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  • Life Without Lack

  • Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23
  • By: Dallas Willard
  • Narrated by: Wayne Campbell, Gabe Wicks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Pause for a moment and ask yourself what your life would be like if it were completely without fear? If you did not fear death. If you did not fear life and what it might bring. If you did not fear any man, or woman, or any living creature. Would you live differently? In this unique work of never-before-published teaching, Dallas Willard revolutionizes our understanding of Psalm 23 by taking this comfortably familiar passage and revealing its extraordinary promises: "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.... I will fear no evil."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly brilliant

  • By Joe de Swardt on 09-11-18

Truly brilliant

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

There is simply so much to absorb and delight in this. The most gentle description of living with Jesus.

  • The Complete Guide to Fasting

  • Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting
  • By: Jimmy Moore, Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Moore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health. But a key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven't thought about - yet it could be revolutionary for taking health to the next level. This ancient secret is fasting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like finding the light switch.

  • By David on 24-03-17

Extensive resource

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I have fasted many times in the past. (40-day water fasts, 21-day water fasts, 10-day water fasts etc.)
It helps me to take back control over so many aspects of life. The benefits and the experiential rewards were clear to me, but this book explains the science and theory of fasting so well.
Now I know what is going on and what is happening.
Wish there are more resourcefully rich books on fasting.

  • The Assassin of Verona

  • William Shakespeare Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Benet Brandreth
  • Narrated by: Luke Lampard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

A thrilling new tale of conspiracy, intrigue and rapier-sharp wit, starring the inimitable William Shakespeare. All is not well in Venice. Threatened daily by papal assassins, William Shakespeare and his close friends, Oldcastle and Hemminges, are increasingly isolated - the lies that have protected them so far beginning to wear thin. His companions want desperately to leave, but Will is tied to the city - his lover, the beautiful Isabella, is growing ever sicker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly farcical imagination of the heroic Bard

  • By Joe de Swardt on 17-10-17

Slightly farcical imagination of the heroic Bard

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

Reviewed: 17-10-17

Narration is brilliant. Luke Lampard is a find - hope he does more authors. An eclectic wink to possible origins of the future famous Bard's best ideas conceived in a whimsical adventure quest. Love, tragedy, nobility and villains blend together in a slightly hapless way one can easily imagine a bunch of actors on the grand tour get embroiled in. Not history, firmly fiction and a good bit of fun.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mindfulness

  • The Eight-Week Meditation Programme for a Frantic World
  • By: Prof Mark Williams, Dr Danny Penman
  • Narrated by: Prof Mark Williams
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Life can be relentless, frantic and exhausting - but it doesn’t have to be this way. This is an introduction to Mindfulness, which reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion. Mindfulness is based on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which is recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and is as effective as drugs for preventing depression.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bookmarking a must!

  • By Tor on 04-12-13

Short and powerful

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

Reviewed: 27-04-17

If you could sum up Mindfulness in three words, what would they be?

Introduce, Understand, Want

What other book might you compare Mindfulness to, and why?

... other books on mindfulness.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Short, clear chapters that explains concepts clearly and credibly.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Dumass question for this kind of book.

Any additional comments?

I tend to avoid all the general hippy crap on mindfulness. This is more scientific and credible in its approach. Mindfulness has changed my life and I am keen to endorse this book as giving anyone interested a good start, or an excellent regrinding in the art of mindfulness.

  • How Emotions Are Made

  • The Secret Life of the Brain
  • By: Lisa Feldman Barrett
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Emotions feel automatic to us; that's why scientists have long assumed that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. Today, however, the science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology. This paradigm shift has far-reaching implications not only for psychology but also medicine, the legal system, airport security, child-rearing, and even meditation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Putting up with - for the sake of good science.

  • By Joe de Swardt on 27-04-17

Putting up with - for the sake of good science.

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

Reviewed: 27-04-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

If, like me, you are curious about the world, life and how humans behave, this book has very good science in it. Nothing wrong with the science. If you are a bit OCD about your children - this book is right up your street. If like me, other people's children is mildly interesting, but mostly soaked in ambivalence, then this book is a drag to listen to. Because, the author does not half go on and on and on about her daughter. I felt stuck in a lift with one of those parents that simply don't get that others don't care much about every move and evolving trick of their off-spring. Once it started to work my nerves, I simply could not stick to it for long - had to plow through it in small bits. Putting up with - to get to the otherwise excellent, science.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Feldman Barrett again?

No - unless she changes her publishing editor. I get the feeling that the publisher made her add in a lot of personal accedes to "warm the audience". Sure that left to her own, the author would have stuck to the core message and got there in 1/4 of the time.... and I would not have felt so urged to switch it off, time-and-again. Note the editor: Readers are not morons, give us some credit and stop sugar coating technical stuff, not all things need to be 'mommyfied'

What three words best describe Cassandra Campbell’s performance?

Clear voice, slightly monotone - not bad.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Good science, bad anecdotes. Its maybe cultural, but anecdotes are a giant put off to me. Stick to the facts, talk through actual case studies, leave the family and other emotive bollocks at home.

Any additional comments?

Love to hear a much reduced, abridged version.

36 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghosts of Altona

  • By: Craig Russell
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Jan Fabel is a haunted man. Head of the Polizei Hamburg's Murder Commission, Fabel has dealt with the dead for nearly two decades, but when a routine enquiry becomes a life-threatening - and life-changing - experience, he finds himself on much closer terms with death than ever before. Two years later Fabel's first case at the Murder Commission comes back to haunt him: Monika Krone's body is found at last, 15 years after she went missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • missed Sean Barrett

  • By lorried on 13-04-17

Why are there not more German detectives?

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

Reviewed: 13-12-15

Craig's Fabel is a great character and the german setting more than makes up for the hint of smugness in the character. The villains are vile and the plot is thick. Dive in and enjoy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Day: John Puller, Book 1

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718

John Puller is a former war hero and now the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division. He is a loner with few possessions by preference, but he has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable determination for finding the truth. His father was the most decorated U.S. Marine in history, but now resides in a nursing home far from his battlefield glory. Puller’s older brother, also a military vet, is serving a life sentence in Leavenworth Penitentiary. Puller is called out to a remote, rural area far from any military outpost to investigate into the brutal murder of a family....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beware loud music

  • By Marcia on 02-01-12

Jack Reacher II?

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

Reviewed: 12-07-15

Ex Military Police, with a propensity to slap down real thug-like baddies and appealing to the alpha-females. Modern day western. Don't take it seriously and it will be a lot of fun. Take it seriously and your brain will rot.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Naked Lunch

  • The Restored Text
  • By: William S. Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

Naked Lunch is one of the most important novels of the 20th century, a book that redefined not just literature but American culture. An unnerving tale of a narcotics addict unmoored in New York, Tangiers, and, ultimately, a nightmarish wasteland known as Interzone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Defies a pithy title

  • By Ant on 11-11-13

Exquisitely written filth

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-09

The perfect antidote to the American stereo-type. Far from God fearing, clean cut and family valued pre-sixties America, the Naked Lunch explores the far out other extreme of drugs, sex and human depravity. Don't let this put you off!!! It is written in such an exquisite manner that I found myself recoiling at the subject matter but marvelling in the art of writing. The Naked Lunch is one of the most beautifully written and one of the the most depraved of books. Masterpiece of language, filth written art and very funny. The dichotomy split my mind time and again and I thoroughly enjoyed the master crafting that managed to mess so much with my head. Get it!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dr. Quantum Presents A User's Guide to Your Universe

  • By: Fred Alan Wolf Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Fred Alan Wolf
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Quantum physics is an astounding (and mind-boggling) field of science, but can you actually use it to change your life? Absolutely yes, says Dr. Quantum. On A User's Guide to Your Universe, Dr. Quantum, who goes by day as mild-mannered physicist Dr. Fred Alan Wolf, teaches that anyone can understand quantum physics. What's more, it is the most useful, immediate, and relevant kind of science you can learn to profoundly affect your day-to-day life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Odd, but just had to listen to it all

  • By Christopher on 21-03-09

Absolutely terrible!!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-07

Not only is the content complete nonsense but 'Dr Quantum' must rate as one of the most annoying people I have ever had to listen to. Avoid this podcast at all costs.

3 of 12 people found this review helpful