'Rebecca' is one of my favourite novels and I couldn't resist buying this audiobook to listen to Anna Massey's narration. I wasn't disappointed as she gives an excellent reading with distinctive voices for all the characters, Mrs Danvers and Beatrice being particularly good.
'Rebecca' is a brilliant novel. The descriptive writing is beautiful and full of memorable images, and the plot goes in several surprising directions before a haunting ending. I'm glad to have this book in my audiobook library and will definitely listen to it again in the future.
Many self-health books do not give practical advice about how to stop worrying. This is not one of them. "How To Stop Worrying and Start Living" has been a great comfort to me over the years. I first read the book nearly 10 years ago when I desperately needed help to cope with taking exams at school. It definitely helped me get through the exams and since then I have used the book to deal with all sorts of worries, from job interviews to bereavement to dealing with criticism from others.
One of the best aspects of the book is the huge number of true life stories of people who have dealt with all sorts of difficult situations, everything from low self-esteem to facing up to a terminal illness. Dale Carnegie doesn't berate the reader or speak down to them, but nor does he pander to their fears. He encourages you to look at your worry situation clearly and honestly and to take practical steps to resolve the issue or to learn to cope with it.
Is the tone of the book old-fashioned? Well, a bit. Obviously, it was written in the 1940s and so certain attitudes relate to that time period. For example, women were only starting to make their mark in the world of work, and the book reflects this. Nevertheless, I think most of the stories are timeless and are still useful and relevant today.
I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who is a worrier and / or going through a difficult time.
I loved this audiobook. Hearing Tina Fey read her words aloud is a real pleasure. The audiobook is enhanced by sound effects and accents that you wouldn't be able to experience from reading the hard copy of the book. It even contains the Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton sketch (featuring Fey and Amy Poehler) from SNL, which is hilariously funny. 'Bossypants' is entertaining from beginning to end and made me laugh so much that I cried. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Fey's work and sense of humour.
This it the best audiobook I've ever listened to. Not only is My Antonia beautifully written and full of memorable characters, but the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing the novel to life. He reads at just the right speed (brisk, but not in a rush) and his accents are wonderful. Each time I pressed play I found myself listening for much longer than I'd intended because the plot and storytelling captivated me. Highly recommended.
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