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  • Flow

  • Living at the Peak of Your Abilities
  • By: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Ph.D.
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

In flow, everyday experience becomes a moment by moment opportunity for joy and self-fulfillment. Flow is the brain-child of a fascinating psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a renowned social scientist who has devoted his life's work to the study of what makes people truly happy, satisfied and fulfilled. While much of the study of psychology investigates disorders of the human mind, Dr. Csikszentmihalyi takes a different route.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This written book is excellent, this is not

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-06-15

This is an excellent 'book'.

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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: 19-05-19

Ignore the dated music and the cinema-style introduction to chapters and quotes, and you can get so much from this recording.

It will take time and effort to put the ideas into practice, yet it should be very worthwhile.

  • Ruby Wax's No-Brainer: It's All in the Mind

  • An Audible Original
  • By: Ruby Wax
  • Narrated by: Ruby Wax
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433

In this Audible Original, Ruby Wax hunts down her heroes - brain scientists - in the UK and across America, to learn more about what makes us tick: why we get stressed, how we feel pain, what makes us addicted - and has a lot of fun along the way. She faces death with Past Mortems author Carla Valentine, explores how video games affect our attention with gamification expert Gabe Zichermann, and discovers the benefits of vaginal smearing with Professor Tim Spector. Natural Born Learners author Alex Beard reveals what teenagers really need to know for a good education and visitors to a New York soup kitchen help Ruby confront her fear of compassion. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My audible mind.

  • By Kindle Customer on 22-11-18

Fascinating and funny

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-19

I loved listening to this book and will relisten several times; there's so much to learn.

  • The Lost Words

  • By: Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
  • Narrated by: Guy Garvey, Edith Bowman, Benjamin Zephaniah, and others
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. Words like Dandelion, Otter, Bramble, Acorn and Lark represent the natural world of childhood, a rich landscape of discovery and imagination that is fading from children's minds. The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of the poetry of nature words and the living glory of our distinctive British countryside. With acrostic spell-poems by peerless wordsmith Robert Macfarlane, this enchanting audiobook captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure magic!

  • By Anonymous User on 23-02-19

Simply lovely

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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: 21-03-19

This is for adults as much as for children. Delicious poetry, drawing us to a closer connection with the natural world.

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  • My Man, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Containing drafts of stories later rewritten for other collections (including Carry On, Jeeves), My Man Jeeves offers a fascinating insight into the genesis of comic literature’s most celebrated double-act. All the stories are set in New York, four of them featuring Jeeves and Wooster themselves; the rest concerning Reggie Pepper, an earlier version of Bertie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect narration

  • By HelgaCabbage on 17-02-13

Topping stuff, what! If you know what I mean.

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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: 15-03-19

If I'd have missed this gem, I would have been pipped, don't you know. Gentle comedy, performed delightfully by what's his name. What a damned clever fellow to be able to perform like that! I mean, really, it's like he's a veritable thespian, as it were. And the writer... a genius, there's no doubt about it, no doubt at all - an amazing cove, by Jove.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

  • By: Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo
  • Narrated by: Alicia Keys, Ashley Judd, Esperanza Spalding, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous stepsisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to 100 remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don't need rescuing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One-page fairy tale-esque biographies...

  • By K. J. Noyes on 11-07-18

Inspirational for girls AND boys

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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: 09-03-19

My wife was interested to find out that I'm a feminist. To me, sexism is as perversely wrong as racism. What women and girls have had to put up with (and still have to put up with) really beggars belief.

There were some interesting choices of mini biographies in this book. Some brought tears to my eyes, as such great challenges were overcome. Most were like that. Other choices were more curious, such as Catherine the Great, whose empire-building might be questioned today. I hope my daughter doesn't become a pirate!

Still, this is an inspirational book, and I'm very glad that we've listed to it. It was great to hear readers with such diverse accents, which really added extra vitality to the recording.

  • The Railway Children

  • (A Puffin Book)
  • By: E. Nesbit
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

When Father is taken away unexpectedly, Roberta, Peter, Phyllis and their mother have to leave their comfortable life in London to go and live in a small cottage in the country. The children seek solace in the nearby railway station and make friends with Perks the Porter and the Station Master himself. Each day, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis run down the field to the railway track and wave at the passing London train, sending their love to Father. Little do they know that the kindly old gentleman passenger who waves back holds the key to their father's disappearance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Congratulations

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-11-18

Lovely

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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: 24-02-19

What a perfect story! Jenny Agutter is obviously the perfect choice for narrator. I have always cried when watching the film, and I found tears in my eyes again when she said, "My daddy! My daddy!"
I love this book.

  • The Collectors

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,587

"But the thing is," said Horley, "they didn’t know each other at all. Never heard of each other. It wasn’t about the makers. Only about the works." On a dark winter's night in 1970, Horley and Grinstead huddle for warmth in the Senior Common Room of a college in Oxford. Conversation turns to the two impressive works of art that Horley has recently added to his collection....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully dark story engagingly read

  • By Alexander Patterson on 12-09-15

His Dark Material

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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: 19-02-19

Weird. Neat, dark short story. Worth a listen. Unexplained and grim, like those tales of pictures of crying children...

  • I Capture the Castle

  • By: Dodie Smith
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

"I write this sitting at the kitchen sink" is the first line of a novel about love, sibling rivalry, and a bohemian existence in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Cassandra Mortmin's journal records her fadingly glamorous stepmother, her beautiful, wistful older sister, and the man to whom they owe both their isolation and poverty: Father. The author of one experimental novel, and a minor cause celebre, he has since suffered from writer's block and is determined to drag his family down with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • funny and well written

  • By Patricia on 22-05-06

Superb coming of age novel

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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: 19-02-19

There are so many thoughtful and poignant moments in this book; I love it.
Jenny Shutter reads it beautifully - a great voice for this character. I really enjoy how she pronounces fire as "far" . My! Didn't they drink a lot of cocoa!

  • Terry Pratchett: BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Anton Lesser, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778

Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different.... Collected together for the first time are seven full-cast BBC Radio dramatisations of Terry Pratchett’s novels, with star-studded casts including Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Anton Lesser, Philip Jackson, Alex Jennings and Mark Heap.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent radioplay renditions of Pratchett's work

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-18

Very entertaining

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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: 15-02-19

I enjoyed all the Disk World dramatisations, but didn't bother continuing with the last book, which seems to be aimed at a much younger audience.

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,931

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story, worth getting into...

  • By Mr on 27-02-17

Simply superb

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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: 13-02-19

Incredible language, like poetry. I wasn't expecting that.
I will listen to this again and again, just to get those similes into my head. Perhaps I will become the book Fahrenheit 451.