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  • The Tipping Point

  • How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528

In this brilliant and original audiobook, Malcolm Gladwell explains and analyses the 'tipping point', that magic moment when ideas, trends and social behaviour cross a threshold, tip and spread like wildfire. Taking a look behind the surface of many familiar occurrences in our everyday world, Gladwell explains the fascinating social dynamics that cause rapid change.Β 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged version lacks substance

  • By Billy Bob on 24-08-15

Frustratingly incomplete edition and poorly read

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Well this was an exercise in frustration! I've recently been binge listening to Malcolm Gladwell's excellent podcast Revisionist History and I felt it was time that I tried some of his books. As much as I respect him as an author and enjoy his work I recommend you steer clear of this edition. The abridged version of the book is OK, what you do get is interesting enough. But the unabridged title is almost 3 times as long as this version so it's been heavily cut. And not just trimmed here and there, whole chapters are missing.
Worst of all during the afterword Gladwell refers to a chapter about teen suicide that is not included in the abridged book - just careless! It should never have been released with an over site like that.
Also poor Mr Gladwell was clearly not himself during the recording sessions. From listening to his podcast I have come to really enjoy his under stated delivery, but in this reading he sounds horse and down beat and not at all like his usual self.
Sadly this is one of those titles where you are better off buying a print or ebook copy and leaving the audiobook well alone. Which is very frustrating for dedicated listeners like me.
Please Audible, PLEASE can we have the unabridged english language version on the UK site? It looks like you have it in the US and you've seen fit to give us the unabridged version in spanish. So please sort this out.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,080
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,096
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,070

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Series Matures

  • By Simon on 26-11-15

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

Reviewed: 31-03-18

loved β€πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’š it lodes but is tricky to find the best best best best bit.

  • 'Naughtiest Girl Keeps a Secret' and 'Naughtiest Girl Helps a Friend'

  • Naughtiest Girl Series
  • By: Enid Blyton
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

The Naughtiest Girl Keeps a Secret: Elizabeth intends never to be naughty again. But when John entrusts her with his secret, the naughtiest girl finds herself in deeper trouble than ever.... The Naughtiest Girl Helps a Friend: How can the naughtiest girl be good at camp with horrible Arabella in the very same tent? Especially when she's busy stirring up trouble for Elizabeth's best friend, Joan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book.

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-12-17

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Great! absolutely loved itπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’™β€β€πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’šβ€β€πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œβ€πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’šβ€β€πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ. my daughter has finished in 1 day 1 happy day daughter.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,782
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,747
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,689

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone.... Dobby's sinister predictions seem to be coming true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delight!

  • By Simon on 24-11-15

love love love it

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I absolutely loved it! 5 out of 5 I love love love love love it

  • The Folk of the Faraway Tree

  • By: Enid Blyton
  • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 232

The Folk of the Faraway Tree is the third enchanting story in the Faraway Tree series by the world's best-loved children's author, Enid Blyton. When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, they discover an Enchanted Wood just outside their doorstep. Soon they find the Faraway Tree, which is the beginning of many magical adventures...Come with them and their new friends Silky the fairy, Saucepan Man and Moonface, as they discover which new land awaits them at the top of the Faraway Tree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painless long car journeys with two young boys!

  • By Cherrington on 05-05-14

Great

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

Reviewed: 19-12-17

absolutely loved it! how did you get such a great narrator. l couldn't stop reading it .

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,299
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,504
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,502

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Fryed Potter

  • By Simon on 20-11-15

Lily loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

absolutely great! My little girl Lily loved it! she said it was just absolutely gorgeous

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Frank

  • The True Story that Inspired the Movie
  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

In the late 1980s Jon Ronson was the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank wore a big fake head. Nobody outside his inner circle knew his true identity. This became the subject of feverish speculation during his zenith years. Together, they rode relatively high. Then it all went wrong. Twenty-five years later and Jon has co-written a movie, Frank, inspired by his time in this great and bizarre band. Frank is set for release in 2014, starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Domhnall Gleeson and directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting little tale

  • By Paul D on 21-01-14

Great story, but iffy 'facts' and largly recycled

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

Reviewed: 21-01-14

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

Yes. Jon Ronson is a brilliant story teller and whilst any one who keeps up with his journalism or listened to his Radio 4 show will be a bit over familiar with the content here it will all be new to a casual listener.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would rather it had been longer and featured more original material as what we have here is mostly recycled (see above). Also Ronson's time line of events is extremely weak. He tells us about bad feelings towards Caroline Aherne in the Sidebottom camp circa 1987-90 due to her phenomenal success with the Mrs Merton show and the Royal Family - utter tosh! Those shows came years after Ronson's time in the band. Also he makes out that Frank was all washed up by 1990 which fails to allow for his regular appearances on Chanel 4's Remote Control and Radio 1's Mark Radcliffe show in the early 90's, probably the biggest national exposure he ever had.

Have you listened to any of Jon Ronson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've listen to all his work on Audible and really enjoy his reading style. This is just as engrossing as his longer works.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't laugh or cry, but Ronson's writing isn't really geared towards big emotional responses. It does however stay in my mind for a long time after listening and cause me to reflect on my own life experience. In his own subtle way I find him to be a very powerful writer. But I wouldn't expect to do a lot of laughing and crying during any of his books.

Any additional comments?

This book is a fun little oddity for established fans and a great introduction for new listeners.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Worst. Person. Ever.

  • By: Douglas Coupland
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 44

A razor-sharp portrait of a morally bankrupt and gleefully wicked modern man, Worst. Person. Ever. is Douglas Coupland's gloriously filthy, side-splittingly funny and unforgettable novel. Meet Raymond Gunt. A decent chap who tries to do the right thing. Or, to put it another way, the worst person ever: a foul-mouthed, misanthropic cameraman, trailing creditors, ex-wives and unhappy homeless people in his wake. Men dislike him, women flee from him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Whatever Happened To Douglas Coupland?

  • By J. Evans on 10-06-14

Surreal light comedy from a landmark authour

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

Reviewed: 20-12-13

What made the experience of listening to Worst. Person. Ever. the most enjoyable?

I recently listened to the Cuckoo Calling which is a car crash of an audiobook. The worst thing about it was Robert Glenister's accents. At one point I played a segment to my partner to see if they could guess the accent (it was West Indian, she guessed Irish, I was a good guess). That book was awarded the Audible book of the year! Julian Rhind-Tutt put Glenister's feeble effort to shame. His scope of characterization and accents gives much more emotional weight to what is effectively a fairly slight book. And I can't imagine the humor coming off the page so well as it does through his masterful narration. The man is a pro and I look forward to listening to more of his work. I also recommend his reading of Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton.

If you’ve listened to books by Douglas Coupland before, how does this one compare?

I've adored Coupland's work for years but even I have to admit that since Girl Friend in a Coma he has mostly suffered from Star Trek movie syndrome (i.e. every other novel is a dud). Previous novel Player One was really good, so I came to this one with low expectations. I was very surprised to find him writing an out and out comedy, but by the time a atomic bomb is dropped we are in very Coupland territory, albeit from a more comic perspective than usual.
Whilst this is definitely not among his best work I found it had it's own charm and really enjoyed the characters. The premise of writing a book from the point of view of the most selfish character imaginable works surprisingly well here. But most of his pop culture targets this time around are just too easy ti be interesting (mostly Reality TV).

Which character – as performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt – was your favourite?

Fiona, the bizarre, manipulative genius ex wife of the narrator. She has most of the best lines and develops from a seeming two dimensional stereo type into an unpredictable force of sheer will power who drives the story forwards.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud 3 or 4 times. It's more silly than funny but hearing the delusional self congratulatory thoughts of a truly dreadful individual turned out to be a lot of fun.

Any additional comments?

Brits will struggle not to cringe at some of the bad cultural research. We say "round the block" not "a few blocks from here", "carton" and never "juice box" etc. The publisher should be embarrassed at the number of deeply un British mistakes. It's just not cricket!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unfairly neglected gem of a master novella!

  • By Raphael on 04-01-16

Withnail fans - this is a must listen

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

Reviewed: 12-07-13

What did you like most about Keep the Aspidistra Flying?

I picked this up in an audible sale and I am so glad I did. Firstly this has outstripped 1984 as my favorite Orwell novel. The writing is sharp, gives a great flavour for the period but as is always the case with a true classic - the themes and characters transcend the original era.But great books do not always make great audio books. Richard E Grant's performance is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. The talk of booze soaked poverty and frustrated creativity is pure Withnail and I (or Withnail is pure Orwell, you choose). As a long time fan of that film I was delighted by his reading.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gordon Comstock, the money obsessed creative snob whose every decision seems to bring him closure to the edge of self destruction. Thoroughly hateful and utterly sympathetic.

What does Richard E. Grant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Grant brings every ounce of the drunken narcissistic creative kamikaze passion that made Withnail and I unforgettable to a generation of cinema goers.

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

Gordon's idiotic series of bad judgement calls when he finally gets paid for a writing assignment. Hearing him plunge into a self destructive frenzy as his loved ones look on and suffer is incredibly sad.

Any additional comments?

This is really good, you should give it a try!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • David Bowie's Low (33 1/3 Series)

  • By: Hugo Wilcken
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Low is a kaleidoscope in which Bowie's obsessions and traits explode into fragments and reform in a new pattern. Sonically, it is hugely adventurous: combining a driving R&B rhythm section with the experimental soundscapes of Brian Eno, it evolves a whole new musical language. Thematically, it's the sound of a man struggling to get well. Bowie has often talked about his fear of insanity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • How many times can you say "Parenthesis" in 4 hrs?

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-07-13

How many times can you say "Parenthesis" in 4 hrs?

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

Reviewed: 10-07-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I did enjoy this book because the subject matter is a brilliant album with an interesting story behind it. But it should be noted that there does not seem to be any original research involved so the book is a patchwork of quotations from old interviews, something I found hugely disappointing.
Its not that work of this nature has no merit at all, but obviously the author has no personal insight into the the context of the original quotes and in this case he doesn't seem to have anything new to add to critical analyses of the album either. It's not a badly written little book, but it feels like an over long magazine article at times, written to fill a hole in the 33&1/3 series rather than a classic piece of pop criticism.

WORST OF ALL - when ever the reader has to read a quote, which in this case is every few minutes, he book marks it by saying "Parenthesis". Boy oh boy oh boy oh boy this gets tiresome quickly! It was a really bad production choice.

Would you recommend David Bowie's Low (33 1/3 Series) to your friends? Why or why not?

Only the ones who love David Bowie, Low and audio books. It's not likely to convert any one on the fence about any of those 3.

What didn’t you like about Victor Bevine’s performance?

The chronic over use of the word PARENTHESIS.

Did David Bowie's Low (33 1/3 Series) inspire you to do anything?

To listen to the album again. To visit the studio by the wall if I'm ever in Berlin (assuming it's still there). To finally get the Stooges and Iggy Pop albums Bowie produced.

Any additional comments?

A good enough little book, but no classic.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful