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  • Dangerous Hero

  • Corbyn’s Ruthless Plot for Power
  • By: Tom Bower
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

After four unremarkable decades in politics, Jeremy Corbyn stands on the brink of power. Until his surprise election as leader of the Labour Party in 2015, this seemingly unelectable oddball had not been a major political player. Since then, Corbyn has survived coup attempts and accusations of incompetence that would have felled most politicians, including grave charges of anti-Semitism, bullying and not being the master of his brief. Despite these shortcomings, as the Conservatives rip themselves apart over Europe, he is likely soon to become Britain's Prime Minister.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So bad, it's almost good

  • By Kieron Casey on 01-03-19

Damning

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

Reviewed: 08-03-19

I’ve been a labour member for 10 years and this book made me cancel my membership. Corbyn is repeatedly portrayed as ideological, inflexible and pretty dim.

That being said, Bower is by no means an objective biographer. He doesn’t have a good thing to say about any Labour politician or policy. As mentioned in the press there are a couple of factual innacuracies in the book. (i.e Cat Stephens being a Labour Party activist-not true). However, the stories about Corbyn especially in regards to Antisemitism and associating with terrorists are eye-opening and if not true Corbyn should sue for libel.

5 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Let down by a very poor last third

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-10-18

Well Argued.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

In comparison to Chasing the Scream it’s not as interesting a story. However, Johann makes an eloquent argument for changing the way we see and treat depression. Although nothing in this book is particularly new to me (I’m in the healthcare field) he does a good job of pulling the strands together. My only real criticism is he spends too little time directly quoting his interviewees and too much time on his analysis of what they have said. I think it would have been stronger to let their statements speak for themselves the the listener draw their own conclusions.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Disrupted

  • Ludicrous Misadventures into the Tech Start-Up Bubble
  • By: Dan Lyons
  • Narrated by: Dan Lyons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

Dan Lyons was Technology Editor at Newsweek for years, a magazine writer at the top of his profession. One Friday morning he received a phone call: his job no longer existed. Fifty years old, and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was unemployed and facing financial oblivion. Then an idea hit. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? What could possibly go wrong?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent but slightly spoiled by whining

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-18

Intrresting but very one sided.

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

Reviewed: 14-08-17

The story of an older, experienced journalist joining a tech startup is an interesting one. Undoubtedly Dan is right that there is a lot wrong with the culture at GitHub however I also believe there is a lot wrong with his analysis. A lot of the book focuses on ageism at github and how older workers are discriminated against. However Dan seems to have a very scathing attitude towards young people himself describing them often as ‘kids’. His economic assessment of Tech Companies stock prices also seems very biased. He kept banging on about how these companies made no money and this were overvalued. However most companies especially in IT are all about building a base and then monetising it i.e Facebook.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow World

  • Inside the Global Arms Trade
  • By: Andrew Feinstein
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 25 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

The downloadable audiobook edition of Andrew Feinstein's powerful exposé, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, complete and unabridged and read by the actor Gildart Jackson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extremely important book

  • By S.MURPHY on 12-06-17

Incredibly well researched and argued

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

Reviewed: 22-02-16

One of the most informative books I have ever read. Andrew Feinstein seems like a throughly decent and honest man and it's a shame he's no longer a politician but excellent that he is able to shine a light on one of the most damage of political and industrial relationships.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful