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Tony C (London)

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  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Year Of Writing Heinously more like!

  • By D. Payne on 22-03-18

most 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: 12-02-17

entertaining and informative, well written, with many humorous and interesting touches. recommended If u wish to know about hygge

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  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just the best

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-10-16

The best audiobook I've ever listened to....

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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: 29-01-15

This audiobook has everything. It's a wonderful book. The audiobook has 4 narrators -- different chapters have different narrators -- so the narrators are performing a monologue. Their characterisations are deeper than any other audiobook I have listened.to.

  • Mindfulness on the Go

  • Peace in Your Pocket
  • By: Padraig O'Morain
  • Narrated by: Peter Vollebregt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

You lead a busy life. You're constantly running between tasks, notebook in one hand, iPhone in the other. You've probably heard about the benefits of mindfulness and added 'start doing mindfulness' to your ever-growing to-do list, but frankly, who has time to meditate every day, chant in the lotus position, or read long books on finding inner calm? This brilliant handbook is packed with suggestions for ways to help you slow down, refocus, and practice a form of mindfulness that actually fits in with your hectic life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By Tony C (London) on 07-12-14

OK

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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: 07-12-14

I heard this as an audiobook and it's not really suited to audio form. At least it would be if you could read the book and then hear the exercises separately. As it is, the brief exercises are embedded in the text, which isn't so useful.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • How to Think More About Sex

  • The School of Life
  • By: Alain De Botton
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

View your sex life in a different light and learn how it can make you happier. Sex is the most intimately human experience there is. It is can also be the most confusing. Our desire to be together conflicts with our desire to avoid vulnerability and appear ‘normal’, leaving us detached, desensitised or embarrassed. Covering topics including adultery, lust, pornography and impotence, Alain de Botton argues that 21st century sex will always be a balancing act of trust versus risk, and of primal desire versus studied civility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alain knows us

  • By RAUL on 23-12-12

Interesting.....

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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: 07-12-14

Not sure what I was expecting with this -- I like the School of Life series. But a well-written essay about sex that dealt with interesting issues but left no lasting impression.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Rainbow

  • How Words Healed Me: My Journey Through Depression
  • By: Rachel Kelly
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Black Rainbow is the powerful first-person story of one woman's struggle with depression and how she managed to recover from it through the power of poetry. In 1997, Oxford graduate, working mother, and Times journalist Rachel Kelly went from feeling mildly anxious to being completely unable to function within the space of just three days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By L Gunner on 23-01-17

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 18-10-14

Admirably clear, straightforward, and well-written account of two episodes of post-natal depression, along with the poems that helped and the therapy she received. Highly recommended. Audiobook very well read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Ideas of Psychology

  • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

If you’ve ever wanted to delve more deeply into the mysteries of human emotion, perception, and cognition, and of why we do what we do, these 48 lectures offer a superb place to start. With them, you’ll see the entire history of psychology unfold. In the hands of Professor Robinson, these lectures encompass ideas, speculations, and point-blank moral questions that might just dismantle and rebuild everything you once thought you knew about psychology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!

  • By Mirenda Rosenberg on 30-03-15

Excellent

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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: 18-10-14

A well-structured course of lectures, with each lecture summarised at the start and recapped at the end. Not quite the flair of Prof. Martin's Psychology lectures,-- sometimes he gives the impression of having given the lectures on one too many occasions. Nonetheless, highly recommended. I've no background in psychology but I've now listened to two courses of Psychology lectures -- as well as the audiobook of Ruby Wax's Sane New World.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Psychology of Human Behavior

  • By: David W. Martin, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David W. Martin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Today's psychologist is apt to be very different from the image most people conjure up when asked to picture one - an image that almost always suggests Sigmund Freud or someone like him, complete with leather couch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful lectures. Very clear and to the point.

  • By J Carrington on 07-07-14

Excellent

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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: 18-10-14

It took weeks to get through this. He is a brilliant lecturer. Inevitably there are aspects you won't be so interested in, for example, the workings of the eye. But overall, highly recommended.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Sane New World

  • Taming the Mind
  • By: Ruby Wax
  • Narrated by: Ruby Wax
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684

Ruby Wax - comedian, writer and mental health campaigner - shows us how our minds can jeopardize our sanity. With her own periods of depression and now a Masters from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to draw from, she explains how our busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress. If we are to break the cycle, we need to understand how our brains work, rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An out standing book!

  • By mark on 23-06-14

Excellent

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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: 18-10-14

Ruby's performance skills make the reading very entertaining, even though the story gets a little dry with descriptions of the brain -- I can't remember the details and the labels, but I understand why it's important to know about the workings of the brain. Highly recommended. I greatly admire Ruby Wax for being so open about her own depression.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful