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  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,583

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking center stage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor reading.

  • By Paul on 29-08-17

Interesting history

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

Reviewed: 18-10-18

An interesting history of the Middle East and Far East from pre biblical times to the modern day.
This was a long listen and flagged a bit in places, the narration was a bit heavy going at times, but in all it was quite addictive.
The history and mistakes of the past continue to be made down through the centuries and probably will in the future.
But the Silk Road goes on with different powers taking control.
Well worth it if you are interested in history.

  • Christmas Present

  • A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006

It's Christmas Eve at St Mary's. And all through the house. Nothing is stirring.... Except for Max, Peterson, and Markham, sneaking out at midnight for an assignment that is very definitely off the books. It was ten years ago tonight that senior historians Bashford and Grey went missing in 12th century Jerusalem. So how did they end up in AD 60 Roman Colchester? Max has a theory. Peterson has a plan. Markham has bacon sandwiches. Colchester has Boudicca and her bloodthirsty Iceni hordes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Greatest Story Ever Told?

  • By David on 01-07-15

A delightful Christmas Present

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

Reviewed: 25-04-18

Another chapter in the St Mary’s saga, short but perfectly formed. The narration by Zara Ramm is one of the things that makes this series of books and stories come to life. She has a very rye sort of ‘tongue in cheek’ way of reading that is both engrossing and easily accessible. She brings out the characters and holds the listeners interest from beginning to end.
I’m off to get the next instalment now.

  • Roman Holiday

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019

Another rollicking short story from the Chronicles of St Mary’s author Jodi Taylor. Question: What sort of idiot installs his mistress in his wife’s house? Especially when that mistress is Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, queen of Egypt and the most notorious woman of her time? Answer: Julius Caesar - poised to become king of Rome. Or as good as.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another piece of the St Marys puzzle

  • By UsefulThings on 29-05-15

Short but still good

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

Reviewed: 24-02-18

A short story taking us back to the time of Cleopatra. Full of humour and tense bits, a satisfying story although it was over too quickly.
I’m off to find the next in the series now.

  • Pacific Vortex!

  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

Fully armed and with all hands onboard, the nuclear submarine Starbuck sailed into the calm Pacific Ocean for sea trials - and vanished. No wreckage, no signals, no survivors: nothing...until ace maritime troubleshooter Dirk Pitt finds a single chilling clue in the shark-torn surf off Hawaii - the log of the Starbuck. 'Do not search for us, it can only end in vain....' A crazed journal of madness and death is all that remains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant!

  • By Salter on 11-06-19

Underwater excitement

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

Reviewed: 22-02-18

Dirk Pitt is a sort of James Bond with an aqualung.
It’s a few years since I’ve read a Clive Cussler novel but in the past I’ve always enjoyed the swashbuckling antics of the lead characters and the storylines revolving around some sunken wreck and various gangs of villains.
This one is along the same lines, fairly formulaic in style but suspenseful and exciting for all that.
In places though I found it uneasy reading. In light of current news accounts of males in positions of power acting inappropriately, the lead character is written displaying many characteristics and actions towards women that are frowned on today.
But that aside it was well read and kept the interest going to the end.
Clive Cussler still writes a good yarn.

  • A Symphony of Echoes

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,962

Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More entertainment

  • By Robyn on 09-11-16

I’m hooked on the whole series now

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

The second book in the series and I’m hooked.
I love the premise of the series, really well written, the narration of the audible edition is top rate and easy to listen to.
The writing style is inventive and gripping and author has a great sense of humour and creativity.
I’m off to get book 3 now... can’t what to find out what happens next.

  • 1946

  • Making the Post-War World
  • By: Victor Sebestyen
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

With the end of the Second World War, a new world was born. The peace agreements that brought the conflict to an end implemented decisions that not only shaped the second half of the twentieth century but continue to affect our world today and impact its future. In 1946 the Cold War began, the state of Israel was conceived, the independence of India was all but confirmed, and Chinese Communists gained a decisive upper hand in their fight for power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A period not often covered in detail

  • By Jonathan Entwisle on 07-09-17

History and relevance of 1946

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

Reviewed: 31-12-17

This was far from the dry history lesson I was expecting. To make a whole book about the events that occurred during one year has the worry that it may be like a piece of string, wandering and rambling.
But I found I was hooked from the outset and carried along like an incoming tide. So many events happened during this year that have long lasting effects that reverberate to this day. Virtually all countries around the world have been affected in one way or another.
Decisions made or not made during this year precluded events such as the creation of the Iron Curtain, the breakup of the British Empire and the eventual American involvement in the Vietnam War.
There is an awful lot of detail is this book and it is extremely easy to follow and get swept along with.
Will definitely be listening to this book again in the future as there is almost too much information to grasp in one go.
Recommended.

  • A Legacy of Spies

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, is living out his old age on the family farmstead in Brittany when a letter summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New life into a favourite series

  • By nicole on 10-09-17

If you like LeCarre you’ll love this.

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

Reviewed: 15-11-17

An excellent story from the time of Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy / Smiley’s People.
This takes the story of one of the lesser known characters and expands on his time with the circus and what happened to him after his retirement.
A lot of known characters are interwoven into the story eventually bringing in George Smiley.
A very enjoyable book , while not gripping it was atmospheric and heady.
Tom Hollander does a great job with the narration adding tension in all the right places and handling the nuances and mannerisms of the different characters convincingly.
A great listen.

  • Most Secret

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

It is the Second World War and France has fallen. In their trusty fishing boat, Genevieve, armed with only a flame-thrower and limited ammunition, a small group of officers and men take a stand against the might of the German army. This is classic Shute: a thrilling adventure about the heroism of ordinary men that will keep you on the edge of your seat, cheering them on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story & characters very engaging. wonderful reader

  • By Patricia H. Keane on 21-02-15

Gripping tale well written

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

What did you like most about Most Secret?

Nevil Shute is a master of descriptive writing and holds the attention from the very first paragraph. Even though this story was written in the 1950's it is still fresh today.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Most Secret?

The chapter about the use and effect of the flame thrower was both harrowing and frightening. This stayed with me for days after hearing it.

Which character – as performed by Roger May – was your favourite?

The character of Charles Simon was my favourite, a lonely person who came into his own as the story progressed. A major character.

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

Not a book to make you laugh, but it brought a lump to my throat a number of times. The story the priest told, and the action of the village residents, were notable emotional moments.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy stories human stories of the Second World War this one will keep you listening. Nevil Shute has written many stories of this era and this is an extremely good one.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,112

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and fasinating romp through time

  • By al on 02-12-14

More damned things please

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

Reviewed: 22-07-17

This was such a pleasure to listen to from beginning to end, the story, well St Mary's, muddles along in a very English way and it carries the listener along with it like a pot of tea and hot buttered toasted tea cakes on a chilly Sunday afternoon. Time travel and putting the world to rights with sticky tape and sealing wax and almost nearly getting it right seems the right thing to do.
The narrator doesn't jar or get over enthusiastic, and I mean that in a nice way. It is read in a relaxed but commanding tone that held my attention throughout.
A lovely listen... now on to the next episode.

  • The Very First Damned Thing

  • An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,478
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366

Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An intro....not much more

  • By Robyn on 29-11-16

A welcome introduction

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

Reviewed: 26-06-17

I liked this short introduction to the series.
It gave a good account of how it all started, the unrest and battles and how the finance of the hospital came about.
I listened to it twice to take it all in and would be beneficial to anyone starting the series as a whole.
You don't have to listen to this to understand the rest, but it helps.