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  • The Establishment

  • And How They Get Away With It
  • By: Owen Jones
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289

Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms, and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Won't do your blood pressure any good....

  • By Colin on 11-04-17

Most important and comprehensive book on power

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

Reviewed: 15-05-19

Mr. Jones has done an incredible job with this masterpiece. The spiritual successor to Chomsky’s Understanding Power, this book explores where power currently lies in the UK, how it operates, and what can be done to begin countering it. If you’re British, this should skip the queue to the top of your reading list.

  • Can't Hurt Me

  • Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
  • By: David Goggins
  • Narrated by: David Goggins, Adam Skolnick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,164
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,396
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,377

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible stuff ...

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-12-18

Wasted opportunity

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

Mr. Goggins has an incredible story and could be the man to toughen up a weak generation. I can’t fathom why they chose this format. It’s distracting and counterproductive. Having to listen to the ADD-inducing “podcast” breaks ruins a brilliant, inspiring story.

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  • Narconomics

  • How to Run a Drug Cartel
  • By: Tom Wainwright
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

What drug lords learned from big business. How does a budding cartel boss succeed (and survive) in the $300 billion illegal drug business? By learning from the best, of course. From creating brand value to fine-tuning customer service, the folks running cartels have been attentive students of the strategy and tactics used by corporations such as Walmart, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A well rounded analysis on the war on drugs

  • By Gregory Monk on 05-06-17

Detailed and original

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

Reviewed: 23-07-18

While there is little new here for people who are interested in the world of illegal drugs, it is given a fresh take and brilliant analysis. It’s final argument could be a big step in finally ending the ridiculous war on drugs.

  • The Force

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Detective sergeant Denny Malone leads an elite unit to fight gangs, drugs and guns in New York. For 18 years he's been on the front lines, doing whatever it takes to survive in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean. What only a few know is that Denny Malone himself is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash. Now he's caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk a thin line of betrayal, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Audible Tour De Force

  • By Peter Odukwe on 06-08-17

Good book, awful narration

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The story is not Winslow’s best but it’s entertaining and has enough of his rigorously researched social commentary to make it worthwhile. The narration is some of the worst I’ve come across, which makes it a tough listen.

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing! Wonderful! Couldn't get enough!

  • By Simone Teufel on 30-06-10

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

Phenomenally researched and written, this book is an incredible feat. It weaves together an objective and detailed account of the impacts of not only Genghis and Kublai, but the entire Golden Family. It’s a pleasure and compulsory reading for any student of history.

  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,578

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking center stage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor reading.

  • By Paul on 29-08-17

One of the most important books of this generation

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

I've read it through twice. I plan to read it through at least once a year for the next decade. There is nothing even close to this out there. It's a brilliant summary of mankind told not through the lies of politics and rhetoric but the truth of economics and power. Brilliant.

  • Zero Zero Zero

  • By: Roberto Saviano
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Zero Zero Zero by Roberto Saviano, read by Paul Michael. From the international best-selling author of Gomorrah, this searing exposé of dirty money and the drug trade reveals how they are at the heart of our lives, our economy, and our world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating read into a hidden business world.

  • By JP on 05-07-17

Typical Drugs Came From Nowhere Nonsense

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

Reviewed: 20-08-17

This author writes beautifully. The problem is his memory for the drug war keeps activities safely away from the US and the UK. I suppose you can never give an honest account of the drug war and why it exists these days. Still, for anyone who knows who caused the entire decades-long war and who started the practice of state-sponsored subjugation with opium, you can only wince and be appalled that the worst offender of the conflict, America, gets zero condemnation.

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  • Natural Born Heroes

  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

When Chris McDougall stumbled across the story of Churchill's 'dirty tricksters', a motley crew of English poets and academics who helped resist the Nazi invasion of Crete, he knew he was on the track of something special. To beat the odds, the tricksters - starving, aging, outnumbered - tapped in to an ancient style of fitness: the lost art of heroism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous book

  • By Gabrielle Dickinson on 25-08-15

The natural follow-up

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

Reviewed: 18-07-17

I'm a huge fan of Born to Run. This author is astounding in his research, passion, dedication, and easy readability. Somehow, he outdid his previous masterpiece. I would go so far as to say that he is one of the most important authors of this generation. He captures in each of his books the most priceless nuggets of our past, ones seemingly long lost, and makes you feel the importance of their rediscovery.

  • Cataclysm

  • Arisen, Book 9
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

The battle to keep the undead tide from the walls of London is lost. Africa is a deadly hall of mirrors, leaving Alpha team riven with dissension and doubt. And the one man who might save the world is crashing to Earth half a world away. Only our greatest warriors can walk through this fire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not enough

  • By Gary on 01-04-18

Hilariously bad.

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

Reviewed: 15-06-17

These books have been getting worse and worse. Now it's gone from guilty pleasure to utter non-sense. I could stomach the non-stop crises when they made a little sense. But in this book he's gone above and beyond stupid and ridiculous. It's comical really. Characters who have just had their professionalism described at length act like mental patients. Add to that whale shark attacks - I kid you not - and two absurdly improbable events colliding into one laugh-out-loud impossible crapfest, and you have the makings of a book that is getting returned right now.

  • Gai-Jin

  • The Epic Novel of the Birth of Modern Japan
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 50 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House; the direct descendant of the first Toranaga Shōgun, battling to usher his country into the modern age; a beautiful young Frenchwoman forever torn between ambition and desire - their lives intertwine in an exotic land newly open to foreigners, gai-jin, and torn apart by greed, idealism, and terrorism. Their passions mingle with monarchs and diplomats, assassins, courtesans, and spies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, different from Shogun

  • By BrankoUK on 07-06-17

Brilliant, different from Shogun

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

Another masterpiece, flawed but brilliant. The reader is phenomenal at creating distinct and recognisable voices for each character, though his Japanese accents and pronunciations are appalling.

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