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  • The Establishment

  • And How They Get Away With It
  • By: Owen Jones
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129

Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms, and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Won't do your blood pressure any good....

  • By Colin on 11-04-17

Read now- while it's still up to date

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

Reviewed: 25-06-15

I would recommend this book to anyone with half a brain cell.

I have half a brain cell. As such, my attention span is better suited to the works of Russell Brand than those of Noam Chomsky. However, "The Establishment" was perfectly digestible for the modest intellect and suited to audiobook format.

I now have a better understanding of exactly how much Margaret thatcher was an evil witch, how Britain got to the state in which we found ourselves today, and what we- the British people- are up against.

I wasn't sure about the narrator's American accent but the South African one sounded okay!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Revolution

  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319

Russell Brand wants YOU to join the revolution. We all know the system isn't working. Our governments are corrupt and the opposing parties pointlessly similar. Our culture is filled with vacuity and pap, and we are told there's nothing we can do - "it's just the way things are".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • man attacks corporations, man gets slated by media

  • By alex on 09-11-14

Just cos Dylan couldn't sing for...

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

Reviewed: 19-05-15

My fave bit was the "fisher price guillotine" joke. If that upset you, don't read Revolution. RB might be an affront to anyone whose personal philosophy is so profoundly / unquestioningly shaped by the daily mail et al. that there's little hope for them ("immigration baaaad, royalty goooood- media say so....")

Otherwise, I don't see how you could disagree with much that RB says. At worst, it might be reiterating what we've all been thinking for years already, but there are enough fun statistics and laughs to make the book nonetheless entertaining.

Russell is also far more honest about his own limitations and potential biases/ vested interests than is, say ... ummm the BBC! Most of the criticisms leveled at Revolution are pretty irrelevant. I don't think it has been marketed as a peer-reviewed academic paper, so why do some sound surprised that it isn't one? "He's no Chomsky!" Surely, if you want to read Chomsky, you don't buy a book by .... not Chomsky :-|

Many counter arguments against Russell's appear to run along the lines of "...but he can't act!", "what about Sachsgate?!" and "how can you trust a man with a beard?" But it would have been pretty short-sighted of us to write off Bob Dylan's lyrics just cos he couldn't sing for toffee, cos he wasn't clean shaven enough, cos he didn't have an economics degree from Oxbridge, etc.... no?

Okay I'm off to google whether Bob Dylan had an economics degree and/ or slept with anyone's granddaughter.

  • Intuitive Listening

  • How Intuition Talks Through Your Body (Unabridged)
  • By: Christiane Northrup, Mona Lisa Schulz
  • Narrated by: Christiane Northrup, Mona Lisa Schulz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Learn how to achieve better health and a more vibrant life - to tune in even more deeply to the inner guidance available to you by understanding the language through which your body talks to you daily. This information will help you in six major health areas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Women talking about women (mostly)

  • By Cynthia Fleming on 28-10-08

Surely has something of relevance for everyone?!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-15

I don't know if this will change my life, but there's lots of food for thought relating to health problems that, I and the people I know, have experienced. Very interesting indeed- I could probably listen to a whole bunch of these types of audiobooks and not get bored.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ultimate Journey

  • By: Robert Monroe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 57

In 1958, a successful businessman named Robert Monroe began to have experiences that drastically altered his life. Unpredictably, and without his willing it, Monroe found himself leaving his physical body to travel via a "second body" to locales far removed from the physical and spiritual realities of his life. He was inhabiting a place unbounded by life or death. Out of the Body and Far Journeys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • *thumbs up*

  • By Joanna on 23-03-15

*thumbs up*

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

Reviewed: 23-03-15

Who was your favorite character and why?

...too many to mention, but the humour alien was pretty awesome!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

...too many to mention.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

potentially

Any additional comments?

I'm not exactly au fait with OOBE lit.- have only read Journeys Out of the Body. Listening to Monroe's books in order doesn't seem to be important. Knowing shedloads about OOBEs doesn't seem to be a prerequisite either. Even for those who'd never had such an experience and didn't know much about the subject, Ultimate Journeys would surely still be interesting and entertaining for anyone with a modicum of open-mindedness and imagination.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,962
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,766

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Over hyped and dreadfully narrated

  • By AdaT on 29-06-12

Don't think I'll prefer the book to the film...

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

Reviewed: 15-03-15

I cared about the romance between Anastasia and Christian enough to listen to the end, so that was half the battle. But the book desperately needed a really good editor to go through it and sort out all the "cockings of heads to one side", "inner goddesses", and repetitious information about email addresses/ dates and times. Aaaargh! The bits in the book about sub-dom technicalities and practicalities- as well as the bits about sex, obviously- were pretty interesting. Things did get slightly ridiculous towards the end; no one is THAT horny! However, I hope this work will inspire lots more erotica by women, for women, cos there's currently an imbalance that needs redressing...