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Alex Gerard Black

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  • On Writing

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854

In June of 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van while walking along the shoulder of a country road in Maine. Six operations were required to save his life and mend his broken body. When he was finally able to sit up, he immediately started writing. This book - part biography, part a collection of tips for the aspiring writer - is the extraordinary result.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great personal insight

  • By Blinkinmarvellous on 13-04-13

The best book on the craft

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

Reviewed: 24-05-18

A must-listen for any aspiring author. Stephen breathes life into his incredible book, offering straightforward advice and an offer to drink from the endless well of creativity.

  • Blood, Sweat, and Pixels

  • The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made
  • By: Jason Schreier
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

Developing video games—hero's journey or fool's errand? The creative and technical logistics that go into building today's hottest games can be more harrowing and complex than the games themselves, often seeming like an endless maze or a bottomless abyss. In Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, Jason Schreier takes listeners on a fascinating odyssey behind the scenes of video game development, where the creator may be a team of 600 overworked underdogs or a solitary geek genius.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an accurate picture of how games are made

  • By XopsX on 01-08-18

Insightful, intriguing and eye-opening

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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: 15-05-18

By far the best book I've ever read about the games industry, bar none. Remarkable. Offers an incredible unique perspective on the stories behind some of the biggest games of the last few years, can't wait to see what this author does next. Narrator is excellent and fits this book perfectly.

  • 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 10,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,216

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
  • Just ok

  • By Kts on 11-03-17

Worth a listen but nothing new or revolutionary.

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

Reviewed: 21-01-18

Mindfulness and stocism repackaged in modern and casual language. Worth a listen but there's no new ideas here (not necessarily a bad thing).

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Look Who's Back

  • By: Timur Vermes
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,204

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb satire on modern life

  • By Evolutionary Artefact on 16-09-14

Hilarious, clever and brilliantly performed.

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

Reviewed: 24-12-17

By quite some margin one of the best Audiobooks I've listened to. Can't recommend enough.

  • A Classical Education

  • The Stuff You Wish You'd been Taught at School
  • By: Caroline Taggart
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

Is the Greek alphabet all Greek to you? Is geometry your Achilles heel and does your knowledge of Homer have more to do with The Simpsons than the Sirens? From engineering and architecture to drama and democracy, the world around us is founded on the principles and discoveries of the Ancient World, yet our understanding of it is episodic at best. But it's never too late to learn....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light but not insubstantial

  • By catherine on 01-12-10

Fascinating fun

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

Reviewed: 21-12-17

A great book that I've read twice before and now listened to. By far the strangest decision is having a man read this - he does a fine job, but the author's voice is very clearly female and it's jarring at times.

A great book to ease oneself into the classics with, nice and accessible. Now onto the Iliad...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ricky Gervais Is Deadly Sirius: Episodes 1-5

  • By: Ricky Gervais
  • Narrated by: Ricky Gervais
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

Ricky with comedian chums and eminent guests discuss the big issues. Entertaining, thought-provoking and often taboo-crunching chat about ethics, science and art. Featuring Huey Morgan, Ben Bailey Smith, Professor Brian Cox, David Baddiel, Robin Ince, Richard Dawkins, Noel Gallagher, and Sean McLoughlin.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This is available for free (search on Google)

  • By JB Rackstraw on 19-01-18

Interesting chats with interesting people.

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

Reviewed: 21-12-17

It's not the classic show, but it's great to hear Ricky again and worth listening to if you're a fan of him and his views - yes, there's a lot of atheism and religious discussion, that's who Ricky is. Great guests and overall I found it really easy and enjoyable to listen to. Just don't expect this to be laugh a minute or what he had with Steve and Karl.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful