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  • Ep. 1 (Mo-Joe: An 18-Week Marathon Training Diary)

  • By: Mo Farah, Joe Wicks, George Lamb
  • Narrated by: Mo Farah, Joe Wicks, George Lamb
  • Length: 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah and Body Coach Joe Wicks lend their advice, expertise and moral support to George Lamb as he trains for the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon. This blood, sweat and tears journey follows George as he transforms from couch potato to long-distance athlete in just 17 short weeks. Packed with entertaining anecdotes and essential training tips, this series gives budding runners all the help they need when it comes to getting marathon fit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stuff!

  • By Catherine Pollard on 09-01-18

Good introduction to training

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

What made the experience of listening to Mo-Joe: An 18-Week Marathon Training Diary: Episode 1 the most enjoyable?

That Joe in particular admits that he did not enjoy his marathon despite being incredibly fit, that specific training is needed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mo-Joe: An 18-Week Marathon Training Diary: Episode 1?

The hesitation that George Lambs father has before confirming he has the will power to succeed. I hope he does too, and does it in the time he hopes for.

Any additional comments?

I can find the additional material promised.

  • Billionaire

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 238

From Peter James, the award-winning author of the Roy Grace series, comes Billionaire, an exhilarating financial thriller. City stockbroker Alex Rocq leads a comfortable life, with a luxury flat in London, a country cottage, a very expensive car, and a lucrative job that still leaves time for leisure. But all this isn't enough. After receiving a tip-off, Alex decides to play the commodities market for himself. He soon learns the hard way that fortune doesn't always favour the brave, and his luck comes to an abrupt end.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Alex Rocq is no Roy Grace

  • By Simon on 03-01-16

Not a vintage Peter James

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Not up to the inspector Grace books, this stand alone financial thriller is dated. The characters are difficult to like and the constant 'product ' names is irritating. Still an easy read and a fair story.

  • Ghost Flight

  • By: Bear Grylls
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639

Haunted by his wife and son's brutal abduction and murder, ex-soldier Will Jaeger runs to the ends of the Earth to recover and to hide. But even there he is found and compelled to undertake one last mission and to confront a savage past he can barely even remember. Jaeger agrees to lead an expedition into the Mountains of the Gods in the remote Amazon jungle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cheesy but great

  • By Alexander on 02-07-15

Boys own adventure

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

Reviewed: 28-11-15

Surprised to enjoy this adventure yarn which is somewhat clichéd, with wicked Nazis ,Amazonian tribes and deadly spiders but it moves along fast and the central characters are good. Disappointing as it is unfinished and the sequel is not yet out. I prefer even with a series that a story is complete.
Narration is good and maintains tension well. The individual characters are easily identifiable and the accents although very heavy are ok.

  • The Starling Project

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina, full cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 160

Audie Award, Original Work, 2016; Audie Award Finalist, Audio Drama, 2016. An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington – from London to Marseille to Prague – war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling – when he always seems one step ahead?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculous accents

  • By the-leveller on 15-01-15

Dont bother with this

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

Reviewed: 31-08-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing should have read reviews: bad accents, trite story, poor research (Where is Windsor Palace??)

What was most disappointing about Jeffery Deaver’s story?

Shoddy research and stereotypes

Would you be willing to try another one of Alfred Molina and full cast ’s performances?

Possibly

What character would you cut from The Starling Project?

Difficult to say

Any additional comments?

At least it was short!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mini Habits

  • Smaller Habits, Bigger Results
  • By: Stephen Guise
  • Narrated by: Daniel Penz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

One afternoon - after another failed attempt to get motivated to exercise - I (accidentally) started my first mini habit. I initially committed to do one push-up, and it turned into a full workout. I was shocked. This "stupid idea" wasn't supposed to work. I was shocked again when my success with this strategy continued for months (and to this day). I had to consider that maybe I wasn't the problem in those 10 years of mediocre results. Maybe it was my prior strategies that were ineffective, despite being oft-repeated as "the way to change" in countless books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a mini habits convert

  • By Jon Scriven on 10-06-15

Good ideas but irritating narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

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

start good habits "stupidly small".

If you’ve listened to books by Stephen Guise before, how does this one compare?

N/a

Would you be willing to try another one of Daniel Penz’s performances?

no

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

one push up a day

Any additional comments?

Reasonalby argued case for starting good habits small and why we usualyy fail and NY resolutions dont work. The narrator was far too chirpy but that may be the tone of the book.Will give the theory a try.

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  • The Happiness Advantage

  • The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
  • By: Shawn Achor
  • Narrated by: Shawn Achor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Practical positivity that lasts

  • By Mark on 24-09-11
  • The Happiness Advantage
  • The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
  • By: Shawn Achor
  • Narrated by: Shawn Achor

Great introduction to positive psychology

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

Reviewed: 22-07-15

Bought this after seeing the famous YouTube video. I was not disappointed. Read by the author with humour, the book outlines 7 principles for a happier more successful life. Certainly food for thought!

  • Amok

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,176

This was to be her last day alive. The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin prepared her suicide thoroughly. The death of her eldest daughter had weighed too heavily on her conscience for her to carry on and she yearned for one last drink to raise a toast to oblivion. Her morbid plans are interrupted and she is called in to negotiate a gruesome hostage situation at a radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Case of the Missing "I"

  • By Simon on 31-07-18

Great thriller

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

Reviewed: 26-06-15

An alcoholic negotiator is brought in to a hostage situation in a radio studio. Beyond that everything else is full of twists conspiracies and deceptions. A good listen and very well delivered by the principle actors.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Shock of the Fall

  • By: Nathan Filer
  • Narrated by: OIiver Hembrough
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 443

'I'll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name's Simon. I think you're going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he'll be dead. And he was never the same after that.' The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man's descent into mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tender and heartwarming

  • By Kaggy on 08-07-14

Insightful novel about mental illness

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

Reviewed: 09-05-15

Matt a schizophrenic since his teens tells his story . His reality is ours and Simon his dead brother is an integral part of his world. The depiction of mental health services is particularly good with the different personalities perceptively observed by Matt.Ultimately hopeful but realistic view of schizophrenia and the impact on Matts family. Well read.

  • The Zig Zag Girl

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 365

Brighton, 1950: When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick: the Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of Edgar's. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Men. Max is still on the circuit, touring seaside towns in the company of ventriloquists, sword-swallowers, and dancing girls.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Uninvolving mystery

  • By Sally on 20-11-14

Very different from Ruth Galloway

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

Reviewed: 22-04-15

Brighton just after the war, seedy and slightly "foreign" . A body in three pieces, a policeman who was part of a team of magicians; the magic men who during the war dreamed illusions to fool the enemy. Then more bodies. The writing is sedate, the characters polite, only the magicians are exotic. The mystery unfolds slowly but I could not stop listening. Recommended, but don't expect anything similar to her other Norfolk stories

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost Fields

  • Ruth Galloway, Book 7
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659

Norfolk is experiencing a July heat wave when a construction crew unearths a macabre discovery - a buried World War II plane with the pilot still inside. Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway quickly realizes that the skeleton couldn't possibly be the pilot, and DNA tests identify the man as Fred Blackstock, a local aristocrat who had been reported dead at sea. When the remaining members of the Blackstock family learn about the discovery, they seem strangely frightened by the news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another intriguing Norfolk mystery

  • By Clare C on 15-04-15

Another great Norfolk tale

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

Reviewed: 18-04-15

I really enjoy these stories about Ruth the archeologist and her complicated personal life. Less archeology in this one which was a pity. Beautifully read by Clare Corbett, as are all re rest of the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful