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  • The Case Against Sugar

  • By: Gary Taubes
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever. Obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical, society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into Americans' history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mike Chamberlain's style is extremely irritating

  • By JoLovely on 24-03-17

Eye opening

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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: 14-02-18

If, like me, you get confused about diet advice, read this. Delivered like an enjoyable legal argument, Gary Taubes provides evidence for the Prosecution that makes it difficult to come to any decision other than Guilty!

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  • A Walk in the Woods

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states, and over 2,000 miles. It stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Maine in the north to Georgia in the south. It is famous for being the longest continuous footpath in the world. (Compare this with the Pennine Way, which is a mere 250 miles long.) It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author Narration

  • By John Bates on 14-07-10

Brilliant

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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: 14-02-18

Bill Bryson at his best. Touching, inspiring and very, very, funny. The West Highland Way seems like a stroll in the park now.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,058
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,070

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Game of Thrones. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Game of Thrones is the first volume in the series. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly brilliant fantasy novel

  • By Qasim on 16-09-11

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 14-02-18

I read this a few years ago and enjoyed it. Going back to it on Audible after watching the TV series I enjoyed it even more. The TV show filled in the blanks in my own imagination but when I went back to the first book I was surprised at how much more detailed the story is. Rich in plot and amazing characters and wonderful settings. Loved it and can’t wait for the next one.

  • The Scattered and the Dead, Book 1

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Series
  • By: Tim McBain, L.T. Vargus
  • Narrated by: Tim McBain, L.T. Vargus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3

With 99.7% of the Earth's population dead and gone, the few who remain struggle to survive in an empty world. The scattered. The leftovers. Meet Mitch, a father infected with the zombie virus. He knows he has 24 hours until he turns. Maybe a little more if he's lucky. He's been a half-assed father. Checked out. Distracted. Can he find a path to redemption in his final hours? Can he make sure his kids are taken care of before time runs out?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not ‘The Stand’

  • By Jim McLean on 14-02-18

Not ‘The Stand’

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

Reviewed: 14-02-18

I got this when I read the reviews comparing it to The Stand, one of my favourite books. Disappointed to find it is not in the same class. I have tried to get into it a few times now but with no success.

  • Glory Road

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

. C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: "Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential...."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable reading of perhaps Heinlein’s best book

  • By BobBr on 26-09-12

Not quite what I remember!

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-17

I loved this book as a teenager and decided to add it to my Audible library 40 years later. It is a bit of a pubescent fantasy and in my view is now unfortunately dated beyond my recognition. My enjoyment was further hampered by what I thought of as a very strange narration. The interpretation of Star, one of the key characters made me uncomfortable and the stereotyped French accent given to Rufo was painful. If I hear "sheeee" or "herrrrrrrrrr" in that accent again I may give up completely.

  • Bad Science

  • By: Ben Goldacre
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713

We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making science truly entertaining

  • By Marcus on 26-03-10

Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Despite what might be considered a dry subject, I really enjoyed this book. It has made me question much that I may have taken as read before.