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  • First Man In

  • Leading from the Front
  • By: Ant Middleton
  • Narrated by: Ant Middleton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,003

No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership. In First Man In, he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating, exhilarating life. Special forces training is no walk in the park. The rules are strict, and they make sure you learn the hard way, pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible. There is no mercy. Even when you are bleeding and broken, to admit defeat is failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible book. Strong, powerful and inspiring

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-07-18

A Pleasant Surprise AND Not What I Expected

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

A good friend suggested the book had changed his life... I'd think as he is a leader/manager he found some of Ant's advice or lessons especially relevant but I found it had a less profound effect on me. In fairness the 'fault', if there is one, is probably with me as I'm a serial self helper and love life study, self improvement, business books, strategy and marketing so there was little new here.
Ant's story is compelling and I found his brand of honesty and self study refreshing, if not a little shocking. His frankness and delivery of cold hard truth was a pleasant surprise.
Ultimately, if you're a self-helper or are used to understanding your self and your limitations as well as where you excel I'd say there is little here for you in insight. However there is still plenty of story and compelling information that I found I took on the whole book in one sitting. If you have done little self study but are looking for a bit of a direct and easy nudge to take on change... Go for it I suspect you won't be disappointed.
I will listen to it again... Should you should give it at least one go.

  • Hellbent

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571

To some he was Orphan X. Others knew him as the Nowhere Man. But to veteran spymaster Jack Johns, he was a boy named Evan Smoak. Taken from an orphanage, Evan was raised inside a top secret programme designed to turn him into a deadly weapon. Jack became his instructor, mentor, teacher and guardian. Because for all the dangerous skills he instilled in his young charge, he also cared for Evan like a son. And now Jack needs Evan’s help....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By ben on 16-03-18

Just what you expect if you've read the other...

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Nothing groundbreaking but in the good way - entertainment in its pure, simple and effective form with constant Bourne-like action way.
I'll read the others no doubt as they are released.

  • Stealing Fire

  • How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We LIve and Work
  • By: Steven Kotler, Jamie Wheal
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

The authors of the best-selling Bold and The Rise of Superman explore altered states of consciousness and how they can ignite passion, fuel creativity, and accelerate problem solving, in this groundbreaking book in the vein of Daniel Pink's Drive and Charles Duhigg's Smarter Faster Better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The first book that I really reasonate with

  • By Ciprian on 26-03-17

Seemingly A Pro-Drugs Guide With Little Direction

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

Reviewed: 22-03-17

Would you try another book written by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal or narrated by Fred Sanders?

Nope. I have no idea what the point of this book is. I got 5 hours in and it just seems to be telling us that (some) people take drugs and that can/may make them 'perform' better. Thanks guys... Nobody knew that! I wasted 5 hours of my life.

Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal again?

Not a chance - Two words: Credit Refund.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Fred Sanders?

No.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stealing Fire?

All of the content.

Any additional comments?

Don't buy this book unless you want a 'text' book on how drugs have been used to alter perception. Waffle waffle waffle. I may be being a dullard but I have no idea what the authors are trying to tell us other than some drugs may be good if you want to experience other worlds or enhance perception with pharmaceuticals. Little or NO practical information.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,689

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just ok

  • By Kts on 11-03-17

Stuff you should know about self-help :)

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

If you're looking for (another) self help book with lists, tactics and reviews of your life so far and feel good ways to 'fix' broken you then don't by this. Throw your money at the people that cite numbers of successful candidates but always omit those that fell by the wayside (because their method doesn't work for most).
I purchased this almost as entertainment but it seems I have found at least one of the few 'gurus' that give an honest appraisal of life. Not so much a negative or stoic view as such, but the author simply offers some facts that will hopefully give you a little more perspective and guidance on how to live the life you want. Or not. Who gives a f**k?

33 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • Happy

  • By: Derren Brown
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 461

Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it? Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is awful and distracting

  • By miriam on 12-11-16

The Most Pretentious Drivel I Have Bought

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-16

Would you try another book written by Derren Brown or narrated by Jot Davies?

First let me set the record straight - I like Derren Brown and I have read his other books. But this is written and, in particular READ, in such a condescending and pretentious way I had to turn it off after a few hours - I just couldn't take it any more. I can't tell you if there was any useful information toward the end but it seems to just outline some history of 'how' we got to an unhappy paradigm. I am equally cynical of 'self help' books as Derren illustrates in the opening hour or two but then the book just descends into a lecture. I'm off to get a refund. Sorry Derren. I had to engage my stoic mind to get as far as I did.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The opening.

How could the performance have been better?

Get someone with a much less condescending 'tone' to read it. I did listen to the sample which didn't sound too bad but I eventually (personally) HATED the style. I tried to ignore it to get to the information, but eventually it was too much.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Get a new narrator. Derren Brown is clearly an intelligent man and modern thinker but this book was a l-o-n-g and fruitless endeavor into his own mind I feel. If you're not happy Derren... Get a dog.

Any additional comments?

Yes - Don't buy this book unless you'd like to know the history of unhappiness and how a stoic mind may help you transcend the state and ideology.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Warrior Within

  • The Philosophies of Bruce Lee to Better Understand the World around You and Achieve a Rewarding Life
  • By: John Little
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

During his lifetime, legendary martial artist Bruce Lee formulated a complex personal philosophy - a synthesis of Eastern and Western ideals - that extolled the virtues of knowledge and total mastery of one's self. Most of his philosophical writings could be found only within the personal library of the Bruce Lee estate - until John Little was given permission to publish them for the wider world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • really good. you get the repeated point eventually

  • By MR on 22-05-15

If You've Never Heard of Bruce Lee I guess Its OK

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The first thing I feel compelled to mention is that the narration could have been less grating if without the very annoying and poor quality Bruce Lee 'impression' or 'accent' but worse than this is the repetition of 'according to lee' and similar precursors to a 'Lee thought'.

However that was less painful than the assumption that the author (John Little) seems to me to write like he is the only person, other than Lee that has any idea or experience of (Chinese?) philosophy and an understanding of yin/yang etc. I personally found the general style of writings around the Bruce Lee quotes condescending and arrogant. I understand the reasoning and what John was trying to do and I may be a tad harsh as I have been a Bruce Lee fan for more than 30 years. But having absorbed what is useful (to me) about Lee's life, story and outlook I found this basic and without thought to target audience, which it would seem are people at least familiar with Bruce Lee the man, the myth.

Generally if you have NOT read Tao of JKD or any other works about Bruce then I guess this would perhaps be of inspiration and use in this work, however if you have been exposed to any of Bruce's philosophy/thoughts and/or video snippets then there is absolutely nothing new here and there is a lot of repetition.

If you’ve listened to books by John Little before, how does this one compare?

I've not listened to John's books on Audible before, but I have read most of them and they on the whole seemed better presented and though out.

How could the performance have been better?

No poor impressions of Bruce Lee - They were not required and diminished the narration and my experience.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Warrior Within?

Anything that wasn't a quote from Lee himself.

Any additional comments?

Buy the Tao of Jeet Kune Do and just read that instead.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,498

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By stucody on 22-03-15

Nothing groundbreaking but good entertainment

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

Reviewed: 24-02-16

I found it easy to listen too and keep up with and the performance was bearable apart from some amusingly poor attempts at feminine or foreign accents.

The story was not as amazing as some reviews led me to believe (why I downloaded it) and I personally tire of alien invaders that are just soooo much better than us humans. It's a writers trap to make the antagonist so over the top deadly and impose a threat level to (try to) keep the reader engaged that it gets boring when it's only help from fith columnists and a little human spirit that wins through. Anyone else watch V in the 80's?

Note to Author: The Uk's M5 does not go near Hammersmith. Not even close. Google is a useful tool if you're going to write about real locations, even in passing. It's all in the detail.

While on the subject of detail; I think a lot of the writing was overly detailed at points and the time could have been spent on character instead.

I doubt I will waste a credit on the follow up books unless im really at a loss as I just didn't care about the characters or the threat.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost Flight

  • By: Bear Grylls
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635

Haunted by his wife and son's brutal abduction and murder, ex-soldier Will Jaeger runs to the ends of the Earth to recover and to hide. But even there he is found and compelled to undertake one last mission and to confront a savage past he can barely even remember. Jaeger agrees to lead an expedition into the Mountains of the Gods in the remote Amazon jungle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cheesy but great

  • By Alexander on 02-07-15

Better than expected...

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

Reviewed: 16-07-15

It has to be said... Degas made this book a great listen. I found the story pretty predictable and not as surprising as you would hope perhaps, but it is good, and maybe that is why I actually enjoyed it more than I expected, as it is not pretentiously trying to be deep. It is just a good all round action adventure similar to books by Andy McNab and In my humble opinion it was well written (for what it is). I will buy subsequent titles in what will be an ongoing series.
Well done Bear.

  • Life in Half a Second

  • How to Achieve Success Before it's Too Late
  • By: Matthew Michalewicz
  • Narrated by: Matthew Michalewicz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

What if there was a proven path to success? A path supported by science and research? A path that led to your goals and aspirations in less time, with less risk? Would you take it? Truthful and hard hitting, Life in Half a Second is the first 'fact-based' formula for achieving success in life and business. Proven through thousands of studies and decades of research, it presents the five doors you must walk through to achieve success in your career, business, or personal life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Repetative

  • By BarefootRonin on 14-01-15

Boring and Repetative

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

Reviewed: 14-01-15

What did you like best about Life in Half a Second? What did you like least?

The info was OK but delivered badly with nothing new and hardly 'scientific' as claimed. The methodology seems highly directed at being financially rich as a sign of success, which is clearly the desire of the author at the least (no doubt by selling this book).

Would you be willing to try another book from Matthew Michalewicz? Why or why not?

No, I didn't find him in any way inspiring and in fact his voice was damned annoying

What didn’t you like about Matthew Michalewicz’s performance?

Nothing. It was horrible and I wanted to turn it off... He may be authentic but he does not have the charisma to make you (or me at least) want to listen and in fact at points I found myself reaching to turn him off.

Do you think Life in Half a Second needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

NO. Because it could have all been written on the back of an envelope as 5 bullet points with a little explanation

Any additional comments?

Yes. Go look elsewhere to find the tools you need to succeed. Anthony Robbins springs to mind.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Intercept

  • By: Dick Wolf
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Four days before the dedication of the new Freedom Tower at ground zero in New York City, five passengers and a flight attendant bravely foil the hijacking of a commercial jet en route to the city. Thrust into the national spotlight, 'The Six' become instant celebrities, hailed for their bravery. But iconoclastic New York Police investigator Jeremy Fisk believes there's more to this than a simple open-and-shut terrorism case. Fisk - from the department's Intelligence Division - suspects that in reality this is an early warning signal that another potentially more devastating attack is imminent....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story

  • By Lee on 03-12-14

Obvious and Tediously One Dimensional.

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

Reviewed: 18-09-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd write it so it was a 'good' book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dick Wolf again?

No

What does Peter Ganim bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Poor female roles (fair enough as he's a guy but they just come across as weak and whining) and very generic 'accents'. But his general delivery of the story was actually not bad.

Do you think The Intercept needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. If found none of the characters engaging enough to warrant further investigation.

Any additional comments?

If you want a fast paced action thriller then this is not it. It's a one dimensional attempt at a surprise story which is about as predictable as it gets. I had the 'terrorist' picked out within minutes of meeting the cast. I will not give further detail in case people still want to read this but I personally found it tedious and predictable.