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Ewan Melling

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  • Ep. 7: Beauty and the Beards (Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets)

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
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This episode of Victorian Secrets is all about ‘The look’. It’s about a sudden image-consciousness among men and women. And it’s about the secrets related to that image consciousness, some of which are regrettably salacious. Just as men were pondering how long it would take to grow a really imposing beard, women were wondering how long their beauty would last, and what they could do to prolong their feminine allure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just brilliant, and also strangely comforting.

  • By Ewan Melling on 23-12-18

Just brilliant, and also strangely comforting.

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Reviewed: 23-12-18

The way the whole program is put together reminds me of a Netflix production. Obviously having subscriptions in the way that Audible does, has allowed it to be flexible and produce just really great products.

  • How to Be a Footballer

  • By: Peter Crouch
  • Narrated by: Peter Crouch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 994

Towering at six feet seven inches, Crouch is prized for his self-deprecating humour, having famously answered the question “what would you be if you weren’t a footballer?” with the one liner “a virgin”. At the same time, he has had an incredible career, from World Cups to Champions League finals. He has scored more headed goals than anyone else in Premiership history and has a better goals-to-minute on the pitch ratio for England than even Michael Owen. A humble professional with a great sense of humour, Crouch is one of the few players that is liked by fans of all clubs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best footy book I’ve read in ages

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-12-18

Insightful.

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Reviewed: 26-11-18

Thanks Peter. I laughed, I cried when I listened to the final chapter about Steven Gerrard, it's clear he made a real impression with you. I normally don't read audiobooks twice, but this time I might make an exception.

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
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EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the wait

  • By JP on 15-07-17

Another Blast

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Reviewed: 29-10-18

Scott has done it again, a whole mashup, with influences from Fremen still suits, to Geiger's Alien. Even Murray Longworth gets a mention. Amazing novel with huge scope. Loved the characters Scott has built. Must read.

  • Why Buddhism Is True

  • The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
  • By: Robert Wright
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 469

From one of America's greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. In Why Buddhism Is True, Wright leads listeners on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books on secular Buddhism and it's relationship to natural selection and neuroscience

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-17

A handbook for open-ness

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Reviewed: 15-05-18

Having sat on Roberts original course with Princeton University online I was very excited to see the publication of his book. I wasn't disappointed with insights, and arguments beautifully made Robert has created a brilliant work as a handbook to support one in the development of their practise of mindfulness.

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  • How to Build a Girl

  • By: Caitlin Moran
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
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It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, 14, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde - fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer! She will save her poverty stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer - like Jo in Little Women, or the Brontes - but without the dying young bit. By 16, she’s smoking cigarettes, getting drunk, and working for a music paper.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hard listening!

  • By Linfo2 on 13-06-16

Fan bloody tastic

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Reviewed: 22-10-17

Heartbreaking, mind bending, belly laughs a plenty. As a survivor of Wolverhampton in the 80s and 90s. I can tell you this book is bloody brill.

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  • Young Bond: Silverfin

  • By: Charlie Higson
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

File Note Strictly Confidential - Authorised Personnel Only. Subject: James Bond. Age: 13. Description: dark hair that falls in a comma above his brow, despite efforts to control it; blue eyes; tall for age; surprisingly strong; fluent French, good German. Essential components: a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing; a girl - blond, green-eyed, named Wilder Lawless; a fast car.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Beginning...

  • By Anthea on 13-07-13

Stunning... just stunning

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Reviewed: 13-04-17

Exciting, disquieting in places. Drama, excellent vocab, and a truly dramatic crescendo of a climax. Thoroughly recommended. ps. Im 44.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mindsight

  • The New Science of Personal Transformation
  • By: Daniel J. Siegel
  • Narrated by: Daniel J. Siegel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
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    5 out of 5 stars 103

From everyday stress to severe trauma, many obstacles to a full life can be overcome by developing what Dr. Daniel J. Siegel calls "mindsight," our ability to perceive the mind and literally redirect the flow of energy and information within our brains. Through this powerful capacity for insight and empathy, we can "rewire" crucial connections, create dynamic linkages, and open ourselves to relationships in a new way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight into the mind

  • By Dr on 01-12-14

Life Changing

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Reviewed: 22-05-16

Excellent structure, content and delivery. Also try, no drama discipline and the whole brain child by the same author.

  • Evolutionary Psychology: Bolinda Beginner Guides

  • By: Robin Dunbar, Louise Barrett, John Lycett
  • Narrated by: Miranda Nation
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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Evolutionary Psychology is a uniquely accessible yet comprehensive guide to the study of the effects of evolutionary theory on human behaviour. Written specifically for the general listener and for entry-level students, it covers all the most important elements of this interdisciplinary subject, from the role of evolution in our selection of partner, to the influence of genetics on parenting. This audiobook draws widely on examples, case studies and background facts to convey a substantial amount of information.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology

  • By Ewan Melling on 20-12-15

Excellent Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology

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Reviewed: 20-12-15

Narration brilliant.

Content, just right for me with only limited psychological and evolutionary knowledge (I'm a Science Teacher).

Particularly like the chapter summaries.

On to The Moral Animal next.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful