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The Mother of All Jobs cover art
  • The Mother of All Jobs

  • How to Have Children and a Career and Stay Sane(ish)
  • By: Christine Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Christine Armstrong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

When Christine Armstrong became a mother, it never occurred to her that she would want to stop work or even work part-time. But the truth is, combining work and small kids is hard. From the broken breast pumps on business trips, to hiding chicken pox from the nursery, to the heartbreak when you come home and realise your baby smells of the childminder. When Christine Armstrong tried it, she found herself desolate with misery. Determined to make it work, she looked for answers by interviewing other working mums and found that she wasn't alone. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and thought-provoking

  • By Ellie Boot on 17-11-18

Interesting and thought-provoking

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

This doesn't give much practical advice about what to do but it made me feel a lot less alone with my problems and it was helpful hearing a lot of other women's stories and how they tried to achieve a work-life balance. Overall, I really liked it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Fluent Forever

  • How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It
  • By: Gabriel Wyner
  • Narrated by: Gabriel Wyner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Memory is the greatest challenge to learning a foreign language; there are just too many words and too many rules. For every new word we learn, we seem to forget two old ones, making fluency seem out of reach. Fluent Forever tackles this challenge head-on. Starting with pronunciation, you'll learn how to rewire your ears and turn foreign sounds into familiar sounds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Innovative

  • By Konstantin on 04-05-18

Really useful tips

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

I'm glad I found this book because it had some really good tips for language learning. I found it a bit long-winded though and it could have got its points across a lot more quickly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Bonkers: A Real Mum's Hilariously Honest Tales of Motherhood, Mayhem and Mental Health cover art
  • Bonkers: A Real Mum's Hilariously Honest Tales of Motherhood, Mayhem and Mental Health

  • By: Olivia Siegl
  • Narrated by: Olivia Siegl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

A real mum's hilariously honest tales of motherhood, mayhem and mental health. 'You see, pre-motherhood I had this image of the sort of motherhood I was going to have. Happy, confident and in total control, breezing through my perfect new mum life, clad in white linen, with a smiley, easygoing baby attached to my hip. But then, something happened.'

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Grated a bit

  • By Ellie Boot on 17-11-18
  • Bonkers: A Real Mum's Hilariously Honest Tales of Motherhood, Mayhem and Mental Health
  • By: Olivia Siegl
  • Narrated by: Olivia Siegl

Grated a bit

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

This is funny in places and worth a listen but unfortunately I found the very frequent use of the phrase 'tiny human' really annoying after a while, as well as the author saying 'wouldn't care less' instead of 'couldn't care less'.