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  • "Terrific"


    A dramatic story that leaves a normal person feeling very angry. The bad guys waltz off with millions and the good guys aren't exactly heroes either. Some details are a little hard to grasp for a layperson, but then again 99% of Wall Street insiders didn't quite understand the Ponzi scheme they were rolled up in either. An amazing tale of our times, well-told by an able story-teller.


    The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis, Jesse Boggs

    The long-awaited follow-up to the global best-seller Liar's Poker, The Big Short tells a story of spectacular, epic folly. It has taken the world's greatest financial meltdown to bring Michael Lewis back to the subject that made him famous. His international best seller Liar's Poker exposed the greed and carnage of the City and Wall Street in the 1980s; he wrote it as a cautionary tale, but people seem to have read it as a how-to guide. Now, he wants to settle accounts.

    Chris Downing says: "What went wrong, in a way you'll understand."
  • "Listening to the other point of view"


    I started this book with a definite prejudice against George Bush, and I ended up with about the same level of prejudice but a deeper understanding. I actually felt sorry for GWB on stem cells. You do have to think about votes, and your base, as a politician. It is quite spooky to have the President himself intoning his words in your earphones, but I don't think an actor could have captured the essence of this guy as he does mouthing his own words.


    Decision Points

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By George Bush
    • Narrated By George Bush

    Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America's 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.

    Chris says: "Maybe George wasn't as stupid as we thought!"
  • "More autobiography than laughs"


    An intimate and touching account from dropping out at school to finding his feet on stage. Although it only rarely made me laugh out loud - and there were long anecdotes, e.g. about burglary, that could have been edited out - this is a book that leaves you feeling glad you spent 8 hours in the company of its author.


    Thanks for Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jack Dee
    • Narrated By Jack Dee

    For the first time, comedian Jack Dee reveals the highs and lows of his early life and disastrous day jobs. You don't just wake up jaundiced and bitter; it's taken Jack years of dedication and commitment to brew his unique cocktail of disillusionment and bile. What turned this once optimistic young man into a grumpy middle-aged git? Was it working in an artificial-leg factory?

    Shane says: "Thanks For Everything Jack"
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    R. says: "The best for a very serious mind"
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    Jane says: "The most fun you can have with your clothes on!"
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    • By Solomon Northup
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    • By Jordan Belfort
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    Life and Laughing: My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael McIntyre
    • Narrated By Michael McIntyre

    Michael McIntyre has become Britain's biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

    John says: "An absolute pleasure from start to finish"
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    Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Alex Ferguson
    • Narrated By Alex Ferguson, James Macpherson

    The celebratory, revealing, inspiring and entertaining autobiography of the greatest manager in the history of British football. Sir Alex announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United after 27 years in the role. He has gone out in a blaze of glory, with United winning the Premier League for the 13th time, and he is widely considered to be the greatest manager in the history of British football. Over the last quarter of a century there have been seismic changes at Manchester United.

    Ehsan says: "Disappointing"
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    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Danny Baker
    • Narrated By Danny Baker

    Born in 1957 in Deptford, south London, Danny's first job after dropping out of school at the age of 15 was in One Stop Records, a small record shop in London's West End, frequented by Elton John and Mick Jagger, a store rather like the one in High Fidelity.

    MR says: "The best one I have heard so far"
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    • By Walter Isaacson
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    Amazon Customer says: "A fascinating insight into a flawed genius"
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    • By Mike Skinner
    • Narrated By Mike Skinner

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