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  • Your Brain on Porn

  • Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction
  • By: Gary Wilson
  • Narrated by: Noah Church
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

When high speed Internet became widely available a few years ago, growing numbers of people began to worry that their porn use was running out of control. Far from preparing them for fulfilling relationships, viewing an endless stream of porn videos led to unexpected symptoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enlightening

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-09-18
  • Your Brain on Porn
  • Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction
  • By: Gary Wilson
  • Narrated by: Noah Church

Probably could have been summed up in 45mins

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I did know anything about the Your Brain on Porn website going into this, but I wasn't expecting such clinical information with heavy leaning on testmonies from people who had suffered from porn addiction and are now turning their lives around by forgoing internet porn and masturbation.

Most of the testemonies provided are largely the same in content, while the author's information, while new and fairly informative, emphasises the same points and concepts.

The essence of the book could have been distilled down to under and hour and still provided the same information and sentiment.

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  • The Westies

  • Inside New York's Irish Mob
  • By: T. J. English
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

It's men like Jimmy Coonan and Mickey Featherstone who gave Hell's Kitchen its name. In the mid-1970s, these two longtime friends take the reins of New York's Irish mob, using brute force to give it hitherto unthinkable power. Jimmy, a charismatic sociopath, is the leader. Mickey, whose memories of Vietnam torture him daily, is his enforcer. Together they make brutality their trademark, butchering bodies or hurling them out the window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skip the first chapter!!!

  • By PMeehan on 01-04-19

Skip the first chapter!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

A stunningly-detailed recounting of the rise and fall of The Westies in New York's Hell's Kitchen from the '50s to 1980s.

The write has done his research in astonishingly details, as he is able to recount stories and events that would only be remembered by those who were in the situation at the time.

With a lot of supporting character, English helps you to identify each major player involved without getting too bogged down in explaining who has done what, while also keeping the narrative running.

The only downside is that he reveals the book (and Westies) climax in the first chapter, thereby colouring your view of the whole story. So skip the first chapter if you download this audiobook.

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  • Eskiboy

  • By: Wiley
  • Narrated by: Hammed Animashaun, McVirn Etienne, Indy Okonkwo, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Eskiboy by Wiley, read by Hammad Animashuan, McVirn Etienne, Indy Okonkwo, Miles Mitchell, Shorai Dutiro, Alexander Theoharous, Ed Hughes, Max Krupski and Ali Epstone. Richard Kylea Cowie MBE, or Wiley, is one of the most innovative and influential musicians of today. Over the course of 20 years he has redefined British music: releasing 10 top-20 singles, selling over four million records and helping to launch a new generation of stars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing!!!!!

  • By Robbie kent on 17-03-18

Would have preferred it from the man himself

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

I'm a massive Wiley fan, so when I heard he was writing a book about his life, I pre-ordered a copy even though I'm not a big reader. So I was excited when I discovered that they'd made an audiobook of Eskiboy.

Wiley's scattergun and offbeat thoughts are best taken in by the man himself via video or audio interviews (and then written on the page), so without him narrating his parts, it was difficult to have a 'polished' narrator as a substitute, it was a struggle to associate the words being written as coming from Wiley himself.

While the book is a facsinating insight into the rise of The Godfather of Grime, a lot of the chapters are focused on either, the fact that he spends a lot of his time and money on helping his friends and other artists without expecting anything back in return, or that he loves London, but it's not really a place that he can live any more. Because of those two significant thoughts repeated in many chapters, those parts felt a lot like filler in between interesing ideas and experiences from the MC.

Overall, this is a great insight into Wiley and what has turned him into the man, and the star, that we know and love, but perhaps an audiobook isn't the best medium to take in this particular story.

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  • Original Gangstas

  • The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap
  • By: Ben Westhoff
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 70

Amid rising gang violence, the crack epidemic, and police brutality, a group of unlikely voices cut through the chaos of late 1980s Los Angeles: N.W.A. Led by a drug dealer, a glammed-up producer, and a high school kid, N.W.A. gave voice to disenfranchised African Americans across the country. And they quickly redefined pop culture across the world. Their names remain as popular as ever: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube. Dre soon joined forces with Suge Knight to create the combustible Death Row Records.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibily the most well-researched book I've read

  • By PMeehan on 25-09-18
  • Original Gangstas
  • The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap
  • By: Ben Westhoff
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson

Possibily the most well-researched book I've read

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

Ben Westhoff manages to present two decades (and more) worth of testinmonies, inside storys, interviews and lives into a staggeringly detailed and engrossing timeline of the emergence, rise and fall of gangsta rap in South Central Los Angeles and beyond.

This isn't just 'the inside story', this is 'inside the inside story', with details that not even the most ardent of hip-hop fan would know about.

Charting the details of many players including Ice Cube, Dr Dre, Eazy E, Tupac Shakur, Suge Knight and hundreds of other rappers, lawyers, personalities, hangers-on and money-grabbers.

I don't think I will read another book as well-researched, engrossing, captivating and historically accurate as this book.

In my experience, the best narrators give you the story without adding their distracting flair, and JD Jackson provides exactly that, with a few attempts at impressions during quotes which add a bit of variety to the narrative.

A MUST-READ for anyone with even the a vague interest in rap and hip-hop.

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  • The Greatest

  • The Quest for Sporting Perfection
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

What can Roger Federer teach us about the secret of longevity? What do the All Blacks have in common with improvised jazz musicians? What can cognitive neuroscientists tell us about what happens to the brains of sportspeople when they perform? And why did Johan Cruyff believe that beauty was more important than winning? Matthew Syed, the Sports Journalist of the Year 2016, answers these questions and more in a fascinating, wide-ranging and provocative book about the mental game of sport.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed,the book doesn't really go anywhere.

  • By Anonymous User on 08-03-18

A collection of previously-written articles

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

Reviewed: 25-02-18

Any additional comments?

Having not read any previous of Matthew Syed's work, I was disappointed to discover that rather than a book, it was a collection of articles that Syed had previously written all on the same theme.

He leaned heavily on his experience as a world-class table tennis youth, perhaps a bit too much, as it seemed like he was desperate for people to know that as a youngster, he was one of the best in the world.

The articles were very time-specific to World Cups, Six Nations, Wimbledon tournaments and didn't really stand up like other sporting books that I've read.

Overall I was very disappointed by this book and only listened to a couple of hours of the audiobook.

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