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  • The Naked Trader

  • Second Edition: How Anyone Can Make Money Trading Shares
  • By: Robbie Burns
  • Narrated by: David Ryder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Robbie, aka the Naked Trader, is your expert and highly entertaining guide to the often baffling world of the stock market. In between cups of tea, rounds of toast and the occasional 'cuddle' with Mrs Naked Trader, he describes the straightforward techniques that have enabled him to succeed in the markets, escape the rat race and make a lot of money.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There's a lot to learn...

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-07-15

There's a lot to learn...

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

Reviewed: 22-07-15

As someone of average intelligence, who has worked in finance my whole life, I didn't realise just how little I knew about the world of trading. There is an awful lot to learn and, I'll be completely honest, this book has put me off a bit.

I guess I thought I could open an online account, deposit some money and 'play'. Maybe I'd win some and those gains would cover the losses. Whatever, it would be great fun!

No.

There are so many choices to make even before you start trading that the 'fun' or 'exciting' element I was hoping for seems a long was away. The starting costs are inhibitive and really seem to stack the odds on making no money at all.

Costs to set-up, costs to deposit, costs to buy, costs to sell, costs to transfer, costs to withdraw...until I invest in a winner I'm going to be out of pocket for quite some time.

Now that's not to say I didn't enjoy the book or the style of delivery, quite the opposite. The Story element at the very beginning brought a big smile to my face. The passion and knowledge of the text is plain to see and I thought the book was read rather well indeed. I think the problem is that I was hoping for a simple introduction to the world of trading and it's going to be a lot more complicated than I first thought.

I would still recommend this book, however.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,309

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Rachel on 04-03-06

Dated but Relevant

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

Reviewed: 13-12-14

Some books you buy purely based on others comments. This was one of them. In this case, the comments were pretty much bang on. This is an old, dated book but at its core, it is still very, very relevant in todays society.

It is a tome on human relations read expertly by Andrew MacMillan. I work with some challenging people and customers, this book has helped me to gain a better understanding of them and their reasons for acting in such a way. I guess a lot of people would call it common sense, but I think it's a little more than that. I like some of the stories that accompany the facts but some of them are a little overblown - or maybe in todays society I'm just being too critical.

Nevertheless, a fabulous book and one which I would recommend to just about everyone I know.

  • Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle

  • Transform Your Body Forever Using the Secrets of the Leanest People in the World
  • By: Tom Venuto
  • Narrated by: Tom Venuto
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

A smart, energizing program to help you shed fat, build muscle, and achieve your ideal body in just 30 days! A huge success as a self-published e-book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is the bible of fat loss that will help anyone to get his or her dream body. Tom Venuto has created a program using the secrets of the world's leanest people, although it's not about getting ripped; it is about maximizing your fat loss through nutrient timing and strategic exercise. This totally revised and 25 percent-new book includes a never-before-shared plan that will make it even easier for everyone to achieve amazing results.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Useless as a reference

  • By reading listener on 14-02-16

Quite Simply, Phenomenal

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

Reviewed: 07-10-14

As someone who is relatively new to keeping fit and getting healthy, I'm soaking up every piece of advice I can get my hands on. Trouble is, so much of it is conflicting. What I needed was a level headed explanation of the health and fitness minefield backed up with facts, minus the typically biased opinion of the author.

I think this is it. And it's very comprehensive.

I listened to this book quicker than any other audiobook I have owned. Which is praise in itself. However, this book encouraged me to change my weekly workout routine due to its simple explanation of why I should and what I can expect if I do.

The change in my approach worked even better than I hoped/thought it would. However, on reflection, the most profound change was mentality. Somehow, the book has armed me with facts, details, knowledge and confidence that has ignited something inside me. All the different facets of health, fitness and nutrition have seeped into my subconscious so that I have far more positive, far more intense workouts - cardio and gym have both benefited massively.

Subsequently, I have purchased the book, too. :)

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue: Vol. 14

  • By: Iain Pattinson
  • Narrated by: Tim Brooke-Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Four more extended episodes from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series specially compiled by producer Jon Naismith This fourteenth collection of the antidote to panel games finds Jack Dee giving regular panellists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden silly things to do - along with special guests Jeremy Hardy, David Mitchell, Marcus Brigstocke and Rob Brydon. Highlights include Sound Charades, Whose Duck Are You?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Great!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-07-13

Absolutely Great!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

I was slightly tentative about investing in an audiobook that I could probably listen to on the radio, for free. However, from the opening Jack Dee introduction, I knew I had made the right decision; I was very happy with my purchase.

I have a relatively short car journey to and from work so I don't really have time to 'get into' anything heavy. 10 to 20 minute bursts twice a day made the journey seemingly fly by and it always puts me in a good mood. You also have the added benefit of some very clever humour that you can try and use in the office!

My only gripe is the odd naughty word that means I can't play it near the kids.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Going to Sea in a Sieve

  • By: Danny Baker
  • Narrated by: Danny Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898

Born in 1957 in Deptford, south London, Danny's first job after dropping out of school at the age of 15 was in One Stop Records, a small record shop in London's West End, frequented by Elton John and Mick Jagger, a store rather like the one in High Fidelity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight into living through the 60s and 70s.

  • By Alison St Pierre on 14-09-14

Very interesting and full of surprises!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

I like Danny and enjoy his style and delivery both on radio and TV. I had absolutely no idea of his background or where he has come from so everything in this book was an education. I had assumed, wrongly, that he had worked his way through the ranks in various broadcasting arena's, a la Chris Evans (the DJ, not Captain America!).



The truth is somewhat different and quite, quite fascinating.



I found the entire story totally absorbing. His early life is full of East End characters, his teenage years are blessed with luck and good fortune as is his media career. Some would say he has lived a charmed life but I believe he has made the most of his God-given talents, and then some. Along the way he had to make tough decisions that could have gone either way - school and partner are two examples that spring to mind - but he has come out smelling of roses.



The 'book' is littered with colorful language that was part and parcel of his life from a very young age but it is told extremely well by Danny himself.



This is a wonderful book that I would highly recommend to anybody who remembers the 60's, 70's or 80's, especially if you like music.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Just Listen

  • Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone
  • By: Mark Goulston
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read/listen to this book.

  • By Tari on 03-11-12

Quite Surprising...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

This book surprised me. Not because I wasn't sure what to expect but because I actually found myself using some of his tips and recommendations within days of hearing them. Let me explain...



I could hear doors slamming and raised voices. I ran upstairs to see my 11 year-old daughter in tears and visibly shaking with anger. Her younger brother had wound her up to breaking point and she had snapped. He had jumped into the relative security of the shower by the time I arrived and so it was just me and an uncontrollable young lady.



Three days earlier, my reaction would have been to raise my voice, which can be booming I am told, at both of them, shouted until I was hoarse and sent them both to bed. I might have even smashed something to really emphasise the point. However, I found myself desperately trying to remember the advice from the 'book'.



My first task was to realise that I was not dealing with a sane human being. I had to talk her down from her primitive status to engage the correct part of the brain that I could then start to rationalise with. I did his and then began the inquest, calmly. When my son finished his shower we all discussed what had happened and it ended, well, better than my normal approach.



Some of you may think that this is just common-sense, in which case the book may not be for you.



So, why not five stars? Two reasons; firstly, the delivery of the book is not to my liking. You get used to it after a while but I enjoy listening to Stephen Fry and Bill Bryson (William Roberts). Secondly, I don't believe all the examples - some of them seem a bit far-fetched. For example, after years of seeing dozens of 'shrinks' a patient capitulates after a single sentence from the author. Whilst I understand the sentiment and can see his instruction in action, I just don't believe it.



Both of these are small points that can be overlooked, or taken with a pinch-of-salt, quite easily. I enjoyed the book very much and would recommend it.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,874

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's fascinating and humorous quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A short Review of Nearly Everything

  • By Roy on 08-08-05

Difficult Listen....whilst driving, anyway!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I listen to audio books whilst driving to and from work. Consequently, I might not be able to give them my full attention. This book, because of the sheer enormity of the subject, requires more attention than I think I can muster either at the beginning or end of a work day. I have started listening to it on three occasions but start to lose interest after about four or five hours.



What is there is very, very interesting. It's almost like being back in school in a lesson you really enjoy with your favourite teacher having a private discussion with you. The problem is, the scale is too much to envisage; you need to see it on a blackboard (whoops, showing my age there...I mean a whiteboard, of course!).



Many numbers have 20+ zeroes on the end or they are so small you have the zeroes after the decimal place with a 1 at the very end. Then there's the many names involved and what they have done and the years they have done it and how they were related to others; I want to be writing this information down and linking it all together to see a timeline or family tree, etc.. And so on.



I love the knowledge and the way it is delivered it's just a difficult listen for me whilst commuting in rush-hour traffic.



I can highly recommend his Notes from a Small Island, however. It's perfect for driving!

  • Notes From a Small Island

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129

After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland, and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Note From A Small Islander

  • By Jo on 05-11-08

My First Audiobook!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-12

This was both my introduction to audio books and to Bill Bryson. And what a good introduction it was, too.



The book itself is crammed full of the kind of information that makes you want to visit some of the places he talks about. And there's humour, too. Lots of humour. William Roberts' reading, I think, adds to this - however, I have never heard Bill Bryson speak so I can't offer a balanced viewpoint. It's much better to hear an American reading it though.



He introduces you to places you never knew existed and makes you laugh until you cry - the pub in Glasgow is my favourite part! But be warned there are some rude words, especially in the pub in Glasgow...



An easy 5/5 and an excellent introduction to the world of audio books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful