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  • All the Pretty Horses

  • The Border Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

John Grady Cole is the last bewildered survivor of long generations of Texas ranchers. Finding himself cut off from the only life he has ever wanted, he sets out for Mexico with his friend, Lacey Rawlins. Befriending a third boy on the way, they find a country beyond their imagining: barren and beautiful, rugged yet cruelly civilised.... A place where dreams are paid for in blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite.

  • By Robert Stockton on 01-12-2018

Exquisite.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-2018

I devoured this book, loving every aspect of it. From the sumptous and generous writing to the excellent narration.

So much of the books themes, locals and history was totally alien to me, so it was an incredible and oft heart-rendering experience that I will treasure.

The moods and relationships and landscapes are masterfully echoed in the authors language and will be a solemn delight to any lover of good fiction, I reckon.

It should be noted that due attention is given to the equine world, and the relationships between human and horse are as deeply considered as any other relationship explored in the book. So, if you lilove horses and reading, this is a must!

  • The Apology of Socrates

  • By: Plato
  • Narrated by: Michael Scott
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

"The Apology of Socrates" is one of the earliest existing documents of Greek philosophy - everything earlier was lost and is known only through quoted fragments in later works, like those of Plato himself. Rightly so, the Apology is still, all by itself, an excellent introduction to Western philosophy and traditionally the first complete text read in the formal study of Classical Greek. Although the meaning has changed through time, the Greek word apología simply and precisely meant a defense, or a defense speech.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to add or subtract from That!

  • By Robert Stockton on 26-11-2018

Hard to add or subtract from That!

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-2018

Well, I finally looked far enough 'back' or 'in' to get some Plato and Socrates into me. This was a joy and an enlightenment. A tasty hour that I will revisit many times.

  • Notes from the Underground

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Dostoevsky's most revolutionary novel, "Notes from Underground" marks the dividing line between nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, and between the visions of self each century embodied. One of the most remarkable characters in literature, the unnamed narrator is a former official who has defiantly withdrawn into an underground existence. In full retreat from society, he scrawls a passionate, obsessive, self-contradictory narrative that serves as a devastating attack on social utopianism and an assertion of man's essentially irrational nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutally exquisite!

  • By Robert Stockton on 25-11-2018

Brutally exquisite!

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

Reviewed: 25-11-2018

Now, that was something! I'm still breathless and heart-pounding with astonishment. It was certainly time for me to look into such a clear representation of the darkness, despare and ruthlessness of Our Human.

This is not a pleasant read but it is certainly 'worth it'.

  • Memories, Dreams, Reflections

  • By: C. G. Jung
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

In 1957, four years before his death, Carl Gustav Jung, psychiatrist and psychologist, began writing his life story. But what started as an exercise in autobiography soon morphed into an altogether more profound undertaking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We learn so much about ourselves through the stories of others

  • By Dhruva on 26-02-2018

Absolutely Wonderful!!!

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

Reviewed: 19-11-2018

This was my first and overdue delving into the work of Carl Jung. I am so happy to have chosen this one because it has given me a beautifully thorough introduction and overview of his life, personality and writings in the context of his entire life.

It was a marvelous challenge to consider and comprehend each careful word from such a master, who obviously 'perceived' so much more than words could ever describe.

I loved that such an empirical mind explored and explicated such mysterious content as the unconscious, God and dreams, with such dignity and courage that would be difficult in this day and age, let alone over 100 years ago.

It is truly Wonderful, in the Greatest sense of The Word.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,978

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe.You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Gretta on 18-03-2015

Truly wonderful!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-2018

wow! My friend has tried to get me to read a fantasy book for ages as ever since the Lord of the Rings I declared a hatred for the genre. I finally took it at buyers with this book and was blown away!

  • Reading Poker Tells

  • By: Zachary Elwood
  • Narrated by: Zachary Elwood
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Reading Poker Tells is being called the best book about poker tells by many players, both amateur and professional. Besides cataloging the most common poker-related behavioral patterns, the book gives a mental framework for analyzing and remembering poker tells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh look into poker tells.

  • By Robert Stockton on 08-08-2018

Fresh look into poker tells.

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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-2018

I barely want to recommend this book because it's information is so good. I certainly won't be recommending it to anyone I play poker with!

  • Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, Volume 2

  • Stages of the Tournament
  • By: Jonathan Little
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Little
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, Volume 1 dealt with the fundamentals of play. Volume 2 builds on this base and examines the highly complex issue of how to handle the different stages of a tournament. At times the best strategy is to play loose, create problems for your opponent and thus keep accumulating chips. At other times an ultra-tight strategy will be the most profitable. Understanding when to "change gears" is a highly developed skill that requires a great deal of study and experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Robert Stockton on 28-07-2018

Excellent!

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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: 28-07-2018

Flopped me into becoming a winning player pretty quickly! It's only out of love that I recommend this book, as the strategies are so strong I barely want to share.

  • Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, Volume 1

  • Fundamentals and How to Handle Varying Stack Sizes
  • By: Jonathan Little
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Little
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Tournament poker is a tough game to play, but the rewards for success can be huge. Even regular online tournaments offer substantial prizes running to hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you want to win big at the tables, then you must buy this book. In Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker: Book 1 you will learn the fundamentals of play and how to handle varying stack sizes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent!

  • By Robert Stockton on 07-07-2018

excellent!

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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: 07-07-2018

I'm going to have to re-read this book many times. And take notes. I've read many poker books and this is equal with the best, IMHO.

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  • The Iliad

  • By: Homer, Ian Johnston (translator)
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Perhaps the greatest poem of the Western world, The Iliad tells the story of 50 critical days towards the end of the Trojan war. Achilles has quarrelled with Agamemnon and sulks in his tent, while Hector brings his Trojans to the brink of victory; but fate will have the last word.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good to know!

  • By Robert Stockton on 28-06-2018

Good to know!

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

Reviewed: 28-06-2018

Not exactly a page turner, but a fascinating look into literary history. It was certainly good enough for me to now deem it necessary to read The Odyssey, which is like a sequel.

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615

Big Brother is watching you.... 1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party’s power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s department for propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant read

  • By Johnny on 14-03-2016

A classic for a reason!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-2018

A genius understanding of 'the way' of Totalitarianism and a totally engrossing, and eerie, story to carry you through that understanding.

Will leave one a bit disturbed than when one came in.