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M. King

Scotland
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  • Three Daughters of Eve

  • By: Elif Shafak
  • Narrated by: Alix Dunmore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground. A relic from a past - and a love - Peri had tried desperately to forget. The photograph takes Peri back to Oxford University, as an 18-year-old sent abroad for the first time. It also takes her to her home with her two best friends, Shirin and Mona, and their arguments about Islam and femininity and to the scandal that tore them all apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex and intriguing

  • By AJ on 01-05-17

Fascinating book but not as good as Honour

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

Reviewed: 25-03-19

I bought this book after reading 'Honour' and being completely mesmerised by the beauty of the writing.
This book is similar in style but somehow lighter in message. The narrator, too, was rather more difficult to listen to.
The story finished abruptly and unexpectedly and I was unprepared, yet when compared to most contemporary fiction, this still comes out a winner with its timely subjects, likeable characters and thought-provoking social situations.
I'd read anything by this author simply for the beauty of the language.

  • Half of a Yellow Sun

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Zainab Jah
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372

Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna's enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In my living memory

  • By julie on 19-10-17

Not easy listening

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

Reviewed: 10-02-19

It took me a long time to get through this book as it's pretty heavy-going, harrowing stuff. Not for the depressed or faint-hearted.
It is also very long; possibly a bit too long, yet when it finished I found myself almost wanting more, at the same time as being relieved.
It transports you completely into a world so foreign, so harsh it's almost unimaginable yet the beauty and skill of the writing has you almost living it.
It's difficult to believe that all over the world, such things are taking place all the time, while we, the lucky ones are sheltered, and the only understanding we really have is when we listen to a story like this. Perhaps it should be compulsory.

  • I Found You

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197

East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him in to her home. Surrey: 21-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful ,involving and moving l Antonia Beamish's narration outstanding.

  • By Susie on 28-03-17

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-02-19

Easy-listening and fairly engaging little mystery.
Nothing ground-breaking and just one step up from chick-lit, but pretty enjoyable, nonetheless.

  • Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant

  • Guide to Financial Freedom
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636

Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant reveals how some people work less, earn more, pay less in taxes, and learn to become financially free.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but not much information added

  • By chiara on 29-12-13

A different world

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

Reviewed: 10-02-19

The world described in this book - a world the author believes everyone should aspire to - is not a world I wish to live in.
Yes, I would like to be more financially secure. But after listening to this book I realise I honestly, truly do not want to be 'rich', in the sense the author means.
I find this world abhorrent. It's the world of Macdonalds and Trump. I have never aspired to that level of wheeler-dealing, and I would rather die than be that kind of person.
It might or might not be possible to reach such 'heights'. I have no intention of trying.
The author thinks that to be self-employed is worthless and somewhat pathetic, unless you have a business employing at least 500 people.
I'm exhausted just listening to it. I'm going to stop now, it's wasting my time - I've work to do!

Part of the problem I have with the book is that it's primarily geared towards Americans. Most of the assumptions about income, tax, benefits, political situation... are rellevant only to the USA.
It might suit ambitious, ruthless, executive types whose only ambition in life is to earn a lot of money for money's sake without a care as to who or what it hurts, or the environmental consequences.
For me, I just want to be financially free to live a simple life. You can keep your boardrooms, private jets and oilfields, thank you.

  • The Easiest Way

  • Solve Your Problems and Take the Road to Love, Happiness, Wealth and the Life of Your Dreams
  • By: Mabel Katz
  • Narrated by: Mabel Katz
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Easiest Way is a practical guide for applying spiritual principles to get past blocks to having what you want in your life. Based on Ho'oponopono, an ancient art from the Hawaiian culture, we learn that life is easy.... We are the ones making it difficult, and we can learn how to get out of our own way! 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really difficult to listen to

  • By M. King on 16-12-18

Really difficult to listen to

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

Her accent is sweet and attractive but VERY strong making it really hard to concentrate

  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

  • A Spiritual Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny
  • By: Robin Sharma
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595

Now published in over 70 languages, this number one international best seller gently offers answers to life's biggest questions as well as a practical process to help you create prosperity, vitality, happiness and inner peace. This is the incredible story of Julian Mantle, a superstar lawyer whose out-of-balance lifestyle leads him to a near-fatal heart attack in a packed courtroom. His collapse brings on a spiritual crisis, forcing him to seek answers to life's most important questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • best book I've ever heard

  • By Shayla Rei Shelton on 09-06-18

Drivel

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

This is dreadful. I am not going to manage past chapter 4 - I've had it. This book is a tired old rehash of every basic, pseudo-Buddhist, 'The Secret' - type enlightenment manual ever written but with no new insights, no revellations, not even a new way of telling the same old story...in fact it assumes the reader has absolutely no knowledge of anything vaguely related to it and treats the subject as if it's something completely new, divulged only in this book.
The supposed meeting with a 'secret' clan of holy sages in Nepal who hold all the answers to life and are just waiting for some random traveller to find them so that they can immediately impart their sacred knowledge (in English, naturally) is cringingly painful.
I can only assume it's been written for children. It makes Harry Potter sound like Dickens.
Seriously, give us a break. Anyone buying such a book is unlikely to be a complete moron?
I tried just having this on in the background while getting on with other things in the hope it might have a redeeming feature. Sadly not.

  • Millionaire Mindset

  • How to Become Rich in 7 Easy Steps
  • By: Craig Beck
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

What you are about to discover in Millionaire Mindset is that money is just a made up concept; it doesn't really exist in the way that most people think that it does. This book will change the way you think about wealth and give you a step-by-step route to a rapid and continuous influx of money.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good content

  • By M. King on 07-09-18

Some good content

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Craig Beck can be quite inspirational and uplifting with his down-to-earth, boy next door language and delivery.
There are many of this type of book and writer out there (and I've read a few!) Generally, it's quite difficult to find something new, that you haven't heard before. Really it's just a question of finding someone who you feel is genuine and who explains things in an approachable and easy to understand way.
Craig Beck is probably one of the best in the field (especially for non-Americans who struggle with an American accent) but the issue I have with this title in particular is his constant banging-on about alcohol. He's obviously an ex-alcoholic with a serious bee in his bonnet about anyone who enjoys a drink.
I have absolutely no intention of letting my enjoyment of the odd glass of wine stop me from realising my full potential in life. We don't all have addictive personalities and I got pretty pissed-off with the constant preaching. At the very least, it was tiresome and boring. At worst, downright patronising.
Wise up, Craig Beck... we're not all as weak and you presumably once were, so lay off the lecturing!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Idea in You

  • How to Find It, Build It, and Change Your Life
  • By: Martin Amor, Alex Pellew
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Do you have an idea in you? A hobby, a project, a product...something that could change your life? The Idea in You is a bulletproof system for finding the right idea and shaping it in to a success - on your own terms. With advice from the people behind the likes of Pizza Pilgrims, Parkrun and Decoded, The Idea in You will show you what to expect, how to think and what to do when launching your own venture.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very average

  • By M. King on 12-07-18

Very average

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I'm sure there are people who would benefit from this book.
I was hoping that somewhere along the line I'd hear something, or hear something which might lead to me hearing something, that might spark off the start of a seed of an idea, which apparently, I have in me.
Not so.
This book is more or less entirely focussed on giving people with an idea the confidence/kick up the ass they need to develop their idea.
No idea? This can't help.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Starch Solution

  • Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!
  • By: John McDougall, Mary McDougall
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

From Atkins to Dukan, fear of the almighty carb has taken over the diet industry for the past few decades - even the mere mention of a starch-heavy food is enough to trigger an avalanche of shame and longing. But the truth is, carbs are not the enemy. Now, best-selling author John A. McDougall, MD, and his kitchen-savvy wife, Mary, prove that a starch-rich diet can actually help us lose weight, prevent a variety of ills, and even cure common diseases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing information

  • By A. Sveinsson on 17-08-17

Just too scary

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

Reviewed: 17-06-18

This guy would have you eating nothing.
I am already a vegan, and eat very little junk or processed food. Yet this guy has managed to make me feel like the most unhealthy person in the world, as if I am deluded and should be ashamed of myself
I already go along with many of his theories, that we should avoid animal products (not only for health!) and that most people eat way too much protein. That's why I bought the book, to vindicate my long-held belief that starches such as whole grains and potatoes are good for you and together with vegetables form the mainstay of a healthy diet.
But when he started to say olive oil, nuts and seeds and soya shouldn't be eaten either, I stopped listening. So perhaps he's right, but I can't live on carrots. I'm not allowed tea, coffee or alcohol either...I'll just kill myself now, shall I?

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Reality Unveiled

  • The Hidden Keys of Existence That Will Transform Your Life (and the World)
  • By: Ziad Masri
  • Narrated by: Mitch Horowitz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

In Reality Unveiled, Ziad Masri takes you on a profound journey into the heart of existence, revealing a breathtaking, hidden reality that will transform your life forever. Far from offering simple platitudes and general principles, Reality Unveiled immerses you into this surprising world of ancient and modern knowledge - and presents you with all the incredible evidence to support it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid.

  • By SMILER on 29-08-18

Lost me somewhere around chapter 4

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

Reviewed: 21-05-18

This book has so many great reviews, I thought I'd give it a go. A ray of positivity...perhaps, a different way of looking at things... on a dark day.
It started off promisingly enough, with some interesting and hopeful insights, almost plausible and introduced with a 'this is the way it is' kind of angle. No speculation. These are the facts. Hmmm.
I just find it difficult to swallow how, with every supposed case of reincarnation, the spirit has always been a human previously. Nobody ever remembers a previous life as a mosquito, do they? But why not? the narrator states that we are all connected, all one, all the same thing. But he then goes on to describe alien beings as somehow different (and perhaps mosquitoes, too) as apparently we don't come back as aliens, either.
All rather dodgy.
I'd love to believe in all this stuff. Of course I would, who wouldn't? But I'm afraid I just - don't - and this book has managed to push me even further away. Shame.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful