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  • Where We Are

  • By: Roger Scruton
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Following his highly acclaimed and best-selling book England: An Elegy (Bloomsbury Continuum), Roger Scruton now seeks to assess the basis of national sentiment and loyalty at a time when the United Kingdom must redefine its position in the world. To what are our duties owed and why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nicely read and well balanced arguments

  • By Kid Ooshi on 06-09-18

Enlightening listen

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

A very good book and not just a one sided approach. Arguments are we made and reasoned..Some stark home truths as the author does not hide behind the pc wall so many do these days...Not a rant or a moan, just a well constructed piece of work. Will certainly be going back over the chapters.

  • Revolution

  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429

Russell Brand wants YOU to join the revolution. We all know the system isn't working. Our governments are corrupt and the opposing parties pointlessly similar. Our culture is filled with vacuity and pap, and we are told there's nothing we can do - "it's just the way things are".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book, well narrated!

  • By luke2thesky on 28-05-18

Not just a funny story

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

Having watched a documentary concerning Russell's political views I decided to give his book a go...What you have to bear in mind is that the man is an entertainer and therefore there is a large degree of his humour present throughout the book...if you don't like his humour you'll struggle with this book - simple!
That aside Russell is in a unique position to get access to some great social commentators as well as politicians, economists and social/political activists. Whilst he doesn't pretend to have all the answers he certainly does ask many of the questions we probably would all like answers to...from political corruption and unfair corporate involvement through to religion and revolution, I found the book an easy listen and agreed out loud in my car on more than one occasion....Just because you may not particularly like someone is not to say what they say is wrong and I found this to be very true in this case...It has certainly solidified many of my own thoughts and if enough of us feel the same way.....well then you have a movement....

  • Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History

  • By: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Step into the real world of the spy with this detailed and unforgettable tour of the millennia-long history and enduring legacy of espionage and covert operations. While most of us associate this top-secret subject with popular fiction and film, its true story is more fascinating, surprising, and important than you could possibly imagine. These 24 thrilling lectures survey how world powers have attempted to work in the shadows to gain secret information or subvert enemies behind the scenes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start point

  • By lilith_farrell on 03-10-14

Enthralled from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 28-04-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Whether you have an historically interest or just enjoy the whole cloak and dagger atmosphere of spies and their organisations, this series of lectures will not disappoint. Find out who came before James Bond and the fact he is a very recent addition to a centuries old tradition.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History?

Not sure there was one moment although some of the later lectures covering the cold war antics were very absorbing.

Have you listened to any of Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Haven't listened to any other works by the professor but found him not only very easy to listen to but he also speaks with a real passion and appreciation for his subject.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Couldn't wait for my car journeys so I could press play again.

  • The Book of Five Rings

  • By: Miyamoto Musashi, William Scott Wilson (translator)
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Setting down his thoughts on swordplay, on winning, and on spirituality, legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi intended this modest work as a guide for his immediate disciples and future generations of samurai. He had little idea he was penning a masterpiece that would be eagerly devoured by people in all walks of life centuries after his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting listen

  • By Mr R A Nitman on 13-03-18

Classic book for martial artists

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

Reviewed: 05-12-14

If you could sum up The Book of Five Rings in three words, what would they be?

Budo, budo & budo

What did you like best about this story?

If you are not a martial artist or have little interest in the martial arts this is not for you. However, every martial artist will find a mind set and pattern that should be all to familiar to them. The authors instruction is simple but direct without any subtle backgrounds that you have to try and fathom. Whilst the exact details focus very specifically on Musashi's own sword style the message being put across is applicable to all martial arts....

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favourite?

There is only one character

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

N/A

Any additional comments?

The initial introduction is a little long and drawn out in my opinion and seems to last longer than the actual book itself. I personally enjoyed the narrators voice as it added to the age of the book putting it in context to the time of it's writing

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  • Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

  • By: Grant Hardy, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Grant Hardy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Western philosophy is a vast intellectual tradition, the product of thousands of years of revolutionary thought built up by a rich collection of brilliant minds. But to understand the Western intellectual tradition is to get only half the story. The Eastern intellectual tradition has made just as important a contribution-and is also the product of thousands of years of cumulative thought by a distinct group of brilliant thinkers. Their ideas demonstrate wholly different ways of approaching and solving the same fundamental issues that concerned the West's greatest thinkers, such as . the existence of God; . the meaning of life; and. the nature of truth and reality.This epic and comprehensive 36-lecture examination of the East's most influential philosophers and thinkers-from a much-honored teacher and scholar-offers a thought-provoking look at the surprising connections and differences between East and West. By introducing you to the people-including The Buddha, Ashoka, Prince Shotoku, Confucius, and Gandhi-responsible for molding Asian philosophy and for giving birth to a wide variety of spiritual and ideological systems, it will strengthen your knowledge of cultures that play increasingly important roles in our globalized 21st-century world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable course with too large a scope

  • By Chris on 11-04-15

Informative, interesting and humerous.....

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

Reviewed: 14-10-14

Where does Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It would be in my top 3

What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition?

Discovering what Confucius did for a living...

What does Professor Grant Hardy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A true passion and knowledge of the subject..he'd be one of your favourite lecturers at University

Any additional comments?

I had a general interest in the topic and downloaded the lecture series just for fun really. I've have found the book very easy to listen to and been surprised at how much I have retained...whether you are engaged in studying the actual subject or like myself have a passing interest it's worth getting hold of this material..

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