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Alison Campbell

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So, so helpful and beautifully read.

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Reviewed: 20-04-16

This was another right book, right time for me. Really well written and not only packed with information about self publishing but also don't with encouragement to do so. I came across it because I was searching for more books narrated by Simon, so I could listen to forever, and this one but the spot. Thanks, both of you for doing what you do with such flourish.

Thoughtful, thought provoking discussion

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Reviewed: 15-02-16

Excellent, concise discussion of the purpose and consequences of all types of lying, deception and withholding of truth. I could listen to Sam Harris for hours, he has such a rolling peaceful voice. Much food for thought. I listened in one sitting and got to the end only to wish it was longer.

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Inspiring and full of open space

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Reviewed: 01-12-15

I came across this book as I stood on the brink of taking a year out to live in my campervan and pursue my writing passion. Perfect timing! I devoured the words as they flowed off her page. This is a book about embracing what you love to do and working for yourself to create an income from your "love to do". Marianne takes you from the very beginning... letting go of the premise that you have to work "for someone" and the false belief that you can't make money doing what you love. Then she shows you how to walk the journey from finding your own best path to the place where you can live a good life without ever "going to work" again. Full of "How to..." and practical detail, including numerous exercises that really help you to clarify your thinking. An excellent, inspiring guide to freeing yourself to do the things you want to do. And for me - perfect timing.

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How to improve your poker game

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Reviewed: 26-11-15

Not a book about how to play poker, but rather a book for poker players to help improve your game. Ace McCloud discusses the strategies for success, how not to give yourself away, and how to interpret the small signs given by other players that can help you to work out whether or not they are playing with a great hand. Useful progression through looking at your own style of play and learning how to maximise that by applying professional techniques that would work for you to all kinds of strategies for second guessing/bluffing your opponents and reading the game that is being played. I liked the bits about subtle body language and what it usually means about a players hand. Smashing little book for those really looking to improve.

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Inspiration for introverts in an extrovert world

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Reviewed: 19-11-15

As a strongly introverted human I understand the feeling that there is something wrong with you because you don't want to live in a social whirl, feel drained in large group situations and want to take time alone to recharge. Introvert is an inspirational audiobook, designed to encourage the introvert to see and know their strength and then to use them to succeed both socially and in the work place. It's whole premise is that introversion isn't a negative that stops you doing things, but rather a personality trait that allows you to be really good at a skill set that many extroverts might struggle with. I found it very encouraging and affirming, and I particularly enjoyed the section about career choices.

Understand and enjoy your emotions

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Reviewed: 18-11-15

This is an excellent overview of the subject of emotions, and an audio that goes hand in hand with the audio book, 'Happiness', by the same author. Emotions covers so many aspects of emotional health and well-being and I found it particularly helpful in the area of not giving emotion a moral label. All emotion is a normal part of being human. Emotions are not "good" or "bad", and as such should not be suppressed and internalised, or cause us to feel guilt and shame. Everything is covered from the physical effects of emotion, to practices like mindfulness and meditation that help us to balance our internal world. There are many examples of life experiences (from owning a pet to walking in the sunshine) that help us to maintain a healthy emotional outlook. A smashing book, full of practical advice designed to help you to nurture emotional prosperity. I needed a pen and paper and the pause button though - as there are loads of references to help you explore topics you are interested in through material from around the internet.

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How to sleep soundly and awake refreshed

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Reviewed: 08-11-15

Sleep is essentially a compilation of scores of excellent hints and tips to guide you towards establishing a healthy sleep pattern. This involves paying attention not only to the time you spend asleep, but also to the rhythm and habits of your waking day. It covers everything from how to establish a morning routine that will allow you to awaken energised and bouncing towards the new day, to the details of your evening habits and how these can affect your ability both to fall asleep and to stay asleep. The narrative discusses the stages of sleep and how these can be disrupted, leading to a lower quality of rest. It then progresses through creating a sleep friendly environment, things that affect comfort, behaviours that make sleep difficult and those that have a sleep inducing effect. Really interesting to me was the list of foods that can actually help you to fall asleep - though not eaten in excess as a full stomach can hinder restful sleep!
Interesting and helpful.

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How to learn study skills that will bring success

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Reviewed: 07-11-15

Study Skills is a full on, motivational "how to" guide to approaching the study of any subject with a 'can do' attitude. I found it very useful in regards to getting started (always a sticking point to someone who could procrastinate for Britain!) and also in the area of retaining the information learned. The guide isn't a heavy study of study, it's a fast-paced composition of scores of hints and tips as to how to approach study from the outset, how to keep going when motivation is flagging and how to give yourself the best possible chance of success. The advice is practical and easily put into practice by anyone who is committed to learning as a pathway to a better future. I appreciated the fact that is was a quick listen that tooled me up to get on with the main event.

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  • Marketing: Facebook
  • Business Marketing & Facebook Social Media Marketing: 2 in 1 Box Set
  • By: Ace McCloud
  • Narrated by: Joshua Mackey

Teaches marketing and using Facebook for business

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Reviewed: 24-10-15

It’s hard for me to think of marketing as anything but a dull, albeit necessary subject. Not only did this audio pack a punch in terms of quantity and quality of information, but it managed to hold my attention and interest throughout. I began listening thinking that I was doing an okay job of marketing my small business, and ended up with 8 pages of structured notes showing me how I could easily begin to do better! I really valued the idea of identifying my best customers and nurturing them, turning them into my advocates.

The Facebook section covers everything from setting up a Facebook page, to marketing techniques, and includes links to other social media platforms. I really enjoyed the section about how to make money using Facebook, which was full of achievable ideas that I hadn't previously considered. Written to make Facebook marketing accessible to even a complete novice as the instruction walks you through everything click by click. I thought the narration was clear and full of interest and inflection. Very easy to listen to.

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  • Pain Relief: Back Pain & Knee Pain
  • 2 in 1 Box Set: Back Pain & Knee Pain Relief
  • By: Ace McCloud
  • Narrated by: Joshua Mackey

Great for a preventative, holistic approach.

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Reviewed: 23-10-15

I found this Back Pain audio book useful, as it covers all kinds of preventative, natural and medical treatments. It considers the causes of back pain and then discusses a wide range of holistic measures and exercises to protect and strengthen your back. Of course it also details the medical and surgical options that are used to treat back pain and outlines the pros and cons of different treatments. The author gives a panoramic view of the problem and its solutions, but majors on the wide range of holistic treatments and exercises that will help to improve your comfort if you suffer in this way and can also help to prevent problems in the first place. Very much a self help approach, with loads of suggestions designed to help you to get your back into the best shape possible.

The Knee Pain audio begins with detailed descriptions of different kinds of knee injury, why they occur and how they are usually treated surgically, giving the book a more traditional medical feel from the outset. However, keep listening as the author moves on to discussing all kinds of preventative exercises, supplemental treatments and nutritional suggestions, as well as methods of protecting and supporting your knees. It’s beautifully read by Joshua Mackey and offers a sympathetic and encouraging approach to anyone who struggles with painful knees. Even better for those who *don’t* experience pain, but do undertake physical activities such as gardening and sport, which put their knees at risk. Prevention is smarter than waiting for a problem to occur.