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  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,494

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

Enlightening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-17

What a book! It opened my mind to new ideas and to a new way of looking at the world. Brilliant.

  • Flashman at the Charge

  • The Flashman Papers, Book 7
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Harry Flashman: the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown's schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross, has three main talents - horsemanship, facility with foreign languages and fornication. A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century, despite trying his utmost to escape them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, so-so production

  • By d l murley on 22-10-18

One of my favourite flashman books!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-16

Flashman being brave? Surely not! A great tale, touching on some history I was happy to learn more about.

  • The Mauritius Command

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 4
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

In The Mauritius Command, Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half-pay without a command until his friend, occasional intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a Commodore's pennant. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains: one a pleasure-seeking dilettante, the other liable to provoke the crew to mutiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter 9 fixed. Excellently read.

  • By L. Kelly on 05-10-16

Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-16

What a great story. This story sails along at a great pace really enjoyed it. Very well read too!

  • The Selfish Gene

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099

Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Luke Barton on 20-08-11

Brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-16

The fact that the author himself rewards this, just adds to its value. I will have to listen again.

  • Look Who's Back

  • By: Timur Vermes
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb satire on modern life

  • By Evolutionary Artefact on 16-09-14

Interesting

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-08-16

An interesting take on a man, who after all was just a man. The story flows nicely, but I was a bit disappointed with the end.

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  • H.M.S. Surprise

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 3
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

H.M.S. Surprise, the third in O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin series, follows the variable fortunes of Captain Jack Aubrey's career in Nelson's navy, as he attempts to hold his ground against admirals, colleagues, and the enemy, and accepts a commission to convey a British ambassador to the East Indies. The voyage leads him and his friend Stephen Maturin to the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and through the archipelago of Spice Islands where the French have a near-overwhelming local superiority.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant storytelling

  • By D. Cottam on 23-12-12

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 23-06-16

The action with the convoy was enthralling and will be with me for a while.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Post Captain

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 2
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531

This tale begins with Jack Aubrey arriving home from his exploits in the Mediterranean to find England at peace following the Treaty of Amiens. He and his friend Stephen Maturin, surgeon and secret agent, begin to live the lives of country gentlemen, hunting, entertaining, and enjoying amorous adventures. Their comfortable existence, however, is cut short when Jack is overnight reduced to a pauper with enough debts to keep him in prison for life. He flees to the continent to seek refuge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Post Captain

  • By John on 27-06-12

Great book

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

The book really brings to life the time of Aubrey. Good and bad... From the press gangs to the prize money. I actually cycled around the block one more time so I could finish the chapter.

  • Flash for Freedom!

  • The Flashman Papers, Book 5
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Flashman must choose - politcs in London or slave trading in Africa - not that it matters really in this hilarious third installement of the Flashman Papers. When Flashman was inveigled into a game of pontoon with Disraeli and Lord George Bentinck, he was making an unconscious choice about his own future - would it lie in the House of Commons or the West African slave trade? Was there, for that matter, very much difference?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deceptively clever

  • By matthew on 22-06-15

Flashman is a rotter

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you get past Flashman being simply awful, the story is wonderful. The historic detail brings the world to life.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Probably the East Coast of Africa. I'll say no more.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud a couple of times when in the company of others after Flashman did something terrible (again).