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The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) cover art
  • The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did)

  • By: Philippa Perry
  • Narrated by: Philippa Perry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517

With straight-talking advice from renowned psychotherapist Philippa Perry, this is the definitive guide for any parent looking to navigate their past, avoid repeating their own parents' mistakes and ensure they don't land their own kids in therapy. Through the combination of case studies, her own experiences as a parent, and therapeutic insight gained from a career spanning over 20 years, Perry tackles the wider issues of what it actually means to be a parent rather than getting bogged down in the little details.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall a great book

  • By Sam on 16-04-19

Misleading title

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

Reviewed: 11-07-19

Although this book has some useful elements that I have implemented into my personal parenting with instant success I found that it has a lot of it is a bit too idealized.

The title should be, "The book your parents could have read and your kids won't be too bothered that you did. "

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Inglorious Empire

  • What the British Did to India
  • By: Shashi Tharoor
  • Narrated by: Shashi Tharoor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Inglorious Empire written and read by Shashi Tharoor. In the 18th century, India's share of the world economy was as large as Europe's. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. The Empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalised racism and caused millions to die from starvation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An informative and entertaining audiobook.

  • By G Varsani on 25-06-18

Harsh reality

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

Tharoor expertly analyses the impact of Empire on India and explains many of the tragic consequences from it. It really is astonishing the impact and the lasting damage colonialism has had on India and many other countries around the world. From this work a reader understands the harsh reality of this period.

This is a thought provoking book and one that many more in the UK need to be aware of.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,073
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,639
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,615

The compelling, inspiring (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read

  • By OldskoolHrdcore on 25-08-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

I find the story of South Africa fascinating, it's history, culture and people. Trevor Noah does an excellent job and giving the reader, or in this case the listener as understanding of what it was like to grow up in this dynamic part of the world. He presents a picture of South Africa that many of us would not see, the details, the tips and tricks to get by, the hustle. This book is expertly narrated by Trevor and his accents and impressions throughout are hilarious. I really wish the book was longer and uncovered more about his rise to stardom but it is essentially a South African tale. I should also mention the huge role his mother plays in his life and this book really is a testament to this strong woman who did so much to raise Trevor to be the fine ambassador for his nation that he now is.

I would love to hear a part 2 picking up from where this book leaves off and carrying on with Trevor's story.