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Rodney Jones

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  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,180

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Excellent! Just Excellence!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-09-18

By far the best novel I have ever listened to on audible, Excellent story, excellent writing, excellent narration!

  • The Outcasts of Time

  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 724

December 1348: With the country in the grip of the Black Death, brothers John and William fear that they will shortly die and go to Hell. But as the end draws near, they are given an unexpected choice: either to go home and spend their last six days in their familiar world or to search for salvation across the forthcoming centuries - living each one of their remaining days 99 years after the last. John and William choose the future and find themselves in 1447, ignorant of almost everything going on....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative, thought-provoking historical fiction

  • By Kirstine on 13-10-17

Excellent!

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Reviewed: 04-09-17

Little less than a masterpiece of the historical fiction genre. It becomes ever more gripping as it proceeds. A truly great read.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Mind of a Survivor

  • What the wild has taught me about survival and success
  • By: Megan Hine
  • Narrated by: Megan Hine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Surviving in the wild takes a great deal of strength. Often faced with frozen tundra, sweltering deserts, humid jungles, perilous mountains and fast-flowing rivers, Megan Hine is no stranger to perilous conditions. Whilst leading expeditions and bushcraft survival courses, and in her work on television shows such as Bear Gryll's Mission Survive and Running Wild, she has explored the corners of the globe in pursuit of adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No science but great story

  • By Stephen on 10-06-17

Truly excellent!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-17

I very much enjoyed Megan's book which gives a fascinating insight into the world of an expedition leader who also works frequently on the survivalist reality shows. This book is much more than the run of the mill survival book, offering lessons that can be applied in our day-to-day encounters both socially and in the work place.

  • His Bloody Project

  • By: Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • Narrated by: Crawford Logan, Cameron Mowat
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030

A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of 17-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? Presented as a collection of documents, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers, which offer conflicting impressions, throwing Macrae's motive and his sanity into question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much, Much Better than the Sample Suggests

  • By Alex on 18-11-16

A most excellent book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Undoubtedly the most original and absorbing audio book that I have listened to in a long while.

  • Hitch-22

  • A Memoir
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

In this long-awaited and candid memoir, Hitchens re-traces the footsteps of his life to date, from his childhood in Portsmouth, with his adoring, tragic mother and reserved Naval officer father; to his life in Washington DC, the base from which from he would launch fierce attacks on tyranny of all kinds. Along the way, he recalls the girls, boys and booze; the friendships and the feuds; the grand struggles and lost causes; and the mistakes and misgivings that have characterised his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest but difficult listening

  • By Penny on 18-06-16

Not sure what all the fuss was about...

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-17

Lot's of self-examination, name-dropping and self-righteousness. Can he really be proud of curtailing freedom of speech in an English university? Surely there are already enough native Americans to question the ethics of leading American politicians without his help; and when we see how many innocent lives have been lost as a result of the removal of the lraqi 'crime family', I find it less surprising than the author that so few people shared his enthusiasm for the process. Perhaps most people could see a little further than Mr Hitchens? At the risk of sounding rather priggish I found some of his tale - e.g. His fondness for word games - puerile.
From the foregoing it may be discerned that l am rather glad that the tedium is over.

  • Brain Myths Exploded

  • Lessons from Neuroscience
  • By: The Great Courses, Indre Viskontas
  • Narrated by: Indre Viskontas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Much of the layperson's knowledge of the brain is predicated on a lack of understanding about this mysterious organ. To start building a more straightforward, accurate understanding of current breakthroughs in neuroscience, you have to start by shattering popular brain myths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Really Great Course!

  • By Rodney Jones on 26-05-17

A Really Great Course!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-17

I have taken very many Great Courses and, without doubt, this has been the best so far. It is both informative as well as accessible and the presentation was uniformly excellent. I can thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in keeping abreast of developments in neuro-psychology or just wants answers to many of the questions about our brain that we all often ask.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Wars Against Saddam

  • The Hard Road to Baghdad
  • By: John Simpson
  • Narrated by: John Simpson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

This riveting and important book is the summation of more than 20 years covering Saddam Hussein's Iraq. The War Against Saddam offers, in five acts, the full story of his rise to power and the West's relationship with Saddam throughout his dictatorship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting

  • By Lorna on 06-08-17

Excellent in every way!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 27-12-16

Thank heavens for the BBC and reporters like John Simpson. A must-read for anyone with an interest in western policy towards the Middle East.

  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nearest thing to time travel available

  • By JL on 09-10-13

Excellent!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 31-08-16

One of the best Great Courses I have taken. I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in history.

  • Complications

  • A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: William David Griffith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is - complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising and shocking insights

  • By D. Brown on 26-06-13

Excellent in all respects!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 20-11-15

The book is a fascinating insight into the challenges and the ethics of surgery. Excellent narration throughout. Very much enjoyed listening.

  • What Money Can't Buy

  • The Moral Limits of Markets
  • By: Michael J Sandel
  • Narrated by: Michael J Sandel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

In recent decades, market values have crowded out nonmarket norms in almost every aspect of life. Without quite realizing it, Michael Sandel argues, we have drifted from having a market economy to being a market society. In What Money Can't Buy, Sandel examines one of the biggest ethical questions of our time and provokes a debate that's been missing in our market-driven age: What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society, and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets do not honour and money cannot buy?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compassionate economic philosophy

  • By Sheena on 19-06-14

FIRST CLASS IN ALL RESPECTS!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-11-15

This should be a 'must read' for everyone who is concerned for ethics in a world that are children are going to inherit.