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  • Finding My Virginity

  • The New Autobiography
  • By: Sir Richard Branson
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996

Fifty years ago, Sir Richard Branson started his first business. In his new autobiography, Finding My Virginity, the Virgin founder shares his personal, intimate thoughts on five decades as the world's ultimate entrepreneur. In Finding My Virginity, Sir Richard Branson shares the secrets that have seen his family business grow from a student magazine into a global brand, his dreams of private citizens flying to space develop from a childhood fantasy to the brink of reality and his focus shift from battling bigger rivals to changing business for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read! Truly inspirational

  • By shutterclick on 01-11-17

Sir Richard Branson ...a bit too perfect....

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

First off let me say that I admire Sir Richard Branson enormously as an entrepreneur. But with that said I was not so impressed by this book. It is interesting and I did enjoy listening but it is a bit too self agrandising for my tastes.

Obviously with a biography one is not going to tell all the bad stuff. But there is very little (really nothing) in here about any business mistakes etc. In fact if you took this biography at face value Sir Richard has not put a foot wrong in the last 20 or so years. When he overruled his senior team ... he was right ... when he agreed with them ... he was right ...when he decided to do something or not do something ... he is right. You get the idea. Overall I found too much of the usual self publicity that Sir Richard does so well ... it is just that I am not always entirely convinced that it is true. Certainly I have had experiences with the Virgin brand where the 'legendary' customer service that is mentioned lots of times in the book was really not so great. I am pretty certain that I can't be the only one. But the hype of course is impressive!

I also have an issue with the layout of the book. Of course I understand that you can't necessarily have a chronological order. But for me there is way too much jumping around with the same topics, eg say Virgin Galactic, dealt with at a number of different times.

Finally I am of course aware that Necker is Sir Richards home. So I don't see the need to mention constantly that he was eg: 'sitting in his lounge on Necker writing this / doing that' ... etc. It feels a little bit like bragging after a while and got a bit annoying.

Overall I was a little disappointed and found there to be a bit too much preaching for me. But this is just my two penneth worth. I guess bang goes my visit to Necker now! lol

  • Gerald Ratner: The Rise and Fall...and Rise Again

  • By: Gerald Ratner
  • Narrated by: Gerald Ratner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 244

In 1991, Gerald Ratner was booked to make what should have been an everyday speech at the Institute of Directors. Should have been. When the word "crap" came out of his mouth in connection with products sold by his company, it all turned out slightly different. The Rise and Fall...and Rise Again tells the full story, in Ratner's own words, of what led him to that point, the horror of the immediate aftermath, the fallout, and the comeback. This is the first time Ratner has given his side of the story. And what a story it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a retail tale.

  • By SPRish on 19-11-18

Simply awful narration of an interesting story

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

I don't suppose the standard of writing would have Walter Issacson quacking in his boots but Gerald Ratner's story is genuninely interesting. From his story he clearly knows something about presentation so why did he not get someone else to read this? His reading of this, I am sorry to say, is simply awful. Terrible. Like nails on a chalkboard. The sample that you can listen too is most definitely the absolute best case of his reading. His presentation is wooden, he sounds like he is bored half the time, in a rush the other half. There are pauses for no reason; sentences running into each other; 'punctuation' inserted or left out and some sentences that seem to not finish - like he has missed a word or two. I simply cannot say how much it detracts from the story. Somebody wrote on a review for another book that 'Just because you wrote it doesn't mean you should read it' and that is most definitely the case here. Personally I think you would be better buying the book rather than the audible version. Such a shame as otherwise the story is interesting - at least if you are old enough to remember the 'Crap' speach that he made and led to his downfall.

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,388
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,982
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,959

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

Wonderfully written, beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 16-01-18

I purchased this because I had read a few of the better known Sherlock Holmes stories and thought it might be nice to dip into. After all to listen to the entire collection is 74 hours in total!! I had forgotten just how good Arthur Conan Doyle's writing really is. The way he sets out each story makes you eager to find out more. I mustalso mention that Stephen Fry's narration is simply brilliant and helps to draw you completely into the world of Holmes and Watson. He prefaces each of the 6 book collections with some personal stories which are also fascinating. I would wholeheartedly recommend this collection.

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  • The Go-Giver

  • A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea
  • By: Bob Burg, John David Mann
  • Narrated by: Bob Burg, John David Mann
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46

The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. And so one day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A easy and worthwhile read

  • By David E on 10-12-12

Good for a quick 'pick me up'

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

Reviewed: 29-05-13

Like all these type of books (see any of the 'One minute manager' series) they are easy books to get through and useful for a bit of a pick up! So I'll put my hands up and say I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this as an audiobook.

But as to how effective the 5 'laws' espoused would be in reality I am not so convinced! Basically I think you could sum up the book by saying be a good person, look for ways to help others and be willing to accept and recognise others' help when offerred. And if you can do all that everything will work out wonderfully well.

It all works out nicely in the story of course. I'm not so convinced there are really any lessons to be learned here but of course looking for way to help others when you have the opportunity isn't a bad idea.

So I would say buy the book / audiobook, read / listen, enjoy, be a little inspired perhaps, but don't expect any true enlightenment. Life just isn't so simple. Of course maybe I'm just not enlightened enough!! :)

  • How to Be Great at the Stuff You Hate

  • The Straight Talking Guide to Persuading, Networking and Selling
  • By: Nick Davies
  • Narrated by: Glen McCready
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

You have to do it… you might as well enjoy it No one likes a pushy, smarmy salesman – no one wants to be that guy ... but most of us need to sell to some extent. How else can we get any business? We all have to do it now, whether we're lawyers, accountants or start–ups. But don't despair – there's no need to go on some cringey sales training day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book

  • By Mr on 29-05-13

Good Book

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

Reviewed: 29-05-13

This is a very good book particularly useful for UK professionals. Full of good advice and sensible strategies. Nothing ground breaking but well thought out and presented. And for those of us in professions a useful reminder of the things we know we should be doing for developing business!

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  • Mindset

  • The New Psychology of Success
  • By: Carol Dweck
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567

Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 2 major issues with the audio book

  • By MR on 26-03-13

Interesting ... but!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-12

There are some useful insights in this book and definitely you can gain something. But I just feel everything is too simplistic. Fixed mindset = bad; Growth mindset = good. In principle this is ok but people are so much more complex than this. Carol Dweck does allude at one point that people can have different mindsets in differing areas but I think that we can all oscillate between both mindsets depending upon how we feel recent experiences and a multitude of other influences. Although I do believe that aiming for a growth mindset is better.

She also uses examples of the two mindsets from business and sport. People who were very successful and then fell from grace all of course suffered from a fixed mindset according to Dweck. Now some of those people are still wealthier than most will ever achieve! I also wonder if this was being written now whether Tiger Woods would have been the paragon of a growth mindset that Dweck states (the book being written before his fall from grace). I suspect he would now be assigned the bad fixed mindset somehow. John McEnroe who I think you'd have to admit was pretty successful by pretty much any standards is pilloried for his fixed mindset.

As I said there are nuggets of wisdom here. But I found with so many of the examples used that Dweck has just used hindsight to determine if someone had the 'good' growth mindset or bad fixed mindset that I found myself wanting to argue with the recording.

Of course I also suspect that the mere fact that I disagree with Dweck in anything would, in her opinion, label me as suffering from the fixed minsdset! Overall you might learn something here but I doubt it is going to change your life.

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

  • By: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Hope Edelman
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they narrate stories spanning more than 50 years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Mr on 14-06-12

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-12

I bought this on a whim, usually using audible for business or sports downloads. However, I found it fascinating. Sometimes I suspect it is a bit sanitised and thoughts are stated with the benefit of hindsight, but I found it thoroughly fascinating. I suprised myself that after a while I was more interested in Emilio's sections but all was totally absorbing.

If I had to be critical then I would say that I was slightly disappointed that there was not anything about Martin Sheen's time fiming The West Wing. But the book is about the relationship between father and son so maybe nothing interesting was happening at this time!

I would probaby give this book a 4.5 stars but as that is not an option I'd rather round up than down. In my opinion this audible book is well worth a listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful