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  • The Reassembler

  • By: James May
  • Narrated by: James May
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

From the humble garden lawnmower to the ear-splitting electric guitar, James May returns with a typically wacky account of what makes these great machines work, one piece at a time. Reassembly is merely a form of therapy; something that stimulates a part of my brain that is left wanting in my daily life. When I rebuild a bicycle, I reorder my head. So might you....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect supplement to the Reassembler show.

  • By XXXCLX on 06-22-18

James May does it again!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

I've actually listened to this three times already - not very often do I have encores so soon after my first 'read'. For someone who's never been a professional actor or narrator, James May successfully pulls off whatever I've seen (or heard) him do, whether it's test driving a £500,000 supercar or explaining how a U2 pilot's pressure suit works. I know this may sound more like hero worship than a review, but James really does have the gift of not only conveying information well, but also in a way that helps you retain what he's told you. James is like that cool teacher you had in school who was passionate about the subject matter being taught.

James' books are some of my favourite things [ignore Sound of Music reference]. He writes (and narrates) as if you and he are chatting away over a couple of pints down at his local pub. He talks TO you, as opposed to just reading out loud. And there's no question James enjoys what he does. I find it amazing that he can make the act of reassembling a record player something you'd want to hear more about. Who knew that it would be so 'riveting'! (Okay, I'll put myself in Bad Pun Corner for that one.)

If you enjoy James' ouvre of car antics, documentaries and Open University programs, you'll love this one. It's complimentary to a tv series he did of the same name, which was just as entertaining and delightful. If this book transports you to his local, the tv program will transport you to his shed.

So, the sooner you buy this audiobook, the sooner you will be debating that age-old question: is it a screw or a bolt...

  • I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV

  • Memoirs of a Middle Eastern Funny Man
  • By: Maz Jobrani
  • Narrated by: Maz Jobrani
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Maz Jobriani reads his hilarious and moving memoir of growing up Iranian in America and the quest to make it in Hollywood without having to wear a turban, tote a bomb, or get kicked in the face by Chuck Norris.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it

  • By Shirin on 02-18-15

I love Maz!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

Mr. Jobrani's works should be required reading in every high school. The world would be a better place!

  • Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures

  • A Novel in Two Books
  • By: Walter Moers
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 24 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Set in the land of Zamonia, this exuberant, highly original fantasy from Walter Moers features an unlikely hero. Rumo is a little Wolperting—a domesticated creature somewhere between a deer and a dog—who will one day become the greatest hero in the history of Zamonia. Armed with Dandelion, his talking sword, he fights his way through the Overworld and the Netherworld.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Headphones NOT recommended!

  • By Andrea on 01-02-14

A Grown Up Fantasy Adventure

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

Reviewed: 02-16-15

Another windfall from Walter Moers, brilliantly read by Bronson Pinchot. This book is tied to Blue Bear's saga, but is independent of it.
That said, though, in my opinion it's NOT for children like Blue Bear. Rumo's story is darker, bloodier, and not every hero has a happy ending.
I hold to my high rating, though. It's a book that you yearn to return to whenever possible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear

  • By: Walter Moers
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

Playful enough for young adult readers, yet as intricate and engaging as any work of literary fiction, The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear has the plot of a novel and the spontaneity and humor of a vintage comic book, making it already an instant cult classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hillarious and fantastic book and great listen

  • By Paul on 03-25-11

Best. Book. Ever.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

Captivating to children & adults alike, Blue Bear's adventures keep you at the edge of your seat hour after hour. I wished it wouldn't end.
Brilliant writing, expertly narrated by Bronson Pinchot who brings the story not only to life, but allows you to fall into the fantasy to live it yourself.
No matter how many lives you have, this is requisite reading for all.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Death by Black Hole

  • And Other Cosmic Quandaries
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294

Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for an introduction to space and astronomy

  • By Charles on 10-01-08

Love it!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-15

I love NDT's in-your-face, it-is-what-it-is style of writing. Excellent source of knowledge, fun facts, and humour.
The narrator is wonderful, also; but for one oopsie: he called the Saturn V (five) rocket the Saturn V (like Victor) rocket. Cringe-worthy, but hasn't prevented me from listening over and over (and over) again!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Top Gear Story

  • By: Martin Roach
  • Narrated by: Jerome Pride
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

This is the full story of the unstoppable rise of Clarkson, Hammond, May and The Stig – and how they have transformed an ordinary programme about cars into one of the most famous and best-loved TV programmes of the 21st century. Reaching a peak in the 1990s thanks to presenter Jeremy Clarkson, the original series then faced the axe in 2001 – but Clarkson and producer Andy Wilman successfully pitched a new format to BBC bosses and Top Gear returned to become the irreverent, funny and often controversial show we now know and love.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I had bought something else

  • By Thomas on 03-12-12

Nothing New

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

Reviewed: 02-02-15

This is basically a big TG fan recounting various episodes and the presenters' articles and interviews.
Setting aside some facts he got wrong (Fisher is a cat; it's James, not Jeremy who is the same age as Oliver), this book lacks any kind of "insider" info. If you've seen the more popular antics, and have ever read about the presenters in a paper, then you're already aware of everything in this book.
I can't even consider it an encyclopedic type book to recommend as reference. In essence, it's not The Top Gear Story, it's just a bloke going on and on (and on) about his favorite show and his unbridled hero worship.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful