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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 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394

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

The Story of finance and debt in Europe

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

A really interesting take on the workings of Europe, it's formation right up to the credit crunch and bail out of so many institutions and even countries. Were the bad guys really the Portugese? Spanish? Greeks? Why were some countries aided while others left to "suffer what they must". Who decides who will fail and who benefits when they do?

A great listen

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,481
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,469

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

Amazing story let down by bad narration and editing.

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

Reviewed: 13-04-18

This was a great story based on the real life experiences of an Auschwitz prisoner. Unfortunately the narration and editing were appalling. The narrator’s tone of voice changed every time he took a break and at several points in the book it sounded like there were two people narrating and speaking alternate paragraphs! This really disturbs the flow of the story.

It also seemed as though the narrator had a problem speaking the main character’s name as this was really clumsily edited in at numerous times throughout the story.

Perhaps this is a story best read rather than listened to.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Key Person of Influence

  • The Five-Step Method to Become One of the Most Highly Valued and Highly Paid People in Your Industry
  • By: Daniel Priestley
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831

Every industry revolves around Key People of Influence. Their names come up in conversation. They attract opportunities. They earn more money. Many people think it takes decades of hard work, academic qualifications and a generous measure of good luck to become a Key Person of Influence. This audiobook shows you that there is a five-step strategy for fast-tracking your way to the inner circle of the industry you love. Your ability to succeed depends on your ability to influence. Start now by listening to this audiobook.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Undiluted snake oil

  • By Kris Peeters on 16-11-16

Publish a book

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

Reviewed: 25-10-17

Step one, have a story. Step 2 write and publish a book! The author goes as far as saying I should stop doing my day job to write the book. At that point I stopped listening.

  • The Revenant

  • By: Michael Punke
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

The book that inspired the award-winning movie. Nominated for 12 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Winner of 5 BAFTAS including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Film. Winner of the 2016 Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Actor - Drama, and Best Director. The novel that inspired the epic new movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Hugh Glass isn’t afraid to die. He’s done it once already.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Movie could outshine the book

  • By Mr on 02-03-16

Book before the film

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

Reviewed: 25-02-16

I made the mistake of listening to this book prior to watching the film. Consequently the film barely held my attention! The bonus superb, particularly the authors noted st the end telling the truth behind the story.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad

  • What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,899

Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education. According to Kiyosaki, "The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost.....

  • By L on 09-12-12

Not what I was expecting but worth a read

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

Reviewed: 20-11-14

What made the experience of listening to Rich Dad Poor Dad the most enjoyable?

There are some moments where you think "of course". The author tells us nothing most of us haven't already thought but what makes this book worth a read is it actual inspires a change. As others have pointed out, very US based but the principals are sound.

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert T. Kiyosaki? Why or why not?

I am currently reading the Cash Quadrant.

  • Inspiring Leadership

  • By: Jonathan Perks MBE
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Perks MBE
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

What qualities do you need to become a good leader? Jonathan Perks has had 30 years of leadership experience at all levels, in the British Army and global business. He combines this with wide research and has identified eight qualities that are evident in all successful leaders. The message of hope in this book is that the inspiring leadership qualities that Jonathan describes can be developed by almost anyone. Using the author's compass model, you will be able to identify your own "true north".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oliver Johnston

  • By oliver on 08-05-12

Not recommended.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-12

There have only been two books in my life that I have started and not finished. The first I cannot remember the title too and I doubt I will remember the title of this, the second book.

I've got an hour into this book and so far it's been a poorly narrated, and badly edited autobiography. It wouldn't surprise me if it was done at home on a cassette recorder. Far from being a guide to Inspiring Leadership it seems to be more a story of the author's loss of his father (granted, a heroic story) and how he has grown up in the military compensating for this loss. I've tried a couple of times to revisit it but get a few minutes further in and can't bare to listen to it any more.

I would not recommend this to anyone. I try not to leave negative feedback but honestly cannot think of a single positive thing to say about it. Sorry Mr Perks!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful