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  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • May have been more enjoyable with another narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-07-18

May have been more enjoyable with another narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I liked the premise and was only expecting a rom/com level of storytelling and development but was a little more invested in a few of the characters. Sadly I was removed from the story every time the narrator switched the accent... of the same character... in the same sentence. Many of the characters are Asian but we are told repeatedly that they speak in English accents, yet the narrator would frequently switch between English, Chinese and at one point an Indian accent! The characters who supposedly had Chinese accents would also have inconsistent speech, with a whole mismatch of bizarre accents thrown in there. The American character was the only one who escaped this identity crisis. I was hoping this book would explore and celebrate the variety in the different Asian cultures but it missed the mark for me unfortunately.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Parsnips, Buttered

  • Bamboozle and Boycott Modern Life, One Email at a Time
  • By: Joe Lycett
  • Narrated by: Joe Lycett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,852
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,666

In this book I have attempted to solve each and every one of life's problems. And I have succeeded. Dear Listener, Using letters, emails, tweets and telegrams I will show you how the things in your life that make you sad, low or anxious can soon appear trivial, insignificant and like a fish. In short, I will butter your parsnips.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad, but a bit lazy

  • By Gus Honeybun on 07-11-16

*Insert picture of the fox.*

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Were this book narrated by anyone else other than Mr Lycett, this book would merely be a very, very funny, slightly mad manifesto of nonsense, but in the (slightly posh,) voice of the evil genius of mildly annoying minor celebrities and everyday folk, this is the absolute tits!

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,993
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,351

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!"

  • By david on 17-03-17

The Fascinating Sequel to 'Sapiens.'

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I loved Harari's first book 'Sapiens,' as a sweeping look at humanity from prehistoric caves to the modern day board rooms and living rooms. 'Homo Deus' focuses on what may come next, based on the evidence of our past and what we are working on now. He ponders the possible progression of cybernetic limbs into genetically upgraded, super humans. He explores the real life individuals and companies who are currently pouring time and resources into a quest for eternal life. The ideas and theories raised in this book will have you deep diving the internet to make your own predictions on not just which of them will come true, but when. I not only would read this book again but will be reading both of Harari's books again and pushing them on anyone who shows the slightest interest in the future!

  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,745
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,047

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need more!

  • By Lily on 08-11-17

An Epic Bedtime Story for Adults.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

Never have the sweeping stories of the Greek Gods and heroes been so accessible and enjoyable. Told by a master story teller; Steven Fry, this mammoth book retells the history of Geek Myth in the most relatable way, highlighting the very human emotions behind each tale of magic and fantasy. Fry somehow finds an almost episodic thread to weave together an encyclopedia of iconic myths and lesser known fables. If you were that kid who loved the Greek myths in primary school, you will love this adult retelling of the lives, loves, losses and triumphs of the Gods, Goddesses, magical creatures and mortal humans who's names and deeds are still remembered to this day.

  • The Year of Less

  • How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
  • By: Cait Flanders
  • Narrated by: Cait Flanders
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

In her late 20s, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy - only keeping her from meeting her goals - she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less documents Cait's life for 12 months during which she bought only consumables.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not what it says on the cover

  • By Louise on 11-02-18

Brave, inspiring & motivating.

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

Reviewed: 22-01-18

Far greater than a stuffy 'self help' book, this reads more like a diary of someone desperately trying to better themselves. We feel all the motivation & each set back, forcing us to take a look at our own spending habits as Cait struggles through her self-set challenge to find greater meaning & appreciation of what she already has. Loved this book & will be taking on the life lessons as soon as I finish this review!

3 of 3 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 11,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,927

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

Super interesting & relevant to all of us.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

A little heavier than the usual audiobook; this philosophical look at the history of humanity touches on almost every issue & reveals some interesting truths using examples from across the globe & throughout time. It's eye-opening, unashamedly blunt & honest & surprisingly humorous in some areas. Not a light read, but well worth it. Recommend highly.

  • Social Media Marketing

  • Learn Strategies on How to Use FaceBook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter to Grow Your Following, Build Brand Awareness and Drive Traffic to Your Business
  • By: R.M. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Jones
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Learn how thousands of people make a living of social media marketing! There are plenty of books on this subject of social media marketing. However, only few of them are actually useful. This book was made to ensure it is full of as much useful information as possible, whether you're a beginner, advanced, or even expert on social media marketing.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This is very very basic stuff

  • By Claire Bullimore on 19-01-18

OK if you've never even heard of social media.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Very bare minimum information that may be OK for someone who has never even set up a Facebook account, but a complete waste for any business looking to grow your income & profile using social media, (as the title suggests.) With tips like; 'add a profile picture & use hashtags,' it's pretty redundant for any business owner, millennial or anyone who hasn't lived in a cave for the past 10 years. Avoid - there are better books to spend your time & money on.

  • The Hotel on the Roof of the World

  • Five Years in Tibet
  • By: Alec Le Sueur
  • Narrated by: Steven Kynman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Few foreigners are lucky enough to set foot on Tibetan soil, but Alec Le Sueur spent five extraordinary years there, working in the unlikeliest Holiday Inn in the world. Against the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas unfolds a highly amusing and enlightening account of his experiences. Fly infestations at state banquets, unexpected deliveries of live snakes, a predominance of yaks and everything yak-related, the unbelievable Miss Tibet competition, insurmountable communication problems and a dead guest are just some of the entertainments to be found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imperfect people living interesting lives

  • By Lynda Cookson on 08-07-13

Utterly hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 21-06-17

Take great British humor & observational comedy & drop it in the middle of Chinese controlled Tibet, with all it's culture shock, communism & the occasional corpse to really drive home the absurdity of Alec's new position on the roof of the world. Please read this marvellous little book! x

  • Buddha in a Teacup

  • By: Todd Walton
  • Narrated by: Todd Walton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Inspired by the teachings of Buddha, the 42 contemporary short stories in Buddha in a Teacup will inspire and entertain modern-day readers, non-Buddhists and Buddhists alike. Each tale presents a key moment in the human comedy when people are presented with opportunities to move beyond fear and doubt into healthier and more meaningful relationships with themselves and each other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking & entertaining

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-06-17

Thought provoking & entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Far from ramming the Buddhists ideologies down your throat, this collection of short stories subtlety explores themes of forgiveness, kindness & compassion through relatable, modern events & characters, allowing you to make your own conclusions after each tale ends.

  • 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk Around the World

  • By: Polly Letofsky
  • Narrated by: Polly Letofsky
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Polly Letofsky left her Colorado home and headed west across four continents and over 14,000 miles - by foot - to become the first woman to walk around the world. In a spirit of adventure, along with the goal of raising global awareness for breast cancer, strangers welcomed her into their homes. The world had embraced her. But in the middle of Polly's journey, 9/11 flung us all into a crossroads in world history, and she found herself navigating a vastly changing world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Narration

  • By Kevin on 11-08-15

Inspiring and roll on the floor hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

An incredible story comprised of hundreds of detailed little memories & moments that are recounted in Polly's own worlds. She chats to us like an old friend as we walk alongside her, through her epic walk around the world. You feel every step, every frustration & every small victory through her eyes, (and feet!) READ ME! x

1 of 1 people found this review helpful