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  • Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book!

  • By Jake on 23-10-18

Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-18

I think I could enjoy listening to Mr Fry read the list of ingredients off the back of a cornflakes box, but when he reads quality tales of historical quirkiness like these it is an absolute pleasure of the rarest kind.
A joy.

  • Tales of Ordinary Madness

  • By: Charles Bukowski, Gail Chiarrello - editor
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

This collection of Buk's grimmest diaries gives an insight into the noir and brutal Los Angeles that Bukowski observed and lived so well. He was a legend in his time: a madman, a recluse, a lover...tender, vicious...never the same. These are exceptional stories that came pounding out of his violent and depraved life - horrible and holy. You cannot listen to them and come away the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read

  • By Bennie The Ball on 08-12-17

classic Buk

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-18

Tales of Ordinary Madness is just classic Bukowski. Grimy, sleazy , grim and hilarious. The performance is great too. Well worth a credit. But the price Audible puts on books is ridiculous. Thieves. Shame on them.

  • Love as Always, Mum xxx

  • By: Mae West, Neil McKay
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

The true story of an abused childhood, of shocking brutality and life as the daughter of notorious serial killer and master manipulator Rose West. You're 21 years old. Police arrive on the doorstep of your house, 25 Cromwell Street, with a warrant to search the garden for the remains of your older sister you didn't know was dead. Bones are found, and they are from more than one body. And so the nightmare begins. You are the daughter of Fred and Rose West.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking but beautifully read

  • By Vicki on 08-09-18

excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-18

an excellent but heartbreaking account of the girls traumatic life. well read. i recommend it highly, but be warned.. it is harrowing.

  • The Fall of the House of Wilde

  • Oscar Wilde and His Family
  • By: Emer O'Sullivan
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

The Fall of the House of Wilde for the first time places Oscar Wilde as a member of one of the most dazzling Anglo-Irish families of Victorian times and in the broader social, political and religious context. A remarkable and perceptive account, this is a major repositioning of our first modern celebrity, a man whose own fall from grace in a trial as public as his father's marked the end of fin de siècle decadence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligent and thought provoking.

  • By Campesque on 29-01-18

Outstanding

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-18

This is a must for anyone with an interest in Wilde.
So much of Oscar was inherited from his remarkable parents whose stories are criminally forgotten.
The narration is excellent, the history comprehensive.
You won’t regret buying this because of the books quality... but shame on Audible for their scandalously high prices.

  • Skagboys

  • By: Irvine Welsh
  • Narrated by: Tam Dean Burn
  • Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

Mark Renton has it all: He's good-looking, young, with a pretty girlfriend and a place at university. But there's no room for him in the 1980s.Thatcher's government is destroying working-class communities across Britain, and the post-war certainties of full employment, educational opportunity and a welfare state are gone. When his family starts to fracture, Mark's life swings out of control and he succumbs to the defeatism which has taken hold in Edinburgh's grimmer areas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • F*#@ing Barry!!

  • By F Gibb on 30-05-14

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-17

I cannot recommend this highly enough .
Awesome storytelling, masterful narration, flawless.
No need to read more reviews. Get it.

  • Jerusalem

  • By: Alan Moore
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 60 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap tower blocks. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative, among its saints, kings, prostitutes and derelicts, a different kind of human time is happening. Through the labyrinthine streets and minutes of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth and poverty, of Africa, hymns and our threadbare millennium.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning, Flawed, Fantastic and Poetic. And a bit long.

  • By Boggy of Bucks on 15-05-17

Epic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-17

You don't need to think about it.
You know it's worth it.
You must have it.. it's as simple as that.

  • A Flame of Pure Fire

  • Jack Dempsey and the Roaring '20s
  • By: Roger Kahn
  • Narrated by: Kevin Yon
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Through most of the Roaring '20s, Jack Dempsey was the heavyweight champion of the world. With his fierce good looks and matchless dedication to the kill, he was a fighter perfectly suited to his time. In A Flame of Pure Fire, renowned sports writer Roger Kahn not only chronicles the thrilling, brutal bouts of the Manassa Mauler, but also illustrates how the tumultuous 1920s shaped Dempsey - and how the champ, in turn, left an indelible mark on sports and American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flawless

  • By Anonymous User on 21-07-17

Flawless

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-17

Great narrator, excellent biography,
Factually sound for the most part, and I can be as pedantic as the worst of them.
I could only find 2 errors .. and they were minor.
I was delighted with this book