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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,933
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,192
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,175

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a human story

  • By Amy Featherstone on 03-12-18

Refreshingly honest, emotional and raw

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

Becoming has easily earned a place in my top books of all time.

The tone is friendly and approachable, the story, just like life itself is paced beautifully. At no point did I feel like the book was dragging.

What struck me the most is how weirdly human her experiences have been. From picking up fights in the playground as a young girl, falling for one of her law firm’s internes (who later becomes her husband), through to infertility and work-life (im)balance as a young career driven mom, her life story brings her down to my level. Her story is relatable. She is only human, yet she is so much more. I’d go as far as saying that her life is truly an inspiration.

She is a persistent hard worker and relentless overachiever. Success doesn’t come easy to her but her life story and experiences do stand to prove that working hard on anything and addressing issues head on, can take you so far. She is incredibly intelligent and well educated, yet she doesn’t fuss over her words make her message ever so much more relatable. This is woman who has seen the whole world and pretty much sat on top of it as first lady of the ‘free world’, yet this is the very same girl from the southside of Chicago who never really forgot her roots and community.

She openly and humbly talks about the hardships of life. It’s refreshing to know that the former first lady wasn’t perfect and hasn’t indeed had that perfect and cushiony life we’ve all imagined. She did fail an exam, she did struggle finding her true calling, she struggled with fertility, the loss of her father and has gone through a miscarriage. She speaks with candour about those tough experiences many of us keep hidden and close to our chest. The warmth with which she opens up and lays bare those most intimate moments is beautiful. She makes it look if not easy, then at least doable. Those are the shared raw experiences that connect us all irrelevant of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or country of origin.

This is a truly inspiring book that I know I will ve avidly recommending and also going back to for the years to come. Her memoir has left me feeling motivated to hustle harder, to work on myself, to be better and to never give up.

  • The Last Girl

  • My Story of Captivity and My Fight Against the Islamic State
  • By: Nadia Murad, Jenna Krajeski, Amal Clooney - foreword
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 58

The remarkable and courageous story of Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman who is working with Amal Clooney to challenge the world to fight ISIS on behalf on her people. With a foreword by Amal Clooney. A Nobel Peace Prize nominee, the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations and winner of the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, Nadia Murad is a courageous young woman who has endured unimaginable tragedy. But she has fought back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • heartbreaking and important.

  • By amotherandstudent on 23-11-17

Everyone should read this book

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

Let me preface this by saying that this isn't an easy book to read. Nobody wants to read about a girl seeing her mother and brothers being beheaded. Nobody wants to know about what it's like to be forced to pray and put make up on in preparation for your own rape. Nobody wants to hear about this, which is why everybody should.

Because Nadia's story isn't fiction. Nadia is a real person who suffered the worst autrocities one human being is capable of afflicting to another, yet she is not a victim. She is a fighter, a survivor, an activist, a strong woman who did not allow herself to become a victim. Even in the darkest of times, she calwed her way out of captivity, only to rebuild herslef from the ashes.

This is a story you should know, because if Nadya went through all she went through, if Nadia's people are suffering this genocide on daily basis, the very least we could do is take the time to read their stories.

And also because this is our duty as humans. To know and to be aware of what is happening to others. It's easy to turn our heads the other way because we don't want to acknowledge the gruesome reality that is some people's lives. We commemorate the abolition of slavery, we promise ourselves to never forget what happened to millions of people in the concentration camps, yet we allow the mass enslavement and genocide of Yazidi people. This is happening today. We need to know. We need to be aware. We need to fight this evil.

Finally, this book is worth a read because it is a triumphant story. It will make you realise that if Nadia can go through what she went through, and come out the other end stronger, more empowered and resiliant then we could too. This story also offers an insight look into the rich, colourful and tight-knigt Yazidi culture, which I for one, was not aware of.

So if you're looking for a new read, something that for better or for worse will change you forver, then pick up Nadia's book. You owe it to yourself, you owe it to Nadia, you owe it to humanity.

  • Claim Your Power

  • A 40-Day Journey to Dissolve the Hidden Blocks That Keep You Stuck and Finally Thrive in Your Life's Unique Purpose
  • By: Mastin Kipp
  • Narrated by: Mastin Kipp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Join best-selling author and Functional Life Coach Mastin Kipp as he guides you on a 40-day journey, inspired by Joseph Campbell's model of the hero's journey, to identify and dissolve whatever's holding you back, break free from trauma and victimhood, and transform your life. Not only will you change your life for the better, but, in doing so, you'll improve the lives of the people you love.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hugely disappointing and poorly narrated

  • By Didi on 19-09-17

Hugely disappointing and poorly narrated

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

Reviewed: 19-09-17

This book was insanely disappointing. Filled with references to god and believing in a higher power that will guide you.

The narrative is patchy made even patchier by the author's inability to stay on topic. He kept saying "back to the book now", that's how many times he diverted form the story. He was overly excited borderline shouting. I had turn down the volume so many times.

I'm so disappointed! I'm returning this book

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting - enjoyed it much more than the paperback

  • By Dawn on 20-05-10

A little bit disappointing

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

Reviewed: 14-09-17

I had much higher expectations considering all the hype around this book. Some chapters are great, however most of them were a drag. The narrative is inconsistent, there is no one clear message, some stories are left unfinished...

The book's beginning was quite promising, explaining that success is essentially down to being in the right place at the right time, but from there in the chapters are disjointed.

Some good ideas on there, but all in all the book is incredibly overrated. Do not waste your time and money