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  • Hitch-22

  • A Memoir
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622

In this long-awaited and candid memoir, Hitchens re-traces the footsteps of his life to date, from his childhood in Portsmouth, with his adoring, tragic mother and reserved Naval officer father; to his life in Washington DC, the base from which from he would launch fierce attacks on tyranny of all kinds. Along the way, he recalls the girls, boys and booze; the friendships and the feuds; the grand struggles and lost causes; and the mistakes and misgivings that have characterised his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest but difficult listening

  • By Penny on 18-06-16

Not Hitch’s best work.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-19

Hitch was a genius. A brilliant mind and a brilliant writer but his memoir was not his best work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Leading

  • By: Alex Ferguson, Michael Moritz
  • Narrated by: Alex Ferguson, James Macpherson, Simon Slater
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728

What does it take to lead a team to world-class success over a sustained period of time?Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the few leaders who truly knows. In his 38 years in management, Sir Alex won an astonishing 49 trophies and helped grow Manchester United into one of the biggest commercial brands in the world. In this inspirational and straight-talking new book, Sir Alex reveals the secrets behind his record-breaking career..

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and inspiring

  • By Alan M. on 13-01-16

Promising but ultimately disappointing.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

This book was spoiled by the 90 minutes of detritus at the end which had absolutely nothing to do with football management or leadership. It was dull, boring epilogue about Silicon Valley start ups. It bore no relation whatsoever to a book that flaunts on its cover a picture of one of the world’s most successful football managers. A better title might have been “Riding on the Coat-tails of Alex Ferguson”.

  • The Inevitable

  • Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
  • By: Kevin Kelly
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416

Much of what will happen in the next 30 years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives - from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture - can be understood as the result of a few long-term accelerating forces.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unimaginative and unrelentingly tedious

  • By Daft Monk on 22-08-17

Very Dry. Very Tedious. Just Dull.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Not insightful or engaging at all. Completing it felt like a marathon but was utterly unrewarding.

  • Utopia for Realists

  • By: Rutger Bregman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I have ever read bar none.

  • By Andrew Stuart on 30-06-17

Regressive Left Wing Drivel

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-17

Give us free stuff. Free money. Free houses, healthcare and education. Then give all that stuff to the starving in Africa too. But wait. Who will pay....[deafening awkward silence]. What utter garbage. Feebly argued. This is a quite hideous audio book.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dangerous

  • By: Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Narrated by: Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

The liberal media machine did everything they could to keep this book out of your hands. Now, finally, Dangerous, the most controversial book of the decade, is tearing down safe spaces everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm an old man.

  • By W J. Cox on 07-03-18

BRILLIANT

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

Reviewed: 19-10-17

Deeply insightful and erudite, shocking but refreshing and backed by evidence. This audio book was just brilliant. The Left should be shaking in their birkenstocks.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Long Road from Jarrow

  • A journey through Britain then and now
  • By: Stuart Maconie
  • Narrated by: Stuart Maconie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

In the autumn of 1936, some 200 men from the Tyneside town of Jarrow marched 300 miles to London in protest against the destruction of their towns and industries. Precisely 80 years on, Stuart Maconie walks from north to south, retracing the route of the emblematic Jarrow Crusade. Following history's footsteps, Maconie is in search of what modern Britain is really like today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous, edgy recreation of the Jarrow March

  • By Mr SA Lambe on 27-08-17

So Disappointed.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-17

I come from South Shields and I thought this was a really great account of the Jarrow Crusade. Unfortunately the author ruins it by dripping anti-brexit and anti-Trump rhetoric. It’s done in such a way that if you happen to support either of these then the inference is that you must be some sort of idiot. When siting examples of extremist violence, it stupefies me why the example chosen is the murder of a single MP allegedly committed by the far right rather than the countless examples of dead women and children committed by a certain religious faction....but this BBC stalwart does it without blinking. When is the Left going to realise that condescension like this is one of the main reasons we have Brexit and Trump.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • 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 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

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 Trish F on 16-05-16

An Excellent Account of a Broken European Union

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

This book gives the strongest case yet for the dismantling of the EU although the author seems to side with the approach of remaining a union but driving a root and branch redesign of the Union itself and its woefully inadequate currency. It was an excellent read and shines a strong light on the dirty underbelly of a cynical, un democratic technocracy where the strong make up the rules as they go and the weak adhere to them - a 4th Reich if you will.

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  • God Is Not Great

  • The Case Against Religion
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

With robust clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which Hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix. God Is Not Great marvels at the possibility of society without religion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unstoppable

  • By Lesley on 06-06-09

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

Hitchens gives two master classes in God Is Not Great; one on religion and one on argument. This book is erudite and sublime. It should be mandatory reading for all young adults.