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  • Room

  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Suzanne Toren, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899

The story of a mother, her son, a locked room, and the outside world. It's Jack's birthday, and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • reasonable

  • By Caroline on 29-01-11

accents

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

Reviewed: 23-01-17

really loved it. the concept and the storyline. mother was a bit flat rather than sounding despondent. however. as an irish native the appalling accent attempts were cringe worthy and that is when I lost a lot of interest. and that is when the story starts to get really good. for a few dollars more the voice artists could have been brought in.

  • The Velvet Rage

  • Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World
  • By: Alan Downs Ph. D
  • Narrated by: Alan Downs Ph. D
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

The most important issue in a gay man’s life is not “coming out”, but coming to terms with the invalidating past. Despite the progress made in recent years, many gay men still wonder, “Are we better off?” The byproduct of growing up gay in a straight world continues to be the internalization of shame, rejection, and anger - a toxic cocktail that can lead to drug abuse, promiscuity, alcoholism, depression, and suicide.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing!

  • By lianghh on 29-07-15

Why didn't I get hold of this years ago

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

Reviewed: 14-05-13

Narration was soothing, calming and reassuring. The content made a lot of sense to me and to be honest, it would be fairly useful for a lot of people. It was a book that revealed a lot to me about who I am and how I may have been influenced by childhood differences etc. If you are a counselor or therapist, it would be a good read or listen if you have gay or lesbian clients. While the book focuses on gay men, there are interesting parts that could be applied to pretty much anyone struggling with the dymanics of shame, families and relationships.

  • 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

Dreadful and anooying

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

Reviewed: 14-05-13

How can you be happy when being patronised?
I switched off mentally almost immediately as I didn't feel he was trying to connect with me, rather he was telling me.
The narrator blended in to the blah blah blah background.
Too many cliches, too many awful attempts at acting as if he was your friend talking with you in the pub. But it doesn't work. The author would do well to employ a professional narrator.
The content, after chapter three was not clear. The only thing I remember was hearing the words "diary" and "Boxing Day" over and over again, so I leaned over an switched it off.
Wasted my money on this one. Don't do the same.

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