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  • Sue Perkins Earpedia: Animals

  • By: Sue Perkins
  • Narrated by: Sue Perkins, Margaret Cabourn-Smith
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Sue Perkins' mad-cap animal adventure. Get ready for an irreverent, insightful and comical journey through the animal kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, Crazy and Odd

  • By Rights21 on 12-05-2018

Fun, Crazy and Odd

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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: 12-05-2018

A fun series about the oddities in the animal world. It is a bite sized and memorable look into some of the strange creatures and their odd bodies/habits. And of course there were some Australian critters staring as the strange creatures around.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Folklore of Discworld

  • By: Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Simpson
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Most of us grow up having always known to touch wood or cross our fingers, and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, yet sadly, some of these things are now beginning to be forgotten. Legends, myths, and fairy tales: our world is made up of the stories we told ourselves about where we came from and how we got there. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings which on Earth are creatures of the imagination - like vampires, trolls, witches, and possibly, gods - are real, alive and in some cases kicking on the Disc.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The magpie effect

  • By Rights21 on 09-05-2018

The magpie effect

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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: 09-05-2018

This is a wonderful book for anyone who loves the Discworld and its inhabitants and would like to know more about the history/beliefs/tales of the world and how they interconnect with our own world.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Monster Collection

  • By: Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Dan Stevens, Greg Wise, and others
  • Length: 30 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Audible presents a special edition of three Gothic masterpieces: a brand-new Audible Exclusive recording of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stories coming to LIVE

  • By Telaga on 02-12-2017

audio is best.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-2018

I am very glad I got the audio edition, having it read aloud made it so much easier to get through, although Dracula was exceedingly tedious. However it was good to listen to the original stories that have inspired so many wonderful books, TV series and movies. But however slow they were they were still good stories which is why they were so inspiring.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster

  • By: David Attenborough
  • Narrated by: David Attenborough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 314

His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited. In this volume of memoirs David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places that he has visited. Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several landmark BBC series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Living treasure

  • By Steven J Short on 20-01-2017

glad that I got the audio edition

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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: 08-05-2018

David Attenborough is a fascinating man and his memoirs are brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed this and am so glad that I got the audio edition. Considering that this is a memoir of a broadcaster there is also a lot of fascinating facts about the early days of the BBC and Television in general. I won't say much else as I don't want put in any spoilers but I recommend this book and in particular the Audio edition where David Attenborough reads it himself.

  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

  • By: Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Narrated by: Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge posted an impassioned argument on her blog about her deep-seated frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were constantly being shut down by those who weren't affected by it. She gave the post the title 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'. Her sharp, fiercely intelligent words hit a nerve, and the post went viral, spawning a huge number of comments from people desperate to speak up about their own similar experiences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you.

  • By Anonymous User on 25-06-2018

Recommended

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-2018

I admire Reni for being so open and honest about her struggle with the denial that goes on about racism and how we as a society and as a race (white people) don't want to take ownership of our attitudes and perceptions, that have been handed down to us. I would like to say that here in Australia we don't have that kind of thing but that is not the case at all, and trying to get people to admit that the casual jib about another race or minority group was not OK is like trying to shove shit up a hill, so I can't even imagine how much harder it must be for people of the actual group to try to get people to see reason.

It only seems to be getting worse at the moment as politicians point the blame for their F ups onto minority groups that look different and have a different experience, and it is happening all around the world. So we need this conversation now, but it is also becoming more dangerous to bring it up and be the one trying to expose the ugly hidden side of our social structures. And the more people take up the blame the more and more minority groups are targeted and the more and more people are in danger. This is something that people of color have had to deal with for a very long time, the fear of losing a loved one to some random act of fear induced hatred. It is something they shouldn't have to live with, we all deserve to live our lives without fear of being targeted.

Of the book it's self it was well written and flowed naturally. Hearing Reni read out some of the interviews she had was disturbing, for several reasons but it really dose point out how the "freedom" of speech is being used and abused when people are refusing to listen to rational requests. The disparity between races on the actual freedom to speak is horrendous enough but it shows that we have more than just a problem with race and otherness (or strangers as people from different backgrounds were labeled), we have a massive problem with perception, and also with our understanding of what things like freedom of speech actually mean.

So basically it was very eye opening. I also had no idea that people in Britten were largely unaware of their part in the history of slavery. Having grown up knowing a little bit about it I took it for granted that they would also know about it. I have read a few reviews criticizing this book for not being more well researched or for only being a headline grabber but that is not what this book is. It is the pent up frustration boiling up and it is a conversation starter. This book is about the experiences of the author and how the color of her skin and the bias of the social structure of the society she was born into affecting her life experiences. It is about being open and honest and about opening peoples eyes to the problems we face as a community.

Um if you have managed to get this far, I recommend the book if that wasn't clear.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Six BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julie McKenzie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

A collection of BBC radio full-cast dramatisations of Jane Austen's six major novels. Jane Austen is one of the finest writers in the English language, and this volume includes all six of her classic novels. Mansfield Park: on a quest to find a position in society, Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle. Northanger Abbey: young, naïve Catherine Morland receives an invitation to stay at the isolated Gothic mansion Northanger Abbey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged, but well done.

  • By Dean Spilias on 04-07-2016

A nice edition to the Jane Austen stories.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-2018

It was wonderful listening to the dramatized versions of some of my favorite stories. I did have a hard time deciding on what stars to give as Pride and Prejudiced was very poorly rewritten for the production. I feel that they got the characters wrong and reworded things for no reason at all. However the other stories were wonderfully done and it was a very lovely listen.

  • Fry's English Delight (Series 6)

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

National treasure and renowned wit Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language in these celebrated programmes. In each episode, Fry explores the oddities and celebrates the curiosities of the language we use. His love of words is indulged with infectious enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity at all times. From puns and metaphors to clichés and gibberish, this famously witty, incisive and engaging series explores the joys of the English language.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun

  • By Rights21 on 08-05-2018

Fun

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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: 08-05-2018

WTF was rather fun and surprising for a BBC series, all easy listens. A good series to listen to fill in time.

  • What Were You Thinking?

  • By: Dina Temple-Raston
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Journalist Dina Temple-Raston shares the stories of adolescents who made astonishing choices - from joining ISIS to planning a school shooting - that led to disastrous results. To help understand what they were thinking, she talks with friends, family, and the teens themselves. Plus, she dives into the latest science on adolescent brains to explore innovative ways to help them choose more wisely.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • thought prevoking

  • By Rights21 on 08-05-2018

thought prevoking

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

Reviewed: 08-05-2018

an interesting and thoughtful series on how it can go so very wrong with developing brains and how society should be responding to this very preventable crisis and how some communities/societies are responding and reducing the damage.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ponzi Supernova

  • By: Audible Originals, Steve Fishman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

To find out how the greatest financial fraud in history imploded, journalist Steve Fishman tracks down the victims, the federal investigators, the accomplices, and the mastermind, Bernie Madoff himself. Ponzi Supernova takes listeners through the calculated lies, frantic hi-jinx, and lax financial oversight that ultimately weaponized a Ponzi scheme into a $65 billion destructive force that reached across the globe and still has lasting effects today.<

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • an interesting look into the largest ponzi scheme

  • By Rights21 on 08-05-2018

an interesting look into the largest ponzi scheme

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

Reviewed: 08-05-2018

An interesting look in to the biggest financial mess so far. Its scary to think that the laws do little in the way to stop this kind of thing from happening and actually hamper victims in the recovery process.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Judd, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic thought experiment!

  • By Anonymous User on 16-08-2018

Well...

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

Reviewed: 03-01-2018

To be honest I only finished reading this book because of a book club. I get where the author was going with it and the end wrapped it up, but it’s not a book I would naturally read.