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  • Whipping Girl

  • A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
  • By: Julia Serano
  • Narrated by: Julia Serano
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observation - both pre- and post-transition - to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By leSpring on 03-07-18

what a clever and insigjtful book

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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: 17-02-19

she is a very insightful author who is able to open your eyes to a topic that we all have strong opinions on, she is able to separate the topic from politics and personal opinion...I think it gives you the skills to look at any topic you thought you knew from a new perspective...

well read...well written and eye opening....

wish I had read it years ago..

  • The Raw Shark Texts

  • By: Steven Hall
  • Narrated by: Jack Davenport
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Welcome to Unspace Eric Sanderson wakes up in a place he doesn't recognise, unable to remember who he is. All he has left are journal entries recalling Clio, a perfect love now gone. So begins a thrilling adventure that will send Eric and his cynical cat Ian on a search for the Ludovician, the force that is threatening his life, and Dr Trey Fidorus, the only man who knows its secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great fun

  • By dc on 28-05-18

great fun

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-18

A little bit like a Douglas Adams book. Very well read, funny and amusing. A lot of fun.

  • The Gender Games

  • The problem with men and women, from someone who has been both
  • By: Juno Dawson
  • Narrated by: Juno Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

'It's a boy!' or 'It's a girl!' are the first words almost all of us hear when we enter the world. Before our names, before we have likes and dislikes - before we, or anyone else, has any idea who we are. And two years ago, as Juno Dawson went to tell her mother she was (and actually, always had been) a woman, she started to realise just how wrong we've been getting it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, a must experience.

  • By Toni on 12-12-17

An amazing insight into her life

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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: 17-05-18

this book challenged my views on what societal constructs we all live our lives within...what is gender, is it just a construct... certainly challenged my thinking about what isidentity and how it is built on how other percieve us and how we perceive ourselves...and she delivers it with a sense of humour...this book will challenge everyone and widen their view...

  • Armada

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,524
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,514

Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion. It’s when he’s playing that he feels closest to his father, a champion gamer who died when Zack was a baby.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is no 'Ready Player One'

  • By Hannah on 06-08-15

didn't see the twist

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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: 04-01-18

great performance...enjoyable story, didn't see the twist coming, well constructed as they did show the whole in the logic.

  • The Metamorphosis and Other Stories

  • By: Franz Kafka
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

In the bizarre world of Franz Kafka, salesmen turn into giant bugs, apes give lectures at college academies, and nightmares probe the mysteries of modern humanity’s unhappiness. More than any other modern writer in world literature, Kafka captures the loneliness and misery that fill the lives of 20th-century humanity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More Muddled Than Kafka Himself

  • By Paul Snook on 31-01-16

what an over rated story...

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-17

People have talked about switching between human and animal for centuries. This is one of the boring and over rated stories I have had the misfortune to read.

However the positive side, it makes me appreciate those other stories.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,964
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,752

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

brilliant from start to end...

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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: 02-10-17

I didn't want it to end...great book for all ages...very cleverly targeting VR players and 80s tech fans...genius

  • The Vicomte de Bragelonne

  • Ten Years After
  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 23 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

It is May 1660 and the fate of nations is at stake. Mazarin plots, Louis XIV is in love, and Raoul de Bragelonne, son of Athos, is intent on serving France and winning the heart of Louise de la Valliere. D'Artagnan, meanwhile, is perplexed by a mysterious stranger, and soon he learns that his old comrades already have great projects in hand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Rodger on 14-05-18

a great story, very well told

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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: 20-04-17

very well told, exceptional character voices... a good story with many characters...it sets the scene to the next book....

  • Earthsea

  • BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Ursula le Guin
  • Narrated by: Toby Jones
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation, based on the first three books in Ursula Le Guin's best-selling Earthsea cycle. Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, Earthsea tells the intertwined stories of Ged and Tenar. Ged is a boy from the island of Gont, born with innate magical talent and a reckless nature, who tampers with long-held secrets and releases a terrible shadow into the world. He must risk everything in order to restore the balance....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful, unless perhaps you know the story already

  • By Wendy F. on 12-01-17

a classic from when I was at school...

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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: 12-01-17

read this at school... this is a great story that turned me to reading....and listening as an adult :)

  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,801
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,801

On the 75th anniversary of its publication, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A. F. (After Ford, the deity).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Marred by narration

  • By George on 06-08-11

Cameron, Trump and Farage I think read this

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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: 27-12-16

it has the very essence of Farage's political campaign for controlling the masses and getting the very weak minded conservative pm Cameron to do his bidding....a great book that is of our era....

  • And Another Thing...

  • Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Part Six of Three
  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 428

An Englishman's continuing search through space and time for a decent cup of tea....Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has not been entirely without incident. Arthur has travelled the length, breadth and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forwards and backwards through time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Froody

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-10-09

a view of the universe....

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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: 24-12-15

from the man who see insights we miss... great story, fantastic narration... a fun listen...