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  • The Chimp Paradox

  • The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness
  • By: Prof Steve Peters
  • Narrated by: Prof Steve Peters
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,622

Leading consultant psychiatrist Steve Peters knows more than anyone how impulsive behaviour or nagging self-doubt can impact negatively on our professional and personal lives. In this, his first book, Steve shares his phenomenally successful mind-management programme that has been used to help elite athletes and senior managers alike to conquer their fears and operate with greater control, focus and confidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Answered so many questions

  • By A on 10-03-15

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Life changing book. A must read for anyone who wants to take charge of their life and live a happy life!

  • Saint Death

  • John Milton, Book 2
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

John Milton has been off the grid for six months. He surfaces in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and immediately finds himself drawn into a vicious battle with the narco-gangs that control the borderlands. He saves the life of an idealistic young journalist who has been targeted for execution. The only way to keep her safe is to smuggle her into Texas. Working with the only untouchable cops in the city and a bounty hunter whose motives are unclear, Milton must keep her safe until the crossing can be made.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sophomore Story

  • By JJ on 02-06-15

The story continues

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Would you listen to Saint Death again? Why?

This is the second part of the John Milton series and it builds on the groundwork of the first book.

What other book might you compare Saint Death to, and why?

This series is reminiscent of Lee Childs Jack Reacher series.

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

Once again, the accents bring the story to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I started and wanted to keep listening.

Any additional comments?

A great second book in the series. Now I can't wait to start listening to book 3.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Cleaner

  • John Milton, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,191
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,022

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but oddly unsatisfying

  • By Lucy on 05-11-16

A great new series

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Would you listen to The Cleaner again? Why?

Yes, it is a start to the John Milton series and set the groundwork that is built on in future books.

What other book might you compare The Cleaner to, and why?

Any Jack Reacher novel. These had a similar feel to Lee Childs work, which I also liked.

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

The atmosphere was enhanced by the accents David brought to the narration.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was captured by several moments in the book, especially around the tough choices the young characters had to make.

Any additional comments?

A great opener to a series of books. This series has a lot to live up to but I feel confident it will not disappoint.

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,499

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By stucody on 22-03-15

The aliens are coming

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

What did you like most about Fear the Sky?

This is the first in a trilogy and I loved it.

What did you like best about this story?

Although this is a science fiction book, the story allows anyone to follow along and enjoy it. The story is well written and engaging.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Abyss Beyond Dreams

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958

When images of a lost civilization are 'dreamed' by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void - a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immersed in the void.

  • By Martin on 06-11-14

Another great story from a master storyteller

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

Where does The Abyss Beyond Dreams rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have been a fan of Peter F Hamilton for a long time and the latest book is a great addition to my library.

Set in the same universe as the previous Abyss series, The Abyss Beyond Dreams is the first of a great new story. Great characters, great plot and John Lee as the narrator.

Look forward to the next book being released.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Gravity

  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Emma Watson, a brilliant research physician, has been training for years for the mission of a lifetime: to study living beings in space. Jack McCallum, Emma's estranged husband, has shared her dream of space travel, but a medical condition has grounded and embittered him. He must watch from the sidelines as his wife prepares for her first mission to the international Space Station.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Paul on 29-10-15

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Would you listen to Gravity again? Why?

This was a very well written story that kept me listening, waiting for the next chapter to find out what happens next. The differences between Earth and the Zero gravity environment of the International Space Station are well written and the author has done a great job of building the suspense as the story progressed.

What did you like best about this story?

The challenges of working in zero gravity are well understood and explained by the author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The B-Team

  • The Human Division, Episode 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short But Sweet!

  • By Lauren on 02-02-13

Great mini series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

This is a great short story, in a collection of intertwined short stories.

I will look for more title by this author.

  • Walk the Plank

  • The Human Division, Episode 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Wildcat colonies are illegal, unauthorized, and secret - so when an injured stranger shows up at the wildcat colony New Seattle, the colony leaders are understandably suspicious of who he is and what he represents. His story of how he’s come to their colony is shocking, surprising, and might have bigger consequences than anyone could have expected. Walk the Plank is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Continues to be entertaining

  • By Andrew on 12-04-13

Great short story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

This is a great short story, in a collection of intertwined short stories.

I will look for more title by this author.

  • We Only Need the Heads

  • The Human Division, Episode 3
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has been loaned out to a CDF platoon tasked with secretly removing an unauthorized colony of humans on an alien world. Colonial Ambassador Abumwe has been ordered to participate in final negotiations with an alien race the Union hopes to make allies. Wilson and Abumwe’s missions are fated to cross - and in doing so, place both missions at risk of failure.

We Only Need the Heads is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Getting ahead

  • By Norma Miles on 02-06-15

Great short story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

This is a great short story, in a collection of intertwined short stories.

I will look for more title by this author.

  • A Voice in the Wilderness

  • The Human Division, Episode 4
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Albert Birnbaum was once one of the biggest political talk show hosts around, but these days he’s watching his career enter a death spiral. A stranger offers a solution to his woes, promising to put him back on top. It’s everything Birnbaum wants, but is there a catch? And does Birnbaum actually care if there is? "A Voice in the Wilderness" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • He said, she said.

  • By Andrew Byron on 18-02-16

Great short story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

This is a great short story, in a collection of intertwined short stories.

I will look for more title by this author.