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  • Albert of Adelaide

  • By: Howard L. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Amelia Cormack
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Albert is a duck-billed platypus, who has escaped from a zoo in Adelaide to look for somewhere that may, or may not, exist: Old Australia, a place where humans never venture, and animals still rule. Albert knows it's somewhere in the middle of the Outback - not the ideal habitat for a water-loving animal - but now he's lost and close to death. He's saved, though, by Jack, a pyromaniac, sardine-loving wombat, who promptly gets him into even worse trouble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Grit meets Wind in the Willows in the bush

  • By Sara on 19-09-12

Looks for peaceful Billabong finds guns & violence

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-12

It's like an Australian Wind in The Willows Western. Fist fighting Platypus (or whatever Platypuses have for fists) gun toating possums, depressed arsonist Wombat and the odd slit throat of a dingo. It's a bit different.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dave Gorman Vs The Rest of the World

  • By: Dave Gorman
  • Narrated by: Dave Gorman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

Remember when you were a kid, and you used to go round to a friend's house to see if they were playing? Well, as adults we're not supposed to do that. Which is a shame... because Dave Gorman likes playing. He REALLY likes games. So he knocked on the biggest door you could ever imagine - the internet - and asked 76,000 people if they fancied a game. This is the story of what happened next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story with a revealing finish

  • By Lee Grant on 06-10-11

Nice guy but dull

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-11

Dave seems a lovely guy and seems very happy go lucky just going with the flow of life. He seems a bloke you'd like to know. I think Dave's Twitter followers would quite possibly love this book as it would fill in many of the blanks of his tweets. For me who is the kind of guy that just doesn’t get twitter or the point of following strangers daily doings and finding them more interesting than their own. On that basis I struggled to find this book interesting.
It’s quite uneventful til the last chapter and even then not a great deal happened. Like I say the guy seems lovely and he seems to be having fun but it’s about 8 hours of nothing. Long winded uninteresting conversations he had with equally uninteresting people albeit all but one seemed a pleasant person. I got to say the book was a struggle and I found it pretty pointless and dull.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • 0.4

  • By: Mike Lancaster
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

My name is Kyle Straker and I don’t exist any more.' So begins the story of Kyle Straker, recorded on old audio tapes. You might think these tapes are a hoax. But perhaps they contain the history of a past world.... If what the tapes say are true, it means that everything we think we know is a lie. And if everything is a lie, does that mean that we are, too? A gripping, fabulously imaginative sci-fi story for older children from debut author Mike Lancaster.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So Poor & weak it makes the mind boggle.

  • By Rowan on 12-07-11

So Poor & weak it makes the mind boggle.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-11

I thought id try something new and a bit different. I read the splurge and thought this might fit the bill. Turns out it was utter guff. The story itself is bland. There is no twist and the characters are so poorly portrayed that I personally didn’t give a hoot about their outcome.
The book could be improved if the so called tapes had been dramatized rather than a narrator who isn’t particularly good anyway. The book reads like a very poorly written book and nothing like they were taken from tapes. Nobody talks like this and seeing as the story relies so heavily on this fact. It was self-indulgent bilge from what I can guess written by a slightly below average 16 year old G.C.S.E student who spends too much time playing on his computer without any genuine human contact. I feel out of the 167 books on audible that I’ve listened to so far this was the worst. It pains me to think i used a full credit on this when there are so many fantastic books on here.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Death Clutch

  • My Story of Determination, Domination, and Survival
  • By: Brock Lesnar
  • Narrated by: Dunsworth Bob
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

For countless fans of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts, Brock Lesnar has long been known for his freakish athleticism, mind-blowing speed, and meteoric rise to the top. Yet despite the fame and fortune that have come with his enormous success, Brock has shunned the media, choosing instead to remain intensely private about his life and his accomplishments. Now, for the first time, he tells his remarkable story in his own words, describing the journey from his South Dakota farmboy roots to becoming the most popular pay-per-view attraction in the world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The bloke is a moron and his book is awful

  • By Rowan on 18-06-11

The bloke is a moron and his book is awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-11

The Lunk Head Brock Lesnar is not a man with an interesting story. He is a meat head. The story as he tells it is that he is a clever business man. Listening to it he is just an ape with a short temper and not the sense of a barn cow. I’d save your time and go for a different book even if you are a fan of any of the sports he has taken part in. He pretty much insults everyone who helped him along and then whines like a little girl when someone doesn't do as he wishes. I couldn’t wait for this book to end. His personality is just what you expect from the look of him. Turns out you can judge a book by its cover and this one is about a beady eyed loser with a white trash hair cut. Thank goodness he didn’t narrate it himself as no doubt you’d of heard his finger running across the page under each word interspersed with him banging his head on the desk to swat a passing fly. Brock Lesnar is a moron and his book is awful.

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Alone in Berlin

  • By: Hans Fallada, Michael Hofmann (translator)
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

Berlin, 1940. The city is paralysed by fear. But one man refuses to be scared.Otto, an ordinary German living in a shabby apartment block, tries to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule. But when he discovers his only son has been killed fighting at the front he's shocked into an extraordinary act of resistance, and starts to drop anonymous postcards attacking Hitler across the city. If caught, he will be executed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mesmerising, life-changing book. Buy it.

  • By James on 19-01-12

Chilling but couldnt put my ipod down

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-10

This book gripped me from the first to the last. It is narrated superbly. The writing is wonderful. He paints a vivid picture but without getting bogged down with descriptions, The characters simply come alive. It's an incredibly moving, gripping story based around an ordinary couple in their twilight years who, after the death of their only son at the front, decide to resist the Nazi regime for their own sake. It holds no punches. An amazing book.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

  • By: Dai Sijie, Ina Rilke - translator
  • Narrated by: B.D. Wong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

From within the hopelessness and terror of China's Cultural Revolution, Dai Sijie has fashioned a beguiling and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit, the wonder of romantic awakening, and the magical power of storytelling. "An unexpected miracle," raves the Los Angeles Times Book Review, "a delicate, and often hilarious, tale."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I adored this book

  • By Rowan on 19-11-10

I adored this book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-10

I adored this book from start to finish. I am holding off listening to it a second time for now but I know I won't wait for long. A truelly wonderful story of forbidden beauty.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Operation Mincemeat

  • The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

From the best-selling author of Agent Zigzag, the thrilling true story of the greatest and most successful wartime deception ever attempted. One April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British solder floating in the sea off the coast of Spain and set in train a course of events that would change the course of the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant

  • By Brian on 11-03-12

No agent ZigZag but still very good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-10

Not as good as agent ZigZag but a good listen. It flys of on tangents but all relative to the story as a whole. Facinating and I enjoyed it a lot

  • Stalin Ate My Homework

  • By: Alexei Sayle
  • Narrated by: Alexei Sayle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

Very funny and (almost) stranger than Alexei's fiction....Alexei knew he was doomed to be different the day he was taken to see Sergei Eisentein's Alexander Nevsky instead of Walt Disney's Bambi. Born on the day that egg rationing came to an end, Alexei grew up with his parents and the Soviet Weekly. Each year they holidayed in Eastern Europe, where they were shown round locomotive factories and the sites of Nazi atrocities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Punchy, Delightful

  • By John on 24-09-10

Funny easy listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-10

Great little book. I cover two or three books a week and i hear a lot of guff but this is certainly a funny listen. Easygoing and funny. Cant imagine him with long hair mind

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Life and Laughing

  • My Story
  • By: Michael McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Michael McIntyre
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,289
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,728

Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect performer of a life - I loved it!

  • By David on 30-10-10

He does have floppy hair

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-10

His stand up is for everyone. Non offensive and pretty funny. His book is much the same. I enjoyed it from start to finish. The fact he is reading it makes it worth giving it a go as he does so with fun and pleasure. A funny book. Try it you wont be offended.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Gullible's Travels

  • The Adventures of a Bad Taste Tourist
  • By: Cash Peters
  • Narrated by: Cash Peters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

For years, British journalist Cash Peters trekked around Europe and America visiting some of the tackiest attractions in the world for his hugely popular public-radio series, The Bad Taste Tours. But a guy can only take so much. Now, as Peters prepares to leave his travel-reporting days behind forever, he takes us along on some of the more ridiculous journeys and adventures of his career.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ok

  • By Rowan on 21-10-10

ok

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-10

He tells it with much enthusiasm which certainly adds to the book. Amusing enough but ultimately a very pointless non event.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful