it gives very good advice on setting up a business. A lot of it could be construed as being obvious for the seasoned professional but I think its probably going to offer at least one or two nuggets of wisdom for most people.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful