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  • My Thoughts Exactly

  • By: Lily Allen
  • Narrated by: Lily Allen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,546

So, this is me. Lily Allen. I am a woman. I am a mother. I was a wife. I drink. I have taken drugs. I have loved and been let down. I am a success and a failure. I am a songwriter. I am a singer. I am all these things and more. When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change - for the better. This is my story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully honest book.

  • By MrsB on 26-09-18

An Honest and Open Account

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

This book will give you the other side to the Lily Allen Tabloid persona. A raw and at times disturbing account of life as a celebrity. Lily is far from an angel but the story highlights the importance of always treating people with decency and not letting predetermined opinions influence you. As the father of a little girl it also helped me to understand the pressures and dangers which young women face. Thanks Lily, an enlightening and informative read.

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,620

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did it end?

  • By PatriciaWN on 25-08-10

Another great Dan Brown Adventure

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

Reviewed: 18-10-18

As always I came away from this book thinking about a lot more than just Robert Langdon. Food for thought as they say. A hugely enjoyable story built around the secrets and intrigues of the real world with a bit of mysticism thrown in for good measure. Brilliant.

  • Origin

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,826
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,822

The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deception Point 2

  • By 451 on 10-10-17

Another Thought Provoking Dan Brown Masterclass

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

As with all of Dan Brown's books I greatly enjoyed Origins. It is at times necessary to go with it and suspend disbelief but the research is as always thorough and convincing and forms a solid backbone to a cracking story with a serious underlying message. Very enjoyable.

  • The War that Ended Peace

  • By: Margaret MacMillan
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 31 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict which killed millions of its men, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe's dominance of the world. It was a war which could have been avoided up to the last moment - so why did it happen?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Marathon!

  • By Tom on 06-02-14

A Wealth of Knowledge on the Build-up to WW1

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

The authors knowledge of the politics and events leading up to the first world war is awe inspiring. This book does not move at a fast pace but that is due to the depth of Knowledge laid bare. My overwhelming feeling at the end of the book is of how many seemingly unrelated events meshed together to form the perfect storm. I learned a lot from it and I hope others do to. The more people who read this book the better for the world.

  • The Knowledge

  • By: Lewis Dartnell
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Maybe it was a viral pandemic or an asteroid strike or perhaps nuclear war. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it has ended, and you and the other survivors must start again. What key knowledge would you need to start rebuilding civilisation from scratch? Once you’ve scavenged what you can, how do you begin producing the essentials? How do you grow food, generate power, prepare medicines, or get metal out of rocks? Could you avert another Dark Ages or take shortcuts to accelerate redevelopment?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting book that I found slowed later

  • By Dylan on 15-09-15

Very interesting and well thought out

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

The author has put a lot of work into thinking about what tools a civilisation would need in order to survive the apocalypse. That being said, this isn't a how to guide for the reader (for the most part). It is more of a guide for your ancestors once the ready supplies of our industrial world run out. An enjoyable read and a real chemistry lesson for me.

  • How Not to F*ck Up Your Kids Too Bad

  • By: Audible Original
  • Narrated by: Stephen Marche
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

From Audible Originals, How Not to F*ck Up Your Kids Too Bad is an irreverent 10-part guide to modern fatherhood. In each episode, author and Esquire columnist Stephen Marche tackles tough questions that every parent faces. From how and why to stop yelling at your kids to how to share your favorite books (especially when they are a little racist) to how to talk to your kids about pot - follow as Stephen engages real dads and experts on the thorny questions that parents face today. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely spot on

  • By Alain Desmier on 05-07-18

Irreverent and Hilarious - A Must for Modern Dads!

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

Reviewed: 27-07-18

This is a brilliant podcast for modern Dads. You may not relate with all of the topics but it is likely you will with the majority. Stephen is brutally honest about the trial and tribulations he has faced in Fatherhood and there are frank discussions with experts and other parents who have dealt with similar issues. All in all a very valuable use of your time for all parents. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • The Long Cosmos

  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

It's 2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day, and in the Long Earth the new Next posthuman society continues to evolve. For Joshua Valienté, now in his late 60s, it is time to take one last solo journey into the High Meggers: an adventure that turns into a disaster. Alone and facing death, his only hope of salvation lies with a group of trolls. But as Joshua confronts his mortality, the Long Earth receives a signal from the stars.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Weak, bland, no ummmf.

  • By Gary Robottom on 18-07-16

Good but nothing new

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

This book does not really add a great deal to the previous books but offers a further fix if you feel you need it. Enjoyable but not exciting.

  • The Long War

  • The Long Earth, Book 2
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 925

A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping. Where Joshua and Lobsang once pioneered, now fleets of airships link the stepwise Americas with trade and culture. Mankind is shaping the Long Earth - but in turn the Long Earth is shaping mankind...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mitchell Quinn on 06-08-13

Excellent but not as good as the Long Earth

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

Reviewed: 18-06-18

This was very enjoyable but as the concept of the Long Earth is no longer New it was not as good as the first book in the series.

  • The Long Earth

  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623

The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato. It is the prototype of a life-changing invention....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing.

  • By Martin on 10-03-13

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 13-06-18

The best Sci-fi I have read/listened to in years! Pratchett is more than the Discworld apparently.

  • The Global Offensive

  • The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order
  • By: Paul Thomas Chamberlin
  • Narrated by: Nick Edwards
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

On March 21, 1968, Yasir Arafat and his guerrillas made the fateful decision to break with conventional guerrilla tactics, choosing to stand and fight an Israeli attack on the al-Karama refugee camp in Jordan. They suffered terrible casualties, but they won a stunning symbolic victory that transformed Arafat into an Arab hero and allowed him to launch a worldwide campaign, one that would reshape Cold War diplomacy and revolutionary movements everywhere. In The Global Offensive, historian Paul Thomas Chamberlin offers new insights into the rise of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Valuable Insight into a Frustrating Time

  • By GrimWeeper on 05-06-18

Valuable Insight into a Frustrating Time

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-18

This book gives a fair and balanced view of the conflicting ideas and motives which led to the stalemate in the efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Palestive Israeli conflict during the 60s & 70s. Can be a bit dry at times but I think that's the price of impartiality. A good read, especially if the subject interests you.