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  • My Cross to Bear

  • By: Gregg Allman, Alan Light
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

As one of the greatest rock icons of all time, Gregg Allman has lived it all and then some. For almost 50 years, he's been creating some of the most recognizable songs in American rock, but never before has he paused to reflect on the long road he's traveled. Now, he tells the unflinching story of his life, laying bare the unvarnished truth about his wild ride that has spanned across the years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping narrative, gripping narrator

  • By C. Stocker on 31-08-18

Gripping narrative, gripping narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-18

Having been a fan of the Allman Brothers, I was intrigued to hear this audio book. The book is thrilling and uncompromising in the coverage of Gregory's life. Fabulously written and so well described at every point. So many take away points too. Great book. The performance by Alan Light adds something to it's magic and seals the 100% gripping nature. Wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful book.

  • 59 Seconds

  • Think a Little, Change a Lot
  • By: Richard Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Most people would like to be more creative, more persuasive and more attractive. For years gurus and life coaches have urged people to improve their lives by changing the way they think and behave, but scientific research has revealed that many of their techniques, from group brainstorming to visualization, are ineffective. Fortunately, in 59 Seconds, psychologist Richard Wiseman is on hand to provide fast-acting, myth-busting scientific answers to a huge range of everyday problems.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Content brilliant ..... but not for Audio.

  • By Vic on 25-01-17

Makes you think and smile

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-18

Great book which is read and performed brilliantly. The information is rich and probably a bit too densely packed for an audio book. However, fabulous information and will make you think and smile.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Utopia for Realists

  • By: Rutger Bregman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483

We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, when technology and so-called progress have made us richer but more uncertain than ever before. We have questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. So, too, does the time seem to be coming to an end when we looked to economists to help us define the qualities necessary to create a successful society. We need a new movement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Food for thought...

  • By Lister on 18-04-17

Thought provoking

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-18

Excellently presented ideas which really get you to question what you have come to believe. Excellent narration from the actor. Brilliant. Highly recommended

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 5 Second Rule

  • Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Mel Robbins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,597

How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in five seconds. Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really drags out a very simple concept.

  • By Adam on 13-04-17

Real tools for real lives

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-17

Mel Robbins writes the most honest and open books I've ever read. Often self help stars pedal their rags to riches story and invite you to copy it in your own life. This is different. It describes very real and common issues and offers the most powerful tools to make it better. Not all the stories are complete and that's deliberate. In our lives, not every story is complete or ends like a Disney story. Mel's delivery is more than authentic and completely unedited. This is deliberate. Enjoy it. It's real.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Be Brilliant

  • By: Michael Heppell
  • Narrated by: Michael Heppell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

For many of us, being ‘good’ isn’t really good enough. We want to make the very best we can out of our lives - to achieve all we can achieve and be the best we can be. We want to be Brilliant. This book will give you tools to find out what point you are at now, understand where it is you want to get, and develop strategies and powerful methods to get you there - as quickly as possible and as economically as possible with as much fun as possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A simply Brilliant Book

  • By Honorata on 13-04-13

Practical, funny, relevant and very powerful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Be Brilliant to be better than the print version?

For me, audio versions are much more powerful as I can listen to them wherever I go. Michael caters for the mobile listener.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Be Brilliant?

The TAKE ACTION APPROACH is brilliant. There is no place to hide and the steps offered are powerful and different from the other self-help books.

What about Michael Heppell’s performance did you like?

A very cheeky approach which makes you smile and want to get involved.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Change your mind, change your approach and change your life.

Any additional comments?

A very well written book which takes into account human nature. A fabulous practical book. Michael's delivery style is totally honest and approachable for any reader. I have heard him at a conference and this is just as good if not better. Great advanced techniques with a practical bent.

  • You Are a Badass

  • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,767

You Are a Badass is the self-help audiobook for people who desperately want to improve their lives but don't want to get busted doing it. In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, best-selling author and world-travelling success coach Jen Sincero serves up 27 bite-size chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book

  • By m e n k on 26-04-17

For absolutely everyone

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-17

If you've read self help books before or if you are new, then this book has gems for all of you. There is plenty to think and mull over and lots to do with the information. So many wise and well targeted ideas that make you feel good. Great unassuming writing with the right degree of assertion. Great read.

  • The Nowhere Man

  • Orphan X, Book 2
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922

Ambushed and drugged, Evan Smoak wakes up in a locked room with no idea where he is or who has captured him. As he tries to piece together what's happened, he receives a desperate call for help. With time running out, he will need to out-manoeuvre a powerful opponent to have any chance of escape. He's got to save himself to protect those whose lives depend on him...or die trying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book as good as the first one

  • By despie on 03-03-17

Gripping action, brilliant performance.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-17

A thoroughly gripping story following on nicely from the last book. Not to worry if you haven't read the others, this fills in the important details in an entertaining way.
The action scenes are penned in a gripping style and the narrator's performance is 100% convincing. Highly recommend without reservation!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Cognitive Psychology for Dummies

  • By: Michael Pake, Peter Hills
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Demystify the core concepts of cognitive psychology. Written specifically for psychology students - and not other academics - Cognitive Psychology for Dummies is an accessible and entertaining introduction to the field. Unlike the dense and jargon-laden content found in most psychology textbooks, this practical guide provides listeners with easy-to-understand explanations of the fundamental elements of cognitive psychology so that they are able obtain a firm grasp of the material.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen...

  • By diversity on 21-01-17

Well written but too much like a reference book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-17

The style of writing in this book is very easy to listen to and the narrator certainly gets this across well. The concepts of how the brain works and how our senses interact with our brains is thorough. As the book is sequential in nature, it reads like a reference book. This makes it heavy going to listen to. Cases studies are very short as you would expect in a reference book but given that the book is an audible book, longer case studies would have helped a narrative thread. This is my main criticism of the book.
The one thing that the book doesn't say is how cognitive psychology helps people or give solid ideas to the reader about how he/she could use it. A greater focus on case studies and ideas for the reader would have been best.
The recording is good although whenever the narrator says the word, "Psychology" the sibilance is painful!
An interesting book but not really effective as an audio book given it's reference type structure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415

Do you need my help? It was always the first question he asked. They called him when they had nowhere else to turn. Raised and trained as part of a top-secret programme, he was sent to the worst places in the world to do things his government denied any knowledge of. Then he broke with the programme and disappeared. But now someone's on his tail. Someone who knows he was once known simply as Orphan X.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Alan on 25-01-17

Gripping action and vivid description

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-17

Excellent writing which flows through a great tale of an all action thriller. Great story and thoroughly entertaining. Highly recommended. The vocal performance also adds to the entertainment keeping you fixed to the headphones!

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • How to make your life as predictable as possible..

  • By Mr. S. Peacock on 27-10-17

Thought provoking content but piercing EQ on the audio

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-17

The book is very well researched and written and read with a sense of interest in the potentially dry material. The examples used quickly draw parallels between life and computing. This was an excellent strategy for aiding comprehension. Even the maths of probability was brought to life which is a challenge given the audio book's non visual nature. Equations are explained well and given context. There could have been a little more narrative story around some of the contexts but all in all, it was a solid and interesting read.
The equalisation of the vocal recording has a really nasally peak which makes it hard to listen to for long periods of time. Something which could have been tweaked in the production stages.
A recommended read especially if you want to understand some key computer algorithms in a painless, entertaining way!