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  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book highly recommended !!!!

  • By Igor on 11-05-2017

Thought provoking

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Reviewed: 16-01-2018

I really enjoyed this book. It is fascinating and thought provoking. I first came to it after hearing of the '10000 hour rule', which is a very reductivist interpretation of the issues discussed by the author. I would highly recommend giving this a listen.

  • Bones of the Hills

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

The fatherless boy, exiled from his tribe (whom listeners have been following in Wolf of the Plains and Lords of the Bow, has grown into the great king, Genghis Khan. He has united the warring tribes and even taken his armies against the great cities of their oldest enemies. Now he finds trouble rising west of the Mongolian plains. His emissaries are mutilated or killed; his trading gestures rebuffed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great third installment

  • By Barnacles on 22-10-2017

Great third installment

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Reviewed: 22-10-2017

I have listened to all three installments (so far) on Audible. This book is exciting and interesting, and the development of dynamics within the family and tribe are really engaging. The narrator does a great job (best yet?). Recommended

  • The BFG

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: David Walliams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 182
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    5 out of 5 stars 167
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    5 out of 5 stars 169

Penguin presents Roald Dahl's The BFG, read by actor, writer, and Britain's Got Talent judge David Walliams. This audiobook features original music and sound design by Pinewood film studios. The BFG is a nice and jumbly giant. In fact, he is the only big friendly giant in Giant Country. All the other giants are big bonecrunching brutes, and now the BFG and his friend Sophie must stop them guzzling up little human beans - with some help from Her Majester, the Queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David Walliams was perfect

  • By Conie on 16-04-2015

fantastic

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Reviewed: 21-09-2015

Obviously a classic story. This presentation is fantastic. great performance, neat sound effects. my son adores this. road trips are much easier now!

  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wild and wonder filled journey

  • By Anonymous User on 14-02-2019

perhaps I'm missing something

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Reviewed: 02-09-2015

I gave this a couple of hours but it drove me nuts. I couldn't relate to any characters, and the narrative seemed bizarre. this was my first murakami, and this may well be a stylistic thing that just isn't for me. this was the first audiobook I couldn't finish, though and wish I'd spend those hours listening to something else. the performance was fine.

  • Iron War

  • Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run
  • By: Matt Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Seth Michael Donsky
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

The 1989 Ironman World Championship was the greatest race ever in endurance sports. In a spectacular duel that became known as the Iron War, the world's two strongest athletes raced side by side at world-record pace for a grueling 139 miles. Driven by one of the fiercest rivalries in triathlon, Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced shoulder to shoulder through Ironman’s 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race, and 26.2-mile marathon. After 8 punishing hours, both men would demolish the previous record - and cross the finish line a mere 58 seconds apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Fitzgerald classic.

  • By MJ Conway on 08-10-2018

great story, average rating

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Reviewed: 18-04-2015

Amazing and inspirational story. as a newcomer to triathlon the tale of this epic battle was new to me and this account is great. The forays into physiology and sports psychology were very interesting and complemented the story. The narrator has an odd manner which at times sounds a bit nuts, but the story more than makes up for this quibble. Highly recommended.

  • A Dance with Dragons

  • Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 701

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Dance with Dragons. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Dance with Dragons is the fifth volume in the series. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book voices inconsistent

  • By Luke on 24-07-2016

great story, very well read.

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Reviewed: 23-02-2015

great story, now tackling events beyond westeros.
excellent reading. highly recommended.
I can't wait to download the next installment.

  • A Feast for Crows

  • Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Feast for Crows. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Feast for Crows is the fourth volume in the series. The Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne. The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What happened 2 the PRONUNCIATION???

  • By Kitty on 30-12-2014

a great audio book.

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Reviewed: 26-12-2014

this was my first audio book. I have read several game of thrones books and I am familiar with the narrative and characters.

at first I was not a fan of Roy Dotrice, but looking back I think he does a great job. at times I had imagined characters voices differently when I read prior books in the series (Brienne as an example). However, a narrator must interpret the material as well as read, and this is the nature is the medium. The narrator manages many different characters well and remains engaging throughout.

overall, this a great novel, and a very good reading. highly recommended.

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