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N. D. Holt

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I lived the twists

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Reviewed: 02-02-20

Easy to listen to. Jenny Funnell and Antonia Beamish do a lovely job of bringing the characters to life.

There are a couple of twists in the story that I didn't see coming and they made it just a little bit more than expected in a really enjoyable way.

Eye opening economics well presented!

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Reviewed: 21-01-20

loved this book ... it was shocking, appalling and informative ... and it kept me enthralled the whole way through.

Crude, Rude ... Delightful and Inspiring

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Reviewed: 10-11-19

This book is such a strange contradiction in so many ways ... I want my kids to listen to it, and yet some parts are definitely for adult consumption.

Kevin Hart presents his life, it's ups and downs, his accomplishments and failures in a raw and very relatable way.

My first impression of this book wasn't great, and I stopped after the first chapter to listen to another, but I'm am really glad I came back to it, and it's going onto my "listen again" list ... I expect I'm going to be coming back to it quite a few times.

highly recommend!

There's nothing to redeem this

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 13-06-18

While Elizabeth Powers narration is fine, easy to listen to, and I'd be happy to listen to her narrate a better story, this book is utter trash.

This is a poor attempt at erotica, and completely absent of any form of story. I've only made it through the first 6 chapters, and can't stomach wasting any more time on it.

Returning ...

Perhaps not for everyone...

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Reviewed: 11-10-16

While I have enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it, I am sure that it will not be to everyone’s liking.

I'm a software engineer with a strong technical background, and as such I understood easily all the technical references being made. As I was listening to the first couple of chapters I was aware that it may well be a book that has a smaller target audience in that respect.

If you have a technical or busienss background, this is an enjoyable, well written, and insightful book, bringing together the concepts of Agile, Scrum, Lean processes, and Constraints in a thoroughly entertaining manner.

Having just finished the book, I am sure I'll be listening to it again more than once

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Excellent information! and Thank you Audible!

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Reviewed: 17-05-15

I found this an excellent audiobook ... Professor Roberta H. Anding has presented a great deal of information in a very accessible way ... I really enjoyed this lecture series.

I came to this series with a general interest, but with so much information, I know I will come back to this again to really sit down and study the material and get the most out of it. Even without that though, there is a lot of helpful information easily absorbed, and applied, if you are so inclined.

As an aside: When I first got this Audiobook, the additional study material was deemed "non-essential" and not supplied, and as I went through the course, I felt that was wrong, lodged a complaint with Audible, and raised it as a negative in my previous review.

I am sure that lots of people must have raised similar concerns, but I would like to commend Audible for listening to its customers and arranging the supply of the additional material, it really enhances the course, and makes the learning possibility far more effective.

For those of us with more than 1 "The Great Courses" course, it is worth noting that ALL the course seem to have now benefitted from this progress.

Thoroughly enjoyed this after a few false starts

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Reviewed: 21-11-14

If you could sum up Fall of Giants in three words, what would they be?

History made interesting!

As a 47 year old it's been a long time since I suffered through long, boring, history lessons in school. It was a subject I grew to detest and it coloured my choices for a long time. For this reason, I started and stopped this book a few times before really getting going on it.

Ken Follett's Fall of Giants has had me racing to Wikipedia over and over to read and learn more about the background to the story he has masterfully written. At the end of the audiobook, and on his website, the author describes how he interweaves real historical people and events with the fictional, and how he endeavours to keep those interactions True to the history. As I've listened, and researched and learned I have certainly found that to be the case.

Many thanks to the author for rekindling this thirst for history.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fall of Giants?

The depiciton of the Battle of the Somme, and for that matter the whole description of the trench warfare was enthralling, disturbing and enlightening --- and it lead to further reading, of course.

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favourite?

So many characters! and so well brought to life! John Lee's voicing of the Williams family had me wondering if he was Welch (apparently not!). I suppose my 2 favourites would have to be Gus and Billy .. but Billy would win out by a hair's breadth.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I've just finished the book a few minutes ago, and felt I had to write the review straight away.

The depiction of WW1 is hardly a "moment" in the book ... it's a significant chunck of the tale ... but it's what springs to mind as I contemplate the question. The start of the Battle of the Somme, and Gus's first experiences on the front are the 2 events in particular which stuck with me.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was 30 hours long ... it did not feel like it at all!

John Lee's excellent narration, and Ken Follett's ability to bring history to life, is partnership I'm looking forward to enjoying in the next 2 books in this series.

Fabulous!

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Reviewed: 27-04-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Target to be better than the print version?

No idea ... but the Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy are (again) masterful at bringing the book to life. David Baldacci's writing and Ron and Orlagh's narration is a hard to beat combination.

What did you like best about this story?

The Target seems to be a collection of shorter stories woven together into a whole ... David Baldacci has created a great thriller which doesn't really let you relax much at any point. Start to finish in 2 days ... I just couldn't stop.

What does Orlagh Cassidy and Ron McLarty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ron and Orlagh bring the characters alive for me ... this is the 3rd Will Robie book, and the 5th I've listened to with them working together. I get lost in the characters and the story and forget it's an audiobook ... it becomes more of an audio play.

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

Don't know ... but I'd definitely be at the cinema to see it!

Any additional comments?

I think I'd have preferred a different ending to the book ... but I can tell I'm still pumped full of adrenaline - I hadn't really noticed it until I sat down to write this review.

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Won't be listening to any more...

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Reviewed: 04-02-14

Would you try another book written by Colin Bateman or narrated by Stephen Armstrong?

Colin Batemen is most definitely of my "selected authors" list ... I barely made it through the book, and I found the character to be awful ... if this was meant to be funny, for me it fell well short of the mark. Tedious and inane would be my description. The "crime storyline" was actually okay, but the "humour" effectively destroyed it for me..Stephen Armstrong was fine, and I'd have no problem listening to another audiobook read by him .. probably not the best introduction to his work.

Has The Day of the Jack Russell put you off other books in this genre?

Not sure what the Genre is ... Inane, repetitive, non-funny "Humour" - I'll definitely try to avoid.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Great Guidance

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Reviewed: 04-02-14

What did you like most about Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation?

As I listened to the lecture series, restarted it a couple of times, and reviewed the lectures several times each, I have been able to apply several of his techniques to my own life and incorporate them ... they have been very beneficial.

I enjoyed his talks on The Buddha and on Buddhism, and he leaves me with an appetite for more understanding.

I like the way, after the introduction and basics he leads us through several directed meditations, building my confidence in my ability to continue this practice.

Have you listened to any of Professor Mark W. Muesse’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first of his lecture series that I have listened to.At first, I found Professor Muesse's voice and manner of delivery difficult to enjoy ... but after a short while the delivery became part of his character and did enjoy his lectures, and listening to him.

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