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  • Walking the Himalayas

  • By: Levison Wood
  • Narrated by: Levison Wood
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

From the bestselling author of Walking the Nile, explorer Levison Wood begins his next challenging adventure - walking the length of the Himalayas. Levison Wood's most challenging expedition yet begins along the Silk Road route of Afghanistan and travels through five countries. Following in the footsteps of the great explorers, Levison walks the entire length of the Himalayas in an adventure of survival and endurance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grrrreattt audio book

  • By Alex on 11-04-16

Excellent travel writing.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

As usual Levison demonstrates his ability to describe his adventure with some panash and lucid moments that should live in the memory. "It's not about the getting there but about the people I've met along the way" and "if you can just appreciate breathing" sums up for me why his travel writing is amongst the best.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,454
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,444

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-rending story, sensitively narrated.

  • By bookylady on 01-03-18

An incredible story

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

I was in tears at the end of this extraordinary book, but not without good reason. Without doubt it's one of the most profound and moving stories about humanity, love and survival I've ever read. It will stand as a testament not only to the horrors of the holocaust, but to the human spirit itself. You will never forget it.

  • Walking the Nile

  • By: Levison Wood
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Starting in November 2013 in a forest in Rwanda, where a modest spring spouts a trickle of clear, cold water, Levison Wood set forth on foot, aiming to become the first person to walk the entire length of the Nile. He followed the river for nine months, over 4,000 miles, through six nations - Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, the Republic of Sudan, and Egypt - to the Mediterranean coast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen, but the himalayas is better

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-08-17

Amazing journey

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

Reviewed: 30-09-18

One of the best travel books I've ever read. I'm so pleased to have discovered Levison Woods writing. Full of real heart and excitement, his prose conjours in your mind a real sense of place and time. He manages to tell his story like a thriller and at the same time he doesn't shy away from including essential politics, religion, war and the sheer character of the places and people he meets along the way. His walk is a wonderful achievement, and so too is this Book. Gildart Jackson does a great narration. I can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Chasing the Scream

  • The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 402

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating and thought provoking

  • By Stephanie on 09-02-15

Amazing

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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: 11-08-18

This is one of those books that will change your life. Its not only devastating to read, but exciting and compulsive too. The narrator is one of the best I've come across. This book has changed my perspective on the world. It leaves no stone unturned in its utter expose of the so called War on Drugs. But not only that, Hari also shows how people and society's can be so easily manipulated and hoodwinked into believing the rhetoric of people in powerful positions - evil people, masquerading as politicians or "visionaries", who will do and say anything, and convince anybody, to see their vision become a reality, no matter the cost to human life. Some of the longer chapters read as mini books in themselves - stories that will stay with you forever. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

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  • Dare

  • The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks Fast
  • By: Barry McDonagh
  • Narrated by: Barry McDonagh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

If you're tired of just managing your anxiety and want a powerful natural solution, then apply the DARE technique, as explained in Barry McDonagh's latest book. Based on hard science and over 10 years of helping people who suffer from anxiety, Barry McDonagh shares his most effective technique in this new book. The DARE technique can be used by everyone, regardless of age or background, to live lives free from anxiety or panic attacks.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I got bored pretty quickly

  • By Audioaddict on 29-11-16

Excellent book.

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

Reviewed: 27-07-18

Well read by the author. I found it very helpful in both understanding my anxiety and learning the techniques to stop it. Invaluable.

  • Canoeing The Congo

  • First Source to Sea Descent of the Congo River
  • By: Phil Harwood
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Canoeing the Congo narrates the journey of Phil Harwood, who undertook an epic five-month solo attempt to canoe the Congo River in war-torn Central Africa. It was a historic 'first descent' from the true source in the highlands of Zambia. Just short of 3,000 miles long, the Congo River is the eighth longest in the world and the deepest river in the world, with a flow rate second only to the Amazon. Along the way, Phil encountered numerous waterfalls, huge rapids, man-eating crocodiles, hippos, aggressive snakes...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling

  • By Mr D J W Evans on 17-06-15

A good read

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

Reviewed: 22-06-18

I enjoyed listening to this book. A good adventure story, well told. If you like travel, survival and natural history literature you will enjoy this.

  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Let down by a very poor last third

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-10-18

The most important book on Depression and Anxiety.

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

Reviewed: 24-05-18

I have found this book the most helpful yet in understanding and overcoming my depression and anxiety. Backed up with lots of empiracle evidence Yohann argues that depression is not due to an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, but rather our emotional reactions to difficult and stressful life events and lost connections with the environment, meaningful work and other people (our "tribe"). I found the book a huge source of support because of Yohann's approach and open way of thinking. I can't recommend it more highly. A must read.

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  • Norway - Culture Smart!

  • The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
  • By: Linda March
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Norway - Culture Smart! provides essential information, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. This concise guide tells you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good insight into Norwegian culture

  • By formidible on 02-02-18

Good insight into Norwegian culture

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Well read. Provides useful information to travellers intent on visiting the country. I enjoyed it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful