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  • Life on Earth

  • By: David Attenborough
  • Narrated by: David Attenborough
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 192

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the book’s first publication, David Attenborough has revisited Life on Earth, completely updating and adding to the original text, taking account of modern scientific discoveries from around the globe....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Alec Davis on 05-10-18

Absolutely brilliant

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I was some what sceptical about this at first...how could the magnificent tv series with all the amazing photography be translated into an audio recording. David Attenborough's beguiling voice in the sample convinced me to try it and I am so glad that I did.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. I know I shall play it over again and again as it makes such wonderful listening, and the word pictures he creates more than compensate for the lack of photographic imagery. In a way the time sequences of the millions of years make more sense.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,991

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!!

  • By Daniel on 09-12-17

terrible!<br />

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

Reviewed: 13-01-18

The writing in this book is a waste of an exceptional cast who doggedly pursue their script. It is truly embarrasing. It makes Ken Follett look like Dickens by comparison. Even Geoff Archer would be hard pressed to come up with anything so trite as this.

After about an hour I had to check to see if this was a children's book.

Thankfully I have been able to return it for a full refund.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Confessions of a GP

  • By: Benjamin Daniels
  • Narrated by: Eamonn Riley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

Benjamin Daniels is angry. He is frustrated, confused, baffled and, quite frequently, very funny. He is also a GP. These are his confessions.A woman troubled by pornographic dreams about Tom Jones. An 80-year-old man who can't remember why he's come to see the doctor.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't waste either your credit or your money

  • By Sally on 29-01-12

DREADFUL!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

I hoped this would be a GP's version of Herriot's vet tales. It is not. This is a very selfish idiot who clearly is in the wrong profession. I have met some doctors who resemble this awful man...but thanklfully none quite so arrogant, self-important, uncaring and ignorant as this terrible person.
The narrator adds to this impression...perhaps he hated the author as well?
I'm sure there is a fantastic, humourous, sympathetic book to be written about the life of a GP. This is not it and should be destroyed.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Game of Thrones

  • Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,015
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,021

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Game of Thrones. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Game of Thrones is the first volume in the series. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly brilliant fantasy novel

  • By Qasim on 16-09-11

Narration problem solved...

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

Reviewed: 17-12-14

I have only listened to this first part of the epic so far, and so cannot comment accurately upon the narration later in the saga, but those of you who are frustrated by the slight pauses in narration that do become a little off-putting at times should try altering the speed of the narrator. I adjusted it to just 1.25 and the effect was amazing. Suddenly Mr Dotrice's speech became alert and Martin's story, which up until then had made me yawn, came alive. If you have never tried this it is well-worth doing...the effect closes the pauses without raising the pitch of the voice, so the narrator doesn't sound as if s/he is on helium.

I first learned this trick when listening to "The Crimson Petal and the White" where the narrator is so slow the speed had to be taken up by a factor of 2(!) in order to make clear the meaning of the author. It is a shame when the narration lets the author down in this way, but good to know that this simple solution is at hand to remedy the situation. (If a narrator is gabbling it is also possible to drop the speed.) As has been pointed out in later reviews of further episodes of Mr Martin's quaint little tale, Roy Dotrice is almost as old as the events being portrayed, so he is perhaps entited to sound rather weary, but an editor really ought to have removed some of his longer gasps for air. Of course this would make the saga seem rather shorter and therefore presumably the Avaricious Audible might not have felt able to split each book into two in order to accrue greater profits!

  • Mountolive

  • The Alexandria Quartet
  • By: Lawrence Durrell
  • Narrated by: Jack Klaff
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Beginning with the affair of a young David Mountolive with the mother of Nessim and Narouz, this novel recounts his development and career as a diplomat, and finally places the materials previously seen in Justine and Balthazar in a different context.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mountolive

  • By Flossie16 on 14-11-11

A salutary lesson...listen to the sample audio!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

What disappointed you about Mountolive?

The ponderous, appalling overacting and ridiculous voices adopted by Jack Klaff is frankly deplorable. He makes this, and, it has to be said, all of these books by Lawrencee Durrell almost completely impossible to listen to. He tries to extract hidden meanings from every word, and along the way loses the meaning of the phrase and therefore the book, It is such a huge pity as these are books I was so looking forward to hearing. I bought them on impulse and failed to listen to the samples first...how I wish I had. I have found that if you speed up the rendition slightly it becomes a little more bearable, but the dreadful voices he gives for the narrative is still hideously off-putting and renders the whole into parody.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lawrence Durrell again?

Only if read by another narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

In every way. His reading is ridiculous and so dreadfully self-important.

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

I have read the book once I managed to forget Mr Klaff's voice. It is brilliant.

Any additional comments?

ALWAYS listen to the sample!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
    The Karla Trilogy, Book 1
    
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        John le Carre
    
    


    
    
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        Michael Jayston
    
    


    
    Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
    871 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

  • The Karla Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: John le Carre
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

Mr George Smiley is small, podgy, and at best, middle-aged. He is disillusioned, wrestles with idleness, and has been deserted by his beautiful wife. He is also compassionate, ruthless and a senior British intelligence officer in short-lived retirement from the Circus the British Secret Service organisation situated in London. But Moscow centre has infiltrated a mole into the Circus and it’s more than likely that the perpetrator is Karla Smiley’s old adversary and his opposite number in Moscow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Hottest Cold War Novel Ever Written

  • By KDT on 27-04-10

A slow burn that grips like a vice.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Whether or not you have seen the film or the TV Series this is a fantastic story read by a brilliant actor who breathes so much life into the characters. (He was in the TV series.)

A slow burn this book has wonderful, fully-rounded people and a plot which, even if you do already know who the villain from seeing film or TV, is so brilliantly crafted around the seamier side of espionage that you will find yourself eager to carry on. The back-biting and interplay between colleagues is written so well, and the feeling of rising insecurity and almost complete lack of trust is all there as the story unfolds with a relentless crescendo towards its conclusion. The emotions and action throughout is so frequently down-beat and understated that when there does come any violence, physical or mental, it is all the more shocking.



This is not a fast-moving, shoot-'em up story so if it is that sort of action you crave it may seem boring, but it is a gripping novel with a screw thread of tension which will tighten to the very point of breaking if you allow yourself to be gently led into the maze of intrigue which John le Carre creates, and is a wonderful introduction to his work. Best thing is that when you have read/heard this one there are several more which use the same reader and the same characters.



A brilliant interpretation of a very fine book, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.