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  • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. Philby's two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Retold with Gripping Narrative

  • By Avril Sawers on 14-10-14

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes as its an interesting take on the well known story

What did you like best about this story?

It was interesting and an easy listen

  • First Among Equals

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

In the 1960s, four ambitious new MPs take their seats at Westminster. Over three decades they share the turbulent passions and upheavals of the race for power with their wives and families, men and women caught up in a dramatic game for the highest stakes of all. But only one man can gain the ultimate goal - the office of Prime Minister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A darned good yarn.....

  • By Mr STEVEN PEARSON on 07-02-17

Good standard Archer

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

Would you consider the audio edition of First Among Equals to be better than the print version?

Nope the two mediums are completely different

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fraser or Seymour I found Kerslake full of his own self importance and Gould was smug

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,146
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,143
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,112

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Brilliant - Dont let film put you off

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. It's probably the best book I've listened to this year

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

When he works out that survival is possible

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Makes the visualisation of characters easier

  • Clear and Present Danger

  • Jack Ryan
  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 30 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

At what point does criminal activity threaten national security? When can a nation respond to it as to an enemy? These are the questions Jack Ryan must consider when he hears the awful news: Colombian drug lords, tired of being harassed by US law enforcement agents, have assassinated three high American officials, and that is just the beginning. The message is clear: Leave us alone. But they have pushed too far. Someone steps quietly over the line they have drawn, deploying covert-action teams in Colombia, intending to take the fight to the enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing book

  • By mark on 24-04-15

Average Clancy good narration

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

Reviewed: 28-07-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes its a harmless way to kill time on a boring journey

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clark

Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He's a very good narrater and this is a high standard performance

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Its already been done

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Harry's Game

  • By: Gerald Seymour
  • Narrated by: John O'Mahony
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

A British cabinet minister is gunned down on a London street by an IRA assassin. In the wake of national outcry, the authorities must find the hitman. But the trail is long cold, the killer gone to ground in Belfast, and they must resort to more unorthodox methods to unearth him. Ill prepared and poorly briefed, undercover agent Harry Brown is sent into the heart of enemy territory to infiltrate the terrorists. But when it is a race against the clock, mistakes are made and corners cut. For Harry Brown, alone in a city of strangers, where an intruder is the subject of immediate gossip and rumour, one false move is enough to leave him fatally isolated....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good gripping tale

  • By Andy on 28-07-14

Very good gripping tale

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

Reviewed: 28-07-14

Where does Harry's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best and certainly the best Seymour

What did you like best about this story?

Well written, good characters, plausable plot and very good narration

Which character – as performed by John O'Mahoney – was your favourite?

Harry - well performed and nice stress on the inner tension he experiences

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really

Any additional comments?

Id advise anyone to have a listen

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Kane and Abel

  • The 30th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659

Kane & Abel for a new generation!!

They had only one thing in common - William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless Polish immigrant. Two men born on the same day on opposite sides of the world, their paths were destined to cross in the ruthless struggle to build a fortune.

The marvellous story, spanning 60 years, of two powerful men linked by an all-consuming hatred, brought together by fate to save - and finally destroy - each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb listen

  • By josephine on 05-06-13

Good Easy Read

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

Reviewed: 28-07-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes 9its a perfectly fine way to while away an otherwise uninteresting train/plane journey

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kane and Abel?

The ending and the realisation that opportunities for reconciliation should be grabbed.

Which character – as performed by Jason Culp – was your favourite?

Probably Kane as he was the least vindictive out of a nasty vindictive pair.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

  • Battle for the Falklands

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

The Falklands War was one of the strangest in British history - 28,000 men sent to fight for a tiny relic of empire 8,000 miles from home. At the time, many Britons saw it as a tragic absurdity, but the British victory confirmed the quality of British arms and boosted the political fortunes of the Conservative government.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive But Not What I Hoped For

  • By S. Morris on 26-07-16

Very good balanced history

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

Reviewed: 22-07-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes provides much of the background information of the camaign together with some analysis

What did you like best about this story?

Well written good pacing

Have you listened to any of Cameron Stewart’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Odd question given its a history

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tobruk

  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

In the early days of April 1941, the 14,000 Australian forces garrisoned in the Libyan town of Tobruk were told to expect reinforcements and supplies within eight weeks. Eight months later these heroic, gallant, determined "Rats of Tobruk" were rescued by the British Navy having held the fort against the might of Rommel's never-before-defeated Afrika Corps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely superb.

  • By Darren on 06-02-09

Easy listen history lite account

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

More quoting of primary sources needed - much of the book is unattributed. Example writing about thoughts of people who left no written record - pure imagination.

Very pro-aussie stereotyping - Aussies lean mean fighting machines, good hearted kind but tough fighters. Brits Poms public school educated aristocrats and incompetently led.

Bit like the Bradman Jardine caricatures of the bodyline series

Would you recommend Tobruk to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes if a human interest history of tobruk is what your interested

Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances? How does this one compare?

N/A

Could you see Tobruk being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Yes - not sure some aussies

  • The Boys of Everest

  • By: Clint Willis
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

This gripping story of courage, achievement, and heartbreaking loss tells of Bonington's Boys, a band of climbers who reinvented mountaineering during the three decades after Everest's first ascent. Chris Bonington's inner circle included a dozen of the most renowned climbers, who took increasingly terrible risks on now legendary expeditions to the world's most fearsome peaks, and paid an enormous price. Most of them died in the mountains, leaving behind the hardest question of all: was it worth it?

  • out of 5 stars
  • great book, shame about the reading

  • By Anonymous User on 24-12-07

Very Interesting

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

Reviewed: 25-03-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Boys of Everest to be better than the print version?

I havent read the print version. As its a very busy life its certainly easier to listen rather than read.

What other book might you compare The Boys of Everest to, and why?

Other mountaineering books as they are about mountains and why people choose to risk their lives climbing them

Have you listened to any of James Adams’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No havent listened to any of the others and the performance does its job by telling the story without being distracting

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Its a story of triumph in adversity but also the tragedy that mistakes and bad luck costs lives.

Any additional comments?

The purely fanciful speculation of how the climbers felt in their last moments is a pointless distraction and begs the question why do it.

  • How to Listen to and Understand Opera

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

To watch any opera lover listen to a favorite work, eyes clenched tight in concentration and passion, often betraying a tear, is to be almost envious. What must it be like, you might think, to love a piece of music so much?And now one of music's most gifted teachers is offering you the opportunity to answer that very question, in a spellbinding series of 32 lectures that will introduce you to the transcendentally beautiful performing art that has enthralled audiences for more than 400 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-Enriching

  • By Stephen on 20-07-15

Never knew opera could be so much fun or so funny

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

Reviewed: 21-02-14

What made the experience of listening to How to Listen to and Understand Opera the most enjoyable?

Lots of insight into the world of opera and the way pieces are constructed and the different forms and style

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Listen to and Understand Opera?

The marriage of figaro lots of information and insight. Also made the funny side stand out

3 of 3 people found this review helpful