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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,831

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing - maybe

  • By Richard C. on 10-12-18

Outstanding listen - highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-18

This is a great read and listen. It is very well narrated by the author and offers invaluable insights and challenge into how you can improve yourself, your life and others around you. It’s not so much a self help book as a self challenge book. The topics cover everything from how to use introspection effectively right through to how to think about the world more broadly.

It’s part philosophy, part history and part lesson in life and is well worth the investment of time and effort. Highly recommended for several reasons, not least of all because it you and it have the capacity to improve your own life and those around you.

  • The Strange Death of Europe

  • Immigration, Identity, Islam
  • By: Douglas Murray
  • Narrated by: Robert Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054

The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth rates, mass immigration, and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive alteration as a society and an eventual end.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very good, but do be careful

  • By julien on 06-08-17

One of the most important books of this generation

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-17

This is the sort of book that everyone should read, even if you disagree with Mr. Murray. It is thought provoking and raises some very difficult questions about the capability of our politicians, the dishonesty of the media and the lack of any meaningful debate about the issues with migration into Europe.

He tackles some complex and controversial topics with intellectual honesty and a willingness to say things that some would consider politically toxic.

Reading the guardian review of this book is an exercise is missing the point, reading / listening to the book is a wonderful way to educate yourself on the challenges of the modern European world and the slow March towards its demise.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Witch: A Tale of Terror

  • By: Charles MacKay, Sam Harris - introduction
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

For centuries in Europe, innocent men and women were murdered for the imaginary crime of witchcraft. This was a mass delusion and moral panic, driven by pious superstition and a deadly commitment to religious conformity. In Witch: A Tale of Terror, best-selling author Sam Harris introduces and reads from Charles Mackay's beloved book, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well read and well worth a listen

  • By Lee on 05-04-17

Well read and well worth a listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-17

Sam Harris provides a superb narration of a recap of the witch hunts in Europe, as written by Charles Mackay.

If you've a passing interest in the history of witch craft or the hysteria surrounding it, this book prides a short by instructive introduction to the history and facts of the time

It is well worth a listen, and while short, actually pretty well formed as a tight introduction.

Very good - and Sam Harris is a great narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Climb

  • By: Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston DeWalt
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

The Climb is a true, gripping, and thought-provoking account of the worst disaster in the history of Mt. Everest: On May 10, 1996, two commercial expeditions headed by experienced leaders attempted to climb the highest mountain in the world, but things went terribly wrong...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Climb

  • By Guy on 15-06-07

Great read and counterpoint to into thin air

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

As an audiobook this is well produced, narrated and paced.

As a book it is very good, taking time to explore both the logistics and personalities involved in the climbing disaster it describes.

Although the author disagrees with much of how his own role is portrayed in the best selling "into thin air" , it is non combative and tries as far as possible to be fact based, rather than argumentative.

That Boukreev was a hero on the mountain cannot be doubted, but more than that, his perspective regarding what it means to be a professional climber and the emotional and moral challenges associated with this.

One of the most interesting points Boukreev makes is that there is a major distinction between "guide" and "consultant" and that this distinction was poorly done understood by Many people who joined him on the mountain

  • Heretic

  • By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Narrated by: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 230

What happened to Islamic reform? Why have al Qaeda and Boko Haram become the faces of contemporary Islam? Why has the Arab Spring devolved into a battle over sharia law? Continuing her personal journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard and American citizenship, the New York Times best-selling author of Infidel and Nomad crafts a powerful call for an Islamic reformation as the only way to end the current wave of global violence and repression of women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitive

  • By S. Morley on 10-05-15

Highly Recommended - Insightful and honest

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-16

Would you listen to Heretic again? Why?

Yes - there is a lot to unpick here an many lessons to be learned

What other book might you compare Heretic to, and why?

the end of faith - well worth reading as a companion piece to Sam Harris's work

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Not a "scene", but the detailed backstory of the authors past were emotional and illuminating

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No- time is best taken to step back and reflect

Any additional comments?

an excellent and highly recommended read / listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Will to Climb

  • Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna - the World's Deadliest Peak
  • By: David Roberts, Ed Viesturs
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

The best-selling author of No Shortcuts to the Top and K2 chronicles his three attempts to climb the world's tenth-highest and statistically deadliest peak, Annapurna in the Himalaya, while exploring the dramatic and tragic history of others who have made - or attempted - the ascent, and what these exploits teach us about facing life's greatest challenges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Lee on 22-05-16

Amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-05-16

If you could sum up The Will to Climb in three words, what would they be?

Awe Inspiring, Inspirational

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Will to Climb?

The end of the book - without giving anything away, the juxtaposition of the history with Eds own persoanl attempts on the mountain made this a genuinely emotional listen

Which character – as performed by Fred Sanders – was your favourite?

I felt like I knoew Ed Visteurs well by the end of the book!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final successful climb.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book - genuinely inspirational and a fascinating exploration of the history of the mountain, risk assessment and mountaineering.

  • Zodiac

  • The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer
  • By: Robert Graysmith
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed & thrilling

  • By Ian on 23-11-09

Interesting companion to the FIlm

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

Reviewed: 22-05-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a well narrated and interesting book. While it can be a hard listen sometimes due to the graphic violence, it is well written, clearly structured and a well researched investigation to the history of the zodiac killer.

I picked it up after watching the 2007 movie based on the same book and found it to be both an interesting companion and standalone investigation to the killer.

Well worth a listen if you find true crime interesting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Zodiac?

The investigation into the potential suspects at the end of the book is very well written and even with a few leaps of faith, still feels like a fair exploration of potential suspects.

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

It is very well narrated, good pace and with an element of compassion.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was a harrowing listen on occasions, but the author did, as far as possible, maintain a professional detachment in terms of exploring theories even though he was closely involved in the case.

  • Fighting the Good Fight

  • Why On-Ice Violence Is Killing Hockey
  • By: Adam Proteau
  • Narrated by: Mark Moseley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Whether it's on-ice fist fights or head shots into the glass, hockey has become a nightly news spectacle with players pummeling and bashing each other across the ice like drunken gladiators. And while the NHL may actually condone on-ice violence as a ticket draw, diehard hockey fan and expert Adam Proteau argues against hockey's transformation into a thuggish blood sport. In Fighting the Good Fight, Proteau sheds light on the many perspectives of those in and around the game, with interviews of current and former NHL stars, coaches, general managers, and league executives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book - interesting and punchy

  • By Lee on 09-03-16

Good book - interesting and punchy

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

This is a well written introduction to the problem With violence in ice hockey. I enjoyed the authors thoroughness and attempts at exploring both sides of a controversial issue. I'd previously read "the code" which was a different perspective on violence in ice hockey and this was an enjoyable, Interesting and well researched Counterpoint to that.

  • Islam and the Future of Tolerance

  • A Dialogue
  • By: Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

In this short book, Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz invite you to join an urgently needed conversation: Is Islam a religion of peace or war? Is it amenable to reform? Why do so many Muslims seem drawn to extremism? What do words like Islamism, jihadism, and fundamentalism mean in today's world? Remarkable for the breadth and depth of its analysis, this dialogue between a famous atheist and a former radical is all the more startling for its decorum. Harris and Nawaz have produced something genuinely new: they engage one of the most polarizing issues of our time - fearlessly and fully - and actually make progress.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most important topic of our time

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-07-16

Superb

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-16

This is a great book , short but incredibly insightful.

The discussion raises many interesting and important discussion points and you'll get a social, historical and cultural history lesson as well as a fascinating discussion on the biggest challenge of our time

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography

  • By: Brian Blessed
  • Narrated by: Brian Blessed
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448

A memoir from national treasure Brian Blessed. There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He's an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He's also a brilliant storyteller who will - and you must brace yourself - simply leap out of the story at you. Ready? Then listen to Absolute Pandemonium and you'll be taken on a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A joyful, irreverent, nine hours of fun!

  • By Vernon Wright on 23-10-15

Amazing - GORDONS ALIVE

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Reviewed: 03-12-15

Absolutely amazing - one of the most interesting and amUisng audio books I've heard. It comes highly recommend and expect to laugh out multiple times

1 of 1 people found this review helpful