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Thought Provoking

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-19

Very easy to listen to, completely engrossing. Thought-provoking, however often those thoughts are to do with the premise of the book being set in a future with no (obvious) material evidence of the past and so the reader is being asked to suspend belief to get through the story.

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Extended smug article.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-19

The title and cover seem to promise an in-depth analysis of the CT phenomena, but the book is made up of derivative opinions and prejudices that pokes fun at anyone who might be interested in this area as a modern phenomenon. The author appears to consider himself better educated and more intelligent than any of his subjects or readers and has a persistent patronising tone that might be ok over a page or two but a whole book?.

A pseudo-book about pseudo-history,

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Great listen!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-19

This could have been a superficial collection of characterisations of a selection of current golfers, but the authors have gone beyond that and provided great depth and detail, they have clearly approached this project with diligence and commitment.

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Everything you thought you knew is wrong!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-19

I thought this was going to be a populist take on football history without much I didn’t already know, and consequently I waited several months before I got around to listening. But I was wrong.

It is really a deep analysis of the contradictory aspects of football history, sociology, business, demographics, psychology, managers etc. All demonstrating why England are perceived to struggle.

Great stuff!

Ok but overlong.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Managed to listen to the end, but the book is long and seems to go from scene to scene without tension or twists. A book this long needs a lot of detail to engage, but this is lacking and didn't really provide anything I didn't already know about cold-war politics.

Moving Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-18

A moving, original story brilliantly read by Derek Jacobi. I came book without any knowledge it's status as a classic, after listening through in a day it's easy to see why it's so well regarded.

Good introduction to Gurdjieff.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-18

This is a good intro to Gurdjieff's ideas, well presented and clear, the author uses personal anecdotes to bring the ideas up to date. it's a pity there are not more Gurdjieff audio-books!

Fine narration, great story.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-18

Intriguing adaptation using facts and legends synthesised into a coherent story, Cathy Unsworth specialises in this method of writing and is at present one of the leading writers of noir thrillers, this is up there with her other writing.

History of days before partition.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Essential reading for anyone who has an interest in Cyprus history. Thubron is s bit 'old school' in his travels and characters come across like eccentric extras in a film. He has provides some fascinating pieces on the history of the various sites he visits including research on past excavations and surveys.

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Evocative Blitz Thriller

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-18

Cathi Unsworth weaves her well written story around actual killings that took place in London during early WW2. Unsworth is a well-regarded historian who specialises in the local history of the Soho area, and in this book she uses her extensive knowledge to create a true-crime novel that engages throughout. The narration is fantastic as well.

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