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  • Why We're Living in an Age of Walls
  • By: Tim Marshall
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

New from the number-one Sunday Times best-selling author of Prisoners of Geography. We feel more divided than ever. This riveting analysis tells you why. Walls are going up. Nationalism and identity politics are on the rise once more. Thousands of miles of fences and barriers have been erected in the past 10 years, and they are redefining our political landscape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio not loud enough

  • By Beelaow on 18-09-18

Good book undermined by obtrusive narration

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-19

I like Tim Marshall’s work and this book is no exception. An excellent tour through modern geopolitics that deals with pressing issues. Ric Jerrom’s tiresome narration has already undermined one audible purchase this year, and he almost makes a mess of this one too. Too many unnecessary accents, odd emphases. When I heard his voice on the book my heart sank, but the high quality content got me through it in three days. More Tim please, less Ric though!

  • Damaged Goods

  • By: Oliver Shah
  • Narrated by: Oliver Shah
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

Penguin Audio presents Damaged Goods, by Oliver Shah. In March 2015, British businessman and the chairman of Arcadia Group Sir Philip Green sold BHS for £1 to Retail Acquisitions, owned by Dominic Chappell, a serial bankrupt who filed BHS for administration shortly after. By April 2016, BHS had debts of £1.3bn, including a pensions deficit of £571m. Damaged Goods follows Green's journey to the big time, the sale of BHS and the subsequent investigation that concluded with Green paying £363m to the Pensions Regulator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How do they sleep at night?

  • By stevieg on 17-07-18

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

This is a remarkable story of greed, and how the U.K.’s London based economy has worked over the past two decades. Lawyers, accountants, merchant bankers all deserve as much disapproval as Green’s methods and the fantasist Dominic Chappell he was so keen to pass the business to. Quite a listen, and together with the excellent Bad Blood a real indictment of vanity, corruption and a form of Capitalism that has run out of control.

  • Bad Blood

  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,235

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar start-up, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up ‘unicorn’ promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-08-18

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

One of the Listens of the year. Brilliantly written (and performed) insight into the Fake It Till You Make it culture of Silicon Valley. Few come out of it well. Compelling.

  • Conspiracy

  • Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

In 2016, one of the giants of modern journalism fell: Gawker Media, infamous for saying what other outlets wouldn't say, was sued for publishing Hulk Hogan's sex tape, lost the case and went bust. After countless other lawsuits it seemed that Gawker had finally run out of luck. But luck had nothing to do with it. Peter Thiel, PayPal founder and billionaire investor, had masterminded the whole thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling!! Amazing story masterly told!

  • By G-Montoya on 13-03-18

Interesting story undermined by author’s strange staccato delivery

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

This is an interesting tale...it covers many contemporary themes...however...the tale is not...well read...by its author.

  • Unnatural Causes

  • By: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 711

As the country's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Authoritative, Authentic and Utterly Fascinating

  • By Mark on 21-10-18

Fascinating insights from a conscientious public servant

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I read a review of this book in the Times and it piqued my interest. I have little scientific, let alone medical, knowledge but Dr Shepherd provides a fascinating series of insights into his profession. There is an air of melancholy surrounding his narration, but one’s admiration for his knowledge and consciousness grows steadily towards its highly appropriate concluding sentences.

  • Indianapolis

  • By: Lynn Vincent
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, days after delivering the components of the atomic bomb from California to the Pacific Islands in the most highly classified naval mission of the war, USS Indianapolis is sailing alone in the center of the Philippine Sea when she is struck by two Japanese torpedoes. The ship is instantly transformed into a fiery cauldron and sinks within minutes. Some 300 men go down with the ship. Nearly 900 make it into the water alive. For the next five nights and four days, almost 300 miles from the nearest land, the men battle injuries, sharks, dehydration, insanity, and eventually each other. Only 316 will survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Courage, strength and fortitude

  • By Victor Czerwinski on 26-02-19

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 27-07-18

This is the gripping human story of a terrible World War Two disaster. Highly recommended.

  • Factfulness

  • Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think
  • By: Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,456

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for anyone interested in world events!

  • By JenniferL on 28-04-18

Everyone should read this book!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Only a week ago my son - a straight A student at a top U.K. university - asked me to send him some links to articles about positive worldwide trends. The reason was his university friends all seemed very negative and despairing about the world and he wanted help directing their attention elsewhere. I sent some links - I am now going to send this super book too. It’s the perfect antidote to these times in the rich West of fake news and inter-generational divisions. I greatly admired Rosling while he was alive. This book distills his ideas brilliantly. Anyone interested in current affairs and our shared future should read it. Rosling’s wonderful spirit lives on.

  • The Overcoat

  • A Nikolai Gogol Story
  • By: Nikolai Gogol
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

The story centers on an impoverished clerk who is dedicated to his job as a routine copyist but not recognized for his hard work. Younger clerks mock him for his dedication. His threadbare overcoat is mocked as well. He saves up to buy a new one and wears it for one glorious evening, only to have it stolen that night. He dies soon after from his great loss. Thereafter, his ghost is reported to haunt that part of St. Petersburg where the coat was stolen.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, very badly read

  • By katof9tails on 12-11-12

An enthusiast reads Gogol

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

Reviewed: 27-03-18

The reading is not great but the story and the narrator’s explanation of it overcome this. A useful introduction to Gogol.

  • World War Two

  • A Short History
  • By: Norman Stone
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

A pacy, compelling and penetrating account from Wolfson Prize-winning author Norman Stone, that shows World War Two in a fresh new light. After the unprecedented destruction of the Great War, the world longed for a lasting peace. The victors, however, valued vengeance even more than stability and demanded a massive indemnity from Germany in order to keep it from rearming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Overview

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-03-18

Superb Overview

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

Reviewed: 26-03-18

I listened to this after enjoying Stone’s excellent overview of the Great War. I was hesitant about purchasing it because I knew much more about WW2. I needn’t have been. It is wonderfully fluent and informative. A great listen.

  • World War One

  • A Short History
  • By: Norman Stone
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

In 1914, a new kind of war came about, bringing with it a new kind of world. World War One began on horseback, with generals employing bayonet charges to gain ground, and ended with attacks resembling the Nazi blitzkriegs. The scale of devastation was unlike anything the world had seen before: 14 million combatants died, a further 20 million were wounded, and four empires were destroyed. Even the victors' empires were fatally damaged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb overview

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-03-18

Superb overview

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I’ve always found the first world world confusing. This pacy overview clarified much of my confusion and also presented useful information about the Eastern Front which is often overlooked by U.K. accounts of the conflict. I listened to it over the course of two days - it was riveting, never dull or overly technical. Well worth a listen.

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