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  • The Memory Code

  • The Traditional Aboriginal Memory Technique That Unlocks the Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Ancient Monuments the World Over
  • By: Lynne Kelly
  • Narrated by: Louise Siverson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

In the past the elders had encyclopaedic memories. They could name all the animals and plants across the landscape and the stars in the sky, too. Yet most of us struggle to memorise more than a short poem. Using traditional Aboriginal Australian songlines as the key, Lynne Kelly has identified the powerful memory technique used by indigenous people around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By mazc on 07-01-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Makes you look at things very differently in terms of pre-history.

What other book might you compare The Memory Code to, and why?

Maybe because I've just finished it, but Ancient Wonderings includes speculation about how neolithic people in the UK would pass on information about landscapes and routes.

What about Louise Siverson’s performance did you like?

Very good indeed.

Any additional comments?

She places her research in the context of her own world and life, but doesn't stray too far from her essential purpose of enlightening people about how ancient knowledge held by communities was (and in some cases still is) passed on through challenging memory feats via stories, landmarks and objects.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ancient Wonderings

  • Journeys into Prehistoric Britain
  • By: James Canton
  • Narrated by: James Canton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Take a journey into our ancient past. Explore a long-lost landscape and gradually discover the minds, beliefs and cultural practices of those souls who lived on these lands thousands of years before you. Travelling the length and breadth of Britain, James Canton pursues his obsession with the physical traces of the ancient world: stone circles, flint arrowheads, sacred stones, gold, and a lost Roman road.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ups and Downs like the paths he walks

  • By mazc on 07-01-18

Ups and Downs like the paths he walks

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

What did you like best about this story?

The range and breadth of how he writes about finds and facts, e.g. how it impacts him personally, the characters involved, the stories that go along with it all.

What about James Canton’s performance did you like?

He has a very delicate approach which matches what in some parts is quite a whimsical take on the author's experiences.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Exploring and Experience

Any additional comments?

I really liked this book, but it seemed a bit up and down in terms of how it took my interest. Some bits were really impressive and most was very interesting, but a few bits sunk into wiffle waffle and lacked the 'grounding' -- pun intended! -- in terms of his take on his experiences which the majority of the book conveys.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fire and Fury

  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,582

The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, best-selling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive audiobook, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Whirl of Staff and Ideas

  • By Ricci on 22-03-18

Substantiated and Well Written

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Would you listen to Fire and Fury again? Why?

Yes.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

The narration is really good, and the book well written. Far from dry and stuffy, but it does come across as authoritative; you think you know the worst of it from the tweets and news stories but Wolff has substantiated what he says by citing sources and re background material, this seems well researched, so it's far from gossip and lies. While it's shocking and a bit scary what is going on in the White House and in Trump's head, it's actually really sad that the position of President of the United States of America can be disrespected and treated so badly by its current incumbent.

8 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Forbidden Knowledge of the Lost Realms

  • Legacy of Conspiracy
  • By: Reality Entertainment
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

The powers that rule the world have been covering their tracks and hiding ancient knowledge that has enabled them to conquer civilizations for millennia. The lies and deception continue to this day, but now startling discoveries about our past are finally revealed in this fascinating and comprehensive program.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • unlistenable

  • By mazc on 23-01-16

unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 23-01-16

dreadful. mostly rubbish music. don't buy it. that's all. I'd not waste time but have to write twenty words.




  • What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite

  • By: David DiSalvo
  • Narrated by: David DiSalvo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Science writer David DiSalvo reveals a remarkable paradox: what your brain wants is frequently not what your brain needs. In fact, much of what makes our brains "happy" leads to errors, biases, and distortions, which make getting out of our own way extremely difficult. DiSalvo's search includes forays into evolutionary and social psychology, cognitive science, neurology, and even marketing and economics - as well as interviews with many of the top thinkers in psychology and neuroscience today.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unlistenable.

  • By mazc on 08-11-15

Unlistenable.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-15

maybe this guy has something interesting to say but this is an audio book and he is reading his own book like a robot. odd. and unpleasant frankly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Synchronicity Highway

  • Exploring Coincidence, the Paranormal, & Alien Contact
  • By: Trish MacGregor, Rob MacGregor
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Once you're on the synchronicity highway, you're traveling through a realm that often seems as magical and strange as Alice's Wonderland. You feel connected to something larger than yourself and your immediate world. Your perceptions change, you see and experience yourself and life differently. You become immersed in a mystery that often defies reason and logic. Your worldview can be turned inside out like a dirty sock. On the synchronicity highway, meaningful coincidence is your guidance system.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs Editing

  • By John on 04-06-16

Coincidences happen and here's a Jung quote

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

If you can cope with a writer/thinker who says go connect real life with mindfulness then tells 'you' off for being so limited but then can tell a story about some heavy stuff about airport security and then you realise it is all about them, not the wider stuff go for this book. If you want a real sense of how life can be more than a, b and c, I suggest you go out of your front door and just give life a chance. Total egotistical guff. They quote Jung but think they just did Google quotes after they wrote it to give it gravitas. Utter rubbish. Total author ego and no help or objectivity .

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dr. Mary's Monkey

  • How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans and Cancer-Causing Monkey Viruses Are Linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK Assassination, and Emerging Global Epidemics
  • By: Edward T. Haslam
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

The 1964 murder of a nationally known cancer researcher sets the stage for this gripping exposé of medical professionals enmeshed in covert government operations over the course of three decades. Following a trail of police records, FBI files, cancer statistics, and medical journals, this revealing book presents evidence of a web of medical secret-keeping that began with the handling of evidence in the JFK assassination and continued apace....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mind blowing - had to keep listening

  • By k on 17-06-16
  • Dr. Mary's Monkey
  • How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans and Cancer-Causing Monkey Viruses Are Linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK Assassination, and Emerging Global Epidemics
  • By: Edward T. Haslam
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen

Totally absorbing

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

You need to focus to follow some of the threads, but Haslam himself writes clearly while showing his own 'workings out' of what ends up being an account of him trying to solve a personal puzzle which leads all the way back to historical events of huge import. I came away feeling I need to question my scepticism when it comes to conspiracy theories. Excellent performance too.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The World's Most Dangerous Secret Societies

  • The Illuminati, Freemasons, Bilderberg Group, Knights Templar, the Jesuits, Skull and Bones, and Others
  • By: James Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jim D. Johnston
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

Could it be that, in any given echelon of the population, there are groups that exercise inordinate amounts of power and influence over the rest of us? Could these exotic, members-only clubs really pose such an immediate threat to our well-being that our very way of life is endangered? Quite frankly, the disturbing answers to those particular questions are yes and yes.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • unlistenable

  • By mazc on 16-09-15

unlistenable

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-15

I couldn't listen for even one minute. the narrator has a whistly s going on. dreadful! so no idea if the content is any good!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Death at the Priory

  • Love, Sex and Murder in Victorian England
  • By: James Ruddick
  • Narrated by: Alistair Petrie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

It took three tortured days in 1876 for Charles Bravo to die from the poison that burned its way through his body. The subsequent investigation revealed many people with a grudge against the young barrister. The dramatic inquest was covered in sensational detail by the press, but no one was convicted of his murder. Over a century later, James Ruddick draws on new evidence to solve one of the most famous murders in criminal history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really compelling listen

  • By Helen on 08-01-10

Not quite sure why people are so in love with this

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

What did you like best about Death at the Priory? What did you like least?

The 'performance' was great. Didn't know about the events it is based on so enjoyed finding out about that. Gave me lots of opportunity to think and ask questions, which is always good, such as, "Why didn't he find out more about X?" "What about Y?" "What happened about Z?"

Would you ever listen to anything by James Ruddick again?

Probably not, unless he stops putting himself into the centre of everything and stops presenting the act of researching as more important than finding stuff out.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The bits where the story was actually elaborated, rather than him going, "And I have found stuff out no one knew about." (Which I'm not sure he did...)

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes. But only if someone else wrote the screenplay. Would actually make a brilliant film.

Any additional comments?

I think the problem with this for me was I was expecting something between Serial and Did She Kill Him? from the write up and the rave reviews and I just got quite a boasty author saying, "I rejected the sources everyone else has relied on and went to the original sources," but then the sources he 'rejected' were those of the trial, which he actually used quite a lot, and the 'fresh sources' seemed to be great, great nieces being interviewed about what their great aunt said about...


He makes a big deal about having been an English Literature graduate (he came across this story while preparing 'seminar papers' but I think he just meant he was an undergraduate at York University and this sets the tone for his boastful pomposity) so I think historical research may be out of his realm. He is also not just a journalist, but a 'broadcast journalist'...


The most pointless bit was where he said he went to The Priory and spent ages on how he persuaded the current tenants to let him in (clever him), how one of them was having a shower (like, so what?), it was 'a dark and stormy night', and he spent wafty time on his impressions of the place (but failed quite to get over the layout) and then he measured the rooms.No idea why this latter action was important. Maybe I fell asleep and missed something but nothing about room measurements seemed to have anything to do with his quite obvious conclusions, both in terms of the crime and his 'take' on historical analysis of women in Victorian Britain. This 'analysis' is a tiny bit embarrassing since he seems to present his 'insights' here as some kind of additional 'revelation'. Perhaps his discoveries about the socio-economic position of women in Victorian society were for him but his surprise that women had limited property rights and lacked liberty with regards their sexuality might not be for others.


Anyway, do get this if you like real-life crime stuff, but don't get too excited and try to ignore all the bits where he bangs on about his research processes. No great revelations but the story is interesting in itself and probably deserves a better elucidation down the line.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Raise Your Energy & Increase Your Motivation

  • By: Glenn Harrold
  • Narrated by: Glenn Harrold
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Overcome stress and anxiety and build your self motivation with this superb high quality energy and motivation hypnosis title and by Glenn Harrold. Feeling more motivated and energised can help you at home, work and in many areas of your daily life. Raise Your Energy & Motivation has been designed to empower and motivate you and give you energy and inspiration by using the vast power of your own mind. This recording will help you in a safe and natural way, free of any harmful side effects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I think this is a bit magical...

  • By mazc on 18-03-15

I think this is a bit magical...

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

Reviewed: 18-03-15

Bit tricky to review since it works, so not really listening but it seems all good! So give it a go. I do seem to be getting my umph back and the only change has been making the decision to try this and setting time aside to listen.

Many years back I tried hypnotherapy and it worked for me then (so maybe I'm just gullible) but I went into getting this as an audio thing with a dollop of sceptisism since its 'just' a voice in your audio player app on your device thing. But it seems to be doing something and that's fine by me.

So give it a go. Nothing to lose and it seems much to gain.

Tempted to give his other stuff a go, but I'll keep with this one for now and keep on with it. The effects seem to build and I'm enjoying climbing out of a place of no motivation to rediscovering that I can get stuff done with a positive mindset without it all being a negative uphill slog.

I like his voice. It's really normal and not like he's pretending to be all woo and spiritual or bossy and authoritative. Comes across as, "Yep, let's do this."

Give it a go.!

If I knew why I had written 'give it a go' about 200 times in this review... not even a phrase I usually deploy. There, positivity in three little words I never normally use, so it must work!

16 of 18 people found this review helpful