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Louis Raubenheimer

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  • I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)

  • Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

Based on seven years of ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we're all in this together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly the best self help book I have ever read.

  • By Alex on 09-02-16

Fascinating insight into universal shame

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Reviewed: 17-01-19

A powerful book that plunges into the depth of the shame trap. I'm a male reader and found it incredibly illuminating. Many lessons and insights, a book that will hopefully lead to me becoming a better, more compassionate parent, partner, friend and colleague. Would highly recommend it for absolutely anyone.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,300
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,514
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,423

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

Wow!

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Reviewed: 14-11-18

So much incredible information. Learned an enormous deal. Equal measure thrilling and terrifying. Everyone should read/listen to this magnificent book.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,190
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,304
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,216

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the ideologue, or the lazy + close minded.

  • By Jake O'Connor on 18-12-18

What a ride?

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Reviewed: 15-10-18

A compelling piece of literature that lead, more than anything else, to me asking myself some telling questions.

Some of Peterson's points are controversial, however the depths of good research and the insights gained from them are priceless. If, and it's always the big if, I can succeed in applying even some of his rules to my everyday life, I have no doubt that I'll be better for it. Poignant and thoroughly enriching. Thank you

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  • The Night of the Gun

  • A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life - His Own
  • By: David Carr
  • Narrated by: Charles Leggett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

In The Night of the Gun, David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict and chronicles his journey from crack-house regular to regular columnist for The New York Times. Built on 60 videotaped interviews, legal and medical records, and three years of reporting, The Night of the Gun is a ferocious tale that uses the tools of journalism to fact-check the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and riveting

  • By Louis Raubenheimer on 04-09-18

Dark and riveting

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Reviewed: 04-09-18

One hell of an addiction story meticulously told. Dave rightly mocks the genre before setting off on telling a life story that at times makes your skin crawl in its self-absorbed hideousness.

A quest for truth, but definitely not redemption. Brilliantly documented and told, soulfully read. Five fucking stars

  • Altamont

  • The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day
  • By: Joel Selvin
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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In this breathtaking cultural history filled with exclusive, never-before-revealed details, celebrated rock journalist Joel Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones' infamous Altamont concert in San Francisco, the disastrous historic event that marked the end of the idealistic 1960s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rock and roll at its sordid worst

  • By Louis Raubenheimer on 02-08-18

Rock and roll at its sordid worst

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Reviewed: 02-08-18

Absolute addictive listening. A must for music, and specifically rock 'n' roll fans.

It covers, in great detail, a staggeringly mad time in entertainment history and casts an illuminating light on a dark day, etched in infamy.

Now it's time for me to watch Gimme Shelter...

  • How to Be F*cking Awesome

  • By: Dan Meredith
  • Narrated by: Dan Meredith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627

This book shares 11 devastatingly powerful principles you can apply immediately to start getting more of what you want and less of what you don't want. So, if you are ready to take action, sick of the usual guru bullsh*t advice, and want to finally make your life truly awesome, then buy this book and do every single thing Dan says.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Kickstart An Entrepreneur Could Want

  • By John on 06-11-17

Crass, but ultimately inspiring and well worth it

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Reviewed: 17-05-18

I didn't have a great start with Dan. I thought he was being overly blokey and a bit obvious. But, I persevered and in the end was happy I did.

As a failed entrepreneur who's currently working a (admittedly pretty cool) desk job I feel that there were plenty of insights which will make me better at future business undertakings and will almost certainly increase my chances at success.

Dan also delivered a few gems with regards to living a fucking awesome life. Well done.

  • The Untethered Soul

  • The Journey Beyond Yourself
  • By: Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 950

Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best I've purchased.

  • By "tenerife1" on 13-02-15

Start the process of shedding your scars

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Reviewed: 14-05-18

A beautiful book which deals with our tendency to allow life's everyday occurrences to affect our quality of living.

Singer shows how easy it is to step away from misery. He explains how it's not the actions directed at us, but our reaction to them that shape our happiness.

A superb guide to living a happier life. And who wouldn't want to be happier? Loved it

  • You're It!

  • On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found
  • By: Alan Watts
  • Narrated by: Alan Watts
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 666
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    5 out of 5 stars 511
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    5 out of 5 stars 502

Life is the ultimate game of hide and seek... and the good news is that you're it! With the combination of playful irreverence and penetrating insight that made him a legend in Western philosophy, Alan Watts investigates the surprisingly liberating concept of "the universe as play" found at the heart of Hinduism, Zen, and other wisdom traditions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Watts' words chime like a bell, inexplicably clear

  • By Sam L. on 07-01-15

A most extraordinary collection of talks from a wonderful man

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Reviewed: 08-03-18

Alan's insights and explanations are a joy to listen to. Judging by them the man wouldn't want to be exalted even though he thoroughly deserves to be.

He digs deep into the folly of human thinking, the futility our self-obsessed search for meaning and our ultimate need to chill out, live in the moment and just accept things for what they are - our own, self-projected illusions.

Fabulous listening

  • Recovery

  • Freedom from Our Addictions
  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804

This is the age of addiction, a condition so epidemic, so all encompassing and ubiquitous, that unless you are fortunate enough to be an extreme case, you probably don't know that you have it. What unhealthy habits and attachments are holding your life together? Are you unconsciously dependent on food? Bad relationships? A job that doesn't fulfill you? Numb, constant perusal of your phone, looking for what? My qualification for writing this book is not that I am better than you, it's that I am worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read this book

  • By H. Hopkins on 27-09-17

Beautifully inspiring

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Reviewed: 09-01-18

I have long been fascinated by the 12 step program as used by AA and NA and have found that Brand's book not only gives a wonderfully simple, step-by-step guide to 12-step recovery, but is also full of thoughtful insight into the world of addiction, the various addictions that we suffer from and the concept/news of service to others.

Recovery has left me with much to think about, numerous truths to face and a deep-seated desire to better serve others, continue and deepen my path of spiritual discovery and prayer.

Super book

  • Autobiography of a Yogi

  • By: Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humbling, Entertaining and Instructive

  • By C. Cousins on 05-06-16

A masterful account of a most beautiful life

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Reviewed: 13-12-17

What a wonderful tale. A must read for anyone with an interest in spirituality, eastern religion or India, its people and its colourful history. I feel nearer to God having listened to it and it has inspired me to continue my own spiritual growth with ever more dedication and discipline. Quite magical

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