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  • First Man In

  • Leading from the Front
  • By: Ant Middleton
  • Narrated by: Ant Middleton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,681

No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership. In First Man In, he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating, exhilarating life. Special forces training is no walk in the park. The rules are strict, and they make sure you learn the hard way, pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible. There is no mercy. Even when you are bleeding and broken, to admit defeat is failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible book. Strong, powerful and inspiring

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-07-18

Not just for boys

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Really enjoyed this - an autobiography of an unusual individual. The author narrating it was a huge plus. I got a lot out of it on how psychology is shaped by experience. Definitely not a book for boys only.

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  • Happy

  • By: Derren Brown
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 487

Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it? Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is awful and distracting

  • By miriam on 12-11-16

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Exactly the kind of book I'd been looking for. It has a lot of interesting ideas, many of which are from Greek philosophy (and referenced as such).

Employs the most all encompassing definition of happiness, exploring how to live well in a way that gives your life meaning (without recourse to religion).

Doesn't provide the answers as such, but explores the questions in an inspiring way and provides a good amount of food for thought (especially the section on death).

Unlike a lot of reviewers, I didn't find the narrator's style annoying and didn't even notice it after the first few minutes.

Definitely would recommend this book.

  • The Naked Trader

  • How Anyone Can Make Money Trading Shares - 4th Edition
  • By: Robbie Burns
  • Narrated by: David Ryder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

The most entertaining book on how to trade shares is back! This is the book on stock market investing that you can actually enjoy, written in plain English, packed with real-life trading examples and full of candid advice that you just can't get anywhere else. It's the ideal friend for anyone who wants to make money in the markets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I've ever read on investment

  • By Shorty on 25-07-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 14-08-17

Excellent introduction suitable for complete beginners. Engagingly written and read. Simple yet detailed. Gives you a good overview of what to realistically expect from trading (e.g. how much money you need to start and what maximum percentage you could make per year). I'm going back to start listening from chapter one then might have a go at paper trading. Definitely recommend this book.

  • Engleby

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 515

Mike Engleby says things that others dare not even think. When the novel opens in the 1970s, he is a university student, having survived a "traditional" school. A man devoid of scruple or self-pity, Engleby provides a disarmingly frank account of English education. Yet beneath the disturbing surface of his observations lies an unfolding mystery of gripping power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible - In the very best way!

  • By Robert on 08-02-08

Very good

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

Reviewed: 22-07-17

A thought provoking book very well read by the narrator. Would like to find more like this.

  • Fast Asleep, Wide Awake

  • Discover the Secrets of Restorative Sleep and Vibrant Energy
  • By: Dr Nerina Ramlakhan
  • Narrated by: Dr Nerina Ramlakhan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Sleep problems aren't created when you put your head on the pillow. Everything you do during the day - every thought, every behaviour, every choice you make - can impact how you sleep at night. Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, a physiologist and renowned sleep and energy expert, has worked with people for over 25 years. Combining this professional experience with academic and personal insights, she shares her view that sleep problems are not just about sleep but rather about how we deal with life and its inevitable challenges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically insightful!

  • By Linda Hill on 22-09-16

Very enjoyable and informative

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

I really liked the author's voice it was very soothing to listen to while at the same time felt authoritative and friendly.

I will listen again to this book so I can take notes as there are a lot of hints, tips, suggestions and exercises which I
am going to try.

Definitely would recommend for anyone suffering from insomnia.

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  • The Portrait of a Lady

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: John Wood
  • Length: 23 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy the freedom that her fortune has opened up and to determine her own fate, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors, declaring that she will never marry. It is only when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to the cultivated but worthless Gilbert Osmond that she discovers that wealth is a two-edged sword.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • James's writing is sublime

  • By Mrs on 10-03-13

Interesting

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-17

Thought provoking. After watching the film twice (which is very good) I wanted to see if I could find out more. It's almost a psychological who done it. Is there an answer? Watch the film first then listen to the book is my recommendation. You lose nothing and the film draws you in quicker. Then you will
want to know more. Can the book deliver ....?