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  • The Fox

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Fox by Frederick Forsyth. The 18th novel from best-selling thriller writer Frederick Forsyth, the man who defined the genre. The Fox is based on the stories of British hackers Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love and centres around an 18-year-old schoolboy with Asperger’s Syndrome who is able to penetrate intricate firewalls to access the secrets at the highest level of foreign governments and other major organisations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite Such a Cunning Fox!

  • By Simon on 21-09-18

Always a reliable read.

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

How long have I been reading FF books? I’m just glad I started and that Mr. F is still writing.
A simple but enjoyable plot, very well narrated

  • The Best Team Wins

  • The New Science of High Performance
  • By: Adrian Gostick, Chester Elton
  • Narrated by: Adrian Gostick, Chester Elton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

The New York Times bestselling authors of The Carrot Principle and All In deliver a breakthrough, groundbreaking guide for building today’s most collaborative teams—so any organization can operate at peak performance.

A massive shift is taking place in the business world. In today’s average company, up to eighty percent of employees’ days are now spent working in teams. And yet the teams most people find themselves in are nowhere near as effective as they could be. They’re often divided by tensions, if not outright dissension, and dysfunctional teams drain employees’ energy, enthusiasm, and creativity. Now Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton share the proven ways managers can build cohesive, productive teams, despite the distractions and challenges every business is facing.

In The Best Team Wins, Gostick and Elton studied more than 850,000 employee engagement surveys to develop their “Five Disciplines of Team Leaders,” explaining how to recognize and motivate different generations to enhance individual engagement; ways to promote healthy discord and spark innovation; and techniques to unify customer focus and build bridges across functions, cultures, and distance. They’ve shared these disciplines with their corporate clients and have now distilled their breakthrough findings into a succinct, engaging guide for business leaders everywhere. Gostick and Elton offer practical ways to address the real challenges today’s managers are facing, such as the rise of the Millennials, the increasing speed of change, the growing number of global and virtual teams, and the friction created by working cross-functionally.

This is a must-read for anyone looking to maximize performance at work, from two of the most successful corporate consultants of their generation, whom The New York Times called “creative and refreshing.”

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing new, just repackaged

  • By William on 26-09-18

Nothing new, just repackaged

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

The title says it all. Same ideas over and over.
Sections on managing different generations is very general and does talk at all about what created the different thinking in the generations to really understand what we are dealing with.

  • Matthew Flinder's Cat

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

The story of a drunk, a boy, and a cat. Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a 10-year-old, a near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. The two form an unlikely bond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As alway Bryce Courtney delivers.

  • By Mr. on 07-04-13

Great, reliable reads

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

Reviewed: 23-12-17

Another well narrated book.

A little slow at points however the story did require some detail to bring the subject to life and that it did in addressing many of the addictions of societies around the world

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  • The Break

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,008

The story of a relationship that everyone thought was forever and which is now in danger of being for never, The Break is about getting older and staying in love when life, real life, is trying to pull you apart.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So boring ...

  • By Heike on 14-11-17

Poignant

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

If you have had some difficulties in a marriage, this book will touch all your emotions.

A good story with enough intrigue to make it interesting but not too much to make it unbelievable.

  • Origin

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,735
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,732

The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deception Point 2

  • By 451 on 10-10-17

Who wouldn't read a new Dan Brown Book

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

Reviewed: 23-10-17

A great novel set in a special city amidst the fabulous people of Spain.

The symbolism is not as intrinsic as The Da Vinci Code however the theme of the book is brilliant.

I applaud the author's challenge to the history of Franco yet always praising the soul of Spanish people.

I would suggest that the book will much 'polemica'!!

  • Crimes of the Father

  • By: Thomas Keneally
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Excommunicated to Canada due to his radical preaching on the Vietnam War and other human rights causes, Father Frank Docherty is now a psychologist and monk. He returns to Australia to speak on abuse in the church and unwittingly is soon listening to stories from two different people - a young man via his suicide note and an ex-nun - who both claim to have been sexually abused by an eminent Sydney cardinal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Topical and well constructed

  • By William on 27-08-17

Topical and well constructed

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

Reviewed: 27-08-17

Would you listen to Crimes of the Father again? Why?

Probably not, too many other books to listen to

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It was topical and set in my home country

Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, he is my favourite narrator.OK though he had less to work with

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

More thought provoking than emotional

Any additional comments?

Worth reading and I bought it for family

  • The Hanging Club

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909

A band of vigilante executioners roam London's hot summer nights, abducting evil men and hanging them. Sentenced to death is the gang member who abused vulnerable girls, the wealthy drunk driver who mowed down a child and the hate preacher calling for the murder of British troops. As the bodies pile up and riots explode all over the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet: hunting a gang of killers whom many believe to be heroes....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By tired & cynical on 12-10-16

A Master Story Teller

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

Reviewed: 18-08-17

A great gripping story with both sides of the picture well put forward and cleverly debated through the tough actions of Central London.
I live minutes from Hampstead Heath and can see Mac and Stan there in my minds eye.
Really interesting aspects about the underground rivers of London that originate around the Heath.
Perfect style of narration for the setting, style and tone.

Thanks to Tony Parsons and Colin Mace

  • 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

Provocative

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

Reviewed: 16-08-17

Thank you Jon,
Your concept or adaptation of the Butterfly Effect in the world of porn, really allows for the concepts to flow and allows us to glimpse briefly into a place we suggest is for others and not for us, but really is.

  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVED this book!

  • By Patricia on 04-06-14

In the Bag

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

Good plot, believable characters and well told. Looking for the next of his books. Easy decision.

  • 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 5,447
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,758

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

David Attenborough

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This fabulous book weighs up the many current influences on our lives and projects forward.And what concepts Harari develops. I concur with his thinking on algorithms and so enjoyed the chapters on AI. It is like watching a David Attenborough series on Homo Sapiens.Brilliant

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

The narrator helps you suspend your beliefs and allows the concepts to grow.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No and I wouldn't want to as Narari offers great concepts that are well worthy of consideration between listens. 60-75 minutes worked perfectly for me.

Any additional comments?

I started to read the prequel (Homo Sapiens) immediately after finishing Homo Deus. I am learning news facts and theories about Wise Man already.