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  • Property: A Collection

  • By: Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by: Lionel Shriver
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

The first ever story collection from the inimitable Lionel Shriver. This landmark publication, the first collection of stories from a master of the form, explores the idea of 'property' in both senses of the word: real estate and stuff. These sharp, brilliantly imaginative pieces illustrate how our possessions act as proxies for ourselves and how tussles over ownership articulate the power dynamics of our relationships. In Shriver’s world, we may possess people and objects and places, but in turn they possess us.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love Lionel but not as a narrator

  • By Mrs C. on 29-05-18

Shriver's writing is wonderful, I love it.

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

Shriver's writing is wonderful, I love it. I still love this collection of short stories and really glad I bought it despite the dreadful accents Shriver attempts- as a native English person I cannot work out where most of them are supposed to be from, they really are Dick Van Dyke bad. Thankfully mostly she reads in her own accent and reads well.

  • On Tyranny

  • Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

In the 20th century, European democracies collapsed into fascism, Nazism and communism. These were movements in which a leader or a party claimed to give voice to the people, promised to protect them from global existential threats, and rejected reason in favour of myth. European history shows us that societies can break, democracies can fall, ethics can collapse, and ordinary people can find themselves in unimaginable circumstances. History can familiarise, and it can warn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great and currently important

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-17

Will buy multiple copies to distribute

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

Everybody in the Western world needs to read this. Right away.
I'm going to buy multiple copies and distribute them.

  • Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible

  • Adventures in Modern Russia
  • By: Peter Pomerantsev
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

A journey into the glittering, surreal heart of 21st century Russia: into the lives of Hells Angels convinced they are messiahs, professional killers with the souls of artists, bohemian theatre directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, supermodel sects, post-modern dictators and oligarch revolutionaries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A chilling insight .into Putin's Russia....

  • By BigBear on 02-08-18

F*cking helllll

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

Reviewed: 17-03-17

A must read for everyone in the West. All your worst fears about Russia are true and if you don't have any you must stop being so naive...

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  • Cured

  • The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys
  • By: Lol Tolhurst
  • Narrated by: Lol Tolhurst
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Coming of age in Thatcher's Britain in the late '70s and early '80s was really tough, especially if you lived in Crawley. But against the grinding austerity, social unrest and suburban boredom, the spark of rebellion that was punk set alight three young men who would become one of the most revered and successful bands of their generation: The Cure. Cured is a memoir by Lol Tolhurst, one of the founding imaginary boys, who met Robert Smith when they were six.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good read but some reservations

  • By J Lusk on 13-07-17

Truly wonderful

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

Reviewed: 26-10-16

As a lapsed Cure fan who's been to see them 5 or 6 times years ago I wasn't sure if this would be that interesting to me but I absolutely loved it from start to finish. In particular it's wonderful how Lol's love for Robert leaps out from Lol's words again and again.
It was heartbreaking to hear the details of their fallout and I couldn't stop the tears rolling down my cheeks when they made up.
There are numerous moments of deep sorrow and many of soaring joy, both had me crying, I wanted to give Lol and Robert a huge hug after listening- and the rest of The Cure and the other characters!

I loved it I loved it I loved it.

I have of course been revisiting the music since I started the book and I've remembered why I love it so much.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The One That Got Away

  • By: Simon Wood
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 223

Graduate students Zoë and Holli only mean to blow off some steam on their road trip to Las Vegas. But something goes terribly wrong on their way home, and the last time Zoë sees her, Holli is in the clutches of a sadistic killer. Zoë flees with her life, changed forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration!

  • By I. Beattie on 20-04-15

Just a warning for others like me

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

Reviewed: 03-04-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you like trashy fiction with pedestrian prose this might be for you.

What will your next listen be?

I started listening to Miranda July's short story collection No One Belongs Here More Than You straight afterwards, it was such a relief, I felt like a dry river bed being fed with a new rush of clean clear water; I laughed out loud, I almost cried, it has depth and spark and a marvellous lightness of touch. I felt like The One That Got Away was rotting my brain, it was a mistake to get this one.

How could the performance have been better?

I'm afraid I really hated it, maybe the book isn't as bad as the audio version, I don't know but I felt the performance was trite and inappropriate, I found myself frequently rolling my eyes.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The One That Got Away?

Ugh, all of it, I know I should've stopped listening but it was like junk food, I just stuffed my face with the whole thing but at least I know now to avoid this sort of book in future.

Any additional comments?

I know a great many people like this book a lot but it just wasn't for me at all, it was like a cheap daytime TV film thriller. If that's what you want this is probably great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Strong Self-Esteem

  • Like Yourself Now and Forever
  • By: Abe Kass, R.S.W.
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Learn how to feel good about yourself and your life. Far too many people experience chronic feelings of insecurity, inadequacy, and inferiority which make life miserable and sabotage all efforts toward future success. If this is even partially true for you then turn these self-defeating feelings around with this program about healthy self-esteem.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined by religion

  • By Amber on 28-03-13

Ruined by religion

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-03-13

This sounded really good from the description but it didn't say that it was religious.

Not far into the recording it says 'The following principles are universal standards that all people should strive to achieve: human beings are created in the image of God...we must honour and respect all of God's creations...

How tiresome. I couldn't listen much further, I can't put trust in such an audiobook.

Hopefully I can get a refund.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful