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  • Arguably

  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 28 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

For over 40 years, Christopher Hitchens wrote, with passionate commitment, on matters that others feared to broach. This assortment of essays spans his whole career and encompasses his writing on politics, literature, and religion. It is the most comprehensive collection of Hitchens' work, and contains all aspects of his wide repertoire as journalist, polemicist, and critic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intellectual and noble

  • By Judy Corstjens on 16-03-14

A Great Mind

Overall
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.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Fountainhead

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

The Fountainhead studies the conflict between artistic genius and social convention, a theme Ayn Rand later developed into the idealistic philosophy knows as Objectivism. Rand's hero is Howard Roark, a brilliant young architect who won't compromise his integrity, especially in the unconventional buildings he designs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but I should have waited

  • By Chris on 24-12-12

Good but I should have waited

Overall
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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Stranger in a Strange Land

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Class

  • By Mike on 16-02-07

Very Enjoyable

Overall
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.

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 62 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454

In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has challenged me to rethink ideas

  • By Thomas on 07-04-13

Well Worth the Effort

Overall
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.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Fuzzy Nation

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely retelling of a classic.

  • By Simon P. on 05-10-15

An Excellent Reworking

Overall
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.

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting - enjoyed it much more than the paperback

  • By Dawn on 20-05-10

Fascinating Insight into the Worlds Elite

Overall
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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hitch-22

  • A Memoir
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

In this long-awaited and candid memoir, Hitchens re-traces the footsteps of his life to date, from his childhood in Portsmouth, with his adoring, tragic mother and reserved Naval officer father; to his life in Washington DC, the base from which from he would launch fierce attacks on tyranny of all kinds. Along the way, he recalls the girls, boys and booze; the friendships and the feuds; the grand struggles and lost causes; and the mistakes and misgivings that have characterised his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest but difficult listening

  • By Penny on 18-06-16

I Really Miss Hitch

Overall
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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • We Might As Well Win

  • By: Johan Bruyneel, Bill Strickland, Lance Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heybourne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Johan Bruyneel knows what it takes to win. In 1998, this calculating Belgian and former professional cyclist looked Lance Armstrong in the eye and said, "Look, if were going to ride the Tour, we might as well win." In that powerful phrase a dynasty was born.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Fiction & Fantasy

  • By Malcolm James on 10-01-13

A Great Insight

Overall
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.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Money

  • By: Martin Amis
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

John Self is addicted to life. Porn freak and jetsetter, a aficionado of wealth and women, Self is the shameless heir to a fast-food culture where money beats out an insistent invitation to futile self-gratification. Out in New York, mingling with the mighty, making a fortune but spending more, Self is embroiled in the corruption, the brutality and the obscenity of the money conspiracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spot on performance.

  • By S. Wragg on 10-11-09

A Real Pleasure

Overall
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.

  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

  • By: Richard P. Feynman
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858

With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Endlessly interesting

  • By Simon on 06-08-09

An absolute joy to read

Overall
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.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful