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  • Guards! Guards!

  • Discworld, Book 8
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,848

If you find yourself ruminating on questions like "Where have all the dragons gone?" then this is the story for you. Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines. Join in the search for the key to their closed-in, comatose world in this eighth fantastical Discworld novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eminently Re-readable

  • By mollyeyre on 08-07-13

Guards are the funniest

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-12

The Guards books from the Discworld series are my high favourites, with witty and fast moving plots.
The characters, and especially Nigel Planers brilliant verbalisation for each and every voice, are just absolutely fantastic.
Having read a few of the books also, I find the Audio versions, narrated by Nigel Planer at least, are soo much more enjoyable. Two thumbs up for the combo Pratchett - Planer !

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries

  • By: Michael Brooks
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 281

Science starts to get interesting when things don'’t make sense. Even today, there are experimental results that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. In the past, similar anomalies have revolutionised our world: in the 16th century, a set of celestial irregularities led Copernicus to realise that the Earth goes around the sun and not the reverse. In 13 Things That Don'’t Make Sense, Michael Brooks meets thirteen modern-day anomalies that may become tomorrow'’s breakthroughs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really interesting listen!

  • By Lillian on 27-03-11

Interesting !

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-11

13 challenges you could live quite happily without in blissful ignorance, but without doubt an interesting read for an inquisitive mind.

  • Speed Reading for Success

  • How to find, absorb and retain the information you need for success
  • By: Jane Smith
  • Narrated by: Jane Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Speed Reading for Success will show you how to read faster - and understand and recall what you have read. Many people have doubled, tripled, even quadrupled their reading speeds using the techniques Jane Smith explains in this concise and highly acclaimed audiobook. Learning these skills will enable you to get through more material in the time available, and you’ll become better-informed than ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great way to get into speed reading

  • By Nicholas on 30-03-11

Get a hardcopy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-11

This is a book with a bit of background, and then instructions how to speed read with plenty of excersizes to do.
The book itself is actually quite good, it just simply doesn't work well in audio.
Go get a hardcopy instead!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Long Walk to Freedom

  • The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
  • By: Nelson Mandela
  • Narrated by: Danny Glover
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. Emotive, compelling, and uplifting, Long Walk to Freedom is the exhilarating story of an epic life; a story of hardship, resilience, and ultimate triumph told with the clarity and eloquence of a born leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating & beautifully narrated.

  • By Karen on 27-08-06

Understanding the man behind the Inspiration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-11

This is one of those books I probably would never have read in paper, but I am so glad I got the audio version to 'whittle away' my training hours in the gym or running.
It tells the story of Nelson Mandela the man, his background, and why he did what he did. A must-listen for anybody wanting to understand the person behind the inspiration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Good Omens

  • The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,974

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea...The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the apocalypse are revving up, and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not particularly looking forward to the coming rapture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's the end of the world... but not as we know it

  • By Wayne on 09-10-08

Pratchett does Apocolypse . . .

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-11

This is a Terry Pratchett spin on the Apocolypse... in other words: hilarious !!!
Warning: Whilst not offending, this is probably not for the relegious devout without a sense of humour ;-)

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Colour of Magic

  • Discworld 1
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,346
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877

The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course, "The Edge" of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio - white noise

  • By Frank on 29-07-14

Off the wall funny !

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-11

If you want a break from reality and a wicked view on our own world: a failed wizard on a flat world floating through Infinity on top of a giant turtle with his life randomly flicked about when the Gods throw the dice during their board game...
Nigel Planer's narrative is perfect, as he flicks seamlessly through accents and voices for each of the wacky characters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cobra

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

The cocaine industry is worth billions of dollars a year to the drug cartels who spread their evil across Western society, causing incalculable misery, poverty and death. Slowly, gradually, inexorably it is spreading and it is a blight which must be stopped. One man, Paul Devereaux, intellectual, dedicated, utterly ruthless and ex-CIA special ops, is given what seems like an impossible task. At his disposal is anything he wants – men, resources, money. And he will not stop until he has completed his mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forsyth back on form

  • By Kirstine on 23-08-10

Another great Forsyth

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-10

If you liked Forsyth before, you'll like this one.
A 'could well be possible' and capturing story.

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,382

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's fascinating and humorous quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A short Review of Nearly Everything

  • By Roy on 08-08-05

A talking dictionary

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-10

If you're the type that loves to read encyclopedias stuffed with facts then get this book. For my liking this one is way overstuffed with useless anecdotes on the characters involved. After several chapters I had totally lost the plot where in time he actually was... and still haven't finished it... Probably never will.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Insomnia Cure

  • Discover Good Sleep with Max Kirsten
  • By: Max Kirsten
  • Narrated by: Max Kirsten
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Sleep is the most wonderful, precious, healing processes. "When was the last time you had a great night's sleep?" Discover The Ultimate Hypnotic Sleep Download for people with insomnia and sleep difficulties from top Harley Street London Sleep Clinic Specialist Max Kirsten.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful

  • By B. O'sullivan on 25-08-16

double up of "ABC to better sleep"

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-10

Buy either 'ABC to better sleep' or this one. Either one of them is good (although IMHO 'ABC' has a better 'get to sleep' section). Don't waste your credits getting both.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Basic Human Anatomy

  • The Beauty of Form and Function
  • By: Professor John K. Young
  • Narrated by: Professor John K. Young
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

The structures that lie beneath our skin represent a remarkable and beautiful assortment of biological mechanisms that are essential for our lives. However, we often take these structures for granted. In these 14 fascinating lectures, a basic overview of the human body, its physical features, biological systems, and general functioning will be presented for the benefit of anyone from budding medical students to curious laymen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely fascinating overview of your body

  • By Chris on 28-03-15

Entertained learning

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-10

This is not dry lecture stuff. Prof Young explains anatomy and does so at a scholar level for those relatively new to anatomy, but what makes it both fun to listen to and easy to remember is his intertwining of development and alternative anecdotes (e.g. did you know snakes 'pop out' their larynx so they can breath whilst slowly swallowing their prey?).
Thank you dr Young.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful