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Quentin Black

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  • 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 2,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,044

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

Enlightening.

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

Reviewed: 24-03-19

Opened my eyes on many aspects of the British judicial system, and how misrepresented it is in the media.

  • Way of the Warrior Kid

  • From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way
  • By: Jocko Willink
  • Narrated by: Thor Willink, Jocko Willink
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 71

Fifth grade was the worst year of Marc's life. He stunk at gym class, math was too hard for him, the school lunch was horrible, and his class field trip was ruined because he couldn't swim. But what was the most awful thing about fifth grade? Kenny Williamson, the class bully, who called himself the "King of the Jungle". When Marc's mother tells him that his uncle Jake is coming to stay for the whole summer, Marc can't wait. Uncle Jake is a for-real super-cool Navy SEAL. And Uncle Jake has a plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book with simple, profound life lessons.

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-05-17

For both Adults and Children

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

My Daughter and I both listened to it together and I think and hope it's had the desired effect on her.

  • All the Kremlin's Men

  • Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin
  • By: Mikhail Zygar
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

All the Kremlin's Men is a gripping narrative of an accidental king and a court out of control. Based on an unprecedented series of interviews with Vladimir Putin's inner circle, this book presents a radically different view of power and politics in Russia. The image of Putin as a strongman is dissolved. In its place is a weary figurehead buffeted - if not controlled - by the men who at once advise and deceive him. The regional governors and bureaucratic leaders are immovable objects, far more powerful in their fiefdoms than the president himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant analysis, awful narration

  • By Derrick on 22-04-18

Superb.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-07-18

Very thorough and expansive look at one of the most polarizing figures of our time.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,948

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

Mind opening.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Fully lived up to expectations. Never come across a book that imparted such relevlationary (for me) information in an almost story like format.

  • The Long Hangover

  • Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past
  • By: Shaun Walker
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

In The Long Hangover, Shaun Walker provides new insight into contemporary Russia and its search for a new identity, telling the story through the country's troubled relationship with its Soviet past. Walker not only explains Vladimir Putin's goals and the government's official manipulations of history, but also focuses on ordinary Russians and their motivations. He charts how Putin raised victory in World War II to the status of a national founding myth in the search for a unifying force to heal a divided country, and shows how dangerous the ramifications of this have been.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic overview of contemporary Russia

  • By Gray Emma on 11-07-18

Superbly researched.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-18

Informative and interesting. Pro West which is to be expected but good nevertheless. I recommend it.

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  • So Good They Can't Ignore You

  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Dave Mallow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

Cal Newport's clearly written manifesto flies in the face of conventional wisdom by suggesting that it should be a person's talent and skill - and not necessarily their passion - that determines their career path. Newport, who graduated from Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa) and earned a PhD from MIT, contends that trying to find what drives us, instead of focusing on areas in which we naturally excel, is ultimately harmful and frustrating to job seekers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • interesting but unhelpful

  • By Amy on 28-07-17

Superb <br />

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

Reviewed: 23-05-18

Uncovered truths hidden in plain sight. Backed up the theories with several case studies. Recommend.

  • Once a Pilgrim

  • By: James Deegan
  • Narrated by: Joshua Manning
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

John Carr has recently left the SAS, after a long and distinguished career, and is now working for a Russian oligarch in the murky world of private security. But an incident from his past - in which three terrorists were brutally killed - suddenly comes back to haunt him. Tracked by a hit man out for revenge, John Carr is forced to step over the line to defend himself and his family. It's a cruel and violent world - and one he thought he'd left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts!

  • By Simon on 19-09-18

Superb.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Loved it, loved the character. Perhaps not the most original premise but gripped me. Can sense the authenticity of it too.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,878

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing - maybe

  • By Richard C. on 10-12-18

Superb.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-03-18

Superb, with the stories enforcing the message. I feel most would benefit from reading or listening to this.