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  • Hope and Glory

  • The Days That Made Britain
  • By: Stuart Maconie
  • Narrated by: Stuart Maconie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

In Hope and Glory, Stuart goes in search of the places, people and events of the century we have just left behind that have shaped the look and character of modern Britain. From the death of Victoria to the demise of New Labour, he takes a single event from each decade of the 20th century that offers up a defining moment in our history and then goes in search of its legacy today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Claire Mills on 30-10-11

Good but heavy going in some places

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

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

Yes, it's a great collection of stories and travelogues, in service of a good overall idea.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's not fiction so no characters.

Which character – as performed by Stuart Maconie – was your favourite?

He's best as himself.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh quite a few times and was depressing in others - there's a lot of material here, both light and dark.

Any additional comments?

I'd avoided this book in the bookshops as it looked a bit worthy and was timed around the 2012 olympics and a lot of very iffy 'national story of Britain' books. However, Maconie is a better writer than most and his commitment to his concept here is very good. The idea is to go through 10 'key days' in the last 100 years of British history, and the critical events that happened on those days. It covers everything from the suffrage movement to the 1966 world cup and Live Aid. It's a mixture of travelogue and essay in each chapter, and is well written and well read. The only major issue is that some of the chapters - around the first world war, the crushing of the miner's strikes etc is very consistently downbeat and can be wearing to listen to for long periods.

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  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,585

Shortlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb production of a sci fi classic!

  • By Peter on 21-07-07

A great telling of an epic story

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5 easily.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The performance of Thufir Hawat was the most consistent.

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

The changes of characterization between different chapters was grating.

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

A world that holds creation's greatest treasure... and greatest terrors.

Any additional comments?

It's a great and very complete version of a complex story, and is very atmospherically told. It's a mix between a straight reading of the book and a sort of audio play with different people voicing the characters. A lot of the story is told in narration or internal monologue which lends itself well to an audio book.

The slightly disconcerting thing is that it moves between two different styles from chapter to chapter and the character's voices change. In some chapters they are voiced by some American-sounding voice actors of variable quality and in others by english voices (which are generally better). It doesn't ruin it but it is distracting, and lessens the impact of some passages where the american voice acting isn't very good.

  • A Walk in the Woods

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wilderness adventure from the comfort of home

  • By John on 28-04-07

Involving and stirring version of a good story.

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

Reviewed: 13-12-13

Would you listen to A Walk in the Woods again? Why?

I'm a longstanding Bill Bryson fan and this is one of the first books of his I read. It evokes the landscape and experience of a long hike through America incredibly well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bryson's irascible and fallible companion, Stephen Katz, and the old AT itself.

Which character – as performed by William Roberts – was your favourite?

Stephen Katz.

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

It's a bit long for that but the chapter structure and narrative is straightforward to tackle in sections.

Any additional comments?

This was the first Bill Bryson book I ever read and I still love the way the story is constructed and the way he diverts off down historical and natural side-trails from the main narrative is still great. It's classic Bryson and remains a great listen - the motorway hours flew by!