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  • Identity Crisis

  • By: Ben Elton
  • Narrated by: Ben Elton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

A series of apparently random murders draws amiable, old-school Detective Mick Matlock into a world of sex, politics, reality TV and a bewildering kaleidoscope of opposing identity groups. Lost in a blizzard of hashtags, his already complex investigation is further impeded by the fact that he simply doesn’t ‘get’ a single thing about anything anymore. Meanwhile, each day another public figure confesses to having ‘misspoken’ and prostrates themselves before the judgment of Twitter. Begging for forgiveness, assuring the public 'that is not who I am'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elton's Rifle!

  • By Simon on 04-04-19

Fun, Cynical and Inciteful... Typical Ben Elton

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

I've haven't read/listened to one of Ben's books for some time but decided to give this a go as I work on the web and in social media despite my 'dad-man' status, so the subject struck home. I enjoyed the story and progressed through the book while working. As a result, I'm going to give it another go based on how much I enjoyed it but also for those small sections where my working mind wandered.

The book is certainly up-to-date and despite some slightly dodgy accents Ben's performance was good and made me want to keep going. The funny part is that I'm not sure whether he was highlighting the issues and problems with today's 'social media' world or bolstering (some of) the ideas presented. There is plenty of well-thought view and perspectives from the side of those considered snowflakes as well as the dinosaurs (like me apparently) that think there is a massive movement toward being over sensitive because nobody ever died of being offended. I'd love to sit and chat with him about it to try and find out where he, Ben, himself falls on opinions offered because the story is woven so well I can't tell... Which I assume has been done on purpose but also adds to the entertainment.

Obviously I'm not going to give away the plot even though it's predictable in places, and I won't get bogged down in discussing specific characters for fear of ruining it. Simply, I enjoyed the reading and it's a well thought out book. the story structure is typically Ben Elton and the cynical(?) and o#well observed story is clearly based on the state of our modern fast moving world...

If you like Ben's books I'm sure you'll love it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Iphigenia in Splott

  • By: Gary Owen
  • Narrated by: Sophie Melville
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

Drunk, dazed, disoriented, and stumbling down Clifton Street at 11:30 a.m., Effie is the kind of girl you’d likely avoid eye contact with while silently labeling a drifter or a delinquent. You’d probably pass judgment, assuming you know her - but you don’t know the half of it. As Effie’s life spirals through a mess of excess, drama, and addiction plaguing her at every turn, she has nothing to look forward to but a hangover worse than death itself each morning. Until one night gives her the chance to become something more.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short, but Hard Hitting!

  • By Simon on 20-03-19

How Bad? Words (almost) fail me...

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Words fail me but I'll attempt to show why I surrendered after around 10 mins. You see, I couldn't take any more and I guess I lost the story in the worst overcooked performance I've ever had the misfortune of giving any of my time to. Honestly, the swearing wasn't the issue, only the rambling, arrogance and reflective ponderings of (the characters) deformed mind with an awful Welsh(?) twist.

I don't know the actress and I'm sure she's lovely but this was presumably hard work and the result was overbearing and too much in my opinion. As a result, I'll probably never get to know what the 'important' and 'hard-hitting' message others appear to have taken from this dog's dinner of a rant is, but I also honestly don't care.

I only gave it one star as zero wouldn't let me leave this review. If I'd had the been unlucky enough to have gone to a live performance of this sh*t on a stage I would have, for the first time in my life, walked out. And I wouldn't have been subtle about it as it wouldn't even deserve that.

I'll admit it wasn't for me, clearly, but think before you bother. I'm just glad it was free. I only hope I can remove it from my Audible Library.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Can't Hurt Me

  • Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
  • By: David Goggins
  • Narrated by: David Goggins, Adam Skolnick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,783
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,244
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,232

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible stuff ...

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-12-18

Badass Goggins Tells It How You Need To Hear It...

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

Reviewed: 18-12-18

This audible version has an unusual delivery as part podcast and part reading of the book, but that just made it even better. I've been a fan of Mr Goggins since I downloaded the "Living with a SEAL" book which I've listened to several times.
Much of this book is familiar if you have watched the man himself in interviews but so much more depth and a great insight into an inspirational man. It's delivery is hard, it's content is tough and it's gritty. If you want advice of how to live as a 'snowflake' you should look elsewhere.

  • 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 9,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,371

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 747
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

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 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

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 12,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,934

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
  • Worth a listen but nothing new or revolutionary.

  • By Alex Gerard Black on 21-01-18

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?

35 of 43 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 18 hrs
    560 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Happy

  • By: Derren Brown
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 489

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 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

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 4,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,630

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