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  • The Honourable Schoolboy

  • The Karla Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service. The betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network, and Smiley wants revenge. He chooses his weapon: Jerry Westerby, "The Honourable Schoolboy", a passionate lover, and a seasoned, reckless secret agent. Westerby is pointed east, to Hong Kong. So begins the terrifying game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Honourable Shoolboy

  • By Bruce on 13-02-11

Classic Smiley.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-18

A few more pieces in the world of Smiley, The Circus and all the usual suspects fall into place. Great reading.

  • Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

  • A Memoir
  • By: Chris Packham
  • Narrated by: Chris Packham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

An introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school, Chris Packham was only at home in the fields and woods around his suburban home. But when he stole a young kestrel from its nest, he was about to embark on a friendship that would teach him what it meant to love - and that would change him forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting tale of love and loss.

  • By Lisa Morin on 08-05-16

Incandescent.

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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: 03-05-18

Now, for me, ranks alongside Dylan's Chronicles as the best autobiography I've read. And if you're reading the book, do consider the Audio. I can't imagine getting so much out of it as with his passionate, authentic performance.

  • The Dawn Watch

  • Joseph Conrad in a Global World
  • By: Maya Jasanoff
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Migration, terrorism, the tensions between global capitalism and nationalism, the promise and peril of a technological and communications revolution: these forces shaped the life and work of Joseph Conrad at the dawn of the 20th century. In this brilliant new interpretation of one of the great voices in modern literature, Maya Jasanoff reveals Conrad as a prophet of globalization as we recognize it today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit 'specialised' but extremely interesting

  • By chimneyman on 29-06-18

Superb

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Memorable in every aspect. More than a biography. Greatly informative on the historical context of his time. Very timely reflections on the flux of European relations; seen from 21 century but not veering into punditry.

  • The Upward Spiral

  • Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time
  • By: Alex Korb PhD.
  • Narrated by: David deVries
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Depression can feel like a downward spiral, pulling you down into a vortex of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. Based in the latest research in neuroscience, this audiobook offers dozens of little things you can do every day to rewire your brain and create an upward spiral towardsa happier, healthier life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent science, average advice

  • By Unclepigg on 04-07-17

Good evidence based teaching and advice.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

Probably some of the best advice. Could do with some tools to help apply it.

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  • BBC National Short Story Award 2010 (5 Shortlisted Titles)

  • By: David Constantine, Aminatta Forna, Sarah Hall, and others
  • Narrated by: Emma Rydal, Ron Cook, Sirine Saba, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

The 5 shortlisted titles for the BBC National Short Story Award 2010 administered in partnership with Booktrust, containing:Tea at the Midland by David ConstantineDavid Constantine 2010 Haywards Heath by Aminatta FornaAminatta Forna 2010Butcher’s Perfume by Sarah HallSarah Hall 2010If It Keeps on Raining by Jon McGregorJon McGregor 2010My Daughter the Racist by Helen OyeyemiHelen Oyeyemi 2010

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short & Sweet - 5 Brilliant Stories!

  • By Jeremy on 23-02-11

Great contemporary writing

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Reviewed: 12-05-15

Accessible stories i could relate to, beautifully written. So refreshing to have these collections available. A change from the rather staid writers in some of the 20 century collections. I will be listening to more from the BBC Short Story titles.

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