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  • Mayhem

  • A Memoir
  • By: Sigrid Rausing
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

In the summer of 2012 a woman named Eva was found dead in the London townhouse she shared with her husband, Hans K. Rausing. The couple had struggled with addiction for years, often under the glare of tabloid headlines. Now, writing with singular clarity and restraint, Hans' sister, the editor and publisher Sigrid Rausing, tries to make sense of what happened. Mayhem is an eloquent and timely attempt to understand addiction and a memoir that is as poignant and riveting as it is devastating.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting

  • By anonymous on 12-09-17

A classic

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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: 13-08-18

Exquisite writing. A sensitive, moving, dignified account of family tragedy. Silken threads unwind and draw you on to the end.

  • Collusion

  • How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House
  • By: Luke Harding
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

A gripping exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era. Moscow, July 1987. Real-estate tycoon Donald Trump visits Soviet Russia for the first time at the invitation of the government. London, December 2016. Luke Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the president-elect's connections with Russia. Award-winning journalist Luke Harding reveals the true nature of Trump's decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of the dossier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Devil's Bargain

  • By Adam on 14-02-18

Unmissable

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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: 10-08-18

Gripping story packed with checkable facts. Confirms that events since its publication make horrible sense.

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  • Broadway

  • A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles
  • By: Fran Leadon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Broadway takes us on a mile-by-mile journey that traces the gradual evolution of the 17th century's Brede Wegh, a muddy cow path in a backwater Dutch settlement, to the 20th century's Great White Way. We learn why one side of the street was once considered more fashionable than the other; witness construction of the Ansonia Apartments, Trinity Church, and the Flatiron Building and the burning of P. T. Barnum's American Museum; and discover that Columbia University was built on the site of an insane asylum.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This may be unfair but....

  • By Hannah on 10-08-18

This may be unfair but....

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I expected to love this; maybe that's the problem. I have revelled in brilliant NYC books by Russell Shorto and Luc Sante and I'd read a good review of this Fran Leadon one. So perhaps my expectations were too high. But this begins with a tedious preface and doesn't get much better; spends too long making a simple point, and just doesn't grab me at the start with a sense of place. It could very well be the performance that's at fault. But I gave up after less than 10 minutes.

  • The Secret Barrister

  • By: The Secret Barrister
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,880
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,863

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing. How can you defend a child abuser you suspect to be guilty? What do you say to someone sentenced to ten years whom you believe to be innocent? What is the law, and why do we need it? And why do they wear those stupid wigs?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb dissection of the English legal system

  • By Kirstine on 06-06-18

You’ll never see Courts the same way again

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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: 29-05-18

If you believe British Justice is close to infallible, then this book will come as a bucket of ice water over your head. Sardonic, tragic, scarey and read with righteous fury - It’ll grip you from start to finish. Although somebody should have told Jack Hawkins how to pronounce chutzpah.

  • I Can Make You Confident

  • By: Paul McKenna
  • Narrated by: Paul McKenna
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 394

Would you like to feel strong in difficult situations? Would you like feel more sure about yourself? Would you like to have stronger self belief? Would like to feel authentic when you are talking to anybody? Would you like to have the confidence to go for what you want in life? Then let Paul McKenna help you! Paul McKenna phd wants to help you master your emotions and live with a greater send of ease and then certainty than ever before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I love Paul Mckennas work and previously

  • By Ben on 09-10-17

I can't understand why he's so popular.

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

Reviewed: 20-04-18

I am completely baffled by this. I'd heard of him. A hypnotherapist who, as far as I can find out, is extremely good at her job, said that just about everyone thought McKenna was effective. So I got this well-known audiobook but to me he just like a salesman, boasting.

  • Prisoners of Geography

  • Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
  • By: Tim Marshall
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,678

If you've ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower or why China's power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here. In 10 chapters, using essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Step back and look at politics through a new lens

  • By Unique Pseudonym on 25-07-17

Superb, even if it does make you more of a hawk

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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: 20-04-18

Helps you to understand underlying motives for what's going on everywhere in the world rather than just reacting dismissively, or emotionally, to international news. Armed with this and Google Earth Pro, you'll be suitably respectful of the difficulty of finding political solutions to conflict.

  • Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded)

  • 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
  • By: John Medina
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

In the New York Times bestseller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule - what scientists know for sure about how our brains work - and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives. Medina’s fascinating stories and infectious sense of humor breathe life into brain science.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and addictive

  • By A G Leith on 11-10-18

Superb

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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: 03-04-18

Gripping, amusing, incredibly informative. I loved this audiobook. It’s pitched at just the right level.

  • The Big Sleep

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 714

Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Philip....

  • By Hannah on 22-10-17

Oh Philip....

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

Reviewed: 22-10-17

This is beautifully read and in places very funny - and perceptive. (Four more words required according to Audible - Chandler at least knew when to stop.)

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  • A History of Britain: Volume 2

  • By: Simon Schama
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

The British wars began on the morning of 23 July 1637, heralding 200 years of battles. Most were driven by religious or political conviction, as Republicans and Royalists, Catholics and Protestants, Tories and Whigs, and colonialists and natives vied for supremacy. Of the battles not fought on home territory, many took place across Europe, America, India, and also at sea. Schama's examination of this turbulent period reveals how the British people eventually united in imperial enterprise, forming 'Britannia Incorporated'.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, engaging but lots to remember

  • By Roderic on 12-11-14

Lessons can be learned from rhis

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Why do I get the feeling that most of the brilliantly trenchant observations in this book couldn’t ever have been made by any of the awful shower we have in Parliament now?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Restoration

  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Paul Daneman
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

When a twist of fate delivers an ambitious young medical student to the court of King Charles II, he is suddenly thrust into a vibrant world of luxury and opulence. Blessed with a quick wit and sparkling charm, Robert Merivel rises quickly, soon finding favour with the King, and privileged with a position as 'paper groom' to the youngest of the King's mistresses. But by falling in love with her, Merivel transgresses the one rule that will cast him out from his new-found paradise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly convincing

  • By AReader on 14-02-15

Five stars for this wonderful book

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Reviewed: 13-05-17

Politicians should read this and learn that if their experiences were wider, they'd be less mono-minded and dogmatic. Marvellous reading by Paul Daneman.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful