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  • The Road to Little Dribbling

  • More Notes From a Small Island
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442

Twenty years ago Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became the best-selling travel book ever and was voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey around Britain to see what has changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • funny, perceptive and grumpy

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-15

Bryson at his best

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

Reviewed: 18-01-17

I really enjoyed 'Notes from a small island', but 20+ years after its publication it represents a snapshot of a UK that no longer exists. This follow up is just fantastic. the chapters are interspersed with folk music by Richard Dygence. This is interesting and entertaining. One of his most enjoyable books to date.

  • Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,488

This is the first book in the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award-winning trilogy His Dark Materials, from Philip Pullman. Set in a parallel world very similar to our own, Northern Lights tells the compelling story of 12-year-old Lyra's quest to rescue her friend and find her father, aided by her daemon, an armoured bear, and a witch-queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT BRILLIANT

  • By Clair on 16-10-07

One of the best audio books I have heard

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

A great story narrated by the author and a cast of actors. Once you get used to the fact the lead character is a young girl, this book is equally appealing to adults as much as it's intended audience of older children. Both the story and it's delivery are top notch and this is easily one of the best books I have listened to. I hope the next 2 books in the series deliver as much enjoyment.

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  • Broken Homes

  • Rivers of London, Book 4
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,975
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,670

Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the best-seller list with his superb London crime series - a unique blend of police procedural; loving detail about the greatest character of all, London; and a dash of the supernatural. A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil: an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his caseload.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic and Mayhem...

  • By Sharon on 28-07-13

as good as the first RoL book

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

Reviewed: 31-05-16

Another great listen. much better than the last two books in the series. great story & performance.

  • Moon over Soho

  • Rivers of London, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,223

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good sequel

  • By P. J. Williams on 05-08-11

A great continuation of the series

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

This isn't quite on par with the first book, but makes an excellent continuation of the characters and themes introduced in the first book.

on this occasion the action focuses on the Jazz clubs around Soho.

The story is great but it is clear the author setting out to establish a series of books and so there is a certain lack of conclusion to one of the storylines. it's still a great book, but just not as good as the first one. There's some great characters, action and humour.

Kobna Holbrook Smith again does an amazing job bringing these characters to life.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,391

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Almost perfect Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

A killer combination of an excellent story and a perfect performance.

Don't be put off by thinking this is a Harry Potter Rip off. I'm a massive Neil Gaiman fan and think it's more in keeping with American God's or Neverwhere.

Peter Grant, newly graduated police officer ends up discovering a whole strange underworld to London.

the book achieves 5 stars as this isn't only a great adventure, but the author also really knows London inside out. He also has a great way of dropping humour and charisma into each character.

Kobna Holbrook Smith has the most amazing voice and uses his acting skills to bring each of the characters to life.

probably one of the best Audiobook I have listened to.

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  • Foundation and Empire

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

The Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. Unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women to preserve humanity's light against an inexorable tide of darkness and violence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the first book

  • By Peter on 01-03-11

slightly more hard going than the first book

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

Reviewed: 24-04-16

Foundation book 1 was a classic piece of SF. I found this a bit more hard going and whilst it picked up at the end, was a bit of a slog at times. friends reliably inform me it picks up again in the 3rd book, but I felt this wasn't on par with the first.

  • I Hate Myselfie

  • By: Shane Dawson
  • Narrated by: Shane Dawson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523

Shane Dawson has always been an open book. From his first YouTube vlog back in 2008, to his feature film debut Not Cool, to a cover story in Variety magazine, Shane has documented his life pre-tty thoroughly. We've seen awkward and adorable Q&As with his mom, weight loss center drama, love life details, and the all-important haircut reveal. We've seen his hilarious spoofs of Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, and Sarah Palin. His music videos are awesome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Jack on 02-10-16

Listenable Ramblings of a neurotic You-Tuber

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-16

I hadn't watched this guy's YouTube channel, but liked the title and have really enjoyed John Ronsons books and a several comedians recent books. I thought this might be an interesting listen.

Shane is a neurotic guy with body dysmorphia, and quite vain. I also felt his use of swear words like 'c***' and the tendency to embelish his stories detracted from the content. His 'essays' are a series of autobiographical tales. A couple are quite touching (like the chapter describing the death of his grandmother) and he did raise the a smile with many of his tales.

Fans of his work will love this book but I if you aren't it I would recommend titles by authors such as Jon Ronson or Comedians like Bridget Christie or Izy Sutty. I think other books have more valuable or thought provoking discussion and often more humour to offer. I didn't think it was a bad book, but probably a bit more superficial than I would like and aimed at a younger target audience.

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  • Billionaire Boy

  • By: David Walliams
  • Narrated by: David Walliams
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

Joe has a lot of reasons to be happy. About a billion of them, in fact. You see, Joe's rich. Really, really rich. Joe's got his own bowling alley, his own cinema, even his own butler who is also an orangutan. He's the wealthiest 12-year-old in the land. But Joe isn't happy. Why not? Because he's got a billion pounds...and not a single friend. But then someone comes along, someone who likes Joe for Joe, not for his money. The problem is, Joe's about to learn that when money is involved, nothing is what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and brilliantly read , for ages 6 to 90

  • By Happy and Smiling on 08-07-13

A lot of 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: 18-03-16

I bought this on one of Audible daily deals as I enjoyed the BBC TV dramatisations of Walliams books. I have to say the book was actually better, probably thanks to Walliams excellent performance. whilst the story isn't in the same league as Roald Dahl, it's certainly a worthwhile listen that will raise a smile.

  • 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 3,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,185

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

A light hearted and entertaining listen

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

This quirky novel takes us on an adventure with Alan on his 100th Birthday. As the story progresses we flash back through Alan's life on a series of adventures (somewhat like Forest Gump). Alan appears to have been the catalyst in much of modern historic events! It's an entertaining story and very easy to listen to.

  • Is It Just Me?

  • By: Miranda Hart
  • Narrated by: Miranda Hart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,873

Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic!

  • By berta on 25-12-12

If you like Miranda you'll love it

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-02-16

Miranda does a great job of bringing her book to life. If you enjoy her brand of social awkwardness you'll love it, but if you aren't a Miranda fan then probably best to avoid.

I've read a few comedy books. Izzy Suttie's 'the Actual One' gave some real insights into relationships, Bridget Christie's 'a book for her' was hilarious and some really thought provoking discussions on femininism and equality. in contrast Miranda's tales seem somewhat shallow. But in its defence, there are some amusing anecdotes that make me laugh and it was a very easy listen.

Any Miranda fan will love this book, and if you want some uplifting fluff to pass the time, then I recommend it. This probably won't be the most memorable or meaningful book you encounter, but does provide many chuckles.