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  • 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 1,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903

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

Tremendous fun

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

Thoroughly enjoyable. Doesn't take itself too seriously.

Crouch delivers the heck out of it too.

Also really beautiful written.

  • Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

  • By: Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Michael Caine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

With over 100 movies to his credit over five decades, Hollywood legend and British national treasure Michael Caine shares the wisdom, stories, insight and skills for success in life that acting has taught him in his remarkable career. One of our best-loved actors Michael Caine has starred in everything from classic British films Alfie, Zulu and The Italian Job to the Hollywood blockbusting The Dark Knight trilogy and much-loved movie favourites Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hannah and Her Sisters and The Quiet American. Caine has excelled in every kind of role - with a skill that's made it look easy.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Find what you love and do it as well as you can'

  • By Mark on 26-10-18

Essential listening

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

Glorious throughout.

Doesn't hold back in his assessment of some people.

Offers genuinely excellent life advice to boot.

Loved it. X

  • Tiger Woods

  • By: Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian
  • Narrated by: Roger Casey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

In 2009, Tiger Woods was the most famous athlete on the planet, a transcendent star of almost unfathomable fame and fortune living what appeared to be the perfect life - married to a Swedish beauty and the father of two young children. Winner of 14 major golf championships and 79 PGA Tour events, Woods was the first billion-dollar athlete, earning more than $100 million a year in endorsements from the likes of Nike, Gillette, AT&T, and Gatorade. But it was all a carefully crafted illusion. As it turned out, Woods had been living a double life for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Insight

  • By Marc Studholme on 04-08-18

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

I went into this book with Woods as one of my all time sporting idols. I came away with a very very different viewpoint (I'll say no more for fear of spoilers).

Obviously the world knew about many of his struggles, but this paints a far more vivid picture. It's the little details that make it stand out (again, I'll avoid spoilers).

Loved it from tee to green (sorry for golf metaphor).

An outstanding piece of work.

  • Robin

  • By: Dave Itzkoff
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Robin by Dave Itzkoff shows how Robin Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression - topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews - and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fitting biography for a tortured genius

  • By L. BETTLES on 11-06-18

Essentially perfect

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

Reviewed: 23-06-18

Beautifully written, utterly heartbreaking, incredibly insightful. Strongly recommend to any fan or admirer of the great man.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Ocean Fell into the Drop

  • By: Terence Stamp
  • Narrated by: Terence Stamp
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

During my first visit to the cinema the empathy I felt from Gary Cooper was life-changing, and a secret dream was born in the darkened auditorium. Later, my forays to the East revealed an original take on humanity which fell into two categories: those who remembered and those who didn't. The former, by teaching the latter, could transmit this memory. The Ocean Fell into the Drop is a different kind of show business memoir, one that traces Terence Stamp's twin obsessions, acting and mysticism, and the relationship the two have to each other for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful mix of reminiscence and antidote to the stresses of today

  • By Val on 21-11-18

A classic

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

Reviewed: 26-09-17

Wowsers.

Anyone expecting a salacious kiss and tell about Stamp's high-profile lovers will be disappointed. This is more about a spiritual (apologies for saying "journey") journey (sorry).

One of the greatest performances I've enjoyed on an audiobook. Truly spellbinding. More, please, Terence. X

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Choose Yourself!

  • Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream
  • By: James Altucher
  • Narrated by: James Altucher
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. Everything we aspired to for "security," everything we thought was "safe," no longer is. But more and more opportunities are rising out of the ashes of the broken system to generate real success. Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please listen to this book

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-04-15

A hall of famer

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

Reviewed: 13-08-16

That's one of the best motivational/self-help audiobooks I've ever listened to. It helps that James is so naturally funny too.

Strongly recommend.

  • Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It

  • By: Kamal Ravikant
  • Narrated by: Kamal Ravikant
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

In December of 2011, I gave a talk to an audience of scientists, Pentagon officials, politicians, and CEOs on the secret of life and how I'd figured it out the previous summer. Afterward, people came up individually and told me how much what I'd shared meant to them. This book is based on the truth I spoke about. It's something I learned from within myself, something I believed saved me. And more than that, the way I set about to do it. This is a collection of thoughts on what I learned, what worked, what didn't. Where I succeed and importantly, where I fail daily.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can't believe I wasted my time and money

  • By D. Fenton on 20-11-16

Beautiful in its simplicity

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

Reviewed: 24-07-16

Similar books make a point and then go round the houses to seemingly pad out the run time. Whereas this is in and out: tells you what he thinks, then bids adieu. Strongly recommend.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • David Mitchell: Back Story

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: David Mitchell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,084

David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Total Joy

  • By Stan on 17-10-12

One of the best audiobooks I've done

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

Reviewed: 25-01-16

A largely unremarkable life (pre-fame, any road) is brilliantly told, having been beautifully written. Way exceeded high expectations. A bit glum that it's finished, really.

  • David and Goliath

  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708

David and Goliath is the dazzling and provocative new book from Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw. Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey through the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Swing and a miss

  • By ShabadooGMan on 13-10-13

Swing and a miss

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

Reviewed: 13-10-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I wouldn't recommend this. I've been a fan of Gladwell's since Blink. While Outliers was over-long, there was plenty of interesting stuff in there. But David & Goliath smacks of contractual obligation. The upshot is that the underdog needs to think a little differently in order to topple Goliath. Well, thanks, Malcolm.

What was most disappointing about Malcolm Gladwell’s story?

I kept waiting for him to take the stories he was telling and explain how perhaps we could apply it to our own lives. He didn't really do this. It was essentially Jackanory, with Malcolm telling a few stories - about civil rights, about the troubles in Northern Ireland - with little point. As a listener, there was a lot of "And?"

What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Gladwell is a very good narrator. As is often the case with authors reading their own work, you can tell he really cares about his work. This certainly elevates it.

Was David and Goliath worth the listening time?

Ultimately, at seven hours, no, David & Goliath wasn't worth the reading time.

Any additional comments?

I'm still a fan of Gladwell and would check out his next work - he's an interesting voice. Let's hope this is just a rare misstep in an otherwise highly interesting and provocative career.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Bedtime Stories

  • A Unique Guided Relaxation Program for Falling Asleep and Entering the World of Dreams
  • By: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Narrated by: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

As a child growing up in a family of cantadoras (keepers of the old stories) Clarissa Pinkola Estes learned first hand how a stroy told at bedtime can soothe away the troubles of the day and prepare the way for another night's dreams to follow. Now a beloved cantadora herself, Estes shares this treasured family tradition with you on Bedtime Stories, her own special collection of tales to relax and ease you to sleep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Zzzzzz - but in a very good way

  • By ShabadooGMan on 23-12-12

Zzzzzz - but in a very good way

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Like many people, I can find it hard to fully switch off and drift off to sleep at night. I've tried several audiobooks, with varying degrees of success down the years, however, I can heartily recommend Clarissa Pinkola Estes' book.



It's not just what she's saying, but the way she says it, that will have you dozing off within minutes.



The fact that I'm yet to actually make it through to the end of the book would be seen as damning criticism for most audiobooks, but, given what Estes sets out to achieve, it is obviously incredibly high praise.



A must-download for anyone searching for sweet dreams come bedtime.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful