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Listen to this!

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Reviewed: 14-10-19

A fascinating insight into the truth behind the headlines as well as into Snowden himself. With the daily flow of news we often lack the perspective to see how events lead one to another, and Snowden does a good job of trying to explain in straightforward language how 9/11 and the political changes - not just in the US, but globally - in the subsequent years, opened the way to intelligence gathering on a massive and indiscriminate scale. For those who think that privacy is something on which we can compromise or - worse still - a commodity, this is a cautionary account.

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Set aside some time and listen to this

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Reviewed: 11-08-19

I'm so glad I decided to listen to the audiobook, rather than reading this: it is deeply moving, sometimes very upsetting, and dotted throughout with touches of humour which make it both easier and more painful. The author's voice adds his humanity, his courage, his sadness. This is not a book to listen to whilst driving: it is a book for which to set time aside. It is not a book about depression, but rather an account of the ongoing attention needed by some of us in living life as well as we can, despite what seem like the odds.

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Far too long

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

Reviewed: 19-07-19

The basic problem here is twofold: 1) It is just too long - What Keating usefully says in 24 sessions, each almost an hour long, could be said in six or eight, with more clarity; 2) Keating chooses to interpret mystical and psychological sources in his own particular language, often (particularly on the psychological side) enthusiastically failing to grasp the ideas he is dealing with: too many words; too little deep understanding. Undoubtedly he has real knowledge and insight, but it is all rather lost in this overly long exposition. A disappointment.

1 person found this helpful

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Watch the film!

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-16

I don't normally say this, but now realise that sometimes the film can be better than the book: better-paced and done in two hours.

The story you were never told

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Reviewed: 07-05-16

This is an in-depth and highly thought-provoking examination of the so-called 'war on drugs' of the past century. You will not think about drugs in the same way after this.

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Stunning

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Reviewed: 04-02-16

I'm delighted when I come across and audiobook which is likely to be better than the book in written form. This is a perfect example: the performances are astounding. The story is gripping and clearly a worthy Booker Prize winner.

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An utter revelation

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 29-10-15

I now realise how stupid I was to assume that the classic Disney version contained 'most' of the story: it doesn't. This is a wonderful, enthralling, imaginative - and well performed - version, and would surely delight children and adults of all ages. It simply feeds the imagination.

Abridged, or rather, curtailed

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-15

I really enjoy Simon Schama's television programmes. This abridged version of his History, whilst ably read by Timothy West, misses out by not having Schama speak his own words. It's also very overweighted towards the latter part of the period, which is a pity because it's hardly difficult to learn about Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, but so much more interesting to discover the origins of Britain - there must be so much more that could have been said but was missed out. Not having heard the unabridged version, I don't know if it contains all the interesting nuggets someone decided to remove for this one.

Fascinating

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Reviewed: 29-10-15

My first experience of Bryson: a delightful stream of curiosity. It's astounding how far and how easily he wanders from topic, and yet he is always interesting and always - eventually - finds his way back to his point of origin.
For those with enquiring minds, a wonderful exploration of domestic life.

F**k It - I liked this

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-15

What made the experience of listening to F--k It Therapy the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the relaxed tone of the presentation. Yes, I know some people will criticise this book as offering little that's new, but it's nicely done, straightforward, tries to be realistic, and yet challenging.

What does John C Parkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He sounds relaxed, and I get a good sense of his character through his voice.

Any additional comments?

The original F**k It book was recommended to me some years ago, and it's only now that I've sat down to listen to its most recent incarnation. There's a lot of good stuff here: it may sound over-simplistic but the core concepts are sound. If you're into this kind of thing. Which I am.