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  • The Colours of all the Cattle

  • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 19
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the City Council, Mma Ramotswe is at first unsure. But when she learns about the proposed construction of the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My yearly dose of delight with Ma Ramotswe

  • By Rachel Jane Baddeley on 23-10-18

like sitting in the warm sun

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

Reviewed: 25-12-18

I love these books. I keep them for stressful times as I now they will restore my status quo and remind me of the good things in the world. always a winner.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Early Riser

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Thomas Hunt
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Every Winter, the human population hibernates. During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness and devoid of human activity. Well, not quite. Your name is Charlie Worthing, and it's your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses. You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense - nothing more than a quirky artefact born of the sleeping mind. When the dreams start to kill people, it's unsettling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More good work from the king of Dystopia

  • By J L Parkes on 13-08-18

wonderful but what was it about

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

I was swept along by this wonderfully narrated novel. splendid, weird and comforting all at the same time

  • Prisoners of Geography

  • Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
  • By: Tim Marshall
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426

If you've ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower or why China's power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here. In 10 chapters, using essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Step back and look at politics through a new lens

  • By Unique Pseudonym on 25-07-17

i listened to every minute of it and learnt a lot

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

I felt I had a grasp of something which had evaded me before- really enjoyable

  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,892
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldly might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love these characters and these books.

  • By Pegs on 23-11-18

its run its watery course

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

I think that what was weird and fascinating and funny became a police procedural without the chills. When warlocks are run of the mill then its just any old story. time for a change

  • The Courage to Be Disliked 

  • How to Free Yourself, Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness
  • By: Fumitake Koga, Ichiro Kishimi
  • Narrated by: Adrian Mulraney
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

The Japanese phenomenon that teaches us the simple yet profound lessons required to liberate our real selves and find lasting happiness. The Courage to Be Disliked shows you how to unlock the power within yourself to become your best and truest self, change your future and find lasting happiness. Using the theories of Alfred Adler, one of the three giants of 19th-century psychology alongside Freud and Jung, the authors explain how we are all free to determine our own future.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I had to bang my head on the wall to feel normal

  • By Mark on 15-11-18

I had to bang my head on the wall to feel normal

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

the format of student and philosopher is taken to the extreme by this annoying boring piece of nonsense.. I an a fan of psychoanalysis and also teach it professionally and was intrigued by the message but the delivery is awful. The message is sound but the delivery and style would be more suited to AD 39 in a Roman school rather than in my car. It drove me bonkers. The student was an annoying teenage moron..…..and the philosopher was a self satisfied old git ( I to am an old git but at least have a sense of that). Read Adler but avoid this

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,020
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,754

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grow your mind

  • By Paul Murphy on 07-09-18

pretty great stuff

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I smelt a bit of a rehash of previous stuff but enjoyed it anyway. Hope next time he starts a new journey

  • Mogworld

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373

In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story and narration after first hour.

  • By Kieran on 17-11-12

he got so much better in later books

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Sadly I read this after galaxy and jam- galaxy is my fave book this seemed like an early try out. go for the later better crafted stuff.

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 588

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilisation on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them or to fight against the invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dont be put off by the science!!

  • By Thomas on 07-03-18

i really wanted to hang on in there BUT

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

7 hours in and I still don't know what they hell this is about...I give up

  • The Bone Keeper

  • By: Luca Veste
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

What if the figure that haunted your nightmares as a child, the myth of the man in the woods, was real? He'll slice your flesh. Your bones he'll keep. Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find to the supposed home of the Bone Keeper. Only three returned. Now, a woman is found wandering the streets of Liverpool, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the Bone Keeper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really enjoyed this

  • By Anonymous User on 21-05-18

it just started to annoy me

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

it had an exciting concept but it got so gloomy which started to counteract the plot- I just wanted to give the characters a shake- started skipping chapters half way through then I didn't care what happened at the end-

  • Dangerous

  • By: Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Narrated by: Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

The liberal media machine did everything they could to keep this book out of your hands. Now, finally, Dangerous, the most controversial book of the decade, is tearing down safe spaces everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharp/Funny/Loaded

  • By nicholas on 31-12-17

What did I expect.....

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

well I wanted to be scandalised and I did enjoy the ride. I liked the sheer devilment of it. The world needs people to say shocking things- Rome had Juvenal, we have Milo and Katie Hopkins. I think I needed a bit more political thought and a bit less narcissism but hey I really enjoyed hearing him say shocking things and being Fab. It put a twinkle in my old gay eyes and a spring in my step.
Hearing shocking things really builds up my resilience- a character trait sadly needed by more of us