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Awakenings
    
    
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        Oliver Sacks
    
    


    
    
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        Jonathan Davis,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Oliver Sacks
    
    


    
    Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    40 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Awakenings

  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Awakenings - which inspired the major motion picture - is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, "awakening" effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of his patients, their lives, and their extraordinary transformations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not at all too technical

  • By Austin on 01-11-15

Not at all too technical

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

Reviewed: 01-11-15

in response to a negative review that this book didn't work in audio
i cannot agree
the terminology shouldn't cause a problem to most people considering this type of book.
There is repetition due to this being a study of many cases of the same disorder but that just allows one to gain a deeper understanding

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Faith in the Public Square

  • By: Rowan Williams
  • Narrated by: David George
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Archbishop Rowan Williams is the most gifted Anglican priest of his generation. His views are consistent and orthodox and yet he has been consistently misunderstood - especially in relation to his views on contemporary society, public morality, and the common good. In this, the final published work of his Archepiscopate, Dr Williams has assembled a series of chapters on matters of immediate public concern and the relationship of Christianity to these issues.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Long, but still so relevant

  • By Jeremy1000 on 17-07-16

the narration lets it down

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

Reviewed: 15-01-15

I could tell this was well written, in the brief listen I could stand .
I wish with such a prominent UK figure as Rowan they had not chosen an american to narrate .
I thought the narration seemed not to flow with the content as it should .
I am going to return this one

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Abolition of Britain

  • From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana
  • By: Peter Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Peter Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Prominent English social critic Peter Hitchens writes of the period between the death of Winston Churchill and the funeral of Princess Diana, a time he believes has seen disastrous changes in English life. The Abolition of Britain is bitingly witty and fiercely argued, yet also filled with somber appreciation for what the idea of England has always meant to the West and to the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Depressing

  • By Anonymous User on 19-12-18

what can i say ?

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

i am sympathetic to a lot of Peter Hitchens views, i share his faith am uneasy about the path my country has followed in my life time and i think he makes many valid points.
i would warn anybody not to just dismiss him out of hand..
that said however it sometimes felt like one long grumble by a grumpy bloke...
well it is a grumble !
i would recommend also trying to listen to somebody with an apposing view. maybe trawl the internet to catch Peter in debate?

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • A Brief History of the Greek Myths

  • Brief Histories
  • By: Stephen P. Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths leads the listener through the vibrant stories of ancient Greece, from the origins of the gods through to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. All the familiar narratives are here, along with some less familiar characters and motifs. In addition to the tales, the audiobook explains key issues arising from the narratives and discusses the myths and their wider relevance.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't work as an audio book

  • By M. WILLIAMS on 03-08-13

broad sweep

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

Reviewed: 30-06-13

i found this quite informative but there are so many names and stories that overlap that i was confused rathe.. maybe i need to listen again

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Darwinism and the Divine

  • Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology
  • By: Alister E. McGrath
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Darwinism and the Divine examines the implications of evolutionary thought for natural theology, from the time of publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species to current debates on creationism and intelligent design. A thought-provoking exploration of 21st-century views on evolutionary thought and natural theology, written by the world-renowned theologian and best-selling author.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a broad sweeping book , helpful

  • By Austin on 21-06-13

a broad sweeping book , helpful

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

Reviewed: 21-06-13

this is a great book for anyone who kinda knows evolution is true but wants to accommodate that in their christian faith
it confirmed most of what i believed but would have saved me 5 years of thought and study if id come to it earlier
one sour note.. the narrator seems to not understand the broader sweep of the narrative.. he reads ok and inflects on a surface level ok but i found it hard to follow

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unapologetic

  • By: Francis Spufford
  • Narrated by: Francis Spufford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Unapologetic is a brief, personal, sharp-tongued defence of Christian belief. It isn't an argument that Christianity is true, because how could anyone know that (or indeed its opposite)? It's a book for believers who are fed up with being patronised, for nonbelievers curious about faith in the 21st century, and for anyone who feels there is something indefinably anti-imaginative and intolerant about the way the atheist case is currently being made.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By David on 13-05-16

It spoke to me anyway..

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-04-13

Just finished listening through the second time

A good sweep of Christian / human experience here..

It has honesty and no nonsense throughout, Francis deals soberly with the real problems and dismisses those that aren’t hooray!

There’s some swearing here but not too much, I personally think it’s essential

Give it a try

If you have given it a try and are stuck in the shoals of theodicies... Hang on! Chapter 5 Yeshua, is a must listen..

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Grief Observed

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments", A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An account of grief written from the heart.

  • By H on 27-11-17

a must for anybody alive

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-13

this book has two ten minute introductions which i am not reviewing..

i have listened to this book several times now and its raw honesty takes my breath away

no easy answers here thank God, more of a journey through a sea of pain to.. Well the book is a hopeful one i believe and death doesn't have the last laugh.

if like me you haven't really experienced grief but know somebody who has this might help you understand

excellently read by Ralph Cosham.





1 of 1 people found this review helpful

That Hideous Strength
    
    
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        C.S. Lewis
    
    


    
    
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        Steven Pacey
    
    


    
    Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
    45 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • That Hideous Strength

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Mark and Jane Studdock are a newly-married couple about to be drawn into events very far out of the ordinary. The morning after a horrific nightmare about a decapitated head, Jane sees the same face in a newspaper, a brilliant French scientist guillotined for poisoning his wife. Jane has the growing feeling that she is being warned of something real and sinister. Mark, a sociologist, has joined an institute which aims to harness human society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant reading

  • By Fenella on 02-04-11

not your standard sci fi fare

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

This is a complicated book and you should read/ listen to out of the silent planet and voyage to Venus first ideally to familiarize yourself with the characters, but the plot stands on its own.

I recommend you listen to the abolition of man by the same author, nonfiction dealing with the same subject more or less

So to sum up this is a theological book dealing with what we human beings might be doing to ourselves with our technologies and education system

Well read by Stephen pacey

  • Life Without Limits

  • Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life
  • By: Nick Vujicic
  • Narrated by: Nick Vujicic
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43

Life Without Limits is an inspiring book by an extraordinary man - Nick Vujicic, who was born without arms or legs but overcame his disability to live not only independently, but to live a rich, fulfilling life that is a model for anyone seeking true happiness. Now an internationally successful motivational speaker, his key message is letting people know the importance of finding your life's purpose - even through pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring life!

  • By Vidmantas on 22-10-16

inspiring

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

This guy’s life is humbling and he knows it and uses this to speak plainly into your own life

It’s a book I wish everybody could read or listen to and nick reads it really well

Towards the end it stops being so much biography and stats being more self-help manual, none the worse for that though