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  • We Need to Weaken the Mixture

  • By: Guy Martin
  • Narrated by: Dean Williamson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 128

Since we last heard from him, Guy Martin has restored a 1983 Williams F1 car then raced Jenson Button in it; helped to build a WWI tank; ridden with Putin's favourite biker gang the Night Wolves; competed on the classic endurance circuit; stood on top of one of Chernobyl's nuclear reactors and taken part in his last ever Isle of Man TT. Then there's the stuff he really can't wait to get out of bed for: 12-hour shifts for a local haulage firm and taytie farming in his new John Deere tractor. Besides all this, he's saved his local pub from closure and become a dad. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant

  • By isla hillier on 30-10-18

Not as good as the rest

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

I’ve read Guy’s previous books and enjoyed them this was reasonable, and I still enjoyed it, but the flow of the book wasn’t as good and it came across a bit confused.

  • Swansong

  • DI Nick Dixon, Book 4
  • By: Damien Boyd
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Isobel Swan, a sixth form student, has been murdered. First, her ring finger is severed, then her throat is cut. With the investigation going nowhere fast, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon is sent undercover as a trainee teacher into Isobel's boarding school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dective series

  • By Mogie on 26-03-16

Nailbiting

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

Reviewed: 24-01-18

Great story. Not sure we were given all the clues like we were in previous books but nevertheless a great listen

  • 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 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

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

Like reacher but not quite so good

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

Reviewed: 21-05-16

Good book, sadly main character milton not quite as good as reacher. It is a little surprising that he makes it to the end of the book.

  • Winners

  • And How They Succeed
  • By: Alastair Campbell
  • Narrated by: Alastair Campbell, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886

The Sunday Times number-one best seller. How people succeed and how you can, too. Alastair Campbell knows all about winning. As Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist, he helped guide the Labour Party to victory in three successive general elections, and he’s fascinated by what it takes to win. How do sports stars excel, entrepreneurs thrive, or individuals achieve their ambitions? Is their ability to win innate? Or is the winning mind-set something we can all develop?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights

  • By MarkPT on 18-02-16

Good book

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

Interesting book about winners and how they succeed. There are lessons for everyone who wants to succeed in this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Vicious Circle

  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 155

When Hector Cross's new life is overturned, he immediately recognizes the ruthless hand of an enemy he has faced many times before: a terrorist group has re-emerged - like a deadly scorpion from beneath its rock. Determined to fight back, Hector draws together a team of his most loyal friends from his former life in Cross Bow Security, a company originally contracted to protect his beloved wife, Hazel Bannock, and her company, the Bannock Oil Corp. They travel to the remotest Middle East, to hunt down those who pursue him and his loved ones.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful

  • By robert on 01-12-13

Not a good Wilbur

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

Reviewed: 15-12-13

What disappointed you about Vicious Circle?

Pretty abhorrent material about child abuse and rape. No real need for this material. There was none of the historical or geographical context of previous novels. This made the novel lack depth.

What could Wilbur Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Take out the child abuse bits. .

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator was ok

What character would you cut from Vicious Circle?

Nil

Any additional comments?

No

  • Inspiring Leadership

  • By: Jonathan Perks MBE
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Perks MBE
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

What qualities do you need to become a good leader? Jonathan Perks has had 30 years of leadership experience at all levels, in the British Army and global business. He combines this with wide research and has identified eight qualities that are evident in all successful leaders. The message of hope in this book is that the inspiring leadership qualities that Jonathan describes can be developed by almost anyone. Using the author's compass model, you will be able to identify your own "true north".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oliver Johnston

  • By oliver on 08-05-12

brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-12

One of the best books I have read for a while. I previously thought leadership was something you had or you hadn't. The compass model explains leadership very well and explains how you might learn or teach leadership.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • What Every BODY Is Saying

  • An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People
  • By: Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Alistair on 16-06-12

Excellent

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-12

I thought this might struggle as an audio book but it does work. There is a lot about the reasons behind body language which enabled the author to clump body language in to bite sized chunks to make it digestable.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

  • By: Louisa Young
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

Set on the Western Front, in London and in Paris, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You is a moving and brilliant novel of love, class, and sex in wartime, and how war affects those left behind as well as those who fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful,moving and engrossing

  • By helen on 20-06-11

a bit slow

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-12

Probably not the right book for me but a bit slow and there wasn't enough interest generated to keep me listening.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,668

In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distil vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Appendix missing

  • By Mark Pack on 22-07-12

Interesting concepts

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-12

A really interesting book. It would be even better if it was distilled and condensed but there is enough in it to keep you going to the end.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Carte Blanche

  • A James Bond Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 474

Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. It operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, with its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary. The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week. And 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfil his mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ian Fleming's Bond for the 21st century

  • By Steve on 30-06-11

Fantastic effort

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-11

Jeffrey Deaver is just the person to write the new bond book. He can intertwine several different facets of a plot and bring them together at the end to a nail biting conclusion. He brought Bond into the 21st century and made him believable. Great book I hope he writes another.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful