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  • Letters to a Young Therapist

  • By: Mary Pipher
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Mary Pipher's groundbreaking investigation of America's "girl-poisoning culture", Reviving Ophelia, has sold nearly two million copies and established its author as one of the nation's foremost authorities on family issues. In Letters to a Young Therapist, Dr. Pipher shares what she has learned in 30 years as a therapist, helping warring families, alienated adolescents, and harried professionals restore peace and beauty to their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-07-15

Highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole of this book. it was well performed and well written.

As an aspiring therapist I found it insightful, informative, and encouraging, whilst also feeling wise and realistic.

As a person who has been in therapy I found it to be a realistic insight into the process, and it gave me food for thought about some of my own issues.

As a human being who is interested in human beings and their stories I found it fascinating and engaging.

I guess the format (letters to a young therapist from her older supervisor) could have felt contrived but I didn't get that at all. In fact I felt the letters gave the book a focus and a structure and a flow. My only wish is that it was longer. I could have easily listened to twice as much and will definitely listen to it more than once.

Thank you to the author for sharing her experience so honestly.

  • Flow

  • Living at the Peak of Your Abilities
  • By: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Ph.D.
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

In flow, everyday experience becomes a moment by moment opportunity for joy and self-fulfillment. Flow is the brain-child of a fascinating psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a renowned social scientist who has devoted his life's work to the study of what makes people truly happy, satisfied and fulfilled. While much of the study of psychology investigates disorders of the human mind, Dr. Csikszentmihalyi takes a different route.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This written book is excellent, this is not

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-06-15

This written book is excellent, this is not

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

Reviewed: 28-06-15

I have read the text version of this book a couple of times and it is very good. However this is not, as claimed an unabridged version of the book. It is a talk by the author that covers the same subject matter and ideas but, in my opinion not as well or as comprehensively as the written text.

The narration by the author is a prime example of why authors aren't always the best people to narrate an audio version of their book. Maybe his slightly unclear diction would have been more understandable and enjoyable to listen to if the recording and production values were good. But they are not, it is a noisy 'dirty', echoing recording.

If you are unable to read a text version of the book then go ahead with this because the underlying ideas are worth hearing. if it is at all possible for you to actually read the 'real' book then do that because it's a whole lot better than this.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Too Small to Ignore

  • Why Children Are the Next Big Thing
  • By: Wess Stafford, Dean Merrill
  • Narrated by: Wess Stafford
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

The time has come, argues Dr. Wess Stafford, for a major paradigm shift: Children are too important and too intensely loved by God to be left behind or left to chance. Children belong to all of us and we are compelled to intervene on their behalf. We must invest in children, all across the world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Piffle

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-09-12

Piffle

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-12

Could not listen to much, it was overtly religious rubbish. Very disappointed that this was not evident in any of the information that I saw on the website. Maybe it'd be some people's bag but it's not mine and would not have chosen it had I known. Felt conned :(

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Eric Idle
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

When Charlie Bucket finds himself the proud winner of a Golden Ticket in a chocolate bar, he knows he has the greatest treat in the world in store for him. Join Charlie on his fantastic world-famous adventures in Willy Wonka's miraculous chocolate factory, where he sees strawberry-juice water pistols, luminous lollipops, a chocolate river, and rainbow drops, and has the time of his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Gary Watson on 01-03-15

Obviously the story is wonderful, but...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-12

Why oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why Does the narration have to have a load of americanisms inserted into it. For goodness sakes are the Americans really that dim that they could not work it out in the original masterful form that Dahl wrote (don't answer that!)... Hrumph

  • The Old Man and the Sea

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Donald Sutherland
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377

The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great reading of greater work

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-01-17

A classic and it's clear why

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-12

I struggle to find time to read with two small children around but I listened to this in one sitting. Fantastic storytelling.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret’d) is not interested in the frivolity of the modern world. Since his wife Nancy’s death, he has tried to avoid the constant bother of nosy village women; his grasping, ambitious son; and the ever-spreading suburbanisation of the English countryside, preferring to lead a quiet life upholding the values that people have lived by for generations. But when his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs Ali, the widowed village shopkeeper of Pakistani descent, the Major is drawn out of his regimented world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old age is not for softies

  • By Morag on 24-05-11

Brilliant life affirming story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-12

Loved this, would never have chosen it but was recommended by a friend when I asked then to give me something that would leave me feeling that all was well with the world. It worked...



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One Day

  • By: David Nicholls
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 536

He is Dexter Mayhew, tall, dark, and (she can't deny it) handsome. She is Emma Morley, bottled red hair, wilfully badly dressed, all principles and no action. Could this be the dawn of the rest of their lives? Or are Dex and Em living proof that - despite an unlikely beginning - men and women really can be just good friends?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh, you'll cry.

  • By Charles on 09-12-09

Loved the characterisation and the structure

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-12

I chose to download this because I'd heard it had a very strong female lead character and I wasn't disappointed. Emma is a great character, believable, flawed and admirable (and scarily like me in places!). Dex is an arse for most of the book but it doesn't make the story any less good. Great twist towards the end that I didn't see coming.



I also liked the structure of the book that takes on day each year over a span of about 20 years. Partly because the historical detail was amusing and partly because of the way it allowed the story to develop.



Made me laugh, made me cry, made me think, entertained me. Life affirming, hopeful. Recommend

  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale

  • By: Graham Joyce
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 292

Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a very English story. A story of woods and clearings, a story of folk tales and family histories. It is as if Neil Gaiman and Joanne Harris had written a fairy tale together.... It is Christmas afternoon and Peter Martin gets an unexpected phone call from his parents, asking him to come round. It pulls him away from his wife and children and into a bewildering mystery. His sister, Tara. Not so unusual you might think, this is Christmas after all, a time when families get together. But 20 years ago, Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real page turner

  • By Kate on 02-08-12

Good listen. Interesting characters & strong story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-12

Another reviewer mentioned the weird americanisms, and they are strange. The odd word changed (rubbish becomes 'trash') which does jar but they aren't widespread, or perhaps I didn't notice them because the story is absorbing. A girl is lost and twenty years later comes back with an unbelievable tale of where she has been. Slowly her reappearance affects all around her and we are lead on a journey that constantly wavers between suggesting she is deluded or that she is the least deluded among us.



Overall it was a very engaging story that drew me in and made me look forward to listening and that made me make time to listen. Great listen.