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  • Fear the Survivors

  • The Fear Saga, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,882

The Earth lies shaken in the aftermath of a conspiracy. Some of the smartest minds on the planet have striven for and died in an effort to scour the skies of four vast alien satellites, but their success has brought a terrible vengeance down upon us. While alien agents stalk the Earth, a team of exhausted scientists and military outcasts struggle to fight them among a planet on the brink - the brink of plague, the brink of war, and the brink of an invasion larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have allies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Michael on 25-01-17

A good follow on from book 1

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

Book two is a decent follow on from the first book. The ideas and characters are expanded a little bit and there is an interesting story going on to keep things moving.

Unfortunately Book 3 is a complete dead end. In my opinion if you commit to book two you will likely go on to book three which will likely disappoint.

  • Kissinger

  • A Biography
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 34 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

By the time Henry Kissinger was made secretary of state in 1973, he had become, according to a Gallup poll, the most admired person in America and one of the most unlikely celebrities ever to capture the world’s imagination. Yet Kissinger was also reviled by large segments of the American public, ranging from liberal intellectuals to conservative activists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ambition,intellect and recognition of opportunities...

  • By C I H on 18-06-18

A full account of Kissinger

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

It took me a while to get in to the book, this is most likely because I was more interested in the Nixon years than his college years etc.

The book gave a very detailed account of Kissinger from youth to his later years, it seemed complete and I didn't feel like it was being biased toward him or otherwise.

It managed to keep my attention throughout which for such a detailed book is quite an achievement.

I wouldn't say it was as accessible as Isaacson's account of Steve Jobs.

  • Burmese Days

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

An unabridged recording of Orwell's brilliant first novel read by Allan Corduner. The story is largely based on Orwell's own experiences as a police officer in Burma. Set in the dying days of the Raj, it depicts the harshness and darker side of colonial rule. And at its centre is John Flory, a lone individual hopelessly trapped in a vast political system; themes which set the agenda for much of his writing. Burmese Days was Orwell's first novel, and was issued in 1934 in America, then a year later in the UK where there had been fears and controversy initially that the material could be libellous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful listen

  • By Chelin on 05-12-12

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

Deals with inequalities, racism and a whole myriad of other topics that likely went way over my head.

I easily listened to the book and enjoyed it. The narration was clear and didn't send me to sleep.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,956

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the '30s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly wonderful book

  • By B. Lawrenson on 11-08-14

It's a classic - no point reviewing.

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

No point reviewing this book. It's been reviewed by every person taking a GCSE or O level.

The narration is good and the story is entertaining with out being pretentious.

Well worth a credit

  • Fellside

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 769

Jess Moulson is convicted of murder. But it's a murder she can't remember committing. Nothing is quite clear from the drug-fuelled night when a blaze set in Jess' apartment killed the little boy upstairs. But when the media brands her a child killer, she starts to believe it herself. Now she's on her way to Fellside, the biggest, most formidable women's prison in Europe, standing in the bleak Yorkshire moors. But Jess won't be alone in her prison cell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Genre-Hopping Mystery Drama

  • By Simon on 13-04-16

Good way to spend some hours

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

Nothing really stands out about this book. It is interesting enough to keep you entertained but it is all rather vanilla. Not a patch on Girl With All The Gifts.

The story revolves around a female prison involving the usual cliched characters - tough guys, corrupt wardens, gang leaders etc. There is as slight supernatural twist to the story but if you did away with it only a minor re-write would be required to straighten the plot out. The supernatural theme is really just the bait to get you in to the book.

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  • Elon Musk

  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,113

South African-born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey, Jr. The personal tale of Musk's life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating insight but a little repetitive

  • By Andrew on 15-01-17

Entertaining account of Musk

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

The book is a sanctioned account of Elon Musk.

Frankly there are not too many books on the fella, but if you are looking for an entertaining read about him then this should be your first port of call. it is detailed enough and doesn't ass kiss him too much.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • How to Get People Lining Up to Do Business with You
  • By: Daniel Priestley
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis, Daniel Priestley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308

Don't fight for customers; let them fight over you! Have you ever queued for a restaurant? Preordered something months in advance? Fought for tickets that sell out in a day? Had a hairdresser with a six-month waiting list? There are people who don't chase clients; clients chase them. In a world of endless choices, why does this happen? Why do people queue up? Why do they pay more? Why will they book months in advance? Why are these people and products in such high demand?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent for SMEs

  • By Fahrenheit452 on 05-12-15

Covers some nice ideas

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

Great for those of you who want to learn how to market yourself and your products a little better.

It basically explains how to skew supply and demand to your favour. Like all of these self help books, you can take ideas from it but it isn't a step by step guide.

  • Seveneves

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
  • Length: 32 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 656

The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction. What would happen if the world were ending? When a catastrophic event renders the Earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings

  • By Chris on 24-07-15

Great sci-fi - not the usual Stephenson

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

I sometime struggle to listen to Stephenson's books, he has a habit of skipping from place to place, time line to time line or from plot to plot,

This book doesn't suffer from this, it has a clear time line and plot development. It is clearly well researched and I think will be a classic sci fi in years to come.

It basically covers what would happen if the moon is destroyed. It start in the 2000's but finished in the 7000's (with a massive gap in between)

Any sci fi book lovers will get on well with this book.

  • Black Box Thinking

  • The Surprising Truth About Success
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,144

Columnist for The Times and best-selling author of Bounce: The myth of talent and the power of practice, Matthew Syed argues that the key to success is a positive attitude to failure. What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Dave Braisford's Team Sky and the aviation industry?What is the connection between the inventor James Dyson and the footballer David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book about learning from mistakes

  • By Kenny Marshall on 09-10-16

Stunningly well researched

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

After the first chapter I was a little unsure I would like this book. It started with a morbid story about a young mothers death during a routine operation.

However after a few chapters it all comes together. The author uses examples of cock ups as to how people have changed systems for the better and how we can use our mistakes to improve. It explore all aspects of how people have improved their business, sports team or personal life in various different ways.

It is a genuinely eye opening book which has changed my view on a lot of things, mainly the blame game and how toxic it is within politics.

If you are looking to improve any aspect of your professional or sporting life then you should give this book a go.

A real must read.

  • Winners

  • And How They Succeed
  • By: Alastair Campbell
  • Narrated by: Alastair Campbell, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886

The Sunday Times number-one best seller. How people succeed and how you can, too. Alastair Campbell knows all about winning. As Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist, he helped guide the Labour Party to victory in three successive general elections, and he’s fascinated by what it takes to win. How do sports stars excel, entrepreneurs thrive, or individuals achieve their ambitions? Is their ability to win innate? Or is the winning mind-set something we can all develop?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights

  • By MarkPT on 18-02-16

Well written and detailed enough

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

I wasn't expecting much going in to this book but I was happily surprised. Alistair has managed to interview and study various types of people from athletes to business tycoons to find out what makes them tick. It is filled with interesting anecdotes and succeeded in giving me a slightly better attitude towards winning and achieving.

One of the few self help books which is entertaining and useful.