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Dan Bowen

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  • Autobiography

  • By: Morrissey
  • Narrated by: David Morrissey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22nd 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for twenty-six years, during which time he has had three number 1 albums in England in three different decades.Achieving eleven Top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths), his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Moz on Moz action

  • By Dan Bowen on 13-08-2015

Moz on Moz action

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

Reviewed: 13-08-2015

Blimey, Moz has a fair few gripes to get of his chest, to the point where he just comes across as quite bitter and petty and you can't help but think that maybe the problem is him rather than the never ending list of people who have supposedly wronged him. That said, he was an integral part of the best Manc band of all time so I'll forgive him most things. His penchant for drama and sharp turn of phrase provide plenty of interesting points. Plus I loved the way he described his childhood especially as I'm from the same bit of Manchester so was very familiar with the street names and landmarks he peeled off. Say what you like about Morrissey, but you can't call hm dull. On the narration front, David Moz does a pretty good job.

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  • A Storm of Swords

  • Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 47 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,144

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Storm of Swords. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Storm of Swords is the third volume in the series. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, Good Reading

  • By Daniel on 20-01-2015

Stormin' Roy

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

Reviewed: 02-05-2015

Plenty of swords to be had here. Plenty of giants, swearing and tits too. Marvellous. Despite Roy Dotrice again making everyone English, Welsh or Scottish; his narration is starting to grow on me. I'll be holding off on 'A Feast For Crows' until the TV show catches up.

A Storm of Swords (Part Two) - Blood and Gold
    Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire
    
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    Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
    115 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • A Storm of Swords (Part Two) - Blood and Gold

  • Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

George R.R. Martin’s superb and highly acclaimed epic fantasy A Song of Ice and Fire continues with the third in the series A Storm of Swords. There is passion here, and misery and charm, grandeur and squalor, tragedy, nobility and courage. Unabridged and split into two parts. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast. Beyond the Northern borders, wildlings leave their villages to gather in the ice and stone wasteland of the Frostfangs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, awful narrator

  • By Xander on 16-06-2016

Stormin' Roy

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

Reviewed: 02-05-2015

Plenty of swords to be had here. Plenty of giants, swearing and tits too. Marvellous. Despite Roy Dotrice again making everyone English, Welsh or Scottish; his narration is starting to grow on me. I'll be holding off on 'A Feast For Crows' until the TV show catches up.

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Jonah on 08-11-2015

A tale of necessity

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

Reviewed: 02-05-2015

I'm not sure what the audio equivalent of a page turner is, but it applies to this. Dodgy Scottish accent aside, the narration is pretty good too.

A Clash of Kings (Part Two)
    Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire
    
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        George R. R. Martin
    
    


    
    
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        Roy Dotrice
    
    


    
    Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
    120 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • A Clash of Kings (Part Two)

  • Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

This is Part Two of Book 2 of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series. George R. R. Martin’s superb fantasy epic continues in consummate style as bloodshed and alchemy lay waste the Seven Kingdoms. This second volume of A Song of Ice and Fire is unabridged and split into two parts. The Iron Throne once united the Sunset Lands, but King Robert is dead, his widow is a traitor to his memory, and his surviving brothers are set on a path of war amongst themselves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great story, awful narrator

  • By Xander on 16-06-2016

More of the same

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

Reviewed: 29-09-2014

Carries on where 'A Game Of Thrones' left off seamlessly and is just as enthralling. It's very easy to lose yourself in this complex and detailed world and it's very pleasing to know that there is literally hundreds of hours more to come. As with the the last audio adaptation though, I do feel Roy Dotrice's range could be a bit better but it's a minor criticism and the ample helpings of swords, dragons and tits more than make up for it.

  • A Clash of Kings

  • Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,323

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Clash of Kings. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Clash of Kings is the second volume in the series. Throughout Westeros, the cold winds are rising.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Salim Kursav on 13-07-2016

More of the same

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

Reviewed: 29-09-2014

Carries on where 'A Game Of Thrones' left off seamlessly and is just as enthralling. It's very easy to lose yourself in this complex and detailed world and it's very pleasing to know that there is literally hundreds of hours more to come. As with the the last audio adaptation though, I do feel Roy Dotrice's range could be a bit better but it's a minor criticism and the ample helpings of swords, dragons and tits more than make up for it.

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A Game of Thrones (Part Two)
    Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire
    
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        George R. R. Martin
    
    


    
    
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        Roy Dotrice
    
    


    
    Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
    196 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • A Game of Thrones (Part Two)

  • Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 178

This is Part Two of Book 1 of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series. This first volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE is unabridged and split into two parts. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • f***ing epic

  • By BROCK on 11-02-2015

Utterly compelling story, flawed narration ...

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

Reviewed: 29-09-2014

Any additional comments?

Was ever there a story with such a vast and rich array of characters and sub-plots? I can't think of one off-hand. Like many others I came to A Song of Ice and Fire from the HBO TV series and I haven't been disappointed in audiobook format as it's just such a wonderful tale. Unfortunately the narration here is not the best. It's not so much the narration as the acting, if Roy Dotrice was just to read straight from the page his voice is fine. However when he embodies the characters (which is what is required after all) his voices are often tedious and the weird choices to add a Welsh or Irish twang to the accent of some characters is frankly just odd, especially when direct family members have completely different accents. That said it is not a big enough problem to ruin my enjoyment overall and the quandary I find myself in now is do I go beyond the TV series or wait patiently for it to catch up? I'll make that decision when I catch up myself, for now it's on to A Clash of Kings!

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  • A Game of Thrones

  • Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,442
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,435

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Game of Thrones. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Game of Thrones is the first volume in the series. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Swords and intrigue to the hilt

  • By Kerri on 18-08-2014

Utterly compelling story, flawed narration

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

Reviewed: 29-09-2014

Any additional comments?

Was ever there a story with such a vast and rich array of characters and sub-plots? I can't think of one off-hand. Like many others I came to A Song of Ice and Fire from the HBO TV series and I haven't been disappointed in audiobook format as it's just such a wonderful tale. Unfortunately the narration here is not the best. It's not so much the narration as the acting, if Roy Dotrice was just to read straight from the page his voice is fine. However when he embodies the characters (which is what is required after all) his voices are often tedious and the weird choices to add a Welsh or Irish twang to the accent of some characters is frankly just odd, especially when direct family members have completely different accents. That said it is not a big enough problem to ruin my enjoyment overall and the quandary I find myself in now is do I go beyond the TV series or wait patiently for it to catch up? I'll make that decision when I catch up myself, for now it's on to Part 2 of this book and then A Clash of Kings awaits!

34 of 41 people found this review helpful

  • Short Stories by Saki

  • By: H. H. Munro
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson, Nadia May
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Hector Munro, writing under the pseudonym of Saki, is justly renowned for his urbane and witty short stories. His eccentric characters, humorous dialogue and engaging domestic situations all reveal a penetrating and sometimes disturbing insight into human nature. As a quixotic tour guide, Saki leads the reader from garden party to pig sty to political convention with the ease of one who is intimately familiar with the cares and foibles of the human condition, showing us this vista of life through the well tempered lens of his gentle, British irony. In this definitive collection of stories we can browse and sightsee at our leisure, cross borders of fresh insight, admire and enjoy each whimsical tale as we journey through the imaginative landscape of a truly artful writer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Saki Saki long time ...

  • By Dan Bowen on 29-09-2014

Saki Saki long time ...

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

Reviewed: 29-09-2014

Any additional comments?

Wonderfully English in the traditional aristocratic sense. There are a lot of stories here and my only criticism would be that despite the wit and invention of them, there is little variation in the style and arc. It's a minor problem though.

The Shining
    
    
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        Campbell Scott
    
    


    
    Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
    6 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Why we think it’s a great listen: You may have thought the movie was scary, but this is pure Stephen King as it was meant to be experience – performed frighteningly well by Campbell Scott. First published in 1977, The Shining quickly became a benchmark in the literary career of Stephen King. This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, his loyal wife, and their uniquely gifted son slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook Hotel's past are revealed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shines well

  • By Dan Bowen on 29-09-2014

Shines well

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

Reviewed: 29-09-2014

Any additional comments?

Campbell Scott does a great job of making this as scary as it should be. Thrilling stuff.