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  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,957

From the Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. "It's about the terror, isn't it?" "The terror of what?" I said. "The terror of being found out." For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world, meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made jokes on social media that came out badly or made mistakes at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Paul on 19-03-15

thought provoking and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 17-03-19

this is my 3rd book by this author and it does not disappoint. He has a very funny yet understated way with words, blended with a unique ability to make honest and objective critiques of any given topic, group or individual whilst always being self aware and amusing. His grammar and punctuation are so better than mine!

  • Salvation

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669

AD 2204. An alien shipwreck is discovered on a planet at the very limits of human expansion - so Security Director Feriton Kayne selects a team to investigate. The ship’s sinister cargo not only raises bewildering questions but could also foreshadow humanity’s extinction. It will be up to the team to bring back answers, and the consequences of this voyage will change everything. Back on Earth, we can now make deserts bloom and extend lifespans indefinitely, so humanity seems invulnerable. We therefore welcomed the Olyix to Earth when they contacted us. But were the Olyix a blessing or a curse?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, just a little slow getting going.

  • By Mr. B. Hirst on 01-10-18

superbly voiced tale of sci-fi spy espionage world

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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: 12-03-19

prepare to be baffled, amazed and eventually extremely rewarded with a fast paced sci-fi classic

  • Gut

  • By: Giulia Enders
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506

The key to living a happier, healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that rather than the utilitarian and - let's be honest - somewhat embarrassing body part we imagine it to be, it is one of the most complex, important, and even miraculous parts of our anatomy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have to redress the balance

  • By David J James on 13-03-16

Quite interesting and funny too

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

Not as mind blowing as I thought it might be, but interesting and lots of quite funny jokes splattered through it.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,857
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grow your mind

  • By Paul Murphy on 07-09-18

awesome thought provoking stuff will listen again

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

3rd book in series and whilst some info repeated enough new thoughts facts challenging concepts to keep me wanting more and thinking about life on a grander scale

  • Natural Born Heroes

  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

When Chris McDougall stumbled across the story of Churchill's 'dirty tricksters', a motley crew of English poets and academics who helped resist the Nazi invasion of Crete, he knew he was on the track of something special. To beat the odds, the tricksters - starving, aging, outnumbered - tapped in to an ancient style of fitness: the lost art of heroism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous book

  • By Gabrielle Dickinson on 25-08-15

brilliant book of adventure & so much more

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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: 11-08-18

loved it. adventure was superb with great historical references as well as healthy living and exercise advice. really inspiring read!

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,858
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,115

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!"

  • By david on 17-03-17

thought inspiring

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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-06-18

superb book that made me think reassess and truly question some of life's meaning. Will listen again soon as know I need time to process and revist all of its themes

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,895

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

if you only ever read one book read this

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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: 16-05-18

an amazing tour of who we were are and could become. Informative and compelling with a huge number of jaw dropping revelations which challenged many of the ideas and concepts I believed in. Thank you to the author for creating this masterpiece!

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  • Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 1

  • 1918-1962
  • By: Nelson Mandela
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman, Kofi Annan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly recreates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. From his beginning in the Transkei to his being taken to Robben Island, this is the remarkable story of how a man rose so far, only to be sentenced to life imprisonment. Emotive and compelling, this is the story of an epic life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear!

  • By Jane on 21-11-17

superb

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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: 20-04-18

memorable thought provoking and a window into a world we could live in if fear and anger are allowed to rule.

  • So, Anyway...

  • The Autobiography
  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357

John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic homelife, with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work, as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh Out Loud!

  • By Rachel Redford on 29-11-16

superž

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

Super listen so funęny and interesting definitely recommend it to all if you and more

  • Titus Groan

  • Gormenghast Trilogy
  • By: Mervyn Peake
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

As the first novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born: he stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that stand for Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual, lost in history, understood only by Sourdust, Lord of the Library. There are tears and strange laughter; fierce births and deaths beneath umbrageous ceilings; dreams and violence and disenchantment contained within a labyrinth of stone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique

  • By K on 28-09-16

a story that goes no where slowly

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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: 01-03-18

terrible. awful voices that screech through your skin and a story that is boring Don't be tempted!

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