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  • The Last Days of August

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a Twitter pile-on by fellow porn professionals. A month later, August’s husband Kevin connected with the writer Jon Ronson so they could piece together the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realised was that Ronson would soon hear rumours and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit cruel

  • By Meldorf on 07-04-19

Not one of his best

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

Reviewed: 21-05-19

I listened to 1 and 2 then jumped to 6. There is a bit of a spoiler early on. It’s a factual account with bits of audio and explanation. I wanted john to come off the fence and say what he thought. Seems he is afraid of upsetting anyone. Also I wonder if he is not exploiting the porn industry himself for gain. Have to admire his courage going there though. The performance was marred by real noise interference and selective editing.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,804

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

Mind blowing

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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: 23-04-19

A whole different perspective on the human race. I keep thinking of the cavemen and wondering what they would make of us? We see them as a step in our present existence- will we be such a step to our future selves?
Wonderful logic, projecting but also a type of comfort.
Good job.

  • 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 2,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,005

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

Round of Applause

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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: 19-01-19

I don’t usually go for Geography but was delighted with the way this book talked conversationally about the political issues of each country/continent. It prompted me to look closely at the map of the Middle East and greatly improved my terrible history gaps. Brilliant reference book for my si fi writing. One of the few books that I am sure I will reread. Great job. Such insights and knowledge.

  • The Surrender Experiment

  • By: Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by: Michael A. Singer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

Michael A. Singer, author of The Untethered Soul, tells the extraordinary story of what happened when, after a deep spiritual awakening, he decided to let go of his personal preferences and simply let life call the shots. As Singer takes you on this great experiment and journey into life's perfection, the events that transpire will both challenge your deepest assumptions about life and inspire you to look at your own life in a radically different way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An addicting listen!

  • By Shaniece on 08-06-18

Moving and beautiful

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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: 17-01-19

The untethered soul was my favourite book on spirituality of all time. Whenever I was in a bad place or needed to make a decision, I would open it at random. It always delivered some comfort. So I was curious to see what the author could do to top that.

And this book does, providing a deep and applied principle that took me to the next level. Great job, recommended.

  • Bring Me Back

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hely, Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 609

The million-copy best-selling author returns with a breathtaking thriller. The disappearance. The suspicion. The fear....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Love Paris in the Springtime!

  • By Simon on 08-03-18

Great distraction for tedious jobs (wrapping presents)

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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: 23-12-18

Great story, suspense and surprise. You think you’ve sussed it, then you’re off again. The only slight drawback was the Irish accent of the reader which didn’t quite work in the context of the story for me. Good job.

  • The House We Grew Up In

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Karina Fernandez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228

The Bird children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden. But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating it tears them apart. Many years later something will call them home, back to the house they grew up in - and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the house we grew up in

  • By AmyAlice on 02-12-13

Starts off slow - stick with it

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

Compelling read with deep disturbed characters and conflict. Once in I could not put the book down until the emotional ending. Exhausted now but relieved. Good job

  • Screenwriting 101: Mastering the Art of Story

  • By: Angus Fletcher, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Angus Fletcher
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Whether you want to write your own scripts or simply gain a deeper appreciation for the great stories you see unfold on the screen, Professor Angus Fletcher is here to show you the way in Screenwriting 101: Mastering the Art of Story. Professor Fletcher, Professor of English and Film at The Ohio State University, brings both a personal and scholarly perspective to this craft. As a screenwriter himself, he has experienced the ins and outs of the process first-hand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational- will keep it by me for reference

  • By Srjane on 16-11-18

Inspirational- will keep it by me for reference

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

This book works on many levels, there is analysis of films (some I’ve seen and some not), tools and techniques. It is not for the faint hearted either. There are exercises to do which are difficult to do if listening on audible, but will be useful if you can manage.

I watch films and soaps etc with new insights which, to some extent, has stopped some of the surprise and enjoyment but is the price to pay to join a successful screenwriters club.

You can also use the majority of the course to improve any writing and to engage the reader. Good job

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Creative Thinker's Toolkit

  • By: Gerard Puccio, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gerard Puccio
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

According to the latest scientific research, anyone can be creative. You just have to know how to think creatively, which involves taking a more imaginative approach to the challenges we all face. Learn how to wield the same research-based tools that today's creative people use and tap into your inner creative thinker with Professor Puccio's engaging 24-lecture series that takes you step-by-step through the creative-thinking process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great TTC Course

  • By Tom STO on 23-08-18

Helpful in every area of your life

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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: 04-11-18

I cannot praise this course enough. There are exercises, examples, Philosophy and tools, all of which can be picked up and used in various situations. I only wish I could remember them all and I will be keeping this book open for using in future. One of the best courses I have encountered. Thank you

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Silent Voices

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917

When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if she’s uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals ligature marks around the victim’s throat…Vera pulls her team together and sets them interviewing those connected to the victim, while she and colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth, work to find a motive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oneof the best audiobooks I've heard

  • By Gill on 17-05-11

Good plot but...

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Vera is her usual no nonsense self and I liked the intricate plot. However a difficult story to follow with such a large cast of characters. I think I would have given five stars if I read it instead of listened, or wrote down the names of everyone to refer back to.

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Ian Holm
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792

Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers and determines to solve the mystery of her distress and terror. Inspired by an actual criminal case, this gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity has never been out of print since its publication and brought Collins great fame and success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Anthony on 13-01-11

Should have listened sooner

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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: 12-10-18

My mum always went on about how good the woman in white was and I think that put me off it a bit. However as it was on special offer I thought I’d give it a go in remembrance of my mum who died last year. And I’m glad I did. It was enthralling, engaging, exciting, and the characters were so believable even the bad ones had some likeable elements.
The way it was read added another dimension - So well done audible and the reader; a wonderful wonderful book and one wish I’d read it earlier. Mum knew best after all.