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  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fascinating and bonkers

  • By melisa on 04-11-15

Lovely story...but...

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

Reviewed: 29-06-15

I really did love this book, being closely affiliated to Denmark and living there some of the time it rang so many bells! And I was particularly pleased that the very things I love most were described perfectly. However, the narration was spoiled by terrible pronunciation - unfamiliar words I can forgive but 'CopenHARgen'??!!! Seriously?! It would have been so easy to have a better stab at it. Calling the former PM 'Hell' instead of 'Heller' would have been funny if it hadn't been so irritating - and downright confusing! Love the book though and the narrator's voice is great, she tells the story beautifully with all the right emphasis. She needed a better Danish teacher :-)

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Winners

  • And How They Succeed
  • By: Alastair Campbell
  • Narrated by: Alastair Campbell, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885

The Sunday Times number-one best seller. How people succeed and how you can, too. Alastair Campbell knows all about winning. As Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist, he helped guide the Labour Party to victory in three successive general elections, and he’s fascinated by what it takes to win. How do sports stars excel, entrepreneurs thrive, or individuals achieve their ambitions? Is their ability to win innate? Or is the winning mind-set something we can all develop?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights

  • By MarkPT on 18-02-16

Life changing!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

As soon as it finished I had to go back to the beginning and start again. And I instructed my daughter to buy the book and read it with a notebook at her side.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful