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  • The Blood of Rome

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 17
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

It is AD 55. As trouble brews on the eastern fringes of the Roman Empire, Tribune Cato and Centurion Macro must prepare for war.... The wily Parthian Empire has invaded Armenia, a frontier territory claimed by Rome, ousting King Rhadamistus. The king is ambitious and ruthless, but he is vital to Rome's strategic interests. General Corbulo must restore him to power while also readying the troops for war with the powerful Parthian Empire. Corbulo orders new arrivals Cato and Macro, and their elite cohort of Praetorian Guards, to carry out the task.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scarrow's Masterchef Moment!

  • By Simon on 22-11-18

Cracking Good Yarn...

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

Reviewed: 23-11-18

Jonathan Keeble is an outstanding reader - his characterisation brings an already good story to life - one man, so many voices.

Simon Scarrow just gets better. Our lovable heros go through complex personal change and harrowing danger; a truly detestable dictator whose flaws resonate strongly in today’s political context; and weak political commitment costing lives of men on the ground. This is an allegory as much as a novel.

  • Gai-Jin

  • The Epic Novel of the Birth of Modern Japan
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 50 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House; the direct descendant of the first Toranaga Shōgun, battling to usher his country into the modern age; a beautiful young Frenchwoman forever torn between ambition and desire - their lives intertwine in an exotic land newly open to foreigners, gai-jin, and torn apart by greed, idealism, and terrorism. Their passions mingle with monarchs and diplomats, assassins, courtesans, and spies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely captivating!

  • By Adriano on 11-11-15

What a narrator...

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

This is a complex, character rich novel that John Lee makes much more accessible with his excellent array of voices. His characterisation really adds enjoyment to the story.

At the start I thought his reading slow but I was soon grateful for the time to keep up with the intricate plot.

Highly recommended book and I’ll be looking out for John Lee in future.

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  • How to Get Rich

  • By: Felix Dennis
  • Narrated by: David Ryder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

This is a book about getting rich. It's different from any other book on the subject because Felix Dennis made himself rich. Very rich indeed. As a matter of fact, he is one of the richest self-made men in Britain. How to Get Rich doesn't pull any punches, and shows that the highway to riches is littered with pitfalls, heartbreak, and obstacles. But for those with the drive and determination to try, this book provides a witty and authoritative road map.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There's no need to read any other business book.

  • By Caroline on 25-06-11

A Truthful Useful Book About Owning A Business

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

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This is unlike any other book I've read. It's an entrepreneur talking to business owners about how he did it and what he learned. He tells the truth about he thinks - for instance 'pay as much as it costs to keep your talent but draw the line at giving them shares'. I thought it was practical, brutally honest and a thoroughly engaging listen. If you own a business, I recommend this book wholeheartedly.

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,591

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did it end?

  • By PatriciaWN on 25-08-10

I didn't want to like this but I really did

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

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The reader does a great job of bringing the characters to life and sustaining dramatic tension. The plot is well thought out and thoroughly researched. It's fantastical but I didn't want it to end. Cracking good yarn.

  • Why We Get Fat

  • And What to Do About It
  • By: Gary Taubes
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't do this...

  • By Colin on 21-04-11

Really useable dietary science

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

Any additional comments?

The author demonstrates that the doctrine of calorie counting is a recent and challengeable branch of the science of diet and weight management.

This work is a comprehensive review of scientific studies in this field followed by a robust challenge to the thinking underpinning calorie counting, and finally a restatement of more credible and older research that high glycemic index foods overstimulate the production of insulin which leads to deposit of fat regardless of amount of food consumed.

I found it academic in tone (it's a literature review and thesis) but fascinating and ultimately really usable information. It has certainly changed the way I eat and indirectly my weight.

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  • EMPEROR: The Gods of War, Book 4 (Unabridged)

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Paul Blake
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

The fourth volume in the acclaimed Emperor series, in which Conn Iggulden interweaves history and adventure to recreate the astonishing life of Julius Caesar - an epic tale of ambition and rivalry, bravery and betrayal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Changed the Reader!

  • By James on 02-11-10

Changed the Reader!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-10

A brilliant series. My only gripe is that they switched readers for the second half of the series and he pronounces all of the character names differently which jars as he reads: Servillia becomes Serwillia; Octavian becomes Octarwian.

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  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,288

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Brilliant Characterisation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-10

What an exceptional reader. He brought the characters to life. And though I never saw the twist coming, when it did, it was entirely believable. A highly entertaining and unusual story too.

  • Taking on the World

  • By: Ellen MacArthur
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

On February 11th, 2001, Ellen MacArthur sailed into port in France, completing the Vendee Globe, the world's toughest race. Alone and unsupported, she had spent more than three months at sea and had coped with storms, exhaustion, rigging failures, and a catastrophic collision with a submerged object. But Ellen never gave up and, at the age of 24, she became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. This is Ellen's story, from her childhood in land locked Derbyshire, to that historic race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning and inspirational

  • By Alan on 07-11-08

Authentic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-10

What an example. Exciting, candid and without guile. The reader sounds exactly like Dame Ellen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Predictably Irrational

  • The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
  • By: Dan Ariely
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyed each time I listened

  • By Graham on 14-07-08

Eye-opening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-10

Wow. Very interesting and of practical application too.

  • Paths of Glory

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him. Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Percy Fawcett, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong are among such individuals. But what if one man had such a dream, and when he'd achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic stuff

  • By Brand on 13-03-09

Solid Archer Fayre

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-10

Simple writing style but a cracking good story and an engaging reader.