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  • Love in the Time of Cholera

  • By: Gabriel García Márquez
  • Narrated by: Armando Durán
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 256

From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century. In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs - yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Its Very Long

  • By J Z A on 27-08-15

What a horrible man

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-18

This book is beautifully and evocatively written, and brutally honest about the main characters. But I was dismayed with the outcome for Fermina Dasa as she fell in love with such a horrible creepy man.

  • The Power of Now

  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,908

To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life Changing

  • By John on 02-03-11

He makes it sound so easy!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

Bur of course to attain the surrender of your attachment to your own life, to become as enlightened as he is, requires a courage and commitment that few of us have. He could explain a little more about this.

  • Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth 

  • By: James Lovelock
  • Narrated by: Gary Telles
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

In this classic work that continues to inspire its many fans, James Lovelock deftly explains his idea that life on Earth functions as a single organism. Written for the non-scientist, Gaia is a journey through time and space in search of evidence with which to support a new and radically different model of our planet. In contrast to conventional belief that living matter is passive in the face of threats to its existence, the book explores the hypothesis that the Earth's living matter - air, ocean, and land surfaces - forms a complex system that has the capacity to keep the Earth a fit place for life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good way to digest a dense book!

  • By cara on 22-02-16

Not an easy book to listen to

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

The science and ideas in the book are fascinating. For a non scientist it is impossible to know if the science he puts forward is correct or not. He does not explain how or why he thinks Planet Earth has achieved its state of Gaia.

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  • A Very British Coup

  • By: Chris Mullin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Against the odds, former steel worker Harry Perkins has led the Labour Party to a stunning victory. His manifesto includes the removal of American bases, public control of finance and the dismantling of media empires. The Establishment is appalled. Something must be done. As MI5 conspires with the City and the press barons to bring Perkins down, he finds himself caught up in a no-holds-barred battle for survival.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did not live up to expectations.

  • By David M on 16-02-19

Very interesting but weak plot

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

Reviewed: 23-04-16

A fascinaring portrait of the corridoors of power and the trade unions. However not convincong that the whole of the left of the Labour Party would give in so easily. A bit of an unlucky coincidence that Harry's personal life tripped him up. It would have been more convincing if there had been another power struggle over one of Harry's policies. Some things a bit stereotyped.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Open Veins of Latin America

  • Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent
  • By: Eduardo Galeano, Isabel Allende (Foreward)
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx. Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The shocking truth

  • By Catherine on 12-04-16

The shocking truth

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

This is a 'heavy' read and at times I could hardly face the terrible things it describes. The reader also has to concentrate - it is not easy to absorb. However the important truths described are worth the effort. Despite 12 years of association with Latin America I dont think I understood the continent until I read this book - now regarded as a 'must read' by many.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Guns, Germs and Steel

  • The Fate of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Controversial and Judgemental

  • By Samuel on 10-04-13

A fascinating book

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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: 05-09-15

Not an easy read. A lot of dry facts to plough through. However the thesis of the book is very important and excellently argued. It helped me to understand why human society is the way it is.