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Richard McFerran

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  • Chasing the Scream

  • The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 418

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating and thought provoking

  • By Stephanie on 09-02-15

Not quite what I expected...

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Reviewed: 20-04-19

I nearly didn't get past chapter 2, I only continued because of the good reviews.

I only had my doubts because the book wasn't quite as I expected, and by continuing, I discovered that it was better than I expected.

I really feel that the author covered this emotive topic in a balanced and unbiased way. I did not think that making drugs legal is a sensible approach, however after listening to this book I accept that it is the least worst option.

As for the narration, John Lee was exceptional as always.

  • Court Wizard

  • Spellmonger, Book 8
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 35 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 142

With the south in full rebellion, the goblins stirring on the northern frontier, and the summer capital being run by a corrupt baron and a gang of thugs, things could be better. But those aren’t the worst of her problems: Pentandra is learning how to live with her new husband, Arborn, while the town is driven to distraction by an incarnate sex goddess who is organizing all of the whores, a mopey spellmonger, a nun addicted to gambling, a prude sent by the queen, undead skulking through the shadows, and a mysterious blind girl shows up in her office claiming to be her new apprentice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ...

  • By Richard McFerran on 13-04-19

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Reviewed: 13-04-19

If you are buying this audiobook then hopefully you have listened to the previous seven.

If so, there is nothing I could say that would change your opinion.

If you haven't listened to the other seven, listen to them and see above :)

  • The Grey Bastards

  • The Lot Lands
  • By: Jonathan French
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard, member of a sworn brotherhood of half-orcs. Unloved and unwanted in civilized society, the Bastards eke out a hard life in the desolate no-man's-land called the Lots, protecting frail and noble human civilization from invading bands of vicious full-blooded orcs. But as Jackal is soon to learn, his pride may be misplaced. Because a dark secret lies at the heart of the Bastards' existence - one that reveals a horrifying truth behind humanity's tenuous peace with the orcs, and exposes a grave danger on the horizon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hells Angels on Pigs - With Added Style!

  • By Simon on 25-06-18

I took a gamble choosing this book...

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Reviewed: 24-03-19

...and how fortunate I was!

At first glance I didn't think I would enjoy this book: Half-orcs as the good guys, and narrated by an American. (My experience with American authors is they are often fairly 'serious' with their narration and this can stifle the ability to bring the book to life.)

So, I read a few reviews and trusted them. Most notably, Simon 25/06/2018, JPA 30/10/2018 and Amazon Customer 07/03/2019. I must thank them for leaving well-written honest reviews. I won't repeat what they have written, although I can confirm that their reviews are very accurate.

My description would be similar to Simon's, this is 'Sons of Anarchy' with half-orcs riding hogs. The author's style made me have an emotional connection to some of the characters, something that does not happen very often. As for the narrator, he has totally changed my mind about American narrators, he was excellent. He pace, pitch and tone was varied to match the context of the book and he has a superb range of voices to make the characters fully distinguishable.

I have listened to many great audiobooks and I am unable to choose an overall favourite, if I was pushed to choose a top five, this audiobook would feature amongst them.

If you like stories with Orcs, Wizards and Elves, I highly recommend listening to this audiobook. I would choose listening over reading the book because the narration really does make the characters come to life.

  • Fallen Sepulchre

  • The Darkness Within Saga, Book 3
  • By: JD Franx
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Threatened by an Elloryan invasion reinforced by the Ancients, the sanctuary Ember and Max sought in DormaSai after Kael’s burial is at its end. A civil war rages in Cethos, and the threat of Wildland tribal attacks in the Blood Kingoms is imminent. They can offer no help to their Southern neighbors, leaving DormaSai as all that stands in the Ancients’ way. When the peace conclave crumbles and the Ancients are forced from DormaSai by unexpected allies, Ember and Max turn their attention to preparing for the Ancients’ inevitable return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The devil is in the detail...

  • By Richard McFerran on 01-03-19

The devil is in the detail...

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Reviewed: 01-03-19

That is relevant to both the book and my review :)

Firstly, I highly recommend this series as both the author and narrator do a great job...

This series has a fairly complex story and there are disadvantages of listening to an audiobook. It is not easy to refer back to items in the story and it is easier to get similar names muddled up as seeing them written creates greater distinction. That aside, for me, the job a narrator does to bring a book literally 'to life' far outweighs the disadvantages.

I had a gap of a few months waiting for book 3 to be released and when I started listening to it I found I could not follow the story and was losing interest. I stopped listening to book 3 and listened to the last 3 hours of book 2 and returned to book 3. My understanding and enjoyment returned!!

I am eager for the next in the series and will make sure I review book 3 before I begin listening to it :)

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  • Deceptions

  • Ascendant, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Koren Bladewell now knows he is a wizard, but he is lost in the wilderness, cut off from help, and unable to use his powers. The enemy is poised at the border with an overwhelming invasion force, and it will take wizards, soldiers and a young, untested princess to hold off defeat long enough for Koren to be trained and grow into his power. But he might not wish to help those who deceived him and destroyed his life. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent as always

  • By Georgina Farn on 22-05-18

:)

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Reviewed: 16-02-19

I have really enjoyed listening to all three books in this series.

This genre of book is by far my favourite, and I have listened to many good books in this genre. These books take place with my favourites, the combination author and narrator are fantastic.

  • Ascendant: Book 1

  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

The Wizard's Council of Tarador was supposed to tell young Koren Bladewell that he is a wizard. They were supposed to tell everyone that he is not a jinx, that all the bad things that happen around him are because he can't control the power inside him, power he doesn't know about. The people of his village, even his parents, are afraid of him, afraid he is cursed. That he is a dangerous, evil jinx.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good

  • By Mike on 18-01-18

Great book, great narration

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Reviewed: 12-02-19

It is difficult to stop listening to these books, it's a great series. Well written and the narration brings the book to life

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Transcendent

  • Ascendant, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

Koren Bladewell's future was stolen from him, by wizards who chose to lie, to conceal the fact that Koren is a wizard. Crown princess Ariana Trehayme must find a way to become queen before her 16th birthday - before her indecisive mother allows all of Tarador to be conquered.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Anticlimax

  • By Stanley Hughes on 16-10-18

Great book, great narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-02-19

It is difficult to stop listening to these books, it's a great series. Well written and the narration brings the book to life

  • Comedy Club (Series 1)

  • By: Lloyd Langford, Tiff Stephenson, Jonny Pelham, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66

If Audible was a bottle of milk, then the cream of British comedy would rise to the top. In this series of live showcases, Audible puts the spotlight on some of the established stars and emerging newcomers of British comedy. Expect hilarious, unadulterated, stand-up fun from the masters of laughter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to tracks 1-3

  • By Badgie on 11-01-19

Great...!!!

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Reviewed: 17-01-19

These are a really good listen if you want an hour of light-hearted fun. Be prepared for strong language.

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  • Mindfulness For Dummies

  • By: Shamash Alidina
  • Narrated by: Shamash Alidina
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Are you stressed out, worn out, and generally fed up with life? Do you suffer from chronic fatigue, migraines, or unexplained illnesses? Would you like to regain a sense of balance in your life? Mindfulness for Dummies audiobook can help. Using mindful breathing and self-control techniques you can attain a positive and relaxed way of being. The easy-to-follow advice and guided meditations in this audiobook let you clear your mind of negative and distracting thoughts and begin living positively.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boring at first

  • By Simone on 13-02-17

Not for me, but it is a good book.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-01-19

I have a little bit of experience with mindfulness and meditation and this book gives some good information for beginners. Although, it does start to get more in depth and specific as the book goes on. My own preference is unguided simple mindful meditation focussed on my breath, I haven't found more in depth techniques suit me. I am looking for a book for my wife to read, which is why I listened to it, knowing my wife (we've been together 25 years), this book would incorrectly reinforce her belief that it takes too much effort to make meditation/mindfulness work. If you are looking for the fluffier side of mindfulness, this book is absolutely superb and actually meets the needs of the vast majority of people new to mindfulness. If it is plain old simple meditation you are after, I highly recommend the FREE Audible shows "Get Calm - An Introduction to Meditation". If you feel you want to develop it further after listening to the shows, come back to this book.

  • What Doesn't Kill Us

  • How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength
  • By: Scott Carney
  • Narrated by: Scott Carney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology. Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. But what if we could regain some of our lost evolutionary strength by simulating the environmental conditions of our forbears? Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney takes up the challenge to find out: Can we hack our bodies and use the environment to stimulate our inner biology?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 10% interesting 90% padding

  • By BMP on 22-04-17

Thought provoking...

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Reviewed: 16-12-18

Wow! This book is a well written piece of investigative journalism. For me this book was the perfect stepping stone into discovery of the Wim Hof Method, it is about the why, not the how...