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  • The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

  • How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter
  • By: Margareta Magnusson, Jane Magnusson
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

Döstädning, or the art of death cleaning, is a Swedish phenomenon by which the elderly and their families set their affairs in order. Whether it's sorting the family heirlooms from the junk, downsizing to a smaller place, or setting up a system to help you stop misplacing your keys, death cleaning gives us the chance to make the later years of our lives as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Whatever your age, Swedish death cleaning can be used to help you de-clutter your life, and take stock of what's important.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed, cried and got on with the task at hand.

  • By D.O. on 07-09-18

Buy a copy of this book for your parents!

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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: 15-03-19

This book contains beautifully crafted advice from someone who has cleaned up before and after the deaths of others and has diligently and systematically, gently cleaned up after herself.

It is both touching and useful.

If you have elderly parents or are getting on yourself, this is indeed a very gentle and encouraging book. It guides you through the process of letting go of all things material, enjoying the memories and letting go of the physical thing - so that when you die you leave the things of true value to your relatives...so they the dont have to clear up a lifetimes worth of your STUFF.


Juliet Stevenson as always is a star narrator and perfect for this book.

  • The Awakened Ape

  • A Biohacker's Guide to Evolutionary Fitness, Natural Ecstasy, and Stress-Free Living
  • By: Jevan Pradas
  • Narrated by: Paul Brion
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

Perpetually bored, anxious, fatigued, and overweight, modern society has failed to deliver the happiness it promised. The remedy, Jevan Pradas argues, is in a unique synthesis of a Paleolithic lifestyle and Buddhist meditation. A sprawling journey, featuring Jevan's adventures with naked Amazonian tribes and retreats with enlightened monks to learn the secrets of optimal well-being, The Awakened Ape will teach you how to achieve deep states of bliss. All while shaping your body into the fit and healthy animal millions of years of evolution programmed you to be. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unfulfilled potential

  • By Zen Bob on 30-07-18

slightly annoying, but good messages

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

Reviewed: 10-03-19

good content and the connections/implications with hunter-gatherers are interesting

lots of references to dating and sex which are supposed to be funny or ironic but are sort of a bit blah

performance a bit of a struggle but ok once you are used to it

if you are already interested in the content you will probably enjoy it and find it useful, if you are new to it all it could be a marmite moment

  • The Song of Achilles

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing. As they grow into young men their bond blossoms into something far deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gripping and beautiful

  • By mrs on 07-04-13

great but trojan war really did feel.10 yrs long!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

fantastic story beautifully told. incredible performance.

but the Trojan war went on and on and on....

  • The Salt Path

  • By: Raynor Winn
  • Narrated by: Anne Reid
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, the couple lose their home and their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5

  • By Kim on 02-06-18

what a pleasure

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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: 20-02-19

loved the honesty, and the gentle acceptance of the trials of homelessness. I also loved being on the path and felt as though I was walking alongside. Thankfully though, I havent had to eat the noodles...

  • First You Write a Sentence.

  • The Elements of Reading, Writing...and Life.
  • By: Joe Moran
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The sentence is the common ground where every writer walks. A poet writes in sentences, but so does the unsung author who came up with Items trapped in doors cause delays. A good sentence can be written (and read) by anyone if we simply give it the gift of our time, and it is as close as most of us will get to making something truly beautiful. Enter acclaimed author Professor Joe Moran. Using minimal technical terms, First You Write a Sentence is his unpedantic but authoritative explanation of how the most ordinary words can be turned into verbal constellations of extraordinary grace. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By marija maher on 25-12-18

Inspiring

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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: 10-01-19

The most exsquisite celebration of the written word. A joy - from each capital letter to every full stop.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079

From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally best-selling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey. In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By madeleine davitt on 06-05-18

I LOVED this book

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

Reviewed: 23-10-18

Prepare to be transported to ancient Greece! Be in awe of the power, courage and determination of Circe as she takes on the Gods and comes out of every encounter stronger and more authentic than before. Even if myths and legends are not your thing - they aren't mine - this is incredible storytelling. excellent performance too! Highly recommended.

  • Grass for His Pillow

  • Tales of the Otori, Book 2
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Aiko Nakasone, Kevin Gray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

Grass for His Pillow is the second novel in Lian Hearn's astonishingly beautiful series inspired by feudal Japan, Tales of the Otori. In the ancient Oriental lands of the Otori, amidst a time of violent war, famine and treacherous alliances, the fate of the young lovers Otori Takeo and Shirakawa Kaede hangs in the balance.... Takeo, heir to the great Otori clan, has pledged his life to the secret Tribe. His supernatural skills of virtual invisibility and acute hearing make him their most deadly assassin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • dope

  • By Jay on 19-12-18

The stilted prose gets a bit wearing... but

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

... the story is riveting. I found myself greedily listening as both the love story and Takeo's heros journey unfolded.

a shame the style of writing doesnt flow when read: every sentence seems to have no more tgat five words and when you hear one with ten or more it is like a holiday for your ears.

  • Who Are You?

  • The Path of Self-Inquiry
  • By: Gangaji
  • Narrated by: Gangaji
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

In Who Are You?, American-born spiritual teacher Gangaji spells out the bedrock principles of self-inquiry, a cluster of no-nonsense concepts that reveal how to effortlessly step outside limited psychological conditioning and mental constructs into the freedom, expansiveness, and peace of your own true nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautiful teaching

  • By jenny sanders on 22-08-18

beautiful teaching

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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: 22-08-18

Gangaji's three sessions recorded here are a delight to listen to and rich in teachings for those seeking freedom.

  • Heaven's Net Is Wide

  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: J. Paul Boehmer, Julia Fletcher
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

In a remote mountain village, a boy is born gifted with the supernatural skills of his father, once the deadliest assassin of the Tribe. Set in the years before the beginning of Across the Nightingale Floor, Heaven's Net Is Wide by Lian Hearn is the first and last tale, which both closes the circle and introduces new listeners to the fantastical, beautiful and thrilling world of the Otori. It is an epic story of betrayal, revenge, magic and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a feast!

  • By jenny sanders on 27-07-18

a feast!

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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: 27-07-18

Unputdownable. excellent and engrossing. complex interweaving storylines superbly managed and executed, leading the reader on, deeper and deeper into this world of honour and revenge.

  • I Need Your Love, Is That True?

  • How to Stop Seeking Love, Approval, and Appreciation and Start Finding Them Instead
  • By: Byron Katie
  • Narrated by: Byron Katie
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

In Loving What Is, best-selling author Byron Katie introduced thousands of people to her simple and profound method of finding happiness through questioning the mind. Now, I Need Your Love, Is That True? examines a universal, age-old source of anxiety: our relationships with others. In this groundbreaking book, Katie helps you question everything you have been taught to do to gain love and approval. In doing this, you discover how to find genuine love and connection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous! full of great insights

  • By jenny sanders on 19-07-18

Fabulous! full of great insights

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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: 19-07-18

I know the work very well and didnt think there would be much to this... but it is incredibly good. lots and lots of wisdom and many aha moments as well as new exercises and perspectives on getting back to reality. I am going to listen to this again right away. Thank you Katie!