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  • And the Weak Suffer What They Must?

  • Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
  • By: Yanis Varoufakis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh, Yanis Varoufakis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

In 2008, the universe of Western finance outgrew planet Earth. When Wall Street imploded, a death embrace between insolvent banks and bankrupt states consumed Europe. Half a dozen national economies imploded, and several more came close. But the storm is far from over.... From the aftermath of the Second World War to the present, Varoufakis recounts how the eurozone emerged not as a route to shared prosperity but as a pyramid scheme of debt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book should be read or heard by everyone.

  • By Trish F on 16-05-16

A must for anyone with concerns about leaving EU

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

Reviewed: 24-09-16

I found this book to be a fascinating account and history of the EU, stemming back to the the post war US involvement, the inevitable Nixon shock and moving into the present day structure of the EU. If I have one criticism of this book, it's that I found it extremely hard to qualify Mr Varoufakis' final contradictory conclusion in favour of the EU despite heavily criticising it throughout his book. He is clear that a single currency cannot possibly work without a single monetary policy; something he also admits will never be achieved. The EU is doomed for precisely this reason and yet after convincing the reader that the EU is fatally flawed he surprises the reader by taking a stand in favour of it, a very odd and counter-intuitive conclusion to a very good book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Frozen in Time

  • An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II
  • By: Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

On November 5, 1942, a U.S. cargo plane slammed into the Greenland ice cap. Four days later, a B-17 on the search-and-rescue mission also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on the B-17 survived. The U.S. military launched a second daring rescue operation, but the Grumman Duck amphibious plane sent to find the men vanished. In this thrilling adventure, Mitchell Zuckoff offers a spellbinding account of these harrowing crashes and the fate of the survivors and their would-be saviors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book, gripping story well read.

  • By J. A. Hill on 18-08-14

Make sure you read this.

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

Reviewed: 18-12-15

In 1942 a Grumman Duck aeroplane crashed on the Greenland ice cap, shortly afterwards a B17 was sent out on a search and rescue mission to look for the Duck but this too crashed into the ice cap. The planes and the bodies were never recovered. This book tells the modern day story of how Lou Sapienza organised a modern day mission to recover the planes and the bodies but the book cleverly switches between the story of the crashed airmen in 1942 and modern day events. This book is an incredible mix of history and adventure and I just loved it. One of the best books I've read in 2015.

  • Kidnapped

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Rowe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

The wild adventure that David Balfour takes in Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped starts with the newly orphaned boy travelling to his uncle's terrifying House of Shaws. Having failed in an attempt to murder young David, the miserly Ebeneezer Balfour, who would rather keep the fortune to which the child is now entitled, arranges for a kidnapping aboard a ship bound for the new world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic

  • By Joe on 18-12-15

A Classic

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

Reviewed: 18-12-15

I read Kidnapped many years ago as a teenager and thought I'd get reacquainted by way of the audio book. It's a classic that hasn't dulled with age and Nicholas Rowe does a fantastic job of bringing it all to life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ardennes 1944

  • Hitler's Last Gamble
  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Ardennes 1944 by Antony Beever, read by Sean Barrett. On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his last gamble in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes on the Belgian/German border. Although Hitler's generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good indeed.

  • By Mr. on 06-07-15

Detailed and absorbing

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

Reviewed: 18-12-15

I'd been meaning to read both Antony Beevor and Max Hastings for quite some time and in fact I read a Hastings book first and found it to be a little dry. Maybe I'm wrong but I think that any male with an interest in the WW2 also has a technical interest in the vehicles, weapons and equipment used; or at least I do. Beevor's books seem to contain the interesting detail so notably absent in Max Hastings books, which I think is important. There's a rich technical history to accompany the historical events and this helps you understand the arms race and the technical as well as personal difficulties encountered by all sides. I found Ardennes 1944 to be incredibly well researched and the main historical thread is interlaced with interesting facts and individual tales of personal heroism and tragedy. Oh, and it's read by the master, Sean Barrett so what more could you want.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,265

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

An average book with above average narration.

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

Reviewed: 17-12-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I understand they're making a film of this book but to my mind it's not movie material. The whole affair feels a little claustrophobic with the same story told through the eyes of three different female characters, each with their own perspective and none of whom are particularly likeable.I didn't find it interesting enough to write anything beyond my brief opening. It only just keep me interested enough to stay until the end and I'm quite sure I'll be struggling to remember whether or not I read it at all in another 6 months time. Mediocre fayre at best and I won't be rushing to see the movie.

  • Oversubscribed

  • How to Get People Lining Up to Do Business with You
  • By: Daniel Priestley
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis, Daniel Priestley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395

Don't fight for customers; let them fight over you! Have you ever queued for a restaurant? Preordered something months in advance? Fought for tickets that sell out in a day? Had a hairdresser with a six-month waiting list? There are people who don't chase clients; clients chase them. In a world of endless choices, why does this happen? Why do people queue up? Why do they pay more? Why will they book months in advance? Why are these people and products in such high demand?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent for SMEs

  • By Fahrenheit452 on 05-12-15

Don't subscribe to this book.

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

Reviewed: 17-12-15

What would have made Oversubscribed better?

There's something a little hypocritical in an alleged business guru touting the key message that you should give information away for free but charge for the implementation, particularly when that information is contained within a book you've just been charged for. Or perhaps Mr Priestley will be visiting my business premises to implement that information? There were a couple of useful tips in this book, possibly enough to include in a nice little pamphlet that could have been given away by the author for free. I laughed out loud when Mr Priestley himself explained in the books epilogue how he had struggled with the decision to include one of his 'precious' business secrets in a chapter of this book but ultimately decided that he would. However, he'll leave you to guess which precious secret he was talking about but believe me when I say that there are no precious secrets in this book, or at least none that I hadn't already learned for myself through pragmatic experience. The 'precious' business secret is simply a case of the author creating a set of new clothes for the emperor.

50 of 64 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghosts of Altona

  • By: Craig Russell
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Jan Fabel is a haunted man. Head of the Polizei Hamburg's Murder Commission, Fabel has dealt with the dead for nearly two decades, but when a routine enquiry becomes a life-threatening - and life-changing - experience, he finds himself on much closer terms with death than ever before. Two years later Fabel's first case at the Murder Commission comes back to haunt him: Monika Krone's body is found at last, 15 years after she went missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • missed Sean Barrett

  • By lorried on 13-04-17

The ghost of a formerly decent writer

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

Reviewed: 24-11-15

What disappointed you about The Ghosts of Altona?

I commented quite some time back that Craig Russell was was one of the best writers in this genre working today. Well not anymore based on this showing. The last book in the Jan Fabel series was also quite poor in my opinion but this book really did plumb the depths of unimaginative writing, poor plot construction with many strands poorly explained and terrible terrible ending. However, the cardinal sin is that the books big mystery was fairly obvious early into the book resulting in a long drawn out, unnecessary and poorly explained denouement.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

None

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

Lets hope that Craig Russell doesn't destroy the Lennox books the same way he destroyed this series of books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Eeny Meeny

  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Nigel Pilkington, Lucy Gaskell, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 988

The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it. Days later, another desperate escapee is found - and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice: Kill or be killed. Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind? Eeny Meeny is an electrifying debut, with the nerve-shredding intensity of Saw and Along Came a Spider.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!! "What would you do?"

  • By lynsey Patina on 15-05-14

Proves that anyone can write a book

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

If you could sum up Eeny Meeny in three words, what would they be?

Plot, holes, colander

What was one of the most memorable moments of Eeny Meeny?

There weren't any

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Characterisation was pretty awful

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Scraping the bottom of the barrel

Any additional comments?

Truly ridiculous plot that was so poorly thought out that the only conclusion you can come to is that the author is an idiot or she thinks her readers are idiots. Let me give you an example... The murderer plans to capture a couple who set off on a car journey. She lays in wait in the middle of a secluded country road and has to plan for their car to break down at just the right time. To achieve here aim she punctures their petrol tank and has to be sure that all the petrol drains from the tank at exactly the right time near the secluded spot where she sits ready to abduct the couple. So let's think this through... While the car is parked up the murderer holes the petrol tank, she obviously would have to know how much petrol is in the tank and also calculate the hole to an exact size so she could work out how long the tank would take to drain. She then has to hope that as the couple arrive back at their car they don't notice the pool of petrol or indeed the smell. She further has to hope that they don't notice the rapidly descending petrol gauge and also has to hope that they choose the correct route that will nicely deliver our unsuspecting innocents to the secluded area where their would be adductor lays waiting. There were many other plot holes as bad as this one and the whole book was utterly ridiculous. I read afterwards that the author has written scripts for Silent Witness, one of the most formulaic and laboured formats on TV, so no surprises there really. I only wish that I'd have read of the silent witness link beforehand because I'd have rightly avoided this book and author like the plague. I ended up skipping a few chapters to the big reveal in the last chapter and the denouement was as ridiculous as the plot.

27 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • The Deliverance of Evil

  • By: Roberto Costantini, N. S. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

On 11 July, 1982, Elisa Sordi was beautiful. Commissario Michele Balistreri was fearless. Italy was victorious. A killer was waiting.... On 9 July, 2006, with Sordi’s case 24 years cold, and Balistreri haunted by guilt and regret, Italian victory returned. And so did Sordi’s killer.... But this time Michele Balistreri would be ready. This time he would fear no evil.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good read but weak ending

  • By SuzD on 11-10-13

So bad it annoyed me!

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

Reviewed: 27-06-13

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who enjoys long mind numbing discussions between the chief protagonist and other characters in the book or anyone with a heart condition and therefore under doctors orders not to get too excited.

Would you ever listen to anything by Roberto Costantini and N. S. Thompson again?

Most definitely not!

How could the performance have been better?

The performance wasn't bad and to be fair Saul Reichlin who is normally excellent was being asked to make a silk purse.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I actually got angry that the book was so bad, I wasted nearly six hours on this book hoping something of interest would happen but no, even the girls murder failed to raise interest and the whole mind numbing six hours are six hours of my life I won't get back. I read a review promising political intrigue, complexity and mystery, it had none of that. The chief protagonist was thoroughly boring, the plot was boring, and the prose was about as uninspiring as it gets, maybe something was lost in translation but I don't think even that could explain all the problems I had with this book. In the end and after six hours, it just became background noise that had to be turned off.

Any additional comments?

Don't buy it!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Je t'aime à La Folie

  • By: Michael Wright
  • Narrated by: Michael Wright
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Three years into his solo adventure in rural France, Michael Wright believes he has everything he ever wanted: a ramshackle house, several manly power tools, a cat, a grand piano and a vintage aircraft. Three unfulfilled wishes from his childhood begin to haunt him. He wants to grow one perfect potato. He wants to know how it feels to fly a Spitfire. And, more than anything, he wants to meet his soulmate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful listening, could listen again easily.

  • By Sheila V. on 06-07-13

C'est magnifique

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-12

I was rather underwhelmed by Michael Wright's prequel to this book because I simply thought he'd written it a little too prematurely and hence had very little to say. What this sequel does is continue the quality writing but adds the content that was previously lacking. Ably read by Michael himself, Je t'aime a la folie is filled with all of life's important stuff, love, laughter and friendship. It was a pleasure listening to this book and you can't help thinking that Michael Wright is an incredibly lucky man to lead the life he leads. Michael's positivity and appreciation of his life shines throughout the book and for me has elevated this book to a five star read. If I have one criticism it's that Michael can be a little bit too self deprecatory at times; always stating he's the worlds worst at one thing or another, this can get a little tiresome but set in the context of an otherwise excellent book I can forgive him this one minor indiscretion.