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Terry Miles

Forest Hill, London United Kingdom
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  • When Nietzsche Wept

  • By: Irvin D. Yalom
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Josef Breuer, one of the founding fathers of psychoanalysis, is at the height of his career. Friedrich Nietzsche, Europe's greatest philosopher, is on the brink of suicidal despair, unable to find a cure for the headaches and other ailments that plague him. When he agrees to treat Nietzsche with his experimental "talking cure", Breuer never expects that he, too, will find solace in their sessions. Only through facing his own inner demons can the gifted healer begin to help his patient.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Mateusz Sobiesiak on 19-12-17

The original lobster man?

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

I am not someone with any academic background in philosophy or psychology. It turns out this makes me vulnerable to a story well told.

I have no direct experience of Freudian or Jungian psychotherapy but I have always distrusted it. People seem to spend years in it, spend buckets of money and just keep going back and back and back because - I do believe - one's capacity for self-delusion on the basis of a 19th Century mid-European franchise run by a venerable academic discipline is boundless. Lately I have been more impressed by evolutionary psychology with seems far more grounded in neuroscience and modern research. There is also the recent assessment that the subconscious doesn't actually exist and that the analysis of dreams is largely a task of imagination So I started with a certain cynicism towards Yalom. But...

The book is pretty well written - the audio beautifully performed - and is very seductive. It's a fiction that draws out both the claimed benefits of psychotherapy and selective insights from Nietzche's work, ultimately to suggest a plausible link between the thought of Nietzche and Freud. As a relative innocent coming to philosophy I was seduced (as you may be). There are some great quotes and challenging aphorisms that bear thinking about in there.

I've even ordered a couple of books by Nietzsche and in the meantime gone back to the audiobook of A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell to listen to his chapter on Nietzsche. And there I came to a sudden screeching halt.

I know that some will protest that his life's work was hijacked by his anti-semitic sister and the Nazis, that Russell wrote in the aftermath of WW2 and that we are only now coming to make a neutral reassessment and rediscovery of his thoughts BUT do listen to Russell's assessment. And the quotations from Nietzsche HE provides. I'm no longer certain that any modern reassessment is worthwhile.

His thought seems to lead directly to that of Jordan Petersen, fear and loathing of women, male power, fascism, a disregard for the humanity of the masses and much else besides.

Like Petersen's, this book might be dangerous in the hands of relative innocents like me who might make radical changes to our lives, adopt doubtful politics and impact the lives of others after reading it. It has an internal coherence but please take care to step back read around both Nietzsche and Freud and history before giving it 5 stars or recommending it to friends. Life is more complicated. It has got me exploring philosophy again but do take care.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars

  • A Neuropsychologist’s Odyssey
  • By: Paul Broks
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars by Paul Broks, read by Simon Bubb. A man's wife dies. What next? The next day is next, and the next, and so on. He smothers his sorrow and gets on with the days. He's a Stoic. Tranquillity is the goal, but his brain won't rest. As a neuropsychologist he has spent a career trying to fathom the human brain, but now, he comes to realise, his brain is struggling to make sense of him - probing, doubting, reconstructing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emergent

  • By Charlie Paull on 11-02-19

A unique experience

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

It is a wonderful book. Full of science, love, insight and personal reflection. It’s undisciplined and all the better for that.

  • Sleep

  • The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps...and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind
  • By: Nick Littlehales
  • Narrated by: Nick Littlehales
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 256

One third of our lives is spent trying to sleep. Most us have disturbed, restless nights and rely on a cocktail of caffeine and sugar to drag us through the day. Yet the hours we spend in bed shape our moods, motivation and decision-making skills - defining our performance in work, at home and while keeping fit. We need a new approach to sleep. In this groundbreaking audiobook, Nick Littlehales, elite sleep coach to some of the world's leading sports stars and teams, lays bare his strategies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should have got someone else to narrate

  • By Raistrick on 24-02-17

An intensely annoying book

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

What did you like best about Sleep? What did you like least?

Practical tips on bed size, sleep cycles, mattress choice, mattress cover and pillow choice; turning off all screens 90 minutes before sleep time, getting very thick curtains, getting up at the same time every day, sleeping in absolute darkness.

The worst thing about the book is the author's voice. He doesn't read fluently at all. It becomes extremely annoying after a while.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

See above. The sleep tips.

Far, far too much of the book is taken up in him establishing his credentials, telling us about his proud career and dropping famous sporting names all over the place. Padding, padding, padding.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Littlehales’s performances?

Never

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Uncommon Type

  • Some Stories
  • By: Tom Hanks
  • Narrated by: Tom Hanks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 392

A collection of 17 wonderful short stories showing that Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game - and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ten Hours With Tom Hanks

  • By Agatha on 28-10-17

A beautiful book. Buy it.

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

This has been my book of the year so far and is likely to remain so. Stories short and long, poignant, imaginative, tough, funny, intensely humane, intelligent, suspenseful and crafted with immense care. A typewriter plays at least a small bit-part in all of them; as does what I’d take to be real America, the best of America.

I’ve recommended it to friends and bought the hardback edition.

Buy it.

  • Reasons to Stay Alive

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Matt Haig
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221

What Does it mean to feel truly alive? Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brave work for which I am so grateful

  • By Camilla Morgan on 26-05-15

Frighteningly good.

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Matt need not worry about writing such a personal book. We all have our individual experience of depression and anxiety. But somehow only by referring to that personal experience can a writer’s integrity show itself and bring real value - and help - to the reader. Thankyou Matt. I’ve made lots of notes - including some notes I’ll revisit if/when the illness returns - and in the meantime I’m going to revisit the pleasures of the peanut butter sandwich.

  • The Worry Trick

  • How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It
  • By: David Carbonell PhD
  • Narrated by: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr.
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 190

Are you truly in danger or has your brain simply "tricked" you into thinking you are? In The Worry Trick, psychologist and anxiety expert David Carbonell shows how anxiety hijacks the brain and offers effective techniques to help you break the cycle of worry, once and for all. Anxiety is a powerful force. It makes us question ourselves and our decisions, causes us to worry about the future, and fills our days with dread and emotional turbulence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-11-17

Truly awful

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

Reviewed: 20-11-17

This book successfully replaced my worries with intense irritation. Like a lot of American self-help books it is 95% padding and stories of patients recounted very slowly. In future I’m going to avoid any book by someone with a name with middle initial and a PhD after it.

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

  • A Memoir
  • By: Chris Packham
  • Narrated by: Chris Packham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

An introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school, Chris Packham was only at home in the fields and woods around his suburban home. But when he stole a young kestrel from its nest, he was about to embark on a friendship that would teach him what it meant to love - and that would change him forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting tale of love and loss.

  • By Lisa Morin on 08-05-16

A beautiful book

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

Reviewed: 25-10-17

This is a beautiful book and a quite precious work of art. I will revisit it frequently.