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Carey Baird

Lancashire, England
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  • Happy

  • By: Derren Brown
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 481

Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it? Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is awful and distracting

  • By miriam on 12-11-16

Such a welcome surprise!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Happy to be better than the print version?

It's different.. not really, they both have equal value in my eyes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There isn't characters in this book.

What about Jot Davies’s performance did you like?

It was clear and motivating but a little mechanical at times.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many realisations in this book that pulled together a lot of questions I had been pondering.

Any additional comments?

Maybe this book just came at the right time for me, but it was genuinely life changing (I have never used that phrase before!).

It can be considered dry and quite advanced. Despite the title "Happy", this is a fairly deep philosophical book and covers some big questions. It might not connect with all, but it really connected with me.

A basic (very basic) understanding in Stoic principles would help you to get along with this book.

The writing style is very English and could seem convoluted to an international audience. Personally I loved it.

This is a book that I will come back to time and time again.

  • Anxiety for Beginners

  • A Personal Investigation
  • By: Eleanor Morgan
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Morgan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Eleanor Morgan's first-person account of her own struggles with anxiety was published as part of The Vice Guide to Mental Health and was read by five million people across 15 countries within four days. Anxiety for Beginners will serve as a guide for those who live with anxiety disorders and those who live with them by proxy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit too wishy washy

  • By Carey Baird on 10-05-17

A bit too wishy washy

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Would you try another book written by Eleanor Morgan or narrated by Eleanor Morgan?

Yes I probably would, the narration is fairly good

Would you ever listen to anything by Eleanor Morgan again?

Yes I probably would, the narration is fairly good

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The book was a bit self indulgent and didn't have too much actionable, solid information about anxiety.

Was Anxiety for Beginners worth the listening time?

Overall not really.

Any additional comments?

This is more of a story of Eleanors life and experience with anxiety. It is good to see that perspective but if you are hoping for some insights into living with or dealing with anxiety then they are few and fair between.

It is more of a comfort blanket seeing someone else experiencing the same things, but actually that doesn't help anyone in the long term.

Eleanors opinions and conclusions can be summed up as:

- Take anxiety seriously, seek help
- Everyone responds to treatments (drugs, CBT, mindfulness meditation etc.) differently. Find what works for you

Apart from that you can glean some little tips and snippets of information (in my case, some insights into what OCD really is and how it manifests) but there is not much it in terms of practical information.

At times the writing feels self indulgent and unnecessary.

Overall, this is a book written more for Eleanor than the reader.

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  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

  • By: Nir Eyal
  • Narrated by: Dave Wright
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 255

Why do some products capture our attention, while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us? This audiobook introduces listeners to the "Hook Model," a four steps process companies use to build customer habits. Through consecutive hook cycles, successful products reach their ultimate goal of bringing users back repeatedly - without depending on costly advertising or aggressive messaging. Hooked is a guide to building products people can't put down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't listen to narrator

  • By Observer on 05-06-15

Terrible Terrible Terrible Narration

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

Reviewed: 28-03-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can't get into it because of the narration.

Has Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products put you off other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Dave Wright’s performances?

Definitely not. He reads with no understanding of the subject matter. It is impossible to follow and a robot would be better.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I am sure the subject matter is good but I can't get into it.

Any additional comments?

Quality narration is the obvious key to audiobooks

3 of 3 people found this review helpful