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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,661
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,324

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grow your mind

  • By Paul Murphy on 07-09-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

The themes of his previous books return in this one, but aspects of personal history make the analysis even more interesting and compelling. The different essays could well be chapters, and the narrative is linear. The discussion of topics is as terse as ever, and powerful irony is at play too.

  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

  • By: Muriel Spark
  • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 295

"You girls are my vocation... I am dedicated to you in my prime." So says Miss Jean Brodie, a teacher unlike any other. She is proud and cultured. A romantic, with progressive, sometimes shocking ideas and aspirations for the girls in her charge. When she decides to transform a select group of pupils into the 'crème de la crème' at the Marcia Blaine School they become the Brodie set. In exchange for their undivided loyalty the girls earn a special place of honour and privilege within the school. Yet they are also introduced to a startling new world of adult games....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sharp wit that doesn't date

  • By Adrienne on 23-12-12

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 21-01-18

Witty and fast pacing, ironic and charming, elegantly and cheekily delivered. A very pleasurable read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,346

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking center stage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor reading.

  • By Paul on 29-08-17

annoying reading

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

Reviewed: 28-01-16

Would you be willing to try another one of Laurence Kennedy’s performances?

Absolutely not. Kennedy reads in a very annoying avuncular style, stops for commas as if they were full stops, pauses in front of quotation marks, adjectives and names of places as if he had seen the text for the first time, and delivers all quotations as if they had been chosen for theatrical effect, rather than scholarly evidence.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Awakening Love

  • Teachings and Practices to Cultivate a Limitless Heart
  • By: Pema Chodron
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Have you ever wanted to love and connect with others more deeply... but felt that you could use a little help shedding your "emotional armor" and opening your heart? With Awakening Love, Pema Chodron invites you to start wherever you are, amid any and all of the challenges, frustrations, or fears you may be facing, and to use them as the starting place to awaken the natural and boundless capacity to give and receive love more fully.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A long distance retreat

  • By C. on 14-09-14

A long distance retreat

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

Reviewed: 14-09-14

What made the experience of listening to Awakening Love the most enjoyable?

I took this audio book on holiday with me this summer and I got hooked both on Pema Chodron's teaching and her guided meditations, to the point that I kept going over the same ground again and again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is not fiction and there are no characters, but the concept of compassionate abiding was new to me and, I'm really glad that it has revolutionised my life.

Any additional comments?

On the background, one can hear Pema Chodron's students chuckling at her jokes, and a feeling of solidarity establishes itself between the listener and these invisible and distant people, until the listener feels part of the group on retreat.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Men and Wives

  • By: Ivy Compton-Burnett
  • Narrated by: Jean Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

At the centre of this novel stands Harriet Haslam, the epitome of the maternal power figure, whose genuine but overpowering love dominates the novel and whose self-knowledge drives her into insanity. Even after her death Harriet continues to dominate. Surrounding this central figure are a host of marvelously realised characters - Sir Geoffrey Haslam, Harriet’s husband, an innocent self-deluder; Dominic Spong, a hypocrite whose platitudes do not quite conceal his powerful self-interest

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is Buttermere listening?

  • By C. on 01-12-13

Is Buttermere listening?

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

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

The printed version of Men and Wives has been in my possession for over three years, but I never managed to read over the first few chapters. This audible version made my job as a listener a lot easier by the narrator who gives a voice and a body to each of Compton -Burnett character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Men and Wives?

The novel is indeed constructed on the interaction between characters, with all the twists and turns that this affords particularly when they are determined to achieve what they wish at all costs, so that the plot is full of memorable moments which the listener can enjoy. My favourite is perhaps Sir Godfrey's realisation that much younger Camilla could become his new wife, and his hypocrisy when he discovers that it won't happen.

What about Jean Barrett’s performance did you like?

Jean Barrett's performance was, in this case as throughout the book, elegant, polished and extremely helpful.

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

Too long to be listened to in one sitting, this audiobook made me wish it were possible to do so and whetted my thirst for more audiobooks by the same author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,003

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murakami sparkles as ever

  • By Nick on 22-01-12

Very good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-13

This is a very long novel, at times sentimental and predictable, but on the whole well written and entertaining. The two male readers are good, while the constantly monotonous female reader is mostly unconvincing.

  • Un matrimonio in provincia [A Marriage in the Province]

  • By: Marchesa Colombi
  • Narrated by: Silvia Cecchini
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Marchesa Colombi �� lo pseudonimo con cui Maria Antonietta Torriani (1840-1920) scrisse le sue opere. Questo romanzo, apprezzato da Natalia Ginzburg e da Italo Calvino, fece sì che questa scrittrice fosse apprezzata maggiormente dopo la sua morte. I suoi romanzi sono di stampo sociale e in difesa dell’uguaglianza tra donne e uomini, ma non per questo perdono la loro vivacità, umorismo e sensibilità.Cornice musicale: Musica proibita di Stanislao Gastaldon, suonata da Ivan Genesio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Un intenso piacere

  • By C. on 13-03-13

Un intenso piacere

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-13

Questo libro era fra i preferiti di Natalia Ginzburg forse per la sua casalinga comicita' che sfiora il melodramma senza mai caderci dentro.

  • The Examined Life

  • By: Stephen Grosz
  • Narrated by: Peter Marinker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351

We are all storytellers - through stories, we make sense of our lives. But it is not enough to tell tales. There must be someone to listen. In his work as a psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz has spent the last 25 years uncovering the hidden feelings behind our most baffling behaviour. The Examined Life distils over 50,000 hours of conversation into pure psychological insight, without the jargon. This extraordinary book is about one ordinary process: talking, listening, and understanding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Saffy on 13-02-13

Elegant

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-13

Why is it that psychoanalysts are such good writers? They are used to listen and their use of words is certainly discerning, of course, but there are no diagnoses in this text and long acquaintances are transformed in puzzling novellas, made more ineffable by their basis in reality. It was like listening to a handful of dreams.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 30 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is closely modelled on the 18h-century novels that Charles Dickens loved as a child, such as Robinson Crusoe, in which the fortunes of a hero shape the plot. The likeable young Nicholas, left penniless on the death of his father, sets off in search of better prospects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't switch this one off!

  • By Richard on 25-02-13

very good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-13

This is a very good rendering of the book. At times though I wished I had chosen the abridged version.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Norwegian Wood

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 401

Toru Watanabe, approaching middle age, hears The Beatles song "Norwegian Wood" in an airplane and, with Proustian vividness, it transports him back to his student days in Japan with Naoko, Midori, and Storm Trooper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By C. on 13-03-13

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-13

John Chancer is an excellent reader of Murakami, to the point that i can't imagine him read anybody's else work. The novel is moving, funny and surprising in equal measure. I did not want it to end.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful