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Mark Sugrue

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  • Papercuts

  • By: Colin Bateman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Through world wars and civil strife, the Bangor Express has never missed an issue, but now it is losing money, and Rob Cullen has absolutely no idea that he's the man to save it. It's been a long time since Rob had a real story to get his teeth into...just as well then that he can rely on the Express crew to back him up. They're like a family. A dysfunctional, highly unpopular and poverty-stricken family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bitty

  • By sarahmoose2000 on 24-08-16

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 19-02-17

I'm abog fan of Bateman and I found this book entertaining but not a favourite.

  • MI9

  • Escape and Evasion 1939-1945
  • By: M. R. D. Foot, J. M. Langley
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

Forged passports, secret maps, ingenious disguises, underground networks - in times of war, tales of escape and evasion can be even more spectacular and heroic than those of victory in battle. Many of the most famous escapes in history took place during World War II. These daring flights from Nazi-occupied Europe would never have been possible but for the assistance of a hitherto secret British service: MI9. This small, dedicated and endlessly inventive team gave hope to the men who had fallen into enemy hands and aid to resistance fighters in occupied territory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting to say the least

  • By Mark Sugrue on 31-12-16

Interesting to say the least

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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: 31-12-16

I had first heard sbout this little known, now extinct, branch some 25 years ago. I am now glad to have learned about thier short but invaluable service. a must read for any military history buff. Though only relating to WWII evading and escaping is as old as war itself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Leadership: The Top 100 Best Ways to Be a Great Leader

  • By: Ace McCloud
  • Narrated by: Joshua Mackey
  • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

While many people believe that leaders are born, the truth is that anybody can develop themselves into a great leader. This book covers an incredible variety of strategies, techniques, and lifestyle choices that you can easily utilize to become a better and more effective leader. Life is so much better when you know what to do and can inspire others to follow your lead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for Entrepreneurs

  • By Spell on 22-03-15

just a plug for other publications

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-16

On the few times any gems of wisdom were proffered a plug for another book was interjected.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,293

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically Odd

  • By Oliver Dayman on 29-05-13

Great Fun

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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: 14-12-16

This is my 2nd Jonas Jonasson book and I quickly becoming a fan. Many twists and interwined humorous story lines that kept me engrossed. Even the violent murdets are light hearted. I was thoroughly entertained.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

  • By: Michael Korda
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Michael Korda's Hero is the story of an epic life on a grand scale: a revealing, in-depth, and gripping biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile, including his blond, sun-burnished good looks and flowing white robes, made him an object of intense fascination, still famous the world over as "Lawrence of Arabia".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent book, a great listen, what a story.

  • By Brian on 14-04-13

excellent read

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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: 12-12-16

the world does not produce heroes like Lawrence anymore. a truely remarkable man and hero. This book is well written and narrated. A surprising insight into both his early life and his time in the RAF. If this had been fiction I would be eagerly waiting on a sequel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gurkha

  • Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas
  • By: Colour-Sergeant Kailash Limbu
  • Narrated by: Homer Todiwala
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

In the summer of 2006, Colour-Sargeant Kailash Limbu's platoon was sent to relieve and occupy a police compound in the town of Now Zad in Helmand. He was told to prepare for a 48-hour operation. In the end he and his men were under siege for 31 days - one of the longest such sieges in the whole of the Afghan campaign.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ayo Gurkhali

  • By Mark Sugrue on 29-10-16

Ayo Gurkhali

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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: 29-10-16

I have read many books on the Gurkhas and this was a refreshing change to read it in a serving Gurkhas words. This is a book I will read again. I would be pleased if Kailash was to write a follow on volume.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

  • By: Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
  • Narrated by: Paul Eddington, full cast, Nigel Hawthorn
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,858
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,700

Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hasn't dated a day.

  • By Steven Turner on 01-12-15

Clasic Comedy

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

Reviewed: 17-09-16

This just does not date. As funny now as it was when first released. Strongly recommend to anyone whatever their comedy or political bent is.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Raising Steam

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,182

To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it’s soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Essential for fans, but not the best of Discworld

  • By Andrew John Rae on 19-11-13

Another classic

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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: 05-08-16

My favourite characters with some new. A greatv comedic reflection of today. I easily read this again and again.

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    Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    89 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Dr Yes

  • By: Colin Bateman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

The hilarious new Mystery Man crime caper from the master of menace and mirth. Beauty is in the eye of the be header. The wife of crime writer Augustine Wogan disappeared shortly after entering the exclusive clinic of the mysterious Dr Yes, plastic surgeon extraordinaire. As fatherhood approaches, the Small Bookseller with No Name is persuaded to investigate. He soon finds himself up to his neck in murder, make-up and madness - and face to face with the most gruesome serial killer since the last one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly quirky and funny thriller!

  • By Sophie Tomms on 30-12-13

A Great Laugh

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

Reviewed: 23-06-16

I would punch the lights out of the bookshop owner with no name. Yet I lkve to read his exploits. AnotherBateman classic and superbly told by Armstong, again.

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,087

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's fascinating and humorous quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A short Review of Nearly Everything

  • By Roy on 08-08-05

Brilliant

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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: 22-06-16

It is very well written and researched. It provides answers as well as posing many questions. Thought provokingvand humourous. The narration is excellent.