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  • Don't Let My Past Be Your Future

  • By: Harry Leslie Smith
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerom
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

Harry Leslie Smith is a great British stalwart. A survivor of the Great Depression, a Second World War veteran, a lifelong Labour supporter and a proud Yorkshire man, Harry's life has straddled two centuries. As a young man, he witnessed a country in crisis with no healthcare, no relief for the poor, and a huge economic gulf between the North and South. Now in his 90s, Harry wanders through the streets of his youth and wonders whether anything has actually changed.

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

  • By Mr James Hopson on 12-12-18

Angry rant

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

Reviewed: 16-01-18

This is an angry book. Of course, that forces the question, is the anger justified, and the answer is yes, it is justified. The problem is that such anger easily overwhelms the message. Mr Smith has certainly lived through hard times and, rightfully, doesn't want others to experience his hardships. It is valuable and admirable that Mr Smith has written this book but the tone of the book will prevent his message being widely heard. Financial inequality is widespread; life is not fair; politicians are, for the most part, rubbish at fulfilling their responsibilities. Unfortunately, this is not the call to action Mr Smith was aiming for but it is quite a rant.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Collusion

  • How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House
  • By: Luke Harding
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

A gripping exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era. Moscow, July 1987. Real-estate tycoon Donald Trump visits Soviet Russia for the first time at the invitation of the government. London, December 2016. Luke Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the president-elect's connections with Russia. Award-winning journalist Luke Harding reveals the true nature of Trump's decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of the dossier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Devil's Bargain

  • By Adam on 14-02-18

Fascinating listen. Strongly recommend.

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

Reviewed: 24-11-17

If you're interested in US politics and particularly what's happened with the current administration and Russia, you'll be captivated with this book. This is an excellent example of good journalism and Luke Harding is on top form.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,552
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,388
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,389

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Kerri on 19-02-17

Absolutely marvellous story

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

Reviewed: 18-08-17

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

Yes, I recommend this most enjoyable book. Wonderful story, wonderfully told.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heart's Invisible Furies?

The confessional. I won't spoil it for anyone but people asked me what I was laughing so hard at.

What about Stephen Hogan’s performance did you like?

Brilliant performance with only a few accent and inflection lapses. Lots of characters and I'm amazed at the job Stephen Hogan did.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed out loud many many times during the first half of the book. Laughs were fewer in the second half but I didn't mind as I saw it as being reflective of an entire life.

Any additional comments?

This is a lovely story of a life filled with a life's range of emotions. Definitely one of the best audiobooks I've listened to.

  • London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World

  • By: Robert Bucholz, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Bucholz
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

No city has had as powerful and as enduring an impact on Western civilization as London. But what made the city the perfect environment for so many great developments? How did London endure the sweeping historical revolutions and disasters without crumbling? Find the answers to these questions and more in these 24 fascinating lectures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable until..

  • By Dusty Raven on 20-08-15

Great subject, appalling presentation

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

I believe that London is the greatest city on the planet and was truly looking forward to this course but the prof made me inclined, every few minutes, to turn it off, thinking I couldn’t take it anymore. That’s harsh but his delivery is appalling and he appears to believe he’s the most beguiling presenter ever. Satisfy your love of exploring the history of London elsewhere.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The End of Alchemy

  • Money, Banking and the Future of the Global Economy
  • By: Mervyn King
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

The past 20 years saw unprecedented growth and stability followed by the worst financial crisis the industrialised world has ever witnessed. In the space of little more than a year, what had been seen as the age of wisdom was viewed as the age of foolishness. Almost overnight, belief turned into incredulity. Most accounts of the recent crisis focus on the symptoms and not the underlying causes of what went wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a hard read

  • By Judy Corstjens on 01-05-17

Interesting subject but dull delivery

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

Reviewed: 26-04-17

Really interested in the subject matter but halfway through struggling with the sleep-inducing narration. I have the physical book as well so I'll turn to that.