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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Only read if you have a grounding in Philosophy

What did you like best about At the Existentialist Café? What did you like least?

My advice would be to only read this if you are already grounded in Philosophy and understand the main players and various associated theories and ideas. This was my first venture into the vast subject and I think I probably chose the wrong book to start with.

That's not to say I didn't come across gems but for me it was an endeavour that was fairly laborious. I did find it a challenge to try and finish this work, but in the end I forced myself to finish it. I think if I understood some of the concepts and was familiar with the main players being discussed I probably would've enjoyed it more.

The approach of the author for this work is very good. The author provides the historical context for each of the players and therefore gives a whole depth of explanation regarding the theories and ideas proposed by the Philosophers.

What does Antonia Beamish bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Overall her narration was good, but I really found the pronunciation of the French words to be very annoying/ I also found it very annoying when she tried to put on an American accent for American characters encountered.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-18

Supporting documents are needed

Would you listen to Forces of Nature again? Why?

I probably wouldn't listen to this book again, however some sections/chapters of this book were fascinating and would probably warrant a re-listen.

What other book might you compare Forces of Nature to, and why?

A short history of nearly anything by Bill Bryson. Although Bryson's book has the edge for me as Bryson was able to explain the physics without reference to a diagram. It was really annoying that in this book the narration was clearly referring to equations or diagrams that existed in the print version. So this audible was lacking supporting material.Some bits you can visualise in your mind what is being discussed which is fine. However. for some of the concepts being explained due to the technicality it's just not possible to follow without the supporting diagram or formula.

Have you listened to any of Samuel West’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Physics answers the questions to your questions on nature.

Any additional comments?

Although I had negative comments about the lack of supporting documents, I still think this is a very good work and worth listening to if you have interests in Physics. If you have no prior knowledge of physics probably no worth listening to just yet, Or might be worth listening to if you have seen the TV series.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-18

I didn't enjoy this at all

I struggled with this book. The stories weren't very good. Simon Callow's narrating for this production was very good. The only positive for me.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-18

Baffling

Would you listen to Fire and Fury again? Why?

I'm not sure I'd like to listen to fire and ice again, I think that once is enough.

What did you like best about this story?

The revelation that Trump eats McDonalds due to the food being pre-prepared and cooked, Trump had an obsessive though that played on his mind that he could be the target of a poisoning attempt, this lead to him getting his food from McDonalds. McDonalds would never know he was coming for his fix of big macs so no one could poison him. Trump was happy because he never got poisoned and ultimately he outsmarted the would be assassins.

Which character – as performed by Michael Wolff and Holter Graham – was your favourite?

No one was my favourite character. They're all douche bags. However, the journey you go on with trump whilst reading the book is quite entertaining.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nope

Any additional comments?

This is highly entertaining book due to trump being himself.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Hats of to Bryson's and Cats' AT attempt

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. I think this book is probably a better Bryson work. For me it has just the right amount of anecdotal information without deviating and getting lost, Bryson maintains a link with the main narrative of the book.

What did you like best about this story?

It was full of laugh out loud moments. I really liked this book because for 2 'old' guys attempting to hike the Apalachian trail having no previous serious hiking experience, quite inspiring really. Cats was an unfit, fat dude who managed to persevere along with Bryson to achieve what they did.

Have you listened to any of William Roberts’s other performances? How does this one compare?

As always William Robert's performance is brilliant. He has a quirky knack for delivering the various people in the book in their own distinct voice and character.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Two fat guys go for a walk.

Any additional comments?

I definitely recommend this Bryson book. One of his better ones in my opinion.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-18

You can achieve your dreams

Would you listen to I Can't Make This Up again? Why?

I'm not sure I would listen to it again, I think once is enough.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kevin Hart

Which scene did you most enjoy?

the scene where Kevin's dad set a vicious dog on his brother...
All because his brother beat his dad in Basketball.
What?!?!? (As Kevin hart would say)

Any additional comments?

Kevin Hart is a funny guy, he has so much energy and comes across as a likeable chap. Whilst he is without a funny guy, there is certainly a serious underlying tone to some of the book. It's just that Kevin deals with the stories almost as if he is actually doing stand-up comedy.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Excellent Classic book

Would you consider the audio edition of North and South to be better than the print version?

I never read the print version of the book. I only listened to the audio version of the book and it was brilliant. Juliet Stevenson did a very good job of narrating this work - she had a voice for each character in the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of North and South?

the ending

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Great insight into the trump campaign

Where does The Elephant in the Room rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's quite short and therefore allows you to get an insight into the campaign that trump traversed. It also gives an insight into the types of people that trump endorsed and an insight into the alt-right.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Elephant in the Room?

It opened my eyes into what trump endorsed

Have you listened to any of Jon Ronson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to other works by Jon Ronson, this was probably the best - probably due to the length was an easy listen

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-17

The book has some great insights

Would you consider the audio edition of The Science of Everyday Life to be better than the print version?

I had the print version on my kindle device along with the audio narration, so together it was a great experience.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Science of Everyday Life?

Some of the topics covered delve right into areas for which you always wanted to know the answer to e.g. why windows mist up in winter and what you could potentially do to mitigate.

What does Marty Jopson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His engaging and enthusiastic delivery of the book.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-17

brilliant account

I really liked this audio book. it was a good length. Michael Palin's narration and delivery is captivating and you feel engrossed in the moment and feel that you are living the moment being relayed. e.g. the accounts on the numerous ships and the missed connecting travel arrangements...

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