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  • Victorious Century

  • The United Kingdom, 1800-1906
  • By: David Cannadine
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

To live in 19th-century Britain was to experience an astonishing series of changes, of a kind for which there was simply no precedent. There were revolutions in transport, communication and work; cities grew vast; and scientific ideas made the intellectual landscape unrecognisable. This was an exhilarating time but also a horrifying one. In his new book, David Cannadine has created a bold, fascinating new interpretation of the British 19th century in all its energy and dynamism, darkness and vice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating history of Victorian Britain

  • By Caroline on 11-10-18

Fascinating history of Victorian Britain

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

It's obviously hard to cover the whole of a period in one book but this had just about the right level of detail for me and I found it really informative. It's the sort of book you probably need to listen to 2 or 3 times to get the most out of as there is a lot to take in but would highly recommend for a good overview of the period. Very well narrated too.

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  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And this was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant

  • By Ms. Ej Austin on 19-06-17

An incredible story

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

Reviewed: 19-08-18

What an incredible story. I had never heard anything about this episode in American history but it's a fascinating look at the specific murders but all the more interesting as it is set in the context of the beginnings of the oil industry, the FBI and the shameful racism against native Americans. Absolutely fascinating and shocking.

The 3 different narrators worked really well too.

  • The God of Small Things

  • By: Arundhati Roy
  • Narrated by: Aysha Kala
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

Set against a background of political turbulence in Kerala, Southern India, The God of Small Things tells the story of twins Esthappen and Rahel. Amongst the vats of banana jam and heaps of peppercorns in their grandmother's factory, they try to craft a childhood for themselves amidst what constitutes their family - their lonely, lovely mother; their beloved uncle Chacko (pickle baron, radical Marxist and bottom pincher); and their avowed enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grand-aunt).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating, magical

  • By Rochelle on 28-01-17

Still an amazing book

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I loved this book when it was first released but hadn't read it for many years so decided to try the audio version. The book is amazing. It's so beautifully, poetically written that you can really feel the atmosphere in the Indian village. The characters are wonderful too and the author is very adept at showing things through the children's eyes. My only very slight criticism is that the narrator sometimes mis-pronounces or mis-emphasises words but that's a very minor point.

  • The Third Man

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

The Third Man is one of the truly great post-war films. It's a thrilling story of black-marketeering set against a backdrop of Vienna in the immediate post-war era, when the city was divided into four zones amongst the major powers: Russia, Britain, France, and America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent novel and narration

  • By Frankiesam on 01-12-15

A Great Story - expertly Read!

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

Reviewed: 21-06-18

It's years since I have read any Graham Greene but I enjoyed this so much it has made me re-discover this great story-teller. Martin Jarvis' narration is perfect too. Highly recommended!

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Formed Tale Hits the Sweet Spot

  • By Simon on 06-12-17

Story was disappointing

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

Reviewed: 17-05-18

Like others, I enjoyed the format of a drama rather than a book being read for a change but was very disappointed by the story. The characters were quite generic and lacked depth and some of the events just too far-fetched.

  • The Accident on the A35

  • By: Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Breton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54

From the author of His Bloody Project, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2016. There does not appear to be anything remarkable about the fatal car crash on the A35. But one question dogs Inspector Georges Gorski: where has the victim, an outwardly austere lawyer, been on the night of his death? The troubled Gorski finds himself drawn into a mystery that takes him behind the respectable veneer of the sleepy French backwater of Saint-Louis.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listen but not as good as His Bloody Project

  • By Caroline on 04-05-18

Easy listen but not as good as His Bloody Project

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

The characters were well rounded and the atmosphere in the little French town in which the story is set was also well described. The story was quite good but I expected a bit more from the author of 'His Bloody Project' which was really gripping. This story lacked depth compared to that but is OK but nothing special.

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  • Citizen Clem

  • A Biography of Attlee
  • By: John Bew
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 26 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Clement Attlee was the Labour prime minister who presided over Britain's radical postwar government, delivering the end of the empire in India, the foundation of the NHS and Britain's place in NATO. Called 'a sheep in sheep's clothing', his reputation has long been that of an unassuming character in the shadow of Churchill. But as John Bew's revelatory biography shows, Attlee was not only a hero of his age but an emblem of it, and his life tells the story of how Britain changed over the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding biography

  • By michael Billington on 11-09-17

A fascinating insight into 20th century history

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

Reviewed: 21-04-18

I wouldn't normally choose a political biography but decided to give this a try on the basis of the reviews. It took me a while to get into it but when I did, I was gripped. It is very thought-provoking in so many ways as many of the decisions Attlee's government took are still with us today e. g. the NHS and welfare benefits and there was nothing inevitable about society changing in this way. Also, the creation of Israel and the effect on the Palestinians which Attlee anticipated. The narration was perfect too. Highly, highly recommended for anyone interested in 20th century history.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • After the Fall

  • By: Charity Norman
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

In the quiet of a New Zealand winter's night, a rescue helicopter is sent to airlift a five-year-old boy with severe internal injuries. He's fallen from the upstairs veranda of an isolated farmhouse. At first, Finn's fall looks like a horrible accident; but his frantic mother, Martha McNamara, knows how it really happened. And she isn't telling. Not yet. Maybe not ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling read

  • By Bizzylizzy on 06-05-13

So dull

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I have listened to about a third of this book and don't think I can bear to listen to any more as it is so boring.

The structure of the story is quite well trodden: tragic event happens that looks like an accident but the reader knows something more sinister has occurred and the rest of the book leads up to the incident.

The problem comes in that the story leading up to that incident is so full of boring minutiae with badly drawn characters that you don't believe in and so don't care about. It's worse than listening to paint dry!

To top it all, having a rather posh female narrator trying to do 'cute' little boy voices is really irritating.

  • Young and Damned and Fair

  • The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII
  • By: Gareth Russell
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

England, July 1540: it is one of the hottest summers on record, and the court of Henry VIII is embroiled once again in political scandal. Anne Cleves is out. Thomas Cromwell is to be executed and, in the countryside, an aristocratic teenager named Catherine Howard prepares to become fifth wife to the increasingly unpredictable monarch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short Lived Queen Consort

  • By S. Morris on 17-01-17

Gripping story and meticulous research

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

I wasn't sure about whether to buy this book as I sometimes feel too much focus is placed on Tudor history but I'm so pleased I did. I knew the basic story of Catherine Howard but this book really brought it to life and explained a lot about court life and how she ended up being beheaded. I really liked the author's assessment of the various myths and theories which seemed very fair and where there isn't enough evidence to reach a view, he says so.

I don't agree with previous reviewers who said that there is too much information about other people in and around Henry VIII's court as I think it's crucial to see the whole picture to understand how that society worked.

  • His Bloody Project

  • By: Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • Narrated by: Crawford Logan, Cameron Mowat
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050

A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of 17-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? Presented as a collection of documents, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers, which offer conflicting impressions, throwing Macrae's motive and his sanity into question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much, Much Better than the Sample Suggests

  • By Alex on 18-11-16

Original and compelling

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

This book is one of the best I've listened to. It's completely believable and gives a great insight into society in Scotland at the time. I really want to listen to more by this author!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful