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An audiobook like no other!

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Reviewed: 08-06-19

This audiobook is a unique experience. David and Adam say right from the start that this is going to be something special, and they don't disappoint! They say it's an audiobook - podcast - crossover. And it feels like it. David and Adam start each chapter with a conversation, either about the previous chapter, the next chapter, or some anecdotes of David. So you're immediately getting so much extra content. It's like reading a book with author notes in the margins. And Adam acts as your avatar, talking about his awe at some of the experiences that David has gone through and chosen to share in this audiobook. It's such a cool way to be taken on this journey.

The audiobook goes right from David's childhood all the way to the present. There's traumatic experiences, he talks about being overweight and depressed, being in the military, running ultramarathons, his relationships, being a father - he really goes deep into some personal stuff. And he says how embarrassing some of it is! But he also says how important this aspect is because it underlines that he is human. He's not some unique machine of a man. As hard as that is to believe!

I'd recommend this book to any person who has felt like they couldn't achieve something because it's too hard or they doubt their abilities or because people told them it's impossible. You read this book and come out of it realising that anything is possible!

A joy to listen to!

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Reviewed: 24-07-18

I chose this book as I'd heard that Genghis Khan's terrible reputation was ill-deserved. And I came away with a feeling of awe and incredulity that a young man from a low caste from the wooded steps of Mongolia rose to become one of the greatest leaders of men in history.
The book begins by fleshing out his origins, before moving onto his early military victories, and then exploring his family and heritage. His military acumen seems almost preternatural, in that he was able to achieve victory against heavy odds, and out-think each of his opponents. Once he brought all of the warring Mongolian factions together, he then struck out to conquer the known world.
And unlike many other military masterminds and leaders of massive empires, Genghis chose to rule in an unheard of manner. He believed in a system of meritocracy, where it was ability, and not blood ties, that dictated progression through the social ranks. He had learned early on that being related to someone does not necessarily mean that they will show you loyalty when it comes to the crunch.
When Genghis died, his heirs continued his mission to conquer neighboring civilizations, bringing with their hoards new social norms and bringing into effect more noble laws. The book explores his large and varied descendants, and the legacy that he left to the world.
This is a book that teaches so much about a much-misunderstood man, while painting a vivid picture of the world in which he lived. The narrator is a joy to listen to, as he breathes life into the words with his lively delivery. And the afterword and post-script, narrated by the book's author is a splendid way to end the audiobook.
I can't recommend this book highly enough.

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A great book, well narrated!

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Reviewed: 28-05-18

I enjoyed this book immensely. The main focus of the book is revolution, as the title would suggest, but Brand manages to breathe life into this potentially dry subject with anecdotes and personal insights.

The crazy thing is that I disagreed with about 90% of Brand's opinions in this book, but he writes, and narrates, with such passion and vigor that you can't help but be swept along in his wit and charm. Sometimes his use of obscure vocabulary gets annoying, but there's so much heart and hilarity to make up for this.

I don't agree with his opinions on religion, society, his reverence for certain people, and loathing for others; but I learnt to embrace this fact. Who wants to listen to something that they agree wholeheartedly with?? I want to hear people's opinions that I don't share so I can have my opinions challenged. I don't want to live in an echo chamber where everything I hear just reinforces my beliefs.

I felt, (and I don't know if this is true), that Brand recorded this audiobook in several sessions. I assume this is always the case, otherwise you'd have to sit reading for an very long time. I say this because in some sections, Brand seems to have less enthusiasm that during other sections. This is a minor gripe, but I thought I should give what little criticism I have for this audiobook.

If you like Russell Brand, and maybe even if you don't, this book gives you a lot of things to think about - Is our society fair and just? Should certain sections of society be better looked after? Could we all be happier if the government were completely overhauled? These and many other questions are considered with deft prose and deep compassion and honesty. I wholeheartedly recommend this audiobook.

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