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    • The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
    • By: Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
    • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178

    Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of 'when' decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Timing, it's often assumed, is an art; in When, Pink shows that timing is, in fact, a science. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work and succeed.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Should've been a blog post

    • By readysetrun on 19-07-18
    • The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
    • By: Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
    • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 09-01-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 202 ratings

    Regular price: £17.99

    • Notes on a Nervous Planet

    • By: Matt Haig
    • Narrated by: Matt Haig
    • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90

    The world is messing with our minds. Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index. How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? How do we stay human in a technological world? How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Reasons looked inward, Notes looks back out again.

    • By K. J. Noyes on 09-07-18

    Regular price: £10.89

    • Life of Pi

    • By: Yann Martel
    • Narrated by: Sanjeev Bhaskar
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    One boy, one boat, one tiger.... British comedian, actor and broadcaster Sanjeev Bhaskar, OBE performs this brilliant edition of a work of fiction that is loved by fans around the world. After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a 16 year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan - and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for an extraordinary adventure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By Georgina Gyetvai on 20-03-18

    Regular price: £13.39

    • How to Stop Time

    • By: Matt Haig
    • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
    • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,585
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,466

    Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them firsthand.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb as I expected from Matt Haig

    • By Kaggy on 17-07-17

    Regular price: £12.49

    • The Road to Wigan Pier

    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 494
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 417
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 413

    A graphic and biting polemic that still holds a fierce political relevance and impact despite being written over half a century ago. First published in 1937 it charts George Orwell's observations of working-class life during the 1930s in the industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire. His depictions of social injustice and rising unemployment, the dangerous working conditions in the mines amid general squalor and hunger also bring together many of the ideas explored in his later works and novels.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Road to Wigan Pier

    • By M on 15-10-12

    Regular price: £7.59

    • Room to Dream

    • A Life
    • By: David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
    • Narrated by: David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 39

    In this memoir, David Lynch - cocreator of Twin Peaks and writer and director of groundbreaking films like Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive - opens up about a lifetime of extraordinary creativity, the friendships he has made along the way and the struggles he has faced - sometimes successful, sometimes not - to bring his projects to fruition.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Essential Listening

    • By Kevin on 21-06-18

    Regular price: £24.99

    • The Incomplete Tim Key

    • About 300 of His Poetical Gems and What-Nots
    • By: Tim Key
    • Narrated by: Tim Key
    • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110

    A wildly original poetry collection written and read by one of the UK’s most exciting young comics. A poet who favours dark suits, lager and long hot baths, he works on BBC Four in Charlie Brooker's Newswipe and on Radio 4, doing his late night poetry show. In 2009 he won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for his poetical recital The Slutcracker and has filmed some of his verse in black and white to overwhelming critical approval.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Audiobook version is a must

    • By Jake on 24-01-15
    • About 300 of His Poetical Gems and What-Nots
    • By: Tim Key
    • Narrated by: Tim Key
    • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
    • Release date: 05-08-11
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 132 ratings

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Stay with Me

    • By: Ayobami Adebayo
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 241
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240

    Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. When her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair. Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of '80s Nigeria, Stay with Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings. Ayobami Adebayo weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful realism

    • By Linn on 13-03-17

    Regular price: £12.49

    • The Complete Short Stories

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Emilia Fox, Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    The Complete Short Stories is a collection to be loved and cherished, from one of the finest short-story writers of the twentieth century. From the cruel irony of A member of the Family to the fateful echoes of The Go-Away Bird and the unexpectedly sinister The Girl I Left Behind Me, in settings that range from South Africa to the Portobello Road, Muriel Spark coolly probes the idiosyncrasies that lurk beneath the veneer of human respectability, displaying the acerbic wit and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her unique talent.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Exceptional reading of substantial short stories

    • By T on 07-05-15

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Incognito

    • The Secret Lives of the Brain
    • By: David Eagleman
    • Narrated by: David Eagleman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 293
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222

    Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you're consciously aware of danger? Why do you notice when your name is mentioned in a conversation that you didn't think you were listening to? Why are people whose name begins with J more likely to marry other people whose name begins with J? Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? Renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate these surprising mysteries.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not for experts

    • By Trisha on 05-12-13

    Regular price: £17.99

    • Burmese Days

    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
    • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 349
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 323
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 320

    An unabridged recording of Orwell's brilliant first novel read by Allan Corduner. The story is largely based on Orwell's own experiences as a police officer in Burma. Set in the dying days of the Raj, it depicts the harshness and darker side of colonial rule. And at its centre is John Flory, a lone individual hopelessly trapped in a vast political system; themes which set the agenda for much of his writing. Burmese Days was Orwell's first novel, and was issued in 1934 in America, then a year later in the UK where there had been fears and controversy initially that the material could be libellous.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful listen

    • By Chelin on 05-12-12

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
    • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 310
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 255

    "You girls are my vocation... I am dedicated to you in my prime." So says Miss Jean Brodie, a teacher unlike any other. She is proud and cultured. A romantic, with progressive, sometimes shocking ideas and aspirations for the girls in her charge. When she decides to transform a select group of pupils into the 'crème de la crème' at the Marcia Blaine School they become the Brodie set. In exchange for their undivided loyalty the girls earn a special place of honour and privilege within the school. Yet they are also introduced to a startling new world of adult games....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sharp wit that doesn't date

    • By Adrienne on 23-12-12

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Solar Bones

    • By: Mike McCormack
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    Marcus Conway has come a long way to stand in the kitchen of his home and remember the rhythms and routines of his life. Considering with his engineer's mind how things are constructed - bridges, banking systems, marriages - and how they may come apart. Mike McCormack captures with tenderness and feeling, in continuous, flowing prose, a whole life suspended in a single hour.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not Bad

    • By Gavin Jones on 27-09-17

    Regular price: £16.99

    • A Boy Called Christmas

    • By: Matt Haig
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 663
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 609
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 606

    You are about to listen to the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you. Because this audiobook is full of impossible things. Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A lovely Christmas story

    • By DF on 16-12-16

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Girls of Slender Means

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    The Girls of Slender Means is the third Muriel Spark audio release of 2012, following The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Complete Short Stories. It is 1945; a time of cultural and political change, and also one of slender means. Spark's evocative and sharply drawn novel focuses on a group of women living together in a hostel in Kensington who face new challenges in uncertain times. The novel is at once dramatic and character-based, and shows Muriel Spark at the height of her literary powers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Slender but spirited

    • By marie on 24-12-12

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

    • How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter
    • By: Margareta Magnusson, Jane Magnusson
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Döstädning, or the art of death cleaning, is a Swedish phenomenon by which the elderly and their families set their affairs in order. Whether it's sorting the family heirlooms from the junk, downsizing to a smaller place, or setting up a system to help you stop misplacing your keys, death cleaning gives us the chance to make the later years of our lives as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Whatever your age, Swedish death cleaning can be used to help you de-clutter your life, and take stock of what's important.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A tad boring

    • By Amazon Customer on 16-05-18

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Hope in the Dark

    • The Untold History of People Power
    • By: Rebecca Solnit
    • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
    • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    At a time when political, environmental and social gloom can seem overpowering, this remarkable book offers a lucid, affirmative and well-argued case for hope. This exquisite work traces a history of activism and social change over the past five decades - from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the worldwide marches against the war in Iraq. Hope in the Dark is a paean to optimism in the uncertainty of the 21st century.

    Regular price: £12.49

    • The Way of All Flesh

    • By: Ambrose Parry
    • Narrated by: Bryan Dick, Louise Brealey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Young women are being discovered dead across the Old Town, all having suffered similarly gruesome ends. In the New Town, medical student Will Raven is about to start his apprenticeship with the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson. Simpson's patients range from the richest to the poorest of this divided city. His house is like no other, full of visiting luminaries and daring experiments in the new medical frontier of anaesthesia.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Sal

    • By: Mick Kitson
    • Narrated by: Sharon Rooney
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    This is a story of something like survival. Sal planned it for almost a year before they ran. She nicked an Ordnance Survey map from the school library. She bought a compass, a Bear Grylls knife, waterproofs and a first aid kit from Amazon using credit cards she'd robbed. She read the SAS Survival Handbook and watched loads of YouTube videos. And now Sal knows a lot of stuff. Like how to build a shelter and start a fire. How to estimate distances, snare rabbits and shoot an airgun.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • beautifully written & read

    • By Joanne on 27-06-18

    Regular price: £12.49

    • The Girl Who Saved Christmas

    • By: Matt Haig
    • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 241
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205

    If magic has a beginning, can it also have an end? When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask - Father Christmas. But the magic she wants to believe in is starting to fade, and Father Christmas has more than impossible wishes to worry about. Upset elves, reindeers dropping out of the sky, angry trolls and the chance that Christmas might be cancelled.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Perfect Christmas Listen.

    • By Farniboy on 08-02-17

    Regular price: £12.99

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