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Ken Bryant

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  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
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Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unfairly neglected gem of a master novella!

  • By Raphael on 04-01-16

E.Grant does a great job of narrating this classic

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Reviewed: 21-02-19

Orwell fictional piece. riddled with humour but also universal truths of struggling, this is a must read and listen.

  • Kim

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
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Kipling's masterpiece Kim is his final and most famous work and one of the first and greatest espionage stories ever written. It explores the life of Kimball O'Hara, an Irish orphan who spends his childhood as a vagrant in Lahore. When he befriends an aged Tibetan lama his life is transformed as he is requested to accompany him on a mysterious quest to find the legendary River of the Arrow and achieve Enlightenment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid

  • By Sydney on 22-12-13

Brilliant story from character transforming writer

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Reviewed: 14-02-19

Although Kipling has been known to divide opinion historically, he himself transformed as a character, outgrowing some of his initial prejudices. It's really refreshing to see this put to work in this beautiful story of a coming of age pilgrimage. Highly recommend!

  • Modern Man in Search of a Soul

  • By: Carl Gustav Jung
  • Narrated by: Christopher Prince
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
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Modern Man in Search of a Soul is the classic introduction to the thought of Carl Jung. Along with Freud and Adler, Jung was one of the chief founders of modern psychiatry. In this book, Jung examines some of the most contested and crucial areas in the field of analytical psychology: dream analysis, the primitive unconscious, and the relationship between psychology and religion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deep, timeless and inspiring

  • By HJ Atum on 10-11-17

Life changing book that will unveil your eyes..

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Reviewed: 09-02-19

to a world you will now see differently. Very well written and narrated. Insightful and enlightening.

  • How to Analyze People: Dark Psychology - Secret Techniques to Analyze and Influence Anyone Using Body Language, Human Psychology and Personality Types (Persuasion, NLP)

  • Dark Psychology Series, Book 2
  • By: R.J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Sam Slydell
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 62
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Using techniques developed by politicians, advertisers, crooks, and other masters of their own universe, when being applied, can help you to analyze anyone around you or in your life. This can be done so that you can have a profound influence on the way they think and getting exactly what you want from them. This practical guide is filled with examples of how to modify the results based on the desired goal and will teach you how to know what makes your target tick. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed every minute!

  • By reema on 24-05-18

An accessible and compelling read!

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Reviewed: 25-01-19

This wisdom in the right hands is good; in the wrong hands not good. Guess you could say the same about guns. Well written and narrated.

  • Sleep Smarter

  • 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success
  • By: Shawn Stevenson, Sara Gottfried MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sara Gottfried, Shawn Stevenson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
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When it comes to health, there is one criminally overlooked element: sleep. Good sleep helps you shed fat for good, stave off disease, stay productive, and improve virtually every function of your mind and body. That's what Shawn Stevenson learned when a degenerative bone disease crushed his dream of becoming a professional athlete. Like many of us, he gave up on his health and his body...until he decided there must be a better way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this guy. Massive Value.

  • By Elizabeth Lawlor on 22-11-16

The narrator does the content much justice!

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Reviewed: 25-01-19

Going forward, I am excited about putting into practice the sleepy wisdom shared in this awesome book!

  • Maps of Meaning

  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
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From the author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos comes a provocative hypothesis that explores the connection between what modern neuropsychology tells us about the brain and what rituals, myths, and religious stories have long narrated. A cutting-edge work that brings together neuropsychology, cognitive science, and Freudian and Jungian approaches to mythology and narrative, Maps of Meaning presents a rich theory that makes the wisdom and meaning of myth accessible to the critical modern mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't hesitate. Just buy it.

  • By Jonathan on 13-06-18

Fantastic book by one of today's great minds

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Reviewed: 09-01-19

Jordan Peterson transcends the thoughts, opinions and feelings with truthful and philosophical facts, which will empower you to aim higher. Highly recommend!

  • Close That Sale!

  • The 24 Best Sales Closing Techniques Ever Discovered
  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
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Close That Sale! The 24 Best Sales Closing Techniques Ever Discovered is perhaps the most valuable small book in the world of selling and business today. In 25 fast-moving chapters, based on thousands of sales conversations, and the experience of more than 1,000,000 salespeople worldwide, you learn how to make more sales, faster than you ever thought possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short, punchy and to the point!

  • By Ms. L. Budd on 04-01-18

A good summary of effective selling strategies

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Reviewed: 28-12-18

The author's command of language and intonation, makes this a compelling and easy listen. I walked away from it with some useful notes, which I found have added value to the output of my day job.

  • Recovery

  • Freedom from Our Addictions
  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
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This is the age of addiction, a condition so epidemic, so all encompassing and ubiquitous, that unless you are fortunate enough to be an extreme case, you probably don't know that you have it. What unhealthy habits and attachments are holding your life together? Are you unconsciously dependent on food? Bad relationships? A job that doesn't fulfill you? Numb, constant perusal of your phone, looking for what? My qualification for writing this book is not that I am better than you, it's that I am worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read this book

  • By H. Hopkins on 27-09-17

A very raw and inspiring read!

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Reviewed: 28-12-18

Here, Russell lays out a robust recovery model, which continues to aid the rehabilitation of those under the spell of addiction. At times, it's funny, sad and inspiring but always compelling. Arguably, Russell's best book. 10/10.

  • Marx: Philosophy in an Hour

  • By: Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 95
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Karl Marx's philosophical critique of capitalism and his solution of communism directly led to the formation of the communist state in the Soviet Union. Whilst this great venture has now all but completely failed, Marx’s philosophy has proved to be arguably the most influential of the 20th century; the influence of Marxism can be seen in subjects as diverse as the infamous policies of Joseph Stalin to many of the progressive humanitarian reforms of the 20th century. The audiobook is an expert account of Marx’s life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written and above all easy listening.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Marx in an hour

  • By tim on 26-07-16

A compelling and insightful read!

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Reviewed: 28-12-18

Naturally due to the recording length (1hr:22mins), it serves as an overview rather than in depth review. However, it does succinctly supply the key points to help you decide if Marx was one of the good guys or not.

  • Practicing the Power of Now

  • Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises from the Power of Now
  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
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Practicing the Power of Now is a carefully arranged series of excerpts from the The Power of Now that directly gives us those exercises and keys. Return to those words, reflect on the words, reflect even on the space between the words and - maybe over time, maybe immediately - you'll discover something of life-changing significance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm flabbergasted how this man has opened my eyes.

  • By Rich on 03-01-17

Literally a life saving book!

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Reviewed: 28-12-18

The past inevitably leads to regret and the future: anxiety. Focus your mind in the present moment where there is an abundance of peace. Thanks to this book, this simple and achievable practice is available for all who are open to cultivating better disciplines and improving their health and well being. Highly recommend! 10/10