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  • James Acaster's Classic Scrapes

  • By: James Acaster
  • Narrated by: James Acaster
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

James Acaster has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award five times and has appeared on prime-time TV shows like Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Russell Howard's Stand Up Central. But behind the fame and critical acclaim is a man perpetually getting into trouble. Whether it's disappointing a skydiving instructor midflight or hiding from thugs in a bush wearing a bright red dress, James is always finding new ways to embarrass himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tales worth listening to.

  • By Brendan S. on 01-31-18

Episodic

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

I guess that's the point. It was entertaining and read with gusto. Would like to hear a full length story from James Acaster one day.

  • Little Women

  • (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
  • By: Louisa May Alcott, Jane Smiley (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Christina Ricci
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Little Women is recognized as one of the best-loved classic children's stories, transcending the boundaries of time and age, making it as popular with adults as it is with young listeners. The beloved story of the March girls is a classic American feminist novel, reflecting the tension between cultural obligation and artistic and personal freedom.

But which of the four March sisters to love best? For every listener must have their favorite. Independent, tomboyish Jo; delicate, loving Beth; pretty, kind Meg; or precocious and beautiful Amy, the baby of the family?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am a man but this story always makes my cry.

  • By James on 02-11-13

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

Listened to this with my daughter (9), and we both enjoyed a great deal. I found it a little difficult to follow at times, but then I have a short attention span! Daughter enjoyed it. The narration was great.

  • What Does This Button Do?

  • By: Bruce Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Bruce Dickinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Pioneers of Britain's nascent Rock and Metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style, and stage presence of its second, but twice-longest-serving, lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden's front man - first from 1981 to 1993, and then from 1999 to the present - Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really captivating book

  • By Luciano on 10-27-18

good

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

Enjoyed every minute of this. An inspiration. Very well written and read. I thought some of the musings ("theatre of the mind") strayed into the Partridgesque, but that may have been my fault as listened to this right after finishing 'Nomad.'

  • The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

  • How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience
  • By: Carmine Gallo
  • Narrated by: Carmine Gallo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032

Whether he was introducing the latest iPad or delivering a keynote presentation, Steve Jobs electrified audiences with his incomparable style and showmanship. He didn’t just convey information in his presentations; he told a story, painted a picture, and shared a vision. He gave his audience a transformative experience that was unique, inspiring, and unforgettable. Now you can do it too, by learning the specific techniques that made Jobs the most captivating communicator on the world stage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book that will change the way you present

  • By Carol Crouse on 08-30-13

Rather simplistic and obvious

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

If you have never given a speech in your life, this may be a good place to start, but anyone who has will have gleaned this handful of insights for themselves. I thought this book was something of a con.

  • Arduino Books: 5 Books in 1

  • Beginner's Guide + Tips and Tricks + Simple and Effective Strategies + Best Practices & Advanced Strategies
  • By: Daniel Jones
  • Narrated by: William Bahl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42

Arduino boards are used when it comes to building digital devices and other interactive objects that have the ability to control things in the physical world around you. This audiobook will teach you the best practices to learn and execute Arduino programming. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is absolutely the BEST one for beginners.

  • By rhon arrhon on 06-27-19

Strange, but not in a good way

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Much of the book is actual arduino code, which is a feat of narration, but is a strangely useless element of an audiobook.
There are some useful aspects of arduino covered, but this has not been adapted in any way for a listener.
I cannot recommend this title and am suspicious of the five star reviews.

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  • The Elephant in the Room

  • A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the "Alt-Right"
  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

'But Hillary is a known Luciferian,' he tried. 'She's not a known Luciferian,' I said. 'Well, yes and no,' he said. In The Elephant in the Room, Jon Ronson, the New York Times best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, Them, and So You've Been Publicly Shamed, travels to Cleveland at the height of summer to witness the Republican National Convention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As Others See Us--

  • By Gillian on 10-26-16

Short but good

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

Even handed view of some alarming goings on. Entertaining delivery as always. God help us.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,793

[Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than you think.

  • By Luke Wellborn on 09-07-17

Touching

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

Entertaining story. Well constructed and delivered. Jon Ronson occasionally has this deadpan 'faux outrage' in his delivery which always makes me laugh. He does that deliberately, right? Those bits are the highlight for me.
The only criticism I have is the name. Butterfly effect is very generic. Surely they must have had some better names than this? It doesn't even really describe the situation. It is more of a domino effect. The access to free porn was not a tiny, mundane thing. It was a big operation requiring know-how, investment, equipment, manpower.
Still 5 stars, though!

  • Empress Dowager Cixi

  • The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Pik-sen Lim
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

At the age of 16, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor’s numerous concubines. When he died, in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a palace coup against the regents appointed by her husband and made herself the real ruler of China - behind the throne, literally, with a silk screen separating her from her officials who were all male.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story about a controversial woman

  • By Leslie on 03-22-17

rather hard work

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

I was looking forward to this, but took a long time to get through it. Finally managed it.
The text inevitably consists of a lot of dates and lists of names etc.
Some interesting and enlightening perspectives on events such as the Boxer Rebellion. Part of Chang's aim was to rehabilitate the image of CiXi, which this succeeds in some respects.
I thought it was strange to choose a narrator who is obviously not a native mandarin speaker and who has problems with pronouncing names, places and events using the pinyin. This became confusing at times.

  • Moby Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Duncan Carse
  • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville is a classic of American and world literature. Written in 1851, this is the incredible story of the crazed captain Ahab who, consumed by his desire for revenge, drives his crew to scour the oceans of the world for the fearsome white whale, Moby Dick. It soon becomes clear that Ahab will stop at nothing and is prepared to risk everything, his ship, his crew members, and his own life. Herman Melville (1819 - 1891) was an American novelist short story writer, essayist and poet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU...

  • By JAY on 12-05-10

The Voice of Antiquity and Experience

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

Reviewed: 11-09-14

When I decided to get Moby Dick I took some time listening to the many samples and reading the reviews.
In the end I opted for this version (at the time there weren’t many good reviews) and I am so glad that I did. I enjoyed every minute of it and encourage you to get this one too. Why?
Some reviewers have criticised Duncan Carse’s delivery from various angles - being dated, questionable accents, poor editing etc.
I am not sure when this recording dates from, but I guess from 1940’s or 50’s.
While the received pronunciation might seem to be from a different age, Carse’s voice and delivery is perfectly suited to the story. I also thought his accents were great. They are not perfect renditions, but they do not lack character and Ahab in particular inspires dread and foreboding. The often archaic terms and expressions do not trouble Carse in the slightest and seem completely natural to him. As for the recording. It isn’t perfect, but I found the sighs, sounds of pages turning or of corrected mispronunciations to be charming - they lend a warmth from which you can imagine the reader sitting by a roaring fire on a cold night.
It turns out that Carse was an explorer himself who surveyed the antarctic and South Georgia for the Royal Geographical Society either side of WW2, during which he served in the Royal Navy. His bio is full of adventures not unlike that undertaken by our hero Ishmael and he would have been familiar with many of the sights that Ishmael describes as well as the nautical terms.
Some reviewers have advised getting an abridged version.
Please don't!
I think these reviewers are missing the point. The plot is a vehicle for all the tangents and asides about whaling, philosophy, religion, culture, relationships, the human condition. On it’s own, the plot doesn’t amount to much. If you want an abridged version how about (Spoiler Alert): Man joins whaling boat. Man describes whaling boat. Man discovers captain has unhealthy obsession with Big Whale. Search for Big Whale. Find Big Whale.
The joy of the book is in the wandering narrative and detailed descriptions.

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  • Worst. Person. Ever.

  • By: Douglas Coupland
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

A razor-sharp portrait of a morally bankrupt and gleefully wicked modern man, Worst. Person. Ever. is Douglas Coupland's gloriously filthy, side-splittingly funny and unforgettable novel. Meet Raymond Gunt. A decent chap who tries to do the right thing. Or, to put it another way, the worst person ever: a foul-mouthed, misanthropic cameraman, trailing creditors, ex-wives and unhappy homeless people in his wake. Men dislike him, women flee from him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilariously brilliant!

  • By Brenda on 06-13-19

Not great

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

Reviewed: 10-05-14

I have read and enjoyed several of Coupland's books before, but couldn't get on with this at all. Can't say if it was the narration, the plot or the characters but probably a combination of all three. As an English listener there are a number of popular culture references that don't ring true. I got through it, but I wouldn't recommend it.