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Jarrad

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  • Stoner

  • A Novel
  • By: John Williams, John McGahern - introduction
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Waterstone's book of the year. Colum McCann once called Stoner one of the great forgotten novels of the past century, but it seems it is forgotten no longer - in 2013, translations of Stoner began appearing on best-seller lists across Europe. William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at 19 to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best novel i've never heard of

  • By Jarrad on 17-04-2019

The best novel i've never heard of

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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: 17-04-2019

By the end of this novel i felt as if Stoner was someone i knew very dearly. Very well written and extremely evocative. I am almost tempted to listen to it over again.

  • The Running Man

  • By: Stephen King, Richard Bachman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Every night they tuned in to the nation's favourite prime-time TV game show. They all watched, from the sprawling slums to the security-obsessed enclaves of the rich. They all watched the ultimate live death game as the contestants tried to beat not the clock but annihilation at the hands of the Hunters. Survive 30 days, and win the billion dollar jackpot - that was the promise. But the odds were brutal and the game rigged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the time

  • By Jarrad on 01-04-2019

Well worth the time

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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: 01-04-2019

finished with plenty of room to move. Thanks for the great audiobook. a very easy listen.

  • The Ascent of Money

  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Hugh Ross
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labour. But in The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What's more, he reveals financial history as the essential back-story behind all history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth every minute

  • By Jarrad on 11-02-2019

Worth every minute

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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: 11-02-2019

I moved through this book in a rapid fashion. Well done to Ferguson for using hia talents in making the history of finance so captivating. Masterful narration as well.

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  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 997

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Anonymous User on 17-04-2018

worth the time

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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: 31-01-2019

Great narration of an easy to hear story, interesting to anyone regardless of your background.

  • The Fifth Risk

  • Undoing Democracy
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

The morning after Trump was elected president, the people who ran the US Department of Energy - an agency that deals with some of the most powerful risks facing humanity - waited to welcome the incoming administration's transition team. Nobody appeared. Across the US government, the same thing happened: nothing. People don't notice when stuff goes right. That is the stuff government does. It manages everything that underpins our lives from funding free school meals, to policing rogue nuclear activity, to predicting extreme weather events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lewis has done it again

  • By Anonymous User on 29-10-2018

Boring

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-2018

Struggled through this one. I have listened to every Michael Lewis audiobook and this one is the only one that failed to keep my interest. Perhaps being a non american has something to do with it. As usual Lewis uncovers some little known but important issue and weaves a narrative. However i was not entertained.

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  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He's done it again

  • By Anonymous User on 06-09-2018

Not as good as the previous twp

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-2018

while i enjoyed this one, i found it was more philosophical rather than historical. which is fine, however i found it too easy to tune out. to be fair, sapiens will always be a hard act to follow. this book needs to be read regardless. the performance is fine.

  • The War of the World

  • History's Age of Hatred
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 34 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

The world at the beginning of the 20th century seemed for most of its inhabitants stable and relatively benign. Globalising, booming economies married to technological breakthroughs seemed to promise a better world for most people. Instead the 20th century proved to be overwhelmingly the most violent, frightening and brutalised in history, with fanatical, often genocidal warfare engulfing most societies between the outbreak of the First World War and the end of the Cold War. What went wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daunting, Eye-opening and Dramatic

  • By Anonymous User on 01-02-2018

astute overview

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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: 24-07-2018

a worthwhile investment that will foster a deeper understanding of 20th century conflict. Up there with Ferguson's finest work.

  • Civilization

  • The West and the Rest
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Niall Ferguson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

If in the year 1411 you had been able to circumnavigate the globe, you would have been most impressed by the dazzling civilizations of the Orient. The Forbidden City was under construction in Ming Beijing; in the Near East, the Ottomans were closing in on Constantinople. By contrast, England would have struck you as a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war. The other quarrelsome kingdoms of Western Europe - Aragon, Castile, France, Portugal and Scotland - would have seemed little better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you only listen to one history book, this is it

  • By Ken Craig on 08-12-2016

worthwhile listening

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-2018

thought provoking stuff, easy to digest. i would recommend it to anyone with at least a passing interest in anthropology

  • The Jungle

  • By: Upton Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

The Jungle is the story of Jurgis Rudkus, a Slavic immigrant who marries frail Ona Lukoszaite and seeks security and happiness as a workman in the Chicago stockyards. Once there, he is abused by foremen, his meager savings are filched by real estate sharks, and at every turn he is plagued by the misfortunes arising from poverty, poor working conditions, and disease. Finally, in accordance with Sinclair’s own creed, Rudkus turns to socialism as a way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • couldn't stop listening to this

  • By Jarrad on 31-01-2018

couldn't stop listening to this

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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: 31-01-2018

a compelling tale from beginning to end, coupled with a masterful narrator make this an essential listen.

as relevant now as it was at the time of writing.

  • I Never Knew That About New York

  • By: Christopher Winn
  • Narrated by: Tim Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

In I Never Knew That About New York, Christopher Winn digs beneath the gleaming towers and mean streets of New York and discovers its secrets and its hidden treasures. Learn about the extraordinary people who built New York into one of the world's great cities in just 400 years. New York is one of the most photographed and talked about cities in the world, but Winn unearths much that is unexpected and unremembered in this fast-moving, ever-changing metropolis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By Jarrad on 20-09-2017

Not bad

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-09-2017

an easy listen, transports you there. upon finishing, i feel like i have been on tour through manhattan.

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