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  • Ep. 1: A Nondescript Office Building in Montreal (The Butterfly Effect)

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

[Contains explicit content] Join best-selling author Jon Ronson as he traces an intriguing butterfly effect. Many years ago, a teenager in Brussels had an idea - make porn free and easy to stream online. The consequences of that idea are surprising, delightful, and sad. They reach into areas of life no one could have expected. In this series’ first episode, meet Fabian Thylmann - that teen from Brussels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the porn

  • By Denise on 17-04-19

Forget the porn

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

Reviewed: 17-04-19

This is and isn’t about porn. It’s about people and their affect on others. Concentrating on the one man’s business idea. Jon Ronson is excellent. Very personable and non judgemental.

  • What Do I Do?: Mental Health and Me

  • By: Kelly Holmes
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45

Having experienced her own difficulties with depression and self-harm, in What Do I Do? Mental Health and Me, Dame Kelly Holmes sets out to discover how other people cope, talking to TV personalities, writers, comedians, journalists and more about their mental health. Kelly’s guests include: TV presenter Davina McCall; journalists Jon Ronson and Alastair Campbell; author Philip Pullman; comedians Catherine Bohart, Eddie Izzard, Felicity Ward and Rory Bremner; transgender rights activist Munroe Bergdorf; musician Amanda Palmer; and mental health expert Dr David Crepaz-Keay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just brilliant

  • By J. Sutherland on 09-04-19

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Short, sweet and informative. Kelly is always lovely and grounded so everyone is relaxed whilst addressing serious issues.

I learnt a lot from these, thank you

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Running Like a Girl

  • By: Alexandra Heminsley
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Heminsley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

Alexandra had high hopes: the arse of an athlete, the waist of a supermodel, the speed of a gazelle. Defeated by gyms and bored of yoga, she decided to run. Her first attempt did not end well. Six years later, she has run five marathons in two continents. But, as her dad says, you run with your head as much as with your legs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not just for girls or runners

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-06-13

Probably my favourite book, ever

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

Reviewed: 08-03-19

She is such a great writer and narrator.

Excellent. I really love her humour throughout.

I'm going to listen to this again and again...

  • Quiet

  • Learning to Silence the Chatter and Believing That You’re Good Enough
  • By: Fearne Cotton
  • Narrated by: Fearne Cotton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Quiet includes interviews with people who have helped Fearne to accept her flaws and love her own imperfections as well as advice on how to drown out misinformation and the sometimes pressurising noise from family, work and friends, which can fuel our insecurities and self-doubt. Fearne talks honestly and openly about what it's like to live in the public eye and shares some of the methods and practical activities she uses to ignore negative online chatter and trolls. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but you need to buy the book too.

  • By MrsB on 30-12-18

A nice book to listen to

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Not the most helpful of guidance books but not too heavy either. I bought the book and listened to the audiobook as well. I just didn’t have time to read but wanted to read the interviews from a book which come with the audiobook as pdfs.

Some worthy points are made throughout. This isn’t written by a shrink but an ordinary woman trying to do her best like the rest of us. So the book is grounded and doesn’t dictate from a pedestal.

  • A Life Without Limits

  • By: Chrissie Wellington, Michael Aylwin
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615

The amazing life story of Britain's world conquering triathlete, Chrissie Wellington. Chrissie Wellington is the world's No 1 female Ironman triathlete, the current quadruple World Champion and World Record holder. In 2009 she was voted 'Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year' and in 2010 was awarded the MBE. She is the undefeated champion of Triathlon, having won nine Ironman titles from nine races.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational!

  • By Verity on 09-04-13

I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 25-02-19

So well read. Stunning content and so informative without being a text book. Simply how this amazing woman achieved so much. Excellent!

  • Natural Born Heroes

  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

When Chris McDougall stumbled across the story of Churchill's 'dirty tricksters', a motley crew of English poets and academics who helped resist the Nazi invasion of Crete, he knew he was on the track of something special. To beat the odds, the tricksters - starving, aging, outnumbered - tapped in to an ancient style of fitness: the lost art of heroism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous book

  • By Gabrielle Dickinson on 25-08-15

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

I loved every minute.

So absorbing.

Gripping and informative. I’m going to listen to it again and maybe again after that.

  • Eat and Run

  • My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
  • By: Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
  • Narrated by: Quincy Dunn-Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story - none of the boring bits!!

  • By David on 12-07-12

So informative

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

Apart from being blown away by Scott’s achievements there was a lot for a runner or just anyone to consider.

Motivational and human.

  • Letting Go

  • The Pathway of Surrender
  • By: David R. Hawkins MD. PHD.
  • Narrated by: Peter Lownds PhD
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

Letting Go describes a simple and effective means by which to let go of the obstacles to enlightenment and become free of negativity. During the many decades of the author's clinical psychiatric practice, the primary aim was to seek the most effective ways to relieve human suffering in all of its many forms. The inner mechanism of surrender was found to be of great practical benefit and is described in this book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece

  • By Paschal on 30-01-17

Rubbish - so boring and unhelpful

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

Reviewed: 15-09-18

I kept realising I was totally lost in what he was saying. I kept having to go back over it again and again and still remained lost.

He says to find your emotions and talk to them and thank them but earlier on he says that for some people they aren’t feeling anything. So how do you talk to an emotion that isn’t there? He doesn’t explain how you do any of the exercises he just simply tells you to do them.

He does have a particularly drab voice which doesn't help. He also has unusual pronunciation saying Preffass for Preface that sort of thing so I couldn't always at first understand what he was talking about without translating it.

  • Witch Miss Seeton

  • By: Heron Carvic
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

A sudden interest in the occult swept through the English village of Plummergen, with Ouija boards replacing the best china in many a cozy cottage. It might be quite the thing for maiden ladies and persnickity aunts, but it wasn't Miss Seeton's cup of tea...until Scotland Yard requested she go undercover to investigate some sinister shenanigans in the Kentish countryside. A flim-flam was afoot in the local witches' coven...and magic could be a prelude to murder most foul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun and light hearted.

  • By jenny on 18-05-18

I laughed out loud

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

What people must think of me whilst I’m stuck in a traffic jam and thankful for it so that I can sit and laugh out loud all to myself.

These stories aren’t silly by any means, cleverly thought out with great characters. But if you’re looking for gripping drama this isn’t it. It’s a really lovely step off the train of working, stress and tiredness of life and onto a platform of innocence and comedy.

I’ve loved every one I have listened too so far. Thank you xx

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Picture Miss Seeton

  • A Miss Seeton Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Heron Carvic
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

When Miss Seeton walks out after a performance of Carmen and witnesses a real-life stabbing, all she can recall is a shadowy figure. But how could she have guessed that her latest artistic endeavor is a picture-perfect portrait of the killer? Her sketch puts her in a perilous position, for back at her recently inherited cottage in Plummergen village, she's fated to be a sitting duck...for murder most foul!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm & delightful mystery story

  • By Ms on 31-08-17

Lovely

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

I giggled away quite a few times. Very enjoyable.

I’m ready to listen to the next ones!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful