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  • A Return to Love Workshop

  • The Basics of A Course in Miracles
  • By: Marianne Williamson
  • Narrated by: Marianne Williamson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

On July 1-3, 2011, Marianne Williamson taught a workshop on A Course in Miracles in Los Angeles, California. The topic of the weekend was how miracles - shifts in thinking from fear to love - make all the difference in how we live and how we feel. Learning to think differently - to stand psychologically and emotionally on a different ground of being - is the spiritual journey from anxiety to inner peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely transformational

  • By H SWANSTON on 26-08-16

Helpful and interesting

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

Reviewed: 30-05-19

After my curiosity was aroused by reading about A Course in Miracles, I found it hard to read/study the original text, specially because not believing in God myself, the constant mentioned of God/Jesus/The Holy Spirit, irked me some.

This workshop, because this a live workshop, enable me to understand some of the principles in A Course in Miracles, and in reality spiked my interest in reading it and doing the workbook.

It didn't really change my life, but it open a door to wanting to learning new things.

The author is also a real good communicator which helps a lot in making it an easy listen.

  • Queen Victoria's Granddaughters: 1860-1918

  • By: Christina Croft
  • Narrated by: Fleur Edwards
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

On 6 July 1868, when told of the birth of her seventh granddaughter, Queen Victoria remarked that the news was "a very uninteresting thing for it seems to me to go on like the rabbits in Windsor Park". Her apathy was understandable - this was her 14th grandchild, and, though she had given birth to nine children, she had never been fond of babies, viewing them as "frog-like and rather disgusting...particularly when undressed".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really intriguing

  • By EM on 19-07-17

A must read

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

Reviewed: 12-04-19

Amazingly, although it is a big book, with lots of information about lots of people, it is incredibly interesting for anyone who is curious to what happened to Queen Victoria's children and their children. I trully enjoyed every chapter and found out an incredible amount of new information.

  • The F*ck It Diet

  • By: Caroline Dooner
  • Narrated by: Caroline Dooner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

The anti-diet bible that calls time’s up to poisonous beliefs about food, weight and worth. Dieting doesn't work. Not long term. In fact, our bodies are hardwired against it. But each time our diets fail, instead of considering that maybe our ridiculously low-carb diet is the problem, we wonder what’s wrong with us. But it’s time we called a spade a spade: Constantly trying to eat the smallest amount possible is a miserable way to live, and it isn’t even working. So f*ck it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This book is great for thin, obsessed dieters.

  • By Lara on 09-04-19

This book is great for thin, obsessed dieters.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

If you are a thin/normal weight person, who lives obsessed with dieting and what you eat and how much you exercise, this is your book. And I can even call it a great book.

If you are, as I am and lots of people are, already overweight and already suffering from all the problems excess weight might bring you, it is sadly not. And yes, sorry to burst your bubble, being overweight isn't nice, happy or healthy for most.

I actually agree with most of the concepts mentioned, specially the restriction theory, but this book does not take into account the abundant access to food we have today, the incredibly sedentary lives we live, and the fact that most people use food to console themselves constantly and will eat themselves to death.

This is written for people with under or normal weight, who can easily put a few pounds, even if socially that scares them to death. It is written for the aesthetic dieter, not for the people who cannot lose weight, no matter how much they try.

And sorry, you lost me on the emotional part of the book. Lots of people are in touch with themselves and their body, have dealt with their traumas, don't live hiding their feelings and have no problem with how they look in the mirror, and keep gaining weight.

So, a great book for some, but not for all.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Rose Girls

  • By: Victoria Connelly
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Thirty-year-old Celeste Hamilton's life is at a crossroads: she has just left a disastrous marriage, and her estranged mother has recently died, leaving the family's rose business in jeopardy. Reluctantly, Celeste returns to the family home, a moated manor house in Suffolk, to help her two younger sisters sort out the estate and revive the business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great characters

  • By Sharron on 05-04-17

I don't usually give bad reviews...

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

I don't usually give bad reviews... but for the 100th time I hear "she said", I was done with it. And it was not one hour into the book.

The story might even be interesting, I didn't get a chance to know, but the dialogue is so badly written, that I could not listen to it longer.

  • Sophia's Secret

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Bonnyman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

When best-selling author Carrie McClelland visits the stark and beautiful Slains Casle, she decides to use the castle as the setting for her new novel, and one of her own ancestors, Sophia, as her heroine. Then Carrie realises her writing is taking on a life of its own and the lines between fact and fiction become increasingly blurred. As Sophias' memories draw Carrie more deeply into the intrigue of 1708, she discovers a captivating love story lost in time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A well written story.

  • By Judy on 02-01-10

I gave up...

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I usually love this kind of book, but I couldn’t hear this one... I simply couldn’t understand the Scottish accent... I couldn’t follow the story because I didn’t understand it. This book should not be categorized as an English book.

  • The Pearl Sister

  • The Seven Sisters, Book 4
  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine, Rehanna MacDonald
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

Following the death of her father, CeCe D'Aplièse finds herself at breaking point. In desperation, she decides to flee England and discover her past; the only clues she has are a photograph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia over 100 years ago. When CeCe finally reaches the Red Centre of Australia, she begins the search for her past. With help from those she meets on her journey, CeCe begins to believe that this wild, vast continent could offer her a sense of belonging.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful!

  • By Amanda Tork on 07-11-17

It doesn't disappoint!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Where does The Pearl Sister rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very near my top of the list.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, CeCe, as I identified with her immensely.

Which character – as performed by Stephanie Racine and Rehanna MacDonald – was your favourite?

I loved both CeCe and Kitty. The narrators where perfect.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh my God yes! I did cry a lot. Which is great, it meant I was really feeling the story.

Any additional comments?

Read the entire series! Read all her books! Lucinda Riley rocks!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jane Austen at Home

  • By: Lucy Worsley
  • Narrated by: Ruth Redman, Lucy Worsley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, historian Lucy Worsley leads us into the world in which our best-loved novelist lived. This new telling of the story of Jane's life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her and the way in which home is used in her novels to mean both a place of pleasure and a prison. It wasn't all country houses and ballrooms; in fact her life was often a painful struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 27-05-17

Best Jane Austen biography ever!

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

Reviewed: 23-11-17

For those who love Jane Austen and Lucy Worsley's style of introducing history this is a treat! I ended it with a much clearer notion of who Jane Austen was and how her world was like.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Firefly Summer

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Firefly Summer is warm, humorous, sad and happy. Reading it is a joy' Irish Independent In the summer of 1962, an American millionaire arrives in a small, sleepy Irish town with far-reaching consequences. For the children of the Ryan family, the long hot summers are usually spent playing in the ruins of a large, abandoned house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Firefly Summer - A Must Read

  • By Elaine Calderwood on 04-11-07

Enjoyable long read

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The lenght. It's too long for the story.

Would you recommend Firefly Summer to your friends? Why or why not?

To some, not all. It's a good book for the endurance reader.

What does Kate Binchy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The accent. I really like her reading.

Was Firefly Summer worth the listening time?

Yes, it was. Although long I really wanted to know how all characters would end up (and there's a ton of those too).

Any additional comments?

Maeve Binchy might not be for everyone, but she's a patient story teller. I'm looking forward to discover more of her books.

  • The Memory Garden

  • By: Rachel Hore
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Lamorna Cove - a tiny bay in Cornwall, picturesque, unspoilt. A hundred years ago it was the haunt of a colony of artists. Today, Mel Pentreath hopes it is a place where she can escape the pain of her mother's death and a broken love affair, and gradually put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bring a live Lomorna

  • By maggie on 05-05-15

Nice story a bit overly dramatic female characters

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

If you could sum up The Memory Garden in three words, what would they be?

Scenery, discovery, drama

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Memory Garden?

None realy sticks out. The story flows without any climatic moment.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

As before, I cannot point a single scene that stood out.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really. It was enjoyable, the story interesting enough, but the overdramatic female characters kind of ruined it a bit.

Any additional comments?

I didn't connect with the main character enough, I supose. It's a romantic book, and I was expecting more from the past and less from the present, a bit more history and less romance.

The story is there though and I enjoyed reading it. The narrator is very nice too.

  • The Wedding Cake Tree

  • By: Melanie Hudson
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Celebrity photographer Grace Buchanan has always known that one day she'd swap her manic day job for the peace and quiet of her beloved childhood cottage, St Christopher's - she just didn't expect it to be so soon. At the reading of her mother's will, she's shocked to learn that inheriting St Christopher's hangs on one condition: Grace must drop everything for two weeks and travel the country with a mysterious stranger - war-weary Royal Marine Alasdair Finn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Maya on 30-10-15

Not the best book I've read lately

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

What did you like best about The Wedding Cake Tree? What did you like least?

It is a carefree book. There is no great depth in the story or the characters, but it's light enough to pass the time.

What was most disappointing about Melanie Hudson’s story?

I didn't connect with the characters, any of them. They were all so stereotypical.

Which character – as performed by Gabrielle Glaister – was your favourite?

I don't have a favorite, as I really didn't feel like any on them were deep enough to be real.

Could you see The Wedding Cake Tree being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No, it doesn't have enough story. The plot is very superficial.

Any additional comments?

Every reader is different and we all have different tastes. In my opinion this book is very light reading, for the dreamer romantics.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful