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  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

An old case from his LAPD past threatens Bosch's reputation in a gripping new thriller. Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando police and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous big-business world of prescription drug abuse. Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's LAPD days comes back to haunt him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cracker!!

  • By eva on 19-11-17

Yet another gripping Bosch.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-18

Titus Well over produces his Bosch. CHaracter with assuredness keeping the tension up to the very end _ fantastic

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002

Only Harry Bosch can uncover LA's darkest secrets in this new gripping thriller from global best seller Michael Connelly. Read by Titus Welliver, star of Bosch. 'What do you want me to do?' Bosch asked again. 'I want you to find someone for me,' Vance said. 'Someone who might not have ever existed.' Harry Bosch is working as a part-time detective in the town of San Fernando outside of Los Angeles when he gets the invitation to meet with the ageing aviation billionaire Whitney Vance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and performance

  • By Markus on 10-01-17

Another grippingq Bosch yarn highly recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-18

I enjoy y ed the story more as it is the contribution of Titus Welliver which " resonates so well.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,361
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grow your mind

  • By Paul Murphy on 07-09-18

A journey through mindfulness

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-18

Human thought and belief examined with scepticism about the concept of belief and truth. Masterful exposure in our historic self deceptions and a series of pleas to resist a descent into false consciousness caused by allowing powerful societal algorithms to dominate our mental processes with a final exposition on examining our own thought processes before we become thoroughly brain wAshed.

  • Ep. 1: Family Secrets (Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets)

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Of course, all families, high born and low have secrets. Confidential conditions of mind or body. Black sheep. Skeletons in cupboards. Unmentionable uncles. Naughty nephews... aunties who aren't... conventional. More often than not it boils down to something - sexual. This episode is about the keeping and uncovering of family secrets. In a way it unlocks all the secrets in all our episodes. Many Victorians, especially the more successful ones, feared shame. In a way this fear was something quite new. A new and growing newspaper industry was keen to amplify that shame. And a new middle class, desperate to cling to its new-found monied status, felt threatened. And, new theories about heredity, coming later in the century, meant that (perish the thought!) shamefulness could be passed on – like red hair or big feet - from generation to generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pity!!

  • By Jo on 04-12-18

Stories for Readers Digest with ANNOYING music

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

The reading is typical Stephen Fry and none the worse for that. His work is unnecessarily interfered with with rather banal pseudo piano music. He should have protested. This intrusive noise seems to be introduced into most movies and tv which often makes the already in distinct mumblings incomprehensible. Shame

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  • The Yellow Birds

  • By: Kevin Powers
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Everywhere John looks, he sees Murph. He flinches when cars drive past. His fingers clasp around the rifle he hasn't held for months. Wide-eyed strangers praise him as a hero, but he can feel himself disappearing. Back home after a year in Iraq, memories swarm around him: bodies burning in the crisp morning air. Sunlight falling through branches; bullets kicking up dust; ripples on a pond wavering like plucked strings. The promise he made, to a young man's mother, that her son would be brought home safely....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • should be compulsory listening for all politicians

  • By chrissie on 27-01-13

Only a soldier fully gets this!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

The experiences of people whose life experiences approach the abyss from which there is no escape after falling, can appreciate the levels of alienation the author describes. After escaping the destruction this soldier is nevertheless aware of how profoundly he (or she) their life has been fully ruined, how their innocence had been so destroyed and their souls seared, which could only have happened because they survived. We know what we know, no matter how fiercely we tried to resist being polluted. It is only by surrendering that we could hope to survive. But this entails no loss of honour, no one can escape except by dying young, as the old adage correctly claims. Nothing more real or satisfying than fraternity, shared agony and peaceful reticence could exist in life. This disappears with the individual at death and there is no trace. This book brilliantly explains for the uninitiated this heady addictive phenomenon - the old soldier- a wonderful feat of authorship!

  • Pines

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 829

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simmering suspense

  • By Derek on 26-06-14

Grabs you m much like a Stephen King

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Need to hang on due to the strange set of flash backs which can seem unnecessary. In the end the whole thing comes together and makes complete sense. A novel which is very contemporary and awesome.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Chalice and the Blade

  • By: Riane Eisler
  • Narrated by: Riane Eisler
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Riane Eisler believes that war and the "war of the sexes" are concepts neither divinely nor biologically ordained. Join the author as she reconstructs a prehistoric culture based on partnership rather than domination and traces the roots of the global shift to patriarchy. Eisler, an acclaimed scholar, futurist, and activist, also presents new scripts for living based on a more socially, economically, ecologically, personally, and spiritually balanced society. This script is in direct opposition to the tension and violence typical of what she calls the dominator model. Her vision is the partnership model, which today is struggling to reemerge. This program is an important contribution to that struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read particularly for all men.

  • By TonyM on 16-03-18

A must read particularly for all men.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-18

You need to read this if you wonder where it all went wrong.
The work is a brilliant synthesis of the history of mankind.

  • The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far

  • Why Are We Here?
  • By: Lawrence M. Krauss
  • Narrated by: Lawrence Krauss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 189

Internationally renowned, award-winning theoretical physicist, New York Times bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing, and passionate advocate for reason, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world of reality - a grand poetic vision of nature - and how we find our place within it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The references to "the PDF" are extremely annoying

  • By Ionut Bajescu on 13-01-18

I just had to hear it all

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

Reviewed: 29-12-17

The author is reading his own work and he was so familiar with the content that he seems to gabble as if he is impatient to complete the chore. Very few listeners will have much familiarity with the concepts he deployed but somehow it does make sense. Also his conclusions are clearly valid, as is his mastery of the subject which is frankly awesome! I think he produces helpful insight into what we are, if not why.

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  • Origin

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,732
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,728

The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deception Point 2

  • By 451 on 10-10-17

Origin of species gives us a clue

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-17

The story overall pays off very well. Seems to be rather padded in mid section, almost boring, BUT perseverance is repaid as the final third is totally gripping, and almost inspirational. Very good effort.

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  • Dark Matter

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,660

'Are you happy in your life?' Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he's never met smiles down at him and says, 'Welcome back, my friend.' In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW - This was a weird one

  • By Jules on 26-10-16

for me a unique experience

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

Reviewed: 29-09-17

a huge surprise nothing I have come across before compared with this just listen to this not to be missed