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  • The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions

  • By: Jay L. Garfield, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jay L. Garfield
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 95

What is the meaning of life?It's a question every thoughtful person has pondered at one time or another. Indeed, it may be the biggest question of all-at once profound and universal, but also deeply personal.We want to understand the world in which we live, but we also want to understand how to make our own lives as meaningful as possible; to know not only why we're living, but that we're doing it with intention, purpose, and ethical commitment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-changingly fantastic

  • By David on 06-09-14

Not that thoughtful

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I listened to the end but very shallow, just glib generalizations of often highly nuanced positions, a wasted credit.

  • The End of All Things

  • Old Man's War, Book 6
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, John Scalzi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Humans expanded into space...only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement...for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • author seemed to have lost interest

  • By JASON on 27-06-18

author seemed to have lost interest

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-18

The inventiveness of the first 2 books has now long since gone, and the author seems far more concerned now in wacking the listener over the head with his political opinions, (which are truly crowbared into the book) rather than builing an interesting story arc.
All the characters are also the same, regardless of gender or species, just being vehicles for the author's opinions. An author interested in the world he had created would surely not have done that? And the loss if a meaningful storyline makes the relentless 'he said' 'she said' ever more grating
That sameness across the characters is sarcasm and snideness, making it hard to become invested in the primary characters.

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EPIC

  • By mr peter a r pryde on 13-07-17

Felt cheated by cheesy Hollywood ending

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-18

After listening to very long and almost painfully detailed character backstories, it was pretty irritating to have such a lame, schoolboy ending. It felt like I'd wasted all those hours listening.
The personalities of the protagonists also changed beyond what seemed plausible. There were some interesting ideas but left unexplored as the story unfolded.
However, I’ve no criticisms of the narrator and I've enjoyed many other audiobooks he's read.

  • The Vegetarian Myth

  • Food, Justice, and Sustainability
  • By: Lierre Keith
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

We’ve been told that a vegetarian diet can feed the hungry, honor the animals, and save the planet. Lierre Keith believed in that plant-based diet and spent twenty years as a vegan. But in The Vegetarian Myth, she argues that we’ve been led astray - not by our longings for a just and sustainable world, but by our ignorance. e truth is that agriculture is a relentless assault against the planet, and more of the same won’t save us. In service to annual grains, humans have devastated prairies and forests, driven countless species extinct, altered the climate, and destroyed the topsoil - the basis of life itself....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • needs a sequel called "the feminism myth"

  • By julien on 30-09-17

title is deceiving

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-18

This book is only tangentially about the merits or otherwise of a vegetarian diet from a health perspective. It's more concerned with feminism and the ethics behind farming practices. That still might be interesting, but unfortunately it’s not really a very deep analysis.

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  • Alan Partridge: Nomad

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,924
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,452

In Alan Partridge: Nomad, Alan dons his boots, windcheater and scarf and embarks on an odyssey through a place he once knew - it's called Britain - intent on completing a journey of immense personal significance. Diarising his ramble in the form of a 'journey journal', Alan details the people and places he encounters, ruminates on matters large and small and, on a final leg fraught with danger, becomes not a man (because he was one to start off with) but a better, more inspiring example of a man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every line has a joke.

  • By Dickie Armstrong on 24-10-16

not funny or engaging

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-10-17

I kept listening and listening but the jokes never came. Was at times just excruciating and awkward to listen to, other times just plain dull.

  • I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,522
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,116

Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan’s never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma? Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You get what you pay for

  • By ico on 06-10-11

Very sneering

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-10-17

There's definitely a snide, let's sneer at the lower middle classes, element to this this, which leaves a nasty impression. You can tell this was written by smug Oxford graduates, who use the character of Partridge as a vehicle to express their prejudice against ordinary people.

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  • Too Much Information

  • By: Dave Gorman
  • Narrated by: Dave Gorman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 726

Nowadays, the world is full of people trying to tell us things. So much so that we have taught our brains not to pay much attention. After all, click the mouse, tap the screen, flick the channel and it’s on to the next thing. But Dave Gorman thinks it’s time to have a closer look, to find out how much nonsense we tacitly accept. Suspicious adverts, baffling newspaper headlines, fake twitter, endless cat videos, insane TV shows where the presenters ask the same questions over and over.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • lots of ranting

  • By louiseandmike@netscapeonline.co.uk on 15-01-15

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Reviewed: 15-04-17

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  • Parsnips, Buttered

  • Bamboozle and Boycott Modern Life, One Email at a Time
  • By: Joe Lycett
  • Narrated by: Joe Lycett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615

In this book I have attempted to solve each and every one of life's problems. And I have succeeded. Dear Listener, Using letters, emails, tweets and telegrams I will show you how the things in your life that make you sad, low or anxious can soon appear trivial, insignificant and like a fish. In short, I will butter your parsnips.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad, but a bit lazy

  • By Gus Honeybun on 07-11-16

Smug and superior

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Reviewed: 28-03-17

This guy has a very high opinion of himself and general contempt for the public. Gets very grating after a while.

  • A Guide to the Good Life

  • The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
  • By: William B. Irvine
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives. In A Guide to the Good Life, Irvine offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up to the Antidote by Oliver Burkeman

  • By KarlK on 10-09-14

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Reviewed: 10-01-14

Where does A Guide to the Good Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very interesting and very insightful. A great hybrid between philosophy and personal development. Thoroughly recommended.

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