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Jonny

Liverpool, United Kingdom | Member Since 2011

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  • 34 reviews
  • 57 ratings
  • 118 titles in library
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  • Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Branson
    • Narrated By Adrian Mulraney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
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    (113)
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    (113)

    From its creation as a mail-order record company to the literal launch of Virgin Galactic, today Virgin is one of the premier ‘way-of-life’ brands in the world, trusted and enjoyed by many millions of people. In Business Stripped Bare, Sir Richard Branson shares the inside track on his life in business and reveals the incredible truth about his most risky, brilliant and audacious deals.

    Garrett says: "Eccentric read by an eccentric man."
    "Slightly bias, because I love Branson!"
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    Take this review with a pinch of salt as I happen to like all that Richard does, and that tends to cloud my judgement.

    As an entrepreneur, this book did what all his books do - motivate me, and make me ask some big questions. It acts as a reflection gatepost so I can get back to what really matters in my business.

    The voice is easy to listen to, the words gold, and apart from too much environmental hype towards the end it was an all round excellent read, or listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
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    (869)
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    (865)

    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    Ryan says: "How it was"
    "The Fascinating World Of Gamers"
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    I'm not a gamer, but I found listening to the history of gaming fascinating and Will does an excellent job narrating. Simply a very, very good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13927)
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    (11958)
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    (11956)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    Allen T. says: "Amazing"
    "An Intriguing Book"
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    I found myself both impressed and concerned regarding the character of Chris Kyle. I believe you will too. An inside look behind the lines, so to speak. A good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3833)
    Performance
    (3507)
    Story
    (3526)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Dark and Sinister, Just The Way We Like It"
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    It’s about time I read the classic based on the letters. Excellently done with multiple voice actors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (2217)
    Performance
    (1171)
    Story
    (1178)

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Darwin8u says: "He was curious, was a risk-taker. He was a genius."
    "Try To Keep Up...I Dare You"
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    Clearly an amazing and quizative mind but damn, it reads like a train of consciousness thats completely come off the tracks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Og Mandino
    • Narrated By Og Mandino
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (413)

    This is the legend of Hafid, a camel boy 2,000 years ago, and his burning desire to improve his lowly position in life, as told to his apprentice Erasmus. Hafid relates the story of how he became known as the Greatest Salesman in the World. His success lies in the wisdom of ten leather scrolls passed down to him from his master, Pathros.

    James says: "Inspiring!"
    "Not Life Changing But Not Bad"
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    An engaging story with a few poignant points but not a huge amount you can apply to the real world and another rehashing of age old wisdom. Worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mason Currey
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (392)

    Kafka is one of 161 inspired-and inspiring-minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good book, Bad narrator"
    "Motivating and Interesting"
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    A simple concept, well executed. I found it very helpful and inspiring to listen to endless routines and rituals of some of the worlds greatest talents. The main thing I took from it is that there really is no ‘right way’, everyone does it different.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11644)
    Performance
    (5854)
    Story
    (5877)

    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.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Interesting but Flawed"
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    A thought provoking book though after a little research I found a lot of the examples used to back up his ideas lacking. Still, it helps shape your thinking but I feel Malcolm is a far better marketeer than he is a thinker - similar to Seth Godin in that respect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25312)
    Performance
    (23222)
    Story
    (23232)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "An Outstanding First Book"
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    A book that took my completely by surprise. Who would have thought a book so detail rich and engineering focussed could be so incredible engaging. Definitely one of the best works of fiction I have every read - unique, fascinating and thoroughly captivating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (11845)
    Performance
    (7302)
    Story
    (7395)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "One Of The Greats"
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    Absolutely loved this twenty one hour epic story. I was lost in the world of Dune and the characters that inhabited it. I drew inspiration from it’s protagonist and sought wisdom from it’s words while being thoroughly entertained by its plot. I had no problem understanding its incredible appeal and worldwide success. Truly a great work of fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David A. Price
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (477)

    The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. With the help of visionary businessman Steve Jobs and animating genius John Lasseter, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others.

    Cameron says: "If you like Disney, Pixar, or Apple..."
    "Inspiring and Insightful"
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    A very interesting insight into the making of Pixar and how little the creative ‘geniuses’ new about what they were doing. What stood out was the sheer time and planning process of the movies and the dedication and love poured in by the creators. Pixar really was and is a work of great passion and commitment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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