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  • The Secret Barrister

  • By: The Secret Barrister
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing. How can you defend a child abuser you suspect to be guilty? What do you say to someone sentenced to ten years whom you believe to be innocent? What is the law, and why do we need it? And why do they wear those stupid wigs?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb dissection of the English legal system

  • By Kirstine on 06-06-18

A fascinating introduction to the justice system!

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

Reviewed: 23-06-18

I didn't expect to find this as engaging as I did - wonderful telling of the process and problems of the legal system through case studies.

  • Gut

  • By: Giulia Enders
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455

The key to living a happier, healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that rather than the utilitarian and - let's be honest - somewhat embarrassing body part we imagine it to be, it is one of the most complex, important, and even miraculous parts of our anatomy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have to redress the balance

  • By David J James on 13-03-16

Interesting book dreadfully narrated

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

What did you like most about Gut?

The book was full of fascinating information about the gut and how it works - it contains facts you never knew you wanted to know!

Would you be willing to try another book from Giulia Enders? Why or why not?

Perhaps. I enjoyed the content and her enthusiasm for her work. However, I found the humour a bit much, although it might have grated less if I was reading rather than listening to it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Katy Sobey’s performances?

No. Never - I could barely complete this book due to how annoying I found her voice. The book contained a lot of humour which flopped miserably thanks to the narration. There were also scientific terms she mispronounced which is disappointing in a science/non-fiction book.

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

No - perhaps I could have if the narrator was less irritating.

  • The Willpower Instinct

  • How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
  • By: Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It kind of works

  • By M. A. SMITH on 13-04-13

engaging and helpful - exercises were great!

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

Reviewed: 26-09-16

structure was helpful with regular exercises to test out the material...ties in the research and interesting anecdotes very well. will listen to it again!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,810

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, robotic reading.

  • By Rhiannon on 15-05-12

Enjoyable dystopian YA novel

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

Reviewed: 14-06-16

I found the narrator's style a little annoying..she tended to over-enunciate like when children have to read to the class at school! But the story was intriguing and a good introduction to dystopian fiction for younger readers...I would have liked to have read this when I was 12 or 13.

  • The Happy Vegan

  • A Guide to Living a Long, Healthy, and Successful Life
  • By: Russell Simmons, Chris Morrow
  • Narrated by: Black Ice
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

In The Happy Vegan, Simmons shares how once he started practicing yoga and meditation, he became more conscious of his choices, particularly the choices he made regarding his diet. Simmons first adopted a vegetarian and then vegan diet and almost immediately began to experience the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of eating green and clean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good

  • By Em on 30-06-17

interesting and accessible intro to veganism

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

Reviewed: 22-05-16

I really enjoyed this book and it has helped me make the transition to veganism. I particularly valued the relatable anecdotes, practical tips, and the overall non-judgemental and down to earth approach. Would definitely recommend to anyone considering veganism or who would like to understand more about why people do it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful