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Mr Simon W D Borland

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  • Existentialism and Excess

  • The Life and Times of Jean-Paul Sartre
  • By: Gary Cox
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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Jean-Paul Sartre is one of the undisputed giants of 20th-century philosophy. His intellectual writings popularizing existentialism, combined with his creative and artistic flair, have made him a legend of French thought. His tumultuous personal life - so inextricably bound up with his philosophical thinking - is a fascinating tale of love and lust, drug abuse, high-profile fallings-out and political and cultural rebellion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent audiobook

  • By Justice Peace on 12-10-16

detailed and fascinating, it is very well done

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Reviewed: 22-06-18

I enjoyed this excellent biography very much and will listen again. well written and narrated.

  • At the Existentialist Café

  • Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails
  • By: Sarah Bakewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
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Paris, near the turn of 1933. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking. Pointing to his drink, he says, 'You can make philosophy out of this cocktail!'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Existentialism and Phenomenology

  • By Liz... Bristol on 01-01-17

excellent review of many philohosophers lives

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Reviewed: 21-06-18

excellent review of many philohosophers lives. a well written story interweaving their ideas and interactions. I will listen again!

  • Crime and Punishment

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
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A century after it first appeared, Crime and Punishment remains one of the most gripping psychological thrillers. A poverty-stricken young man, seeing his family making sacrifices for him, is faced with an opportunity to solve his financial problems with one simple but horrifying act: the murder of a pawnbroker. She is, he feels, just a parasite on society. But does the end justify the means? Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov makes his decision and then has to live with it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Last two words are missing which is a nuisance..

  • By trufflesmummy on 19-07-16

epic, monumental, well done.

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Reviewed: 03-06-18

loved it, fantastic narration. so pleased with this purchase,bits worth listening to. I recommend this highly

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Age of Napoleon

  • A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815: The Story of Civilization, Book 11
  • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 43 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    5 out of 5 stars 14

The Age of Napoleon, the 11th and final volume of the Story of Civilization, surveys the amazing chain of events that wrenched Europe out of the Enlightenment and into the age of democracy. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter the French Revolution from the storming of the Bastille to the guillotining of the king; and the revolution's leaders - Danton, Desmoulins, Robespierre, and Saint-Just - all cut down by the reign of terror they inaugurated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an incredible history, one of the best

  • By Mr Simon W D Borland on 15-09-17

an incredible history, one of the best

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Reviewed: 15-09-17

I am extremely impressed with the efforts of the authors, to bring together an incredible history of the parallel lives during the Age of Napoleon. full of fabulous mini bio's of hundreds of important people that shared the world stage with Napoleon. Mozart, Beethoven, Coleridge, Byron, Wellington, Nelson, Czars, Kings, Politicians, Revolutionaries. what a stunning and immense work this is. I have read many many books on Napoleon, his battles, his Generals, his political career - but never did I realise how many important parallel lives were swept up into his saga. This book is simply wonderful, and I give it my highest recommendation. SB

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

  • By: Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translator)
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
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    4 out of 5 stars 294
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What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from 20 countries, ranging as far back as the 18th century, to uncover key economic and social patterns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The most talked about non-fiction book this year

  • By David on 08-08-14

excellent data driven analysis and insight

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Reviewed: 12-07-17

I was really impressed with the analysis and insight of this work. Excellent explanations for the less economically aware like myself, it was easy to understand and very balanced. highly recommended

  • Seasons in the Sun

  • The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979
  • By: Dominic Sandbrook
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 41 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
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    5 out of 5 stars 143
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

In the early 1970s, Britain seemed to be tottering on the brink of the abyss. Under Edward Heath, the optimism of the '60s had become a distant memory. Now the headlines were dominated by strikes and blackouts, unemployment and inflation. As the world looked on in horrified fascination, Britain seemed to be tearing itself apart. And yet, amid the gloom, glittered a creativity and cultural dynamism that would influence our lives long after the nightmarish '70s had been forgotten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seventies in detail

  • By Francis on 12-01-13

Brilliantly research and written work of history

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Reviewed: 28-04-17

I just could not stop listening to this wonderfully narrated work. Beautifully written insightful work of modern political history. simply fantastic.

  • The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

  • Churchill's Mavericks: Plotting Hitler's Defeat
  • By: Giles Milton
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
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    5 out of 5 stars 551
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Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War, a country house called The Firs in Buckinghamshire was requisitioned by the War Office. Sentries were posted at the entrance gates, and barbed wire was strung around the perimeter fence. To local villagers it looked like a prison camp. But the truth was far more sinister. This rambling Edwardian mansion had become home to an eccentric band of scientists, inventors and bluestockings. Their task was to build devastating new weaponry that could be used against the Nazis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humbling and enthralling

  • By T. Wyles on 26-10-16

one of my favorites, simply fantastic

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Reviewed: 11-04-17

This is an incredible work of history and one of the most compelling audio books i have ever listened to. Fantastically well researched, delightfully written, and superbly narrated. Absolutely you must listen

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Battle for the Falklands

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 521

The Falklands War was one of the strangest in British history - 28,000 men sent to fight for a tiny relic of empire 8,000 miles from home. At the time, many Britons saw it as a tragic absurdity, but the British victory confirmed the quality of British arms and boosted the political fortunes of the Conservative government.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive But Not What I Hoped For

  • By S. Morris on 26-07-16

wow wonderful, what a fantastic piece of history

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Reviewed: 29-03-17

i loved every minute of this brilliantly researched and written (and narrated) piece of modern history. so impressed by the quality of the research and fair minded analysis. i will listen again in full, right away.

  • The March of the Ten Thousand

  • By: Xenophon
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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    4 out of 5 stars 18
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    5 out of 5 stars 18

Translated by W. E. D. Rouse, The March of the Ten Thousand is one of the most admired and widely read pieces of ancient literature to come down to us. Xenophon employs a very simple, straightforward style to describe what is probably the most exciting military adventure ever undertaken. It is an epic of courage, faith and democratic principle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boys Own Adventure

  • By R on 12-08-11

A worthwhile classic, and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Reviewed: 27-03-17

i liked it very much. Finally i have heard the full story if Xenophon and his brave, careless, curious, wild, greedy, mean but forgiving 10,000 men and their epic journey if survival.

  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs, Michael Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 838
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 837

The long-awaited follow-up to the global best-seller Liar's Poker, The Big Short tells a story of spectacular, epic folly. It has taken the world's greatest financial meltdown to bring Michael Lewis back to the subject that made him famous. His international best seller Liar's Poker exposed the greed and carnage of the City and Wall Street in the 1980s; he wrote it as a cautionary tale, but people seem to have read it as a how-to guide. Now, he wants to settle accounts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sub-Primes for Dummies

  • By Olivier on 23-01-13

A well woven story with fascinating characters​

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Reviewed: 24-03-17

i really enjoyed this book. beautifully written and superbly read, i was transfixed. Enough technical detail of the financial complexity to educate, but not to overwhelm. Loved it.