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  • 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 1,287
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216

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 half a book...

  • By Richard on 08-13-15

Addictive listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I’ve listened to and read a lot of fiction and this without a doubt is one of my favourites. Beautifully performed, a captivating story from start to finish. Easily the best fiction I’ve listened to for many years.

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  • What Are You Looking At?

  • 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye
  • By: Will Gompertz
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of What Are You Looking At? by Will Gompertz, read by Roy McMilllan. What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz on a dazzling tour that will change the way you look at modern art forever. From Monet's water lilies to Van Gogh's sunflowers, from Warhol's soup cans to Hirst's pickled shark, hear the stories behind the masterpieces, meet the artists as they really were, and discover the real point of modern art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What are you looking at 150 years of modern Art

  • By Beatriz Santana on 10-26-15

An insightful listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-15

I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and highly recommend it.

I was a little sceptical as to how an art book would go as an audio book but as I have a bit of an art background I thought why not. So glad I did. Will covers in detail the movement and inspiration of the various art movements from the impressionists to today. Insightful, funny and a great performance by Roy McMillan. I did stop the book at times to google the various artworks he described but I found that did not impact on my enjoyment at all.

Five stars without a doubt.

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  • David Copperfield

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 33 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655

Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing

  • By Justin on 11-05-10

A fantastic classic beautifully delivered

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-12

David Copperfield is a masterfully constructed story with vivid characters, dramatic struggles, love and loss. Set in the form of a first person memoire David Copperfield follows a man's life, tracking his loss's, joys and aspirations as he struggles to find his place and happiness. Simon Vance does a fantastic job of the narration bringing the characters and their emotions to life in all of their glory, doing justice to this classic.

Start with Why
    How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
    
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    Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    16,098 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,788

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspire to find why you do what you do

  • By A. Yoshida on 09-19-13

A book for business and life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-11

Simon Sinek in his easy to listen to and thought provoking book explains how business' who describe or identify themselves by their process' or what it is they do rather then why they do it, find themselves directionless and floundering in their chosen field.

By starting with why they exist, an organisation or individual can focusing on that purpose allowing clarity and congruency within their decision making. People are inspired and motivated by the why; it allows them to identify with the individual or organisation.

Simon presents his thoughts in a logical and easy to follow manner. His voice is enjoyable, and he presents his material passionately and with conviction. I enjoyed his presentation thoroughly and recommend it highly to anyone interested in developing a why to their business or interests in life.

31 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

  • By: Robin Sharma
  • Narrated by: Robin Sharma
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is an inspiring parable about a lawyer, Julian Mantle, whose out-of-balance life provokes a spiritual crisis. As he journeys to an ancient culture, he gains powerful and practical wisdom. The story offers a step-by-step approach to a life of balance, courage, abundance, and joy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Much hype for rehashed ideas...

  • By Will Coetsee on 08-28-09

An early work that doesn't show Robin's full value

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-10

I purchased this audio book after listening to Robin's free book on leadership (a book that I highly recommend you do listen to). Although The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is packed full of interesting and useful ideas, I found the story to be simple and the dialogue to be almost anoyingly so at times. Still well worth the time to listen too and draw upon; however, the book failed to demonstrate the maturity of Robin as the presenter he is now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Accidental Guerrilla

  • Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One
  • By: David Kilcullen
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

David Kilcullen is one of the world's most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare. A senior counterinsurgency advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq, his vision of war dramatically influenced America's decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement "the surge."Now, in The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen provides a remarkably fresh perspective on the War on Terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent if advanced

  • By Krista M. Haas on 06-18-10

Facinating Insight

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-10

An enjoyable and easy to follow audio book which provided remarkable insight into counter insurgency tactics. The book was well read and laid out. Highly recommended for anyone trying to make sense of insurgencies in play across the globe.

A must.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful