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D. J. Craig

Dorset, England
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  • The Churchill Factor

  • How One Man Made History
  • By: Boris Johnson
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126

The point of The Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blood, toil, tears and sweat...

  • By FictionFan on 19-11-14

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Little did I know the vast amount of innovative ideas that Churchill brought to the world in his unorthodox manner. From this it is evident that the most acceptable methods of getting something done is not always the best way. Not being liked or getting credit for what he did, did not stop him in his endeavours. An inspirational character that could stand pressure with a solid attitude to others opinions

  • Principles

  • Life and Work
  • By: Ray Dalio
  • Narrated by: Ray Dalio, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083

Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business - and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Your compass north guide on your life journey

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-11-17

Work Orientated

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

I was hoping this would provide more principles to live by in your own life, however this is driven by principles in the workplace, specifically an investment company. Despite some of the principles being useful the majority of them are not if you are not in a managerial position at work

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,027
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,380

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!"

  • By david on 17-03-17

A great follow on book

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

After listening to the first book in this series I knew that this would be just as good. I’m glad I listened as it gives an in-depth look into how everything from ai to politics can and will change in the future and affect the everyday life.

  • The Colour of Magic

  • Discworld 1
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,402
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925

The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course, "The Edge" of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio - white noise

  • By Frank on 29-07-14

Fantasy novel

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

As with other reviews mentioning, the background sound of white noise is horrible to listen to and is no different for me. This is the first of the disc world books in the series and that I have listened to after recommendations from friends. Unfortunately, my imagination spans so far with the book and is a struggle to stay in touch with all the elements of the book. Not one for me to try again

  • A Survival Guide for Life

  • By: Bear Grylls
  • Narrated by: Tom Patrick Stephens
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Life in the wild teaches us invaluable lessons. Extreme situations force us to seize opportunities, face up to dangers and rely on our instincts. But living a purpose-driven, impactful life can be an even greater challenge... In A Survival Guide for Life, Bear Grylls shares the hard-earned lessons he’s learned from some of the harshest environments on earth. How do you keep going when all the odds are stacked against you? How can you inspire a team to follow you in spite of obvious danger?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be compulsory reading for everyone!

  • By ella on 05-09-17

Good tips but too religious

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I’m a big fan of BGs commitment to activities and his ideas for going about thing so I thought I’d like this more than I have. Bible passages and what seems close to preaching in the book are not comfortable with me and I had to stop listening on occasion as it got too much. Apart from this the ideas and short chapters were concise.
On a different note the reader seems to be an impersonator as he sounds exactly like BG.

  • Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772

In the autumn of 1988, Michael Palin set out from the Reform Club with an ambitious plan: to circumnavigate the world, following the route taken by Jules Verne's fictional hero Phileas Fogg 115 years earlier. The rules were simple. He had to make the journey in 80 days using only forms of transport that would have been available to Fogg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting indeed

  • By D. Wilkins on 13-03-15

Around the world In 80 days, Take 2

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

Reviewed: 27-07-18

Never watching the documentary when it was released, this is the first time of experiencing MPs adventure. As expected it is a copy as close to the book as it can be. Lots of detail given and personal experiences as to the place, transport and characters that are met on the way. An easy listen especially interesting as it was written in the 80s so you can reflect on the differences between how the world was then and how it is now in all countries.

  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

  • Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts
  • By: Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson
  • Narrated by: Marsha Mercant, Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell? Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life changing book, everyone should read it

  • By Matthew L on 30-12-17

Dissonance, blind spots and stereotypes

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

Reviewed: 27-07-18

This book critically looks at techniques and professions that do not hold people accountable for their actions and things that cannot be proved from some “experts”. Although the field of psychology discussed is ever developing, not enough has been found out to understand the mind. This gives dissonance, a justification to why you have done something wrong and resentment to agree with your failures or see them. Great examples are used in the book with clear detailed methods of how to avoid this in your own life. The origin to this cognitive distinction is discussed and alternative cultures views to the idea of dissonance. Great book and throughly enjoyable and educational.

  • Sharks

  • Investigating the Criminal Heart of the Global City
  • By: Conor Woodman
  • Narrated by: Conor Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Curious about the modern love affair with criminal personalities, investigative reporter Conor Woodman spent four years exploring the hidden depths of dynamic cities across the globe. Sharks takes us on a journey through the lawless backstreets of cities as diverse as Mumbai, Bogotá, New Orleans, Barcelona and London. In each he uncovers the people and the scams that keep the global black economy moving.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent but a bit shallow<br />

  • By Matthew on 27-06-18

A travellers handbook

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

For those people who travel regularly this book is ideal. An in depth look into scams that target tourist specifically and how much money can be stolen or scammed from you. CW is a man who purposely gets into the situations to find out more about them and interview them to get the reasons to why it is done, who organises it and how it’s works. Despite getting guns drawn on him multiple times he shows you how to best avoid these scams which could take your life and what to look out for to avoid them. Great book and had me not wanting to stop listening. Highly recommend for a great listen!

  • A Life of Crime: Memoirs of a High Court Judge

  • By: Sir Harry Ognall
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

A witty and candid memoir of life at the Bar and on the Bench, from former High Court Judge Sir Harry Ognall. The Hon. Sir Harry Ognall is a retired judge of the High Court, Queen's Bench Division. For many years, he enjoyed a formidable reputation as an advocate at the criminal Bar. As counsel, and later as judge, he was involved in numerous high-profile trials, both here and abroad.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not Bad for the money

  • By Terry clark on 31-08-18

The real law and order

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

Reviewed: 25-06-18

An interesting life that has been well written and explores specific memories with on occasion comical effect. The law spoken by someone who has dished it out himself explains a judges reasoning and thoughts concisely.

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  • Tribes

  • We Need You to Lead Us
  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 443

Tribes are groups of people aligned around an idea, connected to a leader and to each other. Tribes make our world work, and always have. The new opportunity is that it's easier than ever to find, organize, and lead a tribe. The Web has enabled an explosion of all kinds of tribes - and created shortage of people to lead them. This is the growth industry of our time. Tribes will help you understand exactly what's at stake, and why YOU can and should lead a tribe of your own.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Adam.W on 15-12-13

A short listen about change

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

Reviewed: 20-06-18

A quick read for anyone thinking of becoming a leader, wanting to know more about leaders/leading or have a few hours. The insightful message with examples shows that despite your background, character or ideas about change, you can make a difference.