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  • David Mitchell: Back Story

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: David Mitchell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,991

David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Total Joy

  • By Stan on 17-10-12

Everything I wanted it to be

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

This book was everything I wanted it to be. It was funny throughout, the anecdotes were interesting, and most importantly it was very honest. When describing his feelings for Victoria Coren-Mitchell a different side of David Mitchell emerged which was quite touching to see. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for fans of David Mitchell, you will NOT be disappointed.

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,754

Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something Literally From Out of the Blue!

  • By Simon on 28-07-17

New approach to talking about the industry

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Ronson took a different approach regarding the topic to what I have seen before, which made the mini-series fresh and interesting. Journalism surrounding the industry tends to fall as either very conservative, critical and denial based, or very liberal, "shout it from the rooftops that we love it", both of which are frustrating as they ignore the everyday part of life it has now become. Ronson did neither of these things and addressed the topic perfectly.

I have only given 3 stars for performance as I didn't like his voice as the narrator.

  • Boomerang

  • The Meltdown Tour
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

Having made the U.S. financial crisis comprehensible for us all in The Big Short, Michael Lewis realised that he hadn't begun to get grips with the full story. How exactly had it come to hit the rest of the world in the face too? Just how broke are we really? Boomerang is a tragi-comic romp across Europe, in which Lewis gives full vent to his storytelling genius.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stories, lazy analysis

  • By A. Groves on 08-04-17

Not quite up to Lewis' high standards

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

Reviewed: 14-09-17

Any additional comments?

I have given this book 4 stars based on reviewing it as a Michael Lewis book. Were it written by another author I would have given it 5 stars based on the content which provides a good amount of depth and context to cover the topic and remain interesting throughout. However, from a Michael Lewis book I expected more. I feel that the book is potentially let down by the vastness of the topic, with Lewis covering the financial crisis as it happened in Iceland, Greece, Ireland, Germany, and back to the USA, with commentary on most of Europe. As a result there is only a certain amount of scandal he is able to fit into the analysis of each of these countries.

I would definitely recommend the book as I learnt a lot from it and enjoyed it throughout, but I would recommend other books by Lewis first (The Big Short, Flash Boys).

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Molly's Game

  • From Hollywood’s Elite, to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker
  • By: Molly Bloom
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twenty something petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen - she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play. Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly's game became the game for those in the know - celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and Compelling

  • By Robin Waite on 20-12-17
  • Molly's Game
  • From Hollywood’s Elite, to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker
  • By: Molly Bloom
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell

Interesting insight into the high stakes world

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

Reviewed: 25-07-17

Any additional comments?

The book provided an interesting insight into the high stakes world, as told by Molly Bloom through her autobiography. I was drawn in by the recognisable names such as Toby Maguire and Ben Affleck as well as the eye-watering stakes that were in play.

The book fell short in 2 areas for me, which is why I have given it 4 rather than 5 stars. Firstly, the narration could be annoying at times, with the female narrator impersonating Bloom's squealing friends by squealing through the dialogue. Secondly, I would have preferred for there to be more focus on the poker content than on Bloom's personal life - I think it is the poker that draws most people to this book and at times Bloom is vague on detail in this area.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Little History of Philosophy

  • By: Nigel Warburton
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741

Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them how little they genuinely understood. This engaging book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philosophy Bites

  • By dave on 01-03-15

Would be more suitable as a hard copy

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

Reviewed: 25-07-17

Any additional comments?

I found the content of the book interesting, but I'm not sure that the format works as an audiobook. The book dedicates a short chapter to each philosopher it covers chronologically through history, with exposition regarding their life along with detail of their major contributions and influences. This would work perfectly as a reference manual were it in a hard copy format, however as an audiobook the chapters fly by and after an hour of listening it is likely that you will have covered 6-8 philosophers and will be unable to recall any information about the majority.

I can't fault the book for its content, I just don't think it works as an audiobook, and as I am reviewing the audiobook I have given it 3 stars.

  • Life's a Gamble

  • By: Mike Sexton
  • Narrated by: Mike Sexton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

In this book, Mike recounts his personal experiences and gives his take on some of poker's legendary characters over the past 40 years. If you enjoy poker, are fascinated by the development of the game, and enjoy compelling poker, golf, and gambling adventures, then you'll love Life's a Gamble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally an anecdotal poker book!

  • By Ross on 25-07-17

Finally an anecdotal poker book!

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

Reviewed: 25-07-17

Any additional comments?

I have long been searching for a poker book that isn't concerned with strategy, something that I can listen to casually and will spark my interest in the game. This book is exactly that. Mike Sexton details his career in poker, golf and sports gambling with numerous anecdotes featuring some names you'll recognise and some you'll want to know more about.

If I have one criticism it is that for some reason Sexton repeats quotes and smaller details of anecdotes as though he hasn't previously told you the exact same thing earlier in the book.

Overall it is a great read, by a very interesting individual and the self-narration brings an additional quality to the book.

  • Don't Stop Me Now

  • 26.2 Tales of a Runner's Obsession
  • By: Vassos Alexander
  • Narrated by: Vassos Alexander
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467

Funny, inspiring, honest - the perfect listen for anyone with well-worn trainers by the door (or who's thinking of buying a pair...). Vassos Alexander shares the highs and lows of falling in love with running, from his first paltry efforts to reach the end of his street to completing ultra-marathons and triathlons in the same weekend. This is a celebration of running - and what lots of us think about when we run. Part escape, part self-discovery, part therapy, part weight loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened whilst running!

  • By Rachel Parnham on 14-09-16

Well narrated and interesting, but not inspiring

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

Any additional comments?

Whilst the story line was interesting, with a range of anecdotes and a very interesting style (each chapter begins by profiling a mile of Alexander's Outlaw Ironman Triathlon run leg), I didn't find the book inspiring. Despite discussing this with others who have read the book, I can't work out why.

  • Pro Cycling on $10 a Day

  • From Fat Kid to Euro Pro
  • By: Phil Gaimon
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Plump, grumpy, slumped on the couch, and going nowhere fast at age 16, Phil Gaimon began riding a bicycle with the grand ambition of shedding a few pounds before going off to college. He soon fell into racing and discovered he was a natural, riding his way into a pro contract after just one season despite utter ignorance of a century of cycling etiquette. Now, in his book Pro Cycling on $10 a Day, Phil brings the full powers of his wit to tell his story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Alternative Cyclist's Story

  • By Tony on 11-09-17

A great listen for cycling fans and non-fans alike

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

Any additional comments?

I am not a cyclist myself, and only have a casual interest in the sport, however having listened to The Secret Race I was looking for another book on cycling. This definitely hit the spot. Phil Gaimon's anecdotes are a perfect blend of inspiring, funny and unusual to keep the reader drawn into the book throughout.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fibber in the Heat

  • Following England in India - A Blagger's Tale
  • By: Miles Jupp
  • Narrated by: Miles Jupp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

Fanatical about cricket since he was a boy, Miles Jupp would do anything to see his heroes play. But perhaps deciding to bluff his way into the press corps during England's Test series in India wasn't his best idea. By claiming to be the cricket correspondent for BBC Scotland and getting a job with the (Welsh) Western Mail, Miles lands the press pass that will surely be the ticket to his dreams. Soon, he finds himself in cricket heaven - drinking with David Gower and Beefy, and sharing bar room banter with Nasser Hussain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Just Not Cricket!

  • By Amazon Customer on 18-06-12

Not worth putting into print

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

Any additional comments?

The overriding topic of the book which is Miles Jupp's attempt to blag his way into the press corps for England's tour of India is in itself quite a funny and admirable achievement, sadly the anecdotes which surround this tale don't live up to expectations. A couple of the tales garnered a smile, but by enlarge I found them boring and unfunny.

  • Cheer Up Love

  • Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate
  • By: Susan Calman
  • Narrated by: Susan Calman
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946

Susan Calman is a well-known comedian and writer who has appeared on countless radio and television programmes. Her solo stand up show, Susan Calman Is Convicted, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and dealt with subjects like the death penalty, appearance and depression. The reaction to the show she wrote about mental health was so positive that she wanted to expand on the show and write a more detailed account of surviving when you're the world's most negative person.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank god for Susan Calman and this book!! Just excellent!

  • By Miss on 01-06-16

Funny and incredibly thought-provoking

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

Any additional comments?

There is nothing I didn't love about this book. Susan Calman pulls no punches in describing her experience of living with mental health issues and the impact that has had on those around her. She is very dry, but fantastically funny and the self-narration gives the story a depth and quality that allows her humour to shine through whilst touching on some very serious topics.

The book also provided food for thought regarding the way we approach those with mental health issues and has changed my outlook on life. A great listen!