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  • The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

  • Book 14 in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

As Botswana awaits the familiar blessing of the rains and their eternal cycle, upheaval is taking place at the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Not only is Mr J. L. B. Matekoni attempting to reform himself into a modern husband but, following her marriage to Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Makutsi has joyful news.With the arrival of an heir to the Double Comfort furniture empire and Mma Makutsi busy with motherhood, cobras and a senior aunt, Mma Ramotswe must grapple alone with tea-making, detective work and a new uncertainty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasure to listen to

  • By Jan on 13-12-13

Excellent

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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: 26-09-18

I've read this series in paperback, some years ago now so when I discovered a new one, in audible, I was delighted. Revisiting old friends while I work has been immensely pleasurable and I'm off now to catch up with the next one.

The reader was awesome, the story, wonderful.

  • The Snow Child

  • By: Eowyn Ivey
  • Narrated by: Debra Monk
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

A bewitching tale of heartbreak and hope set in 1920s Alaska. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on making a fresh start for themselves in a homestead 'at the world's edge' in the raw Alaska wilderness. But as the days grow shorter, Jack is losing his battle to clear the land, and Mabel can no longer contain her grief for the baby she lost many years before. The evening the first snow falls, their mood unaccountably changes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely haunting story with gentle narration

  • By S. Bradshaw on 06-03-12

Awesome

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-18

Just a quick review because I'm so sad it's over. Fantastic story. So lovely. I really felt for all the characters.

  • Natives

  • Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire
  • By: Akala
  • Narrated by: Akala
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 592

From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook. In this unique book he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today. Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, Natives speaks directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Interesting and Challenging Listen

  • By Ross Clark on 10-07-18

The must-read book of the year

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Reviewed: 10-06-18

I've only relatively recently had Akala come on my radar but have seen that he is an intelligent man with a passion and a mission, so, I thought I would read what he has to say.

It's a fantastic analysis of the issues of race and class (because they are interwoven) in 21st century Britain. Based around his own life experiences and backed up with well researched and articulated data, this covers pretty much most of the issues of black history and class divisions in both the UK. Contrasting these with comparative and equivalent - though not identical - struggles and injustices from around the world.

It would be amazing if subsequent releases of the book contained a further reading section for people that might be interested in expanding their knowledge on some of the key points in world history that he mentions. But, of course, there's always Google these days.

I've added him to my imaginary "people I'd invite to dinner list", though, of course, because I'm not a great cook and I'm sure he has more than a coupe of hour's worth of chat in him, I think I'd better change that to imaginary "long weekend on a barge" list. Though, I'm pretty sure, he'd be happier doing what he's doing and trying to make the world a better place instead.

  • Small Great Things

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320

The new audiobook from number one best-selling author Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility. When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First but not last

  • By TinaàRaven on 12-01-17

Unmissable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-18

Wow. I've read quite a few books by this author but this one blew me out of the water. The only thing I know about Jodi was that she is an extremely talented writer and while I was reading this book I wondered if she was an African American author. When she revealed at the end that she is indeed the epitome of white privilege I was very surprised. She's a brave lady to tackle this subject full on and a genius to engineer the subject of our racist society into a compelling story. I will be sharing and recommending this story to all the white people I know because as she says, we are all racist, and this tale explains why.

I was sickened by the revelation that people like Turk walk among us, and that the language they use and actions they take are still a real thing. I related to the lawyer and her transformation as the scales fell from her eyes because it echoed the discomfort that all white people must feel if they want to transition to ally. I loved Ruth and her son, she's beautiful, down to earth, a great mother and I'm not going to give anything else away.

Its inspired me to write an anti racism toolkit blog post and this book will be one of the three must-reads I will recommend.

  • The Art of Peace

  • Teachings of the Founder of Aikido
  • By: John Stevens - translator, Morihei Ueshiba
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

The inspirational teachings in this collection show that the real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. The teachings are drawn from the talks and writings of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the popular Japanese martial art of Aikido, a mind-body discipline he called the "Art of Peace", which offers a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict. Ueshiba believed that Aikido principles could be applied to all the challenges we face in life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational

  • By Wild Bunny Arts on 30-04-18

Inspirational

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Reviewed: 30-04-18

A great read that is full of wisdom. I'm glad I read it. Now I'm going to read it again.

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  • Bad Pharma

  • How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
  • By: Ben Goldacre
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

'Bad Science’ hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every medical doctor should read this!

  • By Lut on 23-12-12

Gobsmacked lo

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 29-04-18

Literally... I just want to write: OMG WTF OMG WTF OMG WTF until my words get to the max limit for the review. I can't believe what I just heard. As a patient, with no medical training i now feel that we are all part of a giant global Guinea pig trial with no cross communication or even record taking at all.

I loved the interview at the end and like the reader says, this book is extremely accessible even if you have no medical training or prior knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry.

I have wanted to listen/read this book for ages but I have been putting it off because I wasn't sure I could handle what I was likely to read. As a patient, I have felt that doctors have not had knowledge of side effects/interactions that I have reported and I've even been advised quack remedies by one doctor. I understand they are only human and acting on the information they have to hand but I am livid that they don't have access to true up to date cross checked data about the medicines they prescribe to us.

I'm going to look for a patient group now.

The reader and the writer are totally fabulous and awesome.

  • Why We Sleep

  • The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,857
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,630
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,592

Why can some birds sleep with only half of their brain? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, health and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep or what good it serves or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. In this book, neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker charts 20 years of cutting-edge research.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is Sleep just for the Weak?

  • By R Blades on 15-01-18

Life changing

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Reviewed: 12-04-18

I was captivated from beginning to end. I've always thought the whole work world was being unkind to me with its early starts and now I know it. Being in tune with my natural rhythm as a self employed owl is definitely happiness-making.

It is crying shame that more employers and schools in particular demand a start time that is equal to my (and billions of others) natural wake time.

Read this book, share with your friends, family, employers. It's BRILLIANT.

  • The Story of the Human Body

  • Evolution, Health, and Disease
  • By: Daniel Lieberman
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman - chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field - gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awfully slow

  • By Lord Peridot on 21-03-14

Brilliant

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Reviewed: 26-02-18

Just a short review but I really enjoyed this and it gave me plenty of food for thought.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lone Wolf

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Nick Corder, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

When Luke Warren is involved in a car accident that leaves him in a coma, his family face an impossible dilemma. His daughter, Cara, will fight everything and everyone to save her father's life. But his son, Edward, can't imagine that a man who once ran with wolves could ever be happy with a different life. Now they must choose: Do they keep Luke alive, hoping for a miracle? Or do they let him go?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a book that I really enjoyed

  • By grace cassar on 25-03-12

Captivating

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I've never been sorry to read a jodie picoult book and this is no different. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it, it took hold of my mind and emotions and I really felt for every character. A must read.

  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,826
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,205

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need more!

  • By Lily on 08-11-17

Fabulous

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-17

I adore the reading style of Stephen Fry, this is the next best thing to having him tuck me cosily up and night and read me a story. What a collection of captivating stories. Well worth a read/listen.