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  • War of the Wolf

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Uhtred of Bebbanburg has won back his ancestral home, but, threatened from all sides by enemies both old and new, he doesn’t have long to enjoy the victory. In Mercia, rebellion is in the air as King Edward tries to seize control. In Wessex, rival parties scramble to settle on the identity of the next king. And across the country, invading Norsemen continue their relentless incursion, ever hungry for land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Richard on 01-02-2019

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 01-02-2019

As far as I am concerned, this book is an excellent example of the very best an audio book can be. The narration is the best I have heard, the performance is amazing. At times I thought there must be more than one narrator the different voices were that good. And the story is up to Cornwell's high standard, it is excellent. This series gets better and better.

  • The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

  • How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake
  • By: Steven Novella
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is your guide through this maze of modern life. It covers essential critical thinking skills as well as giving insight into how your brain works and how to avoid common pitfalls in thinking. They discuss the difference between science and pseudoscience, how to recognise common science news tropes, how to discuss conspiracy theories with that crazy colleague of yours and how to apply all of this to everyday life. As fascinating as it is entertaining, this enthralling audiobook is your essential guide to seeing through the fake news and media manipulation in our increasingly confusing world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful

  • By John Trimble on 28-01-2019

Required Reading

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-2019

Should be required reading in every school on the planet. How to think critically, how to avoid faulty thinking and scams. Well written, quite thorough but starts at the basics. You need to read this, and get as many other people as you can to read it also.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 360

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not for me

  • By Kira Moloney on 08-02-2019

Charming Christmas Story

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

Reviewed: 28-12-2018

Excellent performance, the narrator was able to change believably from a four year old girl to an old man! And a nice story for Christmas too. Also not too long, just the right length for a Christmas night. Thank you Audible.

  • When Computing Got Personal

  • A History of the Desktop Computer
  • By: Matt Nicholson
  • Narrated by: Norman Gilligan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

This is the story of how a handful of geeks and mavericks dragged the computer out of corporate back rooms and laboratories and into our living rooms and offices. It is a tale not only of extraordinary innovation and vision but also of cunning business deals, boardroom tantrums and acrimonious lawsuits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Computer History

  • By Richard on 17-11-2018

Great Computer History

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

Reviewed: 17-11-2018

Didn't know what to expect when I started listening but I was very pleasantly surprised. It is an excellent book that covers personal computers from the very beginning with lots of information I hadn't heard before. Covers the USA and Europe and goes right up to when the book was published. The narrator seems a bit... staid? when you start, but it's an apt performance for the subject matter. If you have any interest in computer history, you will love this book.

  • The Trouble with God

  • A Divine Comedy About Judgment (and Misjudgment)
  • By: Chris Matheson
  • Narrated by: Chris Matheson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

In this riotous, globetrotting sequel to The Story of God, the universe’s premier antihero, God, returns, as lonely, misguided, angry, and troubled as ever. Regretting many of the decisions he made in his debut book, and wrestling with his continued ambivalence to both his son(s) Jesus and his frenemy Satan, God decides to set things right with creation - again. But this time, he asks, why stick around the dusty Land of Israel or a decaying heaven when there’s a much bigger world to explore - and countless others out there just waiting to love and praise him?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was This Second Book Necessary?

  • By Richard on 22-08-2018

Was This Second Book Necessary?

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-2018

Loved his first book, original and funny, and Chris Matheson reads it well, as he does this book. However, if you have read the first book, then this book is basically more of the same, just not as good, and a bit repetitive. He very briefly takes shots at other religions, but very briefly, but mainly sticks to the same formula as book one.

  • Munich

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Set over four days against the backdrop of the Munich Conference of September 1938, Munich follows the fortunes of two men who were friends at Oxford together in the 1920s. Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Paul von Hartmann is on the staff of the German Foreign Office - and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. They have not been in contact for more than a decade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting With Quality Writing

  • By Richard on 23-07-2018

Interesting With Quality Writing

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-2018

There aren't many better than Robert Harris when it comes to historical novels. This is really good, and makes you feel like you are there, the performance is once again superb. My only quibble is with the 'B' plot, it seems to be there to make the story longer but in the end has no effect and there are no consequences. I think the 'A' plot would stand on it's own and could be fleshed out more. However it is still a cracking read and well worth a listen.

  • The Story of God

  • A Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate)
  • By: Chris Matheson
  • Narrated by: Chris Matheson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The Bible offers some clues to God's personality - he's alternately been called vindictive and just, bloodthirsty and caring, all-powerful and impotent, capricious and foresighted, and loving and hateful. But no one has ever fully explored why God might be such a figure of contrasts. Nor has anyone ever satisfactorily explained what guides his relationship not just with angels, the devil, and his son, but also with all of creation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never thought about it this way.

  • By Curtis Yates on 17-02-2019

Shooting Fish In A Barrel

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-2018

Making fun of religion is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel, but at least it is done well by Chris Matheson. It's satirical and comical and does a good job of pointing out the... flaws and illogic in the bible from gods point of view. Atheists of course will love it, some of the more open minded or liberal christians might enjoy it (maybe?). I imagine hard core christians will be praying for lightening to strike... It is narrated by. the author and he does a very good job, keeps it very interesting. Only negative point is that it is quite a short book.

  • Mockingjay

  • The Final Book of The Hunger Games
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The realistic ending makes this book

  • By Thesle on 08-12-2015

Well Written Finale

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-2018

I liked this final book in the series, it had twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. The performance was again top notch, Carolyn McCormick is one of the best narrators on Audible. If you have read the first two books then you have to read the third and finish it. You won't be disappointed.

  • The Rooster Bar

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 266

Law students Mark, Todd and Zola wanted to change the world - to make it a better place. But these days these three disillusioned friends spend a lot of time hanging out in The Rooster Bar, the place where Todd serves drinks. As third-year students, they realise they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A ripping good yarn

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-10-2017

Solid Grisham Offering

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-2018

Nothing spectacular or ground breaking, after so many books in the same genre it must be hard to come up with new ideas. But it was enjoyable, though the main characters weren't that likeable, don't know if they were meant to be or not. If you are a fan of Grisham and his style it is worth a read.

  • The Remains of the Day

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Dominic West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House. In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside – and into his past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure delight

  • By Sandra on 20-12-2015

A Life Lived Being Retold

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-2017

At first I was going to describe this as a Seinfeld book - nothing happens. But then I thought more about it. It is a great story and the performance is superb. It seems like there is nothing happening in the plot but there really is. The author can take the mundane and the momentous and describe them equally with depth and meaning. It's really fascinating.