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Monster’s monologues are not suited to audiobooks

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Reviewed: 25-08-19

Not sure why I never read this before.

The story is thrilling, unfortunately the narrator chose a depressing (though apt) monotone voice for the monster, and listening to this for long periods was hard to take.

Nevertheless, it is a beautiful story about humanity and the pain we cause each other.

Fascinating

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Reviewed: 25-08-19

I really liked the way this book explained the history and functioning of German society and how the Nazis came to power. This was a democratic process not a coup.

It gave some fascinating insights particularly into women’s roles and views at the time.

I found it very useful for understanding the current political climate and how populism spreads. This book should be seen as a warning.

Now bought the book

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Reviewed: 25-08-19

I was really interested in this book which took me by surprise as I don’t like self help books.
The author is informal and relatable and the theory of being kind to yourself is oddly radical.

I bought the book as soon as I finished the audiobook and bought a journal too, so I could do the work as the book recommends. I was really motivated to do the programme but it’s now been three weeks and I still haven’t opened the book...

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Fun and interesting

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Reviewed: 25-08-19

This was lightweight but funny and interesting. I liked the relaxed format between presenter and producer and really liked that it was made by women.

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Ignore the cheesy American narrator.

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 25-08-19

This was quite a superficial examination of Jonestown and lacked the level of detail I wanted. It really skimmed over what exactly Jim Jones was doing and how exactly he built such a following.

I did not like the bits read by a cheesy American narrator.

The book was saved by the compelling testimony of one of the few survivors who moved me to tears.

More radical than expected.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 25-08-19

This book was a real eye-opener and the author is engaging and interesting.

I will buy the book as there were some concepts/theories that I would like to re read. I liked his use of anecdotal evidence from the UK and US, and the history of work was helpful to give context to his arguments.

Towards the end it becomes more radical as he says he is an anarchist and calls for a basic income for everyone. I’m not sure I think that is possible, but I absolutely agree with the main message about the bullshitisation of jobs.

David Sedaris is a joyous misanthropist

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Reviewed: 13-07-19

I love David Sedaris’ work and have read most of his books. This was the first one I bought and have read it lots, but the audiobook brought a new level of joy. He can be so cutting but he is honest about his own shortcomings so it seems fair.

Glad I tried it again.

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Reviewed: 04-05-19

I tried to read this in my 20s, but it was too heavy. I’m glad I tried again, it is an amazing book.
Telling the story through her family is the best way of sharing such an enormous and complex history.
It made me rethink my ideas about communism too, why does such a good idea in principle always end up in a fat dictator?

Brilliant!

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 31-03-19

I read this while spending time in hospital and it helped me to get a much better understanding of a doctor’s life. I’m a social worker so I know about the misery of working in the public sector, but the pressure on junior doctors is shocking.
The book manages to be funny and moving with many memorable lines that I’ve repeated.

Fantastic story

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Reviewed: 31-03-19

I never finished reading this book, so I gave it a try as an audiobook and what a difference it made.
Such a great story, with great characters and moments that were so tense.
The narrator was a bit more cheerful than I imagined Raskolnikov to sound but I adjusted to it after a while and enjoyed it.