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Dr Zube

Ross on Wye, United Kingdom
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  • The Quarry

  • By: Iain Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Kit doesn't know who his mother is. What he does know, however, is that his father, Guy, is dying of cancer. Feeling his death is imminent, Guy gathers around him his oldest friends - or at least the friends with the most to lose by his death. Paul - the rising star in the Labour party who dreads the day a tape they all made at university might come to light; Alison and Robbie, corporate bunnies whose relationship is daily more fractious; Pris and Haze, once an item, now estranged, and finally Hol - friend, mentor, former lover and the only one who seemed to care.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration of Iain's last book

  • By Bammosan on 15-07-13

Ok but characters you grow to hate

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

Reviewed: 24-04-15

Started well but the let down is the story I am afraid to say, charterers I eventually either hated or didn't care about. Disappointing but good narration and some redeeming features, I.e. kit in particular

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Jane Carr
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

A brilliant collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.Hilary Mantel is one of Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed writers. In these ten bracingly subversive tales, all her gifts of characterisation and observation are fully engaged, summoning forth the horrors so often concealed behind everyday façades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant writing; wonderful collection of stories

  • By Anthony on 03-04-15

Not a great audio title to be honest

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

I have no doubt from a literary point of view these stories are top draw, I have to say however they don't seem to work that well as an audio listen. A couple of the stories stay with you, which is good, but the rest are, well, dull to be honest. One for a paperback I would say rather than a download. Performance is good but you can only make tea parties and anorexia so interesting without being depressing.

  • The Empty Throne

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 8
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606

The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series The Warrior Chronicles, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. In the battle for power, there can be only one ruler.England is fractured, torn apart more by internal fighting than the threat of Viking invasion. The ruler of Mercia is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. His wife is a formidable fighter and great leader, but no woman has ever ruled over an English kingdom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but nothing new

  • By Dr Zube on 09-01-15

Good but nothing new

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

I have listened to all the others so I guess I will keep going, although I have to say it is getting quite difficult to differentiate between the titles. Its more slashing, burning and colourful insults (amusing and entertaining but not challenging or particularly surprising). It does exactly what you would expect, good fun, but in many ways a bit dull. This series needs to go out with a bang. ASAP.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fall of Giants

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a discovery

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-09-11

I wasn't expecting to like it...ended up loving it

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

I started listening to this book in lieu of the one I wanted not being downloaded to my iPod. I imagined this would be a stop gap until I could get the other book downloaded however from about 20 minutes in I was pretty hooked. A BIG story with lots of characters, all brilliantly realised, spanning a couple of decades and covering WW1 and times after, gripping and exciting. I will definitely be listening to the second part very soon.

  • Lincoln

  • By: David Herbert Donald
  • Narrated by: Dick Estell
  • Length: 30 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

In the best-selling tradition of Truman, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Herbert Donald offers a new classic in American history and biography - a masterly account of how one man's extraordinary political acumen steered the Union to victory in the Civil War, and of how his soaring rhetoric gave meaning to that agonizing struggle for nationhood and equality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very thorough biography

  • By Nils on 13-04-13

Long but very extensive and amazingly inspiring

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

Reviewed: 24-04-14

The definitive work on Lincoln, from birth to assassination, truly inspiring and moving account of the man who much surely be the best president america has ever had. The only downside to the book is the narration is a little dull, and it is a bit obvious where the breaks and edits where. Well worth a listen if you have the time (very long!).

  • The Killer Angels

  • A Novel of the Civil War
  • By: Michael Shaara
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Russell Copeland on 29-07-18

Historical fiction at its absolute best

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

Reviewed: 24-04-14

I read this book a while ago, twice in fact so I was very familiar with the story. It was really great fun to listen to the Killer Angels, the narrator is superb, in particular when portraying the southern officers, what a compelling, moving and amazing story, that is also true. Amazing.

  • Sean Lock Live Lockipedia

  • By: Sean Lock
  • Narrated by: Sean Lock
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Sean Lock: Lockipedia was recorded at the world famous Hammersmith Apollo during the height of his sell-out tour of Britain and Ireland. Sean is at his unstoppable best as he mixes stand up with his new audience interactive section ‘Lockipedia’.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What you see is what you get

  • By Tim P. on 19-07-17

Bloody funny!

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

Reviewed: 24-04-14

Really really funny standup, the only problem being its a bit short, Lock is a seriously funny man. His material on Mince and Squash had me in stitches.

  • The Pagan Lord

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 7
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one best-selling series The Warrior Chronicles, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold. The Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great story new, narrator again

  • By shelley on 23-06-16

Good listen, predictable story

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

Reviewed: 03-02-14

Overall a good rip-roaring story, albeit a predictable one. Narration is good and very entertaining. The insults get a bit comical after a while, though Cornwall does this type of story very very well. Shame they are all a bit the same though.

  • A Slight Trick of the Mind

  • By: Mitch Cullin
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

He's 93-years-old, in retirement in Sussex, beginning to lose his memory, and subject to emotions he has resisted all his life. His name is Sherlock Holmes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fitting and final Sherlock Holmes story

  • By Dr Zube on 03-02-14

A fitting and final Sherlock Holmes story

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

Reviewed: 03-02-14

This is a thinking man's Sherlock homes novel, as much about how one meets the end of life as well as the great detectives detecting. I would say this was a very fitting, and moving end to the fantastic, interesting and unique creation S Holmes is. Simon Jones performance is great, very fitting for the slow and meditative style of the story, I highly recommend this book.

  • Catastrophe: Volume One: Europe Goes to War 1914

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington, Max Hastings
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

A magisterial chronicle of the calamity that crippled Europe in 1914. Unabridged and split into two parts.1914: a year of unparalleled change. The year that diplomacy failed, Imperial Europe was thrown into its first modernised warfare and white-gloved soldiers rode in their masses across pastoral landscapes into the blaze of machine–guns. What followed were the costliest days of the entire War. But how had it happened?In Catastrophe: 1914 Max Hastings, best-selling author of the acclaimed All Hell Let Loose, answers at last how World War I could ever have begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible French

  • By Pearsonbrown on 05-05-14

Spectacular and detailed, moving and terrible

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

Reviewed: 14-01-14

This should be considered a classic text on the first world war. It has certainly changed a number of assumptions I had about the conflict and rightly so, well written and very very detailed. This is an intense listen but well worth it.