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  • Days Without Number

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

Nick Paleologus is summoned to the unyielding bosom of his family to help resolve a dispute which threatens to set his brothers and sisters against their aged and irascible father. Michael Paleologus, retired archaeologist and supposed descendant of the last Emperors of Byzantium, lives alone at Trennor, a remote and rambling house on the Cornish bank of the Tamar. A ridiculously generous offer has been made for the house, but he refuses to sell despite the urgings of his children, for whom the proceeds would solve a variety of problems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing blend of history and mystery

  • By Kirstine on 17-02-14

A frustrating listen

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

Reviewed: 17-05-17

Would you try another book written by Robert Goddard or narrated by Gordon Griffin?

This is my third Robert Goddard book but I didn't enjoy it much.
I won't choose another book narrated by Gordon Griffin.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I like how Robert Goddard's books have many different aspects, but I was frustrated by the ending and the plot just didn't hang together logically. I still don't understand what it was all about.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I'm afraid the narrator almost made me give up on the book, but I kept on listening hoping it would all make sense in the end...........
The narrator's odd intonation makes it very difficult to follow. His tone will rise and he'll pause in the middle of a sentence making you think the thought has ended when it hasn't. It's uncomfortable to listen to because you have to really concentrate; like listening in a foreign language and translating as you go along.

Was Days Without Number worth the listening time?

On balance, I'm afraid it wasn't.

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  • Before Happiness

  • The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change
  • By: Shawn Achor
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

In his international best seller, The Happiness Advantage, Harvard-trained researcher Shawn Achor described why happiness is the precursor to greater success. This book is about what comes before both. Because before we can be happy or successful, we need to first develop the ability to see that positive change is possible. Only once we learn to see the world through a more positive lens can we summon all our motivation, emotion, and intelligence to achieve our personal and professional goals. In Before Happiness, Achor reveals five actionable, proven strategies for changing our lens to positive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Positive Genius

  • By Mark on 19-09-13

Excellent book - very frustrating narration.

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

Reviewed: 25-04-14

Any additional comments?

The book is fantastic. Shawn Achor has some stella ideas and the research to back them up. He has an ability to boil it all down into approachable narrative and simple steps.Unfortunately, the narrator doesn't live up to the material. The book is read with little apparent investment in the subject, seemingly trying to 'act' the narration. But this is not a fluffy novel; there are important and textural sentences here which need breath and inflection in the right places to communicate the point to the listener. It is so hard to follow because of this. Shawn narrated the first book himself and I wish he had done this one too. He may not have the most exciting speaking voice, but he is a likeable guy and his verbal commitment to the subject matter makes it so much better in my view. If you are a Shawn Achor 'fan', listen to the Happiness Advantage, but read this book yourself.

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