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Gareth Galea

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  • First World Problems

  • By: Martin Jameson
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Counsell, Lauren Cornelius, Maureen Beattie, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

The Fletcher family doesn't have time for politics; they are just trying to love and look after each other. But as the UK dissolves into conflict, they find themselves in danger. Not just from dodgy neighbours with brand new machine guns, but from inside their own family. What would happen if the UK broke apart? One family faces Britain's next civil war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard hitting and heart felt

  • By Gareth Galea on 16-04-19

Hard hitting and heart felt

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

A tiny bit overdramatic at times, but on the whole very engaging, realistic and emotional. It brought tears to my eyes twice!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Moneyland

  • Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take It Back
  • By: Oliver Bullough
  • Narrated by: Oliver Bullough
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

From ruined towns on the edge of Siberia to Bond-villain lairs in Knightsbridge and Manhattan, something has gone wrong with the workings of the world. Once upon a time, if an official stole money, there wasn't much he could do with it. He could buy himself a new car or build himself a nice house or give it to his friends and family, but that was about it. If he kept stealing, the money would just pile up in his house until he had no rooms left to put it in, or it was eaten by mice. And then some bankers in London had a bright idea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you quite angry

  • By Judy Corstjens on 22-04-19

Shocking!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-19

Moneyland is a shocking glimpse into the world of the ostentatious and half-visible super rich. If you don't feel righteous anger after listening to what Mr. Bullough has to say then you're either thick or in on the scam. I expected a dry, technical report but instead got a fast-paced and hard-hitting account of a complex global phenomenon which underlies many of the problems the average person in society faces today. This is something we need to deal with immediately. I thoroughly recommend this audio book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Slaving Away (Series 2)

  • By: Miranda Kane
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 501

Miranda’s back, but she’s not sticking around for long. In an attempt to regain her mojo, she’s packing up her whips, chains and thigh-high boots to leave London, and set out on a road trip unlike any other. With her best frenemy, and fellow dominatrix, Mistress Laveen in tow, she heads out to see what delights – and displeasures – they can dish out from the “comfort” of budget hotel rooms across the UK.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it!

  • By Sarah on 14-03-19

Keep them coming

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

Hilarious, heart warming and fun from start to finish! I loved every minute. If you didn't laugh you're a prude and/or keeping your sexuality locked up out of sight. Sad for you. You could be having so much more fun!
Please Audible release another series. I'd gladly pay for it. And well done Ms. Kane. You're doing the Lord's work.


  • Sex at Dawn

  • How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
  • By: Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan (Preface)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454

Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good ideas presented in a suboptimal way

  • By Ekaterina Banina on 27-05-16

Engrossing, profound, tragic and hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 13-10-18

This book needs to be required reading for every human being on the planet. Even if you don't agree with everything in the book, and even if you find that a lot of the claims within are speculative or difficult to prove, the authors deliver a compelling argument which rings true on so many levels, and the delivery is straightforward, backed up with hard data and often humorous (albeit with a tragic tinge). The narrators do a great job of bringing the written word to life. Truly recommend it.

  • The Windup Girl

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - Narrator on Valium

  • By David on 06-04-14

Two thimbs up! You won't want to stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

Loved this audio book. Having been around south east Asia myself I couldn't help but notice how many elements within the story reflect the reality of the place, especially from a farang's limited perspective. Solid quasi-dystopian sci fi, close enough to reality to be believable but far enough to be exciting. I particularly loved how engaging the characters were. You go through the whole thing unsure of who to root for and this is so refreshing! Life isn't full of black or white villains and heroes. Everyone has their own choices to make and sometimes those choices can hurt others, even if unintentionally. The writer captures this reality beautifully in each of his characters and weaves a thrilling story through their actions. Moreover, Jonathan Davis' narration is, as always, extremely engaging. I first heard him in Snowcrash and since then I've been hooked to the way he makes a story come to life. Well done to everyone involved in the making of this audio book. Great job!

  • Adjustment Day

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

In this ingeniously comic work, Chuck Palahniuk’s first novel in four years, he does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians hatch a nasty fate for the burgeoning population of young males, working-class men dream of burying the elites and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future. When it arrives, Adjustment Day inaugurates a new Disunited States of America. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Has the Fight Gone Out of Chuck?

  • By Simon on 06-07-18

Loved it, but...

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

I loved the ideas in this book and I felt it made a lot of extremely valid political points delivered with the writer's trademark graphic punchiness. The writer asks "what if the American dream of the 21st century came true?", and his answer is equal parts shocking, hilarious and even, on some level, attractive. Unfortunately it sometimes felt as though some plot elements could have been explained better and some characters could have been explored in more depth (and there are a lot of exciting characters here). Not Chuck's best book, but still worth a read I reckon.

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043

A kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth from best-selling storytelling legend Neil Gaiman. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anansi Boys, featuring an all-star cast lead by Lenny Henry, will premiere on Christmas Day 2017. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Anansi brought up to date

  • By Joyceline on 28-02-07

Are you the man with the lime?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-18

A very engaging story. Well-written and performed exquisitely by the talented Mr. Henry, whose accents (particularly Anansi's) sounded so pleasing and genuine. Enjoyed every minute!

  • Seveneves

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
  • Length: 32 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 705

The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction. What would happen if the world were ending? When a catastrophic event renders the Earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings

  • By Chris on 24-07-15

A rich, vivid world with so much potential

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

Reviewed: 19-02-18

A great story of epic proportions. Takes a while to get going but once it does you won't want it to end (and it really does feel like it does end too soon, the author could easily churn out a good series in the immense world he has created).

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing! Wonderful! Couldn't get enough!

  • By Simone Teufel on 30-06-10

Simply excellent!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-18

An excellent piece of historical writing narrated by arguably the most engaging narrator around. Excites, informs, smashes myths and inspires in an eloquent manner. It's on my re - listen list. Can't praise the author and the narrator enough.

  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 765

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Perfect Blend

  • By R on 23-09-10

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I loved this audiobook. Great story, interesting characters and awesome performance. A cyberpunk classic! Was sad to get to the end. Falabula!