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  • How to Listen to and Understand Opera

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

To watch any opera lover listen to a favorite work, eyes clenched tight in concentration and passion, often betraying a tear, is to be almost envious. What must it be like, you might think, to love a piece of music so much?And now one of music's most gifted teachers is offering you the opportunity to answer that very question, in a spellbinding series of 32 lectures that will introduce you to the transcendentally beautiful performing art that has enthralled audiences for more than 400 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-Enriching

  • By Stephen on 20-07-15

Long winded

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

Reviewed: 11-03-19

I was looking forward to listening to this book, having already listened to two of Robert Greenberg’s books. In this case, I found the continuous reading through of the libretti, tiresome to say the least. It made it hard to keep track of the story of the development of Opera through the ages

  • No More Mr. Nice Guy

  • A Proven Plan for Getting What You Want in Love, Sex and Life (Updated)
  • By: Dr Robert Glover
  • Narrated by: Dr Robert Glover
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

Originally published as an ebook that became a controversial media phenomenon, No More Mr. Nice Guy! landed its author, a certified marriage and family therapist, on The O'Reilly Factor and the Rush Limbaugh radio show. Dr. Robert Glover has coined the "Nice Guy Syndrome" for trying too hard to please others while neglecting one's own needs, thus causing unhappiness and resentfulness. It's no wonder that unfulfilled Nice Guys lash out in frustration at their loved ones, claims Dr. Glover.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • for guys really struggling maybe... for others no.

  • By Anonymous User on 30-08-18

Conflicted

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I have to say that I am somewhat conflicted about this book. On one hand I found some of the personal observations ‘spot on’, but I could not relate to any of the supposed causes of the ‘Nice Guy’ syndrome. I think the root cause analysis is far to simplistic and not really based on current scientific thinking on how our personalities are formed. That said, their are some nuggets to be found in the section ms on self sabotaging behaviour

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Great Masters: Mozart - His Life and Music

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43

Even from the perspective of time, it is nearly impossible to grasp the full contribution made to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his brief and glorious life. He composed his first symphony at the age of 8 and reached full artistic maturity by the time he was only 20. And when he died at the age of 35, he left a legacy of more than 600 works of brilliance - symphonies, chamber music, operas, and more - most composed during an incredibly productive 20-year period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!

  • By Francis Carpenter on 09-01-17

Worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

Full disclosure. I am a committed Mozartian. I found this informative, interesting & the music choices sublime

  • Big Sam

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Sam Allardyce
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

Football fans will love this insight into the life and mind of Big Sam. With nearly 20 years as a player - plus almost 25 years as a coach and manager - under his belt, Sam Allardyce is one of the most recognisable figures in British football. 'Big Sam' has been a robust defensive general throughout the seventies and eighties, and an imposing touchline presence as a gaffer since 1994. Over the last four decades, Allardyce has seen it all.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bad voice

  • By A. M. Talbot on 16-12-15

Would have been better if Big Sam had narrated

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

Reviewed: 26-07-16

I always prefer audible autobiographies when the author narrates them. I thought the Black Country accent was a bit 'iffy' at times & coming from Wolves, I know the Dudley accent well

  • Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903

In the autumn of 1988, Michael Palin set out from the Reform Club with an ambitious plan: to circumnavigate the world, following the route taken by Jules Verne's fictional hero Phileas Fogg 115 years earlier. The rules were simple. He had to make the journey in 80 days using only forms of transport that would have been available to Fogg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting indeed

  • By D. Wilkins on 13-03-15

Palin at his best

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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: 13-10-15

Had watched the TV series & read the hard back book, but found the audio book the most pleasurable

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Journey

  • By: Tony Blair
  • Narrated by: Tony Blair
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

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

Great insight into the Blair years

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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: 16-09-15

Ok, I have to admit to being somewhat biased, as I was always a great admirer of Blair & New Labour policies. I had already read the book, but felt that listening to the author added an extra, more personal dimension to the book.

  • Winners

  • And How They Succeed
  • By: Alastair Campbell
  • Narrated by: Alastair Campbell, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937

The Sunday Times number-one best seller. How people succeed and how you can, too. Alastair Campbell knows all about winning. As Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist, he helped guide the Labour Party to victory in three successive general elections, and he’s fascinated by what it takes to win. How do sports stars excel, entrepreneurs thrive, or individuals achieve their ambitions? Is their ability to win innate? Or is the winning mind-set something we can all develop?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights

  • By MarkPT on 18-02-16

Compelling listening

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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: 19-07-15

Excellent insight into the mindset of winners. Interesting narration by both narrators. Would definitely listen to again

  • No Limits

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Ian Poulter
  • Narrated by: Paul Mendez
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

Ian Poulter is one of golf's most charismatic figures, with an appeal extending way beyond his sport. Here he tells his inspirational story, from his early rejection as an Spurs youth player, right through to his match-winning contributions to successive European Ryder Cup Triumphs. Poulter went from an Assistant Professional staffing the club shop to a global superstar, turning pro when he still had a handicap of 4 but the drive and self-belief to make it to the top.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poorly read

  • By david wells on 15-03-19

Interesting story

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-15

Enjoyed the story. Would have been better if Poulter had narrated himself, but you eventually get convinced that the narrator is him !

  • The Blair Years

  • Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries
  • By: Alastair Campbell
  • Narrated by: Alastair Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book Award, 2007.
Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

The Blair Years is the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever hear. Taken from Alastair Campbell's daily diaries, these audio extracts chart the rise of New Labour and the tumultuous years of Tony Blair's leadership, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in our national life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rivetting

  • By David on 13-07-07

Gripping

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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: 15-06-15

Gives amazing incite into the Blair Government, made all the better by the fact that the author narrates himself