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  • A Journey

  • By: Tony Blair
  • Narrated by: Tony Blair
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

A Journey is Tony Blair’s first-hand account of his years in office and beyond. Here he describes for the first time his role in shaping our recent history, from the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death to the war on terror. He reveals the leadership decisions that were necessary to reinvent his party, the relationships with colleagues, the gruelling negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland, the battles over education and health, the implementation of the biggest reforms to public services since 1945.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • flawed, but fascinating

  • By Margaret on 30-10-10

What I expected

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-11

If you have lived through 'The Blair Years' this is a must read book. Not because it gives an insight into what happened, it can not be considered impartial history, but because it is written and read by Mr Blair. It gives an insight into what he thought he was doing and why.

It reveals the man and you will either get very angry as you listen, or you will think 'What a great man, shame he is not still PM'. Which you think is already decided by your feelings for the decisions he made in the past. Whichever camp you fall into I think you will enjoy the book and talk to others about it.

I enjoyed it and gained some insight into what a politician needs to reach the top. I am not comfortable about these insights but I am glad I have them.

  • 50 Psychology Classics

  • By: Tom Butler-Bowdon
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Spanning hundreds of ideas developed over the past century, 50 Psychology Classics also explores important contemporary writings, such as Gladwell's Blink and Seligman's Authentic Happiness. Listeners will gain insight into the scientific research of leading contemporary psychologists, psychiatrists, and neurologists. And they'll discover why we think and act the way we do from the landmark best-sellers of psychology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Psychology in a nutshell

  • By Alan on 01-04-11

Psychology in a nutshell

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-11

I love this book. The narration is fine, easy to listen to. The content is excellent. On the down side the introduction is really boreing and I almost gave up on the book. This would have been a great pity as, once you get into the 50 classics, it is really interesting.

Of course not all the books covered will interest everyone and some chapters I found dull, but the chapters are short and I found many books I will be seeking out for future listening or reading.

I would recomend this book to anyone who is interested in people but who has no real knowledge in this field. If you are a psychologist it is most likely not for you, but for the rest of us it is an eye opener.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,565
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,331

Salander is plotting her revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must prove her innocence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An engrossing end to the trilogy

  • By Kirstine on 03-11-09

Exciting Listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-10

This is good holiday listening. It is well read and enjoyable. I have not read the two earlier books in this trilogy but was still able to enjoy this as a standalone story, the plot of the previous two unfold as you go through. I would recommend this and suspect the other two are also worth a listen.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Flip It

  • How to Get the Best Out of Everything
  • By: Michael Heppell
  • Narrated by: Michael Heppell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

It seems we're all growing more negative. Bad news on the TV and in the papers makes us all feel fed up and we find it easier to talk about what's wrong instead of looking for what's good. But imagine knowing a simple trick that you could use to help you feel better about everything. That simple trick does exist, and it's time to learn how to "Flip It".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great easy listen, practical, no-nonsense advice

  • By Glen on 18-01-10

change your life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-10

Michael Heppel sets out ways to change your life for the better. This short entertaining book is well worth a listen, and there should be at least a few new and valuable ideas in it. Recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,255

Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new foreword and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The message is simple

  • By Margaret on 27-04-10

Must Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-10

If you have not yet read this book then you really should. It has been very influential and contains a wealth of ideas. If you only read one personal development book it should be this one. The audio book is well read by the author and is easy to follow and quite entertaining.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Predictably Irrational

  • The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
  • By: Dan Ariely
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyed each time I listened

  • By Graham on 14-07-08

Interesting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-10

This is an excellent book. It uses the author's research to point out why we act in such Irrational ways. There are some very interesting ideas which should prove useful to most people at some point in their lives. The reader is easy to listen to as well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Persuasion IQ

  • The 10 Skills You Need to Get Exactly What You Want
  • By: Kurt W. Mortensen
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Research done at Kurt Mortensen�s Persuasion Institute proves that persuasion is as much a science as an art � though top persuaders universally possess certain skills that make them seem as though they have a natural ability to persuade. In as little time as it takes you to listen to Persuasion IQ you can transform yourself into a true master of the art and science of persuasion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good in places

  • By Alan on 27-01-10

good in places

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-10

I must say I quite enjoyed this book. The reading style is a bit stilted, and some of the humour falls flat. There is also a tendency to state the obvious. However, on balance, there are enough gems of wisdom to make it worthwhile.
This book is more about changing yourself than about changing others. Its about how to become a persuasive person rather than about how to persuade. If you can afford it "Success Mastery Academy", by Brian Tracy is much more comprehensive and an easer listen, and you get both for one credit if you are a member. Having said that I am still glad I listened to this book and I would recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Success Mastery Academy

  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Brian Tracy has spent more than 20,000 hours researching and reading on the subject of personal and business success. This is the most comprehensive and advanced seminar on personal success and achievement ever developed. This 16-segment audio program reveals how to set goals, make more money, simplify your life, and supercharge your career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This ia NOT a one listen Audiobook

  • By Watson on 14-01-08

Great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-10

I really enjoyed this audio book. I didn't know much about Brian Tracey so wasn't really expecting much, but he talks a lot of sense. I expect I will listen again, more than once. It is a live talk and very easy to listen to.