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Chantal

Holbeach Fen, United Kingdom
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  • In the Pleasure Groove

  • Love, Death, and Duran Duran
  • By: John Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Taylor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

A shy only child, Nigel John Taylor wasn't an obvious candidate for pop stardom and frenzied girl panic. But when he ditched his first name and picked up a bass guitar, everything changed. John formed Duran Duran with his friend Nick Rhodes in the spring of 1978, and they were soon joined by Roger Taylor, then Andy Taylor and finally Simon Le Bon. Together they were an immediate, massive global success story, their pictures on millions of walls, every single a worldwide hit. In his frank, compelling autobiography, John recounts the highs and the lows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-10-12

I want more!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-13

I adored John Taylor and Duran Duran as a teenager. I still love Duran Duran now! This book is a bit of a shock to the system for a Duranie... you know what they say about how it isn't a good idea to meet your idols. Got to admit I see John in a rather different light from how I used to. That said, this is a very honest account of life as a high profile pop star. Yes folks, it really is all sex, drugs & rock n roll!

I was left wanting more though - the first 75% of the book was pretty in-depth, right up to the View to a Kill days. After that it all gets a bit rushed and mixed up and you're left with a lot of "well what happened then?" scenarios. Which is a shame and almost feels like he got bored writing it by then and wanted to get it over with. I almost wish I hadn't read the book to be honest. He reads it fabulously well and it's interesting but... just a bit unfinished.

  • Start

  • Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters
  • By: Jon Acuff
  • Narrated by: Jon Acuff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

There are only two paths in life: average and awesome. The average path is easy because all you have to do is nothing. The awesome path is more challenging, because things like fear only bother you when you do work that matters. The good news is Start gives listeners practical, actionable insights to be more awesome, more often.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Woah slow down!!

  • By Chantal on 26-09-13

Woah slow down!!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-13

Authors are not always the best people to narrate their own books. Fact. Here is a case in point. Maybe the paperback's really good, I don't know. But the audiobook is so rushed that it's almost impossible to get anything from it. The author / narrator starts off by telling you how each section is supposed to have action points and questions for you to go through to put his pearls of wisdom into practice. But he felt that it ruined the "flow" of his narration, so he's left all that stuff to the end. Listen to the whole thing first, then take action.

In doing so he's totally missed the point of how people use this kind of book. He whizzes through the book at such a pace, without pausing, that you can't actually take it all in anyway. Then if/when you do stick it out all the way to the end, he does the exact same thing with the action points and questions. Problem is that they're not put into context, so when he says something profound like "write a paragraph describing your secret self" you're thinking... "wait... what exactly is my secret self again?". Except if you're anything like me you really can't bring yourself to go back hunting through the audio to find out.

Add to that the super-helpful advice to "punch fear in the face". Well that's all very well but seriously, deeply ingrained personal fears about oneself do not, in practice, simply bugger off because you metaphorically punched them! I suspect that many people who click the "buy" button for this book will be left thinking "well how the heck do I do that?". Listen to Stephen Covey, Brian Tracey et al. Different ball park altogether.

I had high hopes for this book but it fell way short of the mark. I might even ask for my money back. Sorry & all that but very disappointing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How to Do Everything and Be Happy

  • By: Peter Jones
  • Narrated by: Peter Jones
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Every now and then a self-help book comes along that questions the very nature of happiness, shakes the very foundation of all the things you hold dear, and forces you to reconsider every assumption you've ever made. This isn't one of those books. How to Do Everything and Be Happy is a book for ordinary people. With ordinary lives. It's for people who have been ambling along and wondering why they're not - well - just that little bit happier. It's a book for most people. It's a book for you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple. Sensible. Salubrious. Sharp.

  • By Jamie on 29-06-12

Real, funny and fun!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-13

Peter Jones has a charming style that makes you think "he'd be a good bloke to have a drink with!". Even my 8yo daughter got into this audio book... and she's not exactly laden down with juggling the multiple heavy responsibilities of modern life.

Perhaps more importantly, the message, content and strategies within the book made me remember what fun there is to be had from life and focus on getting it. Dream big and buy this book to set you on your way to turning them into reality!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Buddhist Boot Camp

  • By: Timber Hawkeye
  • Narrated by: Timber Hawkeye
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Buddhism is all about training the mind, and boot camp is an ideal training method for this generation's short attention span. The chapters in this audiobook can be listened in any order, and are simple and easy to understand. Each story, inspirational quote, and teaching offers mindfulness-enhancing techniques that anyone can relate to. You don't need to be a Buddhist to find the Buddha's teachings motivational. As the Dalai Lama says, "Don't try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the book that saved me from myself

  • By Chantal on 26-06-13

the book that saved me from myself

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-13

I love the style of Timber's writing. There's no religious dogma in this book, it's just a practical, down to earth, realistic suggestion of a peaceful and positive way of modern life. I listen to it regularly for motivation, centering and inspiration. I came across Timber Hawkeye somehow at a time in my life when I was lost. A time when I was giving my all to someone, found myself left out in the cold and wondering what was wrong with me or how I would ever get over it. Life seemed to be spiralling. Buddhist Boot Camp showed me a different way of looking at the world, a way that would remove fear, blame, guilt and negativity. Suddenly I understood and accepted and the dark cloud of anxiety lifted.

Everyone needs a Timber Hawkeye in their life. No preaching, no "conversion", no religion, no need to run off and wear robes and live in a cave! But a beautiful, inspiring way to find peace among the mad stresses of modern life. I'd wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • How to Be Brilliant

  • By: Michael Heppell
  • Narrated by: Michael Heppell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

For many of us, being ‘good’ isn’t really good enough. We want to make the very best we can out of our lives - to achieve all we can achieve and be the best we can be. We want to be Brilliant. This book will give you tools to find out what point you are at now, understand where it is you want to get, and develop strategies and powerful methods to get you there - as quickly as possible and as economically as possible with as much fun as possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A simply Brilliant Book

  • By Honorata on 13-04-13

it's well.... brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

I love Michael Heppell's stuff. Applicable both to life and business, he is the chamois leather that clears your windscreen so you can see exactly where you're going and how to get there. If you think you know all you need to know about what it is you have to do, you probably don't until you've read Michael's book. My vision is so much clearer, my time so much better organised, my priorities make more sense and I'm more productive as a result of techniques I've learned from Michael. Especially great if you feel down, stuck in a rut, feeling certain that there was supposed to be more to life. There is! And "How to be brilliant" guides you down that path in a totally non-patronising way that is real and achievable. Love it.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful