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  • Post Captain

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 2
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

This tale begins with Jack Aubrey arriving home from his exploits in the Mediterranean to find England at peace following the Treaty of Amiens. He and his friend Stephen Maturin, surgeon and secret agent, begin to live the lives of country gentlemen, hunting, entertaining, and enjoying amorous adventures. Their comfortable existence, however, is cut short when Jack is overnight reduced to a pauper with enough debts to keep him in prison for life. He flees to the continent to seek refuge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Post Captain

  • By John on 27-06-12

classic stuff<br />

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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: 20-04-18

great entertainment, wonderful language and historical details, well animated by the reader, a great way to pass a long commute.

  • A Brief History of Time

  • From Big Bang to Black Holes
  • By: Stephen Hawking
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167

Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite, or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world's greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos, from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time, from the big bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and intelligible

  • By Anthony on 21-03-17

Heavy!

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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: 23-11-17

Opens up fascinating ideas and research to the lay reader. I interrupted this book with some lighter fare regularly but glad I listened.

  • Blood Meridian

  • Or the Evening Redness in the West
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 440

Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visionary, violent, yet redemptive. A masterpiece.

  • By Peter Kettle on 07-04-13

classic McCarthy

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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: 06-01-17

the existential elements which are throughout the story lost me sometime but I wouldn't hesisate to recommend this book.

Cities of the Plain
    The Border Trilogy, Book Three
    
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        Cormac McCarthy
    
    


    
    
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        Frank Muller
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    15 ratings
    Overall 4.8
  • Cities of the Plain

  • The Border Trilogy, Book Three
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

In his novels, best-selling author Cormac McCarthy creates a western landscape filled with characters that are both mythic and authentic. Cities of the Plain, the stunning conclusion of his award-winning Border trilogy, brings together John Grady Cole and Billy Parham—the two lifelong friends who began their adventures in All the Pretty Horses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • classic

  • By KennethO'Rourke on 12-12-16

classic

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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: 12-12-16

if you have read or listened to the first two in the trilogy this is a must.

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  • Taliban

  • Islam, Oil, and the Great New Game in Central Asia
  • By: Ahmed Rashid
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

In this enormously insightful book, correspondent Ahmed Rashid brings the shadowy world of the Taliban, the world’s most extreme and radical Islamic organization, into sharp focus. He explains the Taliban’s rise to power, its impact on Afghanistan and the region, its role in oil and gas company decisions, and the effects of changing American attitudes toward the Taliban. He also describes the new face of Islamic fundamentalism and explains why Afghanistan has become the world center for international terrorism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shedding light on a complex and secretive sect.

  • By JayJay on 07-01-15

Essential for those interested in the region.

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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: 26-05-16

Essential for those interested in the region. Heavily laden with geographicical and political reference which makes it harder to listen to, (especially in the car) without access to a laptop or map to reference. A must read.

  • War, Geopolitics, and History

  • Conflict in the Middle East
  • By: Robert Fisk
  • Narrated by: Noam Chomsky
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

A talk by Robert Fisk, the Middle East correspondent for the London Independent and the author of Challenging Empire and the Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East. Introduced by Noam Chomsky. Recorded live on April 9, 2006, at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What's really going on

  • By Lord Peridot on 28-07-18

Fisk 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: 23-03-16

Fisk displays his encyclopedic knowledge of the middle east, giving broad historical context enthusiastically and humorously

  • Born to Run

  • The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world's greatest distance runners and learn their secrets - and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Born to Run

  • By Gilmonkey on 23-05-12

Entertaining but sometimes seemed a bit phony..

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

I would not recommend this book to a friend. The author seemed to use poetic license to dramatize events which really didn't require embellishment. At times however he captures the spirit of the sport very beautifully. I have since read that some athletes who were characterised in the book later expressed their displeasure with the author's characterisation of them. Anyway, I will be feeling infinitely more guilty about my modern lazy lifestyle, and for that the author is to be commended!

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