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Gus Honeybun

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  • Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!

  • 2000AD and Judge Dredd: The Secret History
  • By: Pat Mills
  • Narrated by: Pat Mills
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

As 2000AD and Judge Dredd celebrate their 40th birthday in 2017, Pat Mills at last writes the definitive history of the Galaxy's Greatest Comic and the turbulent, extraordinary and exciting events that shaped it. The story begins in a garden shed in Scotland sometime in 1971...Pat Mills is the creator of 2000AD and one of the comic's top writers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrillpower Reading

  • By John Ottaway on 21-09-17

Needless to say, I had the last laugh.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-19

This is a pretty strange book, largely stemming from the fact that Pat Mills comes across as quite strange. He expresses a keen interest in implausible conspiracy theories and the paranormal, and it feels as though he uses a large portion of the book to get back at people that he considers have wronged him. In fact, there is a strong Partridgian undercurrent running throughout. Don't expect much in the way of modesty or self-awareness.

With that said though, this is an interesting insight into the world of British comics. Pat has created and helped to develop some legendary comic characters, and certainly has some interesting views and anecdotes. I think it's wise to take adversarial accounts like this with a pinch of salt, whoever writes them, but I was suitably entertained. If you're a 2000AD fan, then you should definitely buy this, you won't be bored by it.

  • Straight Outta Crawley

  • Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human Being
  • By: Romesh Ranganathan
  • Narrated by: Romesh Ranganathan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057

At the age of 9, Romesh Ranganathan delivered his first ever stand-up set at a Pontin's Holiday Camp talent competition, smashing the only other competitor, a young girl playing the kazoo. The gig went so well that Romesh retired his comic genius for 22 years, hiding behind the guise of a maths teacher, before finally revealing himself again (no, not like that) at the tender age of 31. In 2010, Ranganathan staged his epic comeback gig to an almost silent room, and has since gone on to earn his place as the most in-demand overweight vegan Sri Lankan comedian in Britain. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Romesh's work then listen to this

  • By Gervaise Miller on 05-10-18

A distinctly better than average audio book

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Romesh takes us - via the medium of shouting in a dull monotone, which is possible, apparently - through a quick tour of his life and career accomplishments. There are some great anecdotes, and the details of his life are unusual and interesting. Basically, if you like Romesh, and you should, you'll like this. My only real gripe is that the book ends incredibly suddenly, pretty much mid-anecdote. But it's a good listen which gives you a bit more insight into the kind of person that he is than you might have gained from his shows and TV appearances. #deadpancomic

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From the Next Generation to J. J. Abrams

  • The Complete, Uncensored, and Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek
  • By: Edward Gross, Mark A. Altman
  • Narrated by: Aaron Landon, Alex Hyde-White, David Stifel, and others
  • Length: 34 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From the Next Generation to J. J. Abrams is an incisive, no-holds-barred oral history telling the story of post-Original Series Star Trek, told exclusively by the people who were there, in their own words - sharing the inside scoops they've never told before, unveiling the oftentimes shocking true story of the history of Star Trek, and chronicling the trials, tribulations, and tribbles that have remained deeply buried secrets until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SHOCKING!

  • By Tore on 25-08-17

Interesting, with terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration in this volume is often awful. Several of the narrators are people who it would be difficult to listen to in normal conversation, and yet apparently they are prolific narrators of audio books. One woman in particular drives me up the wall. She attempts to speak with personality and passion, but she reads everything with a horrible smirk (and invariably trailing syllables at the end of each sentence) that makes everyone she reads for sound obnoxious or foolish.Pronunciations are also laughably bad (Voyager's first officer is apparently someone called 'Shah...COTAY' and their principal enemies in season one were the Kah Zon). Pronunciation is very bad throughout. It's bad enough that I considered just giving up.

  • Parsnips, Buttered

  • Bamboozle and Boycott Modern Life, One Email at a Time
  • By: Joe Lycett
  • Narrated by: Joe Lycett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,985

In this book I have attempted to solve each and every one of life's problems. And I have succeeded. Dear Listener, Using letters, emails, tweets and telegrams I will show you how the things in your life that make you sad, low or anxious can soon appear trivial, insignificant and like a fish. In short, I will butter your parsnips.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious. Hope you're well xx

  • By Ed Goodman on 15-11-16

Not bad, but a bit lazy

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This is a reasonable audiobook, but marred somewhat by the fact that the good bits have been recycled from live shows and TV appearances. As such, there's a good chance you may have heard some of it before. It's also quite short, and some of it seems to have been written purely to bulk out the word count.

Had I paid the eye-watering RRP of £21.87, I would be so furious that I would emit a brown, viscous fluid from my eyes, ears and pits whilst screaming and beating my bare chest. Thankfully I used an Audible credit instead, so that's not too bad and I feel I just about got my money's worth.

If you have a spare credit about to expire, and don't know what to do with it, then buy this book.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Brief History of Roman Britain

  • Brief Histories
  • By: Joan P. Alcock
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

In 55 B.C. Julius Caesar came, saw, conquered and then left. It was not until A.D. 43 that the Emperor Claudius crossed the channel and made Britain the western outpost of the Roman Empire that would span from the Scottish border to Persia. For the next 400 years the island would be transformed. Within that period would see the rise of Londinium, almost immediately burnt to the ground in A.D. 60 by Boudicca; Hadrian's Wall, which was constructed in A.D. 112 to keep the northern tribes at bay, as well as the birth of the Emperor Constantine in third century York.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • An exercise in tedium

  • By Gus Honeybun on 30-12-13

An exercise in tedium

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

Reviewed: 30-12-13

What disappointed you about A Brief History of Roman Britain?

An appallingly dry and boring book. It is a simple listing of facts with absolutely nothing whatsoever to hold your attention. I literally couldn't believe that a) someone had written something so utterly devoid of interest and b) someone chose to publish it.

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

The reading was fine, but she might as well have been reading the phone book.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful