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  • Erebus: The Story of a Ship

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 604

In his major new work, Michael Palin - former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter - brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross’s Antarctic expedition of 1839-43, to its abandonment during Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its final rediscovery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in 2014. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic tale, written and narrated by Michael Palin.

  • By Heisenberg on 24-09-18

We drove across Austria to Italy<br />

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

Reviewed: 10-08-19

My wife and I + our 22yr old daughter + boyfriend, listened enthralled to every detail as we travelled.
Mr Palin you sir are a story telling genius!

  • The Psychopath Test

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,385

This is a story about madness. It all starts when journalist Jon Ronson is contacted by a leading neurologist. She and several colleagues have recently received a cryptically puzzling book in the mail, and Jon is challenged to solve the mystery behind it. As he searches for the answer, Jon soon finds himself, unexpectedly, on an utterly compelling and often unbelievable adventure into the world of madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It is indeed utterly compelling.

  • By Graeme on 30-08-11

Fascinating.

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

Reviewed: 23-06-19

I find Jon Ronson's work surprisingly interesting , well researched and presented but definitely different.

  • Valley of Death

  • Ben Hope, Book 19
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

People going missing in the remote wilds of India is not unusual. But when the son of a wealthy Delhi businessman is kidnapped just weeks after his brother fell victim to an alleged bandit attack in the mountains of Haryana, it raises eyebrows. With the local police doing close to nothing, there’s only one man for the job: ex-SAS major Ben Hope. But for Ben, this is no ordinary rescue case. Because this plea for help is coming from a special person from his past, who now has nobody else to turn to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Ben Hope adventure...

  • By Salter on 11-06-19

Colin Mace - one of the best narrators on audible!

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

Reviewed: 20-06-19

Good original story, well told suspense to the end, unfortunately sometimes you just have to stop what your doing and listen.

  • Eureka: Finding the Line Between Desire and Contentment, Then Riding It

  • By: Graham Field
  • Narrated by: Graham Field
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

After the success of his first book In Search of Greener Grass, Graham Field hits the road again with his bargain-basement KLR650, recording his experiences in his inimitable and revealingly honest diary style. The Caucasus region is often overlooked by travelers, but Graham may inadvertently be about to change all that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-08-19

Sorry Graham there is something wrong with this.

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

Reviewed: 18-06-19

There is something wrong with the Sound quality of this recording it made me so cross at times I wanted to treat my phone like you finally treated your satnav.
ttfn I'm off to Albania on your recommendation!

  • Viruses, Plagues, and History

  • Past, Present, and Future
  • By: Michael B. A. Oldstone
  • Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

The story of viruses and humanity is a story of fear and ignorance, of grief and heartbreak, and of great bravery and sacrifice. Michael Oldstone tells all these stories as he illuminates the history of the devastating diseases that have tormented humanity, focusing mostly on the most famous viruses. For this revised edition, Oldstone includes discussions of new viruses like SARS, bird flu, virally caused cancers, chronic wasting disease, and West Nile. Viruses, Plagues, and History paints a sweeping portrait of humanity's long-standing conflict with our unseen viral enemies.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting

  • By Goronwy-Wyn on 25-05-19

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 25-05-19

While I listened to the book and gathered a great deal from it, the medical content will require some additional study to fully understand.
No reflection on the book which I enjoyed.

  • Lone Rider

  • The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World
  • By: Elspeth Beard
  • Narrated by: Wendy Wolfson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

In 1982, at the age of just 23 and halfway through her architecture studies, Elspeth Beard left her family and friends in London and set off on a 35,000-mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6. Reeling from a recent breakup and with only limited savings from her pub job, a tent, a few clothes, and some tools, all packed on the back of her bike, she was determined to prove herself. She had ridden bikes since her teens and was well-traveled. But nothing could prepare her for what lay ahead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A real travel adventure

  • By Richard B. on 11-06-19

Tough route to attempt.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-19

I'm curious how things have changed for female riders today, I hesitate to say improved.
Impressive accomplishment.

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  • Unnatural Causes

  • By: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,808

As the country's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WARNING: Say bye bye to the next 11hrs and 46mins

  • By Eldasensei on 07-12-18

Fascinating but sad

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

Reviewed: 29-04-19

I found the book fascinating, having watched many of the events described as I grew up, but the lack of dedicated emotional / psychological support he was given throughout his career are a sad reflection on society in the UK.

  • The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Many of us know the Black Death as a catastrophic event of the medieval world. But the Black Death was arguably the most significant event in Western history, profoundly affecting every aspect of human life, from the economic and social to the political, religious, and cultural. In its wake the plague left a world that was utterly changed, forever altering the traditional structure of European societies and forcing a rethinking of every single system of Western civilization: food production and trade, the church, political institutions, law, art, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great course. so much info. loved it.

  • By M J North on 14-05-17

A well documented historical perspective

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

Reviewed: 28-04-19

While this account gives the time frame for plague / the black death it's a little light on the details medical etc.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story

  • By Goronwy-Wyn on 26-04-19

Interesting story

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

Reviewed: 26-04-19

I found the jumping back and forth in the characters time lines irritating after a while.

  • Ten Drugs

  • How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine
  • By: Thomas Hager
  • Narrated by: Angelo Di Loreto
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Beginning with opium, the “joy plant,” which has been used for 10,000 years, Thomas Hager tells a captivating story of medicine. His subjects include the largely forgotten female pioneer who introduced smallpox inoculation to Britain, the infamous knockout drops, the first antibiotic, which saved countless lives, the first antipsychotic, which helped empty public mental hospitals, Viagra, statins, and the new frontier of monoclonal antibodies. This is a deep, wide-ranging, and wildly entertaining book. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Nick Elliott on 23-07-19

The world of "cures" or maybe not.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

From bigotry to big pharma and the corporate profit associated with your desire to live for ever...or not.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful