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  • Tombland

  • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb - Samson’s best yet

  • By Jim__Leeder on 26-10-18

A Lot of Book for a 1-week Holiday

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

Reviewed: 28-10-18

A welcome return of Matthew Shardlake, it's been too long.
Sansom has clearly not been idle though. Thoroughly researched. great pace, although over 800 pages meant I couldn't quite finish it on a one week holiday (slow reader - first world problem)

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  • How to be Champion

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Sarah Millican
  • Narrated by: Sarah Millican
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,084
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076

Part autobiography, part self-help, part confession, part celebration of being a common-or-garden woman, part collection of synonyms for nunny, Sarah Millican's debut audiobook delves into her super normal life with daft stories, funny tales and proper advice on how to get past life's blips - like being good at school but not good at friends, the excitement of IBS and how to blossom postdivorce.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Was never going to disappoint!!!

  • By MR M P GOULDER on 06-10-17

Divvin nah all aboot ya til now, ta

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Ee she's proper rude at times but it seems ok in an angel-like Geordie voice. Good recipe for banana bread

  • Robin Williams' 100 Greatest Jokes

  • By: Player Publications
  • Narrated by: Jack de Golia
  • Length: 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5

Laughter is always the best medicine! If you love the comedy of Robin Williams and need a laugh, this book is for you! Robin Williams' 100 Greatest Jokes is a collection of Williams' funniest punchlines expanding his entire career, from his funniest movies to his brilliant stand-up comedy routines. Although the world lost Robin Williams in 2014, his comedic genius lives on in this hilarious keepsake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RIP Robin Williams, a titan of comedy.

  • By Adam Faherty on 21-12-18

I knew what to expect

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

I knew that this would be a catalogue of 100 jokes, so wasn't too surprised that it was a simple list from 1 through to 100.
I knew it wasn't narrated by Robin Williams so I wasn't surprised the masterful delivery wasn't there.
What was there was a series of jokes that I can recall Williams delivering and, as a person who's always looking to use one-liners - I've been accused of plagiarism, their words not mine (thanks Stewart Francis), then I have a wider encyclopaedia.
Overall, I knew what to expect and can't be disappointed

  • Tim Vine

  • Punslinger
  • By: Tim Vine
  • Narrated by: Tim Vine
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Regarded as the funniest one-liner in the UK, Tim Vine delivers joke after joke on this great live show. The recipient of awards for best jokes told at comedy festivals, sit back and enjoy the only Punslinger in town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • quick clean and oh so funny

  • By Lee Goodwin on 07-07-17

Puntastic

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

Reviewed: 31-03-17

What did you like most about Tim Vine?

His charm, delivery, wit and self-deprecating humour

What other book might you compare Tim Vine to, and why?

Stewart Francis - Tour de Francis - but they are two different styles that dip into similar pools

Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favourite?

Not applicable

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and I did

Any additional comments?

Off to search for another

  • The Very World of Milton Jones

  • The Complete Series 1
  • By: BBC Audiobooks
  • Narrated by: Milton Jones
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

BBC Radio 4 has a new star on its hands. No-one knows where he's from: "As a child, I always remember my father saying to me 'Son, to pay for your education your mother and I had to make a lot of sacrifices.' Because they were both druids." No-one can predict what he gets up to: "I'm not getting on with my yoga teacher at the moment...which frequently puts me in a very difficult position."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ingenious madness

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-04-13

Not such a fluid Milton

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

Reviewed: 31-03-17

What did you like best about The Very World of Milton Jones? What did you like least?

The odd one-liners that Milton is known for

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Simply stick to stand up rather than use a 1950s radio format

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Not a lot to be honest. I'd never heard his radio show and found it slow-paced and quite unfunny in parts. Seemed a bit old fashioned

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I think Milton Jones is one of the funniest and inventive comedians on the circuit. Clearly this radio show was not designed for me and I didn't enjoy it. 'll stick to his stand up

  • Frank Skinner

  • The Stand Up Collection
  • By: Frank Skinner
  • Narrated by: Frank Skinner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40

Frank Skinner made his television debut in 1988. After five minutes of stand-up which had the studio audience in fits, the station received 131 calls from outraged viewers including a cabinet minister and the head of a major airline. Frank never looked back. Here he is, live and uncensored, performing the act that won him the 1991 Perrier Award for Comedy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frank in name, frank in nature

  • By Stuart A. McIntosh on 31-03-17

Frank in name, frank in nature

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

Reviewed: 31-03-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe not, subject matter is a bit near the knuckle and fairly one dimensional. Certainly think it should carry and age restriction warning as I couldn't play this in the company of younger people - or maybe the very old as well! Also some references are dated now and there's visual humour that is lost

What was most disappointing about Frank Skinner’s story?

Some of the visual gags cannot be imagined so you miss out. having embarked along a "let's shock 'em with sexual talk" I expected there to be other topics interspersed but it was pretty much mono-themed

Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favourite?

This was three stand up routines so this field isn't strictly relevent. However, it gives me an opportunity to say I like Frank Skinner and have been to see him live. Very funny. Unfortunately, I felt a bit let down as he has a wide pool of subject to extract humour and here it was mostly themed about his sexual experiences

Do you think Frank Skinner needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes - newer material, or even a dip into his back catalogue to get wider topic areas provided references aren't too dated

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  • Tour de Francis: Live

  • By: Stewart Francis
  • Narrated by: Stewart Francis
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Stewart Francis is a Canadian comic famous for his razor sharp one-liners and impeccable sense of timing. He's a TV regular on such programmes as Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, and Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow. Much like Tim Vine, he fires out hilarious one-liners. And, as some clever comics do, some very thoughtful ones at that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best in the business

  • By paul on 23-12-12

Simply my favourite comedian

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

Reviewed: 17-03-17

What made the experience of listening to Tour de Francis: Live the most enjoyable?

His delivery and honed performance skills, timing

What other book might you compare Tour de Francis: Live to, and why?

This is not a book but a recording of his stand up tour of that name. Therefore, the other gigs that are on DVD would be the most comparable as would recordings of other punsters doing their act like Milton Jones, Tim Vine etc

What does Stewart Francis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His delivery and honed performance skills, timing

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely and have, more than once

Any additional comments?

Bring out the other three DVDs in the same way please, as soon as possible

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

A wryly funny and moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye.

Teen idol at 15, international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-1970s Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my best audiobooks so far

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-06-11

Intelligence & wit - not just a pretty face

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

Reviewed: 17-03-17

I loved this book. I was intrigued to read it with some preconceived ideas of his career and personality. It was so much better than I expected. Lovely lyrical writing, great sense of self-deprecating humour but not displayed as false modesty. All topics covered in sufficient depth to provide context. Learned a lot. Bonus is, if you listen to him reading it on audio book he does some great impressions of the stars he provides anecdotes about. His pace, tone and timing reflect his intelligence and adds gravitas to the delivery Am tempted to read his follow book but it's not getting such good reviews.

  • Always Managing

  • By: Harry Redknapp
  • Narrated by: David John
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

"From kicking a ball as a kid under the street lamps of Poplar and standing on Highbury's North Bank with my dad, to my first game at West Ham, I was born head over heels in love with football. It saved me, and 50 years on that hasn't changed one bit - I'd be lost without it…" Harry is the manager who has seen it all - from from a dismal 70s Portakabin at Oxford City and training pitches with trees in the middle to the unbeatable highs of the Premiership, lifting the FA Cup and taking on Real Madrid in the Champions League.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasticly written & narrated

  • By abdulaziz on 14-10-13

Lovable old barrow boy or canny privileged fraud?

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

What did you like most about Always Managing?

There's a fair bit of nostalgia and humour as you'd expect

What did you like best about this story?

Little glimpses of the old days, how West Ham let themselves down with their disregard of their heritage

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The story of Bobby Moore from someone who knew him directly. Also Julian Dicks

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How have I impacted on the lives of so many, when life seems to happen around me without my understanding of how it does?

Any additional comments?

I listened, I heard, i interpreted and I formed my own opinion. Not sure I received the same message as I was supposed to

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  • Alex Ferguson

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Alex Ferguson
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson, Alex Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526

Revised and updated with new material from the paperback edition. Includes a prelude read by Sir Alex Ferguson. Sir Alex Ferguson's compelling story is always honest and revealing he reflects on his managerial career that embraced unprecedented European success for Aberdeen and 26 triumphant seasons with Manchester United.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Honest and simple

  • By R. Kitzinger on 30-05-14

I'm never in the wrong but I know others who are

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, but I have prefaced the recommendation with my view that he has spent so long with yes-men telling him how faultless he is, he has no other opinion of himself. You can spot who he liked and who he didn't and how unfair he was in his treatment of certain people.

What other book might you compare Alex Ferguson to, and why?

The New Testament if it was written in the first person

Have you listened to any of Alex Ferguson and James Macpherson ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Good Lord no, who can afford to vegetate for that length of time?

Any additional comments?

Provided you can form your own opinions and maintain them without being swept away by his self promotion, then it's quite insightful and allows you to see what he thought of certain events, albeit that it is very one-sided and not balanced or tempered.