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  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,823
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,793

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating content with noisy background sound

  • By Wayne on 11-12-18

An interesting book ruined by the music

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

The music ruins this book. totally unnecessary when you have Stephen Fry reading the book

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Millionaire Teacher

  • The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School
  • By: Andrew Hallam
  • Narrated by: Peter Drew
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 218

Most people wouldn't expect a schoolteacher to amass a million-dollar investment account. But Andrew Hallam did so, long before the typical retirement age. And now, with Millionaire Teacher, he wants to show you how to follow in his footsteps. With lively humor and the simple clarity you'd expect from a gifted educator, Hallam demonstrates how average people can build wealth in the stock market by shunning the investment products peddled by most financial advisors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Investment Advice

  • By Kevin on 11-27-13

Please do not spell out URL's !!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

What did you love best about Millionaire Teacher?

Some excellent information here but its probably not the best subject for an audio book.

Any additional comments?

Consider putting tables and Url links in a separate PDF. it is very irrating to listen to these being spelled out with hyphens, fordward slash, index.jsp etc.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Alchemy of Air

  • A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler
  • By: Thomas Hager
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915

At the dawn of the 20th century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, was about to become a reality. A call went out to the worlds scientists to find a solution. This is the story of the two enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book Thoroughly Researched

  • By Terry A. Gray on 10-21-11

Facinating Work of Industrial History

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

Reviewed: 06-13-12

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

This book should be required reading/listening in schools in my opinion. It explains how we got to where we are today in terms of World population growth and it also explains how the two world wars went on for the length of time they did.

I really enjoyed this book both from the science content and from the detailed descriptions of the key people involved in this discovery. I wish there were more books like this availabe

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Those in Peril

  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Hazel Bannock is the heir to the Bannock Oil Corp, one of the major oil producers with global reach. While cruising in the Indian Ocean, Hazel's private yacht is hijacked by African pirates. Hazel is not on board at the time, but her nineteen year old daughter, Cayla, is kidnapped and held to ransom. The pirates demand a crippling twenty billion dollar ransom for her release. Complicated political and diplomatic considerations render the civilized major powers incapable of intervening.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Lia on 05-09-11

Truly Awful !!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-11

I have read prett much everything published by Wilbur Smith and this has to be the worst novel in recent times. Weak plot and bordering on Obscene in parts. Avoid at all costs and save your download credits. Mr. Smith needs to retire or get a refresher course on the basic ingredients of a good novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bell Labs

  • Life in the Crown Jewel
  • By: Narain Gehani
  • Narrated by: Stow Lovejoy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Narain Gehani tells the fascinating story of the transition Bell Labs is undergoing as it adapts to new business conditions. Bell Labs researchers, who once were free to focus on innovation, research excellence, and prizes, now have to worry about business relevance. The culture of lifetime employment is gone and the pendulum has swung from basic to applied research.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring  couldnt finish listening

  • By Greg on 09-26-03

Repetitive and boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-09

I gave up on this after a couple of hours and the 50th time he reminds us that Bell labs researchers did not like to work with the 'business units' - As a 'researcher' with direct experience in C and UNIX he has a story to tell , unfortunately this is not it . Don't waste your Credit on this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful