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  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,247
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,249

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Kerri on 19-02-17

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 29-04-17

This is a wonderful, tragic, comic, delightful happy, sad book that I enjoyed every minute of. Read perfectly, paced to want to always know what is next and as fulfilling a listen as I've ever had. Highly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • A Monster Calls

  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming.... This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, touching and poignant.

  • By @Scattered_Laura on 09-07-12

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 13-01-17

Simply wonderful. Tightly written and very well read. Moving and inspiring. Can't recommend it enough.

  • Cut and Run

  • By: Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban
  • Narrated by: Sawyer Allerde
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He's cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cut and Run book one

  • By Henry on 24-03-11

The beginning of a wonderful series

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

Reviewed: 12-04-14

This is the first book in the 'Cut and Run' series. If you want intellectual gay themed fiction, get something by Alan Holinghurst to fall asleep to. However, if you like excitement, a fast pace and something that will start you on a journey involving two main characters the you end up caring about, you can't go far wrong with this series.

Whilst I rather suspect that literary merits are dubious, the adventures of Ty and Zane and in particular the development of their relationship gripped me throughout the whole series.

I listened to the first five in the series and the had to buy the next three in print as I simply had to know what happened next. I only hope they become available on Audible soon.

  • The Art of Thinking Clearly

  • Better Thinking, Better Decisions
  • By: Rolf Dobelli
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

Have you ever...Invested time in something that, with hindsight, just wasn't worth it? Overpayed in an Ebay auction? Continued doing something you knew was bad for you? Sold stocks too late, or too early? Taken credit for success, but blamed failure on external circumstances? Backed the wrong horse? These are examples of cognitive biases, simple errors we all make in our day-to-day thinking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It is a list

  • By Judy Corstjens on 14-10-14

Interesting is muddled

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

If you could sum up The Art of Thinking Clearly in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, random, thoughtful.

What did you like best about this story?

It challenges the way you think about everyday situations, statistics and news.

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

He narrates it with humour and notably engaging inflection. It is not a 'story' but a collection of observations and advice on how to analyse and consider news, statistics and life in general, so it needed someone who could liven up the 'dry' content which he mostly does successfully.

Any additional comments?

This is a book that makes you think about how you think, what you take for granted and why a lot of what you see in the media might, in fact, be rubbish! It concentrates a bit too much on 'money' but having said that I really enjoyed it. It will certainly help me stop and think before reaching erroneous conclusions in the future. My only criticism is that it could provide a bit more of an 'overview' as this amounts to a collection of fairly random musings without much guidance on when and how to apply them.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Inbound Marketing

  • Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs
  • By: Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvetd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

To connect with today's buyer, you need to stop pushing your message out and start pulling your customers in. The rules of marketing have changed and the key to winning is to use this change to your advantage. If you've wondered how to get found in Google or why blogs and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are important, Inbound Marketing is the audiobook for you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen!

  • By Gary on 14-09-10

Useful but very US perspective

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This is the first book I downloaded related to website building and Social Media use. It is an excellent introduction and contains many useful tips. As a start, it gets you into the right mindset and makes it very clear what thinking is required to use the internet as an effective marketing tool. It is clearly written, the authors have loads of hands on experience and it is well read.



However, the authors are from the US and the perspective is very US. Which is fine if you are from the US or are looking at a global audience. If you are looking at a UK market it is still useful and informative, but 'Pimp My Sight', written by a UK resident, contains more helpful information, links and suggestions for UK would-be website and social media novices.



That said, if you are just considering entering the world of websites and social media for marketing purposes, its a really good start.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pimp My Site

  • Your DIY Guide to SEO, Search Marketing, Social Media and Online PR
  • By: Paula Wynne
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

The global recession has sent 10s of millions scrambling for alternative employment opportunities, and a great many of them have taken the leap into becoming their own bosses. As a result there is a crying need among small business start-ups, entrepreneurs, and independents working on a shoestring for expert guidance on marketing themselves and their businesses online. Pimp My Site fills that void: a complete, do-it-yourself toolkit structured as a 14-day course.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Useful but not worth paying for>>

  • By Adam on 17-05-13

Great content, annoying tone.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

If you are thinking about starting a website this book is great. In fact it has so many useful tips, website addresses and ideas for getting your website noticed and higher up on search engine results that after listening to it twice I also downloaded the ebook.



It came seem a little overwhelming, as there is so much in it and so much to do, but once you realise that it's about picking and choosing the ideas and advice that work for you, I have found this book invaluable. It is also written from a UK perspective, which makes it slightly more useful than some other titles in this genre if you are from the UK.



The reason I have not given it 5 stars relates to the 'tone' of writing and the way it is read. At times I found the patronising "gather round children and I'll tell you a story" style and the 'play school' voice adopted by the reader very irritating. It's clear that this is an attempt to make the content more accessible but in fact just becomes increasingly annoying. Once you get used to it, you realise that this book contains so much useful information and so many invaluable links and tips that you have to keep using the 'bookmark' function repeatedly!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Content Rules

  • How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business (New Rules Social Media Series)
  • By: Ann Handley, C. C. Chapman
  • Narrated by: Ann Handley, C. C. Chapman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

To market your business, reach new customers, and create long-lasting loyalty, you need one indispensable element: CONTENT. Whether it’s bite-sized tweets that allow you to forge relationships on Twitter, blog posts that give your readers must-have advice, ebooks or white papers that engage (and don’t bore), videos that share the human side of your company, interactive webinars that deliver a valuable learning experience, or podcasts that can be downloaded and listened to on the fly (and more!) . . .

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, though provoking but not for novices

  • By Clive on 13-04-13

Interesting, though provoking but not for novices

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This book talks about lots of different ideas for contact and is useful if you have something up and running by way of a blog or website. However, if you are looking for something that talks about how to get started, there are better titles out there. I would recommend this for someone who has mastered the basics and wants to think more deeply about writing content for their blogs and websites. Otherwise, start with something like 'Pimp my site' (UK) or 'Inbound Marketing' (US).

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Fry Chronicles

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,888

This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of Fry's most turbulent and least-well-known years, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours of delighted listening

  • By Mary on 21-09-10

Charming, funny and loveable.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-11

For someone who doubts his own talent so much, this book and its reading are a tour de force of talent and interest. If this book does not convince you that Stephen should be number 1 on your "people I would like to invite to a dinner party" list, nothing will.

Whilst one only has to momentarily think about all the things Stephen has done to know that it would be jam-packed with memorable anecdotes, wit and pathos what comes as an added bonus is the immense skill with which it is read. Stephen is a fantastic mimic and brings to life so many characters perfectly. I cannot recommend this book enough and cannot wait for the next instalment.