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Martin & Nina

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  • First Blood

  • By: David Morrell
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

First came the man: a young wanderer in a fatigue coat and long hair. Then came the legend as the character, John Rambo, took his place in the American imagination. This remarkable and critically acclaimed novel pits a young Vietnam veteran against a small-town cop who doesn't know what he will unleash after their first ill-fated encounter - a life-and-death struggle through the woods, hills, and caves of rural Kentucky.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More a warning than a review...

  • By Swifty on 28-06-12

No way as good as the film!

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

Reviewed: 24-01-19

I grew up with the Sly movie and thought that this would be somehow better or different as the books usually are, but no. Very disappointed and way more longer than it needed to be. Unfortunately I will not be recommending it.

  • Michel Thomas Beginner French Lesson 1

  • By: Michel Thomas
  • Narrated by: Michel Thomas
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

The Michel Thomas Method teaches everyday conversational language that will allow you to communicate in a wide variety of situations, empowered by the ability to create your own sentences and use the language instinctively, having absorbed the vocabulary and grammatical structures. These all audio courses were perfected over 25 years by gifted linguist and teacher Michel Thomas, and provide an accelerated method for language learning that is truly revolutionary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too short for the money

  • By T. G. Wells on 22-01-18

Too much getting annoyed

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

I tried going back to this time and time again but found I couldn’t concentrate due to Michel seeming like he was always getting annoyed and frustrated! I started feeling sorry for the woman and hoped she’d just tell him to stuff it and walk out. Sorry this type of learning is not for me. I need to memorise things to keep it in and you HAVE to have homework!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

  • 25th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Steven Levy
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Steven Levy's classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution's original hackers - those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early '80s who took risks, bent the rules, and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Stallman, and Steve Wozniak, Hackers is a fascinating story that begins in early computer research labs and leads to the first home computers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant story of computer history

  • By Matt on 26-06-16

Enjoyable and inspiring

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

Reviewed: 17-03-16

I really enjoyed this, brought a smile to my face at times but also found it quiet sad that many of these men have not been recognised for their contributions unlike Steve Jobs for example. Being a programmer myself I found this very inspirational and found myself wanting to code after a marathon session listening to it.

I do however feel that it would have been nice have at least mentioned the British hackers that made many things possible for these US counterparts.

On the whole, a GREAT listen!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

More than 30 years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike - beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times best-selling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Star Wars

  • By Kindle Customer on 20-12-15

Really enjoyed this apart from one small thing....

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

Reviewed: 14-02-16

Why do Americans / Canadians find it so hard to do an English accent without sounding like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins or Mike Myers in Austin Powers, even when doing a female one!

I found this to be so annoying that sometimes it knocked me out of the moment and I found myself getting worked up by it.

If the reader cannot do a proper English accent then just don't do one and leave the listener to cater for it rather than spoiling it and sounding like a joke. For that reason I give the Performance 3 stars, everything else was excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mort

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400

Mort, like many teenagers, is gangly, unpromising, and struggling with a menial job - in his case, as Death's apprentice. He can barely handle his simple task of ushering souls out of Discworld, but he really screws up when he meets the beautiful Princess Keli, who is scheduled to be assassinated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good but poor quality recording

  • By Sam on 19-04-15

Excellent as usual!

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

Reviewed: 21-05-15

A humorous side to Death - excellent as always and has inspired me to read the next Death novel, my favourite has been the witches so far so this is a refreshing change.

  • The Lowdown

  • Improve Your Speech - British English
  • By: David Gwillam, Deirdre Morris
  • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Useful tips to help achieve a more professional level of speech. The way we speak can say as much about us as the clothes we wear, the car we drive, or even the newspapers and magazines we read.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and effective if rushed

  • By Triplecat on 28-05-09

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 15-05-14

I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed this book, I will be playing it over and over again as they crammed a LOT in to this hour which I like as you can slow down the play back if he is reading too fast or just repeat a section - which I will be doing.

It's just so interesting even if you're not interested in improving your speech. Well worth the £7.

  • Him & Me

  • By: Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall
  • Narrated by: Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173

Jack and Michael Whitehall perform their laugh-out-loud autobiography Him & Me as a unique dual-voiced comedy audiobook, filled with ad-libs, asides, and comic dialogue to create a uniquely funny listen. Jack and Michael open up the rich and plentiful family lore archives on topics such as Jack’s nanny’s enormous feet, Michael’s lifetime touchline ban from Jack’s prep-school and the Whitehall collection of downright weird and eccentric relatives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most fun you can have with your clothes on!

  • By Jane on 18-10-13

Tedious

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-14

I was really excited to download Jack's autobiography as I have previously enjoyed his standup routines. However, the book was not what I had hoped and was in fact quite boring and completely turned me off both Jack and his father - I have not watched him since! Whilst I appreciate this is an autobiography and real life is not that thrilling I felt that Jack and his father muddle through his early life and teens with a smattering of snobbish comments around famous friends etc.
In my opinion this book should not have been written and perhaps only attempted once Jack had some actual life experience, something sorely missing here. Michael seems to only be there to add kudos - he just made himself look silly. The excessive use of innuendo and pointless swearing really bored me and although I had hoped I would warm to it (I stuck it out to the end of the book!) it did not improve. This is only one of two books that we have purchased in the years being Audible members that I will be returning, which speaks volumes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Labours of Hercules

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

In appearance Hercule Poirot hardly resembled an ancient Greek hero. Yet, reasoned the detective, like Hercules he had been responsible for ridding society of some of its most unpleasant monsters. So, in the period leading up to his retirement, Poirot made up his mind to accept just 12 more cases: his self-imposed "labours". Each would go down in the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Stories

  • By Stephanie on 25-01-11

Excellent easy listening

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

Reviewed: 24-05-13

I love Poirot stories but this collection is excellent, well read (as always!) and short enough to enjoy in snippets. The flow of the story is perfect so as the book progresses its a fun listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful Creatures

  • By: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

Is falling in love the beginning...or the end? In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets. There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes. There is a curse. On the 16th Moon, the 16th Year, the Book will take what it’s been promised. And no one can stop it. In the end, there is a grave. Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her 16th birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • An identity crisis of a book, with audio-problems

  • By Elinor Dashwood on 16-04-13

Not as good as had hoped

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-13

I have been rather disappointed with this book having had high hopes based on recent media press. I found it rather long and the story dragged a little for my tastes. During the dream sequences I found it extremely hard to understand what was being said/seen so actually missed the point of them. Sadly its the first book that I have skipped several chapters and not felt that I had missed anything.