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  • Alexander the Great

  • By: Arrian
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

This is the incredible story of the world's greatest conqueror, a man who single handedly changed the course of history...and who was worshipped as a god. There have been many attempts in the 2,300 years since Alexander's death to tell the epic story of this enigmatic soldier. His deeds read like the stuff of legends. Of all the chroniclers of Alexander, and there have been many famous ones, including Plutarch and Ptolemy, none have given us a clearer and truer account than the one by Arrian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A well written and performed story!

  • By Lance Johnson on 29-12-16

Superb

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

Would you listen to Alexander the Great again? Why?

There was so much to take in

What was one of the most memorable moments of Alexander the Great?

His ironic death

Which scene did you most enjoy?

battle with the egyptians

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

Too many to mention

Any additional comments?

Very interesting story

  • Napoleon the Great

  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 37 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

Napoleon Bonaparte lived one of the most extraordinary of all human lives. In the space of just 20 years, from October 1795, when as a young artillery captain he cleared the streets of Paris of insurrectionists, to his final defeat at the (horribly mismanaged) battle of Waterloo in June 1815, Napoleon transformed France and Europe. After seizing power in a coup d'état, he ended the corruption and incompetence into which the revolution had descended.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive and engaging book

  • By Garym213 on 27-12-16

Fabulas Read

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

Would you listen to Napoleon the Great again? Why?

I never knew he had such an interesting life.Very well read,brought the story to life!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Napoleon the Great?

The Battle of Waterloo

What about Stephen Thorne’s performance did you like?

easy listen

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

gobsmacked. awe struck!

Any additional comments?

Well Reccommended

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Red Dwarf: Better Than Life

  • By: Grant Naylor
  • Narrated by: Chris Barrie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308

Better Than Life finds the crew trapped in a mind-boggling computer game that is threatening their lives and safety of the ship. One by one, they enter the game to rescue each other - and one by one, they become trapped! Holly will have to use his mega brain to solve this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sci-Fi, but...

  • By Christopher Wilton on 05-01-11

A laughing clever superb listen

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Would you listen to Red Dwarf: Better Than Life again? Why?

It made me happy, really well written

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Dwarf: Better Than Life?

When the toaster got holly to overclockhimself

Have you listened to any of Chris Barrie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

yes I listened to "infinity welcomes careful driver"and it was just a good

Any additional comments?

It made me laugh out load so any times

  • The Fall of the Roman Empire

  • A New History of Rome and the Barbarians
  • By: Peter Heather
  • Narrated by: Allan Robertson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

The death of the Roman Empire is one of the perennial mysteries of world history. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Peter Heather proposes a stunning new solution: Centuries of imperialism turned the neighbors Rome called barbarians into an enemy capable of dismantling an Empire that had dominated their lives for so long. A leading authority on the late Roman Empire and on the barbarians, Heather relates the extraordinary story of how Europe's barbarians, transformed by centuries of contact with Rome on every possible level, eventually pulled the empire apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating listen

  • By Mrs. E. Fairhead on 19-03-15

A pure History Lesson

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Would you listen to The Fall of the Roman Empire again? Why?

It was pitched at a level I could understand,it brought history to life for me

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fall of the Roman Empire?

The sack of Rome, it was unbelievable.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Too many to mention

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

unpatriotic land owning classes

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Missing Hancocks:

  • Five new recordings of classic 'lost' scripts
  • By: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
  • Narrated by: Kevin McNally, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

Kevin McNally stars in five brand new recordings of original Hancock's Half Hour scripts by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.Whilst Hancock's Half Hour was an enormously popular radio sitcom in the 1950s, many of the episodes were not retained in the BBC Sound Archive and are believed to be lost. Now, five of them have been recreated by BBC Radio 4, with Kevin McNally taking the role made famous by Tony Hancock. Among the supporting cast are Simon Grenall, Kevin Eldon and Robin Sebastian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Mr D J Mannion on 20-07-15

Superb

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Missing Hancocks: to be better than the print version?

A great reincarnation of the original comedy moments, please do some more!!!!!

What does Kevin McNally and Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Brings it all to life

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

Laughed many times and marveled how good itwas

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Interview: Jim Morrison

  • By: Jim Morrison
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Jim Morrison was an articulate, intelligent person who gave truly interesting and insightful answers to the questions posed to him. This collections of interviews is just a peek into the mind of Jim Morrison. For his devoted fans, it may be the closest they will ever come to chatting with the legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amust for Jim Morrison fans

  • By Mr D J Mannion on 20-07-15

Amust for Jim Morrison fans

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

An intimate really interesting interview where you hear Jim in conversation tackling all the difficulty questions head on.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Commentaries

  • By: Julius Caesar
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Julius Caesar wrote his exciting Commentaries during some of the most grueling campaigns ever undertaken by a Roman army. The Gallic Wars and The Civil Wars constitute the greatest series of military dispatches ever written. As literature, they are representative of the finest expressions of Latin prose in its "golden" age, a benchmark of elegant style and masculine brevity imitated by young schoolboys for centuries.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Classic of mispronunciation

  • By Steven on 07-08-12

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

One of the most riveting books I ever listened to., a great lot learned and well read