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Craig M. Hanson

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  • The Germans and Europe

  • A Personal Frontline History
  • By: Peter Millar
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Based on a lifetime living in and reporting on Germany and Central Europe, award-winning journalist and author Peter Millar tackles the fascinating and complex story of the people at the heart of our continent. Focussing on nine cities (only six of which are in the Germany of today), he takes us on a zigzag ride back through time via the fall of the Berlin Wall through the horrors of two world wars and the patchwork states of the Middle Ages to the splendour of Charlemagne and the fall of Rome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Highly Recommended

  • By Jo on 26-01-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

An interesting ramble around the history & culture of Germany but it’s virtually impossible to predict what Peter Miller will focus on from sentence to sentence & just as I have become gripped by one subject he’s on to the next. Still a really good listen though.

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,483
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,081

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Excellent

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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: 26-09-18

A gripping story & as always, engaging characters. I really love Robert Galbraith. I think he’ll go far.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Atheist Universe

  • The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism
  • By: David Mills
  • Narrated by: David Smalley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Is there really a God? Or does God exist only in our heads? Is the Bible truly God's Word? Or is it a jumble of fanciful myths? Atheist Universe details why God is unnecessary to explain the universe's diversity, organization, and beauty. Using simple, straightforward logic, this audiobook rebuts every argument that claims to "prove" God's existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent listen

  • By Phil on 17-06-15

Very little info about atheism

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

99% of this book is about pulling religion to pieces which, ironically, is preaching to the converted. As far as the prime mover is concerned the author reserves the right to say ‘I don’t know’ Still quite an interesting listen.

  • The Charles Dickens BBC Radio Drama Collection: The Early Years

  • Seven BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings, Anna Massey, Bill Nighy, and others
  • Length: 35 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Captivating radio dramatisations of seven of Charles Dickens' most famous novels. Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned authors of all time, and this first digital volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes seven of his most popular novels.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful recording ruined by poor indexing

  • By Patricia on 27-03-18

Superb

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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: 07-09-18

I thought I’d always advocate listening to the unabridged Dickens audiobooks first but these Radio Plays are a superb accompaniment & just as good in their own way. Every one is a winner. Unmissable.

  • Sleep Smarter

  • 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success
  • By: Shawn Stevenson, Sara Gottfried MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sara Gottfried, Shawn Stevenson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

When it comes to health, there is one criminally overlooked element: sleep. Good sleep helps you shed fat for good, stave off disease, stay productive, and improve virtually every function of your mind and body. That's what Shawn Stevenson learned when a degenerative bone disease crushed his dream of becoming a professional athlete. Like many of us, he gave up on his health and his body...until he decided there must be a better way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this guy. Massive Value.

  • By Elizabeth Lawlor on 22-11-16

Good Advice

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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: 21-08-18

Lots of good advice. Shame I tend to listen to audiobooks in bed so this actually kept me awake for 2 Nights :-)

  • American Pastoral

  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: Ron Silver
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

Philip Roth presents a vivid portrait of an innocent man being swept away by a current of conflict and violence in his own backyard - a story that is as much about loving America as it is hating it. Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, and the prosperous heir of his father's Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even a most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall ... a strong, confident man, a master of social equilibrium, overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. For the Swede is not allowed to stay forever blissful living out life in rural Old Rimrock in his 170 year-old stone farmhouse with his pretty wife (his college sweetheart and Miss New Jersey of 1949) and his lively albeit precocious daughter, the apple of his eye ... that is until she grows up to become a revolutionary terrorist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mature, complex, meditative.

  • By J. Neal on 02-12-15

Great Story, Poor Recording

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

The story is fascinating & extremely well told but there is a lot of his & there is often a mumbling sound in the background. It would easily have been a 5 Star review but for this.

  • The Female Eunuch

  • By: Germaine Greer
  • Narrated by: Germaine Greer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

A worldwide best seller, The Female Eunuch is a landmark book in the history of the women's movement and a ground-breaking feminist tract. Drawing from history, literature, and popular culture - past and present - Germaine Greer's searing examination of women's oppression is both an important social commentary and a passionately argued polemical masterpiece. This is one of the most famous, most widely read books on feminism ever written.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great reading

  • By Philip on 09-03-13

Negative

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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: 03-08-18

This is all Germaine Greer’s personal opinion. There is no empirical evidence. I agree that Men & Women should have equal pay, equal rights but she doesn’t seem to believe tgat genuine love can exist between the sexes & there’s virtually nothing on raising a living family.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Parent Agency

  • By: David Baddiel
  • Narrated by: David Baddiel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

A brilliantly funny, gripping novel from a born storyteller, The Parent Agency is an epic wish-fulfilment adventure for every child - and for the child in everyone. Barry said, a third time, "I wish I had better parents!" And then suddenly the entire room started to shake. Barry Bennett hates being called Barry. In fact it's number 2 on the list of things he blames his parents for, along with 1) 'being boring' and 3) 'always being tired'. But there is a world, not far from this one, where parents don't have children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really, really good - according to my 11 yr old

  • By Lakey on 08-12-15

Excellent

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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: 22-07-18

An excellent heart warming yarn for children and I’m sure may adults too. Highly recommended.

  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect to listen to on a dark December evening

  • By Nigel on 06-01-18

Extremely Moving

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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: 12-07-18

Brilliantly acted & well written. This is a beautiful story & moved me to tears. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

  • The True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole

  • By: Sue Townsend
  • Narrated by: James Carcaterra, Anna Bentinck, Harriet Carmichael
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65

Adrian Mole is an adult. At least that's what it says on his passport. But living at home, clinging to his threadbare cuddly rabbit 'Pinky', working as a paper pusher for the DoE and pining for the love of his life, Pandora, has proved to him that adulthood isn't quite what he expected. Still, without the dilemmas of modern life what would an intellectual poet have to write about…

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This is not a whole book...

  • By Katarzyna on 21-02-18

3 Short Stories

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

The Adrian Mole story is quite short & ends abruptly. Then there is a Diary from Sue Townsend & then Maggie Thatchers schooldays. All very good but I think the cover & description ought to make this clear.