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  • The Hush

  • By: John Hart
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

It's been 10 years since the events that changed Johnny Merrimon's life and rocked his hometown to the core. Since then, Johnny has fought to maintain his privacy, but books have been written of his exploits; he has fans, groupies. Living alone in the wilderness beyond town, Johnny's only connection to normal life is his old friend, Jack. They're not boys anymore, but the bonds remain. What they shared. What they lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling, cinematic story.

  • By Monserrat on 19-03-19

Compelling, cinematic story.

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

Reviewed: 19-03-19

The story is great, the narrator makes it greater. Jeremy Bobb adds gravitas and credibility to an incredible story. Loved it. Now what...

  • Palace of Treason

  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow. She despises the men she serves, the oligarchs, crooks, and thugs of Putin’s Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington’s most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The sexual objectification in the narrator's voice

  • By Tim Regan on 01-11-18

Ok plot marred by poor narration

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

Reviewed: 27-02-19

I really enjoyed Red Sparrow but struggled to stick with this book because of the narrator who over egged it consistently. The espionage narrative was interesting and the heroine likeable but there were too many cliched sex scenes, stereotypical bad Russians and overly sadistic drawn out torture scenes. I felt relieved when it was over. Hate the literary device of the recipes and found myself dreading the recipes that inevitably followed any mention of food.

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,913

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Slow start but repays persistence.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

Compulsive, complex big beast of a novel. I loved the allusions to Jacobean revenge . Narrator brilliant
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  • One Breath, Twelve Steps

  • A Buddhist Path to Recovery From Addiction
  • By: Kevin Griffin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Griffin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

In this six-session audio course, Griffin shares personal insights from his own struggle with addiction and offers guided meditation practices to support each step of the recovery process. Listeners will discover universally accessible ways to relate to the idea of a Higher Power, how the wisdom from the Four Noble Truths and the concept of karma can be applied to AA's life review, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent resource

  • By Andrew Barnes on 05-10-17

You don't need to be a addict to enjoy this read.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

A very personal and deft exposition of the intersection of the 12 steps with the core principles of Buddhism. So beautifully and fluently read by the author it doesn't feel like he is reading at all. It is a wonderful introduction to both philosophy's and essential reading for anyone interested in how Buddhism can enrich everyday life and improve relationships with others.
A jewel of a book.

  • The Wisdom of No Escape

  • And the Path of Loving-Kindness
  • By: Pema Chödrön
  • Narrated by: Joanna Rotte
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

It's true, as they say, that we can only love others when we first love ourselves, and we can only experience real joy when we stop running from pain. The key to understanding these truisms lies in remaining open to life in all circumstances, and here Pema Chödrön shows us how. When we embrace the happiness and suffering, intelligence and confusion that are a natural part of life, we can begin to discover a wellspring of courageous love within our hearts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life Changing Wisdom

  • By Edward Suckling on 23-04-18

Complex teachings made intelligible

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

Reviewed: 30-09-18

Joanna Rotte does a good job of presenting Pema Choödröns message that we need to stop running from pain and ourselves, and if we accept the tenet that both are imperfect and are kind to ourselves and others, embracing the complexity of existence *As it is* we will get more out life. I think Rotte with her inflections of humour serves the teachings and Chödrön well. A good listen.

  • When Things Fall Apart

  • Heart Advice for Difficult Times
  • By: Pema Chödrön
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Pema Chödrön's perennially best-selling classic on overcoming life's difficulties cuts to the heart of spirituality and personal growth, and makes for a perfect addition to one's spiritual library. Drawing from traditional Buddhist wisdom, she offers life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negative patterns into habitual ease and boundless joy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book, narrated badly.

  • By Monserrat on 24-09-18

Brilliant book, narrated badly.

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

I love this book, it is an essential read, but I would recommend you buy the actual book and read it rather than listen to this.
The narrator is heavy-handed and overly didactic in tone. Completely at odds with the light-touch and gentle message of Pema Chödrön herself. It's so self-regarding and preachy (the delivery, not the contents) making it a fairly excruciating listen.
I didn't finish it.
Rather go to any one of the many of Pema Chödrön's talks on Audible where she is in person or to one of the Pema books where Joanna Rotte is the narrator, she's much more listenable.

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  • The Awakened Ape

  • A Biohacker's Guide to Evolutionary Fitness, Natural Ecstasy, and Stress-Free Living
  • By: Jevan Pradas
  • Narrated by: Paul Brion
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

Perpetually bored, anxious, fatigued, and overweight, modern society has failed to deliver the happiness it promised. The remedy, Jevan Pradas argues, is in a unique synthesis of a Paleolithic lifestyle and Buddhist meditation. A sprawling journey, featuring Jevan's adventures with naked Amazonian tribes and retreats with enlightened monks to learn the secrets of optimal well-being, The Awakened Ape will teach you how to achieve deep states of bliss. All while shaping your body into the fit and healthy animal millions of years of evolution programmed you to be. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unfulfilled potential

  • By Zen Bob on 30-07-18

Dogmatic time seemingl

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-18

Dripping with ego hiding out in a "transcendent" place. There is plenty of useful and interesting mateial in here, but it's hectoring tone and sexist language is really jarring. I did listen to the end but really couldn't recommend it. Unwittingly phallocentric, unkind and obsessed with eugenics.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful