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judith

judith canary wharf, United Kingdom
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  • "A rising star"

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    Tim Harford gets better and better, now with a whole thoughtful book exploring the concept of evolution as applied to markets and other complex systems. He is really becoming the UK's Paul Krugman with his colourful analogies that bring to life economic concepts for the lay person - Coco bonds as airbags and 'economic Bulldogs' for the unintended consequences of well intended policy. So why only four stars? Well, most unfortunately, Tim (who, as we all know, is himself a highly competent presenter, well able to read his own book) delegated this task to some actor who decided to deliver various lengthily quoted passages in the supposedly appropriate accent. So Adam Smith appears with a rich scottish burr, and various Americans with a transatlantic drawl. This is irritating and unnecessary (and probably inaccurate) but tolerable. It becomes unbearable when we have third world economists such as Muhammad Yunus (founder of the Grameen bank). The narrator can't actually face the horror of putting on a faux-Bengali accent so he does a sort of 'humble peasant voice' instead. Made me squirm. Tim - read your own books - please.

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    Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure

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    • By Tim Harford
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    Everything we know about solving the world's problems is wrong. Out: Plans, experts and above all, leaders. In: Adapting - improvise rather than plan; fail, learn, and try again. In this groundbreaking new book, Tim Harford shows how the world's most complex and important problems - including terrorism, climate change, poverty, innovation, and the financial crisis - can only be solved from the bottom up by rapid experimenting and adapting.

    judith says: "A rising star"
  • "Gadfly-Gladwell"

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    Mr Gladwell has collected an interesting set of anecdotes loosely connected to short time spans and pulls them together without much logic or structure and with many internal contradictions. Sometimes experts are people who have analysed their topic (e.g. food) so that they have access to their sub-conscious whereas non-experts flounder around with holistic impressions, sometimes experts have such finely tuned intuitions that they can instantly say that, for example, a statue is fake, but they have no access to the (highly trained) sub-conscious that tells them this. Ignore pedants like me, Mr Gladwell's amiable muddle-through will provide entertainment and food for thought (especially about prejudice) for any reader.

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    Blink

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    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    Intuition is not some magical property that arises unbidden from the depths of our mind. It is a product of long hours and intelligent design, of meaningful work environments, and particular rules and principles. This audiobook shows us how we can hone our instinctive ability to know in an instant, helping us to bring out the best in our thinking and become better decision-makers in our homes, offices, and in everyday life.

    Jane says: "Enjoyable, but goes in an unexpected direction"
  • "Great content, rather polemical style"

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    This book isn't really about science, but about its misrepresentation. It is particularly topical as the NHS is currently mopping up the damage caused by the MMR scandal and scam of 2002-2005. Was it all done just to sell newspapers? Basically, yes, even though children may (this year) die as a direct result.

    I got a bit tired of Ben Goldacre's polemical style, and overuse of adjectives such as exquisite and spectacular. The problem is that Mr Goldacre does not really understand rhetoric. He criticises humanities people for not understanding science (bravo) but he could do with understanding the rules of rhetoric better himself. He actually goes out of his way to alienate his scientific readers (by assuming that his reader knows less about e.g. statistics than himself, which will not always be true) as well as non-scientific readers who are bound to find him unsympathetic. Who did he want to appeal to? The first rule of rhetoric is to get your audience to identify with you, to feel that you are one of them. No one wants to identify with Mr Superior and Mr Outraged. You could blame the narrator for the constant and fatiguing tone of moral outrage, but I think he is genuinely reflecting the tone of Dr Goldacre's writing. Lighten up, laugh, you will communicate better!

    So, Mrs Picky Moaner, why did you give the book five stars? It is a cracking tour of a fascinating subject, there is much thoughtful content, I was gripped throughout, and I didn't want to put anyone off audioing this illuminating tome.

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    Bad Science

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    • By Ben Goldacre
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    We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.

    Marcus says: "Making science truly entertaining"
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A Peek at Mr. Adrian Mcmenamin's Bookshelf

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  • Blood, Iron, and Gold: How the Railways Transformed the World

    "Fascinating, but maybe too broad"

    Overall

    This is a fascinating book and gives a real insight into the social and political impact of the railways, but maybe it suffers a little from being too broad and too fond of a travelogue style.



    The author's claim that railways were the most important invention of the second millennium is possibly too great a reach - after all the railways came as a consequence of the industrial revolution - but he certainly makes a very strong case for their fundamental impact on all aspects of human society. It is just, through his desire to cover all the continents in a similar depth and to come right up to the present he misses an opportunity to give us a deeper perspective.



    Well voiced and easy to listen to.

Glenn

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  • "Inspiring, puzzling, obvious, parad..."

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    Oliver James examines the relationship between affluence, self-esteem and happiness. He does this principally by recounting stories of people who he's met who represent one or other end of the spectrum of happiness/affluence.
    My principal difficulty is that he reaches extraordinarily certain opinions based, seemingly on these cases alone. He makes a lot of assumptions about the people he talks about. I actually think he is correct about most things, but there's precious little evidence included (much like this review...) I have however changed some aspects of my life based on this, so I must have been happy enough with his conclusions.
    I like books narrated by the author, but Oliver James' voice can become rather wearing after a while - not so bad that I couldn't listen, but not my favourite narration

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    Affluenza

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    There is currently an epidemic of 'affluenza' throughout the world - an obsessive, envious, keeping-up-with-the-Joneses - that has resulted in huge increases in depression and anxiety among millions. Over a nine-month period, bestselling author Oliver James travelled around the world to try and find out why. He discovered how, despite very different cultures and levels of wealth, affluenza is spreading.

    Glenn says: "Inspiring, puzzling, obvious, paradoxical"

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    Mere Christianity (






UNABRIDGED) by C. S. Lewis Narrated by Geoffrey Howard
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    2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of C. S. Lewis's classic, Mere Christianity. Having sold over half a million copies in the UK alone, his overview of Christianity has been imitated many times, but never outdone. Mere Christianity brings together Lewis's legendary broadcasts from the war years; talks in which he set out simply to '"explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times."

    Kenneth says: "Superb - listened twice."
  • 4.3 (244 ratings)
    Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions (






UNABRIDGED) by Dan Ariely Narrated by Simon Jones
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    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Graham says: "enjoyed each time I listened"
  • 4.3 (203 ratings)
    Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries (






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    Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

    darren says: "Absolutely Brilliant !"
  • 4.3 (182 ratings)
    Blink (






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    Intuition is not some magical property that arises unbidden from the depths of our mind. It is a product of long hours and intelligent design, of meaningful work environments, and particular rules and principles. This audiobook shows us how we can hone our instinctive ability to know in an instant, helping us to bring out the best in our thinking and become better decision-makers in our homes, offices, and in everyday life.

    Jane says: "Enjoyable, but goes in an unexpected direction"
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  • 4.3 (100 ratings)
    The Moral Landscape (






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    Sam Harris has discovered that most people, from secular scientists to religious fundamentalists, agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, science's failure to address questions of meaning and morality has become the primary justification for religious faith.The underlying claim is that while science is the best authority on the workings of the physical universe, religion is the best authority on meaning, values, morality, and leading a good life.

    Jonathan says: "Thought provoking, perhaps a little antagonistic"
  • 4.3 (80 ratings)
    Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics (






UNABRIDGED) by Alex Bellos Narrated by Alex Bellos
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    The world of maths can seem mind-boggling, irrelevant and, let's face it, boring. This groundbreaking book reclaims maths from the geeks. Mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives: from the surprising geometry of the 50p piece to how probability can help you win in any casino. In search of weird and wonderful mathematical phenomena, Alex Bellos travels across the globe and meets the world's fastest mental calculators in Germany and a startlingly numerate chimpanzee in Japan.

    Nichiless says: "A wonderful journey through mathematics"
  • 4.3 (64 ratings)
    Round Ireland with a Fridge (






UNABRIDGED) by Tony Hawks Narrated by Tony Hawks
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    Round Ireland with a Fridge

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    Whilst in Ireland for an International Song Competition, Tony Hawks was amazed to see a hitch-hiker, trying to thumb a lift, but with a fridge. This seemed amazingly optimistic - his Irish friends, however thought nothing of it at all. 'I had clearly arrived in a country', writes Tony, 'where the qualifications for 'eccentric' involved a great deal more than that to which I had become used'. Two years pass but the fridge incident haunts our author.

    Paul says: "The Fridge Man"
  • 4.3 (63 ratings)
    Philomena (






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    Falling pregnant as a teenager in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. She spent the next 50 years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.

    Mrs says: "A Tale of the Time"
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  • 4.4 (57 ratings)
    Friends Like These (






ABRIDGED) by Danny Wallace Narrated by Danny Wallace
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    Friends Like These

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    Danny Wallace is about to turn 30. Recently married and living in a smart new area of town, he's swapped pints down the pub for lattes and brunch. For the first time in his life, he's feeling, well...grown-up.

    Sandra says: "Fantastic!"
  • Night School: Wake Up to the Power of Sleep (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Wiseman Narrated by Peter Noble
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    Night School: Wake Up to the Power of Sleep

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    Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Night School uncovers the scientific truth about the sleeping brain - and gives powerful tips on how those hours of apparently 'dead' time in the dark can transform your waking life.

  • Philomena (






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    Philomena

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    • By Martin Sixsmith
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    Falling pregnant as a teenager in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. She spent the next 50 years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.

    Mrs says: "A Tale of the Time"
  • Bad Science (






UNABRIDGED) by Ben Goldacre Narrated by Rupert Farley
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    We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.

    Marcus says: "Making science truly entertaining"
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life (






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    At Home: A Short History of Private Life

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    Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

    Stewart Webb says: "More Fact Pact Bryson"
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  • Zero Six Bravo: 60 Special Forces. 100,000 Enemy. The Explosive True Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Damien Lewis Narrated by Michael Fenner
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    Zero Six Bravo: 60 Special Forces. 100,000 Enemy. The Explosive True Story

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    • By Damien Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Fenner
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    The No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling modern classic: A Bravo Two Zero for the Second Gulf War. They were branded as cowards and accused of being the British Special Forces Squadron that ran away from the Iraqis. But nothing could be further from the truth. Ten years on, the story of these sixty men can finally be told. In March 2003 M Squadron - an SBS unit with SAS embeds - was sent 1,000 kilometres behind enemy lines on a true mission impossible, to take the surrender of the 100,000-strong Iraqi Army 5th Corps.

  • A Classical Education: The Stuff You Wish You'd been Taught at School (






UNABRIDGED) by Caroline Taggart Narrated by Bill Wallis
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    A Classical Education: The Stuff You Wish You'd been Taught at School

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Caroline Taggart
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    Is the Greek alphabet all Greek to you? Is geometry your Achilles heel and does your knowledge of Homer have more to do with The Simpsons than the Sirens? From engineering and architecture to drama and democracy, the world around us is founded on the principles and discoveries of the Ancient World, yet our understanding of it is episodic at best. But it's never too late to learn....

    Martin says: "Light but not insubstantial"
  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Ronson Narrated by Jon Ronson
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    Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

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    Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

    darren says: "Absolutely Brilliant !"
  • Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion (






UNABRIDGED) by Noah Goldstein, Steve Martin, Robert B. Cialdini Narrated by Clive Mantle
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    Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion

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    • By Noah Goldstein, Steve Martin, Robert B. Cialdini
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
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    Every day, we face the challenge of persuading others to do what we want. But what makes people say 'yes' to our requests? Based on more than 60 years of research into the psychology of persuasion, this audiobook reveals many remarkable insights that will help listeners to be more persuasive, both at work and at home.

    Vilnis says: "Just brilliant"
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  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (






ABRIDGED) by Malcolm Gladwell Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell
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    The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

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    Why did crime in New York drop so suddenly in the mid-90s? How does an unknown novelist end up a best-selling author? Why is teenage smoking out of control, when everyone knows smoking kills? What makes TV shows like Sesame Street so good at teaching kids how to read? Why did Paul Revere succeed with his famous warning?

    Marcia says: "Thought provoking"
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions (






UNABRIDGED) by Dan Ariely Narrated by Simon Jones
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    Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
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    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Graham says: "enjoyed each time I listened"
  • Blink (






UNABRIDGED) by Malcolm Gladwell Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell
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    Intuition is not some magical property that arises unbidden from the depths of our mind. It is a product of long hours and intelligent design, of meaningful work environments, and particular rules and principles. This audiobook shows us how we can hone our instinctive ability to know in an instant, helping us to bring out the best in our thinking and become better decision-makers in our homes, offices, and in everyday life.

    Jane says: "Enjoyable, but goes in an unexpected direction"
  • Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics (






UNABRIDGED) by Alex Bellos Narrated by Alex Bellos
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    Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics

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    The world of maths can seem mind-boggling, irrelevant and, let's face it, boring. This groundbreaking book reclaims maths from the geeks. Mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives: from the surprising geometry of the 50p piece to how probability can help you win in any casino. In search of weird and wonderful mathematical phenomena, Alex Bellos travels across the globe and meets the world's fastest mental calculators in Germany and a startlingly numerate chimpanzee in Japan.

    Nichiless says: "A wonderful journey through mathematics"
  • My Life Behind Bars (






UNABRIDGED) by Gordon Culpin Narrated by Gordon Culpin
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    My Life Behind Bars

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    Gordon Culpin's life behind bars, as a Prison Officer in Kent, England, was challenging and most of all rewarding. Dealing with assaults, deaths, riots and hostage-taking became part of his daily life. He found that the many experiences gained in the armed forces and working in various jobs overseas was an excellent training ground for him and one which enabled him to develop his career in the prison services.

  • Night School: Wake Up to the Power of Sleep (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Wiseman Narrated by Peter Noble
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    Night School: Wake Up to the Power of Sleep

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    Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Night School uncovers the scientific truth about the sleeping brain - and gives powerful tips on how those hours of apparently 'dead' time in the dark can transform your waking life.

  • Charm (






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    An essay by renowned culture and design critic, Stephen Bayley. An argument on the concept and meaning of "Charm".

  • Zero Six Bravo: 60 Special Forces. 100,000 Enemy. The Explosive True Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Damien Lewis Narrated by Michael Fenner
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    Zero Six Bravo: 60 Special Forces. 100,000 Enemy. The Explosive True Story

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    The No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling modern classic: A Bravo Two Zero for the Second Gulf War. They were branded as cowards and accused of being the British Special Forces Squadron that ran away from the Iraqis. But nothing could be further from the truth. Ten years on, the story of these sixty men can finally be told. In March 2003 M Squadron - an SBS unit with SAS embeds - was sent 1,000 kilometres behind enemy lines on a true mission impossible, to take the surrender of the 100,000-strong Iraqi Army 5th Corps.

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  • L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City (






UNABRIDGED) by John Buntin Narrated by Kirby Heybourne
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    L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City

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    The epic struggle for control of Los Angeles and the history of the 30s, 40s, and 50s in America's dream city. Now the Fox UK TV series Mob City. Mid-century Los Angeles. A city sold to the world as 'the white spot of America', a land of sunshine and orange groves, wholesome Midwestern values and Hollywood stars, protected by the world's most famous police force, the Dragnet-era LAPD. Behind this public image lies a hidden world of 'pleasure girls' and crooked cops, ruthless newspaper tycoons, corrupt politicians, and East Coast gangsters on the make.

  • Jessi-Cat (






UNABRIDGED) by Jayne Dillon Narrated by Kate Lock
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    Jessi-Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jayne Dillon
    • Narrated By Kate Lock
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    Lorcan was seven years old when his mother first heard him say 'I love you'. The words were not directed at her, but at Jessi-cat, the family pet. Lorcan suffers from autism and selective mutism, rendering him unable to speak in certain situations. This all began to change with the arrival of a kitten named Jessi-cat.

  • Move Along, Please (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Mason Narrated by Richard Burnip
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    Move Along, Please

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mark Mason
    • Narrated By Richard Burnip
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    At 10.41am on a Tuesday morning in September, Mark Mason boards the number 1A bus at Land's End in Cornwall. Forty-six buses and eleven days later he disembarks at John O'Groats in Scotland. Move Along Please is his account of that gruelling 1100-mile odyssey; a paint-by-bus-numbers portrait of Britain. Along the way he visits everywhere from the village where the internet enters Britain to the urban sprawl of Birmingham (inspiration for the Two Towers in Lord of the Rings).

  • Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Ronson Narrated by Jon Ronson
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    Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie

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    • By Jon Ronson
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    In the late 1980s Jon Ronson was the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank wore a big fake head. Nobody outside his inner circle knew his true identity. This became the subject of feverish speculation during his zenith years. Together, they rode relatively high. Then it all went wrong. Twenty-five years later and Jon has co-written a movie, Frank, inspired by his time in this great and bizarre band. Frank is set for release in 2014, starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Domhnall Gleeson and directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

    Paul D says: "Interesting little tale"