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  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,492
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,311

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldly might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love these characters and these books.

  • By Pegs on 23-11-18

love immersing myself in these books

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

I absolutely love immersing myself in these books. Kobna is a fantastic narrator, I don't think the books would be half as good without his depiction of each of the characters. What an ending too... can't wait for the next one!

  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,960
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,615
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,579

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Ollie Chapman on 22-09-15

You must listen to this!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I have been absolutely blown away by this. It's not a book but a recorded 2 day seminar she ran - think extra long TEDtalk. I've gone through every emotion whilst listening. From laughing out loud one second, to being in a flood of tears the next. Brené tells it like it is, doesn't give you bullshit, yet provides such invaluable, credible, useful and doable advice that we can all implement and all resonate with to improve our lives and live to our fullest. I have never felt so strongly about recommending a book before! Please, please listen! You will not be disappointed.

  • Work Like a Woman

  • By: Mary Portas
  • Narrated by: Mary Portas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

By most people’s standards I would say I’ve had a pretty good career. I’ve reached the top of the ‘ladder’ and been lucky enough to have had a damned good life. But at what cost? At the cost of who I truly was. I played the business game for years, where the rules were set by men for men. I was tough and aggressive. I put in long hours, was competitive and resilient. But I suppressed my natural energy, sensitivity and instinct. I worked like this until I couldn’t any more. And then I changed....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A compulsory for young women and men

  • By Sophie on 06-04-19

thought provoking and eye-opening

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

Highly recommend this book - for both men and women, young and old. Even those who think they have a good thing going or don't experience any issues relating to workplace dynamics as women or men! We all need to raise our heads to make change truly happen and equality to reign, not this half-arsed attempt we all seem to be accepting without question.

Depression Is a Liar
    
    
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        Danny Baker
    
    


    
    
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        Alec Shea
    
    


    
    Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    10 ratings
    Overall 2.3
  • Depression Is a Liar

  • By: Danny Baker
  • Narrated by: Alec Shea
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10

Depression is living in a body that fights to survive...with a mind that tries to die. Depression is fear, despair, emptiness, numbness, shame, embarrassment and the inability to recognise the fun, happy person you used to be. Depression is the incapacity to construct or envision a future. Depression is losing the desire to partake in life. Depression can cause you to feel completely alone - even when you’re surrounded by people. Worst of all, depression can convince you that there’s no way out. It can convince you that your pain is eternal and destined to oppress you for the rest of your days. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not the Danny Baker

  • By D J VICTOR on 07-06-18

Narration stale, useful advice & insight

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

Reviewed: 21-05-18

The narration is very stale, just like a teacher is reading a book to you, rather than being in character, so much of the deep feelings of this book are lost which is a big shame. I read this to help understand depression more than just from my own experience. I think it only scrapes the surface, a little lacking in substance, although does give some important, useful advice in a way that doesn't feel preeched.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,454

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Feels like it could all be true!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

I was quickly absorbed in this book and can't wait to get stuck into the others in the series. Being set in London with all its history, Aaronovitch makes you feel like his fantasy world could actually be real. Well written, engulfs you in the drama and the narrator, Holdbrook-Smith, has a wonderful tone, perfect for this kind of book

  • Monsters of Men

  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

War,’ says the Mayor, ‘at last.’ Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they’re so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await? But then a third voice breaks into the battle, one bent on revenge….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really impressive ending and great narration.

  • By Mr. D. V. Carruthers on 18-08-11

Great final book of the series

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

Reviewed: 30-01-18

Loved this series. Stumbled across them accidentally, but glad I did. a totally unique fantasy perspective of humans embarking on life on another planet. Highly recommended.

  • The Urban Monk

  • Eastern Wisdom and Modern Hacks to Stop Time and Find Success, Happiness, and Peace
  • By: Pedram Shojai OMD
  • Narrated by: Pedram Shojai OMD
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

The Urban Monk, a New York Times best seller, reveals the secrets to finding an open heart, sharp mind, and grounded sense of well-being, even in the most demanding circumstances. Shojai's no-nonsense life mastery program brings together clear tools and exercises that can elevate your existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of the best

  • By Andy Lawrence on 21-07-16

Down to earth book

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

Reviewed: 31-07-17

Enjoyable with good tips and hacks. Zoned out here and there and found it difficult to follow some sections where you ideally need the book to read and reread. I will be reviewing his resources and may decide to buy a hard copy book. Recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

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

Useful tips, worth a read

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

Reviewed: 20-02-17

Good tips on how to focus on genuinely clearing clutter and reassessing the value and sentiment we place on so many things we feel we can't part with, but are ultimately deadweight to our lives and homes. I disliked the use of 'throw it away' that she stressed so much - please recycle and drop off at charity shops as and where you can!! It's also originally a Japanese book so has some text specific to them but not too much. I've already started to Marie Kondo my house so it must've sparked something!!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Try Not to Breathe

  • By: Holly Seddon
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies, Lucy Middleweek, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,984

For fans of Gillian Flynn, Laura Lippman, and Paula Hawkins comes Holly Seddon's arresting fiction debut: an engrossing thriller full of page-turning twists and turns, richly imagined characters, and gripping psychological suspense. Some secrets never die. They're just locked away. Alex Dale is lost. Destructive habits have cost her a marriage and a journalism career. All she has left is her routine: a morning run until her body aches, then a few hours of forgettable work before the past grabs hold and drags her down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you can get over annoying irritating inflections in speech of two readers it's worth listening to.

  • By Pete on 02-12-16

Quite gripping, decent narrators

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

Reviewed: 23-11-16

I would recommend this book, but it is maybe a bit too similar to Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan and The Girl on the Train. The narrators are better than others I have listened to but there is always one voice that's a little cringeworthy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,365

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • waste of time

  • By Nicole on 02-10-16

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

Loved this book. A great story, intense, and fantastic twist. Only negative was the narrator for Anna was terrible and monotone, simply reading rather than being the character. Otherwise, I highly recommend it.