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  • Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 3
  • By: Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Africa, 1863. Sir Richard Francis Burton is an explorer, a linguist, a scholar, and the king's agent - or is he a puppet being manipulated by forces he cannot understand? A race to find the source of the Nile! Algernon Charles Swinburne is a famous young flame-haired poet, thrill-seeker, and follower of the Marquis de Sade. Here they are, back to where the adventure began. It is 1863, but not the one it should be. Time has veered wildly off course, and moves are being made that will lead to a devastating world war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Weak End to a Great Series

  • By Moonface on 08-04-13

I love Burton and Swinburn

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

Reviewed: 25-08-18

Burton and Swinburn, and many other real characters from the Victorian Era have been placed into this series of steam punk, time bending adventures. This episode, although entangled in parts was well plotted and pulls the reader along with some smile inducing peaks into the visions of HG Wells and Oscar Wilde. There is nothing as brain tinglingly entertaining as this!

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126

When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Outsider Stands Tall

  • By Simon on 24-05-18

KING DOES IT AGAIN

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

A police procedural thriller in the same vein as the Bill Hodges trilogy by King that swings into supernatural territory. Great characters and ideas that feel like early Stephen King or even modern day Bram Stoker. The supernatural made (almost) believable.

  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 1
  • By: Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

Sir Richard Francis Burton is an explorer, linguist, scholar, and swordsman. His reputation has been tarnished, his career is in tatters, and his former partner is missing and probably dead. Algernon Charles Swinburne is an unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade, for whom pain is pleasure and brandy is ruin. The two men are sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum, when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By L on 03-06-15

Wow! A ripping yarn.

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

I couldn't put this down. This book had fantastic characters and creatures, retro futuristic inventions and a very British hero. Whilst I felt some of this was very tongue in cheek I really loved it. Can't wait for more Burton and Swinburn adventures.

  • The Teenage Brain

  • A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults
  • By: Frances E. Jensen, Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Why is it that the behaviour of teenagers can be so odd? As they grow older, young children steadily improve their sense of how to behave, and then all of a sudden, they can become totally uncommunicative, wildly emotional and completely unpredictable. We used to think that erratic teenage behaviour was due to a sudden surge in hormones, but modern neuroscience shows us that this isn't true.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must-read book for brain info junlies...

  • By Jonny Matthew on 12-02-16

Interesting facts and food for thought

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-18

I liked the first few chapters where the science of the teenage brain is discussed and how it manifests in behaviors.
Much of the book has anecdotes and " a friend of mine had a son who..." type stories which were interesting but felt like gossip. At one point an HBO show is cited as if its existence is scientific commentary itself. The British education system is also incorrectly described.

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