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Christine lee

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  • Madam Secretary

  • A Memoir
  • By: Madeleine Albright
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Albright
  • Length: 24 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

A national best seller on its original publication in 2003, Madam Secretary is a riveting account of the life of America's first woman Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. For eight years, during Bill Clinton's two presidential terms, Albright was a high-level participant in some of the most dramatic events of our time - from the pursuit of peace in the Middle East to NATO's intervention in the Balkans to America's troubled relations with Iran and Iraq.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first biography- not disappointed

  • By MagikPen on 17-07-15

A life well lived

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

A way to deepen your knowledge of the world and how it works. An
important book as the writer educates and entertains as she remembers.
Makes me proud to be an American and a woman !

  • Sisters First

  • Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life
  • By: Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush, Laura Bush - foreword
  • Narrated by: Barbara Pierce Bush, Jenna Bush Hager
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just 12 years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years being trailed by the Secret Service and chased by the paparazzi, with every teenage mistake making national headlines. But the tabloids didn't tell the whole story of these two young women forging their own identities under extraordinary circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Christine lee on 06-01-19

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

Heartwarming and so uplifting about twins the White House years and lots of great smiles and laughs.

  • The Effortless Sleep Method

  • The Incredible New Cure for Insomnia and Chronic Sleep Problems
  • By: Sasha Stephens
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

The Effortless Sleep Method is the approach insomniacs all over the world have been waiting for. This hugely effective method offers a simple and permanent solution for long-term and new insomniacs alike.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't obsess about not sleeping, it makes it worse

  • By Katie on 18-06-16

A wonderful big book! It works if you follow it.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Don't mess with this lady ! She is a recovered insomniac - probably the best type of
person to write a book about insomnia. Having been through the mill of sleeplessness
for many years she is well qualified to talk us through. I listened over a day and a half
and did what she said and it worked just that fast. (Nine/9 hours last night). I had
been sleepless for almost two years. Hope you can do it - it is simple once you know
how. Best thing is to be absolutely sure you follow it to the letter. For a few pounds/ dollars
/hours of you life, there's not much to lose. But don't take just my word - there are a couple of
hundred 5* reviews on Amazon. Good luck.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thomas Hardy

  • The Time-Torn Man
  • By: Claire Tomalin
  • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker, Jill Balcon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin, read by Jill Balcon and David Shaw Parker. Paradox ruled Thomas Hardy's life. His birth was almost his death; he became one of the great Victorian novelists and reinvented himself as one of the 20th-century's greatest poets; he was an unhappy husband and a desolate widower; and he wrote bitter attacks on the English class system yet prized the friendship of aristocrats. In the hands of Whitbread Award-winning biographer Claire Tomalin, Thomas Hardy the novelist, poet, neglectful husband and mourning lover all come vividly alive. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plese let me introduce you to Claire Tomalin

  • By Christine lee on 20-09-18

Plese let me introduce you to Claire Tomalin

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

After reading Tomalin's fabulous Memoir ( and recommending it) I wanted to read a biography from her
so chose Hardy as I know/knew so little about him except for having loved the movies made of his novels.
What a shame I have waited so long - I am going to move right on to "Tess"
and "Return of the Native" and probably everything I can that Hardy wrote. A late life discovery to
enhance my days. Wonderful. Wonderful.

  • The Plus One

  • By: Sophia Money-Coutts
  • Narrated by: Sophia Money-Coutts
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Polly Spencer is fine. She’s single, turning 30 and managed to have sex only twice last year (both times with a Swedish banker called Fred), but seriously, she’s fine. Even if she’s still stuck at Posh! magazine writing about royal babies and the chances of finding a plus one to her best friend’s summer wedding are looking worryingly slim. But it’s a New Year, a new leaf and all that. Polly’s determined that over the next 365 days she’ll remember to shave her legs, drink less wine and generally get her s--t together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good old chick lit

  • By TAG on 11-08-18

Very Very funny !

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

A romp through the dating scenes of social classes intermingling !
Broad comedy and lots of laughs beneath which lie the usual time honoured truths
of love and romance. A day brightener !

  • The Sleep Solution

  • By: W. Chris Winter
  • Narrated by: W. Chris Winter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Challenging the listener to take control and to stop hiding behind excuses for a bad night's sleep, neurologist W. Chris Winter explains the basic, often counterintuitive rules of sleep science. Dr Winter explores revolutionary findings, including surprising solutions for insomnia and other sleep disturbances, empowering listeners to stop taking sleeping pills and enjoy the best sleep of their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy on the ear - fabulously clear and helpful.

  • By Christine lee on 06-02-18

Easy on the ear - fabulously clear and helpful.

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

This is a doctor written book - a medical doctor in a sleep practise. Nothing
but good common sense here and it is working for me (I am listening carefully and
doing the work - there is no magic formula ).I am a bit of an expert as I have been
awake for about 18 months and it is not fun. I am starting to sleep better than
I ever have in my life and hope to hit 6 - 7 hours a night on most nights in the next
few months. Wish me luck. Do read the book -carefully. I am on my second time
through (except some key chapters which I have read at least 5 times ). Don't let
Dr Winter's light touch fool you - he's writing to a plan:)

  • The Autoimmune Solution

  • Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases
  • By: Amy Myers
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Over 90 percent of the population suffers from inflammation or an autoimmune disorder. Until now, conventional medicine has said there is no cure. Minor irritations like rashes and runny noses are ignored, while chronic and debilitating diseases like Crohn's and rheumatoid arthritis are handled with a cocktail of toxic treatments that fail to address their root cause. But it doesn't have to be this way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing but mesmerising!

  • By A. Wood on 19-10-15

Very good value for money ! Lots of info

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

Reviewed: 20-11-17

Dr Myers is sincere and passionate - I've been through a lot
that she talks about and she's certainly on message for
the times. No problem with this book. It's work ! you must
be prepared to do the work.

  • If I Could Tell You Just One Thing

  • Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice
  • By: Richard Reed
  • Narrated by: Richard Reed
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

Richard Reed built Innocent Drinks from a smoothie stall on a street corner to one of the biggest brands in Britain. He credits his success to four brilliant pieces of advice, each given to him just when he needed them most. Ever since, it has been Richard's habit, whenever he meets somebody he admires, to ask them for their best piece of advice. If they could tell him just one thing, what would it be? Richard has collected pearls of wisdom from some of the most remarkable, inspiring and game-changing people in the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably a great inspiring read for under 25s

  • By stryder on 09-12-16

If I could tell you just one thing

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

Read it. Return to it. A great gift. Full of great people to expand your horizons.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Mysterious Etruscans

  • By: Steven L. Tuck, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven L. Tuck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

How much do you know about the Etruscans? Many people, even those who are fascinated by ancient history, are less familiar with this intriguing culture than with the history of Greece and Rome - but the story of the Etruscans is equally captivating and far more important than you may have known. This ancient civilization prospered in the region of modern-day Tuscany, maintaining extensive trade networks, building impressive fortified cities, making exquisite art, and creating a culture that, while deeply connected to the Greeks and Romans, had striking contrasts.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but repetitive.

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-07-16

The Mysterious Etruscans

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

What would have made The Mysterious Etruscans better?

It was just dull . Too bad as I love the subjectand was excited to find it on audio.

What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

I was really happy to find it on audio.

How could the performance have been better?

Rewrite and renovate. The structure of the lectures was weak. Engage Nigel Spivey to write and narrate an Etruscan series.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

Moving on. Best thing on The Great Courses is the History of Ancient Egypt. Very good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed

  • By: Edwin Barnhart, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edwin Barnhart
  • Length: 23 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Centuries ago, Spanish conquistadors searching for gold and new lands encountered a group of independent city-states in Mesoamerica. Sophisticated beyond the Spaniards' wildest imaginings, these people were the Aztecs, the Maya, and related cultures that shared common traditions of religion, government, the arts, engineering, and trade. In many ways more advanced than European nations, these societies equaled the world's greatest civilizations of their time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Course - but you need the PDF

  • By Christine lee on 01-06-15

Great Course - but you need the PDF

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

Reviewed: 01-06-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It is great - but you really need the pdfto fully enjoy it - the pdf is not available on Audiblebut it is available form the Great Courses website.It is v expensive.

What other book might you compare Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed to, and why?

It's in a league by itself.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All so interesting it;s impossible to say

Was Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed worth the listening time?

Indeed...compulsive listening

Any additional comments?

You really need the pdf or you will have to transcribe a greatdeal of the information which of course means you might bereading this till the end of next year. I am using it for a courseand being selective.

I really want the pdf

4 of 4 people found this review helpful