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  • Factfulness

  • Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think
  • By: Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,435

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for anyone interested in world events!

  • By JenniferL on 28-04-18

Simply told

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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: 03-12-18

We need to face some long hard facts. Except this book makes it easier to face what we don't know with curiosity and perspective.

  • Jamaica Inn

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909

Jamaica Inn stands alone on Bodmin Moor, stark and forbidding, its walls tainted with corruption. Young Mary Yellon soon learns of her uncle Joss Merlyn's strange trade here. But does he deal in blacker secrets still?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A grand story..narration not so grand

  • By Jeremy P. James on 24-08-11

Superb and gripping

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

Reviewed: 17-09-18

Du maurier is the queen of atmosphere and character. I wish I had known less about the story but there were still surprising twists and turns. The voice work was superb, especially the male characters.

  • The English American

  • A Novel
  • By: Alison Larkin
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

This AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording of Alison Larkin's best-selling autobiographical novel about an adopted English woman who finds her birth parents and herself in the US is followed by an exclusive interview with the author. In addition to being a best-selling novelist and comedienne, Alison Larkin is also the award-winning narrator of over 200 audiobooks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming, thought-provoking and funny

  • By KatMari on 24-05-18

Great voice

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I enjoyed this story a lot especially the different accents and characters which came to life beautifully. There are a few too many observations on Englishness which I found a tad trite.

  • The Sheep Stell

  • By: Janet White
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

'Every animal needs its own territory, and humans are no exception. My plans were clear at an early age. I intended to live somewhere wild and supremely beautiful.... I imagined searching the whole world for a place, high and remote as a sheep stell, quiet as a monastery, challenging and virginal, untouched and unknown.' Over 20 years ago, well before the current trend for nature writing, Janet White wrote The Sheep Stell, a beautiful and evocative memoir about her life as a shepherdess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful read

  • By eleanor on 20-07-18

Real life escapism

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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: 12-03-18

I enjoyed this audiobook immensely. The writing was superb and I felt like I really was in NZ, Scotland and Surrey with all the animals. There was not a dull moment.

  • Eastern Horizons

  • Hitchhiking the Silk Road
  • By: Levison Wood
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Levison Wood was only 22 when he decided to hitchhike from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but he wasn't the conventional follower of the hippy trail. A fascination with the deeds of the early explorers, a history degree in the bag, an army career already planned and a shoestring budget of £750 - including for the flight home - he was determined to find out more about the countries of the Caucasus and beyond - and meet the people who lived and worked there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Journey

  • By Agatha on 25-01-18

cool story

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

Reviewed: 13-01-18

I enjoyed this book especially the wry sense of humour. I phased out on the more political side of the descriptions.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A History of Britain in 21 Women

  • By: Jenni Murray
  • Narrated by: Jenni Murray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605

Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs. To say that it's high time it was defined by its women is a severe understatement. Jenni Murray draws together the lives of 21 women to shed light upon a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history. In lively prose Murray reinvigorates the stories behind the names we all know and reveals the fascinating tales behind those less familiar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable and interesting

  • By Mrs C.J D'Elia on 12-10-16

learnt so much

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Totally inspiring and taught me how any woman can make a difference as long as we are determined and brave.

  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,018
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,121

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Fry does it again

  • By L. Turner on 14-11-17

Inspiring

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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: 28-11-17

Now I feel like I understand what makes us human and how even the mere mortals we are can entertain and educate ourselves magnificently with stories like these.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Assassin’s Apprentice

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283

In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chilvary Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals - the old art known as the Wit - gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility. So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book but the narrator is all wrong!

  • By Lucy Clarke on 11-10-12

struggled to finish

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

Reviewed: 27-03-17

I used to love fantasy books, i didn't care about the main characters in this one and it all felt quite dry.

  • To the Moon and Timbuktu

  • A Trek Through the Heart of Africa
  • By: Nina Sovich
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Nina Sovich had always yearned for adventures in faraway places; she imagined herself leading the life of a solitary traveler. Yet at the age of 34, she found herself married and contemplating motherhood. Unwittingly, she had followed life’s script, and now she needed to cast it out. Inspired by female explorers like Mary Kingsley, who explored Gabon’s jungle in the 1890s, and Karen Blixen, who ran a farm in Kenya during World War I, Sovich packed her bags and hopped on the next plane to Africa in search of adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Escape the small alleys

  • By Philippa on 06-03-17

Escape the small alleys

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

I think Nina is a brave adventurer who all women can learn something from. She doesn't give you answers only brings out the best in seeking something new, to fulfil a dream, to live a life more fully.

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Year Of Writing Heinously more like!

  • By D. Payne on 22-03-18

sweet and funny, makes me so envious.

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

Reviewed: 25-01-17

I loved the humour and the facts. although sometimes hard to take in on the way to work. I want to start learning Danish now!