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Anthony M

U.K.
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  • Growing Up on Methamphetamines
  • By: Nic Sheff
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age 11. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Baring / Bearing it all

  • By C on 06-08-18

Wonderfully detailed and Intimate

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-04-18

Sensitive traumatic account authentically written and narrated.

Particularly intrigued by his treatment and its wider relevance.

  • The Player of Games

  • Culture Series, Book 2
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306

The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh: Jernau Morat Gurgeh, The Player of Games, master of every board, computer, and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game... a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Civilisation and the Culture

  • By Mark on 08-12-10

Just superb!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-17

One of my favourites revisited on Audible.

Beautifully narrated.

Of all the Culture novels this one perhaps best captures the depth, long strategic subtlety and strength of Bank's vision of an idealized Type 2 civilization.

Simply stunning - wish I was there.

  • The Next 100 Years

  • A Forecast for the 21st Century
  • By: George Friedman
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

In The Next 100 Years, Friedman turns his eye on the future. Drawing on a profound understanding of history and geopolitical patterns dating back to the Roman Empire, he shows that we are now, for the first time in half a millennium, experiencing the dawn of a new historical cycle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • American-centric but interesting

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-05-10

Intriguing and entertaining.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Viable scenario predicted. The precise details of which matter less than than the major themes and geopolitical dynamics including EU structural weaknesses, space based warfare, automation, demographics, new energy sources etc. Interestingly he also expects the current war on terror to be relatively short lived.

  • Chasing the Scream

  • The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating and thought provoking

  • By Stephanie on 09-02-15

So glad I got this.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Fascinating, intimate and ultimately, compelling case for the decriminalisation and potentially legalisation of recreational drug use. Turns out that not only is the drug war failing it causes far more damage to individuals and society than the drugs themselves. It also costs more than rehabilitation.

  • Flashpoints

  • The Emerging Crisis in Europe
  • By: George Friedman
  • Narrated by: Bruce Turk, George Friedman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

George Friedman has forecasted the coming trends (politics, technology, population, and culture) of the next century in The Next 100 Years, and focused his predictions on the coming ten years in The Next Decade. Now, in Flashpoints, Friedman zooms in on the region that has, for 500 years, been the cultural hotbed of the world - Europe - and examines the most basic and fascinating building block of the region: culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Anthony M on 17-05-17

Superb

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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: 17-05-17

We'll worth listening to. And listening to again. Insightful, sweeping analysis. Helpful background to understanding current geopolitical events. Will now be following up with other books by the author.

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  • Surface Detail

  • Culture Series, Book 9
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660

The dazzling new Culture novel from a modern master of science fiction - a tour de force of brilliant storytelling, world-building and imagination.It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. It begins with a murder. And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The finest Culture novel yet!

  • By J Hurwitz on 04-11-10

The Culture at its best

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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: 06-03-17

The Sci-Fi master at his best. Inter galactic civilization intrigue, AI super intelligences, virtual hells. With interesting implications on the containment problem. Superbly narrated. Hard to beat.

  • DMT: The Spirit Molecule

  • A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences
  • By: Rick Strassman
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

From 1990 to 1995, Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. government–approved and funded clinical research at the University of New Mexico in which he injected 60 volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew ayahuasca, is also manufactured by the human brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Open your mind!

  • By LJLC on 02-01-12

Intriguing, informative, transformational..

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-02-17

Compelling account of an astonishingly significant and innovative research project touching on the nature of consciousness and reality. Leaves a profound and lasting impression. So glad I listened to this.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,949

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • First half interesting, second half meh

  • By P. Healey on 30-03-17

Worth listening to.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-02-17

Much better than expected. A cut above the usual self help/improvement guide which I tend to avoid. But glad I tried this.. Shades of Toltec and Buddhist teachings and more. All expressed with refreshing originality. Superbly narrated.

  • Answering Jihad

  • A Better Way Forward
  • By: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Narrated by: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

From New York Times best-selling author and former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi comes this personal, challenging, and respectful answer to the many questions surrounding jihad, the rise of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short concise and highly accessible.

  • By Anthony M on 22-01-17

Short concise and highly accessible.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-17

One of the best short introductions to the foundational role of violent Jihad in Islam that I've found. Concise, comprehensive, nuanced and compassionate. Highly recommended.

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  • Magicians of the Gods

  • The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth's Lost Civilisation – the sequel to Fingerprints of the Gods
  • By: Graham Hancock
  • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691

Graham Hancock's multimillion best seller Fingerprints of the Gods remains an astonishing, deeply controversial, wide-ranging investigation of the mysteries of our past and the evidence for Earth's lost civilization. Twenty years on, Hancock returns with the sequel to his seminal work filled with completely new scientific and archaeological evidence which has only recently come to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By A on 14-12-15

Well worth listening to.

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Reviewed: 21-01-17

Beautifully written and read with a potentially life saving message for us all from a dedicated and knowledgeable researcher of renown. Worth paying attention to!