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  • Mutiny on Board H.M.S. Bounty

  • By: William Bligh
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

In 1787, William Bligh, commander of the Bounty, sailed under Captain Cook on a voyage to Tahiti to collect plants of the breadfruit tree, with a view to acclimatizing the species to the West Indies. During their six-month stay on the island, his men became completely demoralized, and on the return voyage mutinied. Yet a resentful crew, coupled with ravaging storms and ruthless savages, proved to be merely stages leading up to the anxiety-charged ordeal to come.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • amazing true story

  • By billy on 16-08-18

An enjoyable listen but let down by the editing

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

In all my years, although I knew of the Mutiny on the Bounty, I'd never actually read about it, watched a film or read the book.

The account was very interesting, I enjoyed the level of detail all the way through and it was without doubt, an incredible feat of survival.

I generally like the narrators way of talking, some times, he seemed to hesitate over names, dates, bearings etc but that just gave the impression of a ship captain checking his logbook. It actually worked well.

However this audiobook is badly let down by the editing. I counted three or four times where the audio either faded away or just cut off in the middle of a sentence. I lost count of the number of times the narrator stopped talking, there was a silence and then he started again, in a different tone of voice, only to repeat the previous sentence. I can only imagine this was when the recording session was paused and then continued. A simple re-listen to the source material and some editing would have resolved this.

I appreciate this is an old recording but I'd hope these sort of mistakes would be resolved.

  • Doctor Who

  • Tales From the TARDIS, Volume 1
  • By: Brian Hayles, Terrance Dicks, Eric Saward
  • Narrated by: Jon Pertwee, Colin Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Twelve stories of excitement and adventure in distant times and places!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A very mixed bag

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-06-07

Dreadful, and I'm a Doctor Who fan.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-11

This is terrible, the first story is read by Jon Pertwee who sounds like a bored John Le Mesurier. I persevered and just about made it to the end. I couldn't finish the second story read by Peter Davison, it was so abysmal. I quite like Colin Baker so was looking forward to the third story but he did a voice for Peri which just made me cringe and that was enough to stop playback and remove this book from my iPod. Avoid. At all costs.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman on the Bus

  • By: Pauline McLynn
  • Narrated by: Pauline McLynn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

The bus from Dublin to Limerick has never meant much to the inhabitants of Kilbrody, until a woman steps off it, marches into the pub, and drinks herself into oblivion. When she finally wakes up, several days later, it is to discover that Charlie Finn (who put her to bed), the local garda, and indeed the whole village are talking about her. Who is the woman on the bus? The question is, will she tell them?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So enjoyable!

  • By John on 04-05-06

Awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-03-09

I managed about twenty minutes of this before I had to turn it off. It's now deleted from my iPod. My worst choice ever.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Shatter

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

A naked woman is perched on the edge of Clifton Suspension Bridge weeping into a mobile phone. Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin is only feet away, desperately trying to talk her down. She whispers, 'you don't understand,' and jumps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never has evil been written of so well...

  • By Hayley J. on 26-08-08

It's good, but slightly let down.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-08

I enjoyed this book but was slightly let down by the fact that it's based in England, it's read by a Brit and sold by a .co.uk site but is an American version. Terms like 'fender', 'parking lot' and 'back yard' are a little off putting. I appreciate this is only minor but it did distract slightly.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful