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Michael Doherty

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  • Frank

  • The True Story that Inspired the Movie
  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

In the late 1980s Jon Ronson was the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank wore a big fake head. Nobody outside his inner circle knew his true identity. This became the subject of feverish speculation during his zenith years. Together, they rode relatively high. Then it all went wrong. Twenty-five years later and Jon has co-written a movie, Frank, inspired by his time in this great and bizarre band. Frank is set for release in 2014, starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Domhnall Gleeson and directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting little tale

  • By Paul D on 21-01-14

Another great audio from Jon Ronson

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-02-19

I really enjoyed this from start to finish. fascinating stuff and really entertaining. I'll definitely listen to this again.

  • Skin in the Game

  • Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 310

In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one's own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great work by Teleb

  • By Tim on 05-03-18

Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-18

Deep thoughts presented with a great deal of insight and humour. So enjoyable listening to someone who doesn’t take himself too seriously yet has the intellect to take on the big issues.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Art & Soul, Reloaded

  • A Year-Long Apprenticeship for Summoning the Muses and Reclaiming Your Bold, Audacious, Creative Side
  • By: Pam Grout
  • Narrated by: Pam Grout
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

With her trademark humor, enthusiasm, and no-nonsense guidance, Pam Grout, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of E-Squared, invites you on a yearlong "apprenticeship" to recognize and unleash your innate creativity. Making art does not necessarily mean painting a gallery-worthy still life or belting out a Grammy-winning song. It simply means finding a way to give your inner muse a voice in this world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Michael Doherty on 30-08-17

Inspiring

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-17

This is a book to listen to regularly. Lots of little gems. Insights into some great artists and writers and their innermost thoughts on their processes, their insecurities and their challenges. I'll be listening to this again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Isn't This Fun

  • Investigating the Serious Business of Enjoying Ourselves
  • By: Michael Foley
  • Narrated by: John O'Mahony
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Michael Foley wants to understand why he doesn't appear to be experiencing as much fun as everyone else. So, with characteristic wit and humour, he sets out to understand what fun really means, examining its heritage, its cultural significance and the various activities we associate with fun. He investigates pursuits such as dancing, sex, holidays, sport, gaming and comedy and concludes that fun is not easy, simple and fixed, as many seem to believe, but elusive, complex and constantly changing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich, funny, interesting.

  • By Michael Doherty on 24-08-17

Rich, funny, interesting.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-08-17

It's not often an author is so thought provoking, effortlessly eloquent and funny at the same time. A future classic and one that I will revisit as there are so many great quotes that resonate. "Examine anything and you illuminate everything ". Loved it.

  • The Age of Absurdity

  • Why Modern Life Makes It Hard to Be Happy
  • By: Michael Foley
  • Narrated by: John O'Mahony
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

The good news is that the great thinkers from history have proposed the same strategies for happiness and fulfilment. The bad news is that these turn out to be the very things most discouraged by contemporary culture. This knotty dilemma is the subject of The Age of Absurdity - a wry and accessible investigation into how the desirable states of well-being and satisfaction are constantly undermined by modern life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In yer face modern philosophy!

  • By WildMike on 31-08-16

Intelligent funny and engaging

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Reviewed: 25-07-17

Loved it. I read the book a few years ago but discovered it anew with this version. Lots of quotable quotes. Tons of insights and just the right amount of wry humour. Michael Foley is the new 'fantasy dinner guest'

  • The Undercover Economist

  • By: Tim Harford
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

Ever wondered why the gap between rich and poor nations is so great, or why it's so difficult getting a foot on the property ladder, or how to outwit Starbucks? This audiobook offers the hidden story behind these and other questions, as economist Tim Harford reveals how supermarkets, airlines, and coffee chains, to name just a few, are vacuuming money from our wallets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Feakonomics - more in depth

  • By Roy on 19-06-09

Fascinating

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Reviewed: 20-05-17

Loved it. I had read the book a few years ago and found that the audio was even more engaging. Lots of really useful and easy to understand examples given to explain complex concepts.

  • Big Data

  • Does Size Matter?
  • By: Timandra Harkness
  • Narrated by: Timandra Harkness
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Big data knows where you've been and who your friends are. It knows what you like and what makes you angry. It can predict what you'll buy, where you'll be the victim of crime and when you'll have a heart attack. Big data knows you better than you know yourself, or so it claims. But how well do you know big data? You've probably seen the phrase in newspaper headlines, at work in a marketing meeting, or on a fitness-tracking gadget. But can you understand it without being a Silicon Valley nerd who writes computer programs for fun? Yes. Yes, you can.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The best narration I've heard so far!

  • By shlubby on 19-10-17

Fascinating and fun

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-17

I wasn't sure about the level of this book as it does start from the very basic fundamentals but it does build into some really brilliant chapters. Loved it and will be keeping an eye open for more books by Ms Harkness.

  • Solve for Happy

  • Engineer Your Path to Joy
  • By: Mo Gawdat
  • Narrated by: Mo Gawdat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

Solve for Happy is a startlingly original book about creating and maintaining happiness, written by a top Google executive with an engineer's training and fondness for thoroughly analyzing a problem. In 2004 Mo Gawdat, a remarkable thinker whose gifts had landed him top positions in half a dozen companies and who - in his spare time - had created significant wealth, realized that he was desperately unhappy. A lifelong learner, he attacked the problem as an engineer would, examining all the provable facts and scrupulously following logic.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent...up until the last chapter

  • By Michael on 17-05-17

One Of The Best - No, Actually THE Best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-17

Where does Solve for Happy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This will become a classic. It's easy to listen to, intelligent, fresh, and most of all very personal and touching. I will listen to this over and over, as there is so much in it.

What did you like best about this story?

The intelligence, the new perspectives and the enlightenment flowing from it. I've read literally hundreds of this type of book. From now on, this is the only one I'll recommend to others.

Which character – as performed by Mo Gawdat – was your favourite?

na

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

Lots of moving moments, but the mathematical analysis of randomness in evolution was (for me) something that changed everything for me.

Any additional comments?

Thanks, Mo, for putting this into words. It was an honour to hear it in your own voice.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Ending of Time

  • Fifteen Conversations with David Bohm, Ojai, USA, 1980
  • By: Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Narrated by: Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

The roots of psychological conflict. 1 April 1980. Duration: 82 minutes. Has humanity taken a wrong turn? What is the root of this tremendous inward conflict of humanity? When I am trying to become something, it is a constant battle. Can the brain itself see that it is caught in time and as long as it is moving in that direction conflict is eternal, endless? Can the mind realise, resolve a psychological problem immediately?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Should have been left on the editing room floor

  • By Michael Doherty on 04-03-17

Should have been left on the editing room floor

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Unclear. Indistinct. Poorly recorded. Poorly structured and most frustrating of all the questioner sounds like a moron who seems to have no idea what to ask next. A total waste of time and money.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Leaders Eat Last

  • Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728

Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work. This is not a crazy, idealised notion. In many successful organisations, great leaders are creating environments in which teams trust each other so deeply that they would put their lives on the line for each other. Yet other teams, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why? Today's workplaces tend to be full of cynicism, paranoia and self-interest.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some new ideas

  • By JedHoll on 27-08-17

Enjoyable, Engaging and most of all Inspirational

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-16

Where does Leaders Eat Last rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best so far - absolutely loved it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

What about Simon Sinek’s performance did you like?

His enthusiasm and passion for his subject. Although there's repetition throughout the content of the book, it's there for good reason, and I personally appreciated it as reinforcement of the concepts.

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

Leadership is learned behaviour and this is the masterclass.

Any additional comments?

If you lead or are led, then you need this book.