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  • The Panama Papers

  • How the World's Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money
  • By: Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

Late one evening, investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer receives an anonymous message offering him access to secret data. Through encrypted channels he then receives documents showing a mysterious bank transfer for $500,000,000 in gold. This is just the beginning. Obermayer and fellow Süddeutsche Zeitung journalist Frederik Obermaier find themselves immersed in a secret world where complex networks of shell companies help to hide people who don't want to be found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must-read. Simple as that

  • By phil chadwick on 18-12-16

Fascinating listen.

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

A book that everyone should listen to. Left me feeling frustrated that this could be allowed to happen in the first place but hopeful of change.

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,655

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Rich Drama of Complex Emotions

  • By Simon on 30-06-17

Gripping and sad.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Really worth sticking with this one through the first few chapters as the characters developed. It gets better and better. My first Fiona Barton listen so thanks for making it a daily deal offering.

  • The Carpenter

  • A Story about the Greatest Success Strategies of All
  • By: Jon Gordon
  • Narrated by: Jon Gordon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Michael wakes up in the hospital with a bandage on his head and fear in his heart. The stress of building a growing business, with his wife Sarah, caused him to collapse while on a morning jog. When Michael finds out the man who saved his life is a Carpenter he visits him and quickly learns that he is more than just a Carpenter; he is also a builder of lives, careers, people, and teams. As the Carpenter shares his wisdom, Michael attempts to save his business in the face of adversity, rejection, fear, and failure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice message

  • By David on 11-12-17

Nice message

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-17

Nice short listen with a simple message to be the best you can by loving, giving and serving. Not much meat on the bones to be honest but I will probably listen again at some time as it was so short. I wouldn’t recommend if you’re looking for an actionable success strategy but I suppose we could all benefit from being a little bit more giving so that would be my takeaway from this parable.

  • Peak Performance

  • Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
  • By: Brad Stulberg, Steve Magness
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities - from athletic, to intellectual, to artistic - with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally-siloed ways of thinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great.

  • By David on 09-08-17

Great.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

I really enjoyed this book as it seemed to pull together information taken from other audio books I have already listened to, such as Peak by Anders Ericsson, and gives you a great base plan to start on the journey to peak performance. Recommended.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,819

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

Addictive.

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

Reviewed: 28-02-17

This is my second Luke Smithered book, the first being In the Darkness That's etc etc. I've really enjoyed both of them. I fancied a bit of escapism after listening to David Copperfield and this fit the bill perfectly. I think I listened to it over 4 days in total while driving and out running and I can't wait for my next Luke listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Focus

  • A Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction
  • By: Leo Babauta
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

"At the heart of this simple book lies the key to many of the struggles we face these days, from being productive and achieving our goals, to getting healthy and fit in the face of fast food and inactivity, to finding simplicity and peace amidst chaos and confusion. That key itself is simple: focus. Our ability to focus will allow us to create in ways that perhaps we haven’t in years. It’ll allow us to slow down and find peace of mind. (Leo Babauta)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply excellent!

  • By Sean on 23-12-12

Enjoyed.

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

Reviewed: 16-10-16

Currently looking into ways of making my life more simple and focussed so this was an ideal short listen to keep me motivated and on track.

  • Fat Man to Green Man

  • From Unfit to Ultramarathon
  • By: Ira Rainey
  • Narrated by: Nick Rawlinson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

Despite believing he was bionic as a child, Ira Rainey was far from an elite athlete with superhuman running abilities like the ones he read about in books. He was in fact an overweight and unfit slacker who felt a bit sorry for himself because he had sore feet. Sure he ran a bit, but he also sat around a lot and ate and drank too much. Why? Because he could, and because he was a delusional optimist who thought everything would always be just fine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great inspiring listen!

  • By David on 21-08-15

Great inspiring listen!

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

Reviewed: 21-08-15

I really enjoyed listening to Ira's story which was not only inspiring and motivating but humerous and moving at the same time. I tend to buy a new pair of trainers each spring and do a couple of laps of my local woodland before giving up yet again and falling back into regular habits of bad food and too much wine so listening to this book has made me realise I need a bigger challenge....Green Man anyone?😄

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Finders Keepers

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,974

1978: Meet Morris Bellamy ,the man who robs the safe of America's most famous reclusive writer, John Rothstein. But it isn't just the money he is interested in. Morrie is obsessed by the author's notebooks and is prepared to kill the author for them. 2009: Meet young Pete Saubers, whose father was knocked down by an out-of-control Mercedes in a job line-up. When he discovers a buried trunk of money and notebooks of a famous writer, he has the means to rescue his family from poverty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Mercedes

  • By Mel on 03-12-15

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 22-06-15

Bring on the final book of the trilogy. I wanted to do more driving just to carry on listening!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I'm Feeling Lucky

  • The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59
  • By: Douglas Edwards
  • Narrated by: Douglas Edwards
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and insightful

  • By Andrew on 16-08-11

Wonderful book and well read!

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

Reviewed: 03-07-14

Where does I'm Feeling Lucky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Best so far although only my third audiobook.

What did you like best about this story?

I really got a feel for what it would have been like to work at a company like Google in its start up days.

Have you listened to any of Douglas Edwards’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No just this one. The narration really Made this story for me. Having the author read his own story gives it a real personal touch that I love.

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

Yes, I often sat in my car at the end of my commute for an extra five minutes listening!