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Good book

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-16

This was a good book. It's sort of a road trip book, but on foot and in medieval times. The glimpse of everyday life then was interesting, the physical movement of the characters from place to place means that we get views of different places but are never too bogged down in history and detail. We see the world through the eyes of our medieval monk protagonists rather than through the eyes of 21st century observers, something I think that works well to put the listener in the world of the book.

I particularly enjoyed the regular recitations of biographical information of the life of the Saint who had their feast day that day.

The narrator grew on me, at first I was disappointed that the tone seemed to lack energy but actually I feel that his choice of tone really shaped my view of the main character as this calm and quietly intelligent young monk who seems to take everything in his stride. In fact, it ended up one of my favourite aspects of the book.

What it's like to have anxiety

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

Reviewed: 22-09-16

This books let's you sit in the head of someone with an anxiety disorder. Kinsella makes her characters so relatable that you almost forget you aren't them, you mesh with the main character as the story progresses. The story is excellently and sympathetically told, I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a better understanding of anxiety as an illness and everyone who wants a good, positive story.

Along the riverbank

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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: 19-03-16

This was really enjoyable. The characters are as warm and loveable as I remember from when I was a child. Felt a bit longer than it needed to be in some parts but in a way that just added to the lovely languid atmosphere of the story.

Wonderfully narrated by Mr Hordem who got the characters spot on.

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Enjoy the sunshine!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-16

When I listen to Ladies Detective Agency books what I'm looking for is to bask in the hot African sun while casually watching my old friends Mma Ramotswe and Mme Makutsi solve life's little problems. This book completely lived up to my hopes.

I felt that this book particularly excels in 'people problems'. How to deal with unreasonable requests, how to broach difficult subjects, how to judge someone's true character. This is one of the things that the series does so well, present relatable issues and deal with them one by one with Smith's wonderful easy charm.

If you want a book as reassuring as a nice cup of tea and your favourite blanket, this is the one.

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Funny and insightful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-16

Wonderful yet again. This book as the warm characters and laugh out lines and the impossibly crazy situations that Pratchett always seems to deliver. I realise that that may make it sound like 'just another like all the others...' But trust me, in the case of Pratchett this is a very, very good thing.

One particular highlight is when Vimes, with the clear sightless unique to him, sees plainly that this whole 'war' thing should be a crime, in any other situation it would be. He therefore tries to arrest everyone involved. It's a brilliant moment.

Mr Planer brings all the characters to life and is joy to listen to. Go improve your life by listening to this.

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Years on this is still helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-16

I listened to this 5 years ago and am reviewing now because this book is still useful.

The book goes through small practical things to boost you happiness. Importantly for me this is all backed by scientific studies. This is all put in the context of the history of these ideas in religion.

Thought provoking, useful, wonderful. You should read this book.

*shrugs*

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-16

This is a bit controversial but honestly this just didn't entertain me. It wasn't that there was anything in it specifically bad, it's just neither the plot nor the characters really grabbed me. This even though I live and work in London. I mostly made myself listen all the way to the end because the book is SO loved by SO many. I just kept thinking I would hit the good, well the apparently great bit. Unfortunaly I just didn't. The hype just makes my disappointment greater.

Maybe I just don't like urban fantasy.

The narrator however was really really great. Well done him.

BRILLIANT

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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: 23-01-16

I am shocked by how much I loved this book. It's the sort of cultural exploration I love. The author presented the facts about Denmark - how amazingly happy it is as a coubtry, made some hypothesis about why this was and then went to test those ideas, usually ending in a very entertaining and insightful anecdote. Really, really good.

The narrator did just want narrators should in this sort of book, just made me feel I was listening directly to the author tell her stories.

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Notes from a small island 2

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-16

I was a bit disappointed by this book. I think maybe if I hadn't loved Notes from a Small Island I may have given it a higher rating. It has many of the great Bryson observations about the minutiae and practicalities of life. It's funny, insightful and made me realise how little of my own country I have explored.

However it I just wasn't nearly as good as Notes and I couldn't help constantly comparing it to that book as I listened. He went to some of the same places, made some similar points and annoyingly in my opinion missed out Scotland almost completely. From what I could tell he wrote this in the year of their independence referendum so this seems a huge omission.

The narrator was good, his voice had just the right tone for this in my opinion.

Exciting

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-16

I loved this book. It has all the fast, edge-of-your-seat pacing of a thriller and with the addition of a Scalzi's fascinating idea - what would it be like to be in someone else's head? It is a testament to the book how frequently my mind has wandered back to this odd question since reading it.
The book uses this theme and the problems and opportunities it raises to great affect. I found myself constantly trying to guess the end, constantly trying to get in just a few more minutes of listening time hoping to hear the answer to the latest puzzle in the case.

Wil Wheaton's narration was perfect for the book. He adds realism to the emotions, in the book we are often being asked to sympathise with characters in positions it's not possible for any of us imagine but the Mr Wheaton's narration makes the feelings and thoughts feel normal and relatable.

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