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  • Churchill Confidential

  • By: Whistledown Productions
  • Narrated by: Hugh Dickson, Jonathan Keeble, Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

The dusty notebooks of wartime cabinet secretary Norman Brook have lain unopened for over 60 years, but now on the day of their public release, the journalist and broadcaster Charles Wheeler helps recreate the mood of those tetchy cabinet meetings in this fast-moving drama-documentary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful ‘fly on the wall’ insight into Churchill’s wartime cabinet.

  • By Uther on 06-15-18

Wonderful ‘fly on the wall’ insight into Churchill’s wartime cabinet.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Having read some of the Cabinet papers in the (British) National Archives at Kew, I can say that this unique set of accounts of what was said by the major British players during their crucial wartime deliberations is fascinating. The narrators are also excellently chosen, creating the best kind of dramatisation, increasing the sense of authenticity and helping you to re-live this history without distracting from the story being told. This is a very short programme created for radio, but it is absolutely worth spending a credit on if you have any interest in Britain’s role in World War II or Churchill himself. This is the kind of programme at which the BBC excels, and I only wish the same thing could have been done at much greater length. #VoicesFromTheGrave #WorldWarII #Witty #Gritty #Clever #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Churchill Remembered

  • By: Mark Jones
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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    5 out of 5 stars 6
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    5 out of 5 stars 6

'We Churchills die at forty,' said Winston in 1908, 'and I want to put something more on the slate before then.' By the time he died in 1965, the slate was full. From his earliest days Churchill was an ambitious character, eager for action. He achieved fame and popularity through his dispatches from the Boer War, and in 1900 was elected MP for Oldham. Until the outbreak of war in 1939 Churchill was loved and loathed in equal measure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent content and narration with original interviews!

  • By Uther on 06-15-18

Excellent content and narration with original interviews!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

The narrator is well chosen, having made his name in The Jewel in the Crown tv series and since done lots of narration on documentaries, radio programmes and audiobooks. The content of this summary of Churchill’s life is well-balanced, so that it packs in enough information to fill a much longer audiobook. It is very well edited with excerpts of original broadcasts from the time, including parts of key speeches such as the announcement of the war, alongside retrospective interviews of Churchill contemporaries. So wonderful are these recordings in fleshing out the story that one wishes the BBC would do more to put its historical sound archive onto longer digital audio programmes in unedited form.

Yet for the purpose of this short programme, everything is well chosen in order to present a very balanced portrait of Winston Churchill as a man, including his faults and shortcomings as well as his pivotal role as the wartime leader whose eloquent speech-making and rhetorical flourishes galvanised and embodied the fighting spirit of imperial Britain after the collapse of its allies and until the entry of the Soviet Union and United States into the war. There is very little in his long career, in terms of events, and connections to other countries, which has been left out, in spite of the relatively short length of this audiobook. In summary it was a delight to listen to and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Churchill, the British war effort or any of the films about the war that have come out recently.

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,950

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was swept away

  • By Crystal Midkiff on 02-04-17

Excellent and magical atmosphere of Russian mythology and the world of snow and trees!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-18

I am more familiar than your average non-Slavic person of Russian history, literature and culture, including some of the fairy tales and folk culture, but I have never come across anything in English which captures the world of pre-Christian Russian mythology, contrasted with the increasing dominion of Orthodoxy, and which evokes the Russian medieval world of snow, forests and harsh winters, quite the way this does. It is a magical and magnificent story in its own right, but the creation of this atmosphere in which you can live and breath old beliefs and the world of ice and snow is truly breathtaking. It does not shy away from depicting the harsher aspects of women’s lives in that lost era, and that adds to its sense of realism (alongside the mystical and the supernatural) and plausibility, but it navigates the story of a female protagonist against such constraints in a manner that seems both true to actual elements of Russian folklore and which would be inspiring for young women and girls who read the story and see the heroine evade and overcome those patriarchal, and even violent, constraints. The story also points towards the wider treatment of witches across the whole of Europe and North America, suggesting that they were preservers of the pre-Christian cultures of the European (and neo-European) societies in which witches were persecuted. There are many other themes that could be discussed, but the book imaginatively interweaves all of these elements and proves quite educational as well as evocative of a real and an imagined world that would otherwise be unknown to Western and other non-Slavic readers. It depicts a world which cannot be accessed through the classic works of Russian literature, but which is quintessentially and indispensably central to what Russian culture is and has been. It also stands up perfectly well against other works in other settings, for anyone who appreciates the genres of historical fiction, fantasy and mythology. It would be a gift to any young person to discover the world Arden has captured and reimagined at an early stage in their lives. It is also emotionally moving for any adult readers sufficiently open to works in this genre. #ComingOfAge #FairytaleTwists #Inspiring #Magical #Animal #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Evgenii Onegin

  • A New Translation by Mary Hobson
  • By: Alexander Pushkin, Mary Hobson (translator)
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Evgenii Onegin is best known in the West through Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin. But the original narrative poem (consisting of 389 stanzas, the form of which has become known as the "Pushkin sonnet") is one of the landmarks of Russian literature. In the poem, the eponymous hero repudiates love, only to later experience the pain of rejection himself. Pushkin’s unique style proves timeless in its exploration of love, life, passion, jealousy, and the consequences of social convention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Breathtakingly brilliant tour de force'

  • By Joseph M. on 11-01-12

An exceptional translation of a timeless masterpiece!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-17

I walked along Arbat in Moscow one day and saw immaculately dressed small children standing on the street reciting Pushkin's poetry. To Russians he is their Shakespeare, and so no child can escape him. A lot of Russia is in this one short work, and even though I have come to him after many other Russian authors it seems now to have been a crime to have sought to understand the Russian soul without its leading light. As a historian of people of 'mixed race' its interesting to note that Pushkin was, to a lesser degree than Dumas, of black descent - yet both thoroughly assimilated to and taking their respective tongues and national cultures to the greatest heights.

The reason that Pushkin is so little known relative to the other Russian greats is surely because he is a poet, and poetry, even more than prose, must suffer alteration in translation. However, this is truly wonderful and lyrical translation of Pushkin's masterpiece into English verse, for which Dr. Mary Hobson is to be commended. Inspirationally Hobson began learning Russian at 56 and received her PhD in the subject at 74, as well as - appropriately - the Pushkin Gold Medal for translation! Even if Russian speakers may say all translation is an echo, this beautiful English language version is a testament both to the depth of Pushkin's original and to Hobson's skill in bringing it to life for us. Anthem Press published her written translation, which I am now eager to get hold of.

#MidlifeCrisis #UnlikelyHero #Cynical #Tearjerker #Russia #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Mervyn King

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  • By: Robin Morgan
  • Narrated by: Mervyn King
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Audible's Robin Morgan talks to Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank of England, about the audio version of his book The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking and the Future of the Global Economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazingly erudite and insightful man!

  • By Uther on 04-01-17

An amazingly erudite and insightful man!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Wonderful interview with a wide ranging and informative discussion from one of the most thoughtful central bankers anywhere!

  • Metro 2033

  • By: Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,727

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on Earth....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost gave up, glad I finished

  • By Amazon shopper on 05-04-17

Immersive, dark, dystopian scifi-fantasy!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-17

An incredibly immersive, and strangely believable picture of a post-nuclear-annihilation future for our species. The degree to which this world is so alien and yet plausible that it draws you in to an altered sense of reality is the book's greatest strength. It is incredibly dark, and the first few chapters along with the last few are better than the middle. Its a book you have to struggle on through like a dark tunnel. Yet its incredibly imaginative, seeming to draw on Orwell's appreciation of political ideologies as well as a Dostoyevskian exploration of metaphysics, mysticism and religion, both highly inflected through the Russian and Soviet prisms. I have bought multiple copies of this book to give to friends, and although it drags on with a somewhat repetitive plot pattern towards the middle, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to enter another world, like a child encountering an exquisite fantasy for the first time!

#PastMeetsPresent #Mindbending #Depressing #Dark #WorldWarIII #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An awesome masterpiece

  • By Tim on 01-06-06

Sublime if you appreciate fantasy, the Napoleonic era and Pride & Pejudice

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-17

I am a selective fan of fantasy, but after Tolkien this is the best single work of fantasy I have ever read, and it truly transcends its genre!

#FairytaleTwists #MythologyInspired #Magical #Satire #TorturedHero #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,898
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,876

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Feels like Jules Verne

  • By Ramon on 03-10-11

Tim Curry is the perfect narrator for this scifi classic!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-17

Tim Curry's narration is perfect. The story is a scifi classic, though dated in some respects, but its interesting to see how it anticipates later scifi and fantasy - I cannot help but think that it fed into the fantasy genre as well, such as the underground places in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, and into ULG's tombs in the Earthsea cycle.

  • The Farthest Shore

  • The Earthsea Cycle, Book 3
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

Return to Earthsea with Ged, the brash young wizard who survived the enchanted labyrinth of The Tombs of Atuan. In the third episode of this brilliant fantasy saga, a much older Ged sets off on a harrowing quest for the source of a terrible darkness that is taking the magic out of Earthsea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most poignantly esoteric of fantasy writers, sailing with the full force of the mage-winds of Earthsea!

  • By Uther on 03-04-17

The most poignantly esoteric of fantasy writers, sailing with the full force of the mage-winds of Earthsea!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-17

This is a wonderful work of fantasy writing by an author who has influenced many other writers in the genre, such as Terry Pratchett. This book has some wonderful esoteric passages and weaves together plots from the previous stories. The narrator, who also did the unabridged recordings of JRR Tolkien's Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, is the perfect choice to do this book justice - if only Rob Inglis could have been persuaded to all the books in the Earthsea Cycle!

#MythologyInspired #Fables #Inspiring #Magical #Earthsea #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • The Tombs of Atuan

  • The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175

A bold young wizard enters the labyrinth of the sacred Tombs of Atuan to steal the magical ring of Erreth-Akbe. Instead, he finds an unhappy priestess in need of a hero to save her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In Some Ways, the Best of the Original Trilogy

  • By Troy on 06-22-14

A wonderful sequel to A Wizard of Earthsea, with the ideal narrator!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-17

This is a wonderful work of fantasy writing by an author who has influenced many other writers in the genre, such as Terry Pratchett. This second volume in the series resonates with the work of JRR Tolkien and anticipates Pratchett's Pyramids. The narrator, who also did the unabridged recordings of Tolkien's Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, is the perfect choice to do this book justice - if only Rob Inglis could have been persuaded to read the fourth book in the Earthsea Cycle!

#ComingOfAge #MythologyInspired #Magical #Mindbending #Earthsea #tagsgiving #sweepstakes