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Catherine Oliver

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  • Why We Sleep

  • The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,699
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,229
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,163

Why can some birds sleep with only half of their brain? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, health and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep or what good it serves or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. In this book, neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker charts 20 years of cutting-edge research.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is Sleep just for the Weak?

  • By R Blades on 15-01-18

Full of interesting facts

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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: 24-07-18

I listened to this book over two days whilst doing long distance driving. I was kept engaged the whole book and learn loads of interesting tips to improve mine and others sleep. Great science!

  • Wild

  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe and built her back up again. At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. After her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than an idea: vague, outlandish, and full of promise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Exceptional Story

  • By Colin on 30-01-15

Heart warming and enjoyable

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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: 16-03-18

I really enjoyed listening to this story of a long journey. I could picture much of it, although I’ve never been there, and found it easy to sympathise with the characters. A good listen for a long journey!

  • The Year of Less

  • How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
  • By: Cait Flanders
  • Narrated by: Cait Flanders
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

In her late 20s, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy - only keeping her from meeting her goals - she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less documents Cait's life for 12 months during which she bought only consumables.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a lot of moaning

  • By Catherine Oliver on 20-02-18

Quite a lot of moaning

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

Reviewed: 20-02-18

If you fancy listening to someone moan about their life then this is the book for you! It kind of sucks the energy out of you but it has made me think a little bit about a few changes I’d like to make. I wouldn’t waste your time with this audiobook.

87 of 87 people found this review helpful

  • The Course of Love

  • By: Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366

At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten's friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily - it's a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next? Rabih and Kirsten find each other, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact it is only the beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sublime

  • By Mrs on 03-11-16

Actually quite boring

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

There were some great messages in this story but ultimately I was waiting for the book to end most of the time. The pace of the narration was quite slow and the voice of the woman was always really quiet compared to everyone else and the narration. Not for me.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,938
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,901

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

Brilliant but unsettling

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

Reviewed: 14-10-17

This is a brilliantly written novel which follows the Eleanor's life who makes some absolutely brilliant observations about cultural norms. The first few chapters which run through her life are just really depressing especially her weekend vodka habit. However things change to slightly less vodka drinking which was much nicer to listen to. Good luck Eleanor Oliphant!