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  • The Wicked Boy

  • By: Kate Summerscale
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

Early in the morning of Monday, 8 July 1895, 13-year-old Robert Coombes and his 12-year-old brother, Nattie, set out from their small, yellow-brick terraced house in East London to watch a cricket match at Lord's. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, the boys told their neighbours, and their mother was visiting her family in Liverpool. Over the next 10 days, Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning their parents' valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected from the title

  • By Kirstine on 10-07-16

Misleading title leading to different expectations

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

Reviewed: 20-11-16

The title of the book leads you expect maybe of an unsolved mystery from the past, or maybe fantastical recurrences in the past of horrific deeds performed by demonic children.

More akin to clickbait, the book ends up on a route of the history of a boy who once had committed the dreadful crime of matricide rather than focusing much on the crime itself.

The meticulous obsession the author has for the titular boy results in fact in a historical autobiography written in a narrative sense not too much different to that found in fictional novels.

I found myself enjoying the book more once I switched mindsets to that of enjoying a historical documentary from one of enjoying exposure media. It's what I'd recommend anyone who listens or reads this book take too.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Science

  • By: Ben Goldacre
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760

We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making science truly entertaining

  • By Marcus on 26-03-10

A great audiobook detailing the failings in proper scientific studies that I am sure still exists today.

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

A highly engrossing listen with an entertaining performer who does his best to mimic the various accents of the people mentioned in the book. The only complaint I would have is with the audio balancing, as listening to it on my iPhone (which doesn't have a great speaker to begin with anyway) results in the reader's "esses" becoming quite high-pitched and somewhat jarring much akin to nails on a blackboard. Fortunately, the issue is averted using earphones, but I would still regard that as a small setback in what should be and is an absolute recommendation.

  • Bad Pharma

  • How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
  • By: Ben Goldacre
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

'Bad Science’ hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every medical doctor should read this!

  • By Lut on 23-12-12

Loved every bit of it!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

The book was written very clearly as to be accessible even to those not deep within the medical lore. The narrator was clear, articulated well and generally very pleasant to listen to. The subject matter was very intriguing and (with assumption that all research done was accurate and all. I will have to look into it myself should I ever have the time) quite a nail-biting experience looking back on how 'big pharmas' above will go head over heels into hiding anything wrong with money making drugs. Will definitely be recommending this and hunting for the author's other works!

  • Socrates: Philosophy in an Hour

  • By: Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Socrates in just one hour. Socrates is widely renowned as one of the founders of Western philosophy, despite the fact that his ideas survive largely through the work of his pupil Plato. Socrates’ dialectic – a method of aggressive questioning – was the forerunner of logic; he used it to cut through the pretentions of his adversaries and arrive at the truth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Anachronistic and Over-Simplified

  • By David Moodie on 06-06-16

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

Despite its slightly short length, the book is a wonderful introduction into the life of the philosopher Socrates. Would have loved to hear more on his philosophies, but I suppose that is for anther book for another day.

The narrator excels in his delivery with a soothing and pleasant tone of voice, coupled with the occasional acting up to match with the various dialogues and anecdotes present in the texts.

Overall, an excellent audiobook that has me tempted to buy up the rest of the series, especially so if they feature the same narrator!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Audacity of Hope

  • Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
  • By: Barack Obama
  • Narrated by: Barack Obama
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, he calls for a different brand of politics: a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the "endless clash of armies" we see in Congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of "our improbable experiment in democracy".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • American politics made easy

  • By Natasha on 01-12-08

An interesting insight.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

While the book has a slight democratic bias, the author does his best to deliver both a personal insight of his time working in the senate and his opinions into how the whole system of government can be improved in a educational, if slightly dry package.

The narration was delivered solidly and with the author's usual brand of charisma.

Overall, the audiobook is recommended for pleasant listening even if you aren't a big fan of politics like myself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful