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Andrew Stuart

Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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  • And the Weak Suffer What They Must?

  • Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
  • By: Yanis Varoufakis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh, Yanis Varoufakis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

In 2008, the universe of Western finance outgrew planet Earth. When Wall Street imploded, a death embrace between insolvent banks and bankrupt states consumed Europe. Half a dozen national economies imploded, and several more came close. But the storm is far from over.... From the aftermath of the Second World War to the present, Varoufakis recounts how the eurozone emerged not as a route to shared prosperity but as a pyramid scheme of debt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book should be read or heard by everyone.

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-05-16

Great insight into the Problems of the EU

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

A dry subject tackled in an interesting way. The issues around the Financial crash of 2008 and the Problems of the European Union are explored and explained in an interesting and enlightening way. A great read.

  • Parliament Ltd

  • A journey to the dark heart of British politics
  • By: Martin Williams
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane, Luke Thompson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

In Parliament Ltd, investigative journalist Martin Williams reveals the true extent of greed and corruption in Westminster. Containing explosive new revelations about the activities of those at the top, this is a shocking untold tale that goes to the rotten heart of British politics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • painfully exposing the Parliament

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-09-16

A must watch for everyone in the UK

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

Reviewed: 29-05-18

Once you have read this book pass it on to a friend as this is essential reading for every voter. Very well written and researched.

  • Utopia for Realists

  • By: Rutger Bregman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476

We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, when technology and so-called progress have made us richer but more uncertain than ever before. We have questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. So, too, does the time seem to be coming to an end when we looked to economists to help us define the qualities necessary to create a successful society. We need a new movement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Food for thought...

  • By Lister on 18-04-17

Best book I have ever read bar none.

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

Reviewed: 30-06-17

Will try to make this happen within a short while. The concept is awe inspiringly brilliant and could be the solution for many of the world's problems. Buy it, read it and make it happen.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Dream Shall Never Die

  • By: Alex Salmond
  • Narrated by: Alex Salmond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

In a riveting daily diary, written in his trademark ebullient style, Salmond takes us into the heart of the YES campaign, revealing what was said and done behind the scenes as the vote reached its nail-biting climax. He explains how the YES campaign energised the entire Scottish nation and rewrote the rulebook for grassroots political campaigning, not just in the UK but throughout the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not to missed

  • By Amazon Customer sue on 21-09-15

Great insight into the Scot. Independence vote

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

Reviewed: 19-06-16

Great to hear from the main man directly if only some of this had been in the public domain at the time the outcome may well have been different. Alex has a relaxed manor when narrating the book and if you have ever met him it is like speaking to the man himself. I simply couldn't put it down,I might have a few questions for him the next time we meet. Very highly recommened.

  • I Am Malala

  • By: Malala Yousafzai
  • Narrated by: Archie Panjabi, Malala Yousafzai
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

In 2009 Malala Yousafzai began writing a blog on BBC Urdu about life in the Swat Valley as the Taliban gained control, at times banning girls from attending school. When her identity was discovered, Malala began to appear in both Pakistani and international media, advocating the freedom to pursue education for all. In October 2012, gunmen boarded Malala's school bus and shot her in the face, a bullet passing through her head and into her shoulder. Remarkably, Malala survived the shooting. At a very young age, Malala Yousafzai has become a worldwide symbol of courage and hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing true life wonder

  • By Barbara on 04-07-14

An Eye Opener

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

Reviewed: 26-03-16

I thought I knew about life in Pakistan but I knew nothing Malala corrected that. This book is a moving account of her life and her struggle along side her father for the rights of ALL children to an education, male and female alike. This should become a book that is a standard text in ALL schools worldwide.

  • Coffin Road

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,823

A man stands bewildered on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris. He cannot remember who he is. The only clue to his identity is a folded map of a path named the Coffin Road. He does not know where this search will take him. A detective from Lewis sits aboard a boat, filled with doubt. DS George Gunn knows that a bludgeoned corpse has been discovered on a remote rock 20 miles offshore. He does not know if he has what it takes to uncover how and why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ancient and Modern In Perfect Harmony!

  • By Simon on 15-01-16

The Return of George Gunn

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

Reviewed: 21-01-16

What made the experience of listening to Coffin Road the most enjoyable?

The intrigue of a man searching for his identity gripped me during early part of the book and then at perfectly placed intervals a new intrigue was added to the mix, with everything being brought to a conclusion in the last two or three chapters yet still there were more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Coffin Road?

The taxi tour of Edinburgh in search his identity ended predictably but nevertheless you always want it to turn out differently.

Which character – as performed by Peter Forbes – was your favourite?

Peter Forbes is a great narrator and as always brings every character to life but there is a certain skill he brings to playing a convincing teenage girl stands out for me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes I "couldn't put it down" so to speak.

Any additional comments?

Not the quality of the "Lewis Trilogy" but they were always going to be a hard act to follow, having said that this is still a quality novel.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Bruce Trilogy 3

  • The Price of the King's Peace
  • By: Nigel Tranter
  • Narrated by: Michael Elder
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The compelling story of Scotland's hero-king who, tutored and encouraged by the great William Wallace, united his despairing people in a deadly fight for the throne and national survival. In the third of this best selling trilogy, Nigel Tranter charts these turbulent years, revealing the flowering of Bruce's character, sustained by a passionate love, not only of his land and people, but

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A poor adaptation

  • By Roger McKillop on 16-05-18

Great trilogy.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

Three brilliant books from which I learned much, however listening to the audio books I found the music rather irritating, that aside I heartily recommend them to anyone interested in Scottish history.

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Smashing Book

  • By artemis99 on 21-01-11

Drop the Telephone spoils a good story

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

Reviewed: 28-06-15

What did you like best about Doomsday Book? What did you like least?

I got a great feel for what it may have been like to live through the Black Death.
Sadly Connie Willis chose to pad the story out with superfluous repetition, no hint of mobile phones in the mid 21st century leading to silly repetitive story lines about not being able to contact people. In a similar vein if we can invent a sub dermal recording device surly a micro beacon to enable "Historians" to find "the Drop" would not have been beyond the ability of engineers that can send people back to 1348. Again this created irritating repetitive fluff that spoiled what was a great story.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the historical parts of the story but then again I'm a real fan of Historical fiction.

What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

She portrayed the emotions of the numerous characters extremely well.

Do you think Doomsday Book needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, it ends rather abruptly having raised loads of questions during the plot building about errors and who was at fault for this disastrous "Drop." Additionally more linking the archaeological evidence to the experiences of Kivrin and what other trips do the University staff embark on.

  • Highlander Unbound

  • By: Julia London
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

On leave from his Highland regiment, Captain Liam Lockhart comes to London on an urgent mission: to repossess the stolen family heirloom that could save his ancestral estate. He never dreamed it would involve surrendering his heart. But the beautiful and scandalous socialite Ellen Farnsworth sets his Highland blood aflame with a will as strong and reckless as his own. Though bound to Liam by a soul-searing passion, duty impels Ellen to commit a terrible betrayal.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful Narration

  • By Andrew Stuart on 05-03-15

Dreadful Narration

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-15

The narrator's speed and attempted accents were so bad I couldn't continue far enough to form an opinion on the book itself. I strongly recommend giving this narrator a very wide berth having struggled to reach chapter four of this torturous offering.

  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769

The Isle of Lewis is the most desolate and harshly beautiful place in Scotland. When a bloody murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. Since Fin himself was raised on the island, the investigation represents not only a journey home but a voyage into his past. Each year twelve island men sail out to a remote and treacherous rock called An Sgeir on a perilous quest to slaughter nesting seabirds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Flint on 09-04-16

Blackhouse indeed!!

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

Reviewed: 28-02-15

Gripping tale that I was not able to leave and with more twists and turns than the average grand prix circuit. I can't recommend this book strongly enough. If you are listening to the audio book, Steve Worsley is an excellent narrator who brings the words of Peter May to life in a way that you will find yourself on Lewis feeling the events of Fin's life unfurl. A single word of caution however beware of the adult content if youngsters may over hear the words.