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David W

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  • Bleak Expectations: The Complete Fourth Series

  • By: Mark Evans
  • Narrated by: Mark Evans, Richard Johnson, Tom Allen, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

The epic Victorian comedy is back with more of the remarkable adventures of Pip Bin as he battles his evil ex-guardian Mr Gently Benevolent (Anthony Head) in six more chapters of tragedies and triumphs in the style of Charles Dickens after too much gin.Mark Evans, Richard Johnson, Tom Allen, Anthony Head, and Geoffrey Whitehead lead a magnificent cast, including James Bachman, Sarah Hadland, and Susy Kane, as well as guest star David Mitchell as the Rev Godly Fecund.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As silly as ever!

  • By David W on 06-30-18

As silly as ever!

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

As silly as ever!
Five stars for every area.
I have all the other seasons too.

  • Winning Is Not Enough

  • By: Jackie Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jackie Stewart
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Sir Jackie Stewart is a man of immense charisma and integrity and is one of the most highly regarded names in global sport: winner of three F1 World Championships, 27 Grands Prix, and ranked in the top five drivers of all time. On retiring from the circuit, he went on to build an equally impressive international business career. In the 1960s and into the 70s, with his black cap, sideburns, and aviator shades, Jackie Stewart was an unmistakable icon in a glorious era of style, glamour, and speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A humble and yet highly accomplished man who overcame a severe handicap.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-04-18

A great listen from a great and modest man.

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

A great listen from a great and modest man.
6 more words needed, it seems.

  • Cosmos

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,774

Cosmos is one of the best-selling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Levar Burton channelling Captain Kirk

  • By DM on 09-11-17

Dated, Preachy, Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

Saw the original show in the 80s. Loved it then, so extra disappointed. Not enough spacey stuff, too much ranting against religion. Worst book I've listened to this year.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Legacy of Spies

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, is living out his old age on the family farmstead in Brittany when a letter summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great revisit of a smiley classic

  • By Anonymous User on 10-10-18

Circus Aficionados Will Love It

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

Spans the whole life of the Circus, from wartime SOE to the present day. At his literary best, Le Carre recalls his cast of characters, telling new stories and filling in the gaps between the familiar tales. Thrilled me, but only leaves me yearning for more.

  • Long Road from Jarrow

  • A journey through Britain then and now
  • By: Stuart Maconie
  • Narrated by: Stuart Maconie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In the autumn of 1936, some 200 men from the Tyneside town of Jarrow marched 300 miles to London in protest against the destruction of their towns and industries. Precisely 80 years on, Stuart Maconie walks from north to south, retracing the route of the emblematic Jarrow Crusade. Following history's footsteps, Maconie is in search of what modern Britain is really like today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must-Read. England now and then.

  • By David W on 08-30-17

A Must-Read. England now and then.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

a a a a a a a a a b c d e f g

  • The Show That Never Ends

  • The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock
  • By: David Weigel
  • Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

The Show That Never Ends is the behind-the-scenes story of the extraordinary rise and fall of progressive ("prog") rock, epitomized by such classic, chart-topping bands as Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, and Emerson Lake & Palmer, and their successors Rush, Styx, and Asia. With inside access to all the key figures, Washington Post national reporter David Weigel tells the story with the gusto and insight prog rock's fans (and its haters) will relish.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • "Reminiscence has gone astray." So disappointed.

  • By Chris Henson on 06-21-17

Well written but poor narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-17

Someone should have told the narrator to skip the accents. they're painful to hear.. Aardvark. (I had to type at least 15 words.)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,015
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,968

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

Surprisingly gripping. Recommended.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

But they tell me reviews must be at least twenty words, yes, twenty words. Twenty.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Born Standing Up

  • A Comic's Life
  • By: Steve Martin
  • Narrated by: Steve Martin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,681

In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Andrew on 11-30-07

A Must-Buy Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 02-22-12

If you could sum up Born Standing Up in three words, what would they be?

Honest, Sweet, Amusing.

What did you like best about this story?

The surprises and the honesty.

What about Steve Martin’s performance did you like?

He has a very pleasant and restful speaking voice. He came across as a really nice man (and was willing to talk about his own failings).

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

His references to his anxiety attacks and the difficult relationship with his father.

Any additional comments?

You won't regret buying it.