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  • A Higher Loyalty

  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,003

In his forthcoming book, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Respect

  • By sara on 18-04-18

An inspiration to anyone who values integrity

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-18

I will be honest, I downloaded this book thinking I would get the dirt on Trump, a bit of scandal. I had no real idea who Comey was, apart from the FBI Director that got speactularly fired by Trump shortly after he took office.

I can feel a little cynical about everyone involved in the big Washington machine, all the major officials of senior departments. I had a preconception that they were all players of some sort, with competing agendas but ultimately looking out for number one. I thought Comey would probably fit into this mold. How wrong could I be.

What a true inspiration he is both as a man and leader. I was spellbound from page one. Incredibly intelligent and smart but equally humble and self aware. A man of great integrity. The history of his life and career is fascinating and he talks warmly and affectionately about his wife and family who are obviously a huge source of pride and strength.

I can’t recommend this book any more highly. If you have integrity or would like to live your life with integrity then this is essential reading. I have nothing but the greatest respect for this man and hope that he continues to follow his true calling of speaking truth to power, being an effective leader and inspiring and nurturing the generation of leaders to follow.

  • Heart of Darkness

  • Audio Book Bestseller Classics Collection
  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Matt Montanez
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

 A wild story of a journalist who becomes manager of a station in the (African) interior and makes himself worshipped by a tribe of savages. The story of the civilized, enlightened Mr. Kurtz, who embarks on a harrowing "night journey" into the savage heart of Africa, only to find his dark and evil soul. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Do not buy.

  • By JMD on 06-12-18

Great story shame about the narration

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-18

Truly dreadful narration which ruined the book for me - I couldn’t finish it. It’s a real pity for such an awesome book, don’t waste your money

  • Mrs. Kennedy and Me

  • An Intimate Memoir
  • By: Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy until after the election of Lyndon Johnson, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and friend. Looking back, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in an orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By melanie on 21-07-12

Brilliant

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Reviewed: 07-05-17

This is one of the most fascinating audio books I have listened to. What a life he has led. A gripping account of his time as the secret service agent for Jackie Kennedy - so thoughtfully written and a real tribute to the Kennedy family. I didn't want it to end.

  • Wings on My Sleeve

  • The World's Greatest Test Pilot Tells His Story
  • By: Eric 'Winkle' Brown
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

The autobiography of one of the greatest pilots in history. In 1939 Eric Brown was on a University of Edinburgh exchange course in Germany, and the first he knew of the war was when the Gestapo came to arrest him. They released him, not realising he was a pilot in the RAF volunteer reserve - and the rest is history. Eric Brown joined the Fleet Air Arm and went on to be the greatest test pilot in history, flying more different aircraft types than anyone else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By Jay Grady on 02-07-16

Hugely entertaining, a must read/listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-16

A life of service and quiet heroism. Told with the care and honestly which is befitting an aviation pioneer and patriot. A fascinating and enriching journey through one man's aviation history. A personal story of a war, post war and the advancement of the flight fighting industry.

  • Wild

  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,767

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe and built her back up again. At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. After her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than an idea: vague, outlandish, and full of promise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Exceptional Story

  • By Colin on 30-01-15

Beautiful

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Reviewed: 23-03-16

A beautiful book. I had seen the film and wasn't sure whether I also wanted to listen to the book but I am glad I did. Wonderfully written and a great antidote to the daily rat race. Makes you want to pack up your ruck sack and head off to the PCT.

  • A Mother's Reckoning

  • Living in the Aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy
  • By: Sue Klebold
  • Narrated by: Andrew Solomon, Sue Klebold
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill 12 students and a teacher and wound 24 others before taking their own lives. For the last 16 years, Sue Klebold, Dylan's mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and sad

  • By Dell Tasker on 27-02-16

Compelling

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Reviewed: 25-02-16

What a brave book - have so much respect and empathy for the author. An important and very interesting insight into the columbine tragedy.

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  • Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography

  • By: Brian Blessed
  • Narrated by: Brian Blessed
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423

A memoir from national treasure Brian Blessed. There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He's an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He's also a brilliant storyteller who will - and you must brace yourself - simply leap out of the story at you. Ready? Then listen to Absolute Pandemonium and you'll be taken on a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A joyful, irreverent, nine hours of fun!

  • By Vernon Wright on 23-10-15

Absolutely bloody brilliant love

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Reviewed: 09-02-16

Brilliant book, just loved it. Heartwarming and extremely entertaining. Brian Blessed is the salt of the earth. What a life he has lived. Unmissable.

  • Blood & Sand

  • By: Frank Gardner
  • Narrated by: Alistair Petrie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

On June 6th 2004, in a quiet suburb of Riyadh, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner and cameraman Simon Cumbers were filming a programme on al-Qaeda when they were ambushed by Islamic gunmen. Simon was killed outright. Frank was shot and lay pleading for his life. A figure pumped four more bullets into his body at point blank range. Against all the odds, he survived. This is the remarkable account of his agonising journey to where he is today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gripping and enlightening

  • By Margaret on 15-01-11

Great book

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-16

Insightful, informative and inspirational. His depictions of the Middle East are so rich. A fascinating insight into the Arab culture. A remarkable story of recovery and overcoming great adversity.

  • The Tent, The Bucket and Me

  • By: Emma Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Emma Kennedy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

For the '70s child, summer holidays didn't mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa. They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast. With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we would set off on new adventures each year stoically resolving to enjoy ourselves. For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great fun.

  • By c jennings on 02-12-15

Great book

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Reviewed: 17-11-15

So funny and brilliantly read by the author. In stitches crying with laughter at some parts. Also very endearing and nostalgic for anyone who grew up in the seventies

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Amy, My Daughter

  • By: Mitch Winehouse
  • Narrated by: Mitch Winehouse, Rupert Farley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

In this intimate account of Amy Winehouse's life, music, and untimely death, her father Mitch Winehouse gives readers full access to his daughter’s private life in the midst of her immensely public triumphs and tragedies. Amy Winehouse needs no introduction. A critically acclaimed recording artist, Amy touched millions with her music during her short but extraordinary life. Following her tragic death in July 2011, Mitch Winehouse wants to tell her incredible story in full. Amy, My Daughter will take the reader through her early years, her rise to stardom and to her addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amy Winehouse. A lost soul x

  • By ginge on 23-04-15

Wonderful book

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Reviewed: 16-06-15

Loved this book. He has received bad press lately but is so clear Mitch just loved and adored his daughter and did everything he could to help her. A wonderful tribute to Amy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful