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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

"The Picture of Dorian Gray" is Oscar Wilde's classic tale of the moral decline of its title character, Dorian Gray. When Dorian has his portrait painted by Basil Hallward and wishes that he would stay young while his picture changes, his wish comes true. In exchange for this Dorian gives up his soul and, as he ages, the bad deeds that he commits are reflected in his painting and not on him. "The Picture of Dorian Gray", arguably Wilde's most popular work, was considered quite scandalous when it was first published in the late 1800s in Victorian England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic

  • By Stephen on 13-03-19

A classic

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

Reviewed: 13-03-19

Oscar Wilde’s language and social commentary is sublime. The reader too is masterful. I will read again and again.

  • The Strange Death of Europe

  • Immigration, Identity, Islam
  • By: Douglas Murray
  • Narrated by: Robert Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028

The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth rates, mass immigration, and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive alteration as a society and an eventual end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A timely piece of writing

  • By Dave Cassim on 07-12-18

Intelligent Evidence Based

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

Reviewed: 29-10-18

Douglas Murray presents a commentary of the huge changes in European Society. How many are taking us into reverse, in terms of human rights and freedom of speech . Very well argued. The only negative was the weird attempts at accents by the reader.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Can Make You Confident

  • By: Paul McKenna
  • Narrated by: Paul McKenna
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 393

Would you like to feel strong in difficult situations? Would you like feel more sure about yourself? Would you like to have stronger self belief? Would like to feel authentic when you are talking to anybody? Would you like to have the confidence to go for what you want in life? Then let Paul McKenna help you! Paul McKenna phd wants to help you master your emotions and live with a greater send of ease and then certainty than ever before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I love Paul Mckennas work and previously

  • By Ben on 09-10-17

Mr Positive

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

having listened to this in conjunction with other theoretical neuroscience books. McKenna is providing practical exercises to implement the scientist's advice. Positively life changing.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Little Dorrit

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 31 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Little Dorrit is Amy, born in debtor’s prison, the youngest child of debtor William Dorrit, an inmate of the Marshalsea. The two are befriended by a man whose wife hires Little Dorrit as a seamstress. When William Dorrit inherits a fortune, he escapes the Marshalsea. The family, assuming a station befitting their wealth, travel to Italy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, brilliantly narrated

  • By Rachael on 24-12-12

It's Dickens

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

It is soppy, idealistic, poetic, emotional and of course has a happy ending after torturing have of England. Most of it needlessly self inflicted by notions of honourable rectitude. It is Dickens and I loved it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • An Appetite for Wonder

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Born to parents who were enthusiastic naturalists, and linked through his wider family to a clutch of accomplished scientists, Richard Dawkins was bound to have biology in his genes. But what were the influences that shaped his life and intellectual development? And who inspired him to become the pioneering scientist and public thinker now famous (and infamous to some) around the world? In An Appetite for Wonder we join him on a personal journey back to an enchanting childhood in colonial Africa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry I am Biased

  • By Stephen on 03-11-13

Sorry I am Biased

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

Don't look to me for an unbiased review. This man was key to my freedom from religious shackles. I loved his humble portrayal of English life in this book. The view into life at the sunset of the British Empire. The glimpse of University life. I understand why he is so fed up with the uneducated and narrow minded vandalising progress in science. Spraying graffiti on the trains of knowledge. Thank you Mr Dawkins.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Attack of the Theocrats!

  • How the Religious Right Harms Us All - and What We Can Do About It
  • By: Sean Faircloth
  • Narrated by: Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

At no time in history has the United States had such a high percentage of theocratic members of Congress - those who expressly endorse religious bias in law. Just as ominously, especially for those who share the values and views of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, at no other time have religious fundamentalists effectively had veto power over one of the country's two major political parties. As Sean Faircloth argues in this deeply sobering yet highly engaging book, this has led to the crumbling of the country's most cherished founding principle - the wall of separation between church and state.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Uncomfortable

  • By Stephen on 03-11-13

Uncomfortable

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

I am a Hitchens loving, Dawkins adoring atheist. Even so, I found this uncomfortable reading. Yes the religious have a lot of get out jail of free cards. Soem of them rather revolting. I found the book giving them too much respect through attention. The way to quiet a wailing child is to ignore them. Make them irrelvant.

Let's move on.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Becoming Johnny Vegas

  • By: Johnny Vegas
  • Narrated by: Johnny Vegas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669

‘My name is Michael Pennington, and I am not a comic character. I'm often mistaken for one though. You might know him by another name. Johnny Vegas.’ From BBC Dickens adaptations to Benidorm and Ideal to the PG Tips ads, Johnny Vegas has become one of Britain's best-loved comic actors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Gordon on 28-10-13

Catholic Guilt - Comic Freedom

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

Very fascinating listen. Johnny's delivery is of course superb. Constant chucking with occassionally spontaneous belly laughs is the reward for your time. As a B Side Bonus is the back drop of his physcology. He is a man with a number of demons. He doesn't seek to hide them. The cause seems to have been religion. Expectation, family sacrifice, shattering illusion, group acceptance as easy to graps as vapour. The ladder out, is the slow painful march of 'To thine ownselve be true' ,the key question being - who the bloddy hell am I.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How the Dead Live

  • By: Will Self
  • Narrated by: Buffy Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

It's 1988, and Lily Bloom, a 65-year-old American, lies dying of cancer in a London hospital. As her two daughters buzz around her and the nurses pump her full of morphine, she slides in and out of consciousness, outraged that there is so little time left and so many people still to disparage. As she begins her journey to the other world, she reflects on her husbands, her children, her entire life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than The Bible

  • By Stephen on 08-07-13

Better than The Bible

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

Will Self has a talent for looking at a subject from new perspectives. If the Bible is written to give comfort and information concerning death then god should have aksed Will Self to write it. The story follows a woman as she approaches death, dies, lives after death, is reincarnated and dies again.

His style , leaves you unsure of where the plot is going and why its going there. Consequently every word is read carefully and searched for meaning. As one does so, death the most emotive of subjects is explored and the messages are dripped in.

The conclusion to me - death is no big deal, it is living happily that is the trick.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • FREE DOWNLOAD: Jabberwocky

  • By: Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by: J. P. Turner
  • Length: 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106

4Dio is proud to present the greatest work of nonsense poetry in the English language as living, breathing, roaring drama! Pull up a seat in the tavern, sit there, safe by the fire, for it grows dark in the Tulgey woods. Ah, listen close, for here is the bard, come to regale us with his cautionary tale of that most gruesome monster: "Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!"

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarre

  • By natalia on 31-07-12

Come to my arms my beamish boy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-12

beautifully produced and spoken, what a gem of poetry. The rythm and nonsense words, make so much sense it is a mystery

  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857

Savagely funny and hauntingly sad, Lolita is Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel. It is the story of tortured college professor Humbert Humbert and his dangerous obsession with honey-skinned schoolgirl Dolores Haze.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a truly spellbinding and brilliant book

  • By Tom on 04-05-10

Have Moral Patience

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-12

Thank you Jeremy Irons, Humbert Humbert's voice will always be yours. As the Father of three girls aged between 8 and 15 my listening was very uncomfortable to the half way mark. The writings beauty kept me listening.Slowly the message of the book grew its root structure into my understanding, untill it was fused into my mind. The Nabokov mind had investigated every aspect and drew its consequences so clearly that the colour of the crime was as bright as the blood on Quiltys lips. Its consequences on all the characters was as glass. A wonderful, chilling and throughly suitable book for the modern age.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful