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  • You Can't Say That

  • A Memoir
  • By: Ken Livingstone
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

A frank, gripping and moving - and controversial - autobiography from one of the most idiosyncratic and effective politicians of the last 50 years. His political convictions, his distance from New Labour, and his direct, plain-speaking style and personality have allowed him to survive longer than any of his contemporaries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You Can't Say That

  • By VAL G. on 12-11-12

An important book

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

A long book. There is only one Ken Livingstone! Clearly a very important argument that needed to be heard. Much I agree with, some I disagree with. I found the first half of the book a bit meandering. Perhaps that is because I was born in 1978.

  • Things Can Only Get Worse?

  • By: John O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: John O'Farrell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Things Can Only Get Worse is the personal story of one political activist helping Labour progress from its 1997 landslide to the unassailable position it enjoys today. Along the way he stood for Parliament against Theresa May; he was dropped from Tony and Cherie's Christmas card list after he revealed he always sent their card on to a friend from the SWP; and he campaigned for a new nonselective inner-city state school, then realised this meant he had to send his kids to a nonselective inner-city state school.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Political Testament of a Lefty

  • By Judy Corstjens on 23-01-18

Brilliant book

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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: 24-04-18

The only weakness with this book is that it wasn't 4 times longer.

Wonderful, witty, anacdotes that I could really relate to.

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  • Citizen Clem

  • A Biography of Attlee
  • By: John Bew
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 26 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Clement Attlee was the Labour prime minister who presided over Britain's radical postwar government, delivering the end of the empire in India, the foundation of the NHS and Britain's place in NATO. Called 'a sheep in sheep's clothing', his reputation has long been that of an unassuming character in the shadow of Churchill. But as John Bew's revelatory biography shows, Attlee was not only a hero of his age but an emblem of it, and his life tells the story of how Britain changed over the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding biography

  • By michael Billington on 11-09-17

Fantastic, thorough book

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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: 18-03-18

I knew the history of this period well before reading this book. But this book greatly added to my knowledge and understanding. Very relevant to the current state of play in the Labour Party.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • WTF?

  • What have we done? Why did it happen? How do we take back control?
  • By: Robert Peston
  • Narrated by: Robert Peston, Luke Thompson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

There has been a people's revolt against the way the West has been run. Brexit, Trump, the recent British and French elections saw millions of people shouting that they were sick to death of things never getting better. In WTF Robert Peston gives us his highly personal account of what those who have ruled us for years got so badly wrong and what we need to do to mend the terrible fractures in our society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-11-17

Thoughtful, thorough analysis of the mess we're in

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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: 17-01-18

A very thoughtful, thorough analysis of the mess we're currently in. It will be interesting to see if anybody in power is listening to what Peston has to say. My only critique is Peston's acceptance of Brexit. It will be a nightmare if it happens, but it can be stopped.

  • My Life, Our Times

  • By: Gordon Brown
  • Narrated by: Gordon Kennedy
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

As former Prime Minister and our longest-serving Chancellor, Gordon Brown has been a guiding force for Britain and the world over three decades. This is his candid, poignant and deeply relevant story. In describing his upbringing in Scotland as the son of a minister, the near loss of his eyesight as a student and the death of his daughter within days of her birth, he shares the passionately held principles that have shaped and driven him, reminding us that politics can and should be a calling to serve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A vital part of the historical debate

  • By Andrea on 19-12-17

A vital part of the historical debate

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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: 19-12-17

This book is a long overdue account of Gordon Brown's 20 years at the top of the Labour Party. It shows how he stopped Tony Blair moving the party even further to the right but also how he made Britain a fairer country, through tax credits, the minimum wage and investments in public services. It also shows Brown's strengths, mastery of detail, but also his weaknesses, trusting his colleagues and communicating his message. Overall well worth a listen, but I still felt there were many areas which he could have covered which he chose not to, for example relationships with Charlie Whelan and Damien Mcbride.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Everywoman

  • One Woman's Truth About Speaking the Truth
  • By: Jess Phillips
  • Narrated by: Jess Phillips
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

If you're thinking, 'Jess, who?' then I'm glad that there was something about 'everywoman' and 'truth' that caught your eye. Or you might already know me as that gobby MP who has a tendency to shout about the stuff I care about. Because I'm a woman with a cause, I have been called a feminazi witch and a murderer and threatened with rape. The Internet attracts a classy crowd. So, speaking the truth isn't always easy, but I believe it's worth it. And I want you to believe it, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you! You are a real inspiration!

  • By VB on 28-08-18

Unique Brummie slant on the world!

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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: 08-11-17

Never listened to a book like this. Brutally honest, hard hitting and thought provoking. A vital contribution to the modern day debate on gender relations.

  • A Woman's Work

  • By: Harriet Harman
  • Narrated by: Harriet Harman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Why does the political representation of women matter? And which hurdles - personal, political and societal - have been faced, fought and sometimes overcome in the past 30 years? From campaigning with small children to increasing the number of women in Parliament, bringing women's issues to the heart of the Labour Party and tackling a parliamentary culture with no consideration for family life, this frank, inspiring and politically charged audiobook is a crucial account of the progress (and occasional setbacks) made.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Became irritating - couldn’t finish!

  • By S. B. Hall on 27-11-18

A great female insight

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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: 03-04-17

A vitally important contribution to the history of the Labour Party and the women's movement!