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Gary Edwards

Shotley Gate, United Kingdom
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  • Full Circle: My Life and Journey

  • By: Ellen MacArthur
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

When Ellen MacArthur set sail in her record-breaking solo circumnavigation of the globe in 2004, it was the culmination of a lifetime’s love for the sea and the fulfilment of an ambitious dream. Aged just 18, she was to sail her tiny boat around the coast of Britain single-handedly. It was the first of many astounding achievements. In 2009, Ellen shocked the public when she said she would be turning her back on competitive sailing to focus on the issue of sustainability.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unfortunately a little bit dull...

  • By NW on 24-04-19

Great two thirds. Last third irritating

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

The first two thirds about sailing were fantastic. Moved along nicely and you almost felt you was there on the waves. The last third turned into a school lesson on sustainability and how we can change the world for the better. Sorry but the poor have little choice and the rich are too busy driving around in their 4x4's to give a damn.

  • Still Not Bionic

  • Adventures in Unremarkable Ultrarunning
  • By: Ira Rainey
  • Narrated by: Sam Devereaux
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

If running extreme distances is as much about mental endurance as physical, how do you keep going when your internal monologue turns against you? That was the simple question Ira Rainey faced when the darkness of depression cast its long shadow over his life. It turned out the answer was far from simple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book that is very well read.

  • By Paul on 02-09-18

Another great book by this Bionic Man......

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

What did you like most about Still Not Bionic?

This book was just great. From depression to success. It shows the highs and lows in someones everyday lives and how sport can help with mental issues. I find that if I go on a run and I've something on my mind, it feels so much better afterwards.

What did you like best about this story?

Some of the stories of both failure and success while running are an inspiration. To hear others suffering the same problems in sport that you do reminds yourself that you are just human too and indeed not bionic

What about Sam Devereaux’s performance did you like?

Sam read this very well and he was easy to listen to throughout.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The realisation that giving up your life really wasn't the best option. Having lost a brother to suicide, it's hard to understand why someone would do that but to hear that others have the same dark thoughts can help you understand the desperation that those that choose suicide must be going through.

Any additional comments?

I just thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first word to the last. Having been out of running just for two weeks really did depress me but knowing that the road will still be there waiting for you, not judging, not commenting but just welcoming is a great comfort when injuries or illness remove you from trainers...

  • 52 Marathons in 52 Weeks

  • How to Run a Marathon Every Week for a Year
  • By: HowExpert Press, Karl Gruber
  • Narrated by: Curt Zehner
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 2

52 Marathons in 52 Weeks: How to Run a Marathon Every Week for a Year by Karl Gruber is the definitive guide on how to go about preparing yourself to run one 26.2 mile race - a marathon - for 52 straight weeks. Gruber himself successfully accomplished running 52 marathons in 52 weeks in 1996-1997. While it may seem that this topic represents a small niche of runners, the running of multiple marathons on a regular basis has seen massive growth and popularity in the past 20 years.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful - waste of time

  • By James on 16-07-18

This was just a complete waste of my time.....

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

What disappointed you about 52 Marathons in 52 Weeks?

If you didn't know the name of this book then my the end you surely would having heard it what seemed like 50 times. This book was a total let down. I was hoping for a week by week story of each marathon but nope, just reminders of the charity he was running for and the name of the book. I did listen to the end but it just wasn't worth it in the lease...

Would you ever listen to anything by Karl Gruber and HowExpert Press again?

Not after this book.

How could the performance have been better?

Bring out the book again and give us stories of each and every one. The highs, the lows and how its going.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 52 Marathons in 52 Weeks?

The first 52 weeks worth. There is no need to keep saying.....52 marathons in 52 weeks.....we know. We bought the book.

Any additional comments?

This boo was just not worth the read. I do like listening to books on running and this was by far the worst I have ever heard....

  • Fat Man to Green Man

  • From Unfit to Ultramarathon
  • By: Ira Rainey
  • Narrated by: Nick Rawlinson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

Despite believing he was bionic as a child, Ira Rainey was far from an elite athlete with superhuman running abilities like the ones he read about in books. He was in fact an overweight and unfit slacker who felt a bit sorry for himself because he had sore feet. Sure he ran a bit, but he also sat around a lot and ate and drank too much. Why? Because he could, and because he was a delusional optimist who thought everything would always be just fine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read for ultra-marathon newbies.

  • By UltraRunnerMAK on 31-05-16

Wonderful laugh out loud weep in solitude moments.

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

This was a typical fat to fit story blah blah blah. Oh how wrong I was........
This story was just fantastic with laugh out load moments along with some very sad heartfelt pieces too.
I myself having gone from over 25st to under 14st and becoming a long distance runner fully understand and appreciate the ups and downs that life throws at you along the way.
I loved this book. It was well read and flowed seamlessly. Now about to listen to his next story.

  • Mo-Joe: An 18-Week Marathon Training Diary

  • By: Mo Farah, Joe Wicks, George Lamb
  • Narrated by: Mo Farah, Joe Wicks, George Lamb
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

One amateur athlete, two of the world's best trainers and twenty six miles of pain. This blood, sweat and tears journey follows presenter George Lamb, as he transforms from couch potato to long-distance athlete in just 18 short weeks. Having signed up for the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, George knows he'll need all the help he can get. Can Sports Personality of The Year 2017 and four-time Olympic champion, Sir Mo Farah, and The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, get George over the finish line?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listen that's great on runs!

  • By Jay Laai'q on 27-02-18

Great fun especially if your a marathoner

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

Reviewed: 18-02-18

Any additional comments?

Just a great listen especially if you are a beginner runner wanting to get into long distance running. Fun, factual and honest.....

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Parsnips, Buttered

  • Bamboozle and Boycott Modern Life, One Email at a Time
  • By: Joe Lycett
  • Narrated by: Joe Lycett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,333
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,099

In this book I have attempted to solve each and every one of life's problems. And I have succeeded. Dear Listener, Using letters, emails, tweets and telegrams I will show you how the things in your life that make you sad, low or anxious can soon appear trivial, insignificant and like a fish. In short, I will butter your parsnips.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • best comedian of all time

  • By Katie on 06-11-16

Oh dear

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I like Joe on TV and was looking forward to this book after listening to him on Audible. Unfortunately it was a let down. Ok if you’re 15 but if you’re older then look elsewhere.

  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,782
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,421

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating charming sad redemptive

  • By sarah on 02-09-17

Hard to switch this book off

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

Reviewed: 23-12-17

A great ‘read’. Extremely enjoyable and very funny in places. A must read and very hard to switch off

  • Marathon Training & Distance Running Tips

  • The Runner's Guide for Endurance Training and Racing, Beginner Running Programs and Advice
  • By: James Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Long distance running is much like any other fitness training. If you want to improve, you need a good plan that has a progressive nature. If you are new to this game, you need a solid foundation to build on. Having a running program is not the only thing that you need. Sound advice and running tips should be taken from someone who has "walked the walk", or in this case, "ran the run".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Tips

  • By Christopher on 22-01-17

Great for those starting out

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

Reviewed: 16-08-17

Enjoyed the stories and the tips. Being an injured ex soldier myself, I took up running to lose weight just over 4 years ago after ballooning to over 25st. Lost over 170lbs all thanks to the challenges that running can give you. Knowing how to avoid some of the pitfalls and getting good training tips stops those unnecessary injuries can only be a good thing. Soak up the knowledge this book gives you and you will succeed in your running dreams.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful