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Not just American

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Reviewed: 07-02-20

This subject is as pertinent in the U.K. as America. A vital read for anyone trying to decipher the madness of current ‘moral’ and parental orthodoxy. It leaves you with the feeling, ‘thank God it’s not just ME who thinks this way’.

OK except for ‘Barrington’ sounding like a preachy ‘Tony Blair’

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Reviewed: 01-01-20

I was recommended this book by a ‘socialist’ friend. I’d describe myself as centrist so listened with an open mind. The book is basically a manifesto that serves to put the birth of socialism in its historical contest. It is also salient in the fact that socialist ideals seems to have become fashionable again amongst the younger middle class metropolitans.

The ‘plot’ is basically wrapped around a speech on socialism, delivered by ‘Barrington’ who actually sounds like Tony Blair (with reverb added to his voice in order to - I presume - give it more gravitas. However, it only makes it sound weird given that the setting is a small room). It is punctuated by the ignorant workers with (unreverbed) mockney accents interrupting with lame arguments against socialism which are easily brushed aside by ‘Barrington’ and concludes with a brass band crescendo, which again is just.. weird.

If you’re die-hard Leftwing, you’ll love this book. If not it just comes across as dated and naive. If you’re somewhere in the middle and think the historical ideals espoused in this book have any validity, then George Orwell’s ‘1984’ and ‘Animal Farm’ are a great counterpoints.

It’s one saving grace is that Tony Robinson is one of the best narrators around.

Quirky original and pertinent as ever from Jon

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Reviewed: 18-12-19

I love Jon’s investigative style and although he seems to veer off occasionally the narrative keeps you hooked in. Kinda thinking man’s Louis Theroux Still not sure he has the best voice for audio book though. Sorry Jon ;)

Enjoyable if a bit.. snarky

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Reviewed: 08-02-19

While the authors criticise other experts in their field for cherry picking data and confirmation bias.. they tend to, erm.. cherry pick data and display confirmation bias quite a lot themselves. One tribe’s cultural tendency towards polygamy doesn’t really equate to a wider prehistoric preference for it. And I’m still not clear why so many unconnected cultures tend toward pair bonding if it is so unnatural. Still a fascinating listen, particularly the evolution of the more physiological aspects of sex and reproduction. Remember boys, masturbation is GOOD for you!

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More great rib tickling for long passages

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Reviewed: 07-08-18

Audio books are our lifeline on long sea passages.. and as the kids loved vol: 1 we naturally bought vol: 2 and weren't disappointed. David Walliams' funny and entertaining delivery keeps the kids glued to the speaker from beginning to end. Our kids (age: 6, 9 and12) can sit and listen to his books for hours.. keep it up fella, we rely on you! #mothershipadrift

A firm favourite on our boat

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Reviewed: 07-08-18

We're a family currently travelling the world by sea. We heavily rely on audio books on long passages when the kids can't do much else but sit in the cockpit and stare at the ocean going by. There are few authors/narrators that can keep all three of our kids (age: 6, 9 and12) entertained for such long passages.. but David Walliams is one such talent. Funny, entertaining and with a Dahlian instinct for a child's funny bone and mindset . #mothershipadrift