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Unclepigg

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  • The Creative Habit

  • Learn It and Use It for Life
  • By: Twyla Tharp
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, The Creative Habit provides you with 32 practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable 35-year career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant insight into a creative life

  • By jenny sanders on 08-03-16

Inspiring and practical

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

This is a book written by someone who has a lifetimes experience of creative work, so I respect the content of the book. Having read it all, I’d recommend it to anyone seeking to develop their creative pursuits and habits.
Fair enough, it contains dance related stories, and being a dancer I related very well to it. However I believe the lessons to learn here are applicable to any creative pursuit. The exercises are helpful, and I’ll be using lots of them for sure. They won’t have as much impact if you don’t listen to the (maybe sometimes too long) personal stories.
I recommend, for the exercises alone, and even for the reassurance of not feeling alone or weird the difficulties that creative types encounter.

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  • Wake Up and Change Your Life

  • By: Duncan Bannatyne
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

In this inspirational yet hugely practical book, Duncan Bannatyne shows how anyone can assess where they are in their lives and start to do something to improve things by understanding what their strengths are. He then shows how to change your life and set yourself on a more successful path. Finally, he reveals his key tips for how to put together a great pitch that could take you into the Dragons' Den, or even past your bank manager, to get the support you need to make your dreams come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Inspirational - An Excellent Read.

  • By James on 03-09-08

Not enough

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

Reviewed: 28-11-17

This is a short combination of basic advice, a little inspiration, a little motivation, and some success stories. To me, it felt like a few blog posts hashed together. In fact, I’ve heard most of the information in free blog posts and online articles.
The most annoying thing however, was the narrator’s non- stop, inept and unnecessary attempts at various British accents. Just utterly ridiculous and cringe worthy.

  • Go Solo

  • How to Quit the Job You Hate and Start a Small Business You Love! You Can Break Free from Your Day Job, Start Your Side Hustle from Home, and Achieve Success as a Solopreneur!
  • By: Kelsey Humphreys
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Humphreys
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Have you been waiting to leave your suffocating day job? Have you been wondering if you should turn your side hustle or hobby into your own business? Have you struggled with how or when to launch? Go Solo has your answers. First, Humphreys tackles how to know you're picking the right business for you. This book is not about start ups, apps, or making easy money online.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting thoughts on how to start the process

  • By A R on 11-05-15
  • Go Solo
  • How to Quit the Job You Hate and Start a Small Business You Love! You Can Break Free from Your Day Job, Start Your Side Hustle from Home, and Achieve Success as a Solopreneur!
  • By: Kelsey Humphreys
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Humphreys

Interesting read, though very basic

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

Reviewed: 19-09-17

The premise of this book, that is to start climbing your mountain and enjoy the challenges ahead, was a fun, inspiring concept. However i found the content to be nothing new or insightful. I'd say this would be more suited to school leavers/graduates, and maybe certain naive people. But for the more experienced in life, there's little that you probably don't know already. In fact, books such as Tribes, and Crush It! go much deeper into some of the topics discussed here.
Overall, this is a good basic intro into the topic of building a personal brand or business, and for some people it will provide a brilliant boost of motivation to get started.

  • The Upward Spiral

  • Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time
  • By: Alex Korb PhD.
  • Narrated by: David deVries
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Depression can feel like a downward spiral, pulling you down into a vortex of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. Based in the latest research in neuroscience, this audiobook offers dozens of little things you can do every day to rewire your brain and create an upward spiral towardsa happier, healthier life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent science, average advice

  • By Unclepigg on 04-07-17

Excellent science, average advice

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

I found the first couple of chapters really interesting with regards to the neurological science and explanations of the chemical structures in the brain. However, the following chapters seem to be a repackaging of generic advice and information available on the web for free. Or via common sense. Anyone who had struggled with depression will be familiar with most of the suggestions here. I was left in doubt if the author really understands depression, giving out such platitudes as "just chill" and "get more sleep". Everybody isn't the same, so 8 hours of sleep might not be the perfect solution. And piers naps might actually be perfect for some people, whereas it's advised against here, with no supporting science.
There's also a section that strongly supports the use of prescription drugs and psychotherapy, and even a suggestion of brain surgery!

My overall opinion is that the book serves as a brief scientific insight to the processes behind depression, and perhaps as some starting point for people new to depression, or suffering mild to moderate depression.

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  • Ice Cream for Breakfast

  • How rediscovering your inner child can make you calmer, happier, and solve your bullsh*t adult problems
  • By: Laura Jane Williams
  • Narrated by: Laura Jane Williams
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Discover the surprising art of reconnecting with your inner child in order to make your adult life that little bit simpler. You can own your own home and want to build a blanket fort on a bad day. Hell! On a good day, too. Give yourself permission to seek praise, ask for help, and have something soft snuggled against your face because you're sad. You can pay your bills on time and still exclaim out loud when something is really f--king cool, run a business and wear cat-covered thermals under your suit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting concept

  • By Unclepigg on 22-06-17

Interesting concept

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

Reviewed: 22-06-17

I love the idea of releasing the Innes child. I completely agree with the premise of the book and it's something I've already tried to implement, so maybe it's just me but I found the content was nothing particularly new. Some if it is funny, and it served as a reminder to me to care less about our adult "problems". We're all in the sage boat!
Laura does a great job of narrating with personality. But for me, I found her use of swearing really annoying and mostly unnecessary, especially with her well spoken accent. I couldn't listen to it for more than 10 minutes at a time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Essential Oils

  • The Step-by-Step Guide to Essential Oils from A-Z for Weight Loss, Stress Relief, and Aromatherapy
  • By: Malik Johnson
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

If you want to totally heal your body, lose weight, fight depression, gain relaxation and focus, without taking a single pill, then this book is for you! Essential oils are known as nature's pharmacy, because they offer incredible, health-transforming effects that can rejuvenate your mind and body. Did you know that there is an intensely healing, rejuvenating and revitalizing essential oil for almost every single letter of the alphabet and every type of pain, illness or health issue?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very basic

  • By Unclepigg on 25-05-17

Very basic

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

Reviewed: 25-05-17

This book feels like a bullet point summary of basic information you could find on google for free. Details less than 30 oils. Still, some useful information to had picked up in an afternoons listen.

  • Big Magic

  • Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460

Listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process - and showing us all just how easy it can be. By sharing stories from her own life as well as from her friends and the people who have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Big Magic indeed!

  • By Andy F. on 01-12-15

Welcome insights to the creative path

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

Reviewed: 21-04-17

A really enjoyable read with some insightful stories about the author and other well known artists, detailing some of the ongoing struggles they faced. Most of it resonated with me, and personally I found it inspiring and encouraging. Some good advice offered which has made me take a step back and assess my serious approach to creativity, and even life in general.

  • Earthing

  • The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?
  • By: Martin Zucker, Clinton Ober, Stephen T Sinatra
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Throughout most of evolution humans walked barefoot and slept on the ground, largely oblivious that the surface of the Earth contains limitless healing energy. Science has discovered this energy as free-flowing electrons constantly replenished by solar radiation and lightning. Few people know it, but the ground provides a subtle electric signal that maintains health and governs the intricate mechanisms that make our bodies work - just like plugging a lamp into a power socket makes it light up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Common Sense

  • By A Horse Lover on 14-11-11

Educational, but full of fluff

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-02-17

The first few chapters are fantastic, providing plenty of interesting facts that serve as a motivational wake up call. However, there are hours of testimonials for grounding, which I found Repetitive and unnecessary- a brief summary of each case would have sufficed. The last two chapters are also useful.

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  • Movement Matters

  • Essays on Movement Science, Movement Ecology, and the Nature of Movement
  • By: Katy Bowman
  • Narrated by: Katy Bowman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

What if we can make ourselves, our communities, and our planet healthier all at the same time by moving our bodies more? Movement Matters is a collection of essays in which biomechanist Katy Bowman continues her groundbreaking investigation of the mechanics of our sedentary culture and the profound potential of human movement. Here she widens her message and invites us to consider our personal relationship with sedentarism, privilege, and nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another amazing and thought provoking book

  • By LoubyLou on 06-01-17

Waffle

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

Reviewed: 20-02-17

I've read half of this and switched off. I've found it to be a load of waffle, discussing the very obvious, with a little interesting science along the way. I guess if you're just starting off on a journey of healthier living, this might serve as a good introduction.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sorting the Beef from the Bull

  • The Science of Food Fraud Forensics
  • By: Richard Evershed, Nicola Temple
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

This audiobook explains the scientific tools and techniques that revealed the century's biggest food fraud scams. It looks in detail at the biggest scams in recent times; drawing on the lead author's extensive experience at the forefront of the fight against these fraudsters, it goes on to explore the arms race between scientists and adulterers as better techniques for detection spur more creative and sophisticated means of adulteration.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Are you brave enough?

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-12-16

Prepare to be shocked

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

Reviewed: 14-12-16

A truly eye opening book, packed with information of various types of food adulteration and how to spot them. If you're not already making sensible food choices, prepare to be shocked with the thought of what you could be putting into your body.