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  • A Journey

  • By: Tony Blair
  • Narrated by: Tony Blair
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

A Journey is Tony Blair’s first-hand account of his years in office and beyond. Here he describes for the first time his role in shaping our recent history, from the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death to the war on terror. He reveals the leadership decisions that were necessary to reinvent his party, the relationships with colleagues, the gruelling negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland, the battles over education and health, the implementation of the biggest reforms to public services since 1945.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • flawed, but fascinating

  • By Margaret on 30-10-10

An Honest, Frank and Personal Journey...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-10

As I regularly preach, an autobiography should be read by the writer, and here?s one I?ve been waiting to read for some time now.

I?ve for a long time been an admirer of the former PM - Tony Blair, not for the usual list of political achievements, social reform, or the raft of other identifiable suspects. Nor do I not acknowledge his failings as a leader.

I?ve admired the man for his humanity, geniality integrity and honest straight talking, no nonsense approach. ?What! Is this the same Tony Blair?? I hear you saying, yes its true, not many of us have what it takes to stand up and take the top job, let alone pull it off for as long as he did. Question the choices, investigate the decisions and think it all through for yourself. Nothing can take away from the potency of responsibility at the pinnacle moment of decision and choice. The instinct to make a choice and the level headedness to keep on doing it are incomprehensible to most of us. Yet Tony did it day after day, year on year.

A Journey is Tony?s frank, honest, humorous, warm and uncensored firsthand account of the pivotal moments in his career both before and during his Premiership.

A brilliant listen, well worth the time and a top recommendation to all, like the man or not.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • It's Not What You Think

  • By: Chris Evans
  • Narrated by: Chris Evans
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

Chris Evans' extraordinary career has seen him become one of the country's most successful broadcasters and producers and a well-known face in his own right. From his early years on Manchester's Piccadilly radio to Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, The Big Breakfast, and TFI Friday for Channel 4, Chris changed the TV landscape during the '90s. And on BBC Radio 1's Breakfast show and as owner of Virgin Radio, he ushered in the age of the celebrity DJ.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Liked it but it stops in a weird place

  • By Victoria on 12-11-09

It isn't what you think!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-10-09

As The great author Mark Twain put it, ?No-one is more qualified to write their own story then themselves?, something which when it comes to audio books also applies to the author also reading the book. There?s something so much more engaging about it when the subject matter itself is, so to speak, talking to you, conveying the historical majesty of the moment, adding the emphasis where necessary and getting the tone just right for each situation being recounted.

As a fan of autobiographies, and a far bigger admirer of Chris Evans, I hopped straight onto Audible.co.uk to purchase his new book, the very second their e-mail dropped into my inbox advertising the very same.

What to say about the book, a master piece, Chris Evans is one of the UK?s presenting genius?s, a true master at work. Sure there have been others, but Chris for me has always managed to entertain and keep things fresh in all his endeavours. His book is a fascinating account into what made him, how the events of his life shaped him and how these mixed together to mould the person to whom he is today. A reflection on his mistakes and the most sincere and honest bit of writing I?ve listened to in a while

I was laughing almost the whole way through; Chris sure can tell a good story, and his own story ? even better than any other. It?s full of memories and tit-bits of advice on life and various experiences we?ll all be able to empathise with. It?s a heart warming, genuine and honest look back on his life that not only made me smile and feel a connection with Chris, but mixed in for good measure is some good, solid, sturdy advice to all of us.

The title sums up the content perfectly, it quite seriously isn?t what you think it will be, and my only one criticism would be the end. I felt there was more to say, I won?t spoil it for you, you?ll have to read it, and it is a fantastic read, and even better listen, but Chris if you?re reading over this, can we please have a part two dear chap?

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Losing My Virginity

  • By: Richard Branson
  • Narrated by: Richard Branson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209

Losing My Virginity is an amazing memoir, a definitive business guide and an inspirational story that reveals Sir Richard's unique philosophy on business, the Virgin brand and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fasinating insight...

  • By Neil on 12-04-09

A fasinating insight...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-09

Whether you?re a person who admires him or not, Sir Richard is and continues to be one of Britain?s top business personalities. In this book Richard personally delivers his story from beginning to date. It?s a remarkable insight into the man, and really goes a long way to explaining how things came to be and why. One of the things I find most compelling about the story is the intimacy, the personal elements, at some points you smile, even laugh, and then suddenly you?re right there in the heart of the moment as he describes a crises or personal tragedy.

I?m reminded just why I love self narrated biographies when I listen to this, Sir Richard to me has always been one of the greats, and this book offers a close up personal look at his life and story. It?s not so much about the business itself, but more about Richard, his life, the people around him, and how the events and people close to him empowered him to become the person he has.

A fantastic listen and highly recommended, shall certainly listen to again. If you?re looking to know more about the business and what Richard looks for in a person and the traits that outline Virgin then another title well worth listening to is Richard Branson?s Business Stripped Bare. Which to is an excellent listen and scores 5/5.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,198

Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new foreword and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The message is simple

  • By Margaret on 27-04-10

If only Stephen hadn't read it!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-09

No doubt an excellent `book`, the Seven Habits are acclaimed in albeit every circle of management through to personal improvement program titles, the problem with this specific version is that it has been read by the author. Stephen?s voice is mind numbing to say the least; I keep finding myself so very easily distracted and simply unable to follow this one. The man?s tone is monotone and I find his pace constant and rather dry. Unlike most books I?ve listened to where the author self reads ? which often I think enhances, this is clearly the exception to the rule. Someone should have listened to this and said, it would be better read with some enthusiasm, tone and variance. For me no doubt the title itself is more than worth a read, and I probably will `read` it, but the book is only given a 2 out of 5 by myself given the production of it?s audio version.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Fire & Steam

  • A New History of the Railways in Britain
  • By: Christian Wolmar
  • Narrated by: Christian Wolmar
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

The opening of the pioneering Liverpool & Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of the railway network's vital role in changing the face of Britain. Fire & Steam celebrates the vision of the ambitious Victorian pioneers who developed this revolutionary transport system and the navvies who cut through the land to enable a country-wide railway to emerge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating & Compelling

  • By Neil on 11-04-09

Fascinating & Compelling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-09

I?ve always been a `railway enthusiast` ever since my school days, but not as much for the technical gauge?s and measurements, specs and performance, but more so for the love of the `thing` itself, the railways? This book is fantastically arranged and pieced together, offering a perfect account of the history of the railways merged with the explanations behind why we have the system we have today, who was responsible and why. The author self-reads this title, and his voice is compelling and alluring, you feel the man really did love the topic and that his whole heart and sole has gone into this one. and it really has. I would easily listen to this again and highly recommend to anyone, be they just wanting an overview from their beginnings to now, or a true railway enthusiast.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Business Stripped Bare

  • By: Richard Branson Sir
  • Narrated by: Richard Branson Sir
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

From its creation as a mail-order record company to the literal launch of Virgin Galactic, today Virgin is one of the premier 'way-of-life' brands in the world, trusted and enjoyed by many millions of people. In Business Stripped Bare, Sir Richard Branson shares the inside track on his life in business and reveals the incredible truth about his most risky, brilliant, and audacious deals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By Neil on 11-04-09

A Must Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-09

This is a really good listen, not only from the practical `tit bits` and fascinating story of one of our Great business men, but vastly enhanced by the fact that it?s read by the man himself. Unlike his autobiography, Loosing My Virginity, Business Stripped Bare is an excellent listen as the author is able to articulate far more so than any narrator, the feeling and exhilaration behind the stories and history, the amusement and exasperation? A simple must read for all Branson enthusiasts and business managers alike. A definite will listen again too.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful