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Allan Hviid Jensen

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  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599

The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it. With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • balanced and the text is served well by narration.

  • By David W. on 12-09-18

Nothing really surprising

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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: 14-09-18

Bob Woodward does a thorough job but I find there isn’t much new or shocking revealed in this book. Trump is a charlatan who needs to go sooner rather than later. Woodward sometimes almost flatter him by giving him the benefit of the doubt as to whether an action has some forethought or strategy behind it, which I seriously doubt.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Steve K on 04-11-15

Entertaining with some good observations about life

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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: 09-08-18

Light, amusing, with a British sitcom sense for making the mundane dramatic that I love, the author shares some interesting observations on life, getting around to the core conclusions also done by Meik Wiking at the Happiness Institute. I consumed the book in just 2 days and enjoyed every minute with a good chuckle here and there.

  • The Little Book of Lykke

  • Secrets of the World's Happiest People
  • By: Meik Wiking
  • Narrated by: Meik Wiking
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

The world has reached unprecedented levels of wealth, but while we have succeeded in getting richer, we have failed in getting happier. While many people live lives of quiet desperation, a few people find themselves at the very top of the scale when it comes to happiness. Their behaviour is different. Their outlook is different. Their priorities are different. What can we learn from the world's happiest people?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart warming and inspiring

  • By Debbie on 17-09-17

Simple useful tips

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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: 07-08-18

Neil Wiking lives and exemplifies it. And why not, small acts of kindness reward not only the recipient, they also reward the giver. As Mike describes a crime prone district in Fremantle and how the burgers there turned it around, one gets almost envious of the community they have created. Makes you want to take action right here and now, where you live or work or otherwise spend your time.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Factfulness

  • Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think
  • By: Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 870

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 8 hours that will change your world view!

  • By Max Rådelius on 24-05-18

Important eye opening work

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-18

This book should be mandatory reading in any high school curriculum. A call to arms for a much needed, more factual world view.

  • The Restless Wave

  • Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations
  • By: John McCain, Mark Salter
  • Narrated by: John McCain, Beau Bridges
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In a time when Washington, DC and the country are more polarized than they have been for decades, John McCain is the rare public figure who has earned the respect of people on both sides of the aisle. He is a model for bipartisanship and political integrity. In his 40 years in politics, McCain has never been afraid to buck trends or ruffle a few feathers. His words are more important today than ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving

  • By Snuzies on 02-06-18

A reasonable man

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

Reviewed: 31-05-18

Interesting insights from a life of dedication and service. He treats opponents fairly but is correctly hard with enemies of free people like Putin, Yanukovych and Lukashenko. I find JM an honorable man and straight shooter and I sorely wish other elected representatives would listen to his words of wisdom and seek the art of the compromise, looking to solve problems, not tout partisan ideas. America and the world needs it. Beau Bridges narrates it excellently so that you quickly think it is JM himself speaking directly to you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Homage to Catalonia

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

Homage to Catalonia is George Orwell’s account of his experiences fighting in the Spanish Civil War, and a portrait of disillusionment with his early politics. Orwell’s experiences include being shot in the neck by a sniper, and being forced into hiding as factions of the Left battled on the streets of Barcelona. Orwell entered Spain intending to gather an experience worth writing as well as to fight Fascism, and wrote Homage to Catalonia within months of his return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Alastair Ball on 14-01-15

Waste of time

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

Reviewed: 28-11-17

Homage? I couldn’t bear going beyond chapter 7. An Anglophile aggrandizement putting down the earthbound simple folk of Spain and no where near the intellectual journey and assessment of what gives root to the Catalan independence movement analysis that I had hoped for. Close to fiction and a step by step tale of Orwell’s personal recollection of coming to Spain as an amateur soldier; nothing more. A waste of time unless you are looking for a brief zeitgeist of rural Spain circa 1937 without much insight or hind story.

  • Science in the Soul

  • Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist
  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward, Gillian Somerscales
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Richard Dawkins - author of The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, and The God Delusion - is one of science's greatest communicators. This anthology of more than 40 pieces is a kaleidoscopic argument for the power and the glory of science. Breathtaking, brilliant and passionate, these essays, journalism, lectures and letters make an unanswerable case for the wonder of scientific discovery and its power to stir the imagination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for anyone who enjoys logical argument.

  • By Sam on 07-10-17

Quintessential Dawkins

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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: 27-11-17

Splendid humorous anecdotes, linguistic agility, thoughtfully considered arguments and reminders. For the connoisseur of Dawkins, a well worthwhile listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Incognito

  • The Secret Lives of the Brain
  • By: David Eagleman
  • Narrated by: David Eagleman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you're consciously aware of danger? Why do you notice when your name is mentioned in a conversation that you didn't think you were listening to? Why are people whose name begins with J more likely to marry other people whose name begins with J? Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? Renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate these surprising mysteries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not for experts

  • By Trisha on 05-12-13

Thought provoking

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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: 11-07-17

For those regularly listening to luminaries like Sam Harris, many of the examples are a rehash but the author brings some new angles and overall puts together a compelling narrative. Well worth a listen.

  • Radical

  • My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening
  • By: Maajid Nawaz
  • Narrated by: Maajid Nawaz
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Born and raised in Essex, Maajid Nawaz was recruited into politicised Islam as a teenager. Abandoning his love of hip-hop music, graffiti and girls, he was recruited into Hizb ut-Tahrir (the Liberation Party), where he played a leading and international role in the shaping and dissemination of an aggressive anti-West narrative. While studying for his Arabic and law degree, he travelled around the UK and to Denmark and Pakistan, setting up new cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Insight

  • By Rak on 07-01-17

Insightful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-17

Excellent insight into what immigrants and 2nd generation immigrants have faced in Europe in the latter part of the 20th century and the inner mechanics of Islamism. Maajid is courageous and intelligent with a fantastic story to tell. He is also an eloquent and engaging narrator. I've seen him live with Sam Harris in Melbourne and heard him on the waking up podcast and this is more of a very good thing. Highly recommended. More power to you Maajid for engaging in a difficult but essential challenge for mankind.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • MEMBER GIFT: The Tales of Max Carrados

  • By: Ernest Bramah
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,132

Max Carrados, a fictional detective series, was first introduced to the literary world by Ernest Bramah in 1914. In the Edwardian era, Carrados' stories often outsold Sherlock Holmes, with the blind detective sharing top billing with his fictional rival. George Orwell wrote that together with those of Conan Doyle, they were "the only detective stories since Poe that are worth rereading".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Lena on 17-12-15

Clever story, classic narrator

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

Reviewed: 21-08-16

A Conan Doyle like plot in an elegant victorian setting, brilliantly narrated by the inimitable Stephen Fry. I rarely read or listen to fiction but this wonderful gem has me searching for more stories by both the author and the narrator.