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  • Churchill

  • Walking with Destiny
  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 50 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 130

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Churchill by Andrew Roberts, read by Stephen Thorne. Winston Churchill towers over every other figure in 20th-century British history. By the time of his death at the age of 90 in 1965, many thought him to be the greatest man in the world. There have been over a thousand previous biographies of Churchill. Andrew Roberts now draws on over 40 new sources, including the private diaries of King George VI, used in no previous Churchill biography, to depict him more intimately and persuasively than any of its predecessors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GLORIOUS! ROBERT'S SPECTACULAR LIFE OF CHURCHILL

  • By Leonie F on 16-11-18

A Stunning Achievement

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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: 20-02-19

The definitive Churchill biography, this is a stunning piece of work by any standards. 50 hours long and I wished it were longer.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,122

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to Heaven

  • By Matthew on 04-02-18

A Wonderful Book

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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: 21-12-18

This is a wonderful book. Peterson's mix of psychology, philosophy, memoir and plain common sense makes for an engaging and rewarding listen.

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  • Victorious Century

  • The United Kingdom, 1800-1906
  • By: David Cannadine
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

To live in 19th-century Britain was to experience an astonishing series of changes, of a kind for which there was simply no precedent. There were revolutions in transport, communication and work; cities grew vast; and scientific ideas made the intellectual landscape unrecognisable. This was an exhilarating time but also a horrifying one. In his new book, David Cannadine has created a bold, fascinating new interpretation of the British 19th century in all its energy and dynamism, darkness and vice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating history of Victorian Britain

  • By Caroline on 11-10-18

Somewhat disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I found this history somewhat disappointing. Although David Cannadine presents an authoritative, comprehensive and highly listenable panorama of 19th century Britain, its very length means that it's impossible to devote sufficient attention to particular individuals and events pivotal to the Victorian century.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,541
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,405
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,405

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By penobscott on 10-07-17

Magnificent and spell-binding story

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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: 19-11-18

A magnificent and spell-binding story, told with economy and skill. Never a dull moment and I was sorry when it was all over.

  • Edmund Burke

  • A Genius Reconsidered
  • By: Russell Kirk
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Russell Kirk has ingeniously combined into a living whole the private Burke and the public Burke. He gives us a fresh assessment of Burke, a statesman enjoying even greater influence today than in his own time. He lucidly unfolds Burke's philosophy, showing how it revealed itself in concrete historical situations in the 18th century and how Burke, through his philosophy, "speaks to our age".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless and elegant

  • By Tommy on 10-11-18

Timeless and elegant

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

A timeless and elegant portrayal of Burke and his ideas. Although the sound quality (from 1994) is mediocre, the quality of the book rewards attentive listening and re-listening.

  • William Wilberforce

  • Life of the Great Anti-Slave-Trade Campaigner
  • By: William Hague
  • Narrated by: Steve Hodson
  • Length: 22 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Hague shows how Wilberforce, after his agonising conversion to evangelical Christianity, was able to lead a powerful tide of opinion, as MP for Hull, against the slave trade, a process which was to take up to half a century to be fully realised. Indeed, he succeeded in rallying to his cause the support in the Commons Debates of some the finest orators in Parliament, having become one of the most respected speakers of those times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By VeniVediVocali on 24-11-12

Authoritative, colourful and beautifully evocative

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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: 02-11-18

Authoritative, colourful and beautifully evocative of both Wilberforce and the world he inhabited. A worthy companion to Hague's Life of Pitt rhe Younger.

  • No Such Thing as Society

  • A History of Britain in the 1980s
  • By: Andy McSmith
  • Narrated by: David Holt
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

The 1980s was the revolutionary decade of the 20th century. From the Falklands war and the miners' strike to Bobby Sands and the Guildford Four, from Diana and the New Romantics to Live Aid and the 'big bang', from the Rubik's cube to the ZX Spectrum, McSmith's brilliant narrative account uncovers the truth behind the decade that changed Britain forever - politically, economically and culturally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So close and yet so far

  • By Emma on 08-09-11

Entertaining but badly flawed

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

A decent and mostly entertaining review of 1980s Britain, but often trite and simplistic and riddled with errors of fact and repetition across chapters.

The author's constant references to the EU, which didn't exist in the 1980s are embarrassing and he makes scant effort to hide his contempt for Margaret Thatcher, whose many achievements are either glossed over or ignored altogether.

A good editor could have made this a great book.

  • Ep. 1: Blow-Ins (West Cork)

  • By: Audible Original
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

[Contains Mature Themes] West Cork, Ireland is an outpost at the edge of Europe. Rugged, windswept, and coastal, it was a region of farmers and fisherman until the 1960s, when it was discovered by the “blow-ins”—artists, urban runaways, and people who drove until the road ran out. It was a haven for those wanting to turn their backs on their old lives and start over. But then there was a murder in West Cork, and everything changed overnight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By patcarroll on 01-02-19

Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

As an Irishman, I wanted to hear this account of a major Irish scandal, and I expected to enjoy it. Sadly I found it unlistenable and gave up after 3 minutes. Decent spoken word content does not need jarring and distracting background music.

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

Alexander Hamilton was an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who overcame all the odds to become George Washington's aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. Few figures in American history are more controversial. In this masterful work, Chernow shows how the political and economic power of America today is the result of Hamilton's willingness to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BrilliNT

  • By jacqueline bain on 03-01-18

A monumental biography

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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: 17-09-18

Ron Chernow's magnificent, monumental and lyrical biography of Alexander Hamilton is littered with great stories and wise insights. His biography of John D Rockefeller is equally good.

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  • A Very English Scandal

  • Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
  • By: John Preston
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604

It's the late 1960s, and homosexuality has only just been legalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his beautiful, unstable lover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk. With the help of his fellow politicians, Thorpe schemes, deceives and embezzles - until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed our society forever: it was the moment the British public discovered the truth about its political class.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By C Hall on 13-08-16

Fantastic and Utterly Compelling

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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: 08-08-18

A fantastic and utterly compelling listen, with a sting in the tale.

From the outset, the almost unbelievable story of the repellent sexual predator, liar and serial murder fantasist Jeremy Thorpe is told with skill and verve.

There is rarely a dull moment as the by turns comical and disturbing story unfolds, but the mood darkens considerably when the extent emerges of the establishment cover-up to protect Thorpe from the consequences of his crimes.

The involvement of paedophiles Cyril Smith, Clement Freud and Jimmy Savile in this morass lends it a further air of menace.

One of the best Audible works I have experienced to date.