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  • A Little History of Religion

  • By: Richard Holloway
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, this book offers a welcome antidote. Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion - from the dawn of religious belief to the 21st century - with deepest respect and a keen commitment to accuracy. Writing for those with faith and those without, and especially for young listeners, he encourages curiosity and tolerance, accentuates nuance and mystery and calmly restores a sense of the value of faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating book

  • By Mr. Paul M. Quirk on 05-01-17

Very good - but would have been nice if it was slightly less little

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Really very good but wish it was twice as long - it would still have been little relative to the subject matter.

  • The Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers

  • By: Richard Aldrich, Rory Cormac
  • Narrated by: Tom Clegg
  • Length: 25 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

The Black Door explores the evolving relationship between successive British Prime Ministers and the intelligence agencies, from Asquith's Secret Service Bureau to Cameron's National Security Council. At the beginning of the 20th Century the British intelligence system was underfunded and lacked influence in government. But as the new millennium dawned, intelligence had become so integral to policy that it was used to make the case for war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly fabulous

  • By NickNoodles on 20-09-16

Utterly fabulous

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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: 20-09-16

So well researched and written in an accessible and even gripping way, topped off by being read brilliantly. Couldn't recommend this book more if you're interested in politics and the intelligence world.

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  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988

Mr George Smiley is small, podgy, and at best, middle-aged. He is disillusioned, wrestles with idleness, and has been deserted by his beautiful wife. He is also compassionate, ruthless, and a senior British intelligence officer in short-lived retirement from the Circus, the British Secret Service organisation situated in London. But Moscow centre has infiltrated a mole into the Circus, and it's more than likely the perpetrator is Karla, Smiley's old adversary and his opposite number in Moscow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely fantastic - loved it!

  • By ella on 11-05-15

Brilliantly read

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

Reviewed: 20-11-15

Great story, but the narration was exceptional given the complexities and how important it is to the story.

  • Madam Secretary

  • A Memoir
  • By: Madeleine Albright
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Albright
  • Length: 24 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

A national best seller on its original publication in 2003, Madam Secretary is a riveting account of the life of America's first woman Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. For eight years, during Bill Clinton's two presidential terms, Albright was a high-level participant in some of the most dramatic events of our time - from the pursuit of peace in the Middle East to NATO's intervention in the Balkans to America's troubled relations with Iran and Iraq.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first biography- not disappointed

  • By MagikPen on 17-07-15

Amazing woman

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

Reviewed: 01-10-15

I was reluctant to get this but as I was using a credit and it is so long I thought it would be good value for money!

Turns out Madam Secretary is an amazingly inspirational story full of fascinating background to an incredible career - I strongly recommend this book!

The New Machiavelli
    
    
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    Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
    49 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • The New Machiavelli

  • By: Jonathan Powell
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Taking the lessons Machiavelli recorded in his political masterpiece The Prince, Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair's Chief of Staff, shows how they can still apply today. Illustrating each of Machiavelli's maxims with a description of events that occurred during Tony Blair's time as Prime Minister, Powell provides a gripping account of life inside Number 10 and draws lessons from those experiences for anyone today who has access to the levers of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relevant and thoroughly enjoyable

  • By Stavros on 25-02-15

Interesting but a bit sanctimonious

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-15

Definitely worth a listen, shame narrator has such a smug tone, the author really has enough of that on his own (deserved in some ways) and it spoils it a bit.

  • The Blair Years

  • Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries
  • By: Alastair Campbell
  • Narrated by: Alastair Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

Shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book Award, 2007.
Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

The Blair Years is the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever hear. Taken from Alastair Campbell's daily diaries, these audio extracts chart the rise of New Labour and the tumultuous years of Tony Blair's leadership, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in our national life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rivetting

  • By David on 13-07-07

Good, but read the books instead

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-15

I normally prefer audiobooks, especially if read by the author, but would suggest you read the full diaries instead.

The overwhelming feeling from both is just how terrible our press is, I'll never trust them again. No one in government is perfect, but the disservice the press do to our politicians is totally unacceptable and brings does almost zero value to the British people.
A fascinating insight into British government at the time, and well worth a listen

  • Bonkers

  • My Life in Laughs
  • By: Jennifer Saunders
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268

Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving, and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends, and occasional heartache - but never misery. Bonkers is full of riotous adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer Saunders is comedy genius

  • By Vicuña on 20-10-13

Total joy.

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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: 11-02-15

This was the first autobiography I read (or listened to) and I loved it the first time, but after coming back to it after listening to loads more I realise just how good it is. Real heart, funny, jut the right length and so well read.

  • Last Man Standing

  • Memoirs of a Political Survivor
  • By: Jack Straw
  • Narrated by: Jack Straw
  • Length: 19 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

As a small boy in Epping Forest, Jack Straw could never have imagined that one day he would become Britain's Lord Chancellor. As one of five children of divorced parents, he was bright enough to get a scholarship to a direct-grant school, but spent his holidays as a plumbers' mate for his uncles to bring in some much-needed extra income. Yet he spent 13 years and 11 days in government, including long and influential spells as Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary. This is the story of how he got there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting inside view

  • By Kirsty on 16-10-13

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: 06-02-15

I was too young to fully appreciate what Jack was doing when he was in office and it is only through listening to this book, which is brilliantly written and read, that I realise what a debt we have to him, regardless of politics. Stepping down as an MP soon he is going to be a humongous loss, I really hope that there are some young politicians who can fill his shoes, we desperately need them. Fascinating book, touching, funny, detailed and well written. Thanks Jack

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