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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,021
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,023
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,994

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

One Of My Top 5

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

This audiobook is one of my top 5 listens. I never get tired of listening to this.

The story follows Mark Watney who is left stranded on Mars after an incident and we read / listen to how he manages to stay alive against all odds especially on a barren plain planet.

The author has wrote in my opinion one great book, the story never lets up and the narrator does an excellent job of being all the characters.

If you loved the book and / or the movie I'd highly recommend this audiobook. You'll not regret it !

  • Party Time: Raving Arizona

  • English Shaun Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Shaun Attwood
  • Narrated by: Randal Schaffer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Shaun Attwood arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, a penniless business graduate from a small industrial town in England. Within a decade, he became a stock-market millionaire. But he was leading a double life. After taking his first Ecstasy pill at a rave in Manchester as a shy student, Shaun became intoxicated by the party lifestyle that would change his fortune. Years later, in the Arizona desert, Shaun became submerged in a criminal underworld, throwing parties for thousands of ravers and running an Ecstasy ring in competition with the Mafia mass murderer Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and laugh out loud funny

  • By Ian Kay on 14-07-18

Good story bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 28-04-18

I started listening to this today but couldn't get through the whole audiobook due to the narrators voice. I have read the Kindle edition but sorry I couldn't listen to more than an hour of it. The narrator makes it breaks an audiobook for me which is a shame as I was enjoying the actual true story again of Mr Atwood from his teenage years to the start of his ecstasy days in American ( Arizona ). Quite how he is still here after the drug taking amounts he took is eye opening. He clearly has been on a journey and he's only half way through it. I'll certainly be reading more of his stuff but wary about the audiobooks.


I was given this Audiobook free by the Author for an unbiased review.

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  • Dead Men's Trousers

  • By: Irvine Welsh
  • Narrated by: Tam Dean Burn
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366

Mark Renton is finally a success. An international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life. He's then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he'd been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and - much to Mark's astonishment - doesn't seem interested in revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant and utterly hilarious...

  • By Jonny D on 17-05-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

An absolute brilliant book bringing the series to an end. Great writing and amazing narration with the Audiobook.
Will return to this again and again.

  • A Million Years in a Day

  • A Curious History of Everyday Life
  • By: Greg Jenner
  • Narrated by: Greg Jenner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 458

'A wonderful idea, gloriously put into practice. Greg Jenner as is witty as he is knowledgeable.' (Tom Holland) 'Delightful, surprising and hilarious, this is a fascinating history of the everyday objects and inventions we take for granted.' (Lauren Laverne) Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes us in the morning until our head hits our pillow at night, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So many fascinating facts!

  • By Mrs Sarah Morley on 02-12-15

Annoying Narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

It might just be me but I can't stand even 20 minutes listening to this, the content seems ok as I skipped each chapter but as I said there's no way I could stand the narrator's voice. Other listeners might be ok with this Audiobook overall but it's just not for me.

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,910
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,544

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a read

  • By T. Owen on 19-11-17

Absolutely Engaging Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

I decided to read this and listen to this ( which I usually do ) after watching the 2017 movie and within the first 2 pages I was hooked, this hardly happens to me when reading though the narrator does a great job with this audiobook.

I’m not going to compare this to the movie the only thing I did do was have the images of the actors and actresses involved in the new movie version in my head when reading about the characters and throughout the book which made this a little better for me.

Mr Kings style of writing is awesome and pulls you straight into the story, the details he puts in to create the world is astounding which made me never wanting to put this book / audiobook down. It took me 5 days from start to finish and after finishing it I decided this will be a yearly read / listen for me as I enjoyed it that much.

Highly recommend to anyone who loved the old or new version of the movie and a fan of Mr King himself.

  • Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz

  • By: Thomas Harding
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Hanns Alexander was the son of a wealthy German family who fled Berlin for London in the 1930s. Rudolf Höss was a farmer and soldier who became Kommandant of Auschwitz and oversaw the deaths of over a million people. In the aftermath of World War II, the first British War Crimes Investigation Team is assembled to hunt down the senior Nazi officials responsible for the greatest atrocities the world has ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving, shocking and completely absorbing

  • By James on 06-09-13

Highly Engrossed Listening

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

I really enjoyed listening and reading this at the same time, each chapter swaps to each character. I had to remind myself that this was not fiction due to the pace once it gets going to the very end and how both characters came into each other’s lives.

I’m glad Mr Harding found out about this and decided to research it further as there has to be loads of stories like this about the subject of WW2 and the Holocaust which haven’t been told or found yet.

Highly recommend this audiobook if you are interested in the WW2 / Holocaust era.

  • The Green Mile

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 746

At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers such as "Billy the Kid" Wharton and the possessed Eduard Delacroix await death strapped in "Old Sparky". Guards as decent as Paul Edgecombe and as sadistic as Percy Wetmore watch over them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story & superbly narrated

  • By Tom on 16-05-09

Great Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

I love this Audiobook, this is the 2nd time I've listened to it, first time was reading the book while listening to it. The narrator does a fantastic job with this tale and you can recognise each character through the narrator's voice for each of them. If you liked the movie I'd highly recommend this.

  • Trainspotting

  • By: Irvine Welsh
  • Narrated by: Tam Dean Burn
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

Choose us. Choose life. Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing f****n junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total f***n embarrassment tae the selfish, f****d-up brats ye've produced. Choose life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing!

  • By andrew on 01-08-15

Great Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 24-03-18

I loved this audiobook, I’ve seen the film a few times so putting faces to the characters was great apart from the characters that aren’t in the movie.

Being Scottish helped with the dialogue as I live not far away from Edinburgh and the narrator does an amazing job brining characters to life.

If you loved the film, you’ll enjoy this. Looking forward to Skagboys and Dead Men’s Trousers ( due out on 29th March 2018 & narrated by the same guy ).

  • The Holocaust

  • A New History
  • By: Laurence Rees
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 353

Laurence Rees, in his magnum opus, combines largely unpublished testimony with the latest academic research to create the first accessible and authoritative account of the Holocaust in over three decades. Rees argues that whilst hatred of the Jews was always at the epicentre of Nazi thinking - and the Holocaust was the most appalling crime in history - what happened cannot be fully understood without considering the murder of the Jews alongside other Nazi plans to kill millions of non-Jews as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holocaust - A masterly telling

  • By Rathelstan on 28-02-17

Astonishing Piece Of Work

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I've read and watched Laurence Rees's work about the ' Final Solution ' which was made by the BBC and is on Netflix as a 6 part documentary. This book is 25 years of work combined into as the author correctly states ' A New History '.

We all know about the atrocities of the Holocaust and how the sick, elderly, disables and Jews were persecuted. This book is a little different, though it does highlight the atrocities of that period it actually takes the readers into the mechanics of how and why the Holocaust came about.

I've actually ordered and received 2 other books by the author and a couple more books about this subject as even after reading and watching things about the Holocaust I still can't understand how one deluded maniac could influence a nation of people to rally against a race that Hitler blamed for the Germans losing the First World War.

Highly recommend this book for people who would like to know how this all came about and why it is still important to this day to keep this dark episode of the 20th Century open for future generations to learn from.

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  • The Operator

  • Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
  • By: Robert O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Robert O'Neill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 544

Stirringly evocative, thought provoking, and often jaw dropping, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's awe-inspiring 400-mission career that included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is the author which adds so much better!

  • By Thomas Tobias Dinsen Hove on 11-01-18

Great Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

The narrator who is also the author of the book done a great job on this Audiobook. It's a bit different than other SEAL books. The only thing that got me was the beeping noise when he mentioned what SEAL team he was describing ( SEAL team 6 ) though this doesn't distract from the actual Audiobook. I'll definitely listen to this one again and again.