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A Great Mind

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

While I wouldn't say in this collection of essays that there's something for everyone, it's almost the case.



Hitchens is a great writer with a great mind who was taken from us too soon. Even when he expresses an opinion you don't agree with he puts it so well that you can't help but nod your head.



Simple put - this collection of essays has made me smarter, as all of Hitchens works have done.

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Good but I should have waited

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

I guess this is always the fear when you buy an old abridged novel, that the unabridged version is just around the corner - sure enough this is the .



As with Atlas Shrugged the reader does get bashed by the message but what did you expect.



While I don't agree with Rand, or Objectivism totally, she sure makes you think.



Buy the unabridged version.

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Very Enjoyable

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

Sci Fi written in the 50s can always be hard work. You have to over look the predictions of the authors future which didn't come true. With Sci Fi I'm all about the story and this is a classic. Essentially this is about a modern day Jesus Christ and how society reacts to him.



Great stuff.

Well Worth the Effort

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

I was so pleased when I saw the unabridged version of Atlas Shrugged had been released on Audible. I tried to fight my way through the tiny font 1168 page paperback I bought a few years ago but I only have so much determination. This is what audiobooks were meant to be.



As many know this set in an America where socialism has gone bad. At times you do feel as though Rand is hitting you over the head with her message, but I suspected it was always going to be that way.



After a slow start Rand manages to keep my interest in the plot, although I have to admit that it's lovers of philosophy who will get the most out of this book.



Well read by Scott Brick; next up for me in the unabridged Fountainhead.



The longest book I have ever bought and definitely value for money.

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An Excellent Reworking

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-12

I love John Scalzi; I'd waited a while for his latest work and I wasn't disappointed. Scalzi always tells a great story and is witty when doing so.

This is a massive complement from me but he reminds me of the great Douglas Adams. Please live a long and productive life Mr Scalzi.

Fascinating Insight into the Worlds Elite

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-12

Gladwell offers evidence on what really leads to success, and it's not what the self help shamans want you to think.

This was a great source of reference, along with a few others for my own book on personal improvement.

I Really Miss Hitch

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-12

This excellent autobiography has now become too complete a work following Hitchens death in November 2011.

Written with wit and I think understated modesty this book shows a reflection of the man I hope existed. Not knowing him one can never be sure.

An excellent read, especially for a biography - a genre which I'm very selective with.

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A Great Insight

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-12

Great stories and a great overall message. This is the best book of this kind (motivation) I've read in a while.

I coach athletes myself and have used several of the messages contained in this book.

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A Real Pleasure

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-12

Beautifully written, and excellently narrated; a real pleasure from beginning to end.

I'm wondering which of Amis' other books to listen to next.

Absolutely loved it.

An absolute joy to read

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-11

I was expecting heavy going, well you would wouldn't you? But this was a pleasure to read; stories from theoretical physics through to picking up girls in a bar, all told by a 20th Century genius.

I couldn't recommend this highly enough.

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