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  • Mindfulness in Plain English

  • By: Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

With over a quarter of a million copies sold, Mindfulness in Plain English is one of the most influential books in the burgeoning field of mindfulness and a timeless classic introduction to meditation. This is a book that people listen to, love, and share - a book that people talk about, write about, reflect on, and return to over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recipe For Mindfulness

  • By Simon H on 02-11-17

Recipe For Mindfulness

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Reviewed: 02-11-17

Having read (and listened to) plenty of mindfulness books over the years I can say that for those who are looking for a clean and clear introduction to practical mindfulness and meditation, I haven't found a better book.

Every generation complains about how busy things are, but with the momentum of tech, the growth in choices and constant stimulation, we have never been less connected with others and what is going on in our own mind. This book helps us to step back (mentally) and be more aware of our thoughts.

It's not perfect. The chapter I found least useful was the 'What Meditation Isn't" part but the rest was pure gold and more than makes up for it. Don't expect that just reading it will solve your problems, this is just a how to...you have to do... for it to take effect. If you are not prepared to do, then it's probably worth selecting another book, maybe a thriller.

I've gifted the paperback version to friends and family because it was so helpful. I always worry that these types of books are religious, worthy or mystical, instead it was a practical and compassionate approach to managing our own minds and achieving a level of inner peace.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Man Who Made Things out of Trees

  • By: Robert Penn
  • Narrated by: Robert Penn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Man Who Made Things out of Trees. Robert Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. After all, ash is the tree we have made the greatest and most varied use of over the course of human history. Journeying from Wales across Europe and Ireland to the USA, Robert finds that the ancient skills and knowledge of the properties of ash are far from dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging and intimate

  • By Boggy of Bucks on 05-05-16

Outstanding !

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Reviewed: 06-10-17

Robert Penn has written an easily consumable and fascinating love letter to an ash tree he took from his local woods and the products that he produced from it.

The author's narration brings the book alive and adds to the listener's enjoyment and experience of what is an unusual and imaginative approach to the subject of the natural world .

He weaves aspects of history, biology of trees together with our human experience making the whole book calming and almost as meditative as sitting in a wood and experiencing nature first hand.

I loved it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,053

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

Fascinating to the end

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Reviewed: 28-08-16

A great book which is far more than just the history of the human. It puts a practical perspective on modern problems of work, sense of purpose and happiness. Accessible and enjoyable performance.

  • The Diet Myth

  • The Real Science Behind What We Eat
  • By: Tim Spector
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

We are all increasingly bewildered by the simple question of what to eat. Despite advice from experts, governments and dieticians about the dangers of too much fat, sugar, protein and lack of exercise, our nutrition - and the global obesity crisis - is getting worse. Why can one person eat a certain meal and gain weight and another eat exactly the same food and lose pounds? Genes provide part of the answer, but we have been overlooking one vital aspect of diet that lies within us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally

  • By David Jackson on 04-02-16

Fascinating Insight

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Reviewed: 28-07-16

After listening to this, I went on to bought the kindle version...it's that good.

This audiobook is a fascinating insight into why the simplistic and conventional diet advice doesn't work.

It explains why the human body reacts to food in ways far more than just calories in vs calories out (which might work for some but not others ). The unfortunate fact is that obesity, allergic reactions and auto immune diseases has never been more widespread and past nutrition and diet advice (particularly when it comes to fat) has been bordering on the criminal.

This book takes on the myths one by one and explains how we are all different and guides us as to how we can get better.

Everyone should read/listen to this book!