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  • Reflections on the Revolution in France

  • By: Edmund Burke
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

This famous treatise began as a letter to a young French friend who asked Edmund Burke’s opinion on whether France’s new ruling class would succeed in creating a better order. Doubtless the friend expected a favorable reply, but Burke was suspicious of certain tendencies of the Revolution from the start and perceived that the revolutionaries were actually subverting the true "social order". Blending history with principle and graceful imagery with profound practical maxims, this book is one of the most influential political treatises in the history of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and reading

  • By Alan Michael Forrester on 08-07-13

Profitably balances the Rights of Man

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

An important read for any English-person - whatever their race, and for anyone wishing to consider the balances between personal liberty and responsibilities, and institutional evolution and revolution. By reflecting on the first French Revolution, the book provides practical objection to, and balances the ideas of, The Rights of Man.

The listen is spoilt by the narrator's inappropriate, overly pompous, narrative style (he likely is not using his natural style) at least his diction is clear.

  • Where We Are

  • By: Roger Scruton
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33

Following his highly acclaimed and best-selling book England: An Elegy (Bloomsbury Continuum), Roger Scruton now seeks to assess the basis of national sentiment and loyalty at a time when the United Kingdom must redefine its position in the world. To what are our duties owed and why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nicely read and well balanced arguments

  • By Kid Ooshi on 06-09-18

A supreme book

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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: 21-11-18

Though ostensibly about Britain today, this book is very wide ranging, across many disciplines, including a history of English common law, addressing globalisation and its impacts, a defence of the nation-state, and so much more. It is also a masterclass on clarity of thought and lucidity of written expression. Whether your pro- or anti-Brexit it's a must read/listen.

  • I Drink Therefore I Am

  • A Philosopher's Guide to Wine
  • By: Roger Scruton
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

We are familiar with the medical opinion that a daily glass of wine is good for the health and also the rival opinion that any more than a glass or two will set us on the road to ruin. Whether or not good for the body, Scruton argues, wine, drunk in the right frame of mind, is definitely good for the soul. And there is no better accompaniment to wine than philosophy. By thinking with wine, you can learn not only to drink in thoughts but to think in draughts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An educative listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-11-18

An educative listen

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Wide ranging, informative, and helpful if you want to truly appreciate wine. But, needs to include translation of the French and Latin that he uses so liberally.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,055

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to Heaven

  • By Matthew on 04-02-18

Excellent call to live by wisdom & innate "wiring"

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Brilliant material that is well thought through, but controversial due to emotional and poorly considered contemporary western-mores.
His delivery is wearingly over-passionate (though at times this gives rich authenticity to his case). I highly recommend this book to seekers after the truth.

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  • Politics: A Very Short Introduction

  • By: Kenneth Minogue
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

In this provocative but balanced audiobook, Kenneth Minogue discusses the development of politics from the ancient world to the twentieth century. He prompts us to consider why political systems evolve, how politics offers both power and order in our society, whether democracy is always a good thing, and what future politics may have in the twenty-first century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, didn't like the narration.

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-07-18

Excellent book, didn't like the narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This is an excellent book, much of which was revelatory to me, since I'm unschooled in political science. The narrator is clear and easy to understand, but his pace is tired and to me he sounds bored. A slightly racier style on his part would present the material better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thank You for Being Late

  • An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
  • By: Thomas L. Friedman
  • Narrated by: Mr Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

From the Pulitzer Prize winner and number one international best-selling author of The World Is Flat, an essential and entertaining field guide to thriving in the 21st century. We all sense it - something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your children. You can't miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are speeding up - and it is dizzying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful book

  • By S K. on 28-08-17

Great Lines of Thought and Reflection

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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: 18-07-17

Really loved it. But long, and therefore difficult to hold on to the whole "picture being painted" by the author.

  • The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success

  • By: Andy McNab, Kevin Dutton
  • Narrated by: Andy McNab, Kevin Dutton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

If you are bored and unfulfilled by dry and overly worthy self-help manuals, then this is the audiobook for you! Listen to this and take a very different look at yourself! Former SAS hero Andy McNab and eminent psychologist Professor Kevin Dutton are unlikely partners. As Oxford academic and bestselling author of The Wisdom of Psychopaths, Kevin Dutton has plenty of experience of psychopaths, but he'd never met anyone quite like Andy McNab, decorated war hero and special forces warrior.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Andy McNabb does it again!

  • By Phil on 30-11-14

My views

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Very useful content, but: 1, lacks advice on necessary restraint in using techniques, 2 the bloke-ish style wears thin after the first few minutes. I'd definitely recommend it.

  • Other People's Money

  • The Real Business of Finance
  • By: John Kay
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

The finance sector of Western economies is too large and attracts too many of the smartest college graduates. Financialization over the past three decades has created a structure that lacks resilience and supports absurd volumes of trading. The finance sector devotes too little attention to the search for new investment opportunities and the stewardship of existing ones, and far too much to secondary-market dealing in existing assets. Regulation has contributed more to the problems than the solutions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My View

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-01-16

My View

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

Eye opening, wise, and inspiring of a better world. (No more words needed, even though Audible Review is set up to assume wordiness equates with quality.)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful