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  • Sevens Heaven

  • The Beautiful Chaos of Fiji’s Olympic Dream
  • By: Ben Ryan
  • Narrated by: Ben Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 94

It is late summer 2013. Ben Ryan, a red-haired, 40-something, spectacle-wearing Englishman, is given 20 minutes to decide whether he wants to coach Fiji's rugby sevens team, with the aim of taking them to the nation's first-ever Olympic medal. He has never been to Fiji. There has been no discussion of contracts or salary. But he knows that no one plays rugby like the men from these isolated Pacific islands, just as no one plays football like the kids from the Brazilian favelas, or no one runs as fast as the boys and girls from Jamaica's boondocks. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning and inspiring read

  • By ScorpioRobin on 10-06-18

Incredible book. Sport, love, politics & intrigue.

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

Reviewed: 21-10-18

I'd liken this book to the 'Last King of Scotland', it held my attention from moment 1. I'm a rugby nut so it helps but this was so much more than rugby. You had a sport mad dictator, a visionary coach who had to learn to play politics. A coach who had to become a father figure, psychiatrist, wheeler dealer and anthropologist. Amazing just amazing.

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,289

Big Brother is watching you.... 1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party’s power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s department for propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Brilliant.

  • By Ano nymous on 01-12-15

Stands the test of time

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

Absolutely loved, I was about 3 hours in when Brexit was announced. I started drawing parallels and it had an emotional effect on me. Great book!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

  • By: Tony Judt
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 43 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world’s most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through 34 nations and 60 years of political and cultural change—all in one integrated, enthralling narrative.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning piece of synthesis

  • By Judy Corstjens on 19-08-14

WWII History Buff Gold

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

Reviewed: 13-05-16

I really enjoyed it, the depth and breadth of this book is phenomenal. Fantastic book.

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  • Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

  • The Mowgli Stories
  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Bill Bailey, Richard E. Grant, Colin Salmon, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695

The magical story-telling and unforgettable characters in Bev Doyle and Richard Kurti's audio adaptation of this children's classic have been brought to life by many well known voices from film, TV, radio and comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!

  • By The Evil Robot on 02-10-15

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 27-08-15

Brilliant! Get it! A highly enjoyable book and told in great fashion. I'll definitely be looking for more like it!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kallgren lowers the rating

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-05-16

Didn't live up to hype :(

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

Reviewed: 19-08-15

First few chapters blew me away, then the different characters began and brought it to a grinding stop. couldn't finish it I'm afraid.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,668

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A long and rewarding listen....

  • By Lee on 29-04-15

Great

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

Reviewed: 22-04-15

Loved it. The best way to get through the entire works in an enjoyable manner. Great narrator, just give it a whirl!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful