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  • Out of the Wreckage

  • A New Politics for an Age of Crisis
  • By: George Monbiot
  • Narrated by: George Monbiot
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

A toxic ideology rules the world of extreme competition and individualism. It misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. Only a positive vision can replace it, a new story that re-engages people in politics and lights a path to a better world. George Monbiot shows how new findings in psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology cast human nature in a radically different light: as the supreme altruists and co-operators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very powerful, very practical

  • By Huge Ackman on 10-07-2018

Very powerful, very practical

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-2018

This book is the antidote to that feeling of hopelessness that one gets looking at our current political situation. I found myself completely inspired; to the point of having to Interrupt myself listening, ‘put the book down’ and do something. This is a must read for anyone wanting to make a real difference, share this with your local representatives and candidates, buy them a copy even. This is how we get power back to the people!

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  • When Sorry Isn't Enough

  • Making Things Right with Those You Love
  • By: Gary Chapman, Jennifer Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kelly Ryan Dolan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Even in the best of relationships, all of us make mistakes. We do and say things we later regret and hurt the people we love most. So we need to make things right. But simply saying you’re sorry is usually not enough. In this audio book, #1 New York Times best-selling author Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas unveil new ways to effectively approach and mend fractured relationships. Even better, you’ll discover how meaningful apologies provide the power to make your friendships, family, and marriage stronger than ever before.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Some good tips, but ruined by religious church-speak

  • By Huge Ackman on 20-05-2017

Some good tips, but ruined by religious church-speak

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-2017

A good book, like a good relationship, is a two-way thing. While there were some very good tips, at the core there is probably only a double sided pamphlet worth of key material. The author tends to meander and waffle, especially with regard to Jesus. There is an inordinate amount of proselytising in here. I trudged through it at the start but by the end I could not finish the last 40 minutes. This may have been exacerbated by the narrators two gear delivery.

Bringing God into interpersonal forgiveness really is absolving oneself of responsibility. This goes against the whole reason someone would seek out this book.

Overall it feels like a Sunday school lecture, one way, tone deaf, a bit creepy, but maybe there are a few life tips you might remember.

  • Digging Up Mother

  • A Love Story
  • By: Johnny Depp - foreword, Doug Stanhope
  • Narrated by: Doug Stanhope and Friends
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 127

Doug Stanhope is one of the most critically acclaimed and stridently unrepentant comedians of his generation. What will surprise some is that he owes so much of his dark and sometimes uncomfortably honest sense of humor to his mother, Bonnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching, crude and hilarious

  • By abe mckinnon on 13-10-2016

Honest and funny, real, sad and brilliant.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-2016

I really can't recommend this enough. It's a journey. Doug tells the story of his life, framed by his mother's life and death, goes off script and gets drunk with friends who fact check his dodgy recollections. What's great about it is that his stories are true, he doesn't hold anything back and being the great storyteller he is, by trade, all the way through this book feels like the full spectrum of an epic life all packaged up and caught somehow. Oh and it's p!ss funny.

  • Driven to Distraction

  • Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood
  • By: M.D. Edward M. Hallowell M.D., John J. Ratey
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Through vivid stories of the experiences of their patients (both adults and children), Drs. Hallowell and Ratey show the varied forms ADD takes - from the hyperactive search for high stimulation to the floating inattention of daydreaming - and the transforming impact of precise diagnosis and treatment.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Content is 20 years old - not a 2013 release.

  • By Huge Ackman on 30-07-2015

Content is 20 years old - not a 2013 release.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-07-2015

Audible advertises this as being released in 2013 - the content is from the original 1995 pressing, which you can buy for 1c + postage on Amazon. It references the DSM-3R diagnostic manual, today we are up to the DSM-5.

Listening to this is a waste of your time, potentially dangerous. It is 20 years out of date. Science moves a lot in 20 years.

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