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Nether Poppleton, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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  • Frank Skinner

  • By: Frank Skinner
  • Narrated by: Frank Skinner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Frank Skinner is undoubtedly one of the funniest and most successful comedians appearing on British screens. Born Chris Collins in 1957, he grew up in the West Midlands where he inherited his father's passion for football, a West Bromich Albion supporter, along with a liking for alcohol. Expelled from school at 16, Frank held various jobs, later going on to gain an MA in English Literature.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • not like the book

  • By Liam chapman on 01-03-16

A Life Like Frank's

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-07

I'd agree with the review from The Guardian - it's the early years, before he became famous, that are of the most interest here. His heavy drinking in seventies Birmingham are portrayed honestly and unflinchingly, with the feeling coming through that for all its seeming drudgery, he was happiest then. Once he becomes famous I became less interested and felt that the 'Three Lions' story went on a bit. They didn't win, Frank, get over it. I look forward to the next installment because, from what is written here, Skinner still has a lot to say about fame and coming to terms with it, and maybe he'll do this once his star begins to diminish a bit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Humble Pie

  • By: Gordon Ramsay
  • Narrated by: Gordon Ramsay
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Biography of the Year, 2007.
Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

This is Gordon Ramsay's autobiography, the first time he has told the full story of how he became the world's most famous and infamous chef. He also discusses his difficult childhood, his brother's heroin addiction, and his failed first career as a footballer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Humble Pie - Wow!

  • By Sonia on 19-11-06

Eat It

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-07

Told in the familiar tones of the Ramsey we all know, I found myself looking forward to listening to this on the commute to and from work. It gives a good insight into Ramsey's difficult upbringing, his 'near miss' of playing with Rangers, his early career and the fishbowl that is the London restaurant scene. I felt he was pretty honest about his influences, good and bad, his lucky breaks and his dedication to perfection that drives himself almost to distraction. In the end, you come away thinking that for all the money and fame, he's chosen a life that's never going to be an easy ride.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Blair Years

  • Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries
  • By: Alastair Campbell
  • Narrated by: Alastair Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book Award, 2007.
Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

The Blair Years is the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever hear. Taken from Alastair Campbell's daily diaries, these audio extracts chart the rise of New Labour and the tumultuous years of Tony Blair's leadership, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in our national life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rivetting

  • By David on 13-07-07

Engrossing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-07

I was never much of a fan of Blair and Spin, but the diaries of the man behind a lot of the image are fascinating. Narrated by the downbeat and laconic Campell himself, all the best anecdotes are here, plus many that you might not have heard about. As an insight into how the country is run, this paints a human and surprising picture, exposing politics as how you might have feared it is as well as how you might have hoped it can be too. Very enjoyable, espescially Mandy's hissy fits, egotistical and thoroughly entertaining, I just wish it had been the unabridged version.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Alice Cooper, Golf Monster

  • A Rock 'n' Roller's Life and 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict
  • By: Alice Cooper, Keith, Kent Zimmerman
  • Narrated by: Alice Cooper
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

The man who invented shock rock tells the amazing and, yeah, shocking story of how he slayed his thirsty demons with a golf club. It started one day when Cooper was watching a Star Trek rerun between concerts, bored and drunk on a quart-of-whiskey-a-day habit. A friend dragged the rocker out of his room and suggested a round of golf. Cooper has been a self-confessed golf addict ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Golf School's Out

  • By Jim on 03-06-07

Golf School's Out

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-07

This is an entertaining account of Alice Cooper's rock career and golf addiction, and makes for very easy listening. Narrated by the man himself, I'd reckon thirty percent of the book is about golf and seventy about his career, although if I was being harsh I'd say it's hard to tell which he boasts most about! You might pick up some golf tips, you'll definately pick up some good stories and you'll listen to the end, which is about all you want from an audiobook.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

When Michael Palin was researching his novel Hemingway's Chair, his interest was stimulated by Hemingway's appetite for travel and "Papa's" evocations of the places he knew. In pursuit of Hemmingway, Palin begins at the beginning, in Oak Park, Idaho, then travels to Italy where Hemingway served in the Ambulance Brigade in the First World War. Then on to Paris in the "Roaring Twenties", bull-running at Pamplona and Hemingway's love affair with Spain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Production!!

  • By M. Harris on 07-04-18

Irritating

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-07

I couldn't get through this because of the extremely annoying use of background music that just wouldn't fade out and seemed to go on and on and on. It also seemed to be a 'Think of a Theme' travelogue that are so popular these days but also seem to verge on the utterly pointless. Maybe if you're a big Hemmingway fan you'll find something of interest here, otherwise give it a miss.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful