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  • The Good Book

  • A Humanist Bible
  • By: A. C. Grayling
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Few, if any, thinkers and writers today would have the imagination, the breadth of knowledge, and the literary skill to conceive of a powerful secular alternative to the Bible. But that is exactly what A. C. Grayling has done, creating a nonreligious bible drawn from the wealth of secular literature and philosophy in both Western and Eastern traditions, using the same techniques of editing, redaction, and adaptation that produced the holy books of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Promised much... but did not deliver

  • By Simon on 30-07-11

Promised much... but did not deliver

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-07-11

I really really wanted this book to be all that it promised to be... but it is not!!!

In my opinion this book is a lot of Oxford 'ivory tower' clap trap and it is overwhelmingly self indulgent.

Words cannot describe how tortuous this book is to listen to... it is a waste of the good money I paid for 'The Good Book'.

Avoid... avoid... avoid!!!

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Hope and Glory

  • The Days That Made Britain
  • By: Stuart Maconie
  • Narrated by: Stuart Maconie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

In Hope and Glory, Stuart goes in search of the places, people and events of the century we have just left behind that have shaped the look and character of modern Britain. From the death of Victoria to the demise of New Labour, he takes a single event from each decade of the 20th century that offers up a defining moment in our history and then goes in search of its legacy today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Claire Mills on 30-10-11

British history... with a Teacake and a Cuppa!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-07-11

I really enjoyed Mr Maconie's 'down to earth' history lesson. It can be enjoyed as a relaxing listen or a summary of the inspiring scale of British achievement; and on the odd occasion... failure.

It is very well written and narrated by Stuart, but can infrequently be a little melancholic. I am from Northern England, so the narration is rather self indulgent, but it will be enjoyed by all who are interested in easily accessible and insightful history of pivotal events in Britain's rich history.

The depth of Stuart's 'researches' are evident and really do make the book all the more enjoyable and ensure that you maintain complete interest from start to finish. Well done SMc!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • We Might As Well Win

  • By: Johan Bruyneel, Bill Strickland, Lance Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heybourne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Johan Bruyneel knows what it takes to win. In 1998, this calculating Belgian and former professional cyclist looked Lance Armstrong in the eye and said, "Look, if were going to ride the Tour, we might as well win." In that powerful phrase a dynasty was born.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Fiction & Fantasy

  • By Malcolm James on 10-01-13

Win... Win... Win... Inspirational!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-07-11

I thoroughly enjoyed JB's story of success... failure and again success... this is the best sports biography currently available on Audible. All the effort that JB put into the US Postal Team has been replicated in this truly inspiring book... it is evident why he has been so successful. The Narrator can sometimes be a little over dramatic but it did make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up in excitement and awe.

I listened to the book prior to the 2011 TdeF and it made the three week experience all the more enjoyable and provided a detailed insight into the suffering and commitment required to achieve within the top 1% of the top 1% of professional cycling!!!

4 of 7 people found this review helpful