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Stuart

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  • Animal Farm

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,696
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,347

Animal Farm is George Orwell's great socio-political allegory set in a farmyard where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours. However, as with all great political plans, some animals see a bigger share of the rewards than others and the animals start to question their supposed utopia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant classic, superbly read by Simon Callow

  • By Anthony on 15-06-14

I preferred this to 1984

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-10

This was the second of the books I listened to from George Orwell and I definitely preferred it to 1984.

It was mildly amusing and I did like it's hidden meanings and references to socialism, communism and collectives.

I kept thinking to myself that these animals must be stupid and that the pigs really were clever for dominating the rest of the animals.

This for me was just as thought provoking as 1984 and in a way made me think how lucky i am to have been born in to the western world rather than the eastern block.

Certainly worth a read if you haven't done so already.

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • An Interview with Richard Dawkins

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: David Freeman
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

An interview with Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion. He is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. Dawkins was born in Nairobi of British parents and was educated at Oxford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Critical Thinking at it's best.

  • By Stuart on 03-06-10

Critical Thinking at it's best.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-10

Richard Dawkins speaks sense....simples! I went on to purchase his book 'The God Delusion' and it was a deep thought provoking work that analyses every intelligent argument for science and against religion, particularly of the omnisicent eternal all knowing god types. He explains in detail all the types of Agnostic, Atheist and Believer etc. Some good humour in there too for those who may enjoy a dig at those who are quite frankly deluded.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Full Disclosure

  • By: Andrew Neil
  • Narrated by: Andrew Neil
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Andrew Neil is the most successful and famous newspaper editor of his generation. At the helm of The Sunday Times for over a decade, he was always in the midst of controversy, often making the news as much as reporting it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Andrew Neil - thought provoking as always

  • By Stuart on 03-06-10

Andrew Neil - thought provoking as always

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-10

I'm a big fan of Andrew Neil, love his quick witted intelligentsia and mature journalistic style. He actually reads this himself and unlike when I watch him on 'This Week' there was not a whiff of the blue nun to be smelt whilst listening to his book. A very good audiobook if you like Andrew Neil.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Day By Day Armageddon

  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-01-10

A great zombie fest.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-10

I really liked this book, not a five star but then a book has to be convincingly ahead of the rest or come up with something different for me to rate it that way. Excellent oratory and an intriguing story line. If you like this genre you'll love this.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • On the Beach

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: James Smillie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Australia is one of the last places where life still exists after nuclear war starts in the Northern Hemisphere. A year on, an invisible cloak of radiation has spread almost completely around the world. Darwin is a ghost town, and radiation levels at Ayres Rock are increasing. An American nuclear-powered submarine has found its way to Australia where its captain has placed the boat under the command of the Australian Navy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking

  • By Mike on 08-05-15

When will the story begin?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-10

What a shame, I'd had high hopes for this book but it was so slow, I kept listening because I thought that it must get interesting at some point but it never did even towards the end. Steer clear of this one unless you like slow storylines.

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Deception Point: A Novel

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 100 impossible things to do before breakfast

  • By Jill on 22-03-06

Dan Brown's Deception Point

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-10

This is my first Dan Brown novel and I loved it. A quality political come science fiction novel with really good audio and without doubt a masterpiece of interesting facts as well as fiction. This one is worth it.