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T. Griffith

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  • Left for Dead

  • The Untold Story of the Tragic 1979 Fastnet Race
  • By: Sinead O'Brien, Nick Ward
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Left for Dead is the tragic and inspirational story of Nick Ward's survival against all the odds. It is the story of an ordinary man who survived an extraordinary event. It was an experience which affected him so deeply that for over 25 years his story has remained untold - until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A moving story beautifully told

  • By Rupert on 21-02-14

Scary but true!

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

Amazed that the author didn't have a fit. He was epileptic and no access to his medicine.

  • Amazing Sailing Stories

  • True Adventures from the High Seas
  • By: Dick Durham
  • Narrated by: Steve Hodson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Tales of adventures on the high seas captivate both sailors and those who stand on the shore and gaze out across the oceans. In this original collection of sea stories, edited by veteran writer Dick Durham, the gamut of human experience is mirrored in a world of tragic shipwrecks and sea monsters, epic races and brave rescues, tall ships and tiny dinghies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By Louise on 15-03-12

Steve Hodson has such a brilliant voice..

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Hate sailing, love these stories. They are inspirational for anyone who thinks they are having a difficult day..

  • Celestial Navigation for the Complete Idiot

  • A Simple Explanation
  • By: Gene Grossman
  • Narrated by: Gene Grossman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Celestial Navigation for the Complete Idiot is groundbreaking not because of what it has, but what it doesn't have: no mathematics problems; no astronomical talk; and no big words you've never heard of. Sailor-author Gene Grossman finally breaks this wonderful subject down into plain English and explains it in such a way that you will no longer have any excuse to claim that you know nothing about the valuable boater's subject of celestial navigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Gene Grossman's voice

  • By T. Griffith on 19-08-18

Love Gene Grossman's voice

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-18

He sounds like Sterling Holloway, the original voice of Walt Disney's Winnie the Pooh. One of those books that you need to listen to again and again, so good value. Need to print out sheets from website to truly benefit, not done so yet.

  • Sailing, Yachts and Yarns

  • By: Tom Cunliffe
  • Narrated by: Tom Cunliffe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Sailing, Yachts and Yarns is a selection of Tom Cunliffe’s funniest, wisest and most thought-provoking writing from the pages of Yachting Monthly. Tom’s love of language and sense of humour shine through as he recalls the wealth of sinners and saints he has met on docksides from Southampton to South America, Greenwich to Greenland and Newtown to New York. He has a gift for capturing the magic of sail and finding pearls of practical wisdom in the most unlikely nautical adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • laugh out loud observations

  • By Anonymous User on 23-01-19

Perfect for a novice like me.

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

I could listen to this three times and learn more each time. Tom Cunliffe has a lovely down to earth voice, perfect intonation.

  • Three Men in a Boat [Classic Tales Edition]

  • To Say Nothing of the Dog
  • By: Jerome K. Jerome
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Even when the sailing is smooth, the stories never stop in Jerome K. Jerome's comic novel. Plaster fishes, dead water rats, near-death escapes, and many, many jocose anecdotes create a colorful narrative of holiday life on the river. For once three hypochondriacs self-diagnose themselves as "clearly overworked", the rest practically writes itself!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying reader

  • By T. Griffith on 15-08-18

Annoying reader

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

Love the story, hate the fake poshness of reader. Perhaps an upcoming young actor could do it better?

  • Don't Stop Me Now

  • 26.2 Tales of a Runner's Obsession
  • By: Vassos Alexander
  • Narrated by: Vassos Alexander
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

Funny, inspiring, honest - the perfect listen for anyone with well-worn trainers by the door (or who's thinking of buying a pair...). Vassos Alexander shares the highs and lows of falling in love with running, from his first paltry efforts to reach the end of his street to completing ultra-marathons and triathlons in the same weekend. This is a celebration of running - and what lots of us think about when we run. Part escape, part self-discovery, part therapy, part weight loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened whilst running!

  • By Rachel Parnham on 14-09-16

Perfect for lapsed runners!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-18

As a lapsed runner, with social pressures to stay lapsed, I would like to persuade anyone who tries to tell me running is bad for me to listen to this book.

  • Alex's Adventures in Numberland

  • Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics
  • By: Alex Bellos
  • Narrated by: Alex Bellos
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

The world of maths can seem mind-boggling, irrelevant and, let's face it, boring. This groundbreaking book reclaims maths from the geeks. Mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives: from the surprising geometry of the 50p piece to how probability can help you win in any casino. In search of weird and wonderful mathematical phenomena, Alex Bellos travels across the globe and meets the world's fastest mental calculators in Germany and a startlingly numerate chimpanzee in Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful journey through mathematics

  • By Nichiless on 09-12-11

I'm not mathematical but...

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

What did you like most about Alex's Adventures in Numberland?

Because I'm not mathematical, I liked to "see inside" the mind of a mathematician.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the various characters Alex introduces us to.

Which character – as performed by Alex Bellos – was your favourite?

There was a German prodigy in there somewhere, and the slide rule guy from Braintree.

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

Sort of. I listened to it at every available opportunity. Just re-listened to the free sample and it's made me want to listen to it again.

Any additional comments?

I was a LITTLE insulted when quite early in the book Alex said something along the lines of "but if you weren't mathematical you wouldn't be listening to this".. which is a bit like saying "If you're not a murderer you wouldn't be listening to a murder mystery" (I do not by choice listen to murder mysteries).

He sounds very down to earth - almost Cockney - it's not a voice I'd associate with a mathematical person. I'd expected him to sound more like Robert Peston.. When I later heard Alex speaking on the radio it felt really weird.. "That's Alex Bellos - what's he doing on the radio?!" As if he were a relative or someone that only I knew - not public property!

  • ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

  • By: Kathleen Nadeau, Judith Kolberg
  • Narrated by: Lisa Reneé Pitts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 7

From authors Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau comes an essential guide to organization written with the unique needs of ADD sufferers in mind. Here are strategies that work from a professional organizer and a renowned ADD clinician.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit annoying

  • By T. Griffith on 07-07-14

A bit annoying

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, it's nice to think there are people as chaotic as me out there..

What was one of the most memorable moments of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

I am sorry to say it was the author "selling her services"... it seems to run.. "You're no good unless you get professional help lovie"

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Stopped implying that unless you had a professional organiser in your life you were done for..

Was ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life worth the listening time?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I like to listen to books on a loudspeaker as I'm going off to sleep. I live in a block of flats where we all have the windows open at night for fresh air. Lisa Renee Pits' voice is quite strident and she kept repeating "The ADD friendly way to ... " The ADD.." and sort of shouting "The ADD"... (just the way it's spelt).. I was really afraid my neighbours would hear... ditto for some dieting audio books I've listened to recently...

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  • How the Mind Works

  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 26 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How the World Works

  • By Judy Corstjens on 31-08-15

I like this book..

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Where does How the Mind Works rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 3.

What other book might you compare How the Mind Works to, and why?

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. Stephen Pinker refers to Dawkins' book in "How The Mind Works" and also uses his word "meme" a lot.

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

Mel Foster had a slow, thoughtful, melodic voice that I find very clear and settling. I could never read a book like this - I have to have it read out to me.

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

I re-wind bits sometimes and because it's so deep am not sure if I've heard that bit before and accidentally re-wound it/gone back to the beginning and heard it again or it is an actual repetition within the book. I don't mind though. The matter is so "meaty" that it's fine to hear it overlap. I am often out and about when listening to my books and if I cross a road, open a door or get served in a shop I need to either let something pass and admit I haven't heard it or wind back. Seven times out of 10 I will re-wind a bit. I'm not sure if I've heard this book through and started again but am still happy to keep listening. I always listen to an hour before I fall asleep and probably only catch 10 minutes of that before I've dozed off so should be able to listen to it about three times before I think I've caught it all.

Any additional comments?

I'd love to know what the author's voice sounds like but can totally understand why someone may not want to read their own book out. I used an mp3 player to record revision and my throat tightened up as if it had a noose around it..

  • Running Like a Girl

  • By: Alexandra Heminsley
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Heminsley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454

Alexandra had high hopes: the arse of an athlete, the waist of a supermodel, the speed of a gazelle. Defeated by gyms and bored of yoga, she decided to run. Her first attempt did not end well. Six years later, she has run five marathons in two continents. But, as her dad says, you run with your head as much as with your legs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not just for girls or runners

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-06-13

Lovely book

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Where does Running Like a Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top three.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Running Like a Girl?

When Alexandra was running in the dark towards Brighton at night with her brother in the cold, needing a dump, texting her friends who were all trailing out of night clubs but cheering her on.

Which character – as performed by Alexandra Heminsley – was your favourite?

Her.

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

When she and her brother "discover" (remember) that their dad is a runner.

Any additional comments?

She just had a lovely wide awake voice. I should probably have listened to it while running instead of dropping off to sleep as she does make a lot of exclamations!

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