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  • The Road to Somewhere

  • The New Tribes Shaping British Politics
  • By: David Goodhart
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Many Remainers reported waking up the day after the Brexit vote feeling as if they were living in a foreign country. In fact, they were merely experiencing the same feeling that many British people have felt every day for years. Goodhart shows us how people have come to be divided into two camps: the 'Anywheres', who have 'achieved' identities, derived from their careers and education, and the 'Somewheres', who get their identity from a sense of place and from the people around them, and who feel a sense of loss due to mass immigration and rapid social change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and insightful book

  • By Mormon8r on 08-03-18

Informative and Plausible

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

Reviewed: 20-05-18

Time for us “nowheres” to take note of the “somewheres”. Not only sound analysis but sensible sounding solutions.

  • Stalin Ate My Homework

  • By: Alexei Sayle
  • Narrated by: Alexei Sayle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

Very funny and (almost) stranger than Alexei's fiction....Alexei knew he was doomed to be different the day he was taken to see Sergei Eisentein's Alexander Nevsky instead of Walt Disney's Bambi. Born on the day that egg rationing came to an end, Alexei grew up with his parents and the Soviet Weekly. Each year they holidayed in Eastern Europe, where they were shown round locomotive factories and the sites of Nazi atrocities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Punchy, Delightful

  • By John on 24-09-10

FANTASTICALLY HONEST AND WELL WRITTEN

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-10

Sayle's is the most self-insightful and honest autobiography I have ever read. It is funny, poignant and tells you a lot about Liverpool, communism, being a delusional, semi-outsider. It is funny but in a wry self-deflating way. The style never palls and he is a thoroughly engaging narrator. A great achievement for someone who only got 4 O levels! I am an automatic buyer for the next volume. Will he be able to be that frank is the second installment?

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  • Pretending to Be Me

  • Philp Larkin, a Portrait
  • By: Tom Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Tom Courtenay
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Pretending to Be Me is an intimate, acerbic, and occasionally scurrilous show about the poet, jazz aficionado, and Hull University librarian Philip Larkin. Larkin has moved home; surrounded by packing cases, playing selections from his favourite jazz LPs, and making himself cups of tea, and later whiskies, he reflects wryly on writing and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare treat for poetry lovers!

  • By Scampo on 19-12-06

TRIUMPHANT

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-10

I had the privilege of seeing Courtenay perform this in Jermyn Street. Using a great deal of Larkin's own words, and some of his poetry you really get close to the man - the wit, and the Eeyorishness of the personality. I concur with the previous reviewer - five stars.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Life of Johnson

  • By: James Boswell
  • Narrated by: Billy Hartman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Boswell's biography of his friend and hero Samuel Johnson is an acknowledged classic, full of humorous anecdote and rich characterization. Johnson's complex humanity (his depression, fear of death, intellectual brilliance and rough humor) is set within a vivid picture of 18th century London peopled by personalities of the time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boswell and Johnson incarnate!

  • By Robert on 14-08-10

Boswell and Johnson incarnate!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-10

The only criticism of this version is that it is abridged. Hartman (a Scot) is massively convincing as both Boswell and Johnson - if ever I get enough money I will sponsor him to do the full version! You will grow to love Johnson as Boswell did and want to read his essays and criticism - if not his drama. Naxos - get him back - I know several other who will be buyers...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Life of Samuel Johnson

  • By: James Boswell
  • Narrated by: Jim Killavey
  • Length: 32 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
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    0 out of 5 stars 0

This book is considered by many to be the finest literary biography ever published. Samuel Johnson was the leading literary scholar and critic of his age, helping to define the Augustan Age of English Literature. He is as celebrated for his brilliant conversation as he is for his writing.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Computer generated voice ?

  • By Keith on 18-05-10

Wrong Reader

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-10

I was delighted to see an unabridged version of the Life of Johnson...and listening to clip exhibited I had to agree with the previous reviewer. The Billy Hartman version - available here on Audible is fantastic but abridged. Get that and then read the original. Hartman (a Scot) is massively convincing as both Boswell and Johnson - if ever I get enough money I will sponsor him to do the full version! Naxos - get him back - I know several others who will be buyers...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A History of Modern Britain

  • By: Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by: Andrew Marr
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

Shortlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
A History of Modern Britain confronts head-on the victory of shopping over politics. It tells the story of how the great political visions of New Jerusalem or a second Elizabethan Age - rival idealisms - came to be defeated by a culture of consumerism, celebrity, and self-gratification. In each decade, political leaders have thought they knew what they were doing, but found themselves confounded. Every time, the British people turn out to be stroppier and harder to herd than predicted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A History of Modern British Politicians...

  • By Francis on 20-07-07

GUARDIANESQUE HISTORIAN OF BRITAIN

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-09

If you want to understand the standard middle class metropolitan view of British history written by an Alastair Campbell who managed to stay awake during his time at Cambridge University this is it, and very good too. It is well-delivered standard view of the second half of the twentieth century seen through this reformed communist's lens that never deviates from the standard script: the NHS - not a theft from local communities already serving the people and transforming it into a burocracy with increasingly little to do with healthcare, an smug assault on the First and Second World War survivors found "embarrassing" when Marr was growing up, and the world reduced to a hippyish 1968 Weltanschauung - the USA (bad) v the rest (the unexplained alternative we never took, Britain hideously white and Thatcher not believing in society rather than Thatcher believing in individuals. Despite the barely suppressed desire for a secular Orwellian tolerant British collectivism, this history repays a listen and gives a lucid portrait of why Britain is how it is now: a mixture of turbo-statism hitched to turbo-capitalism, the latter funding the former and dring the morals an elitist statist Kleptocracy

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Cultural Amnesia

  • Necessary Memories from History and the Arts
  • By: Clive James
  • Narrated by: Clive James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

From Anna Akhmatova to Stefan Zweig, via Charles de Gaulle, Hitler, Thomas Mann and Charlie Chaplin, this varied and unfailingly absorbing book is both story and history, both public memoir and personal record - and provides an essential field-guide to the vast movements of taste, intellect, politics and delusion that helped to prepare the times we live in now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great clearing in the jungle from CJ

  • By Matt on 17-05-08

TOUR DE HORIZON - TOUR DE FORCE

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-08

Clive James once complained that he had spent too much time studying at Cambridge while people like Germaine Greer were partying. His time was not wasted... Like his wireless essays on Radio Four his style has a lightness of touch for historical giants and literarati known and unknown. Like harold Bloom he makes you want to read some of the literature referred to or get to know more about some of the topics, such as the Viennese intellectual scene in the 20's and 30's which he covers. Where I am familiar with his subjects he seems to score a bullseye...If he had not wasted so much time on TV he could have done more but perhaps I would not have bothered to listen to this informative and entertaining piece.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful