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  • The Story of Britain

  • From the Romans to the Present
  • By: Roy Strong
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

When The Story of Britain was originally published to great acclaim in 1996, Andrew Roberts declared it 'classic popular history' and Antonia Fraser said 'History at its best'. Roy Strong's mission was to produce an accessible one-volume history which would clearly depict Britain's origins and explain how the past shaped our current identity. He begins the story of Britain from the very earliest recorded Celtic times and has now brought it right up to date via the Blair years and into the present day of Brexit Britain. It is a remarkable achievement, and with his passion, enthusiasm and wide-ranging knowledge, he is the ideal narrator. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cracking listen

  • By mat brown on 21-07-18

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 17-08-19

This was as good a condensed history as I have listened to. Factual and unbiased. Twenty hours of brain food.

  • Arabian Nights: Volume 2

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: David Ahmad, Raghad Chaar, Mandana Jones, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

In Volume 2 of Arabian Nights we return to Sultan Shahriyar’s palace where Scheherezade is using her spellbinding storytelling abilities to save both her and her sister’s lives. As much as the Sultan wants to kill her, each night he is drawn in by her tales and spares them. Scheherezade weaves a long, winding and exciting tale about Sinbad the Sailor, a reckless young man who has inherited his father’s wealth and spends it foolishly. His debts eventually force him to leave Baghdad and find his way alone. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By sora on 17-01-19

Illuminating

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-18

In its consistent depictions of murder, bloodletting, torture, tyranny, slavery, cruelty, robbery, rape, beheading and many other horrors, this production is an interesting take on the psychosis of the Arab world and its so-called religion of peace.

3 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Arabian Nights: Volume 1

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Zahra Ahmadi, Raghad Chaar, Omid Djalili, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

This multicast dramatisation of Arabian Nights: Volume 1 is an Audible Original reenvisioning of three iconic tales - with a twist. Adapted by the great Marty Ross, whose previous audio dramas include Romeo and Jude, Dark Shadows, Doctor Who and Blood and Stone, listeners can expect to hear Sheherezade, Ali Baba & 40 Thieves and Julnar the Sea Born as they've never done before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fiery, comedic and bursting with life.

  • By Elizabeth Ann Duffy on 19-05-18

Illuminating

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

In its consistent depictions of murder, bloodletting, torture, tyranny, slavery, cruelty, robbery, rape, beheading and many other horrors, this production is an interesting take on the psychosis of the Arab world and its so-called religion of peace.

6 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • London and the South East

  • By: David Szalay
  • Narrated by: Piers Wehner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Paul Rainey, an ad salesman, perceives dimly through a fog of psychoactive substances his dissatisfaction with his life - professional, sexual, weekends, the lot. He only wishes there was something he could do about it. And 'something' seems to fall into his lap when a meeting with an old friend and fellow salesman, Eddy Jaw, leads to the offer of a new job. But when this offer turns out to be as misleading as Paul's sales patter, his life and that of his family are transformed in ways very much more peculiar than he ever thought possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • London and Brighton come alive

  • By lou58 on 02-05-16

Just great

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I came to this having read and enjoyed the author’s latest two books last year. This one was just hilarious from start to finish. Full of great set pieces. Among many examples I could single out, the ‘Sir Trewor’ scene is a gift that will keep on giving.