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  • Clarissa, or The History of a Young Lady, Volume 2

  • By: Samuel Richardson
  • Narrated by: Samuel West, Nigel Pilkington, Roger May, and others
  • Length: 34 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

A milestone in the history of the novel, Samuel Richardson's epistolary and elaborate Clarissa follows the life of a chaste young woman desperate to protect her virtue. The recording is divided into three volumes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly outstanding

  • By Dog in a Flat Cap on 22-08-18

Truly outstanding

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

Reviewed: 22-08-18

I have just reached the end of volume 2 and am beside myself that volume 3 is not yet on audible!! I have been reading the actual book alongside the audiobook so can resume the story; but I’ve been so much enjoying the audiobook that I’m disappointed not to be able to continue listening.

As far as the narration goes, i love Lucy Scott’s voice and recently enjoyed her reading Marie Kondo’s book on Tidying - which was how I happened to find her narration of Clarissa’s letters in this gargantuan epistolary novel.

As for the novel itself, it’s an absolute masterpiece. If I could award more than 5 stars I would.

  • Profit First

  • Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine
  • By: Mike Michalowicz
  • Narrated by: Mike Michalowicz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

The author of cult classics The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur offers a simple, counterintuitive cash management solution that will help small businesses break out of the doom spiral and achieve instant profitability.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • 1 hour book stretched to 8 hours

  • By Alex Mcg on 25-06-18

Great listen!

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

Reviewed: 31-07-18

I heard Mike being interviewed on the Being Boss podcast and as a consequence downloaded his book, as he was so fun and knowledgeable to listen to. What I really love about the audio book (which I've been listening to in my car) is that instead of just reading it word for word, he breaks off to add little asides which makes it really fun to listen to. He gives a lot of instructions which sometimes are hard to implement when you're driving (eg. 'open a new bank account! do it now!!) but it's great, hopefully once I get around to doing all-the-things it will help me on my entrepreneurial mission! But definitely I recommend, a great listen. :)

  • Ep. 2: The Back of Beyond (West Cork)

  • By: Audible Original
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

[Contains Mature Themes] A body is found at the end of a path leading to three houses. The police, known in Ireland as “the Guards,” have little experience with serious crime in West Cork, and the victim - a French woman with a holiday home in the area - is a mysterious figure to locals. That night, as news of the murder makes its way through the community, everyone begins to question if they were ever truly safe.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nasty and exploitative

  • By Dog in a Flat Cap on 26-07-18

Nasty and exploitative

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

Reviewed: 26-07-18

OK, so I didn't listen to the whole series. I listened to the first episode and then a bit of the second before deleting it. I cannot fathom why or how a true crime 'drama' has been made out of the death of a real person. It is beyond distasteful and actually beyond belief that this is being sold as 'a gripping crime series'. The first episode was a bit boring if I'm honest, but into Episode 2 and we're into details of the dead woman's body, how she was found, what she was wearing, what she wasn't wearing, all with 'atmospheric' background music - I turned it off. I'm not especially squeamish but I'm not sitting here listening to gruesome details of a real woman's murder as if it's an episode of Poirot.

Not cool, Audible.

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  • How to Get People Lining Up to Do Business with You
  • By: Daniel Priestley
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis, Daniel Priestley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229

Don't fight for customers; let them fight over you! Have you ever queued for a restaurant? Preordered something months in advance? Fought for tickets that sell out in a day? Had a hairdresser with a six-month waiting list? There are people who don't chase clients; clients chase them. In a world of endless choices, why does this happen? Why do people queue up? Why do they pay more? Why will they book months in advance? Why are these people and products in such high demand?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent for SMEs

  • By Fahrenheit452 on 05-12-15

Soulless drivel

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

I got bored and depressed listening to this. The actual author read the introduction in his own voice and sounds about as much fun as a frozen fish dinner. The professional narrator did a bit better but ultimately nothing could inject any spirit into this repetitive, mind numbing, purposeless guff. It’s just a book about how to make money for the sake of it. No vision, no passion, just dead fish eyes...

  • Creative Quest

  • By: Questlove
  • Narrated by: Questlove, Fred Armisen, Tariq Trotter, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

In Creative Quest, Questlove synthesizes all the creative philosophies, lessons, and stories he's heard from the many creators and collaborators in his life, and reflects on his own experience, to advise listeners and fans on how to consider creativity and where to find it. He addresses many topics - what it means to be creative, how to find a mentor and serve as an apprentice, the wisdom of maintaining a creative network, coping with critics and the foibles of success, and the specific pitfalls of contemporary culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not qualified to leave feedback but

  • By Mr. Sj Bourke on 27-06-18

A bit rambling

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

Reviewed: 20-06-18

Oh wow. I wanted to like this SO much. But it didn't do anything for me. Questlove is a great narrator but I didn't feel he was saying anything very interesting or useful. Apart from the humorous asides and sound-effects it's a fairly rambling account of everything Questlove likes doing and all the cool famous people he's met. It doesn't say much about creativity beyond some superficial attempts. I admit I only got about halfway through and gave up.

  • Beowulf

  • A New Translation
  • By: Seamus Heaney
  • Narrated by: Seamus Heaney
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Seamus Heaney’s new translation of Beowulf is a work that is both true to the original poem and an expression of something fundamental to Heaney’s own creative gift.One of the great classics of English literature, it tells the story of a hero who wins glory and learns wisdom and is then called upon to face a final test against the monstrous. There are obvious parallels to be found in the history of the twentieth century, and Heaney’s Beowulf cannot fail to be read partly in the light of his Northern Irish upbringing. But it also transcends such considerations, revealing psychological and spiritual truths that are both permanent and liberating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beowulf

  • By L D Wilkes on 19-11-16

Seamus’ delivery a tad dry!

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

I bought the text version as well as the audio version, and found it most gripping to read but very dry to listen to, comparatively! It’s lovely to hear the poet himself read his translation aloud, but he reads it as if he’s doing a poetry reading, not performing an epic. And it needs to be performed. A distinct lack of drama or variation in his tone, just reciting lines. Come on Seamus, do better... !

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  • Your Creative Career

  • Turn Your Passion into a Fulfilling and Financially Rewarding Lifestyle
  • By: Anna Sabino
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Anna Sabino wasn’t born into a wealthy family, didn’t inherit money from a distant relative, and doesn’t have a rich husband. But she made it as an entrepreneur, as a single woman, and most important, as an artist. In Your Creative Career, she shows her fellow artists and creatives how to build a business that reflects their talent and true calling while generating serious cash. Whether the goal is to build an empire and be financially free, create a lifestyle business, or just to have more time, Your Creative Career guides you through every aspect of creative entrepreneurship.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive and irritating

  • By Dog in a Flat Cap on 10-03-18

Repetitive and irritating

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Maybe Americans will be able to cope with the narrator’s over the top showbizzy tones but I couldn’t. It was like listening to Ruby Wax narrate a car manual. Apart from that the book is repetitive, and doesn’t have a lot to say unless it’s about how to sell jewellery. Since the majority of people wanting a creative career will not be selling jewellery, I’d say the target demographic is limited. The basic message of the book is manage your cash flow, and sell what people want to buy. That’s basically it, but for a whole book. If you’re not planning to sell lucky charm bracelets, better look elsewhere...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces

  • By: Joseph Campbell
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, John Lee, Susan Denaker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell's revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In this book, Campbell outlines the Hero's Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world's mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! super informative and expertly narrated

  • By R-the Relentless on 25-08-17

Narration problems

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

I’m not sure who decided on this narrator but he’s not well suited to this type of writing! I can imagine he’d be good narrating a thriller, not something of academic significance. It’s off putting, and the footnotes supplied by additional voices is also confusing to listen to. The whole thing only becomes clear when I’ve got the book on hand, as it can otherwise seem like a lot of semi coherent rambling and non-sequiturs. The overwhelming sense I get while listening to this is that the narrator is just speaking words and has no idea what any of them mean.

The book itself is a classic!

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  • A Short History of Ireland

  • By: Dr Jonathan Bardon
  • Narrated by: Frances Tomelty
  • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

In the wake of its 30th birthday celebrations in 2006, BBC Radio Ulster marked the beginning of a new broadcasting era by embarking on the station's most ambitious project to date: a recounting of the history of Ireland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic history

  • By Robert on 27-03-08

Brilliant history

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

Absolutely fantastic production - I learned so much. I am not strictly Irish but have some Irish ancestry (among plenty of other mongrel elements) so this helped explain some aspects of my ancestry, but also provided an incredible context for the troubles which, growing up on the mainland during the 70s and 80s, I’d never fully understood. The packaging of this history is so engaging and easy to follow that it’s a revelation. Recommended to all with even a passing interest in Irish and British history.

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  • The Art of Empathy

  • A Training Course in Life's Most Essential Skill
  • By: Karla McLaren
  • Narrated by: Karla McLaren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Some of us are natural-born empaths - those with an exceptional gift for feeling and understanding the emotions, circumstances, and needs of others. But empathy, teaches Karla McLaren, is a universal human skill that we can all learn to awaken and use wisely. With The Art of Empathy, you will learn, step-by-step, the art of experiencing through the eyes and hearts of those around you - and to connect with and support them most effectively.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very insightful :)

  • By Jezierski Michal on 17-09-15

Loved everything about this

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

Reviewed: 20-09-17

One of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Wonderful delivery from Karla, she's so warm and refreshing to hear, and her words were really valuable. I hadn't heard of her before but will look up her other books on the basis of this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful