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  • The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold

  • Adventures Along the Iron Curtain Trail
  • By: Tim Moore
  • Narrated by: Tim Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Scaling a new peak of rash overambition, Tim Moore tackles the 9,000 kilometer route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike. Asking for trouble and getting it, he sets off from the northernmost Norwegian-Russian border at the Arctic winter's brutal height, bullying his plucky MIFA 900 through the endless and massively subzero desolation of snowbound Finland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • funny, informative, quality impersonations

  • By Marco on 22-10-17

Please record the rest of Tim's books

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Great story with the right mix between detail and pace. I appreciate some journeys had to be significantly fast-forwarded to avoid making a 30 hour book!
Not quite sure about the narrator. It's an easy listen, but occasionally I found my mind wandering, which doesn't generally happen much. A lot of the narrative is quite gloomy - this is a book about the iron curtain - but I think the narrator often crossed the line between morose wit and falling asleep.
Slightly disappointed that there was no matching PDF to check the photographs mentioned in the text.
I've been a fan of Tim Moore for a while now - please consider recording the other books.

  • The Man Who Wasn't There

  • Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self
  • By: Anil Ananthaswamy
  • Narrated by: Rene Ruiz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Anil Ananthaswamy's extensive in-depth interviews venture into the lives of individuals who offer perspectives that will change how you think about who you are. These individuals all lost some part of what we think of as our self, but they then offer remarkable, sometimes heart-wrenching insights into what remains. One man cut off his own leg. Another became one with the universe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better than medication

  • By David on 27-12-17

Better than medication

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

Reviewed: 27-12-17

I listen to a lot of audiobooks. Have done for years. This one stands out as being the one that makes me fall asleep every time. Rather than resenting this, I’ve learned to embrace it. At least once a month, when I’m struggling to get to sleep, I put a chapter of this on, and I’m away in no time. Works like a charm, and available without prescription.

  • The Chase

  • Isaac Bell, Book 1
  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

April 1950: The rusting hulk of a steam locomotive rises from the deep waters of a Montana lake. Inside is all that remains of three men who died forty-four years before. But it is not the engine nor its grisly contents that interest the people watching nearby. It is what is about to come next.... 1906: For two years, the western states of America have been suffering an extraordinary crime spree: a string of bank robberies by a single man who then cold-bloodedly murders any and all witnesses, and then vanishes without a trace....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its exceptionally good...!

  • By Salter on 06-08-15

My first Cussler. Maybe my last.

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

Take a protagonist who is brilliant at everything, fill the story world with two dimensional characters and add a few unrealistic women who serve no purpose other than to moon over the hero. Throw in a bit of history from Wiki and bingo - you have chewing gum for the eyes - or in this case, ears.
I started listening to this in the hope that it would provide inspiration for a table-top roleplaying game scenario. I soon had to drop that idea as the plot was so ridiculously contrived there was no way I could expect to guide a group of intelligent players through it.
This guy must be doing something right - no shortage of five star reviews, but seriously. Some people must like their fiction stupid.
Plenty of action. I liked the world it was set in, and the premise was actually very interesting. But it's no Jack Reacher.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Kingdom

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 1
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

The first book in a brand-new series, The Last Kingdom is set in England during the reign of King Alfred. Uhtred is an English boy, born into the aristocracy of ninth-century Northumbria. Orphaned at 10, he is captured and adopted by a Dane and taught the Viking ways. Yet Uhtred's fate is indissolubly bound up with Alfred, King of Wessex, who rules over the only English kingdom to survive the Danish assault. The struggle between the English and the Danes and the strife between christianity and paganism is the background to Uhtred's growing up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fate is unstoppable

  • By A D MCCLENAGHAN on 13-12-14

Actually rather dull

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

I decided to give this a go after enjoying the TV series. I'm no stranger to Cornwell's writing, or historical fiction, but I actually found this rather dull. Disappointed, because I expected to enjoy the whole series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Guide to Fasting

  • Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting
  • By: Jimmy Moore, Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Moore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health. But a key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven't thought about - yet it could be revolutionary for taking health to the next level. This ancient secret is fasting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reversing My Diabetes

  • By Charlene Allison on 25-03-17

Like finding the light switch.

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

Reviewed: 24-03-17

Wow.

Just. Wow.

I'd tried the 5-2 diet but it didn't work out for me. Now I understand why. Since reading this book I've developed the confidence to manage my hunger and now it's gone from a banging drum to a gentle tap.

I shed a stone in a month and I feel great. This is so blooming easy - and obvious. I'll update this review in six months and tell you if I managed to keep the weight off.

42 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • The Telomere Effect

  • The New Science of Living Younger
  • By: Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, Dr Elissa Epel
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn and leading health psychologist Dr Elissa Epel have discovered biological markers called telomeres, which can help us to understand how healthy our cells are and what we can do to improve them. The Telomere Effect looks at ideas including how biological age is not chronological age, a biological basis for the mind-body connection and how sleep and diet can affect telomeres.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pick and choose your data?

  • By David on 24-03-17

Pick and choose your data?

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

Reviewed: 24-03-17

An interesting book, if a little long. Not great at getting to the point, and packed full of rambling anecdotes about made up people to represent extreme examples.
Congratulations on winning the Nobel Prize and everything. You obviously know your stuff, so I can't argue there.
However, I did notice a significant bias in the way you discredit research that you don't like. A good example of this was in the way you dismissed "reduced calorie diets" without bothering to refer to the significant weight of claims that prolonged fasting helps to increase telomere length.
Just the fact that you don't like the sound of fasting doesn't mean it isn't helpful. Fasting for more than 24 hours has a demonstrably profound effect on diabetes, blood sugar and insulin resistance, as well as helping to minimise oxidative stress. Since all these factors are key to telomere length, why dismiss animal studies with a casual "People are not animals" jibe? Especially when you're happy to refer to animal studies when it suits your findings?
Bad science.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 18 hrs
    560 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Happy

  • By: Derren Brown
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 489

Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it? Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is awful and distracting

  • By miriam on 12-11-16

Don't let the narrator stop you

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

If (like me) you're never going to "read" the actual book, please try hard to get used to the narrator.
I admit he wasn't my idea of a good listen either, but I stuck with it, and I'm REALLY glad that I did.
Derren Brown has produced one of the most lucid and informative books on wellbeing that I've ever read - and I've read a LOT of these books.
Not only that, but - because he's so well read - I've now got a whole host of other audiobooks by other authors to further my learning.
This is the best, most "common sense" and most downright honest book on the human condition that I've ever read. (or in my case, "heard")
I've ordered four (paper copies) for other family members. Every adult needs this practical advice, at least once.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Learn Spanish with Paul Noble: Complete Course: Spanish Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach

  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518

An exciting approach to learning Spanish with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. Over 12 hours of easy-listening. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure. This download contains the entire course.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Spanish course

  • By James H on 30-01-17

Great starter course, but in no way complete

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

Reviewed: 31-10-16

I found this to be as good as any other language course I've tried, and as far as it goes, it was a great start.

However, I wouldn't call this a "complete" course. I would call it the first month of a two year course. Trouble is - those other audiobooks are not out there!

When I ordered this, I saw there were other titles, and assumed (wrongly) that they followed on from this. They don't. They are sections within this "complete course". Ergo - I've already done them.

So, I can say "I'm going to ask why he doesn't understand that I can't buy it today"

But I can't say "How are you?" or "that's nice!"

Content wise - some areas are laboured over and over and over. Some areas are touched upon only once, in passing. Be prepared to do a lot of re-winding for more practice.

Now I need to find another course with more content to keep the learning going. Any suggestions?

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,635

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By stucody on 22-03-15

Good Story - Needs a shrink wash

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

Reviewed: 20-06-15

It was a bit of a slow burner, but it picked up the pace at round about hour 16.

I can sympathise with Stephen, because he's obviously a really good writer, but - I really think this book would benefit from a serious edit. When you choose to self publish, you have to sacrifice things like editorial services, which can cost new writers at least a year's royalties. This means that authors going it alone must be absolutely brutal with themselves and sacrifice text that they KNOW is good, for the sake of keeping the story running at a good pace.

There are segments in this book that made me punch the air in excitement, but they are cemented between passages that made me sigh. Half an hour to load up a boat? Too long.

I've tried to be fair and constructive, because this guy HAS got what it takes. We're going to be seeing a lot more of him, and I'm fairly certain that in a couple of years he's going to be laughing at comments like this from his luxury yacht.

Well done at getting R.C Bray, by the way!

Now, where's book two? ...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Writing Short Stories for Amazon, Magazines, and Other Publications

  • Easy Steps, How to Write Short Stories (Write Like You Mean It, Book 1)
  • By: Ora Rosalin, Bey Rosalin
  • Narrated by: Sally Sanders
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Think: creativity on a whole new high - bursts of colorful imagery, radiant characters, and interesting dilemmas all thrown into a very short story! Then that twist ending, shining a light so bright, blinding your readers with awesomeness and, best of all, yourself....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Must Try Harder

  • By David on 24-05-15

Must Try Harder

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

Reviewed: 24-05-15

I don't know what level this was aimed at, but it certainly wasn't mine.
The story examples were so poor, I would expect to find more convincing writing on Wattpad. I don't think there was a single line of prose that I wasn't quietly correcting.
Oh, and it makes no mention of how to submit stories to Amazon.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful