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Saffy

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  • The Examined Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen Grosz
    • Narrated By Peter Marinker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (288)

    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"
    "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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Fear Cure: Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lissa Rankin
    • Narrated By Jenn Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Not many people in the medical world are talking about how being afraid can make us sick - but the truth is that fear, left untreated, becomes a serious risk factor for conditions from heart disease to diabetes to cancer. Now Lissa Rankin, M.D., explains why we need to heal ourselves from the fear that puts our health at risk and robs our lives of joy - and tells us how fear can ultimately cure us by opening our eyes to all that needs healing in our lives.

    Saffy says: "Inspirational"
    "Inspirational"
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    If you could sum up The Fear Cure in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational. Motivating. Amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


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

    I have not listened to Jenn Morris before but she does a fantastic job here voicing Lissa Rankin's words. I have heard Lissa Rankin narrate and I was disappointed that she didn't narrate her own book this time. However I do feel that Jenn Morris matches Lissa's reassuring, empathetic tone.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was inspired and motivated through out this amazing book. If you suffer from any kind of illness or are just feeling stuck in your life I would highly recommend Lissa's book. I think it is far better than her first book 'Mind Over Medicine'. It brings together lots of ideas in a really accessible way. It will definitely be a 'self help' book that I follow through on and return to.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my all time favourite self help books. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Days of Anna Madrigal: A Novel (Tales of the City)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Suspenseful, comic, and profoundly moving, the latest novel in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series follows one of modern literature's most beloved and indelible characters - Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane - as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her complicated past. Now ninety-two, and committed to the notion of "leaving like a lady," Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her "logical family" in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker, Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his daughter, Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades.

    Ken says: "Read the book"
    "Awful narration"
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    Would you try another book written by Armistead Maupin or narrated by Kate Mulgrew?

    Yes I would definitely try another book by Armistead Maupin. His 'Tales of the City' series are some of my all time favourite books. Sadly Maupin's fantastic cast of characters have been hugely let down by the narration of Kate Mulgrew. Her voice as Anna Madrigal is fine but she struggles to voice any other character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Days of Anna Madrigal?

    Sadly I didn't find out as I gave up due to the appalling, grating narration.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Why was Kate Mulgrew used ? Maupin himself, Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon...all would have made great narrators for this book.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did not get very far due to the appalling narration. I feel very frustrated as now I will never know what happens in the final installment of one of my favourite series of books. For those of you who have never read a 'Tales of the City' book do start at the beginning- the narrators for the rest of the series are excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe this is cheating but I have given this book 5 stars for the story as all Maupin's previous books in this series have been fantastic. It is just a shame that the narrator didn't do his words justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life: The New Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Spencer Smith, Steven C. Hayes
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life introduces Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a new approach to psychotherapy that reevaluates our most basic assumptions about mental health, and details how ACT can help you to embrace life and everything it has to offer.

    Saffy says: "Narrator sounds like a robot"
    "Narrator sounds like a robot"
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    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really can't imagine that anyone would be able to put up with the robotic narration. Read the print book if you can.


    What could Spencer Smith and Steven C. Hayes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't think there is anything wrong with the book. It came highly recommended to me but due to visual problems I decided to download the audio version. It's a shame that the author's work has been let down by the narrator.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

    Anyone !


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life?

    Didn't listen to enough of it to find out. Gave up early on due to the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be requesting a credit refund for this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Armistead Maupin
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Twenty years have passed since Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue her dream of a career in New York. Now a pair of personal calamities has driven her back to the city of her youth and into the arms of her friend, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, a gardener happily ensconced with his much-younger husband. Mary Ann finds refuge in the couple's backyard cottage, where, at the unnerving age of 57, she licks her wounds and takes stock of her mistakes.

    Mrs K says: "Loved it"
    "Wonderful to be have them back!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes definitely. I absolutely loved this audiobook. It was great to catch up with what the ex Barbary Lane residents had been doing since the last Tales book 'Michael Tolliver Lives'. I would suggest though that if you are new to the 'Tales of the City' series you start at the beginning.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mary Ann in Autumn?

    No stand out moment but I guess the ending made me feel a little emotional !


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

    This is my first time listening to Maupin as a narrator. I was a little concerned as I have loved the variety of narrators used on the Tales series and don't often like authors narrating their own work. However, Maupin is absolutely fantastic and brings all of the characters to life.


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

    Not quite but I did finish it over the course of 3 days and was keen to keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've never read the 'Tales of the City' series you are missing out on a real treat. Start from the beginning and enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas at the Crescent: A Noella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Veronica Henry
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Behind the gorgeous Georgian sweep of Pelham Crescent, Bath, everyone's getting ready for Christmas. At Number 14, Josie Ballard is up to her ears in brandy, raisins and cherries as she battles to make forty Christmas puddings to sell at Bath Christmas Market. Ever since Giles walked out the day their baby was born, Josie has had to work twice as hard to make ends meet. Sacrificing a career as a chef, her famous steamed puddings keep her and her gorgeous baby boy Titus afloat.

    Saffy says: "Don't waste a credit on this"
    "Don't waste a credit on this"
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    What would have made Christmas at the Crescent better?

    Longer or cheaper ! This is a very insubstantial audiobook for the price of one credit. I know it is a novella but I feel that this should be reflected in the price. Also please be aware that 18 minutes of this was taken up by Christmas recipes which I was not interested in.


    Has Christmas at the Crescent put you off other books in this genre?

    No, I do enjoy a good chick lit novel. However I do feel that audiobook listeners are being ripped off by chick lit authors Christmas novellas that are available on kindle at a fraction of the cost.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lucy Price-Lewis’s performances?

    I have listened to a few of her performances before and while she is not the worst narrator I wouldn't be keen on listening to her performances in the future.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I chose this novella as it was by Veronica Henry and set in Bath - a city I know well. Unfortunately it was far too short and predictable. However it does have a real Christmassy feel and I did love the characters. It would be good to see them in a full length novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste a credit on this. I felt ripped off when I came to the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Self-Compassion Step by Step: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kristin Neff
    • Narrated By Kristin Neff
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Why does it feel so natural to be compassionate and kind to those we care about - yet so hard to treat ourselves the same way? "Our culture teaches us to use self-criticism for motivation and to build self-esteem by constantly measuring ourselves against everyone else," says Dr. Kristin Neff. "We need to re-learn the essential skill of being genuinely nurturing and supportive toward ourselves."

    JOLANTA says: "Transformed the way I see myself and the others."
    "Essential listening"
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    If like me you are interested in the work of Tara Brach, Paul Gilbert and Rick Hanson this is essential listening. Even if you are new to the concept of self-compassion and wish to learn more this is a fantastic introduction. Kristin Neff narrates her own book warmly and compellingly. There are also self-compassion and mindfulness exercises throughout the book which I found to be excellent. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jane Shemilt
    • Narrated By Sophie Aldred
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Daughter by Jane Shemilt, read by Sophie Aldred. I still don't know why we had to check. Did we really think you would be there, curled up and sleeping on the stage? That we would put our arms round you, and take you home? Naomi has vanished, leaving her family broken and her mother Jenny desperately searching for answers. But the traces fifteen-year-old Naomi left behind reveal a very different girl to the one Jenny thought she'd raised.

    Claire says: "Enthralling"
    "Very poor narrator"
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    I have been waiting for this book to appear in audio since it came out in paperbook and was recommended by Richard and Judy.However I was extremely disappointed and found it to be a very frustrating listen. The narrator is appalling and ruined what could have potentially been an engrossing listen. I'm afraid I gave up part way through as I could no longer bear her voice.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of New Beginnings

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Erica James
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Clayton Miller's life is a mess. His career as one of the country's best comedy script writers has stalled and his long term girlfriend has left him for his ex best friend and ex writing partner. Just when he thinks his life couldn't get any worse, he commits a spectacularly public fall from grace and with the press hounding him, his agent banishes him to the middle of nowhere until the dust has settled.

    crazy chicken says: "The Queen of New Beginnings"
    "Weakly plotted and characterised"
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    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I find Erica James novels a bit hit and miss - The Hidden Cottage is one of my favourite chick lit listens but others have failed to grab my attention. This definitely falls into the latter category. The characters seem flat and not particularly likeable and the plot is pretty thin. If you have loved Erica James' other novels you might like this one but don't listen expecting another Hidden Cottage.


    Has The Queen of New Beginnings put you off other books in this genre?

    Definitely not. When it's well done chick lit can be a really uplifting listen but there are a lot of very poorly written and thinly plotted chick lit novels out there.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Juanita McMahon?

    Clare Corbett - her narration makes almost any book listenable.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator was listenable but there are other narrators I would have chosen instead.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Louise Millar
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Hannah Riley and her musician husband, Will, hope that a move to the Suffolk countryside will promise a fresh start. Hannah, a human rights worker, is desperate for a child and she hopes that this new life will realise her dream. Yet when the snow comes, Will is working in London and Hannah is cut off in their remote village. Life in Tornley turns out to be far from idyllic: Who are the threatening figures who lurk near their property at night? And why is her neighbour so keen to see them leave?

    Saffy says: "Ridiculous but compelling"
    "Ridiculous but compelling"
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    I think that both Louise Millar and Clare Corbett should be congratulated as somehow from a ridiculous storyline full of plot holes, unbelievable happenings and stereotyped characters they have created an utterly compelling audiobook that I could not stop listening to ! This is definitely the weakest of Louise Millar's three novels but I still had to listen compulsively to find out what happened at the end. As ever, Clare Corbett narrates beautifully and it is probably her narration that stopped me abandoning it half way through.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder Bag

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tony Parsons
    • Narrated By Colin Mace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (179)

    Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

    c says: "Should and could have been so much better"
    "Promising but ultimately disappointing"
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    I was so looking forward to Tony Parson's first crime novel but was really disappointed with The Murder Bag. I loved Parson's early novels but have found his more recent ones pretty tedious and difficult to engage with so thought a change of genre was a great idea. Parson's writes really well, I liked the main character, Detective Max Wolfe and the story line was promising. However there is just something about this novel that doesn't work , it feels as if Tony Parsons has researched into how to write a crime novel - he's done it well but there is no substance to it. I felt that the pace was too slow, I wanted more characterisation and less boxing and dog scenes. I understand that there will be more in the Max Wolfe series and I will keep listening as I think both Tony Parsons and Max Wolfe could have a future in this genre.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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