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  • WTF?

  • What have we done? Why did it happen? How do we take back control?
  • By: Robert Peston
  • Narrated by: Robert Peston, Luke Thompson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

There has been a people's revolt against the way the West has been run. Brexit, Trump, the recent British and French elections saw millions of people shouting that they were sick to death of things never getting better. In WTF Robert Peston gives us his highly personal account of what those who have ruled us for years got so badly wrong and what we need to do to mend the terrible fractures in our society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-11-17

Peston is reading his own book!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-19

Peston reads his own book and it sounds like he's talking to you, almost as if it was an extended lecture or tutorial series.

  • The Dip

  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 343

Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point: really hard, and not much fun at all. And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you're in a Dip: a temporary setback that you will overcome if you keep pushing. But maybe it's really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't beat a bit of Godin...

  • By CA Weir on 26-06-07

don't quit. unless it's the right thing to do.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

but how do you know when quitting is the right thing to do? this made me think of things I have quit and regretted and things I was glad about quitting, but it didn't seem that way at the time.

  • This Is Marketing

  • You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See
  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

This book teaches you how to identify your smallest viable audience; draw on the right signals and signs to position your offering; build trust and permission with your target market; speak to the narratives your audience tells themselves about status, affiliation, and dominance; spot opportunities to create and release tension; and give people the tools to achieve their goals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Generous as always

  • By Anonymous User on 13-11-18

collection of many ideas familiar to Seth fans

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

Reviewed: 28-12-18

collection of many ideas familiar to Seth fans with a few new ones (at least to me) added in. a good place to start if you haven't read any of his stuff and still a good place for the rest of us

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Miracle Morning

  • The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life - Before 8AM
  • By: Hal Elrod
  • Narrated by: Rob Actis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900

What if you could miraculously wake up tomorrow and any - or every area of your life was transformed? What would be different? Would you be happier? Healthier? More successful? In better shape? Would you have more energy? Less Stress? More Money? Better relationships? Which of your problems would be solved? What if I told you that there is a "not-so-obvious" secret that is guaranteed to transform any - or literally every area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was ok, but in places reasonably obvious!

  • By robin gwinnett on 24-09-15

That stuff your granny told you was probably right

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

about a third of this is a very useful distillate of advice that world probably lead to great strides in self development. the rest of it reads an internet marketing squeeze page. loads of testimonials and personal accounts of how the author meet with success, tragedy and even greater success.

  • Billion-Dollar Brain

  • By: Len Deighton
  • Narrated by: James Lailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

The classic spy thriller of lethal computer-age intrigue and a maniac's private cold war, featuring the same anonymous narrator and milieu of The Ipcress File.The fourth of Deighton's novels to be narrated by the unnamed employee of WOOC(P) is the thrilling story of an anti-communist espionage network owned by a Texan billionaire, General Midwinter, run from a vast computer complex known as the Brain....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • of its time and still timeless

  • By Kindle Customer on 24-10-18

of its time and still timeless

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

Reviewed: 24-10-18

surprised me as the strongest of the original 4 Harry Palmer books.

I didn't think I was going to enjoy it as much as the movie had prepared me for a James Bond pastiche but just like the Bond books aren't like their movies, neither is this. The plot, such that it is, provides an excuse for meditations on nationalism, idealism, reactionary conservatism, patriotism gone wrong, capitalism and communism, the longing for lost youth.
Vivid depictions of scene and location and details and various favourite themes of Deighton's.

The reading is great, though there's an editing glitch where occasionally the same phrase is repeated but it didn't detract for me

  • Superhuman by Habit

  • A Guide to Becoming the Best Possible Version of Yourself, One Tiny Habit at a Time
  • By: Tynan
  • Narrated by: Tynan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Superhuman by Habit examines habit building in depth. It covers the principles and philosophies of habit building, as well as the practical nuts and bolts implementing those habits. The second half of the audiobook is dedicated to specific habits in every major area of life, covering the pros and cons of each, the path to implementing them, and specific notes about each one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely worth the read!!

  • By Mark on 14-04-16

very useful self development book

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

I've read a few books in my time in the area of improving yourself and this is one of the best. very practical, not at all repetitive like many of the genre. I don't know much about the author, he's some sort of "blogger" but he's condensed the nature of habit into something understandable and given examples of many useful habits worth adopting and the pros and cons of adopting them and ways of doing it and the risks to staying on course.
I rarely write reviews but I felt I would here because this book might help someone.

  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

  • A Spiritual Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny
  • By: Robin Sharma
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

Now published in over 70 languages, this number one international best seller gently offers answers to life's biggest questions as well as a practical process to help you create prosperity, vitality, happiness and inner peace. This is the incredible story of Julian Mantle, a superstar lawyer whose out-of-balance lifestyle leads him to a near-fatal heart attack in a packed courtroom. His collapse brings on a spiritual crisis, forcing him to seek answers to life's most important questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • best book I've ever heard

  • By Shayla Rei Shelton on 09-06-18

handy wisdom

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

strangely had an Australian accent for a story which is largely a dialogue between 2 Americans. some of the parables sound familiar but uncredited.

  • The Spy Who Loved Me (with Interview)

  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

When 007 turns up at a sleepy American backwoods motel, it doesn’t take him long to realise that Vivienne Michel is in a tight spot, and that Sol Horror and Sluggsy Morant are hardened killers bent on destruction. Escaping from a past she doesn’t want to relive, Viv turns to James Bond to save her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a 'typical' Bond book...

  • By SoMrHarris on 08-02-19

not where you want to start

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

not where you would start if you want to begin reading the Bond books, but an interesting twist in the formula as it's written from the perspective of a woman involved in a Bond caper

  • Lone Survivor

  • The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
  • By: Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I'd got an unabridged version

  • By Kindle Customer on 14-09-13

I wish I'd got an unabridged version

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

Reviewed: 14-09-13

I have attended a talk by Marcus Luttrell, and I think Kevin T Collins does a great job of replicating the voice while talking with clear diction so after a few minutes I could really imagine that it was Luttrell I was listening to.

That said, there's more to the story and background of Luttrell than is presented in this version, so an unabridged version would appeal to me too. I'd like to hear more about the Why? aspect of the things that happen here, beyond the sheer patriotism and determination to succeed, but what is presented is a great story.

I have seen various criticisms of the paperback version on Amazon, but I think this is a fair representation of the thoughts of a man who lived through something that most of us cannot really imagine without his own testimony. You may disagree with him, but this seems honestly enough presented.

The one thing that I miss in audiobook format, and it would be great if it could be arranged, is some form of graphic download of a map, or photo, or diagrams of the geography involved. It's hard to get a sense of the distances covered, or the relationship of the towns or army bases or hills and mountains. So although there is a lengthy description of a fight and falling down hills, I don't really have an appreciation for where the places are that the various things happened.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Influence in 30 Minutes - The Expert Guide to Robert B. Cialdini's Critically Acclaimed Book (The 30 Minute Expert Series) cover art
  • Influence in 30 Minutes - The Expert Guide to Robert B. Cialdini's Critically Acclaimed Book (The 30 Minute Expert Series)

  • By: The 30 Minute Expert Series
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

This book is intended for purchase alongside Robert B. Cialdini's original book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Why did 38 neighbors in New York City observe a woman's cry for help yet fail to respond to her murder? How do Boy Scouts and Hare Krishnas capitalize on humans' automatic responses? According to Robert B. Cialdini, PhD, author of the best-selling classic Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, the answers lie in a basic understanding of human social behavior.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking, do not buy this unless you're sure

  • By Kindle Customer on 14-09-13

Shocking, do not buy this unless you're sure

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

Reviewed: 14-09-13

Would you try another book written by The 30 Minute Expert Series or narrated by Kevin Pierce?

Narrator - no problem, the guy can read audiobooks.The 30 Minute Expert Series - no, I think it's probable that I would never knowingly buy anything that they make again.

What could The 30 Minute Expert Series have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Be a bit more honest about what it actually is that they are trying to sell me. Preferably in bold type.This is like going on iTunes or some sort of music download site and picking up an album that is a tribute to the Beatles by a band that not only isn't the Beatles, it's a band that doesn't actually have a name.

How could the performance have been better?

No huge complaint with how it was read, just what he was reading. This was appalling.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger.

I can't remember what I paid for this, but if it was anything, it was too much. I really thought I was buying some form of the Influence book, but this is "an extended review of the book Influence".

Any additional comments?

So this is my complaint- I came across Cialdini's name on a reading list and decided to hunt out his books in audio format. I got the impression - and maybe that's my fault, but I'm reasonably careful about how I shop - that this was an abridged version of his book. Or at least some condensed version that he was involved in. This is not the book Influence by Robert Cialdini. It is instead - by its own admission "an extended review" of the book Influence by Robert Cialdini, and as such it frequently repeats the phrase "the book Influence by Robert Cialdini" because it is only ever referring to it. At the end, the authors express the hope that you may want to go and buy your own copy of "the book......"The entire thing comes across like a very dubious cash in without being a copy. The 30 Minute Expert version - which seems to last 55 minutes - spends about 10 minutes reading Cialdini's biography and reviews for his book. At the end, there's a similar amount of time spent suggesting other books you might like to buy if you like the one this is about and ever actually did consider buying it.They do describe a few ideas from the book, but really, it's dreadful. This is like thinking you're buying a DVD of a blockbuster movie and finding you have acquired the free CD Rom that came with a Sunday newspaper to promote it with interviews with the actors and clips of the actual movie. Except this is more like a commentary on the clips rather than actually watching excerpts from the movie itself.I don't usually take the time to write reviews, and only do so if it's something I think people need to know.And what you need to know here is that this is an audiobook about a book. If that's what you're looking for, fine. If it's not, then stay clear.