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Ian B Magic

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Fantastic classic essential listening.

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Reviewed: 21-12-18

The tale of Animal Farm is retold well in this audio book, a great classic that everyone should have read or listened to at least once in their time.

Mostly adverts.

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Reviewed: 26-03-18

The first 10 minutes is a pure advert for their programme and other products. Once we get into the learning part it goes really well but we learn so little..... Can't help feel that it's just an advert for their greater courses. :-/
The learning seems easy to follow and I imagine the courses would be easy to use as well.

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Not practical, spiritual and wishy-washy.

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Reviewed: 19-10-17

Couldn't finish it. Dreadful.
I was looking for a book to get my creative juices flowing and instead found this one: a book where ideas are real things flowing around the universe and it is down to our consciousness to touch them.
"Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness and they most certainly have will. Ideas are driven by a single impulse : to be made manifest. The only way ideas can be made manifest in this world is through collaboration with a human partner... "
If you like talking to your fear as if it's a child you're taking on a journey while floating your subconscious in the cosmos trying to touch ideas then this is for you. It's not for me.

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Fascinating read.

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Reviewed: 19-09-17

An honest behind the scenes look of the pressures facing young men. Why do we men feel pressured to act the way we do? Why should we suppress all emotion? And what happens if we try to do this?
Very interesting serious look behind the life of a very funny man.

Disappointing compared to the other Long Earth.

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 18-11-16

So far in the Long Earth series we have grown to love the main characters and have been impressed by the developing sci-fi plot ideas. In this book we skip a lot of plot development with the main characters, jumping forward through swathes of time and glossing over their story. why? So that we can meet a new enemy, a VERY clichéd one at that, and deal with this enemy in a most unimaginative way.
Forget about the trolls, beagles, etc they don't feature here, rather than develop these areas a new creature is introduced and the old ones ignored. 😔
As well as a new enemy we meet a range of new characters and our loved characters grow rapidly older as we jump through years at a time by the turn of a page.
The story has elements of brilliance and some very good threads that the authors could have pulled on ( stepping North and South rather than East or West,) but these new plot ideas never really get explored.

In short, disappointing compared to the other long earth books.

very enjoyable if a little jumpy

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Reviewed: 29-06-16

lovely to hear Drew's life story, heartwarming and heartbreaking in places. a wonderful tale of triumph over difficulties and a journey of a girl from youth to motherhood and beyond.
slightly frustrating that the time line jumps around so much but otherwise a fantastic listen .
would certainly recommend 😀

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Bite Sized Plot Twisters

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Reviewed: 14-03-16

This short anthology was very enjoyable to did in and out of while listening to my longer downloads. I fould that the stories were good for commutes as they are short and interesting to listen to.
The pace of each piece is fast meaning you get to the interesting parts quickly. Humour is of an adult nature in parts, and very modern in some stories.

Plot Twists
These regular twists make the book interesting. Sometimes the plot twists are very obvious and can be seen coming a long wasy off, sometimes it is fascinating to see how the author arrives at the twist, and sometimes they catch you out from a complete blindside.

A very interesting listen

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Reviewed: 14-03-16

Well worth listening to, there are definitly some quality bits of advice, and, interestingly, contrasting pieces of advice.
The author gives case studies that contradict each other in approachs which forms a very useful tool meaning you have several approaches that may work for you.
Give it a listen.

I hope the next one is better than this...

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Reviewed: 14-03-16

As a huge Pratchett fan (have been for years and years) I feel loathed to admit that I really struggled to finish this audio book.
It is hard to hear TP's writers voice in the story as the story plods through the plot. There is no real feel of drama as everything works out just fine in a very-young-teen-fiction kind of way. Yet at the same time great length is taken to discuss the theory of long earth science dragging out the small details when all I really wanted was some good story developments.

You get the feeling that nothing much happens in the story. The long war is not a war at all and more like a very drawn out political debate with a couple of exciting scenes but even then there is no real drama in them. There is a sense that nobody at all is in any real danger, nobody gets hurt: whatever happens gets shrugged off and it's all smiles. The book gives you the feeling that everyone is always going to end up happy which makes it an undramatic read.

The characters from the first book are still there but don't do much of merit while the new characters and types of sentient beings are interesting but ultimately don't add much (if anything) to the overall plot.

On reflection the first thing that this book does wrong is the title; do not expect a war, do not expect a battle, don't even expect the characters to break a sweat!

I found myself asking "What is the purpose of this book?" I can only hope that it is a build up to book 3 and that it is putting the characters and pieces in place for the next book. Even if this is the case it is a very long set up and I can't help feel it could have been written better in less pages.

I still love the concept of the long earth and I am still excited to see where the story goes next.

Was it read well? Yes
Will I listen to the next in the series? Yes
Would I ever go back to this book? No.

brief but with some good advice.

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Reviewed: 11-02-16

this short title is certqinly worth a listen. some solid advice. I believe this is one in a series of similar titles, I will certainly be looking out for the others.