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  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

  • A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967

Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan's expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method. The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and to do it all at once - and quickly. After that for the rest of your life, you need only to choose what to keep and what to discard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • read it at last!

  • By Friendly Face on 19-10-16

Recycled with joy

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

Reviewed: 23-01-19

Rave reviews led me to try this. Mistake. It is based on a sliver of an idea, wretchedly obvious. To keep a tidy house is good - no revolutionary innovation there.
It may have some relevance to affluent female Japanese singles living in a tiny space, but the message does hold any interest for a wider public.
After 20 minutes of repetitious vacuity it was recycled. And I did feel joy.

  • The 3-Day Effect

  • By: Florence Williams
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

The 3-Day Effect is a look at the science behind why being in the wild for a minimum of three days can make us happier, healthier and more creative. Whether it’s rafting down Utah’s Green River, backpacking in Colorado wilderness or strolling through Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., scientists are finding that immersions in nature can reduce anxiety, enhance creativity and boost overall well-being.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We need more of this

  • By Chris F on 30-10-18

Gave up before end. Case studies too predictable

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

Addresses the simple truth that we need contact with nature to live happy and balanced lives. Annoying background music to add to pathos. Doesn't reinforce anything but fills in for absence of substance.

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  • Robert Harris

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Robin Morgan
  • Narrated by: Robert Harris
  • Length: 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Author of 11 best-selling novels including the Cicero trilogy, Fatherland and An Officer and a Spy, former journalist and master of thrillers Robert Harris visits the Audible Studios to discuss his latest novel, Munich, set against the backdrop of the fateful Munich conference in 1938 that changed history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and illuminating

  • By William on 04-01-19

Interesting and illuminating

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-19

The reflections of Robert Harris are well worth hearing. The interviewer is jejune and gauche, and clearly doesn't normally do this kind of work.

  • A Small Place in Italy

  • By: Eric Newby
  • Narrated by: Eric Newby
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

In 1967, veteran travel writer Eric Newby and his heroic wife, Wanda, fulfilled their dream of a return to life in the Italian hills where they first met during World War II. But this fulfillment would not come easy. The dream materialised in the form of I Castagni ('The Chestnuts'), a small, decrepit farmhouse with no roof, an abandoned septic tank and its own indigenous wildlife reluctant to give up their home. But in the foothills of the Apuan Alps on the border of Liguria and Northern Tuscany, this ramshackle house would soon become a hub of love, friendship and activity.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A small disappointment in Audible

  • By William on 16-12-18

A small disappointment in Audible

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-18

Maybe Eric served as muse to the more Disneyfied Peter Mayle. Both have created a superficial and sentimental vision of an Englishman's adventures abroad. Johnny Foreigner is either diamond geyser or semi- lovable rogue. This is probably too generous to the manipulative marketing manoeuvring of Mayle, and too unkind to Newby, but the nexus is valid. Now that Middle England decamps to Tuscany for holidays and retirements, it is inevitable that we latch onto Newby and ilk as culpable trendsetters.

  • 59 Seconds: Motivation

  • By: Richard Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Richard Wiseman
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Overcoming procrastination, how to achieve absolutely anything by creating the perfect plan, the dark side of visualization and employing doublethink. Most people would like to be more motivated. For years, gurus and ‘life coaches’ have urged people to improve their lives by changing the way they think and behave, but scientific research has revealed that many of their techniques, from visualization to self-affirmation, are ineffective.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth it

  • By Lisa Sabrina on 14-01-18

Helpful if you want to lose weight

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-18

No earth-shattering ideas, but useful and simple ways to focus on the task in hand

  • France

  • A Short History: From Gaul to de Gaulle
  • By: John Julius Norwich
  • Narrated by: John Julius Norwich
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

John Julius Norwich (at 88) has finally written the book he always wanted to write, the extremely colourful story of the country he loves best. From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains to Charlemagne through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, France is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Full of memorable stories and racy anecdotes, this is the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat - and love better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Love letter to France

  • By Daniel Johnstone on 09-04-18

Conventional history of great men, battles, dates

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

A competent review of French history in the style of a school textbook. Little more than a chronological list of kings, politicians, battles, treaties. It takes a marked English perspective, and the author stresses his own connections and experiences in France. It concludes at the end of the 2nd World War.
John Julius Norwich has a pleasant, relaxed narrative voice.

  • The Hills of Adonis

  • By: Colin Thubron
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

For four months and 500 miles, Colin Thubron walked the mountains of Lebanon, following tracks and rivers. His journey was not only a survey of a remarkable country but a quest for the gods and divinities who held the secrets of death and rebirth in the land's ancient cults. He visited almost every place of cultural importance and lived with the people along his way, recording a country of outstanding natural scenery, rich with a unique medley of races and religions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lyrical exploration of the Lebanon of 50 years ago

  • By William on 08-07-18

Lyrical exploration of the Lebanon of 50 years ago

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This book evokes an ancient and complex world which has now been submerged by waves of crisis and conflict.
An old-school Englishman traveller, immersed in the cultural iconography of the Middle East, he interprets the landscapes he crosses with a far-reaching historical perspective. The ruins, tombs, castles and monasteries he visits have long histories, narrated with the fluent confidence of the author's familiarity with his topic. It is pleasing that he doesn't focus excessively on himself, and the physical difficulties of walking 500 miles across challenging landscapes.
He describes the hospitality of the inhabitants who invite him freely to stay in their houses, sharing their meals and their time with a stranger. He is modest about his level of competence in Arabic but is able to relate details of the conversations he has or which he hears.
The connecting thread of mythology surrounding Adonis and his multiple manifestations runs throughout the book. He describes the power of myths to manifest themselves under different wrappings, so the figure of Adonis appears in Phoenician, Greek and Christian traditions.
I wonder how much of this old world persists, in a region subsequently torn apart by the conflicts of the Arab-Israeli war, the dreadful drawn-out Lebanese civil war and now the waves of refugees fleeing the butchery of Syria. I suspect it will no longer be possible to wander these old ways without danger. The world he evokes has more in common with the world of The Old Testament or the Crusades than the 21st century.
The writing is full of poetry and charm. A satisfying read but one that seems to come from a time which is now irrevocably lost.

  • Daily Bread

  • By: Wendell Berry
  • Narrated by: Michael Toms
  • Length: 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Farmer, ecologist, and writer Berry provides some rich and fertile ground for recreating life and culture. He speaks of enduring values, the wholeness of life and the interdependence of all creatures, especially humankind. Berry's self-discipline, ethical sense and human compassion come through as he leads us from the microcosm of his Kentucky hill farm to the macrocosm of a sane and reasoned planetary vision based on personal integrity, faithfulness, and love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Agriculture losing its soil and its way

  • By William on 02-03-18

Agriculture losing its soil and its way

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Derived from a radio interview, the piece starts disconcertingly with a long piece of American country music. After this overlong prelude we get down to business. Wendell Berry issue not a slick word-spinner, but is quite the antithesis of facile gilded-tongued content-free politicians. His comments come haltingly at times, and he really only hits pace towards the end of the recording when talking about the haemorrhage of people from America's small farms since the 1940s and why this is a disaster. His answers are measured, thoughtful and honest. This man has something to say which is very much worth listening to.