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  • Capital

  • By: John Lanchester
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 276

Pepys Road: an ordinary street in the Capital. Each house has seen its fair share of first steps and last breaths, and plenty of laughter in between. Today, through each letterbox along this ordinary street drops a card with a simple message: We Want What You Have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Teems with London life

  • By Kaggy on 09-03-14

Enchanting novel

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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: 20-04-19

fundemantally altered the way I look at ouf nation's capital with a caste of interesting and diverse characters. The plot line meanders and winds with ingenuity and mystery linking these personas. Sad and at times acutely witty and observant, I feel that the rave to own stuff can be viewed paradoxically as a flight from being owned.

  • The Wall

  • By: John Lanchester
  • Narrated by: Will Poulter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he's lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights. The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and never has to spend another day of his life anywhere near it. He longs for this to be over; longs to be somewhere else. He will soon find out what Defenders do and who the Others are. Along with the rest of his squad, he will endure cold and fear day after day, night after night. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended.

  • By SJ Smith on 01-02-19

Epic dystopian novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-19

Strangely surreal uet familiar, this has echoes of contemporary times and where we might be headed.

  • Prisoners of Geography

  • Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
  • By: Tim Marshall
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815

If you've ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower or why China's power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here. In 10 chapters, using essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Step back and look at politics through a new lens

  • By Unique Pseudonym on 25-07-17

Underestimated this fine book!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-19

Insightful and comprehensive discourse on not just geography but geopolitical tensions and issues around the world. I feel like I know the planet and man's predictably exploitative relationship with it much better now.

  • The Book of Wisdom

  • The Heart of Tibetan Buddhism
  • By: Osho
  • Narrated by: Osho
  • Length: 47 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

Osho is known around the world for his pioneering contribution to meditation - the science of inner transformation - with the unique approach of his "Osho Active Meditations" acknowledging the accelerated pace of the contemporary world and bringing meditation into modern life. Based on the Seven Points of Mind Training by the 11th-century Buddhist mystic Atisha, The Book of Wisdom removes the dust of tradition that has gathered around meditation, conveying the essential science and methodology of the practice with a freshness and spontaneity that is rarely found in contemporary spiritual works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wisdom worth acquiring

  • By MR A MANDALIA on 30-06-17

The mind behing the mysticism

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

Amazing, enlightening, provocative and in parts very amusing. A glimpse into the mind of the enigmatic Bhagwan: prepare to be rudely awakened and abandon eveything you think you hold sacred.

  • Can't Hurt Me

  • Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
  • By: David Goggins
  • Narrated by: David Goggins, Adam Skolnick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,843
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,297
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,285

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible stuff ...

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-12-18

insane mindset formula

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

Amazing, unbelieveable, inspirational, sensational recipe for an indestructible mindset full of profanity and drive! Couldn't stop listening to his amazing transformation journey from a victim and under achiever to a Spartan warrior. It's all about the mindset and not for the faint hearted!

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

  • Why Violence Has Declined
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 36 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Magnum Opus in every sense!

  • By Jeremy on 14-05-12

long and wonderful explanation

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

The forces of civilisation and enlightenment explored in detail to explain why despite common misconception we have never had it better. Better defined as measurably reduced levels of violence, torture, rape and death. From our gory and sadistic ancestors, we have survived war, famine and brutality to emerge on the whole as empathic, reasonable and self-restrained individuals. Obviously we have much further to go but this profound discourse gives a glimmer of hope as we progress with great uncertainty into a rapidly changing world.

  • The New Silk Roads

  • The Present and Future of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

'All roads used to lead to Rome. Today, they lead to Beijing.' When The Silk Roads was published in 2015, it became an instant classic. A major reassessment of world history, it compelled us to look at the past from a different perspective. The New Silk Roads brings this story up to date, addressing the present and future of a world that is changing dramatically. Following the Silk Roads eastwards, from Europe through to China, by way of Russia and the Middle East, The New Silk Roads provides a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dull

  • By Rossco on 17-12-18

what's really going on geopolitically?<br />

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

The present explained and future direction of travel of the world. The American Empire is over and the balance of economic and military power has shifted eastwards. Historically this was always the case. Indian and Chinese economies expanded for 1600 of the past 2100 years except for a brief interlude represented by colonial expectation. The sequel of The Empire Strikes Back is well underway and the astronomical investment in infrastructure and industry throughout the vast expanse between Turkey and China will represent the dawning of a new and competitive age. Bring it on!

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  • Saving Britain

  • How We Must Change to Prosper in Europe
  • By: Will Hutton, Andrew Adonis
  • Narrated by: Will Hutton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Britain's Brexit voters are right. They have been shamefully neglected. But the answer is to change Britain, not to leave Europe. This book sets out how we can radically improve the lives of people and communities shut out from prosperity. The EU, despite its frailties and strains, is a success story. The advantages of leaving are illusory: no gains in trade from deals with protectionist China, and the United States can compensate for what is being lost in Europe. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To understand the U.K. future options this is a vital read

  • By H Newsam on 16-06-18

must read!

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-18

well researched and eye opening account of the consequences of Brexit and the chain of events that led to so many ill informed and misguided fools flushing us down the lavatory.

  • Koh-i-Noor

  • The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond
  • By: William Dalrymple, Anita Anand
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

The first comprehensive and authoritative history of the Koh-i-Noor, arguably the most celebrated and mythologised jewel in the world. On 29 March 1849, the 10-year-old Maharajah of the Punjab was ushered into the magnificent Mirrored Hall at the great Fort in Lahore. There, in a public ceremony, the frightened but dignified child handed over to the British East India Company in a formal act of submission not only swathes of the richest land in India but also arguably the single most valuable object in the subcontinent: the celebrated Koh-i-Noor diamond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent book, pronunciations a bit iffy

  • By 101 on 26-10-17

The most famous diamond in the world...

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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: 13-10-18

and it's glorious journey across the centuries. Learnt a lot and feel conflicted as a British Sikh. Angry at the cunning and underhanded procurement by The British East India Company, this is now a shameful reminder and its mutilation and ultimate presence in The Tower and insult to its formidable past.

  • The Runner

  • By: Markus Torgeby
  • Narrated by: Gunnar Cauthery
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Markus Torgeby was just 20 years old when he headed off into the remote Swedish forest to live as a recluse and dedicate himself to his one true passion: running.... He lived in a tent in the wilderness, braving the harsh Swedish winters - for four years. This is his story. A best seller in Sweden, the audiobook is a powerful exploration of running and personal well-being.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable and motivating

  • By dave_m on 11-09-18

Less is bliss!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Perfect and awe-inspiring account of one man's journey away from the maddening crowds and into the sublime solace of the wilderness. Craziness can bring peace of mind and a break down can be a breakthrough!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful