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Gavin McInerney

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  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 654

This hugely engaging story of murder, superstition, religious politics and drama in a medieval monastery was one of the most striking novels to appear in the 1980s. The Name of the Rose is a thrilling story enriched with period detail and laced with tongue-in-cheek allusions to fictional characters, the most striking of which is the Franciscan friar William of Baskerville, who displays many characteristics of Sherlock Holmes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sean Barrett does justice to this wonderful text.

  • By Booklover on 12-01-15

My favourite audiobook.

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

Reviewed: 18-04-19

I love Sean Barrett's reading of this great story. Each character sound like a real individual speaking. I forget that it the voice of just one man. I love the story it is so clever and so dense with thought and insight that I have listened to it several times and found new meaning every time. It is my go to book for sending me off to sleep. I'm already looking forward to hearing it again.

  • The Left Hand of Darkness

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex story and some excellent philosophy

  • By Penelope on 06-03-18

Not what I would call a story.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-19

There was no narrative drive to this story. It was more an explanation a race with dual sex genders. This is the second book by this author I found dull.

  • Parent Yourself Again

  • Love Yourself the Way You Have Always Wanted to Be Loved
  • By: Yong Kang Chan
  • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

If you are constantly longing for love from someone else such as your parents, partner, or friends, you might want to revisit your childhood. As children, we didn’t receive the love we desire from our parents. So we are still seeking someone to fulfill this void in us. The truth is we have the capacity to love ourselves. The purpose of this book is to help you learn how to love yourself and be your own parent. What your parents failed to do for you in the past, you can do it for yourself now.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your money or time.

  • By Gavin McInerney on 20-02-19

Don't waste your money or time.

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

Reviewed: 20-02-19

A completely useless book. Just one guys biography bracketed by the words love your hurt inner child, forgive your parents, parent yourself. Absolutely no advice or instructions on what to do. This guy has not even had a difficult childhood to overcome. The mantra is be the parent you would have liked your parents to be, but no advice on how to do that. It is the equivalent of reading a book called, Build a rocket and explore space, which only consists of the advice that the best way to build a rocket and explore space is...to build a rocket and then explore space... yes it is unfortunate that no one told you how to build a rocket and explore space...but the people who should have told you had no one to tell them. So forgive them and build the rocket you wished they had told you about. Then you will be free to explore space and as a sign of your growth take them with you. Out of this world advice and wisdom.

  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,482
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,062

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story, Great Narrator

  • By Lorenzo on 21-10-17

Hyena like reading.

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Michael Sheen's hysterical hyena like reading utterly spoiled this book for me. He is just so intense and over the top when characterizing the 'bad guys' that I could not enjoy the story. It reminded me of listening to fingernails been dragged along a chalk blackboard. As someone who likes to listen at bedtime I could not relax as he would ramp up the screams and howls every few minutes. Left me feeling deflated as I really enjoyed Philip Pullmans other books. I'll just have to read it myself sometime.

  • The Heart of Centering Prayer

  • Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice
  • By: Cynthia Bourgeault
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Centering prayer is the path to a wonderful and radical new way of seeing the world. It is not, as is sometimes thought, simply an act of devotional piety, nor is it a Christianized form of other meditation methods. Cynthia Bourgeault here cuts through the misconceptions to show that centering prayer is in fact a pioneering development within the Christian contemplative tradition.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Doyouwanttolistentosomeonereadaveryinterestingbutcomplexsubjecttofastforyoutookeepup,nevermindunderstandit.

  • By Gavin McInerney on 15-10-18

Doyouwanttolistentosomeonereadaveryinterestingbutcomplexsubjecttofastforyoutookeepup,nevermindunderstandit.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-18

Do you want to listen to someone read a very interesting but complex subject too fast for you to keep up, never mind understand it? Then this narrator is for you. She is speed reading and I cannot get to grips with the writers ideas or instruction. However, I find the subject interesting and will just have to keep on pausing and going back.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hamish Macbeth: Death of an Honest Man

  • Hamish Macbeth, Book 33
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 211

Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul attended church in Lochdubh. He told the minister, Mr. Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He told tweedy Mrs. Wellington that she was too fat. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and it was time she wrote literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair. He told Jessie Currie - who repeated all the last words of her twin sister - that she needed psychiatric help.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Least Favourite of the Hamish Macbeth Series

  • By An Leughadair on 06-04-18

Mac-Tosh.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

What a load of tosh. I found this to be very confusing, especially so at the beginning. Things happened so fast I thought I had skipped chapters. The narrator was very good though. He was the only thing that kept me listening.

  • Stop Tinnitus! Tinnitus relief by Hypnosis

  • By: Kim Fleckenstein
  • Narrated by: Cathy Weber
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Do you have a regularly recurring beep in your ear? Do you hear a shrill whistling? Is there a rushing in your ears? Or is there a constant buzzing? Has your doctor diagnosed you with tinnitus? Tinnitus has many different causes and triggers. Tinnitus is often a secondary symptom of other physical problems such as tenseness in the jaw and neck area. However, medications, nicotine, alcohol and particularly stress are just as likely to trigger an annoying ringing in the ears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really helpful

  • By Gavin McInerney on 02-03-18

Really helpful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-18

My tinnitus has really improved since using this hypnotherapy. I have had tinnitus for over 12 years and this has hwelpoed me to destress and fall asleep.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful