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  • First Bite: How We Learn to Eat

  • By: Bee Wilson
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

We are not born knowing what to eat. We all have to learn it as children sitting expectantly at a table. For our diets to change, we need to relearn the food experiences that first shaped us. Everyone starts drinking milk. After that it's all up for grabs. We are not born knowing what to eat; we each have to figure it out for ourselves. From childhood onwards, we learn how big a portion is and how sweet is too sweet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Arlene Finnigan on 22-01-19

One of the best books on food and eating written

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

Reviewed: 12-03-19

This is a fascinating and eloquent book beautifully written and beautifully read. Not only is Bee Wilson an accomplished Jounalist but she and her loved ones have suffered in their relationships with food. So this is one of those rare discussions weaving in culture science and her own intelligent reflections. I know this is an exceptionally good review but this book deserves it. I’m sure you will enjoy this if you are at all interested in food and changing how you eat.

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    Length: 18 hrs
    561 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Happy

  • By: Derren Brown
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 490

Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it? Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is awful and distracting

  • By miriam on 12-11-16

Brilliant book but the narrator is dreadful

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

What did you like about this audiobook?

This book is one of the most beautifully written and compelling essays on happiness that I have read. I loved it. Truly wonderful. If you are interested in our complex relationship with happiness I think you will find this satisfying - it is a joy to read. But read it you must, I'm afraid. I recommend you avoid the audible version. Brown thoughtfully deconstructs our modern ideas of happiness, traces their history and meticulously sifts through and discusses the most compelling threads of philosophy that might be useful to us. It's one of those books that leaves you feeling happier than when you began even though your circumstances have not changed. I think it is safe to say Brown has spent a lot of time contemplating human nature and it shows in this book

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

If you enjoyed Status Anxiety than I imagine you will enjoy Happy. It has the same meticulousness, the same sweeping overview, and tight arguments. And a wicked sense of wry humour threaded through.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

BEWARE - the audible version is dreadful. It is read in the style of a very uncertain and patronising adult reading Thomas the Tank Engine to a very small child and doing a poor job of it. It is unlistenable to. I tried it a couple of times, by reloading the Whispersync narration halfway through the book again, in case the pantomime performance was just nerves and the narrator had settled down but no, sadly, just as exaggerated, singsong and miscalculated. Awful.

Do you have any additional comments?

Please re-record this fantastic book. Can you talk Brown into reading his own words?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • West Cork

  • By: Audible Original
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 958

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery.Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story Brilliantly Presented!

  • By Simon on 28-07-18

An astonishing tale

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Would you consider the audio edition of West Cork to be better than the print version?

I haven't read this book but the audio version weaves such an intriguing soundscape I wonder if much of the atmosphere would be lost in the printed version. Though this is a factual retelling and exploration of a yet unsolved murder it has all the hallmarks of listening to a long traditional piece of fiction. This is an audio series to be savoured.

What was one of the most memorable moments of West Cork?

There were a number of memorable moments but what struck me most were some of the twists that arose. I stood in my kitchen more than once and exclaimed "no way, your joking!" I completely empathise with why the authors spent years working on this story.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

It was low key, very natural, focused and easy to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the interviews with the now adult son of the victim were very moving

Any additional comments?

This was fascinating, complex and intelligently told story. West Cork, Ireland in general and the personalities of so many involved in this frustrating case were handled with empathy that gave depth to the interviews. The music is great. All in all, for anyone interested in crime, or true crime, who dislikes the overhyped drama in the genre will find this series to be a quiet gem. It is really wonderful and I highly recommend it.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories

  • read by Mark Gatiss
  • By: E. F. Benson
  • Narrated by: Mark Gatiss
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Mark Gatiss ( Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones) reads chilling tales by the unsung master of the classic ghost story: E. F. Benson. There's nothing sinister about a London bus. Nothing supernatural could occur on a busy train platform. There's nothing terrifying about a little caterpillar. And a telephone, what could be scary about that? Don't be frightened of the dark corners of your room. Don't be alarmed by a sudden inexplicable chill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent stuff!

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-10-16

Oh just wonderful

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

Reviewed: 20-01-18

I was listening to this walking through the gloomy London street in winter with a shudder down my spine and a grin on my lips. If you are too greedy and listen to the whole thing at once you will notice similarities in the plot and monsters probably outnumber ghosts. That said Gatiss is wonderful, truest wonderful. If you love a fireside tale get this

  • The Ethical Carnivore

  • My Year Killing to Eat
  • By: Louise Gray
  • Narrated by: Susie Riddell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Fed up of friends claiming to care about the provenance of their food, Louise Gray decides to follow the argument to its logical extreme. Starting small, Louise shucks oysters and catches fish. Gradually she gets to know countrymen and women who teach her how to shoot pigeons and rabbits. As she begins to reconnect with nature and her own upbringing in the countryside, Louise starts to question modern attitudes to the meat we eat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational stuff

  • By Birch on 22-11-18

Rhaya Jordan

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

Reviewed: 24-07-17

Wonderful! A fascinating and ultimately hopeful look at life death food and hunting. Beautifully read, filled with facts that are all embedded seamlessly into this story of eating only foods you kill yourself. Inspiring. Every meat eater who has ever wondered about what is on their plate should read this.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful