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  • How to Be Right

  • ...in a world gone wrong
  • By: James O'Brien
  • Narrated by: James O'Brien
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017

In How to Be Right, James provides a hilarious and invigorating guide to talking to people with faulty opinions. With chapters on every lightning-rod issue, James shows how people have been fooled into thinking the way they do and in each case outlines the key questions to ask to reveal fallacies, inconsistencies and double standards. If you ever get cornered by ardent Brexiteers, Daily Mail disciples or little England patriots, this book is your conversation survival guide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The second most important book I read this year

  • By Raz on 01-11-18

What you think and say matters....

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-19

Does a very good job of kicking sand in the face of reactionary knee jerk opinions. Irrelevant of whether you are liberal or right-wing, O'Brien makes the reasonable suggestion that we should consider the facts, ignore media agendas and bias and develop sensible and well informed opinions for ourselves. Could be a book of some importance.

  • Hyperfocus

  • By: Chris Bailey
  • Narrated by: Chris Bailey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Our attention has never been as overwhelmed or in demand as it is today; we've never been so busy while accomplishing so little, and we've grown uncomfortable with boredom and a lack of stimulation and distraction. In Hyperfocus, Chris Bailey - described by TED.com as 'the most productive man you could ever hope to meet' - provides profound insights into how we can best manage our attention. He reveals how the brain switches between two mental modes - hyperfocus, our deep concentration mode, and scatterfocus, our creative, reflective mode - and how the surest path to being our most creative and efficient selves at work is to combine them both. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Now hear this!

  • By WildMike on 25-10-18

Now hear this!

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

Informative and inspiring. Given me a thirst for more on the subject of focus and concentration.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Amusing Ourselves to Death

  • Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
  • By: Neil Postman
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

In this eloquent and persuasive book, Neil Postman examines the deep and broad effects of television culture on the manner in which we conduct our public affairs, and how "entertainment values" have corrupted the very way we think. As politics, news, religion, education, and commerce are given less and less expression in the form of the printed word, they are rapidly being reshaped to suit the requirements of television.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book read far too fast

  • By discerning reader on 14-03-17

Have a thesaurus handy.

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-09-18

Sounds like a Sociology degree dissertation Weighed down with so much incoherent flowery language and long words read in a desperate hurry by a narrator who seems to be enjoying it as much as I did.

  • 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 784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700

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

Thought provoking and sobering

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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: 26-02-18

A worthy addition to Wax's most recent books on mindfulness and coping with modern life.

  • 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 362
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

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

Disappointingly vague

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-17

Lengthy explanations on why "Flow" is so great. Little guidance on how to acheive it.

  • Be Your Potential

  • By: Joseph Clough
  • Narrated by: Joseph Clough
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Hi, my name is Joseph Clough. Before I became a master hypnotist at the age of 18, life was a real struggle for me. I struggled with social isolation and intense blushing in public. For the last decade, I've strived to get my message out to as many people as possible. I've have done this through my popular free podcast, free mobile apps and online programmes. These have reached more than 2 million people around the globe in under two years. My mission is simple: to help as many people as possible.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pseudoscientific claptrap

  • By WildMike on 11-10-17

Pseudoscientific claptrap

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Stuck it out for two chapters then got a refund. self help at it's worst.

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  • The Antidote

  • Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking
  • By: Oliver Burkeman
  • Narrated by: Oliver Burkeman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525

In this fascinating new book which he narrates himself, Oliver Burkeman argues that "positive thinking" and relentless optimism aren't the solution to the happiness dilemma, but part of the problem. And that there is, in fact, an alternative path to contentment and success that involves embracing the things we spend our lives trying to avoid - uncertainty, insecurity, pessimism, and failure. Thought-provoking, counterintuitive, and ultimately uplifting, The Antidote is a celebration of the power of negative thinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Antidote just another path to the truth

  • By Mark on 11-01-13

I'm positive you need to read this...

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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: 05-10-17

Excellent philosophy on the nature of the self help industry in general but specifically positive thinking. A joy to listen to, thought provoking and ultimately very sobering.

  • The Ten Types of Human

  • A New Understanding of Who We Are and Who We Can Be
  • By: Dexter Dias
  • Narrated by: Tom Clegg
  • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

This audiobook will introduce you to ten people. In a way, you already know them. Only you don't - not really. In a sense, they are you. Only they're not entirely. They inform and shape the most important decisions in your life. But you're almost certainly unaware of their intervention. They are the Ten Types of Human. Who are they? What are they for? How did they get into your head? We want to believe that there are some things we would never do. We want to believe that there are others we always would. But how can we be sure?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book blew me away

  • By pumbaesque on 16-07-17

Remind me what this is about again....

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

Reviewed: 21-09-17

heavily intellectual, drawn out and seems to go off topic for long tiresome periods to such an extent that more than once I had to remind myself what it was I was listening to.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

  • Your Route out of Perfectionism, Self-Sabotage and Other Everyday Habits with CBT
  • By: Avy Joseph
  • Narrated by: Ruth Sillers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

What happens to you in life matters less than the way you feel about life; that's the message of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). If you've ever tried to change something about yourself - your mood, your weight, your behavior - you'll have noticed that change often hurts, so you stop trying. CBT can help you when change starts to hurt. In the revised and updated edition of this best-selling title, professional CBT practitioner Avy Joseph shows you how to challenge negative thoughts and unhealthy beliefs to improve your outlook in your personal and professional lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-12-17

Are you sitting comfortably...

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

Reviewed: 21-09-17

Like being told how to shape your thinking by a hybrid of an old school linguaphone tutor and a children's TV presenter from the 70s. Has it moments but is ever so slightly patronising.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unf*ck Yourself

  • Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life
  • By: Gary John Bishop
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

Unf*ck Yourself is the handbook for the resigned and defeated, a manifesto for real-life change and unleashing your true potential. Have you ever felt like a hamster on a wheel, furiously churning your way through life but somehow going nowhere? Like the happiness you seek, the relationship you crave or the career you've always wanted are constantly out of reach? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you are a victim of your own self-doubt. And now is the time for you to unf--k yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Concise, pithy, honest

  • By Joe on 14-10-17

"Just do it!"

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

Like a cross between Jeremy Kyle and Shia LaBeouf bawling you into submission and action.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful