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  • The Pants of Perspective

  • One Woman's 3,000 Kilometre Running Adventure Through the Wilds of New Zealand
  • By: Anna McNuff
  • Narrated by: Anna McNuff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34

Anna was never anything like those "real" runners on telly, but when she read about New Zealand’s 3,000-kilometer-long Te Araroa Trail, she began to wonder...perhaps being a "real" runner was overrated. Maybe she could just run it anyway? The Pants of Perspective is a witty, colorful, and at times painfully raw account of a journey to the edge of what a woman believes herself to be capable of. It is a coming-of-age story that will lead you on a roller-coaster ride through fear, vulnerability, courage, and failure. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story about a great adventure.

  • By stephen du plessis on 15-12-18

Favourite book this year

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

Reviewed: 14-01-19

I absolutely loved this book, found it incredibly genuine, funny and inspiring. It motivated me and helped me be more ambitious in my own running and tramping in New Zealand. Thank you Anna, this book is a pure gift and I can’t recommend it enough

  • The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober

  • Discovering A Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Alcohol-Free Life
  • By: Catherine Gray
  • Narrated by: Catherine Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 454

Ever sworn off alcohol for January and found yourself drinking by the 7th? Think there's 'no point' in just one drink? Welcome! There are millions of us. This inspirational, aspirational and highly relatable narrative champions the benefits of sobriety with a three-pronged approach combining the author's personal experience; factual reportage and contributions from expert sources; and self-help advice for anyone who wants to reduce their alcohol intake or eliminate it completely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligent, thought-provoking & inspiring

  • By K-Mart on 19-01-18

1 of the most importantl/life-changing books ever

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I absolutely loved this book. completely recommend it to anyone, where you're trying or wondering whether to go sober, want to support someone that does, or simply want to learn about the important things in life - this book is a game changer

  • Red Heat

  • Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean
  • By: Alex von Tunzelmann
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The Caribbean crises of the Cold War are revealed as never before in this riveting story of clashing ideologies, the rise of the politics of fear, the machinations of superpowers, and the daring of the brazen mavericks who took them on. The superpowers thought they could use Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic as puppets, but what neither bargained on was that their puppets would come to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Chris N. on 10-01-19

so interesting but also so devastating

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

everybody should know about what happened in this region of the world... shocking but important to remember and learn from

  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love

  • By: Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great production, questionnaires missing

  • By H W Haak on 19-06-18

useful but shockingly heteronormative

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

the book taught me a lot but I don't understand why LGBTQ were completely erased....

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  • Everyday Sexism

  • By: Laura Bates
  • Narrated by: Laura Bates, Sarah Brown
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Women are standing up and #shoutingback. In a culture that's driven by social media, for the first time women are using this online space (@EverydaySexism www.everydaysexism.com) to come together, share their stories, and encourage a new generation to recognise the problems that women face. This book is a call to arms in a new wave of feminism and it proves sexism is endemic - socially, politically, and economically. But women won't stand for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I inhabit a world that I am oblivious to.

  • By Mr. O. Jollands on 03-12-14

great content, important read

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-18

crucial book to understand experiekces of sexism, although found writing style a bit intense/not enjoyable

  • The Left Hand of Darkness

  • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: Ursula Le Guin
  • Narrated by: full cast, Toby Jones, James McArdle
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

The first ever broadcast dramatisation of Ursula Le Guin's seminal science fiction novel. On an alien world in the middle of an ice age, one man prepares for the biggest mission of his life. Alone and unarmed, Genly Ai has been sent from Earth to persuade the people of Gethen to join the Ekumen, a union of planets. But it's a task fraught with danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Proper Science Fiction

  • By Chris on 28-07-17

beautiful but a bit confusing to follow

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

loved it but this it was a bit too abridged which made difficult to follow

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • MaddAddam

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

A man-made plague has swept the Earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers - a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, one-time member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers’ reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer attack; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who is flirting with Zeb.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book of the trilogy!

  • By BB on 02-10-15

great conclusion to a great trilogy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-16

Good read although slightly slow beginning. worth sticking to it though! intriguing end of trilogy

  • The Year of the Flood

  • MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, the preservation of all species and the tending of the Earth - has long predicted the Waterless Flood. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have avoided it: the young trapeze-dancer, Ren, locked into the high-end sex club; and former SecretBurgers meat-slinger turned Gardener, Toby, barricaded into a luxurious spa. Have others survived?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Sharp Divide

  • By Isolde on 31-01-13

captivating!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

loved it. was very absorbed by the story although struggled through the first 5 chapters

  • Joan of Arc

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Michael Anthony
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Very few people know that Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) wrote a major work on Joan of Arc. Still fewer know that he considered it not only his most important but also his best work. He spent twelve years in research and many months in France doing archival work, and then made several attempts until he felt he finally had the story he wanted to tell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • superb book but dodgy recording

  • By MRM on 23-01-15

old recording, good story

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

Reviewed: 31-10-16

fascinating and timeless story of Joan of Arc , but v poor and old recording

  • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 3

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, cast
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,520

In The Amber Spyglass, the third and final instalment in His Dark Materials...the war between good and evil reaches a shattering conclusion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasure to listen to

  • By CLAIRE on 07-04-13

gripping and beautifully narrated.

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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: 10-09-16

such a masterpiece, my favourite audio book so far. loved listening to this book having first read it in my teens