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  • Facing Violence

  • Preparing for the Unexpected
  • By: Rory Miller, Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Rory Miller's Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected includes seven elements that must be addressed to bring self-defense training to something approaching complete. These elements are: legal and ethical implications, violence dynamics, avoidance, counter-ambush, breaking the freeze, the fight itself, and the aftermath. Training that dismisses any of these areas leaves you vulnerable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another cold clear dose of reality from Sgt Miller

  • By James C Thompson on 20-02-18

Based in US but the main message relevant to everywhere

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

Any law advice given is based in US law but the overall messages and the thought processes behind them are relevant the whole world over.
Reader does a good job of bringing the text to life.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,971

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen but nothing new or revolutionary.

  • By Alex Gerard Black on 21-01-18

Excellent book funny and relevant

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

The reader does a great job of bringing out the humour needed to understand the full message from the book.
Very useful if you are in a poor relationship, job or other place where you need to prioritise your energy.

  • De-Escalate

  • How to Calm an Angry Person in 90 Seconds or Less
  • By: Douglas E. Noll
  • Narrated by: Aleya Dao
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Discover how to successfully and efficiently calm an angry person or diffuse a volatile situation in 90 seconds or less with this proven and accessible peacekeeping method by self-described "lawyer turned peacemaker" Douglas E. Noll. Tested on prison inmates, De-Escalate offers a new set of social listening and communication skills based on the latest findings in neuroscience and meditation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good content, poor reader

  • By John on 29-09-18

Good content, poor reader

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

Monotone and emotionless. I know it’s supposed to be about controlling emotions and remaining calm but the reader over eggs this. Some of the content is repetitive but the overall information is useful.
Not really sure of a real world comparison. I don’t regularly get someone angry reply ‘yeah’ after just 1 or 2 ‘insightful’ comments.

  • Legend

  • Drenai, Book 1
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905

Druss, Captain of the Axe: the stories of his life were told everywhere. Instead of the wealth and fame he could have claimed, he had chosen a mountain lair, high in the lonely country bordering on the clouds. There the grizzled old warrior kept company with snow leopards and awaited his old enemy, death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Legends and Sagas!

  • By Simon on 26-06-17

Great heroic fantasy well read and brought to life

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

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

“What will you do now?'

I think I will become a monk and devote my entire life to prayer and good works.'

No,' said Rek. 'I mean, what will you do today?'

Ah! Today I'll get drunk and go whoring,' said Bowman.”

Any additional comments?

“By nature of definition only the coward is capable of the highest
heroism”

  • The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend

  • Drenai, Book 6
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 393

Druss. The Legend. Saviour of Skeln Pass. Protector of Dros Delnoch. The most famous - and dreaded - of Drenai's heroes. But before all men knew Druss, he was a young husband, hewing tress instead of men - most of the time - and held in check by his beloved wife, Rowena. When she is stolen by slavers, Druss becomes a killing machine intent on only one thing: Rowena's return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best ever listen

  • By Martha Alice Wolfgang on 15-08-17

Superb fantasy fiction with great narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

What did you like best about this story?

An axe wielding hero with a code to live by.
Never violate a woman, nor harm a child. Do not lie, cheat or steal. These things are for lesser men. Protect the weak against the evil strong. And never allow thoughts of gain to lead you into the persuit of evil.

  • The Legend of Deathwalker

  • Drenai, Book 7
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 131

For centuries the tribes of the Nadir have suffered under the despotic tyranny of their Gothir overlords. Disunited and distrustful of one another, the tribes await the coming of a Messianic warlord, who will unite them against the oppressors. Into this swirling, chaotic landscape come three men who will change the fate of the continent.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Superb book, technical issue though

  • By Mr. J. Ambler on 29-10-17

Superb heroic fantasy with great narration

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

What did you like most about The Legend of Deathwalker?

Drugs the Legend, what more can be said. Heroic fantasy at its best. Great narrator that brings the characters to life. Well worth a download.

  • White Wolf

  • Drenai, Book 10
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 195

Skilgannon the Damned had vanished from the pages of history. Following the terrible triumph at Perapolis, the General had taken the legendary Swords of Night and Day and ridden from the lands of Naashan. No one knew where he had gone, and the assassins sent by the Witch Queen could find no trace of his passing. Three years later, as a mob intent on murder gathers outside a distant monastery, they are faced by a single unarmed priest. In a few terrifying seconds their world is changed for ever, and word spreads across the lands of the East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A reminder of why David Gemmell is great.

  • By Lesley on 06-09-17

Great book, great narration.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

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

Would recommend to anyone that likes heroic fantasy.

Any additional comments?

Superb heroic fantasy writing with a great narrator. Well worth it.

  • The Swords of Night and Day

  • Drenai, Book 11
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 18 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146

Even in death, Skilgannon the Damned's name lives on. Now, as an ancient evil threatens to flood the Drenai heartlands in a tide of blood, he returns.... A thousand years after they fell in battle, two heroes - Druss and Skilgannon - are revered throughout the war-torn lands of the Drenai, where men and women live in abject fear of the dark sorceress known as the Eternal.... But what if the soul of one such hero could be called back from the void, his bones housed again in flesh?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • bloody brilliant

  • By Anonymous User on 28-10-17

Superb book, great narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Would you listen to The Swords of Night and Day again? Why?

Will listen to David’s books over and over again. The best fictional fantasy. The narrator does a great job of bringing the book to life. A real gem.