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Speaker, Leader, innovation consultant, kilt-wearer, South African.

Auckland Park, South Africa


  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin

    Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 2"
    "Classic tales marred by misproununciations"

    This narrator is almost perfect for the part. It's a big job -- there are tens of characters across the stories. He's got a great accent and keeps the characters straight.

    But he mispronounces words.

    So he speaks with what *sounds* like an English accent, but he mispronounces common words like "disconsolate" which he says "disconSOlate" instead of "disCONsolate" and he calls Charing cross (which should rhyme with "bearing"), Charring cross. He rhymes it with "barring".

    He calls Sydenham, Sidenham (it should be Sid to rhyme with Hid not side to rhyme with hide). And he calls Norwich nor-which instead of the more proper "Norritch".

    He pronounces the word "clerk" in the American fashion rhyming it with Berk instead of the proper English pronunciation Clark.

    It's infuriating and maddening. It ruins a perfectly good delivery. His narration is practically flawless in every other respect, but holy smoke: if you're reading about England, try to learn the names of the places before you start.

    And it's strange because these Americanisms come out of a very plummy if old-fashioned Engish accent.

    If you can bear the occasional mangling of a place name or an unusual adjective (he says trusulent for truculent) then this is for you. But if you're English, then maybe it's more than sanity can bear.

    My suggestion: buy the first one and see if you can stand it. I've bought two volumes now, and it's touch and go if I'll buy the third.

    But maybe that's just me.

    The stories hold up surprisingly well, 120 years after they were written. They pre-date fingerprinting, for example, and even the internal combustion engine; but the principles of forensics laid down here, and the structure of the stories is echoed across the decades by everybody we now know, from Kathy Reichs to Lee Child.

    I read them all as a boy, of course. This has been a wonderful way to re-read them. Barring of course the egregious pronunciation which is slowly driving me completely mad.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jenny Block
    • Narrated By Lauren Weedman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Finally, a book about open marriage that grapples with the problems surrounding monogamy and fidelity in an honest, heartfelt, and non-fringe manner. Jenny Block is your average girl next door, a suburban wife and mother for whom married life never felt quite right. While many books on this topic presuppose that the listener is ready to embrace an "alternative lifestyle", Block operates from the assumption that most couples who are curious about or engaged in open marriages are in fact more like her - normal people who question whether monogamy is right for them.

    Erich says: ""Open" inspires a new look at marriage"
    ""Open" inspires a new look at marriage"

    I know my wife loves me. I also know that our needs differ. This book offers a model of how Open Marriage can be enriching. It's inspiring in its normality. There are a few glitches with the recording -- the editor missed a few times where the narrator repeated a sentence. And there were some small issues in the reading that a good director would have improved. But those are just quibbles. Thank you for this wonderful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jesse Bering
    • Narrated By Jesse Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In his eye-opening new book, Perv, the award-winning columnist and psychologist Jesse Bering argues that we are all sexual deviants on one level or another. As Bering takes us into the lives of a woman who falls madly in love with the Eiffel Tower, a young man addicted to seductive sneezes, and a pair of deeply affectionate identical twins, among others, he challenges us to move beyond our judgments and attitudes toward "deviant" sex and consider the alternative: What would happen if we rise above our fears and revulsions and accepted our true natures?

    Matthew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Entertaining and thought provoking"

    I like it when authors read their own work. He gets his own jokes and delivers them well.
    The book reminds us there is probably something sexual about us we wouldn't want the neighbours to know; and explains why disgusting things are incorrectly seen as immoral. Very worthwhile read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    Kosmas says: "I'm so glad I got this book!"
    "Another unbelievable book"

    This guy is the real deal.
    He's completely unpretentious.
    He's got a charming Swiss-German accent which just adds to the credibility of the work.
    I read this book a the same time as the book Mindfulness and Byron Katie's Loving What is.
    All of them are excellent in their own way.
    If you're interested in growing your spiritual practice, you can't go wrong with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Peter Block
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    For over 15 years, consultants, both internal and external, have relied on Peter Block's landmark best seller, Flawless Consulting, to learn how to deal effectively with clients, peers, and others. Using illustrative examples, case studies, and exercises, the author, one of the most important and well known in his field, offers his legendary warmth and insight throughout this much-awaited second edition.

    John says: "Brutally abridged"
    "This book changed my consulting practice forever"

    This is the most amazing book.
    It's hugely abridged -- I don't have the print edition but this is MUCH shorter.
    But MAN, it's good.
    It's a completely different view of what makes a successful consultant.
    It has changed my life completely -- not to mention my clients' lives!
    I can't recommend it highly enough.
    And if you're a consultant and you ever have a chance to hear Peter speak, go and listen to him. Amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker: An Erotic Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Suzanne Portnoy
    • Narrated By Suzanne Portnoy

    After a love affair with a man 3,000 miles away, whom she met online, Suzanne Portnoy, mother of two and a top executive in the entertainment industry, begins her sexual reawakening. Insatiable, she dives into the swinging scene and works her way through an entire spectrum of sexual experience, including exhibitionism, group sex, and fetish clubs. The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker is a story that is shocking and heart-warming in equal measure.

    Cherith says: "Predictable Porn"
    "Filthy fun memoir"

    I don't know if this is true -- it's certainly narrated as if it is -- but what Suzanne gets up to is nothing short of astonishing.
    Erotica and funny, I really enjoyed this book. And Suzanne's narration is spot on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "As good as Volume One"

    I was really disappointed to find out that there's a third and final book in the series. I thought it was just the two books.

    This one has a very interesting twist in it. Old enemies are forced to work together against a common foe making for some wonderful interplays between the characters.

    I can't wait to join the old gang again for their climactic adventure.
    And Bronson Pinchot's performance is just amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Connie says: "Enhanced version seems to correct audio defects"
    "A classic, vintage Heinlein"

    Heinlein was interested in alternative ways of setting up societies.

    In this book, a human arrives on earth from Mars, where he had been living since infancy.

    As he learns our ways, he questions why things should be organised the way they are.

    He is lucky to find a tough but kindly mentor who shows him the ropes and who helps him navigate the legal system and society in general.

    This is the book that gave us the word "grok", which I find myself wanting to use again, like some ageing hippie of my mother's generation.

    If you're interested in polyamory, human relationships or spirituality, you'll find this a really interesting read on many levels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stein on Writing: A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sol Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane

    Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."

    Jane says: "Excellent advice and examples for better writing."
    "A master at work"

    If you're a writer, this is a fantastic refresher on everything you know you should be doing.

    If you're not a writer, this is an excellent primer on writing.

    It's good for fiction and non-fiction writers -- and it's improved my writing tremendously (can you tell by how well-written this review is? ;-)

    Of course it doesn't take into account blogging or twitter -- but it's written by a master. Very good indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Friday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber

    Friday, a secret courier, is thrown into an assignment under the command of her employer, a man she knows only as "Boss." She operates from and over a near-future Earth in North America, a vulgar and chaotic land comprised of dozens of independent states. In America's disunion, Friday keeps her balance nimbly with quick, expeditious solutions as she conquers one calamity and scrape after another.

    Eivind says: "Worth the credit"
    "The best book ever written without a plot"

    I read a review of Friday as "The best book ever written without a plot."

    I read that review after I read the book.

    It's just about what happens to a woman called Friday, set against a background of a future where society is very different from how it is today.

    It's dated now -- the book pre-dates the Internet but anticipates it, for example. So it's an interesting snapshot of what people in the 1970s would have thought of us in the 21st Century.

    The world is at war (surprise, surprise) and Friday is a courier -- a dangerous job -- which involves getting physical objects past inquisitive border guards.

    She's resourceful, sexy, sassy and fun.

    One day, her whole world goes completely pear-shaped, and she has to dig herself out of a deep hole.

    I liked the narration. The writing is engaging, the characters are charming and menacing by turns. All in all, a wonderful escapist read. I loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Carolyn says: "Strawmen and Ad Hominems"
    "Prepare to have your mind changed"

    This couple has such an interesting and new perspective on what they call the Standard Narrative of Human Sexuality.

    They show us how the ideas that we all know about romantic love have no basis in anything. They also point out glaring inconsistencies in the Sociology research for the last 50 years.

    When you first encounter their ideas, they seem radical and dangerous. By the end of the book I'm completely convinced of their thesis.

    How do you know something is academically rigorous? The research comes up with a conclusion you weren't expecting.

    By that standard, this book is academically rigorous, counter-cultural, and brave.
    Read this book before you get married. And if you are married, get two copies -- one for each of you -- and prepare for the roller-coaster!

    It will make your marriage a more interesting place to be -- and bring you closer to your partner.

    Marriages of the next 20 years and beyond will be shaped by this ground-breaking book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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