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  • Somebody I Used to Know

  • By: Wendy Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

When Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 58, she had to say good-bye to the woman she once was. Her career in the NHS, her ability to drive, cook and run - the various shades of her independence - were suddenly gone. Yet Wendy was determined not to give in. She was, and still is, propelled by a need to live in the moment, never knowing which version of herself might surface tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative

  • By Anne H. on 07-03-18

Just wow!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-18

An incredible reading of an incredible book. Beautifully tragic and uplifting in equal measures. I was captivated from start to finish

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Small Change

  • Money Mishaps and How to Avoid Them
  • By: Dan Ariely, Jeff Kreisler
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Why does paying for things often feel like it causes physical pain? Why does it cost you money to act as your own real estate agent? Why are we comfortable overpaying for something now just because we've overpaid for it before? In Small Change, world renowned economist Dan Ariely answers these intriguing questions and many more as he explains how our irrational behaviour often interferes with our best intentions when it comes to managing our finances.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing new

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-03-18

Ok but nothing new

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I love the author, his work and the field in which he researches and writes. But this is a rehash of everything I've read before. He's done much better work than this but it's a good basic intro

  • Everybody Lies

  • By: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

Insightful, surprising and with groundbreaking revelations about our society, Everybody Lies exposes the secrets embedded in our Internet searches, with a foreword by best-selling author Steven Pinker. Everybody lies, to friends, lovers, doctors, pollsters - and to themselves. In Internet searches, however, people confess their secrets - about sexless marriages, mental health problems, even racist views.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes its hard tu visualize and the numbers

  • By Arunas Eitutis on 13-03-18

Great listen

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Reviewed: 11-07-18

A light look at big data research, it's benefits and drawbacks, with some really interesting insights. Another reminder that correlation doesn't imply causation.

  • Far From The Tree

  • A Dozen Kinds of Love
  • By: Andrew Solomon
  • Narrated by: Andrew Solomon
  • Length: 40 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

From the National Book Award–winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression comes a monumental new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. Solomon’s startling proposition is that diversity is what unites us all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotive

  • By Alan Doyle on 17-03-15

An epic triumph

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Reviewed: 03-07-18

This a far reaching, ambitious exploration of parents, children and all our searches for identity including the author, who is honest about his own journey. Brilliant and well worth the commitment of 40hrs listening.

  • A History of Britain in 21 Women

  • By: Jenni Murray
  • Narrated by: Jenni Murray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606

Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs. To say that it's high time it was defined by its women is a severe understatement. Jenni Murray draws together the lives of 21 women to shed light upon a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history. In lively prose Murray reinvigorates the stories behind the names we all know and reveals the fascinating tales behind those less familiar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable and interesting

  • By Mrs C.J D'Elia on 12-10-16

A treat, every minute of it.

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Reviewed: 30-03-17

Beautifully and passionately read by one of Britain's greatest female voices. I can't think of a better narrator for such an important issue

  • The Brain

  • The Story of You
  • By: David Eagleman
  • Narrated by: David Eagleman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221

This is the story of how your life shapes your brain and how your brain shapes your life. Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, the brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity. Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the heart of our existence. What is reality? Who are 'you'? How do you make decisions? Why does your brain need other people? How is technology poised to change what it means to be human?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening

  • By Dom on 14-01-16

Great introduction to the subject

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-17

Really enjoyed this book. I find this subject of our brain absolutely fascinating and this didn't disappoint. It was accessible, engaging and informative

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Gifts of Imperfection

  • Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learn how to accept yourself

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-09-12

Samey

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-17

If you are familiar with Brene Brown's work, then this is much of what you will have already read. Still good

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062

The New York Times number-one best seller. At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply touching & a story of bravery

  • By Angie on 25-03-16

Just wow

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Reviewed: 14-02-17

Beautiful, powerful, heartbreaking. A seminal modern piece of work on mortality. What gives life meaning?

  • Insanely Gifted

  • Turn Your Demons into Creative Rocket Fuel
  • By: Jamie Catto
  • Narrated by: Jamie Catto
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

From infancy we are taught to edit ourselves, trimming out the darker, weirder, less acceptable parts in order to please others. But this addiction to approval is holding us back. What if we begin to be ourselves, honestly and fully? Insanely Gifted shows how to transform our thinking and turn our inner demons into allies. How to reframe disappointment (because not getting what we want can be as interesting and useful as getting what we want).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light and deep at the same time

  • By Karine on 31-07-16

Really nice little book

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-17

Don't be put off by the terrible title. This is a book about getting you to allow yourself to be your true self, warts and all. Important message

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The No Spend Year

  • How I spent less and lived more
  • By: Michelle McGagh
  • Narrated by: Lucy Brownhill
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

Michelle McGagh has been writing about money for over a decade. You'd think that would make her a whiz with her own cash, right? Wrong! Spending with abandon and ignoring bank statements were her modus operandi. Just because she wasn't in serious debt apart from her massive London mortgage, she thought she was in control. She wasn't. Something needed to be done ,but rather than cut back here and there, Michelle's approach was more radical.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing new and London centric

  • By Miss on 19-04-17

A handy little guide to personal finance

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-17

An enjoyable and honest little documentary about a woman's year disentangling herself from the consumerist grip. Some great tips, not at all preachy with some nuggets of personal finance information dropped in. We could all learn something from this

5 of 6 people found this review helpful