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  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

  • By: Richard Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Richard Flanagan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insert hyperbole here

  • By Margaret M. Bell on 10-21-14

What a waste of time

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-18

The story jumps around in time from post first world war, to 1980s and back to the Burma railway in the 1940s. The characters are stilted and rather dull. The conversations between characters are either short nonsensical or lifeless. Hard to listen to as they don't go anywhere with the story. Half the story does not move the other half along. Strangely I found the Japanese stories of the characters the most interesting. Within hours of listening to this book I wanted to stop, but I persisted. Once I got to the end I wanted the hours I put in back. I did not laugh, I did not cry, this book did not change my life. Actually this book wasted my time. Badly written, badly performed and not worth the time to even read the title.

  • The Motivation Myth

  • How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win
  • By: Jeff Haden
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605

It's comforting to imagine that superstars in their fields were just born better equipped than the rest of us. When a co-worker loses 20 pounds, or a friend runs a marathon while completing a huge project at work, we assume they have more grit, more willpower, more innate talent, and above all, more motivation to see their goals through. But that's not at actually true, as popular Inc.com columnist Jeff Haden proves. "Motivation" as we know it is a myth. Motivation isn't the special sauce that we require at the beginning of any major change.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'd Listen To Ray Porter Read Me Math

  • By Kim on 04-09-18

A good book on a different tact.

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

I found this book very helpful and easy to listen to. Rather than rely on just GRIT, SMART goals and WILL POWER, Jeff Haden gives some practicable, realistic advice and tactics to achieving your goals. I have moved mountains, okay it was a mound at the back of my yard that matched Rays advice. I got through university, learned to play the piano and now using his advice to lose that last 5kgs. Perhaps I will learn that foreign language, build the business and get a decent car, but it is all achievable without waiting for a 'spark' or motivation to come waltzing into my life. Ray Porter is an excellent narrator and very easy to listen to. This book is worth a listen to and it can't hurt to put some of the advice to work.

  • Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

  • How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One
  • By: Dr. Joe Dispenza
  • Narrated by: Adam Boyce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,821

You are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life. A new science is emerging that empowers all human beings to create the reality they choose. In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accompanying PDF linked in the book description

  • By Adam Countryman on 03-26-17

If you believe it, it isn't a lie

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Thank you George Costanza (Seinfeld). The basic premise is that you can meditate yourself into self hypnosis and change your life. Perhaps, but I am not convinced.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Glorious Cause

  • By: Jeff Shaara
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 25 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

This dramatic sequel to Jeff Shaara's best selling Rise to Rebellion continues his chronicle of the key characters of the American Revolution and animates some of the most compelling scenes in America's history: Washington's harrowing winter at Valley Forge, Benedict Arnold's tragic downfall, and the fiercely-fought battles at Trenton, Brandywine Creek, and Yorktown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • engrossing...

  • By Lee on 08-11-04

A Wonderful Work of Fiction

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

We like to think of our heros as the glorious statues dedicated to them. Strong, hard and forever set in stone. This book does that, but lets face it, the characters were real men and they all had feet of clay. This book is a characterisation of historical figures and it is nice to think of them as gods. Problem is this book skips actual facts to make a good story. Never the less, it is a good read and Grover Gardener does an excellent job at narrating it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution and the Fate of the Empire

  • The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History
  • By: Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

The loss of America was a stunning and unexpected defeat for the powerful British Empire. Common wisdom has held that incompetent military commanders and political leaders in Britain must have been to blame, but were they? This intriguing audiobook makes a different argument. Weaving together the personal stories of ten prominent men historian Andrew O'Shaughnessy dispels the incompetence myth and uncovers the real reasons that rebellious colonials were able to achieve victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Rayl on 10-31-16

This book explains why Britain lost America

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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: 04-05-18

This book explains why Britain lost America and not the myth that Washington won the war. Don't get me wrong, Washington played his part and without him the experiment in the new republic would have come undone but the true story of the War of Independence is a story of logistics, lack of strategy, conflicting goals and international pressure. Unfortunately these don't make great TV series, but they do make great books and this is one of them. If you are a true student of this period, you must ready this book.

  • The Korean War

  • By: Cameron Forbes
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

The Korean War was a 20th Century conflict that has never ended. South Korea, a powerhouse economy and dynamic democracy sits uneasily alongside North Korea, the world’s most secretive, belligerent, unpredictable and repressive totalitarian state. Today, tensions simmer and occasionally flare into outright violence on a peninsula dense with arms, munitions and nuclear warheads. Cameron Forbes, acclaimed author of Hellfire, tells the story of the war and Australia’s involvement in it in a riveting narrative.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Forgotten War Remembered

  • By Steven on 06-12-12

One of the worse war histories produced

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

Opinionated, badly performed especially when it comes to American accents and full of colloquialisms. To fill the book out, history from past to Iraq in the early 21st Century are used to create context. This book is a mess as was the war but this book should not be rated as history.

  • Doctor Zhivago

  • By: Boris Pasternak, Richard Pevear (translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (translator)
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its original publication, here is a new translation of the classic story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago’s love for the tender and beautiful Lara.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderfully enjoyable read

  • By gran 80 on 02-05-17

I think the movie is better

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

Drags on a bit too much. I found the book boring in parts. John Lee narration is to blame for this although he is an excellent narrator.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Everlasting Man

  • By: G. K. Chesterton
  • Narrated by: John Franklyn-Robbins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

Few people had a more profound effect on Christianity in the 20th century than G. K. Chesterton. The Everlasting Man, written in response to an anti-Christian history of humans penned by H.G. Wells, is considered Chesterton’s masterpiece. In it, he explains Christ’s place in history, asserting that the Christian myth carries more weight than other mythologies for one simple reason—it is the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • well narrated audio of a masterpiece.

  • By J. Glemby on 10-15-11

I don't get it.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

Looking for support for the argument for why be a Christian and all I seem to get is the ramblings of so old dude. Possibly if this was a debate with possibly Richard Dawkins then it might have been worth listening to. You have to really believe G. K. Chesterton and then his ideas will reinforce your belief. A bit like preaching to the choir. Anybody on the fence I don't think will be convinced.

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,290
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,065
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,064

[Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pros and Cons of free porn.

  • By ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) on 08-11-17

Interesting documentary style

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

The documentary style makes this book unique and interesting to listen to. Some of the stories are rather confronting but that is what I expected from this book. Technology is really changing the 'playing field' in this industry as it is in many fields. It isn't a case of working harder, doing some more tricks or reinventing the wheel, that boat has sailed. This is the aftermath of an industry destroyed by customers greed and double standards.

  • One Small Step Can Change Your Life

  • The Kaizen Way to Success
  • By: Dr. Robert Maurer
  • Narrated by: Robert Maurer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

Discover the potent force of kaizen... and use it to easily, effortlessly achieve any goal or make any change you want to!We've been programmed to believe that change is a "battle" - something hard fought and hard won, something that demands struggle and sacrifice. But as anyone who uses the technique known as kaizen can tell you, nothing could be further from the truth. With kaizen, it's effortless, simple, and inevitable to change your life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen for anyone seriros about self-master

  • By Chris on 09-03-16

Small changes that can change your life

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-18

It isn't rocket science however it isn't 'one bight at a time' concept either. This book is poorly produced and could have been better with some cleaver editing but the concepts are sound and worth listening to. If you can put them into your life, you will see a change. Well worth the listen to.