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  • Essentialism

  • The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  • By: Greg McKeown
  • Narrated by: Greg McKeown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689

Have you ever found yourself struggling with information overload? Have you ever felt both overworked and underutilised? Do you ever feel busy but not productive? If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is to become an essentialist. In Essentialism, Greg McKeown, CEO of a leadership and strategy agency in Silicon Valley who has run courses at Apple, Google and Facebook, shows you how to achieve what he calls the disciplined pursuit of less.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't usually write reviews.

  • By Wayne Hutton on 03-01-16

Minimalism, with a load of same old cliches

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-19

love the part that discussed the minimalism on projects, and the ruthless cutting down of projects. although a lot of examples feel chosen exactly to motivate a certain narrow view.

  • Noble House

  • The Epic Novel of Modern Hong Kong: The Asian Saga, Book 5
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 54 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Set in Hong Kong in 1963, the action of Noble House spans scarcely more than a week, but these are days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double dealing and natural catastrophes - fire, flood, landslide. Yet they are also days filled with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong - the heart of Asia - rich in every trade...money, flesh, opium, power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another epic, full of twists, turns and surprises.

  • By Peter on 10-09-16

An epic story, read by my favourite narrator

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

I thought the beginning was a little slow, but it picks up significantly. As with previous James Clavell books, it takes a while to really get to know all the characters. The story runs deep, the characters are lively, and theltural references give an amazing insight into the place.

  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 939

A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting and beautiful

  • By S. Goodyear on 13-04-16

fantastically read!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

while the quality of the reading might result in sleepy eyes, I thought it was a great read, and the confusion permeating the book comes through

  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,958
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,751

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the university at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Robyn on 31-01-13

A thrilling listen

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

Reviewed: 29-08-18

An amazing story of a medieval fantasy world, with a strong plot and amazing characters, extremely well read.

  • How to Change Your Mind

  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 529

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How to Change Your Mind, written and read by Michael Pollan. When LSD was first discovered in the 1940s, it seemed to researchers, scientists and doctors as if the world might be on the cusp of psychological revolution. It promised to shed light on the deep mysteries of consciousness as well as offer relief to addicts and the mentally ill. But in the 1960s, with the vicious backlash against the counterculture, all further research was banned. In recent years, however, work has quietly begun again on the amazing potential of LSD, psilocybin and DMT. Could these drugs in fact improve the lives of many people?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • life changing

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-18

Good story everyone needs to hear!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Loved it, I think psychedelics offer a significant leap forward in our understanding, and this no nonsense book puts a good case for this point

  • Survivor

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Paul Garcia
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the so-called Creedish Death Cult, is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid-and-collagen-packed media messiah.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good and dark

  • By Tom on 04-06-10

Fantastic story!

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

Reviewed: 19-06-18

I think I have found a new great author to binge books of! Great story and good narration!

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  • Gai-Jin

  • The Epic Novel of the Birth of Modern Japan
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 50 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House; the direct descendant of the first Toranaga Shōgun, battling to usher his country into the modern age; a beautiful young Frenchwoman forever torn between ambition and desire - their lives intertwine in an exotic land newly open to foreigners, gai-jin, and torn apart by greed, idealism, and terrorism. Their passions mingle with monarchs and diplomats, assassins, courtesans, and spies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely captivating!

  • By Adriano on 11-11-15

Great listen, more compelling than Tai pan, I felt

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

Loved the book, and thought it was of similar quality to shogun. Perhaps I am biased towards Japanese stories.

  • Tai-Pan

  • The Epic Novel of the Founding of Hong Kong: The Asian Saga, Book 2
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 32 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first began to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Struan, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power - and to make himself supreme ruler: Tai-Pan!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best audiobook ever....

  • By Thomas D. on 22-09-16

Don't expect Shogun

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

Reviewed: 18-10-17

I had difficulty getting into the book, coming straight from shogun, however it is still a brilliant listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,977

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

Started off strong, but the ending was weak

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

Reviewed: 24-08-17

I thought the ending was a lot more 'own interpretation of current data'. The beginning was very strong and intriguing!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Shogun

  • The Epic Novel of Japan
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 53 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293

A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern classic historic novel

  • By Mrs. S. J. Caldwell on 17-08-16

What a book!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

If you could sum up Shogun in three words, what would they be?

Immersive, breathtaking, emphatic

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shogun?

The single greatest scene is where the sailors are trapped in a pit, and have to draw straws about who has to go to the executioner.

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

All voices are narrated extremely well! Bravo!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Japan meets Europe in this new Scorsese movie

Any additional comments?

Very much worth a listen!