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All Creatures Great and Small audiobook cover art

A radiator of warmth and kindess

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I read this as a lonely lad sent away to boarding school in the 1980's, James Herriot was a terrific companion.
Rereading this in the world of 2018 it was even better than I remembered it.
Great characters; human and animal, difficult cases, detective work, suspense, romance,comedy, booze and buckets of charm, this wonderful book has it all. Highly recommended.

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How much does a feather weigh on a conscience

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

A brilliantly crafted whodunnit and a damning indictment of what is described by the author as The Feather Underground.
A great crime investigation which poses many ethical and moral questions that can be applied to any number of situations.
Excellent on so many levels.

The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold audiobook cover art
  • The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold
  • Adventures Along the Iron Curtain Trail
  • By: Tim Moore
  • Narrated by: Tim Moore

Iron Curtain Shopping Bike

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A very funny, travel adventure. Reflections on the Soviet Union countries during the Cold War era and that world as it appears today. Worth reading to the very end.

What did you like best about this story?

it was a grand adventure, funny, relatable, educational, poignant and thought provoking.

Which character – as performed by Tim Moore – was your favorite?

It's autobiographical, there can only be The One.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

That 19yr old East German kid who didn't make it past the border guards and that tree. You will know what I mean when you come to it.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended. It's not how fast the journey is but what you experience along the way. Another cracker from Tim Moore.

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Honest and poignant and fascinating memoir

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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: 06-17-17

What did you love best about Fingers in the Sparkle Jar?

How the writer communicated his wonderful love for animals and the natural world, as well as how this intense love effected him so profoundly. I loved the title Fingers in the Sparkle Jar and really enjoyed how it was written. I was aware Chris Packham was a television wildlife presenter but knew nothing else about him, this book has inspired me to rekindle a proper love of nature in my own life. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful and personal tale.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The biographer

What about Chris Packham’s performance did you like?

His honesty and courage to do so.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Brought tears to my eyes several times

My Outdoor Life audiobook cover art

Enlightening, Inspiring, Exemplary

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

What made the experience of listening to My Outdoor Life the most enjoyable?

As someone who only really knows of Ray Mears through his excellent TV programmes it was great to get an insight into how he became the person he is.

What did you like best about this story?

I found Ray Mears (audio) book well written, honest, personal, moving and pretty much unputdownable, the guy has truly lived a good and adventurous life. Ray Mears has always been the outdoor guy for me, his practical, non showy, as well as philosophical appreciation for the natural world and affinity for the people who can truly live in it is inspiring. So much and so many of our lives are spent in pursuit of things that offer us no real sustenance for body, mind, or soul. Even an occasional foray into the natural world is so good for us. Why not go for a walk in the woods, climb a mountain, or spend a night, or a week under the stars and read or listen to Ray's excellent story along the way.

Have you listened to any of Ray Mears and Simon Shepherd ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Only Ray on TV

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, there were several things that moved me, but it's best to read the book for yourself.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended.

The Modern Scholar: World of George Orwell audiobook cover art

Excellent George Orwell biography

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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: 09-26-14

If you could sum up The Modern Scholar: World of George Orwell in three words, what would they be?

Unputdownable intelligent accessible

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's a George Orwell biography

Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

See above

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I absolutely loved it, what a lovingly crafted biography. Definitely brought a tear to my eye, mostly tears of admiration, for both Orwell and this biographer. Shelden cares passionately about his subject matter and it shines through in his crystal clear approach and narration. Thank you Mr.Shelden for creating such a rich and emphatic portrait.

Any additional comments?

The man and his work, more relevant than ever today and carefully observed and discussed in The Modern Scholar: World of George Orwell. An excellent and worthwhile listen whether you are new to Orwell or not. What a man, he packed a lot in to his too short life and left the world with two classics of anti-totalitarian literature Animal Farm and 1984. Anyone interested in ideas of humanity, society, freedom and power should listen/read Orwell's work and this biography.You will not regret downloading this warm and enlightening audiobook. Highly HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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A very well crafted story expertly delivered.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-13

Would you consider the audio edition of A Prayer for Owen Meany to be better than the print version?

I've only heard the audio version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hester the Molestor, why, because she is one of the most completely believable and for me one of the saddest characters in the whole book. She is portrayed as both desirable and vulnerable and dangerous, a lost soul looking for love and fulfilment and struggling to hold onto it when she does find it. She is damaged by her childhood and it carries through the rest of her life, she struggles with anger, she's as ready to hit out as she is to make love. We are given glimpses of why she is the way she is which helps us to understand her more but we never know for sure wheter we have the full picture. Hester is just a great character.

What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent pace, timing, intonation, emphasis. His is a calm voice that allows this strange story to unfold gently without letting his performance get in the way - this gentleness of delivery makes the story even dreamier and magical and makes his manifestations of "The VOICE" even more contrasting or jarring, but he never over cooks it. Well done Joe Barrett.

Any additional comments?

Good story with a fairytale feel.
Excellent listen, thought provoking, funny, poignant, moving and uplifting.
Covers a lot of ground, throws up some serious questions.