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  • Cycling the Earth

  • A Life-Changing Race Around the World
  • By: Sean Conway
  • Narrated by: Stewart Clegg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

Sean Conway was stuck in a dead end life of his own making when he heard about a round-the-world cycling race. He was immediately inspired - but it was a huge undertaking, and he'd hardly been on a bike in years. Could he really cycle all the way round the world, solo and unsupported? Six months later, after completing a punishing training schedule and packing up everything he owned into boxes, Sean was in Greenwich Park, on the start line of the adventure of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great and inspiring read

  • By Mr Paul R Hartley on 15-07-16

Inspiring and engaging book

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-18

So nice to here tales of endeavour from "normal" folk. I really enjoyed this. Great to feel connected to so many different experiences and cultures. Inspiring! Time to dust off the bike...

  • Running Man

  • A Memoir
  • By: Charlie Engle
  • Narrated by: Charlie Engle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

After a decade-long addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol, Charlie Engle hit bottom with a near-fatal six-day binge that ended in a hail of bullets. As Engle got sober, he turned to running, which became his lifeline, his pastime, and his salvation. He began with marathons, and when marathons weren't far enough he began to take on ultramarathons, races that went for 35, 50, and sometimes hundreds of miles, traveling to some of the most unforgiving places on earth to race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By MR P G JEREMIAH on 21-09-16

A truly inspiring narrative

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-18

As a runner and hiker, I think a slightly obsessive personality is required to keep safe and competitive. This story goes way past any "normal" obsession. It is truly inspiring to hear how Charlie has. A aged himself over so many challenges through the years. I will listen to this multiple times, I've no doubt about that. Great read/listen!

  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,301
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,988

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating charming sad redemptive

  • By sarah on 02-09-17

Funny & challenging, not necessarily in that order

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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: 26-10-17

Very enjoyable, forces you to reflect on your own experiences and question the validity of gender bias, and whether you actually perpetuate that bias. Bloody funny t'boot!

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,445
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,756

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!"

  • By david on 17-03-17

Blew my mind!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-17

I have just started listening to this again. So intense and interesting. A real mind-expander...

  • It's So Easy

  • And Other Lies
  • By: Duff McKagan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417

In 1984, at the age of 20, Duff McKagan left his native Seattle - partly to pursue music, but mainly to get away from a host of heroin overdoses then-decimating his closest group of friends in the local punk scene. In LA only a few weeks and still living in his car, he answered a want ad for a bass player placed by someone who identified himself only as "Slash." Soon after, the most dangerous band in the world was born. Guns N' Roses went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By PerrieBelle on 15-09-16

Enthralling.

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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: 06-10-17

Loved this. Superb real life storytelling. Inspirational and giving. Some strong life lessons when you reflect on Duff's journey too.

  • The January Man

  • A Year of Walking Britain
  • By: Christopher Somerville
  • Narrated by: Christopher Somerville
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

In January 2006, a month or two after my father died, I thought I saw him again - a momentary impression of an old man, a little stooped, setting off for a walk in his characteristic fawn corduroys and shabby quilted jacket. After teenage rifts it was walking that brought us closer as father and son, and this ghost of Dad has been walking at my elbow since his death, as I have ruminated on his great love of walking, his prodigious need to do it - and how and why I walk myself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Hari on 17-05-17

Inspires me to hike England & treasure loved ones.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-17

A lovely earthy composition of richly detailed walks, taking in the flora, fauna, geography and anthropology of England. Nicely woven into this are the stories of Christopher's family, especially father. A truly enjoyable collection of experiences that invoke reflection and exploration in equal measure.

  • Memories, Dreams, Reflections

  • By: C. G. Jung
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

In 1957, four years before his death, Carl Gustav Jung, psychiatrist and psychologist, began writing his life story. But what started as an exercise in autobiography soon morphed into an altogether more profound undertaking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Two souls in his breast'

  • By Rachel Redford on 06-06-16

An intensely cerebral and insightful work.

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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: 16-02-17

I had no expectations of this book having never before read any of his work. I had heard of his influence on bands I love, so decided to explore. No regrets whatsoever. I will dip into this into the future too as it is almost too much to absorb in one go. I normally ramp up the speed on audio books to 1.6 to 1.8 x speed. Not this one. 1.4 x speed was as fast as my brain could digest it!

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  • A Perfect Union of Contrary Things

  • By: Maynard James Keenan, Sarah Jensen
  • Narrated by: Devon Sorvari, Maynard James Keenan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

This is the official authorized biography of musician and vintner Maynard James Keenan, the enigmatic vocalist for Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. Co-author Sarah Jensen's 30-year friendship with Keenan gives her unique insight into his history and career trajectory. The book traces Keenan's journey from his Midwest childhood to his years in the army to his time in art school, from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight and his influence on contemporary music and regional winemaking.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh. Not really worth one's time

  • By Katie P. on 30-11-16

Very engaging. inspirational insights.

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Reviewed: 30-01-17

It's rare to get such insights into your musical heroes. There is so much I learnt about being, mindset and motivation. A great read.

  • Elon Musk

  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,253

South African-born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey, Jr. The personal tale of Musk's life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating insight but a little repetitive

  • By Andrew on 15-01-17

valuable insights

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-17

I always thought Elon Musk was a James Bond villain type. couldn't be more wrong. great insights into an extraordinary character. Well written. Jumps between years a couple of times but easy to stay connected to the journey. Inspiring in many ways...