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  • Walking Home

  • Travels with a Troubadour on the Pennine Way
  • By: Simon Armitage
  • Narrated by: Simon Armitage
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

In summer 2010 Simon Armitage decided to walk the Pennine Way. The challenging 256 mile route is usually approached from south to north, from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm, the other side of the Scottish border. He resolved to tackle it the other way round: through beautiful and bleak terrain, across lonely fells and into the howling wind, he would be walking home, towards the Yorkshire village where he was born.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Walking Home - A listener's response.

  • By Mark on 04-05-2019

Walking Home - A listener's response.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-2019

Rather than a cheerful recount of his walk through the pennine way - designed to entertain an audience with humorous anecdotes of his rip roaring adventures, Walking Home - A Poet's Journey - represents Armitage's range of emotional highs and lows, celebrating both the potential sublime and banal that he encounters on his way- whilst still frequently finding humour throughout.

However, the reality is that this walk is a hard slog and it is Armitage's honest personal reflections on the walk, on his companions and on his varying moods and fears that is most engaging aspect. This book is not a recount of a journey but a mediation on one person's personal response to that journey.

Listening to Simon Armitage narrate is just an additional pleasure!

  • The Order of Time

  • By: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Time is a mystery that does not cease to puzzle us. Philosophers, artists and poets have long explored its meaning while scientists have found that its structure is different from the simple intuition we have of it. From Boltzmann to quantum theory, from Einstein to loop quantum gravity, our understanding of time has been undergoing radical transformations. Time flows at a different speed in different places, the past and the future differ far less than we might think, and the very notion of the present evaporates in the vast universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stimulating and accessible time!

  • By Mark on 20-04-2019

A stimulating and accessible time!

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

Reviewed: 20-04-2019

I found 'The order of time' a fascinating, stimulating and accessible exploration into the physics and philosophy of time. I've already listened and re-listened to most chapters twice in an attempt to take on board most of the ideas Carlo Rovelli presents.

However, I'm sure there's so much more and this is one audio book that I'll return to again - regularly - for the pleasure of the narration and the depth of the ideas under discussion. A great exercise in mental stimulation and awareness. Really enjoyable!

  • The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea

  • By: Randolph Stow
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea allows us a precious glimpse into a simpler kind of childhood in a country that no longer exists. In 1941, Rob Coram is six. The war feels far removed from his world of aunties and cousins and the beautiful, dry landscape of Geraldton in Western Australia. But when his older favourite cousin, Rick, leaves to join the army, the war takes a step closer. When Rick returns from the war several years later, he has changed, and Rob feels betrayed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad to revisit this Merry-Go-Round!

  • By Mark on 12-01-2019

Glad to revisit this Merry-Go-Round!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-2019

Whilst I was made to read this novel for my HSC in the 1980's, I loved it and must of really connected to it. I've reread it several times and was great to revisit it as audiobook.

Through the characters of the young boy Rob and his older cousin Rick, the novel presents philosophical questions of traditional institutions like family and national identity whilst representing a view of Australian society and values at a pivot moment of change after ww2.

  • October

  • The Story of the Russian Revolution
  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

The renowned fantasy and science fiction writer China Mieville has long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian Revolution, and here, on the centenary of the revolution, he provides his own distinctive take on its history. In February 1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months later it became the first socialist state in world history. How did this unimaginable transformation take place? How was a ravaged and backward country, swept up in a desperately unpopular war, rocked by not one but two revolutions?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive, Objective yet Self-Aware

  • By Marcus on 28-04-2018

October may be better read than heard?

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

Reviewed: 12-12-2018

October definitely communicates the complexity of the Russian Revolution as a process evolving through the months leading up to the big events of History. Mieville uses the voices of thousands - beyond the big names - all struggling, opposing, arguing, voting and killing each other in the name of hordes of political factions and splitter groups championing their 'right way'. I was really intrigued and interested in the theatre of it all

However, I unfortunstely found this audiobook hard to listen to, hard to follow all the characters, who was who, and who they were exactly with or against, I ended up just listening , letting it wash over me- zoning in and out - getting a sense of the revolution but drowning in all the details and names. This narrator tries to do a great job to bring it all alive but I struggled to listen all the way to the end. Maybe this book would be better to read rather then listen to?

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