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  • Selfie

  • How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us
  • By: Will Storr
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

We live in the age of the individual. We are supposed to be slim, prosperous, happy, extroverted and popular. This is our culture's image of the perfect self. We see this person everywhere: in advertising, in the press, all over social media. We're told that to be this person, you just have to follow your dreams, that our potential is limitless, that we are the source of our own success. But this model of the perfect self can be extremely dangerous. People are suffering under the torture of this impossible fantasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Mr SA Lambe on 17-08-17

A greatly researched mind changer

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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: 17-04-19

It's kind of liberating to know that your indefinite potential actually has limits and that it's not necessary to go hard on yourself when go short on your expectations. It's all made up and that's what this book is about. Lots of information, greatly researched. I was not at all surprised that the author is a journalist, the work of investigation that how it felt like, but a good one!

  • A Place Called Winter

  • By: Patrick Gale
  • Narrated by: Patrick Gale
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

From the author of the best-selling Notes from an Exhibition comes an irresistible, searching, and poignant historical novel of love, relationships, secrets and escape. To find yourself, sometimes you must lose everything. A privileged elder son, and stammeringly shy, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sectrets, love and loss with an epic backdrop

  • By T on 27-03-15

A beautiful story

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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: 09-04-19

I had enjoyed it from the very beginning to the end. The main character is so far from the protagonist with absolute self believe that it makes much easier to empathize with him. Highly recommended!

  • A Political History of the World

  • Three Thousand Years of War and Peace
  • By: Jonathan Holslag
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Political History of the World by Jonathan Holslag, read by Roy McMillan. In 3,000 years of history, China has spent at least 11 centuries at war. The Roman Empire was in conflict during at least 50 percent of its lifetime. Since 1776, the United States has spent over 100 years at war. The dream of peace has been universal in the history of humanity. So why have we so rarely been able to achieve it? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Concise summary of war and peace throughout history

  • By Charlie Sammonds on 19-12-18

No discoveries here...

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

I studied history so for this very reason I have a basic knowledge which wasn't enlightened at all. Somehow we were traveling through history so fast that the subjects the author was talking about were hardly touched. I also imagined to have more diplomacy, the reasons why and how but all I got it was shallow facts everyone knows from history school books.

  • A Guide to the Good Life

  • The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
  • By: William B. Irvine
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441

One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives. In A Guide to the Good Life, Irvine offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up to the Antidote by Oliver Burkeman

  • By KarlK on 10-09-14

Not purest stoicism you can find...

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

If you're interested in authentic stoicism is not a book for you. The author clearly has wide audience in mind, mostly American I suppose, for that reason this beautiful ancient way of living and seeing is very often simplified to a rather primitive level. There are lots of missing parts and it often repeats it self in few messages it wants to conceive. I'm sorry for my time and determination to go with this book till the end because in the end I don't find it very bright...

  • You Care Too Much: Free Yourself from Social Anxiety

  • By: Carl Vernon
  • Narrated by: Carl Vernon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The insecurity, worry, self-doubt, and social anxiety that come with caring too much about what people think can be overwhelming. Does this mean you should go and live a solitary life in the hills, away from people and the BS that comes with them? No. There is a better way. From best-selling author Carl Vernon, You Care Too Much is a no-holds-barred wake-up call about what social anxiety really is, how it affects you, and what you can do about it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author explains social anxiety, excellent listen

  • By Anonymous User on 24-02-19

Very much awful!

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

Reviewed: 24-02-19

If you have a real problem with social anxiety avoid this unscientific, unresearched book which grossly underestimates complexity of this condition and offers simplistic and unhelpful solutions. The author should be shamed for trying to make money from the real suffering of people with this debilitating condition and misguiding them.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Happy Ever After

  • Escaping the Myth of the Perfect Life
  • By: Paul Dolan
  • Narrated by: Paul Dolan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Happy Ever After, written and read by Paul Dolan. Get a good education, be successful, get married, have kids and look after your health. This is what we're told will make us happy. But what if these stories are doing more harm than good? In Happy Ever After, best-selling happiness expert Professor Paul Dolan draws on groundbreaking research and data to bust the common myths about happiness and show that the path to fulfilment is actually far more unexpected than we thought. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Generally good and mind opening but...

  • By Anonymous User on 22-02-19

Generally good and mind opening but...

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

First of all I enjoyed it very much, it was fresh, open minded and genuine in general. We clearly need more books about social narratives because so many of us are simply not aware of it and accepting some of the "Truth" as absolute, which is war from the reality of life. However I couldn't help myself but feel that the author was pushing his audience into one social narrative of happiness and that is one and most important goal everyone should inspire to reach. Simply talking the message was that all of social narratives should be replaced with one - choose happiness because we all want to be happy! Yes, it sounds nice, I want to be happy and not miserable but I also know that it's impossible to stay happy all the time, I'd rather seek for fulfillment, peace of mind, purpose instead of smiling 24/7. Also swearing most of the times was completely unnecessary, I'm from working class too but that doesn't mean I have to use F**k as something obligatory...

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Europe

  • From Pericles to Putin
  • By: Simon Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Simon Jenkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Europe is an astonishingly successful place. In this dazzling new history, best-selling author Simon Jenkins grippingly tells the story of its evolution from warring peoples to peace, wealth and freedom - a story that twists and turns from Greece and Rome, through the Dark Ages, the Reformation and the French Revolution, to the Second World War and up to the present day. Jenkins takes in leaders from Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc to Wellington and Angela Merkel as well as cultural figures from Aristotle to Shakespeare and Picasso. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing new and from a very British point of view

  • By Anonymous User on 06-01-19

Nothing new and from a very British point of view

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

I enjoyed it. It was a great tool to refresh my memory but it was so obviously pro-brexit that I started doubting the author and his integrity. I wouldn't recommend this book in general.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • How to Be Yourself

  • Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety
  • By: Ellen Hendriksen
  • Narrated by: Ellen Hendriksen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Up to 40% of people consider themselves shy. You might say you're introverted or awkward, or that you're fine around friends but just can't speak up in a meeting or at a party. Maybe you're usually confident but have recently moved or started a new job, only to feel isolated and unsure. If you get nervous in social situations - meeting your partner's friends, public speaking, standing awkwardly in the elevator with your boss - you've probably been told, "Just be yourself!" But that's easier said than done - especially if you're prone to social anxiety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read

  • By Mcehudson on 11-04-18

I will listen to it many times, I'm sure of it!

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Reviewed: 23-06-18

The author clearly knows the subject well, one of the best reads on social anxiety

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Get Over Social Phobias and Anxiety, Build Social Confidence with Hypnosis, Meditation, Relaxation, and Affirmations

  • The Sleep Learning System
  • By: Joel Thielke
  • Narrated by: Joel Thielke
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
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    1 out of 5 stars 1
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    1 out of 5 stars 1
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    1 out of 5 stars 1

Get over social phobias and anxiety, be comfortable around new people and crowds and learn how to create inner peace with this guided meditation and relaxation program, from certified hypnotherapist, Joel Thielke. It's as easy as turning on the tracks and falling asleep! The Sleep Learning System is specially designed to work with your subconscious mind during your sleep cycle.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • It's simply bad

  • By Anonymous User on 17-06-18

It's simply bad

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Reviewed: 17-06-18

It simply doesn't do anything, they even don't know what social anxiety is. Very sad

0 of 1 people found this review helpful