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  • I Contain Multitudes

  • The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
  • By: Ed Yong
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes. It's an entire world, a colony full of life. In other words, you contain multitudes. These microscopic companions sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour and bombard us with their genes. They also hold the key to understanding all life on earth. In I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong opens our eyes and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable read

  • By Millymagpie on 14-09-16

Microbes all around us

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

Reviewed: 31-01-19

The microbiome is described in fascinating detail, across species & inside us humans too. A brilliant, gripping tale of a world within a world & the cutting edge discoveries that will take medicine in a whole new & unexpected direction. Totally enthralling. I’m going to read it again very soon as there is so much interesting detail to take in.

  • Educated

  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,010

Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected. She hadn't been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she'd never set foot in a classroom and no medical records because her father didn't believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn't exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, inspiring book on the value of education

  • By David Bowden on 03-03-18

Physical & mental abuse of children

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

Abuse, control, warped principles, religious zealots. The dreadful & effect of one abusive parent & a complicit mother on the mental & physical well-being if her family.
Very stressful & difficult to read.
You need to be in a very strong place to read this harrowing tale of years of intimidation and abuse in the name of the Mormon religion.

  • The Dark Tourist

  • Sightseeing in the World's Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations
  • By: Dom Joly
  • Narrated by: Dom Joly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Ever since he can remember, Dom Joly has been fascinated by travel to odd places. In part this stems from a childhood spent in war-torn Lebanon, where instead of swapping marbles in the schoolyard, he had a shrapnel collection -- the schoolboy currency of Beirut. These early experiences left Dom with a profound loathing for the sanitized experiences of the modern-day travel industry and a taste for the darkest of places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing, engaging and thought-provoking

  • By Helena on 26-04-11

Tourism in places nobody visits

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

From North Korea through Skiing in Iran to Syria and Lebanon to name a few, Dom Joly takes you on an armchair tour of these unlikely holiday destinations with a a dry understated but very entertaining commentary. Highly recommended read.

  • Born on a Blue Day

  • A Memoir of Asperger's and an Extraordinary Mind
  • By: Daniel Tammet
  • Narrated by: Daniel Tammet
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Daniel Tammet can perform extraordinary maths in his head, sees numbers as shapes, colours, textures, and motions, and can learn to speak a language fluently from scratch in three days. He also has a compulsive need for order and routine. He eats exactly 45 grams of porridge for breakfast and cannot leave the house without counting the number of items of clothing he's wearing. If he gets stressed or unhappy, he closes his eyes and counts. But in some ways, Daniel is not all like the Rain Man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am diagnosed with Aspergers too

  • By Mark on 12-01-16

Synesthesia & Asperger Savants

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

Reviewed: 22-08-18

Simply told & easy to understand. A glimpse into the mind of Asperger people. Quite remarkable & informative.

  • Not Quite Nice

  • By: Celia Imrie
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 624

Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, fed up with babysitting her bossy daughter's obnoxious children, she sells her Highgate house and moves to the picture-perfect town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, just outside Nice. With its beautiful villas, bustling cafes and shimmering cerulean sea, the village sparkles like a diamond on the French Mediterranean coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun and unexpected turns

  • By jacqui on 30-12-15

Contrived ex pat story

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

Reviewed: 28-08-16

Would you try another book written by Celia Imrie or narrated by Celia Imrie?

Despite admiring Celia Imrie as an actress I was disappointed by this book. The plot was contrived and trite, concentrating on a group of ex pats and never developing any French characters. This story may have worked as an old fashioned stage farce, but as a book it just plays on the authors name & sadly does not deliver a satisfying experience.

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