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  • "Excellent"

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    I first heard some of the chapters from this when it was broadcast as Radio 4's book of the week and was so impressed that I had to download the audiobook. It is definitely my listen of the year so far. I loved the insights into people's lives and behaviour and the reasons offered for why we do the things we do really resonated with me. This is beautifully written and the narrator absolutely does justice to the writing with the slow, hypnotic reading. Stephen Grosz' words have stayed with me long after listening. An absolute must for anyone interested in the human experience.

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    The Examined Life

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    • By Stephen Grosz
    • Narrated By Peter Marinker
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    We are all storytellers - through stories, we make sense of our lives. But it is not enough to tell tales. There must be someone to listen. In his work as a psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz has spent the last 25 years uncovering the hidden feelings behind our most baffling behaviour. The Examined Life distils over 50,000 hours of conversation into pure psychological insight, without the jargon. This extraordinary book is about one ordinary process: talking, listening, and understanding.

    vanessa says: "Wonderful book"
  • "Interesting and insightful"

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    I have always respected the work of Tanya Byron so was very pleased to see that she had written this book about her years as a trainee clinical psychologist. It is an honest and interesting book that gives a real insight into the work of psychologists. Tanya Byron narrates the introduction and I really wish she had narrated the whole book as she narrates with real intelligence, warmth and humanity. Although Imogen Church's narration is listenable she does struggle to voice the male clients and does not convey the warmth or humanity of the author.

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    The Skeleton Cupboard

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tanya Byron
    • Narrated By Imogen Church
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    Tanya Byron shares powerful stories inspired by her years of training as a clinical psychologist. The Skeleton Cupboard is professor Tanya Byron's account of her years of training as a clinical psychologist, when trainees find themselves in the toughest placements of their careers. Through the eyes of her naive and inexperienced younger self, Tanya shares remarkable stories inspired by the people she had the privilege to treat. Gripping, poignant, and full of daring black humour, this book reveals the frightening and challenging induction faced by all mental health staff.

    Saffy says: "Interesting and insightful"
  • "A must listen"

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    I do feel that this book would possibly be a better read than listen as it's something I would like to dip in and out of, choosing the most interesting parts. However as I am currently unable to read I am very grateful that it is available on audio. For anyone like myself, who has a chronic pain condition and a belief in neural plasticity- ie the brain's ability to change- this is a must listen. It is an inspiring listen and fills me with real hope and positivity. I especially liked hearing the stories of those whose lives have been transformed by neural plasticity and wish there were more of these.

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    The Brain that Changes Itself

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Norman Doidge
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
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    An astonishing new scientific discovery called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the adult human brain is fixed and unchanging. It is, instead, able to change its own structure and function, even into old age. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they've transformed.

    Saffy says: "A must listen"
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