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  • How to Be Right

  • ...in a world gone wrong
  • By: James O'Brien
  • Narrated by: James O'Brien
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018

In How to Be Right, James provides a hilarious and invigorating guide to talking to people with faulty opinions. With chapters on every lightning-rod issue, James shows how people have been fooled into thinking the way they do and in each case outlines the key questions to ask to reveal fallacies, inconsistencies and double standards. If you ever get cornered by ardent Brexiteers, Daily Mail disciples or little England patriots, this book is your conversation survival guide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The second most important book I read this year

  • By Raz on 01-11-18

wonderful

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

Reviewed: 10-02-19

This is a masterclass in how the world has become as daft as it actually is and how one man's perspective can encapsulate a point of view more people share than they realise.! I recommend this to everyone !!!

  • Assail

  • Malazan Empire, Book 6
  • By: Ian C Esslemont
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Tens of thousands of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail, long a byword for menace and inaccessibility, is at last yielding its secrets. Tales of gold discovered in the region's north circulate in every waterfront dive and sailor's tavern, and now adventurers and fortune seekers have set sail in search of riches. And all they have to guide them are legends and garbled tales of the dangers that lie in wait - hostile coasts, fields of ice, impassable barriers and strange, terrifying creatures.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not good

  • By Paul J. on 20-02-17

wonderful

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

love the narration the whole tale is a fitting end to the series leaving you wanting more and more I have to say he has grown into a wonderful writer and eagerly await his next novels.

  • Stonewielder

  • Epic Fantasy: Malazan Empire
  • By: Ian C. Esslemont
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 26 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Greymane believed he'd outrun his past. With his school for swordsmanship in Falar, he was looking forward to a quiet life, although his colleague, Kyle, wasn't as enamoured with life outside the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. However, it seems it is not so easy for an ex-Fist of the Malazan Empire to disappear, especially one under sentence of death from that same Empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cracking book

  • By Euan on 17-09-16

loved it perfectly performed well written

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

loved every moment of this book the array of accents and depth of performance is wonderful

  • Deadhouse Landing

  • Path to Ascendancy, Book 2
  • By: Ian C Esslemont
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Returning fans to the turbulent early history of what would become the Malazan Empire, the second chapter in Ian C. Esslemont's thrilling new epic fantasy sequence.... After the disappointments of Li Heng, Dancer and Kellanved wash up on a small insignificant island named Malaz. Immediately, of course, Kellanved plans to take it over. To do so they join forces with a small band of Napans who have fled a civil war on their own home island. The plan, however, soon goes awry....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally outstanding!

  • By Daniel on 01-12-18

really enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

wonderful story ICE has really come into his own fleshing out this world as much as Mr Eriksson I cannot recommend this enough

  • Night of Knives

  • A Novel of the Malazan Empire, Book 1
  • By: Ian C Esslemont
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

It gave the Empire its name, but the tiny island and city of Malaz is now a sleepy, seedy back-water port. However this night things are a little different. This night its residents are bustling about, barring doors and shuttering windows. Because this night a once-in-a-generation Shadow Moon is due and threatens the good citizens of Malaz with demon hounds and other, darker, beings.... And it was also prophesied that on this night the Emperor Kellanved, missing for all these years, will return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this book.

  • By Wyvern on 05-05-18

I enjoyed this book.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

I really enjoyed this book. take it on its own merits and don't compare it to Steven Erikksons work as nearly any author would pale in the comparison.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Magician's Guild

  • The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book - shame about the narrator

  • By Brighton UK Customer on 16-08-09

fun

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

it's an enjoyable story it isn't Steven Eriksson or even Sanderson but it is a charming take that doesn't tax the listener and once it gets going really enjoyable I'm looking forward to listening to the next installment. try it :)

  • Oathbringer

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book Three
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 55 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,957
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,786

From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artefacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sanderson brewing up a hell of a storm!

  • By Simon on 22-11-17

fantastic

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

Reviewed: 29-01-18

really enjoyed this rich and vibrant world populated with great characters reflecting fantastic depth and colour to all characters. really cannot wait for the next installment

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,528
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,279
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,274

Book two of the Stormlight Archive. From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters, and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding - again!…and very much worth the wait.

  • By Robyn on 24-03-14

stick with the performance

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

Reviewed: 18-01-18

the book is good Michael Kramer is fantastic and eventually you get used to Kates diction it is quite jarring at first

  • The Way of Kings

  • The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,113
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,099

According to mythology, mankind used to live in 'The Tranquiline Halls': heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by 10 angelic Heralds and 10 orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good story slightly ruined by Kate reading

  • By lloyd on 09-08-16

Ruined

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Would you try another book written by Brandon Sanderson or narrated by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ?

Brandon yes Michael yes Kate just sounds like Siri reading the book

What could Brandon Sanderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nothing the writing is great

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ?

Michael is great his steady narration is wonderful and voice acting is great

Kate just sounds like Siri reading a book badly had to turn it off

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

Disappointed with the sudden change to Kate's voice threw me completely off and had to stop listening

Any additional comments?

Re record it please unlistenable for me

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,312
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,998

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating charming sad redemptive

  • By sarah on 02-09-17

wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

made me think a lot about gender preconceptions and my own stereotypical actions in my life. I would recommend anyone listen to this and remember to just be a friend to themselves

0 of 1 people found this review helpful