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Mark Lancaster

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  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,047

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

Right rivetting yarn with a Lake District backdrop

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

Ages since I last read a crime thriller.
I was not let down though. The novel has great pace, some easy to follow characters plus twists & turns a plenty.

  • Rational Optimist

  • How Prosperity Evolves
  • By: Matt Ridley
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Over 10,000 years ago there were fewer than 10 million people on the planet. Today there are more than six billion, 99 per cent of whom are better fed, better sheltered, better entertained and better protected against disease than their Stone Age ancestors. Yet, bizarrely, however much things improve from the way they were before, people still cling to the belief that the future will be nothing but disastrous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Optimism makes sense

  • By Peter Kettle on 19-06-11

An interesting alternative +ve view on future

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

Reviewed: 22-10-18

Matt Ridley is definitely a wizard. Putting his faith in the ability of human race to over come global challenges through commerce & innovation. As opposed to the naysaying prophets of doom. A very well written book. Left feeling that I needed to double check some of the facts & figures that he stated.

  • 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 6,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,083

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

Super summary of many of the sciences.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Found it very useful for reminding me of the people, processes & places associated with the sciences of geology, physics, chemistry, archaeology and paleoanthropology. All narrated in easily understandable narrative.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061

The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it. With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • balanced and the text is served well by narration.

  • By David W. on 12-09-18

Sorry state for politics to be in

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

Worldwide epidemic with politicians coercing their personal beefs on the populace through use of lies & obfuscation. That aside this book is finely penned by Bob and well worth a listen. It will have you slapping you forehead in disbelief at the kind of shambles that go on behind the doors of the White House.

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  • The Practicing Mind

  • Bringing Discipline and Focus into Your Life
  • By: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Narrated by: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Present moment awareness is an essential ingredient in life if one expects to experience any degree of authentic peace and contentment. It has been acknowledged for centuries as the cornerstone of spiritual awakening in all traditions of Eastern thought. In the West, however, it is still a relatively unrecognized concept for living. The Western mind is always restless, never content with the moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will this book really make a difference?

  • By Mrs. Z. St Pierre on 08-11-15

A reminder of common sense mindfulness

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

Reviewed: 29-01-18

Was a useful reminder of practicing mindfulness during tasks to be in the moment. Written from a personal biography pov which grated on me a bit. I also dislike the kitschy Muzak segments that punctuate chapters which sound awful if you're playback is at 1.5 times which I found is really useful for slow speaking American narrators. My take-aways are 4S approach to tasks:
simplify - break large tasks into smaller chunks
small - the smaller chunks, areas,
short - time chunks to preserve interest and avoid impatience/boredom.
slow - deliberate awareness of all actions in the task to encourage mindfulness and avoid self distracting mind.
DOC was the other acronym.
Do - an action/task.
Observe - non-judgmentally whether the action/task was successful.
Correct - your next iteration to get back on target.

  • Daily Rituals

  • How Artists Work
  • By: Mason Currey
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Kafka is one of 161 inspired-and inspiring-minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disjointed bombardment

  • By joseph on 08-06-14

Would make a great coffee table book imo.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

On first listen I had to stop because it got a bit dull, in a people watching way. Like endless pictures of friends meals on FB. Came away thinking that there was no special way for encouraging creativity by schedule only that many prodigious persons self medicated with various types of intoxicating or stimulating consumptions.

  • The Phoenix Project

  • A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win 5th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford
  • Narrated by: Chris Ruen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359

Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, has been tasked with taking on a project critical to the future of the business, code named Phoenix Project. But the project is massively over budget and behind schedule. The CEO demands Bill must fix the mess in 90 days, or else Bill’s entire department will be outsourced. With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of the Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An example of Audiobooks being better

  • By Matt Williams on 01-12-15

Enlightening look into the world of IT.

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

Reviewed: 30-08-17

Really interesting to read the implementation of the current lean and agile practices rolled out in a failing group of IT departments. Some great ideas to take away and use in my own business.

  • Influence

  • Mastering Life's Most Powerful Skill
  • By: Kenneth G. Brown, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth G. Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Don't just let influence just happen to you. Instead, take charge of your life by grasping the science behind how influence works and by strengthening your own skills at using it to your advantage. In this dynamic 12-lecture series, you'll discover how to tap into the hidden powers of influence - and use these powers to enhance your life in ways you never thought possible. Using clear and accessible language, Professor Brown teaches you how and why influence works.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strategies for ethically improving your influence.

  • By Mark Lancaster on 16-08-17

Strategies for ethically improving your influence.

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

Reviewed: 16-08-17

In a world where key leaders highlight the dark triad of influence to wield power it is a good course to help you identify such unscrupulous machinations. More importantly though, the lecturer leads us through strategies to make ourselves better influencers to improve our goals and the lives of those around us.

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  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,940

The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, best-selling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Norseome

  • By AnnG on 03-03-17

Great deities and demigods stories from the fjords

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

A superb retelling of the Norse mythologies in Gaiman's engaging dark whimsical way. Highly recommended.

  • Deep Work

  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,894

Popular blogger Cal Newport reveals the new key to achieving success and true meaning in professional life: the ability to master distraction. Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves their attention the most. When Cal Newport coined the term deep work on his popular blog, Study Hacks, in 2012, he found the concept quickly hit a nerve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Useful insights into ring-fencing your focus.

  • By Mark Lancaster on 23-05-17

Useful insights into ring-fencing your focus.

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

Reviewed: 23-05-17

Narrator was a bit slow but the audible app allowed me to play at 1.5x.
In 3 bullets.
* cut or batch low value (social media etc) tasks to low energy times of work day.
* schedule deep valuable work in time blocks early in the day.
* protect down-time for productive habits like reading, exercise, family time & getting out into nature.

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