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  • This: Becoming Free

  • By: Michael Gungor
  • Narrated by: MIchael Gungor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Doubt-filled spiritual leader and reluctant Grammy-nominated Christian musician Michael Gungor finally let go of his belief in God as he tried to whittle together a god that he could love. Letting go of the stories that defined his identity and value in the world led Gungor and his family on a wild and painful journey through atheism, mysticism, betrayal, loss, medical issues, moving trucks, and thousands of online trolls.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding story

  • By Ed Freshwater on 07-07-19

Outstanding story

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Reviewed: 07-07-19

Gungor is a consummate storyteller, this title is beautifully put together. deserves a second listen.

  • The Inner Level

  • How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Wellbeing
  • By: Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett
  • Narrated by: Finlay Robertson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

In The Spirit Level Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett put inequality at the centre of public debate by showing conclusively that less equal societies fare worse than more equal ones across everything from education to life expectancy. The Inner Level now explains how inequality affects us individually, how it alters how we think, feel and behave. It sets out the overwhelming evidence that material inequalities have powerful psychological effects: when the gap between rich and poor increases, so does the tendency to define and value ourselves and others in terms of superiority and inferiority. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A powerful argument well made

  • By wellbeing on 18-12-18

Thoughtful, challenging

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I hesitate to say the performance is quite flat which makes this a tougher listen, but the writing is superb. a genuinely brilliant follow up to their previous work.

  • How to Be Human: The Manual

  • By: Ruby Wax
  • Narrated by: Ruby Wax, Ash Ranpura, Gelong Thubten
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844

With a little help from a monk (who tells us how our mind works) and a neuroscientist (who tells us how our brain works), Ruby Wax answers every question you've ever had about evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, sex, kids, the future and compassion. Filled with witty anecdotes from Ruby's own life, and backed up by smart science and practical mindfulness exercises, How to be Human is the only manual you need to help you upgrade your mind as much as you've upgraded your iPhone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • l am now a little bit in love with Ruby Wax

  • By Anonymous User on 26-02-18

Perfect

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Reviewed: 07-09-18

Brilliantly written, honest, visceral, beautiful, helpful, a real insight and of real benefit. Highly recommended.

  • The Happy Brain

  • The Science of Where Happiness Comes From, and Why
  • By: Dean Burnett
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

The enthusiasm for and expectation of happiness are so widespread today that fundamental questions about it are often overlooked. For starters, the most basic question of all: where does happiness come from? Is it your brain - a mere concoction of chemicals or network of neurons? Is it in fact your gut? (Spoiler alert: yes. Sort of) Or is it external? Is it love or sex or money or success? And what are these doing to our brains anyway? In The Happy Brain, Neuroscientist Dean Burnett delves into our most private selves to investigate what causes happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and good listen

  • By John on 08-05-18

Brilliant book

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-18

Extremely well written; complex subject made accessible with grace and humour, beautifully narrated by Matt Addis.

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  • One Summer

  • America 1927
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361

One Summer: America, 1927, is the new book by Britain’s favourite writer of narrative nonfiction, Bill Bryson. Narrated by the man himself, One Summer takes you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a plan to carve four giant heads into a mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown, and finished it as the most famous man on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bryson hits another Home Run

  • By Colin on 21-10-13

excellent

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-18

avuncular Bryson is great to listen to. less laughs than other books but fascinating and engaging history.