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.
Inspirational. Motivating. Amazing.
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.
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.
One of my all time favourite self help books. Highly recommended
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.
Sadly I didn't find out as I gave up due to the appalling, grating narration.
Why was Kate Mulgrew used ? Maupin himself, Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon...all would have made great narrators for this book.
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.
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.
I really can't imagine that anyone would be able to put up with the robotic narration. Read the print book if you can.
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.
Didn't listen to enough of it to find out. Gave up early on due to the narrator.
I will be requesting a credit refund for this.
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.
No stand out moment but I guess the ending made me feel a little emotional !
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.
Not quite but I did finish it over the course of 3 days and was keen to keep listening.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't waste a credit on this. I felt ripped off when I came to the end.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clare Corbett - her narration makes almost any book listenable.
The narrator was listenable but there are other narrators I would have chosen instead.
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.
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.
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