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  • Down and Out in Paris and London

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701

An autobiographical study, Down and Out in Paris and London follows Orwell as he tramps around both Paris and London. Pawning his belongings to buy food, unemployment, drinking heavily and jostling for a place in homeless hostels are but a few of the experiences related with candour and insight in this unabridged exclusive audiobook. Orwell was arguably one of the first 'gonzo' journalists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Richard Blant on 20-07-15

Superb

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Where does Down and Out in Paris and London rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The journalism, courage and compassion is unparalleled. A fantastic example to our current crop of list compilers and press release johnnies who call themselves members of that profession.

What other book might you compare Down and Out in Paris and London to, and why?

Nick Davies - Dark Heart. Going into the slimy underbelly of society and able to empathise with the people and write with compassion about their lives.

Which character – as performed by Jeremy Northam – was your favourite?

N/A

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

I did!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Lamentation

  • Shardlake, Book 6
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991

Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government of Henry's successor, eight-year-old Prince Edward. As heretics are hunted across London, and the radical Protestant Anne Askew is burned at the stake, the Catholic party focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife, Matthew Shardlake's old mentor, Queen Catherine Parr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like listening to a play

  • By Brodie on 06-11-14

Another Winner!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

Would you listen to Lamentation again? Why?

Absolutely would. I can't get enough of Matthew Shardlake, the crookback lawyer working for Katherine Parr. I binge read it in a day so need to go back and relisten.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Barack. Always. Tough kid and a shock in this book.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed every scene which was based on reality. The bungled meeting was great.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Genuinely shocked by the incident involving Jack Barak. Hand to mouth stunned.

Any additional comments?

Read this. But only after you have read all the rest in the series!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful