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Donald

Cheltenham, Australia

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  • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Nelson Mandela
    • Narrated By Danny Glover
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. Emotive, compelling, and uplifting, Long Walk to Freedom is the exhilarating story of an epic life; a story of hardship, resilience, and ultimate triumph told with the clarity and eloquence of a born leader.

    Penny says: "A Pronunciation Massacre"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    This is undoubtedly better than reading the book. Danny Glover did a great job reading this and the occasional background music was a beautiful touch. Nice to see (hear) that producers of audiobooks are thinking beyond straight readings. And of course, the bio itself is inspiring!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Science

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ben Goldacre
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.

    Amy Allais says: "Great book, better in hard copy"
    "Good content, painful narrator"
    Overall

    I'm a skeptic at heart, so I enjoy this book. And I do think that as long as I wasn't a died-in-the-wool believer of some sort, but not necessarily a skeptic, I would get a lot out of this. It's absolutely amazing when you realize how much rubbish is successfully peddled these days and the more books we have with a solid basis in science instead of the next quick-fix diet, longevity potion, cancer cure etc, the better it is IMO. Only thing that I find quite trying listening to this is the narrator. Whatever sample they make available, have a listen and think if you can endure this for several hours... If I was more neutral about him, I'd definitely give this book a 4 or 5 star.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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