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  • Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography

  • By: Brian Blessed
  • Narrated by: Brian Blessed
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297

A memoir from national treasure Brian Blessed. There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He's an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He's also a brilliant storyteller who will - and you must brace yourself - simply leap out of the story at you. Ready? Then listen to Absolute Pandemonium and you'll be taken on a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A joyful, irreverent, nine hours of fun!

  • By Vernon Wright on 23-10-15

Surprisingly bloody brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 22-10-15

Where does Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top ten.

What did you like best about this story?

The performance is a masterclass, it truly feels like he WANTS to tell his story and enjoys doing so.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I have to say I was eager to hear the Flash Gordon chapter and was delighted at how much Time Brian spent going into detail and spouting superb anecdotes.

The scenes before fame are just as entertaining though due to the performance, I had only heard of z cars from my parents so found the chapter rich in detail. I was amazed to hear they used to perform live on tv in this show. Fancy Smith sounds like a tremendous chap #bringbackzcars

Any additional comments?

Like many, I only know Brian for Flash Gordon and his wonderful voice and personality, for this reason I was going to pass on this book. There were a few reviews advising that it was enjoyable despite not knowing the chaps work.

PLEASE take the advice as did I, the performance alone is worth the cash, the story is lovely and very surprising at times. He's chosen to mix up the chronology which works fine for this book, it comes together as you progress.

Most of all it's an absolute pleasure to enjoy a biography of someone you can tell is genuinally delighted to be reading to you, he's proud of his story and it shows. I appreciate when he tells of a TVs show or acting job there is lots of detail allowing you to build a true picture.

Now b..... Off I'm off to watch Flash Gordon again.

  • Truths, Half Truths and Little White Lies

  • By: Nick Frost
  • Narrated by: Nick Frost
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709

If I'm going to tell the story of a life, my life, then I need to tell it warts and all. If the tale is too saccharine sweet then what can the reader take away from it? What do they learn about you? I've written everything down. The shit, the death, fun, naughtiness, addiction, laughter, laughter, laughter, some tears and lots of love and happiness. That, to me, is a better reflection of a human's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening, Entertaining and Moving

  • By Mrs. on 15-11-15

Kibbutz be better.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, just for Frost fans.

What was most disappointing about Nick Frost’s story?

Gets very dull after halfway, virtually job history with little anecdotes to carry it

Which character – as performed by Nick Frost – was your favourite?

Na

Any additional comments?

This started off very promising, a real early years story. Sadly from Kibbutz to spaced was bumming about which although true isn't worth reading about.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Frank Skinner

  • By: Frank Skinner
  • Narrated by: Frank Skinner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Frank Skinner is undoubtedly one of the funniest and most successful comedians appearing on British screens. Born Chris Collins in 1957, he grew up in the West Midlands where he inherited his father's passion for football, a West Bromich Albion supporter, along with a liking for alcohol. Expelled from school at 16, Frank held various jobs, later going on to gain an MA in English Literature.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged, what a waste.

  • By alexander on 03-11-14

Abridged, what a waste.

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

Reviewed: 03-11-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

By having it UNABRIDGED.

What was most disappointing about Frank Skinner’s story?

It was like an incoherent highlights package, kind of like watching a movie that cut 80% out randomly.

Any additional comments?

I know this is a great book having read the hardback on release.

I recently read Kevin Bridges book which subliminally makes you want to read or retread Frank skinners book.

I genuinally never noticed it was an abridged version of just over 2 hours. This DOES NOT work for an autobiography.


I can understand abridged for artistic reasons but it really spoils what is a superb book. My rating reflects the fact that a short version like this is near worthless.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin Bridges

  • By: Kevin Bridges
  • Narrated by: Kevin Bridges
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of We Need to Talk About... Kevin Bridges.Aged 17, Kevin Bridges walked on stage for the first time and brought the house down. He only had a five-minute set but he discovered he really could earn a living from making people laugh.Kevin began life as a shy, nerve-ridden school-boy. Reaching his teens, he followed his true calling as the class clown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New standard for comedians biography.

  • By alexander on 11-10-14

New standard for comedians biography.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-14

Would you listen to We Need to Talk About Kevin Bridges again? Why?

I've already listened twice, it's compelling.

What other book might you compare We Need to Talk About Kevin Bridges to, and why?

Naturally you compare it to the vast array of comedy biographies.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Bridges – was your favourite?

Pop tounge in in lower gum and make awughh noise.

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

I laughed out loads, I laughed like I may have done listening to billy Connolly tapes as a kid. I cried a little, Kevin's family, particularly his brother just comes across as the brother every kid needed.There's even a little participation which given the right mood will have you screaming out loud.

Any additional comments?

Like Kevin, frank Skinners biog was the first I read. I understand why he found it motivating. There have been many other good solid comedy biographies since.The common fault is to spend too much time telling a dull sob story about early years with not enough consideration given to how they achieved their goals.At NO point was I tempted to skip Kevin's early years which is informative, thought provoking and hugely funny.The best part gets around 4 hours of the book, this is when he makes his first stand up appearance during a low period and following inspiration from Frank Skinner.The process is engrossing and superbly described, you will have butterflies and shaking legs as kevin describes waiting to go on for his first gig, this is a work of genius. It perfectly illustrates what a talent this guy is.FULL MARKS.VAGINA(Your go)

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost in the Wires

  • My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
  • By: Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871

Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Text and Excellent Reader

  • By Olivier on 29-02-12

Gripping in parts

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

Reviewed: 07-09-14

What did you like best about this story?

honest book,

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Getting chased by helicopter

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

Lies told by government to gain convictions

Any additional comments?

I agree with some that it drags at bits, however after the first hour or two it's a very addictive book. I would say that anyone would enjoy this book. It's like a thriller/ crime novel with a bit of hacking for dummies thrown in.

  • Diamond Geezers: The Inside Story of the Crime of the Millennium

  • By: Kris Hollington
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

For the first time since that extraordinary day, investigative journalist Kris Hollington lays bare the bones of the case, using exclusive, in-depth interviews with the Diamond Geezers, the police, Dome workers and De Beers employees to get to the heart of the heist. Discover who was crazy enough to want to buy the hottest diamonds in the world, as well as the shocking secrets of the planet's most precious diamond collection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, insightful, and atmopsheric

  • By P. E. Haynes on 18-09-11

Pretty guff

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

Reviewed: 06-03-14

What disappointed you about Diamond Geezers: The Inside Story of the Crime of the Millennium?

The story isnt that exciting, its a foiled raid which takes about 1 hr to tell. The rest of the time is padding with occasional seemingly less relevant tales.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kris Hollington again?

Sure, this is just one not so great title.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Colin Mace?

Narrator was ok, voices well attempted but pretty duff

Any additional comments?

I kept going back to this thinking it was going to go somewhere but it doesnt, the main story is told with 5 hours still to run and it literally just pads out. The idea of of the big diamond theft is exciting but really the story is not. I kept assuming there was a big twist but No. They literally drive a jcb into the dome and get arrested, the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • That Close

  • By: Suggs
  • Narrated by: Suggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Suggs is one of pop music's most enduring and likeable figures. Read by the author himself with the assured style and wit of a natural raconteur, this hugely entertaining and insightful autobiography takes you from his colourful early life on a North London council estate, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time spent with Suggs

  • By Marion Nash on 12-02-14

Glimpses of magic but too rare.

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

Reviewed: 15-02-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More detail, slower narration and focus more on the band evolvement, which lets be honest thats why we read musicians biographies.

Would you ever listen to anything by Suggs again?

Wouldnt rule it out.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There is a warm, interesting story dying to get out. He has tried his own style of book and i applaude him for that unfortunately for me it just didnt quite come off. I like the idea of telling the story in years chronologically particularly as pre fame biogs can be dull, however this led to a lack of detail and 5 hours in i was still thinking i had hardly learnt anything interesting about this guy. Even anecdotes which were presumably included for humours sake were badly written ( parmesan cheese story came to nothing).

Suggs wonderful voice and style should have been a charm but i think it fails in the reading of this book.

Any additional comments?

I wanted to love this story and indeed will re listen in case ive been harsh.

I thought it was turning as they broke into the music scene, the top of the pops were interesting and funny but sadly could have been more detailed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Total Recall

  • My Unbelievably True Life Story
  • By: Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Length: 23 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,826

Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recall covers Schwarzenegger's high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema's most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Salesmans "true" story

  • By alexander on 11-02-14

Salesmans "true" story

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

Reviewed: 11-02-14

What made the experience of listening to Total Recall the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the early days and opinions of LA. His burgeoning businesses were very interestingBest part were the detailed explanations of each film. ( dissapointed commando was hardly mentioned)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Total Recall?

Lots of moments (24 hour book). Military stories were fun.

What does Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stephen Lang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I was disapointed when Arnie only done the first chapter but once the other voice took over he was very good too.

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

I wasnt moved to tears but i was amazed at the honesty regarding his "affair" with the housekeeper. i didnt excpect this to be in the book but it was handled in a very up front manner.

Any additional comments?

I remember reading arnies first biog as a child and being very motivated, now it transpires he did take steroids. This part is handled very tentatively and whilst i loved the story and its telling i think the steroid element should have had much greater importance given in this story. He mentions drug testing happens in bodybuilding now but we know bodybuilders continue to openly abuse steroids.For all his faults which he admits to, Arnie continues to have the ability to inspire. Any young person with a goal or lack of could do worse than listening to this book.Straight into my do not delete library.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • It's Not What You Think

  • By: Chris Evans
  • Narrated by: Chris Evans
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Chris Evans' extraordinary career has seen him become one of the country's most successful broadcasters and producers and a well-known face in his own right. From his early years on Manchester's Piccadilly radio to Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, The Big Breakfast, and TFI Friday for Channel 4, Chris changed the TV landscape during the '90s. And on BBC Radio 1's Breakfast show and as owner of Virgin Radio, he ushered in the age of the celebrity DJ.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Liked it but it stops in a weird place

  • By Victoria on 12-11-09

brilliant, dont hesitate.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-14

Any additional comments?

really excellent, i just wish it was unabridged. I like many was guilty of thinking Chris got a break and became an overnight sensation on big breakfast. WRONG........

Really fantastic story of a guy who worked rellentlesly to achieve his dream of radio stardom, unlike other biogs i quite enjoy listening to the mad follys and spending sprees he has as he is up front about it all.

All i want from a biog is honesty and this one delivers.

Its very funny too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

A wryly funny and moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye.

Teen idol at 15, international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-1970s Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my best audiobooks so far

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-06-11

Fun, insightful but no real gossip.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-14

Any additional comments?

Rob describes his long climb to showbiz success in a highly descriptive fashion, this is very welcome particularly as he begins to breakthrough and we meet the "bratpack". There are some nice stories and i particularly enjoyed the depth of the background tales giving us detail on casting, off set and on set. As you would excpect the narration by the subject is faultless and indeed this is one of the cases where its perfectly read. I personally didnt know that much about Rob Lowe before but i feel i really do now, the great aspect is the introduction of so many other people in his story. Michael j Fox , estevez, Sheens etc, i now want to go and find there books to piece it all together.Really great story, if you like movies this will impress you.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful