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  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Coming of Age Fantasy

  • By Simon on 15-02-17

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 23-03-17

I am only half way through but this is probably the funniest fantasy book I have ever come across 😄

  • Peter Pan

  • By: J. M. Barrie
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

When Peter Pan appears in Wendy, John, and Michael's nursery one night looking for his lost shadow, he tells them of a magical place: Neverland - a land of fairies, mermaids, and pirates, where nobody ever grows up. Wendy has always wanted to see a mermaid, so this gives Peter a marvelous idea. Wendy can come back to Neverland to help take care of him and the lost boys. Just a few happy thoughts, a sprinkling of fairy dust, and away they go.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The boy who never grows up!

  • By sf on 27-02-17

The boy who never grows up!

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

Reviewed: 27-02-17

A violent exploration of the clash between childhood and adulthood. Having read the original before I knew what to expect but I found this version made Mr Darling particularly annoying which dampened my experience. I believe this to be a personal inclination which made it slight arduous to continue listening through certain parts.

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  • Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science

  • By: Robert Sapolsky, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: The Great Courses
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Understanding our humanity - the essence of who we are - is one of the deepest mysteries and biggest challenges in modern science. Why do we have bad moods? Why are we capable of having such strange dreams? How can metaphors in our language hold such sway on our actions? As we learn more about the mechanisms of human behavior through evolutionary biology, neuroscience, anthropology, and other related fields, we're discovering just how intriguing the human species is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science

  • By Andy B on 13-11-15

Great overview

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

Have you ever wondered why you do some things?

This short title gives a rather brief introduction to the ideas in biological theory on human behaviour.
I personally found the lecture on intermittent rewards and the effects of 'maybe' on our physiology and psychology to be of great interest.

So if you ever catch yourself wondering why you are engaging in certain behaviours this audiobook may be the first stepping stone to understanding yourself a little better.

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  • The Remains of the Day

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Dominic West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239

A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House. In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside – and into his past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • heartbreaking

  • By Emily Essex on 14-05-16

Melancholy story about an English butler

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

Reviewed: 19-02-17

A very subtle but poignant tale revolving around a week in the life of Mr Stevens an English butler. Punctuated with great flashbacks and created with sophisticated literary skill this narrative left me with genuine sorrow in my heart.

  • Nietzsche: Philosophy in an Hour

  • By: Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

Philosophy has always been dangerous for philosophers; Friedrich Nietzsche made it dangerous for everyone. His ideas presaged a collective madness which was to ravage Europe throughout the first half of the 20th century, drawing a chilling parallel with the insanity that gripped Nietzsche towards the end of his life. His philosophy is one of aphorisms and penetrating psychological insights, his major concept being the Will to Power - a notion that he saw as the basic impulse for all our acts. Viewing Christianity as a subtle perversion of this concept Nietzsche is famous for his pronouncement that ‘God is dead’.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Kuleshov on 14-01-17

Skips

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

Maybe it was just my phone but it skipped a lot making it an incoherent listen. The content I actually heard was good.

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