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Mr Henry

Leeds, United Kingdom
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  • Guns, Germs and Steel

  • The Fate of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Controversial and Judgemental

  • By Samuel on 10-04-13

Read it and share its insights everywhere!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-17

This is a book that explodes so many of the myths propounded by ignorant racists. It should be on everyone's reading list. And - once you've understood the arguments - use them to undermine racism wherever it exists.
Beautifully argued, with an abundance of evidence and an awe-inspiring breadth of knowledge.
A brilliant, brilliant book.

  • Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

  • By: Marcus Aurelius
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
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    3 out of 5 stars 66
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    4 out of 5 stars 65

Meditations is former U.S. President Bill Clinton's favorite book. This audio consists of a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 AD, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good book poorly read.

  • By Dr. Gerd Folberth on 04-03-16

Surprisingly modern

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Reviewed: 28-07-17

In his insistence on staying in the moment, eschewing fame and riches, living an authentic life and practising moderation, Marcus Aurelius could easily be a modern-day lifestyle guru. Pretty decent to say he wrote all this 2,000 years ago in circumstances rather different from our own.
Well worth a listen.

  • The Charterhouse of Parma

  • By: Henri Beyle Stendhal
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

In the coming-of-age story, we follow a young Italian nobleman, Fabrizio Valserra, Marchesino del Dongo, on many adventures, including his experiences at the Battle of Waterloo, and romantic intrigues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bonkers and crazy

  • By Mr Henry on 15-07-17

Bonkers and crazy

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-17

Laughed at this many, many times. What a life the hero has in this huge book that only took Stendhal 50-odd days to write. Overlook silly plot twists and general silliness and you'll uncover a work of comic and satirical genius.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Soldier Svejk

  • By: Jaroslav Hasek
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

A soldier in the First World War who never actually sees any combat, Josef Švejk is the awkward protagonist - and none of the other characters can quite decide whether his bumbling efforts to get to the front are genuine or not. Often portrayed as one of the first anti-war novels, Hašek's classic satire is a tour-de-force of modernist writing, influencing later writers such as Hemingway, Faulkner and Joseph Heller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Terry on 03-04-12

Brilliantly narrated satire of WW1

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Reviewed: 12-05-17

You can't help but admire Svejk - an apparent idiot whose folk logic helps him out of scrape after scrape during a year as a Czech soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army.
Brilliantly narrated - all the absurd characters Svejk meets come alive with an amazing range of voices and accents.
Highly highly highly recommended

  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,574

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking center stage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor reading.

  • By Paul on 29-08-17

Loses its way, repeats itself. Awful

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

Reviewed: 21-04-17

Not quite sure why this is a best seller. He goes way off his subject for hours and hours. Then returns in his conclusion with some deadfall PR fluff for the Stans.
Okay he has some amusing quotes and anecdotes - some dirty and sexual - but overall this book fails to impress.

  • Man's Search for Meaning

  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Potentially life changing...

  • By Jim Vaughan on 02-12-12

Astonishing psychological treatise

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Reviewed: 13-04-17

The author - a psychiatrist and neurologist - survived Auschwitz. Somehow. He says he had a 1 in 28 chance of surviving. And so the scholarly tone gives empirical evidence for all his assertions.
An incredible book from a survivor who was interested in the psychology of survival - how to make sense of the horrors of the Nazis.
Frankl believes you can thrive if you find meaning in life - no matter what has come before.
I'm convinced by this erudite, humane scientist whose own meaning was to help those in mental torment.

  • Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life

  • By: Rufus J. Fears, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Rufus J. Fears
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Why do "Great Books" continue to speak to us hundreds and even thousands of years after they were written? Can they deepen our self-knowledge and wisdom? Are our lives changed in any meaningful way by the experience of reading them?Tackle these questions and more in these 36 engaging lectures. Beginning with his definition of a Great Book as one that possesses a great theme of enduring importance, noble language that "elevates the soul and ennobles the mind," and a universality that enables it to "speak across the ages," Professor Fears examines a body of work that offers extraordinary wisdom to those willing to receive it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Don't give up' - a powerful message down the ages

  • By Mr Henry on 11-04-17

'Don't give up' - a powerful message down the ages

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Reviewed: 11-04-17

Lots to mull over here. Cicero, Ghandi, Churchill, Homer, Dante, Lord Acton ... the message from a rich cast of literary stars seems to be - know yourself and don't give up. Either on yourself or your dreams.
Powerfully and thoughtfully delivered.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Notes from the Underground

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

A predecessor to such monumental works such as Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, Notes From Underground represents a turning point in Dostoyevsky's writing towards the more political side.

In this work, we follow the unnamed narrator of the story, who, disillusioned by the oppression and corruption of the society in which he lives, withdraws from that society into the underground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow that was pretty darn good.

  • By emil on 05-09-18

Mesmerising and ghastly - in a good way

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Reviewed: 07-04-17

Wow. Dostoevsky can paint a bleak picture of humanity. And here he's less wordy than his other more massive works. A brilliant introduction to this most psychological of authors.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A History of Western Philosophy

  • By: Bertrand Russell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 38 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy serves as the perfect introduction to its subject; it remains unchallenged as the greatest account of the history of Western thought. Charting philosophy's course from the pre-Socratics up to the early twentieth century, Russell relates each philosopher and school to their respective historical and cultural contexts, providing erudite commentary throughout his invaluable survey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, just remember when it was written

  • By Benno Boyo on 30-11-16

Mind blowing and hilarious

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Reviewed: 05-04-17

At times he's out there with the most unintelligible of them. But then -throughout this marvellous book - he comes back to earth with such wonderfully dead-pan, sarcastic and very funny comments that you can't stop listening.
Packed with inspiring information and comment and packed with a gentle and comical humanity too.
Wonderful.

  • The Descent of Man

  • By: Grayson Perry
  • Narrated by: Jonny Philips
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Grayson Perry has been thinking about masculinity - what it is, how it operates, why little boys are thought to be made of slugs and snails - since he was a boy. Now, in this funny and necessary book, he turns round to look at men with a clear eye and ask, what sort of men would make the world a better place for everyone? What would happen if we rethought the old, outdated macho version of manhood and embraced a different idea of what makes a man?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truely brilliant!!

  • By Amanda on 25-01-17

He's right, you know

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Reviewed: 30-03-17

Old style masculinity is bad for everyone. We need to teach boys that it's fine to be vulnerable.
Great message. Nice reading.
Thanks Grayson. Love you :-)