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Harold Hughes

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Wanted to like it more than I did

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I like Rick Wakeman and I have enjoyed seeing him on occasion tell a funny story or two so when I had the chance to get his book read by himself I thought I'd enjoy it. Sadly, apart from a couple of genuinely funny stories and a couple of interesting situations he describes getting into, the majority of it is fairly juvenile. Lots about drinking to excess and farting and one or two questionable stories that border on cringingly inappropriate. As I say in my title of this review - I so wanted to like it more than I was able to - maybe a second volume might have more substance.

Always A Five Star Experience

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

It’s David Sedaris, what more do you need to know. Brilliant observational comedic writing read as always wonderfully by the man himself.

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What A Life

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

As he says in the book - tip of the iceberg. Most frequently used word ‘Beautiful’ it’s David Lynch - say no more .....

Heart warming

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This is a heart warming book even if just a little predictable. The writer evokes emotions with great sensitivity and the performances are convincing. August’s voice takes a little getting used to but soon evokes the character. Everyone should read a book like this at least once in their life (my precept - get the book to get the reference) 5 stars

Practical Mysticism

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-17

I enjoyed this book for its reassuring practical mysticism. It didn’t tell me much more than I have already understood about the nature of self, mind, spirit and love but it did present them in fresh ways to remind me of what I know. His delivery is warm and clear using metaphors everyone can relate to. Recommended.

Beautifully Honest

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

This book is as close as anyone could get to sitting in a room with Brian Wilson talking openly about his incredible life. There is a naivety about his story, the way he tells it, that is simple yet profoundly honest. He addresses his life long struggle with ‘the voices in his head’ and mental illness. His relationship with a loving yet abusive father mirrored by his relationship with his unloving and abusive therapist. He describes his creative process and talks about the great songs and albums. The narrator is easy to listen to and overall this is a must listen or read for any Brian Wilson fan or music fan. Five stars.

Good Book - Questionable Narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-17

The premise of this book is fascinating and very well researched and written. It is a thorough study of the mind/body connection with specific reference to the power of the placebo effect. It took me a while to listen to it because of the narration. Genevieve Swallow reads the text well and has a nice enough voice - until - and it is a big until - she reads dialogue. For some reason rather than just reading what any given character has to say, she reads it in an accent. For example, if she is quoting something a Doctor from Germany has said, she says it in a ridiculous German accent. There are characters from all over the world in this book from Manchester to Milan and she insists on reading what they have to say in terrible accents which becomes really off-putting at least for me as a listener. This is not a novel in need of dramatic interpretation, it is a technical book relaying information - I don't appreciate the accents. I almost returned the book as I have it in eBook format also, but I wanted to get through it while I walked to work rather than sit down and read it - that's the beauty of the audio book format. So, whether this is a production issue or just the narrators style - please, in future, just read the text.

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Excellent Overview

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

Enjoyed the passion and enthusiasm of both lecturers. Also helpful was the fact that they sought to give the lectures a practical application.

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Cried Laughing Out Loud

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

Where does God Is Disappointed in You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is in my top five all time favourites and I have listened to a lot of audio books.

What did you like best about this story?

Well, the story is basically a distillation of some of the greatest stories ever told, since it is a humorous break down of the entire Bible Old and New Testaments. But as the author says there are many stories most people will not be aware of since they are not usually told due to the violent or sexual nature of the content.

Which character – as performed by James Urbaniak – was your favourite?

James reads the whole thing and plays all the characters - often with such hilarity and perfect characterisation and timing that I almost choked laughing. He reminds me of David Sedaris in his tone and delivery and he interprets the author skilfully.

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

Indeed I did - some may be put off thinking this to be a religious book, which it is not. The hilarious thing about the writing is that it proves that the Bible itself is not really a 'religious' book - more of a comedy of errors and human foibles. I have been a Vicar in a previous life and have a degree in Theology so I am very familiar with the Bible. This book should be compulsory reading for all seminarians and congregational members of church or synagog.

Any additional comments?

You don't have to know anything at all about the Bible to appreciate and indeed enjoy this book - it is truly hilarious and James Urbaniak is amazing in his delivery. uiy this audio book BUT do not listen while driving!

I Believe

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-17

Pure Eddie. It's just like he says in his final chapter- like having an extended intimate chat in which you can't get a word in edge ways. It's full of ridiculous but wonderful rambling footnotes (that you don't get in the print version) which add to the bonkers tone of he whole thing. He is one determined son of a gun and has worked hard for his place in the hall of fame. Thanks Eddie for keeping me company for the past week. Love it x

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