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  • This Is Not Fame

  • A "From What I Re-Memoir"
  • By: Doug Stanhope
  • Narrated by: Doug Stanhope, Chad Shank, full cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 158

Doug Stanhope has been drunkenly stumbling down the back roads and dark alleys of stand-up comedy for over a quarter of a century, roads laden with dank bars, prostitutes, cheap drugs, farm animals, evil dwarfs, public nudity, menacing third-world police, psychotic breaks, sex offenders, and some understandable suicides. You know, just for levity. While other comedians were seeking fame, Stanhope was seeking immediate gratification, dark spectacle, or sometimes just his pants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than the book.

  • By Steve on 08-08-18

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 26-05-18

if you like Stanhope's brand of dishevelled honesty, this will make you laugh at loud at times. It lacks the narrative thread of Digging Up Mother though. More closely resembles a polished, extended version of his pod cast, with many anecdotes of scrapes gone by.

  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216

Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including The Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More please Jon

  • By Matthew on 03-11-12

A good collection of tales

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

This is a lengthy collection of stories of outliers and human eccentricity- Gonzo style. Ronson brings the real life characters within alive, with his warm empathetic style.

  • Going on the Turn

  • By: Danny Baker
  • Narrated by: Danny Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 433

Danny Baker is a national treasure with a well-documented and colourful life. For over a quarter of a century, he has amused and entertained audiences on both radio and television. Beginning his career at the age of 15 in a small record shop in London's West End, Danny went on to become an acclaimed music journalist and started his radio career on BBC GLR in 1989. With a unique take on life and a lot to say, Danny's latest book is full of his trademark warmth, wit and insight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glorious glorious Candyman

  • By SallyB on 31-10-17

Brilliant end to the trilogy

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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: 08-12-17

Danny baker has got a fan in me. His radio style isn't always my cup of tea, but his writing demonstrates his huge talent as he recounts his extraordinary professional and home life. This entry does have more elements of the sadder times in life, but these are certainly counterpointed and in spades.

  • Going Off Alarming

  • The Autobiography: Vol 2
  • By: Danny Baker
  • Narrated by: Danny Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 337

Danny Baker's first volume of autobiography, Going to Sea in a Sieve, was a Sunday Times best seller, acclaimed for its nonstop humour and anecdotal flourish. It told the exploits of Danny's extraordinary childhood and the wild living of his teenage years. Now he is 25, and it is 1982, and he embarks on an accidental and anxiety-induced career in television - going off alarming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Danny Baker at his best and in his own words.

  • By Aidan on 07-12-17

Brilliant series

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

Great listening for those who remember the 80s and early 90s. Interspersed with plenty of funny anecdotes to relate to

  • Going to Sea in a Sieve

  • By: Danny Baker
  • Narrated by: Danny Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852

Born in 1957 in Deptford, south London, Danny's first job after dropping out of school at the age of 15 was in One Stop Records, a small record shop in London's West End, frequented by Elton John and Mick Jagger, a store rather like the one in High Fidelity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight into living through the 60s and 70s.

  • By Alison St Pierre on 14-09-14

fantastic, what a life!

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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: 30-10-17

Baker is a consummate story teller, and his first memoir details countless scrapes from his childhood into his twenties. Brilliantly written, superbly read by Baker.

  • How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

  • Time-Tested Methods for Conquering Worry
  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

Through Dale Carnegie's seven-million-copy bestseller, recently revised, millions of people have been helped to overcome the worry habit. Dale Carnegie offers a set of practical formulas you can put to work today, formulas that will last a lifetime!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very good book

  • By Marc on 13-12-08

Excellent practical advice

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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: 13-10-17

Have read several books of this kind but this is probably the most practical of the lot. Ignore the fact that this was written a long time ago. The content is as relevant and lucid as ever.

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,636

Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, just wow.

  • By James F Dawes on 25-08-17

Offbeat look at the effects of Internet porn

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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: 02-08-17

Enjoyable, offbeat look at the subject in Ronson's easygoing style. If you like His stuff, you'll like this, along the lines of Louis Theroux.

  • I Can’t Believe You Just Said That

  • The truth about why people are SO rude
  • By: Danny Wallace
  • Narrated by: Danny Wallace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

Passive aggression. Road rage. Snarky tweets. Queue jumpers. Idiots who are #justsaying. Fat shamers. Victim blaming. Furious waitresses who refuse to sell you a hot dog... We are ruder than we've ever been. In this incisive and very funny book, Danny Wallace investigates the new wave of rudeness that threatens to overwhelm us. He travels the world, visiting our rudest critics, interviewing psychologists, psychiatrists, bellboys, cab drivers, bin men, barristers, politicians, a limo driver called José and at least one expert in cooked meat production.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite audible books

  • By Matt on 05-07-17

Very amusing in places

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

Reviewed: 20-07-17

Danny Wallace could make a restaurant menu funny. This is really witty, if a bit formulaic. Very much a case of- experts in San Francisco found...
Ultimately, silly fun though.

  • Stranger Than We Can Imagine

  • Making Sense of the Twentieth Century
  • By: John Higgs
  • Narrated by: John Higgs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

The 20th century should make sense. It's the period of history that we know the most about, an epic geopolitical narrative that runs through World War One, the Great Depression, World War Two, the American century and the fall of the Berlin Wall. But somehow that story doesn't quite lead into the world we find ourselves in now, this bewildering 21st century, adrift in a network of constant surveillance, unsustainable competition, tsunamis of trivia and extraordinary opportunity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not to be missed

  • By J on 24-02-17

A new perspective on history

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

A history of the 20th century in the form of ideas. From the Einstein's complicated revision of the physics which surround us, to the the influence of the ' net, and Social Networking. Simply told and easily understandable. A good listen- I'll look for more from the author.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,831
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,624

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

A detailed look

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

Reviewed: 23-05-17

This is a really thorough look at the development of homo sapiens over the last 70,000 years or so. Some labored points and niggling problems with narration (if you want American pronunciations, go for a US English speaking narrator, not British English. I will be reading/ listening to the author's next about the future of Sapiens: Homo Deus.