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  • A Higher Call

  • The Incredible True Story of Heroism and Chivalry During World War Two
  • By: Adam Makos, Larry Alexander
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 136

Four days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Suddenly, a German Messerschmitt fighter pulled up on his tail. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber in the squeeze of a trigger. What happened next would later be called 'the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • George's review

  • By George on 04-11-16

Captivating to the last word

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

One of the best World War Two stories I’ve heard and I’ve heard many. Gives you a different perspective on the Luftwaffe and chivalry. I thoroughly enjoyed this and will listen again very soon.

  • Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

'I have sensed a disturbance in the Force.' Ominous words under any circumstances, but all the more so when uttered by Emperor Palpatine. On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root - its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyed it, but not as good as the first

  • By Adrian Martin on 13-02-19

Good performance but slow and slightly dull

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

A fairy good tale but not Timothy Zain’s finest work. Personally I found it annoying jumping between the two stories of Thrawn and Vader and Thrawn and Anakin. The pace was a little slow. As usual Marc Thompson delivered a good performance although not convinced his use of the Irish accent really suited the miner characters. Overall it’s Okay but not excellent.

  • Thanks for Nothing

  • By: Jack Dee
  • Narrated by: Jack Dee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 300

For the first time, comedian Jack Dee reveals the highs and lows of his early life and disastrous day jobs. You don't just wake up jaundiced and bitter; it's taken Jack years of dedication and commitment to brew his unique cocktail of disillusionment and bile. What turned this once optimistic young man into a grumpy middle-aged git? Was it working in an artificial-leg factory?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks For Everything Jack

  • By Shane on 10-11-09

Quite entertaining

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

Reviewed: 23-10-18

Overall quite short and covered the period leading up to Jack's break through. Would have been good to continue on and learn more about life in the public eye. I've listened to a number of comedian bios and this one is good but not among the very best. If you like Jack or you're struggling to find something else give it a go.

  • The Life of Lee

  • By: Lee Evans
  • Narrated by: Lee Evans
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032

Lee Evans is one of the best-loved comedians in the country; a Hollywood star able to sell out arenas in the blink of eye. But he was not always such a roaring success. Read unabridged by the man himself, the audiobook edition of The Life of Lee is an utterly hilarious and very moving autobiography, charting his ups and downs on the way to the top.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By AandL272 on 05-06-13

Sweet and funny and a great listen.

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

Reviewed: 14-10-18

You can help but have a soft spot for Lee. He’s incredibly humble and down to earth and tells his story with real humour and heartfelt words. I really enjoyed this thoroughly and it’s up there with the very best audio books I’ve listened to. Superb.

  • Phasma: Star Wars

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • By: Delilah S. Dawson
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 507

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins - and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • My first great disappointment

  • By MR B J WHITE on 05-10-17

Lacks substance

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

Reviewed: 14-10-18

Well narrated but the story is a let down. Don’t recommend at all and there much better star wars works out there.

  • Becoming Johnny Vegas

  • By: Johnny Vegas
  • Narrated by: Johnny Vegas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669

‘My name is Michael Pennington, and I am not a comic character. I'm often mistaken for one though. You might know him by another name. Johnny Vegas.’ From BBC Dickens adaptations to Benidorm and Ideal to the PG Tips ads, Johnny Vegas has become one of Britain's best-loved comic actors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Gordon on 28-10-13

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

What an incredible piece of work. So eloquently written and wonderfully performed by Michael. A compelling listen and so much food for thought. I have around 100 audio books and this one is right up among the best. Superb.

  • Jenson Button

  • Life to the Limit
  • By: Jenson Button
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645

The full-length, in-depth and intimate autobiography from Jenson Button, one of the greatest racing drivers of his generation. His 17 years in Formula One have seen him experience everything the sport has to offer, from nursing duff cars round the track to winning world championships and everything in between. Here, Jenson tells his full story for the first time in his own honest, intelligent and eloquent style.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent book, good performance but...

  • By K. A. Thomas on 20-10-17

One of the best driver bios I’ve heard

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I’m a few years older than Jenson and I’ve followed every formula 1 race since the mid 80s. I have to admit I wasn’t really a fan whilst he was driving, for sure I respected him and I knew on his day he could be unbeatable but i was a die hard Schumacher fan and I’m still to choose a new driver to follow. This book really opened up some new perspectives on Jenson, I love how he describes his childhood experiences with lots of 80s references like knight rider or air wolf. I can relate to much of what he said and it kind of helped me get a sense of feeling of that fan to driver transition. Jenson is great at explaining technical bits without boring or losing my interest and he has some great tales about his partnerships with Lewis, Ralf, Fisi and Fernando. Of course there is more to learn about John Button who was known by all fans and to this day I can’t think of a better role model father and you can clearly feel Jenson’s loss.

The book is narrated by Jack Hawkins. He does s great job and his voice and mannerisms are reminiscent of Jenson but I can’t help thinking this is something Jenson should have voiced himself. He comes across natural on TV and I’m sure he could have delivered this reading very well.

I’ll be listening again to this Audio book very soon. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone with any kind of interest in racing

  • The Mechanic

  • The Secret World of the F1 Pitlane
  • By: Marc 'Elvis' Priestley
  • Narrated by: Marc 'Elvis' Priestley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Mechanic written and read by Marc 'Elvis' Priestley. In the high-octane atmosphere of the Formula One pit lane, the spotlight is most often on the superstar drivers. And yet, without the technical knowledge, competitive determination and outright obsession from his garage of mechanics, no driver could possibly hope to claim a spot on the podium.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fact 1

  • By Anonymous User on 01-02-18

Thoroughly entertaining listen

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I’ve seen Marc more increasingly on sky sports F1 and whilst i knew he was a McLaren mechanic I had no idea which roles and drivers he’d worked with or his experience. This book really validates his credentials and gives a unique insight into the inner workings of a race and test team. From the outside McLaren had a stale corporate image but this shines a new light on the antics of the Woking team and in my opinion makes the whole team more likeable. I really enjoyed the dynamics between Kimi and Marc and it gives us armchair fans a new perspective on KImi too which will only endear him to even more fans.

Marc reads his own book and nobody could have done a better job. Never boring or dull and I’ll be listening again very soon.

  • And on That Bombshell

  • Inside the Madness and Genius of TOP GEAR
  • By: Richard Porter
  • Narrated by: Richard Porter, Ben Elliot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

For 13 years, 22 series and 175 shows, Richard Porter was script editor of Top Gear, from the first faltering pilot episode in 2002 until the very last show presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in 2015. Along the way they destroyed cars, sparked diplomatic incidents, set fire to caravans, almost killed one of the presenters, and somehow transformed Top Gear from a shabby BBC Two motoring show into an Emmy-winning, record-breaking, planet-straddling behemoth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but it feels like it was rushed

  • By Adam Buckler on 22-11-15

Thoroughly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 13-04-17

As a top gear fan I knew I'd enjoy this and I pretty much listened to it from end to end without stopping because it was so fun. Lots of behind the scenes of my favourite show and it conjured up some fond memories. There are touching moments and times where I simply sat laughing a loud. I'll be listening to this again very soon.

  • The Children's House of Belsen

  • By: Hetty E. Verolme
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 71

Hetty’s family was torn apart following the German invasion of the Netherlands. Rounded up by the Nazis and then separated from their parents, Hetty and her brothers were sent to the Children’s House, within Belsen concentration camp. As one of the eldest, Hetty became the ‘Little Mother’, helping to care for not only her siblings, but the other children as well.In a direct and powerful style, Hetty recalls one of the remarkable, largely untold stories of the Holocaust – the extraordinary struggle and survival of this group of children through those terrible years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-breaking!

  • By Ian on 26-08-16

What terrible things people can do to one another

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

Reviewed: 16-07-15

A compelling listen and really puts you in the camp with the other children. Beautifully written and narrated and a must listen in my opinion.

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