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  • A Guide to the Good Life

  • The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
  • By: William B. Irvine
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441

One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives. In A Guide to the Good Life, Irvine offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up to the Antidote by Oliver Burkeman

  • By KarlK on 10-09-14

Easy when you know how

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Simply explained and easily achievable with use of insight and the will to succeed. I,loved this book and it has certainly given me food for thought about a stoic philosophy of life.

  • Gallery of the Dead

  • By: Chris Carter
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

'Thirty-seven years in the force, and if I was allowed to choose just one thing to erase from my mind, what's inside that room would be it.' That's what a LAPD Lieutenant tells Detectives Hunter and Garcia of the Ultra Violent Crimes Unit as they arrive at one of the most shocking crime scenes they have ever attended. In a completely unexpected turn of events, the detectives find themselves joining forces with the FBI to track down a serial killer whose hunting ground sees no borders, a psychopath who loves what he does.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Trying too hard

  • By mrs p on 11-05-18

An okay listen

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-18

Didn’t like the cliff hanger ending, didn’t care for the female fbi officer but also didn’t like where her story ended. I enjoy crime stories but I prefer escapist endings where baddies get their just deserts and goodies live to fight another day.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And this was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant

  • By Ms. Ej Austin on 19-06-17

A shameful and shocking tale

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-18

This is a story that needs to be told. A tale of greed and exploitation. It is a very long story with several narrators, my irritation with the first female narrator, who would be better suited to children’s stories put me off initially but it is an important story of social history and I’m pleased I stuck with it. The last 2 narrators were much better.

Personally I believe that exploitation carried out by people with wealth and power is on going all over the world, protectionism at the expense of the poor is a shameful fact of life. I could not say I enjoyed this book, it is an uncomfortable listen, but I am nevertheless pleased that I listened to it as it is a story that needs to be told and needs to be heard.

  • The Malice of Waves

  • By: Mark Douglas-Home
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

Five years ago, 14-year-old Max Wheeler disappeared from Priest's Island, an isolated but bleakly beautiful place on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. In the close-knit local community, there are no secrets - except what happened to Max. None of the police or private investigations since have shed any light on what happened the night he went missing, presumed dead. But there is one man who is yet to take on the case: The Sea Detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good one from Mark Douglas-Home

  • By Renka on 10-12-16

Atmospheric

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-18

Another transporting tale that conjures up mood and mystery,wild places and people with secrets and regrets that have shaped their lives. I’m pleased I came across the Sea detective stories I can’t get enough of them.

  • The Woman Who Walked into the Sea

  • By: Mark Douglas-Home
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Woman Who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home, read by David Monteath. The daughter who nobody wanted learns the truth about the mother she never knew. Cal McGill is a unique investigator and oceanographer who uses his expertise to locate things - and sometimes people - lost or missing at sea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every bit as good as the first book

  • By Renka on 26-01-16

Different

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-18

Love, romance, skullduggery, all of the usual ingredients in a more unusual and captivating story. I’m liking this author, his characters and the narrator more with each listen.. highly recommended.

  • First to Kill

  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 346

When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloodthirsty or what, but cracking book

  • By Caz in Maspalomas on 07-09-14

Well written and well narrated

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-18

An exciting story from start to finish with characters you grow to like and care about. Good holiday listen I have no hesitation recommending.

  • The Sea Detective

  • By: Mark Douglas-Home
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748

Cal McGill is an Edinburgh-based oceanographer, environmentalist and one-of-a-kind investigator. Using his knowledge of the waves - ocean currents, prevailing winds, shipping records - McGill can track where objects came from or where they've gone. It's a skill that can help solve mysteries ranging from disappearances to murder. Two severed feet wash up on two different islands off the coast of Scotland. Forensics shows that the feet belong to the same body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story by a new author

  • By Renka on 24-01-16

An absorbing tale

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-18

Not your run of the mill mystery
Strong likeable characters and an out of the ordinary theme. I loved this book and finished it in 2 days. Good listen

  • Cragside

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878

After his climactic battle with notorious serial killer The Hacker, DCI Ryan is spending the summer with his fiancée within the grounds of Cragside, a spectacular Bavarian-style mansion surrounded by acres of woodland. When they are invited to attend the staff summer party - a Victorian murder mystery evening - it's all a joke until the lights go out and an elderly man is found dead. It looks like an unfortunate accident but, as the dead man's life begins to unfold, Ryan and his team of detectives realise that all is not as it appears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 5 star murder mystery

  • By Timi on 19-10-17

Warming to these tales

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-18

I felt a little disappointed with the previous book, which was too romancey for me, but with my expectations lowered I found this book a better listen with a more original story line and I’m warming to the characters too.

  • Holy Island

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,282

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered, and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby priory. When former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface, making her confront her difficult past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to finish this one

  • By Colette on 06-01-16

Almost mills and boon like

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-18

Formulaic, predictable, and bordering on the ridiculous. Having been to holy Island many times I was looking forward to a book set there but was disappointed at this offering. I love a good thriller or crime novel, this was neither, though it had enough about it to sustain me to the end.

  • Darkest Hour

  • How Churchill Brought Us Back from the Brink
  • By: Anthony McCarten
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

May 1940. Britain is at war, European democracies are falling rapidly and the public are unaware of this dangerous new world. Just days after his unlikely succession to Prime Minister, Winston Churchill faces this horror - and a sceptical King and a party plotting against him. He wonders how he can capture the public mood and does so magnificently before leading the country to victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome insight into

  • By mat brown on 19-01-18

History brought to life

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-18

Great story, splendid narration, the machinations of politics, the futility of war and the power of speech at its best.