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D. Burgess

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  • 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

Positive and inspiring

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-18

A welcome relief to the chaos and polarisation of the current political climate. There is hope and we can make a difference.

  • Facts and Fears

  • Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence
  • By: Trey Brown, James R. Clapper
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 50

When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, longer than his three predecessors combined. He led the US Intelligence Community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation on the 2016 US election.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative

  • By Mike Thomas on 11-07-18

Critical Perspective

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-18

Whilst I do not agree with some activities undertaken by the US Intelligence Community it would be foolish not to recognise the importance of the community's perspective on Russian influence in our democracies and what better person to speak out than the ex DNI. Thank you JC for making your views available.

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  • Radical

  • My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening
  • By: Maajid Nawaz
  • Narrated by: Maajid Nawaz
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

Born and raised in Essex, Maajid Nawaz was recruited into politicised Islam as a teenager. Abandoning his love of hip-hop music, graffiti and girls, he was recruited into Hizb ut-Tahrir (the Liberation Party), where he played a leading and international role in the shaping and dissemination of an aggressive anti-West narrative. While studying for his Arabic and law degree, he travelled around the UK and to Denmark and Pakistan, setting up new cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Insight

  • By Rak on 07-01-17

The balanced path

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Reviewed: 07-10-18

A fascinating story with a critical message of how to move forward balancing positions from right and left, Muslim and Non-muslim.

  • The Hidden Life of Trees

  • What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World
  • By: Peter Wohlleben
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

How do trees live? Do they feel pain or have awareness of their surroundings? Research is now suggesting trees are capable of much more than we have ever known. In The Hidden Life of Trees, forester Peter Wohlleben puts groundbreaking scientific discoveries into a language everyone can relate to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-16

Elucidating

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Reviewed: 25-09-18

A bright light shone on a ubiquitous yet critical part of our world habitually neglected. Trees will never look the same again.

  • The Road to Unfreedom

  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 120

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Road to Unfreedom, written and read by Timothy Snyder. The past is another country, the old saying goes. The same might be said of the future. But which country? For Europeans and Americans today, the answer is Russia.Today's Russia is an oligarchy propped up by illusions and repression. But it also represents the fulfilment of tendencies already present in the West. And if Moscow's drive to dissolve Western states and values succeeds, this could become our reality, too. In this visionary work of contemporary history, Timothy Snyder shows how Russia works within the West to destroy the West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the few times I wish there was a sixth star

  • By Alan R on 09-05-18

Putin's Game

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-18

It's clear from the events in recent years that Russia is up to something yet the strategy linking it all together is not so easy to see. Timothy Snyder disentagles the web and gets to the heart of what's going on. Essential reading for anyone who values democracy and cares where we are headed.

  • How to be a Productivity Ninja

  • Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do
  • By: Graham Allcott
  • Narrated by: Anthony Shuster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 556

In the age of information overload, traditional time management techniques simply don't cut it when it comes to overflowing inboxes, ever-expanding to-do lists and endless pointless meetings. Thankfully there is a better way: the way of the productivity ninja. Using techniques including ruthlessness, mindfulness, Zenlike calm and stealth and camouflage, you will get your inbox down to zero, make the most of your attention, beat procrastination and learn to work smarter, not harder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and immensely practical

  • By C. GRAHAM on 28-06-17

Say goodbye to chaos !

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Apparently to some this book reinforces much they already know. If that's the case shows how far off track I was! Full of useful practical tips quickly implemented to rein in the chaos and get the focus we need to make a difference (or reduce stress), whether we want to accept the need or not !

  • Treasure Islands

  • Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World
  • By: Nicholas Shaxson
  • Narrated by: Tim Bentinck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Most people regard tax havens as being relevant only to celebrities, crooks and spivs, and mistakenly believe that the main offshore problems are money laundering and terrorist financing. These are only small parts of the whole picture. The offshore system has been (discreetly) responsible for the greatest ever shift of wealth from poor to rich. It also undermines our democracies by offering the wealthiest members of society escape routes from normal democratic controls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To pay, or not to pay tax ...?

  • By M on 25-05-14

Fascinating and terrible

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Reviewed: 08-02-18

For all those struggling to join the dots to see the monster as a whole our financial services has become

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