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  • Total Recall

  • My Unbelievably True Life Story
  • By: Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Length: 23 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,770

Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recall covers Schwarzenegger's high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema's most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Salesmans "true" story

  • By alexander on 11-02-14

Fantastic, hard to turn off!

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

Reviewed: 21-01-15

From the beginning to the end, the book flowed really well and was an easy and very enjoyable listen. Arnold doesn't shy away from all subjects including his illegitimate child.

Only slight annoyance is that he does tend to pay himself on the back a lot but I guess he is just confident.

Well read as well.

  • A Flame of Pure Fire

  • Jack Dempsey and the Roaring '20s
  • By: Roger Kahn
  • Narrated by: Kevin Yon
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Through most of the Roaring '20s, Jack Dempsey was the heavyweight champion of the world. With his fierce good looks and matchless dedication to the kill, he was a fighter perfectly suited to his time. In A Flame of Pure Fire, renowned sports writer Roger Kahn not only chronicles the thrilling, brutal bouts of the Manassa Mauler, but also illustrates how the tumultuous 1920s shaped Dempsey - and how the champ, in turn, left an indelible mark on sports and American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flawless

  • By Anonymous User on 21-07-17

And we think life is hard now!!

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

Reviewed: 30-12-14

I love this book and this is my second read as I also own the paper version of it and enjoyed it a few years back. Jack Dempsey with Tyson and Ali are my favourite boxing characters in history and the key thing that I enjoyed about this book is that we are provided with all of the intricacies pertaining to the time period which makes this story even more enjoyable.

  • Cinderella Man

  • James Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History
  • By: Jeremy Schaap
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Lost in the annals of boxing is the sport's true Cinderella story. James J. Braddock, dubbed "Cinderella Man" by Damon Runyon, was a once promising light heavyweight for whom a string of losses in the ring and a broken right hand happened to coincide with the Great Crash of 1929.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story, Fantastic Narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-08-18

Its the Heavyweights!

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

Reviewed: 30-12-14

I enjoyed this book, not necessarily because of the main story but the surrounding stories that link into James Braddock's life. Max Baer, Jack Dempsey, Primo Carnera, Joe Louis are all present here and we hear lots of snippets and back stories which ensure that the overall presentation of the Cinderella Man is enjoyable. I love this period in time and the stories and characters that have presented themselves so I'm a little biased, but of you like boxing and this time period, then this is a must listen.

  • The History of the Ancient World

  • From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
  • By: Susan Wise Bauer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. This narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath" - literature, epic traditions, private letters, and accounts - to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More fairy tale than history...

  • By Clementi on 26-12-15

Worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 30-12-14

Good detail and very interesting. I found it a little difficult to maintain interest as it was one chapter after another of similar dastardly goings on throughout history but that's more my issue than the books. Well read although long, I recommend and will at some point listen again as I think it deserves more than one read.

  • Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad

  • By: M. R. James
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,214

The story tells the tale of an introverted academic who happens upon a strange whistle while exploring a cemetery on the East Anglian coast. When blown, the whistle unleashes a supernatural force that terrorises its discoverer. Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Short Story

  • By Lynn Worton on 29-03-14

Not sure what went on here!

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

Reviewed: 22-05-14

I listened to this but I found it difficult to follow, perhaps because I was not paying full attention. I think it was because I just didn't find it that interesting but I will listen to it again as it may be better upon the second listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Richest Man in Babylon

  • By: George S. Clason
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134

A modern day classic, The Richest Man in Babylon dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. These famous "Babylonian parables" offer an understanding of - and solution to - a lifetime's worth of personal financial problems, and hold the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and earning more money.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much needed...

  • By Beauty Basket on 05-04-15

Interesting although a bit repetitive

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

Reviewed: 22-05-14

This book was recommended by Mike Dolce who is a well known lifestyle guru. A lot of it is common sense and I enjoyed the book once I got used to the 'old'style' language that was used. Very interesting in parts but seemed to be a bit repetitive after a while although as its only 4 hours long, its not too bad! Worth a listen!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Al Bernstein

  • 30 Years, 30 Undeniable Truths about Boxing, Sports, and TV
  • By: Al Bernstein
  • Narrated by: Al Bernstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

For just over 30 years Al Bernstein has been one of the most recognizable and respected sportscasters in America. In those three decades, the “voice of boxing” reported the funny, poignant, and bizarre events that helped shape sports television, ESPN, boxing, Las Vegas, and Showtime. With an eclectic cast of characters that includes every big name in boxing, including Marvin Hagler, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, and Manny Pacquiao, as well as such names in the entertainment world as Rodney Dangerfield, Sylvester Stallone, Russell Crowe, Jerry Lewis, and Jack Nicholson, Bernstein's memoir will have you in stitches.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Paul on 22-05-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 22-05-14

I really like Al Bernstein but I found this book very lightweight. It's read by Al so that's a plus point but I was hoping that the 30 Undeniable Truths was going to be more 'meaty' and interesting. Don't get me wrong, it is good in parts and there is a lot to keep the reader interested but I had hoped that after 30 years in the business there would have beeen a lot more. Worth a read but don't expect too much.

  • Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography

  • By: Mike Tyson
  • Narrated by: Joshua Henry
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

Love him or loathe him, ‘Iron' Mike Tyson is an icon and one of the most fascinating sporting figures of our time. In this no-holds-barred autobiography, Tyson lays bare his demons and tells his story: from poverty to stardom to hell and back again. In his first autobiography, ‘Iron' Mike Tyson pulls no punches and lays bare the story of his remarkable life and career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extremely open account of a rollercoaster life!

  • By Chris on 27-02-14

If you think you know Mike's story, you dont!

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

Reviewed: 22-05-14

I've been a fan of Mike Tyson since 1985 through all of his trials and tribulations and I thought I knew everything about his life as it has been told so many times. I didn't! I thought this would be just another overview of his life but this story is in his own words and he touches upon lots of the events in his life we knew about but provides a personal insight that I had never heard before.

If you are a fan of Mike, this book is recommended.

  • Seasons in the Sun

  • The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979
  • By: Dominic Sandbrook
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 41 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

In the early 1970s, Britain seemed to be tottering on the brink of the abyss. Under Edward Heath, the optimism of the '60s had become a distant memory. Now the headlines were dominated by strikes and blackouts, unemployment and inflation. As the world looked on in horrified fascination, Britain seemed to be tearing itself apart. And yet, amid the gloom, glittered a creativity and cultural dynamism that would influence our lives long after the nightmarish '70s had been forgotten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seventies in detail

  • By Francis on 12-01-13

Good but very political

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

Reviewed: 08-02-14

I really enjoyed this book but and the reader does warn you in the beginning, it is very focused on our leaders of the time. This is the cornerstone of where the book goes and although I really enjoyed it I would have liked to hear about more about other things that went on.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • State of Emergency

  • The Way We Were: Britain, 1970-1974
  • By: Dominic Sandbrook
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 32 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

In the early 1970s, Britain seemed to be tottering on the brink of the abyss. Under Edward Heath, the optimism of the Sixties had become a distant memory. Now the headlines were dominated by strikes and blackouts, unemployment and inflation. As the world looked on in horrified fascination, Britain seemed to be tearing itself apart. And yet, amid the gloom, glittered a creativity and cultural dynamism that would influence our lives long after the nightmarish Seventies had been forgotten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant

  • By Baz Borozitch on 29-04-13

The 70's I didnt understand but now do!

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

Reviewed: 18-01-14

I was born in 1970 so Edward Heath, the 3 day week, Don Revie, etc were all things I had heard snippets about but not the whole picture. This book really brought to life the time period and gave me a better understanding of the countries woes. I'm not a political person but a look of the books foundation was based on the politicians of the time and how it affected the country, from the limited number of women politicians to the battle between Wilson and Heath. Also hearing from those I'm a little more familiar with like Douglas Hurd and Michael Foot was also interesting. So although I'm not a political person, this didnt take away from my enjoyment of the book.

I also liked hearing about the intricacies of Don Revie's resignation, the TV of the time and the development of our penchant for luxuries like holidays abroad which were starting to take off.

The narrator was very good and was also excellent in being able to do many impressions of the characters he spoke about including a funny Margaret Thatcher!

If you have any interest in this period or were alive and dont remember or even want to remember it, then this book is for you!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful