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  • The Godfather

  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 171
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    5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 166

A modern masterpiece, The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking 40 years after it was first published, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder, and family values is a true classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's true, it is a classic.

  • By Andy on 09-01-2016

Classically brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-2018

The book is always better than the movie and this one is no exception. Mantegna is outstanding and I’ve relished every word. To those who have never read the book or watched the movie, a five star recommendation, and to those who have... do it again, it is a dateless classic...

  • I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1

  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

Pilgrim is the code name for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Steam Train

  • By Andrew on 15-02-2016

A thriller and a half!

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Reviewed: 06-01-2018

One of the best suspense-thriller-drama books I’ve ever read... very satisfying end, although I didn’t want to end... I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys spy work and won’t flinch to violence... the protagonist is one tough pilgrim!

  • Young and Damned and Fair

  • The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII
  • By: Gareth Russell
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

England, July 1540: it is one of the hottest summers on record, and the court of Henry VIII is embroiled once again in political scandal. Anne Cleves is out. Thomas Cromwell is to be executed and, in the countryside, an aristocratic teenager named Catherine Howard prepares to become fifth wife to the increasingly unpredictable monarch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A well researched book for the history buffs

  • By Sue on 11-11-2018

Wonderful!

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Reviewed: 10-11-2017

Just when you think you know the reasons for the behaviour of some people, along comes a story like this, and it makes you realise how far some of us are willing to go... or more to the point, how far your own family will take you for their purposes... Catherine Howard is a victim of circumstance, at a time when God might have forgiven you, but the ruler of your realm would not... a time when a woman's opinion counted for nothing and her only reason for living was to procreate, even though it could cost the lives of mother and child... and you would never consider disobeying your parents whose efforts are dedicated to placing you in a marriage of convinience for the whole family and discribed as 'a goodly match'...promised to a man at the age of eight, married to him at the age of twelve, and could deliver your first child at 13... you are not to contradict your husband, especially if your husband is Henry VIII, or you will lose your head... What a world! Gareth Russel does one hell of a job, with his details and descriptions, making you cringe, suffer and empathise with Our Lady Katherine, Queen Consort and temporary resident of The Tower. Jenny Funnell has a voice that I can hear coming out of Katherine, just beautiful. And the story is guaranteed to rival her cousin's, Anne Boleyn. Five Stars right across the board!

  • Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 27 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45

The lives of Henry VIII's queens make for dramatic stories, and Alison Weir writes a series of novels that offer insights into the real lives of the six wives based on extensive research and new theories. In all the romancing, has anyone regarded the evidence that Anne Boleyn did not love Henry VIII? Or that Prince Arthur, Katherine of Aragon's first husband, who is said to have loved her, in fact cared so little for her that he willed his personal effects to his sister?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By S Kelleher on 22-10-2018

Loved it!

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Reviewed: 23-10-2017

Unbelievable, I feel like an eyewitness... Wonderful story, in-depth revision of a true queen and narrated with great mellifluousness. As always, Alison Weir manages to teach history with ease by painting the lives of the subjects vividly. A pleasure to “read” which I would highly recommend.

  • The Big Book of Serial Killers

  • An Encyclopedia of Serial Killers - 150 Serial Killer Files of the World's Worst Murderers
  • By: Jack Rosewood, Rebecca Lo
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
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    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

There is little more terrifying than those who hunt, stalk, and snatch their prey under the cloak of darkness. These hunters search not for animals, but for the touch, taste, and empowerment of human flesh. They are cannibals, vampires, and monsters, and they walk among us. These serial killers are not mythical beasts with horns and shaggy hair. They are people living among society, going about their day-to-day activities until nightfall. They are the Dennis Rader's, the fathers, husbands, church-going members of the community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbingly awesome...

  • By Liz on 17-09-2017

Disturbingly awesome...

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Reviewed: 17-09-2017

A detailed account of bizarre human behaviour. Gruesome, yet, I couldn't stop reading and it left me thinking, we all have the capacity to kill if you could just remove that little bit of your mind called a conscience. Highly recommended read for true crime fans!

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  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,963
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a powerful book by a truly insightful author.

  • By Daniel Rimmer on 27-10-2018

Totally immersive.

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Reviewed: 13-09-2017

During the first few chapters, I expected to be told how the way of the world was my one choice. By the time I was in the middle chapters, I began to believe the world had many ways and I could choose. The last chapters reaffirmed something I've always known, I'm a small part of the algorithm that creates all our future's, and even though I'm small, I'm still a contributor. Brilliant work Mr Harari.

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected but brilliant!

  • By Michael on 27-11-2015

Information plus!

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Reviewed: 10-09-2017

Hilarious, educational and disturbing... Well, that's as close as I get to a description... or at least as close as 0000000000000000000001! Highly recommended.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,818
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,180
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,160

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought-provoking

  • By Anonymous User on 30-08-2017

Inspiring, memorable, enlightening!

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Reviewed: 07-09-2017

That was an amazing piece of literature. I can not believe how programmed my brain is, and I don't think I can fully grasp the ideals, nor am I prepared for what's to come. I found myself rewinding, stopping, thinking and shivering in surprise of what I'd just heard. Thank you Yuval for an unforgettable experience. I'm on my way to Homo Deus...

  • The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Many of us know the Black Death as a catastrophic event of the medieval world. But the Black Death was arguably the most significant event in Western history, profoundly affecting every aspect of human life, from the economic and social to the political, religious, and cultural. In its wake the plague left a world that was utterly changed, forever altering the traditional structure of European societies and forcing a rethinking of every single system of Western civilization: food production and trade, the church, political institutions, law, art, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating & gripping

  • By Ballina Beach on 08-10-2016

A fantastic voyage!

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Reviewed: 04-09-2017

Thank you, a thousand times over... I found myself transported to a time of great panic and horrible atrocities and I did come out on the other side feeling sad for those people who had to endure such a hard life, only to die themselves or watch their loved ones suffer. Although, by the end, Professor Armstrong left me with nothing but hope and respect. I am proud to be a part of the strongest and most resourceful animal to walk this earth.

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