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Richard McFerran

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Great...

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Reviewed: 22-05-20

Watched the Netflix series then listened to the book. Now I'm going to watch the Netflix series :)

Okay...

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Reviewed: 28-04-20

This book would have received 5-stars if I had listened to it when it was first published.

The attitudes to mental health have moved on since this book was written and it is because of people like Alistair Campbell sharing their own vulnerabilities that we live in a more tolerant world today.

I enjoyed the book. It was short and to the point, well worth a listen.

Fantastic!!!

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Reviewed: 08-04-20

The pairing of Terry Mancour and John Lee is sublime, I have enjoyed each and every book in this series.

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Fantastic...

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Reviewed: 05-03-20

I am one of millions of people who have warmed to Tyson Fury since his return to boxing, in fact the turning point for me was the moment he rose from the canvas like a Phoenix from the ashes.

This book gives a great insight into the man, it also gives a really good insight into the world of boxing.

Tyson is open about his belief in god and that it helped him to achieve greatness. As an atheist I found his belief in god to be an endearing quality and I did not feel he was trying to "sell" religion, something which many authors feel necessary when they talk about their own devotion to god.

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Absolutely fantastic...

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Reviewed: 15-02-20

A book about half-orcs narrated by a woman didn't sound like it could work. I listened to this book because the first was so good and I understood the change of author as a female character became the principal person in the second book.

Lisa Flanagan had a huge job on her hands, up until now I had only listened to male authors, not for any other reason that the fact that they over populate the fantasy science-fiction genre. Which, based on Lisa Flanagan's performance is a HUGE mistake!!

The biggest obstacle that Lisa Flanagan had to breach was my dislike for American narrators. I have only completed on fiction book read by an American author, of which he did an amazing job, all the others have been non-fiction, so I am not expecting fiction books to come alive and characters to be identifiable by their voice alone.

Lisa Flanagan is an absolutely awesome narrator and I have searched the books she has narrated and chosen four book series to try out. She is in a handful of five authors that I would not want to choose whose best because they all have different qualities and excel at narrating fiction books, they can even make non-fiction books sound exiting.

Lisa Flanagan is capable of an incredible range of voices and delivers a male orcish sounding voice better than many male narrators I have listened to.

The author is also superb, his ability to capture subtle nuances of body language in a sentence is remarkable. I highly recommend both the narrator and the author. What a pairing!!

If you've listened to the first book in the series, this book is a must, you will not be disappointed. If you haven't listened to the first book, start there and you'll know you have another great book to listen to after you've finished the first.

A little disappointing...

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Reviewed: 02-02-20

I was surprised I finished listening to this book, although I do know why.

This book is written by a grieving father after losing his son, it was well written and presented and demonstrates the magnitude of such an event. As a father of two young adults the book resonated with me.

As a book with an answer to happiness I am little more sceptical. There is some good solid advice in the book, nothing groundbreaking. As I've listened to a couple of Daniel Kahneman's books, I was well aware of the more scientific evidence that was presented.

I would have rated the book higher if the author hadn't gone on a quest to prove the existence of an "intelligent creator" (god), despite saying that he respects all opinions and that his ideas are relevant to all beliefs. He did this by totally misrepresenting the theory of evolution by leading listeners along in a way that a double glazing salesman would sell you windows. He started at simple to understand probabilities using dice, then progressed it along to mind-boggling numbers, whilst referring back to the dice example to give him credibility.

I realise the authors need to believe in a creator as he clearly gains comfort that he will meet his son again when he dies. Had his book just been about the death of his son, I would have accepted his need to impress his faith on others. Since the book was about happiness, and the implication that true happiness requires the acceptance of an "intelligent creator", I rated the book based on the title and summary.

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Recommended

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Reviewed: 23-01-20

I had heard about Wim Hof from my 23 year old son, however, before he told me about him he had me do a test.

How long could I hold my breath, I tried, I had just over 30 seconds. He asked me to do a breathing exercise and at the end exhale before holding my breath. I held my breath for 90 seconds and I was very relaxed and comfortable.

That Dad, is the Wim Hof technique. Read this book with an open mind, it doesn't offer an miracle cures, just some basic advice that could transform your life. I listened to the book because I wanted to see if it was suitable to give a friend an overview of the technique.

If you doubt any of the "news stories", just do a bit of online research from credible sources.

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Some extremely interesting content

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Reviewed: 21-01-20

This book isn't going to tell you how to live your life, that choice is up to you.

What it offers is unbiased scientific evidence, which at times you may feel that some is contradictory. That's because the author accepts that some things are not yet well enough understood.

This well-written, fantastically narrated book will give you the evidence you need to make your own mind up.

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Great triology

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Reviewed: 12-01-20

As this is book three, it would be better to read the reviews of the first book in the series.

If you have read the first two books, I'm surprised you haven't bought this book and dived straight in.

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Great trilogy

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Reviewed: 12-01-20

As this is book two, it would be better to read the reviews of the first book in the series.

If you have read the first book, I'm surprised you haven't bought the book and dived straight in.