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Too Stupid For Words

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-20

Far too many characters who are so unreal, so silly as to be unbelievable but are not funny either.

Boring

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-16

Well OK I am not a runner. The blurb suggests that the book is largely about a hidden tribe who run faster, further than we can understand, and become better runners as they get older. I had heard of a South American tribe about whom this was true and I was fascinated and wanted to know more. I thought the book started well; it relates some history and facts related to the extraordinary running ability of these Mexican people. The writer develops the theme of barefoot running, and how even the very best of running shoes hinder the ability to use the foot naturally.

This is a theme I am in sympathy with and would like to know more about. But as far as I am concerned the book soon starts to degenerate into long and convoluted story about ultra-runners, and and an endless string of races; leading to a rant about how we are all born runners, and none of us should pollute our bodies with any kind of animal product. Like all rants it was repetitive, tedious and, I believe, unfounded.

Now believe whatever you want, and if you are a runner you may very well feel very differently than I do; for me however, there is no 'one size fits all' solution to anything. We are not all born runners; we are not created the same size and shape, we do not all have the same nutritional or emotional needs. Sports science has demonstrated very clearly that we do not all have the same ratio of fast twitch to slow twitch muscle, and some of us are born to walk not run.

I lost interest in this book and gave up, you may love it. If it works for you happy reading.

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This reader Gabbles

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-16

I have ditched the book; I simply cannot listen to this reader. Deirdra Whelan reads at an incredible rate of knots, such a shame but I find it so irritating that it gets in the way of the story. The story gets one star simply because I haven't heard it.

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You don't have to set SMART goals to live!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-15

In a time when it seems that feeling "negative" is just not OK this book really is and 'antidote'. It is well written, well read, by the author, and well supported by research. It is not dry or dull, just a fascinating exploration of a ludicrous modern day expectation that we should be positive and goal driven all the time - that we should repeat positive affirmations to ensure that we succeed. Life is not like that. Life has downs as well as ups and there is a cost to ignoring that.
Thank you Oliver Burkeman for a good book that has somehow offered me back my RIGHT to be miserable when life demands it.

A good end

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-15

With this book Terry Pratchett brings some endings and some new beginnings to the lives of the witches of Lancre, The Chalk, and for the Elves. It has a feeling of closure, which is hardly surprising. Good book, interesting story, well read, even if it does lack the laugh out loud humour of the early Discworld book.

Its all in the reading

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-12-14

I was not particularly impressed with the quality of the writing, but more often than not I have found I was not really listening to the story, just to Andrew Wincot's reading. The reader is, to my ear dreadful. He pauses in the oddest places, and adds a considerable 'sing song' quality to his reading; reminiscent of people speaking over the tannoy system in the supermarket or at the station. My major dislike is the upward, questioning lilt at the end of every sentence. Ughhhhh. I have found this reader so irritating that i have not been able to listen to the end of the book

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A tour de force

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-14

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Starting with the knock on the door in the dead of night, we have mystery story; murder, attempted murder, and their investigation by Commander Vimes and the rest of the Night Watch crew. If you are not familiar with the disc world, the cast of characters will surprise. There are golems, "a golem must work", "a golem must have a master"; there is wee mad Arthur, an entrepreneur who remains independent of the guild; a dwarf who causes more than a few raised eyebrows as she is comes to terms with her femininity; a werewolf, trolls, and a host of others. A theme of new roles and discovering how to be who we are. As always Pratchett's book is a social commentary while being entertaining, satirical and sometimes downright funny.

Nigel Planer reads the book with real skill, a factor which I find is essential to my enjoyment of an audio book. A richly deserved 5 stars for both the story and and the reading.

First Class listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-07-14

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As always this is an superbly well written book, it also supremely well read. I found myself anxious for 'Wolfe', irritated by the psychiatrist, and generally thoroughly involved.

Lacks the characteristic Christie zing.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-14

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Agatha Christie was always an excellent writer and this book is good a story, and it is well read by "Captain Hastings", although his French-Belgian accent could be improved. However for me as a long standing Christie fan, these more recent books are definitely not as good as those set in earlier periods. I would think that as she got older and times and morés changed, Christie was less in touch with the era, and her characters and story don't have quite the same power as those set in the pre war period.

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It gallops along

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-14

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I always enjoy a good Dick Francis, and this is good Dick Francis! It is set mostly in Canada on a 'special' version of the trans Canada train. The hero is good, the villain is bad, and the story keeps you listening. Oh and its all about horses and horse racing. What more can you ask from a light read.