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  • A Murder of Quality

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
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    4 out of 5 stars 574

George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged, and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'. Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband – an assistant master at Carne School - is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for any connoisseur of Le. Carre

  • By Mr. H. Watson on 15-08-16

Great relatively small dose of le Carre

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-19

As ever a really engaging listen from the John le Caree / Michael Jayston (narrator) combo.

Captures the pomposity & self-importance of the English public school beautifully. If I were to be a bit hypercritical for me the denouement was a bit below normal standards but nevertheless a great listen.

If I'm to be pedantic surely the pronunciation of the Oxford college "Magdalen" wasn't correct!

  • A Delicate Truth

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: John le Carré
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 995

A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding writing and narration

  • By Al on 14-05-13

Outstanding

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I’ve read most Le Carre’s and this is amongst the best.

Made all the better by the authors narration.

  • Entrepreneur, How to Start an Online Business

  • By: Lucy Tobin
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

Thinking of starting a business? Already have a business online and looking to take it to the next level? The wonderful world wide web has made creating a start-up that much easier. Thousands of people are out there reaping the rewards the web can bring. If you want to join them, you’ve come to the right place. Profiling today’s foremost web entrepreneurs, Lucy Tobin takes us through their start-up stories and maps out exactly what’s made them so successful.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book for business starters!

  • By Mike on 07-04-13

Ok but poor narration

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

The content is OK if not earth shattering. The big weakness of this audio version of the book is that it sounds like the narration was recorded on the first reading of the book and the narrator of pretty bored by the whole thing.

  • Ripples in Spacetime

  • Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and the Future of Astronomy
  • By: Govert Schilling, Martin Rees
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Ripples in Spacetime is an engaging account of the international effort to complete Einstein's project, capture his elusive ripples, and launch an era of gravitational-wave astronomy that promises to explain, more vividly than ever before, our universe's structure and origin. The quest for gravitational waves involved years of risky research and many personal and professional struggles that threatened to derail one of the world's largest scientific endeavors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Unretired on 15-05-18

Outstanding

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-18

Really enjoyed this book. Some amazing content. Pitched just right for a moderately knowledgeable amateur to be able to follow the main thrust of the arguments.

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  • A Higher Loyalty

  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 985

In his forthcoming book, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Respect

  • By sara on 18-04-18

Simply a must read (listen)

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-18

A gripping read. Mr Comey describes a frankly terrifying situation and he does so exquisitely. The audiobook benefits from Mr Comey narrating it himself and through this he delivers added depth.

Mr Comey not only comes across as a most decent, honest and honorable man but a highly accomplished author.

Frankly I hope that every world leader and elected person read this book and reflect upon whether they are adding to the complicity by remaining silent.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Dip

  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 345

Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point: really hard, and not much fun at all. And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you're in a Dip: a temporary setback that you will overcome if you keep pushing. But maybe it's really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't beat a bit of Godin...

  • By CA Weir on 26-06-07

Tour de force

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Reviewed: 10-02-18

Another great book from Seth. He has an uncanny ability to express ideas succinctly and clearly.

  • The Longevity Project

  • Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study
  • By: Howard S. Friedman, Leslie R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

For years we have been told to make lists and obsessively monitor when we’re angry, what we eat, how much we worry, and how often we go to the gym. So why isn’t everyone healthy? Now based on the most extensive study of long life ever conducted The Longevity Project reveals what really matters across the long run—the personality traits, relationships, experiences, and career paths that naturally keep you vital.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Unretired on 11-12-17

Excellent

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Reviewed: 11-12-17

A brilliant book and well read for Audible. Some remarkable insights into a very important subject area. If you are interested in this field then I thoroughly recommend that you read / listen.

  • Operation Mincemeat

  • The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

From the best-selling author of Agent Zigzag, the thrilling true story of the greatest and most successful wartime deception ever attempted. One April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British solder floating in the sea off the coast of Spain and set in train a course of events that would change the course of the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant

  • By Brian on 11-03-12

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 18-09-17

Really liked this book and the level of detail and background is what really makes it. My only irritation was that the narrator chose to try and adopt accents to reflect different characters, which to my mind didn't pay off.

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  • Reality Is Not What It Seems

  • The Journey to Quantum Gravity
  • By: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414

From the best-selling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics comes a new audiobook about the mind-bending nature of the universe. What are time and space made of? Where does matter come from? And what exactly is reality? Scientist Carlo Rovelli has spent his whole life exploring these questions and pushing the boundaries of what we know. Here he explains how our image of the world has changed throughout centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening and mind expanding

  • By Stefan Richter on 28-11-16

Outstanding

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Reviewed: 25-06-17

This is the book I've been waiting for. Well reasoned, great structure and narrated beautifully.

I can't claim that I understood everything but that just means I'll be going back for a 2nd and maybe even 3rd listening!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden in Plain Sight: The Simple Link Between Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

  • Hidden in Plain Sight, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Thomas
  • Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

You never knew that theoretical physics could be so simple! In this exciting and significant audiobook, Andrew Thomas reveals how all unifications in physics have been based on incredibly simple ideas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good argument

  • By Laura Wyatt on 12-11-17

Relative to other similar books, not a winner

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-17

Relative to other similar books I was left absolutely nonplussed! (See what I did there?).

I'm not an astrophysicist or a particle physicist so I cannot credibly argue about the underlying science of this book. I am reasonably scientifically literate (A level Maths, Physics, Chemistry, degree in engineering from Bristol Univ) so I guess I'm within the target demographic for this book.

From my point of view the book was neither effective as popular science (bringing complex concepts to a broader audience) nor a detailed scientific treatise. So it fell between two stools.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful