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Archie

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  • 16 reviews
  • 54 ratings
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  • Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mark Lewisohn
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (245)

    Tune In is the first volume of All These Years - a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

    Tad Davis says: "Insanely great"
    "Exceptional"
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    I grew up with the Beatles and still remember the first time I heard them on the redo.

    Mark Lewisohn has written a truly outstanding biography which was narrated flawlessly by Clive Mantle.

    I have been with Audible from their beginning and this might just be the best read/listen that I have had. This very long book is all to short!

    I particularly enjoyed what the author had to say about Ringo whose significance to the Beatles I had not previously understood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Police: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (505)

    The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. Least of all himself...

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply the Best Detective Series In any Language"
    "Excellent Listen"
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    Jo Nesbo does it again. Well read by John Lee, an well written thriller that had me on the edge of my seat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Thomas Penn
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    A fresh look at the endlessly fascinating Tudors - the dramatic and overlooked story of Henry VII and his founding of the Tudor Dynasty - filled with spies, plots, counter-plots, and an uneasy royal succession to Henry VIII. Near the turn of the sixteenth century, England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy and civil war. Henry Tudor clambered to the top of the heap, a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England’s crown who managed to win the throne and stay on it for 24 years.

    E. Stein says: "Excellent portrayal of a man and his time"
    "Very well written"
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    Everyone has heard and read about Henry VIII. But his father, Henry VII???

    I certainly knew very little before listening to this book but know much more now. Thomas Penn's magnificently written biography is a magnificent, interesting all encompassing read. Simon Vance, once again, is an outstanding narrator.

    This is a must if history interests you.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1127)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (762)

    His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium -- maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.

    P. Shuart says: "Robert Ludlum's Attention to Detail A++"
    "An audible credit thrown down the drain!"
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    One of the few times in over a decade of listening to Audible, that I felt that I had wasted my money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1051)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Darwin8u says: "Mantel Pulls the History out of the History"
    "A Wonderfully Nuanced Book"
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    I think that Hilary Mantel is an wonderful author. Her story telling; her use of language; her ability to bring to life a far away period of time weaves a literary spell. I wish the book had been twice as long!!

    Now I need to wait for her to write/complete the final book in this triology.

    The England of Hilary Mantel is totalitarian state. Simon Vance, one of my favorite readers, reads this book beautifully but, all the same, his voice lacks the necessary malevolence that the narrator of Wolf Hall was able to achieve.

    I hope that Audible will soon bring Hilary Mantel's other books into their library.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (966)

    Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. Then a female MP is discovered brutally murdered.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply Fantastic! A great buy!"
    "Red herrings all the way to the very end"
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    Jo Nesbo has written an excellent book that kept me guessing all the way. The translation is fluent and the narration is perfect. I was sorry when the book finished.

    Highly, highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs)
    • By Tony Judt
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (330)

    Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world’s most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through 34 nations and 60 years of political and cultural change—all in one integrated, enthralling narrative.

    History says: "Great book, but not terrific listening"
    "A required book for history buffs."
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    You may, or may not, agree with everything that the late Tony Judt wrote but this book is an incredible tour de force.

    Monumental in length - 43 hours in the narration and beautifully read - this book is a must.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2476)
    Performance
    (1185)
    Story
    (1177)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    Sara says: "A Surprising Treat!"
    "Heart warming"
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    This is a pleasant, heartwarming book with a happy end. All you need to do is curl up in front of the fire and enjoy a well narrated story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doc: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (361)

    The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

    Dennis says: "Great writing and narration"
    "A great read!"
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    I bought this book sight unseen because of the author. It is well worth the read. I have never been to the Wild West but the excellently nuanced narration by Mark Bramhall ” took” me there. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    A vivid and incisive portrait of Winston Churchill during wartime from acclaimed historian Max Hastings, Winston's War captures the full range of Churchills endlessly fascinating character. At once brilliant and infuriating, self-important and courageous, Hastings' Churchill comes brashly to life as never before.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "A Definitive History of Winston's War"
    "Excellent"
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    This is an excellent history and highly recommended to anyone with an interest in the 2nd world war. The narrator is outstanding and the book flows. I could not ” put it down”.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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