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  • Normal People

  • By: Sally Rooney
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 951

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It plunges under your skin and invades you.

  • By Wras on 18-10-18

Disappointing ending

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-19

It’s an unusual love story but it somehow always felt remote. I found it interesting but was disappointed with the way it ended.

  • Ikigai

  • The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
  • By: Héctor García, Francesc Miralles
  • Narrated by: Naoko Mori
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Ikigai by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles, read by Noako Mori. Bring meaning and joy to your every day with the internationally best-selling guide to ikigai. The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai - a reason for being; the thing that gets you out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa - the world's longest-living people - finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Though provoking

  • By juozas kasiulis on 24-03-18

A short but thought provoking book

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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: 11-12-18

The book looks at why some people lead longer, good quality lives and suggests possible guidance to improve our own health and longevity. There's not a lot of science but the ideas generated are lovely and give food for thought. One idea is that social connections prevent or delay the onset of age related dementia. Also the importance of regular physical activity is stressed. I think it's good as you get older to take stock every so often and read something like this so that you can get back to a little self care and keep yourself healthy as you age.

  • The Obesity Code

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
  • By: Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653

We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic, but despite being inundated with diet advice we are only getting fatter. We count calories and exercise regularly, yet still the pounds won't budge. Why? In this highly enjoyable and provocative book, Dr Jason Fung sets out a groundbreaking new theory: that obesity is caused by our hormones, rather than a lack of self-control. He reveals that overproduction of insulin in the body is the root cause of obesity and obesity-related illnesses including type 2 diabetes

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb and a Game Changer.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-01-18

It makes good sense

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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: 28-05-18

This book is a literature review on the science of dieting and basically it concludes that sugar is really bad for you; that high insulin levels cause you to become fat and are somehow involved in deciding your 'set weight' ; and that fasting between meals, skipping meals, and extended fasting resets your set weight and lowers your insulin.
After reading it I was much more selective in my food shopping and I was shocked how much sugar is in everything. It is difficult for people to maintain a healthy weight when 80% of supermarket food is unhealthy and will make you fat. I am skipping breakfast and I've reduced sugar by avoiding processed foods including bread and so far I've lost 8 lbs.

  • Extinct

  • Extracted, Book 3
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140

The end of the world has been avoided - for now. With Miri and her team of extracted heroes still on the run, Mother, the disgraced former head of the British Secret Service, has other ideas.... While Mother retreats to her bunker to plot her next move, Miri, Ben, Safa and Harry travel far into the future to ensure that they have prevented the apocalypse. But what they find just doesn't make sense. London in 2111 is on the brink of annihilation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing sequel, read by phenomenally talented CP!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-05-18

It didn't feel like the end

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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: 28-05-18

Miri and the team of heroes are back again trying to save the world, but they have to contend against a very evil Mother and her team who are out to seek revenge at any cost, even if it destroys everything.( and that's a bit silly)
There's the usual witty banter and it gets a bit confusing with the many crossing timelines. I'm pretty sure there's more to come because the ending didn't feel right. This is the weakest book in the series and as far as the plot goes it seemed a bit pointless, however I did enjoy reading it.

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  • Forgive Me

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Alison Dowling
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Forgive Me, a compelling story of a daughter uncovering her mother’s secret past from the No. 1 bestselling author, Lesley Pearse. Read by the actress Alison Dowling. Cheltenham, 1991, when Eva Patterson returns home from work one day, a devastating scene awaits her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, not for the depressed

  • By Miss on 03-06-13

Enjoyable mystery

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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: 30-01-18

Eva is the first to find her mother when she commits suicide leaving a short note saying 'forgive me'. Her mothers death leads to other revelations and sets Eva on a path to discover more about a mother that she never really knew. It's an enjoyable mystery.

  • Ellie

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 24 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Ellie is a sweet-natured brunette, generous of heart with a sparkling smile and an accent that reveals her East End background. Bonny is beautiful and spoilt, with cascades of blond hair, the brightest pair of blue eyes and a mouth like Cupid's bow. The two girls meet in London at the end of the war when, seduced and abandoned by two American airmen, they pool their wits and resources and set off to make a living on the stage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad when it finished

  • By alison on 13-04-13

Just brilliant

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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: 30-01-18

The story starts in 1939 and follows the lives of two girls who are evacuated and then go on to work in theatre. The characters of Ellie and Bonnie are so real that I became totally addicted to the story of their ups and downs and even at the end I wanted more. There is a follow on book but it's not yet on audible.

  • The 4 Pillar Plan

  • How to Relax, Eat, Move and Sleep Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life
  • By: Dr Rangan Chatterjee
  • Narrated by: Dr Rangan Chatterjee
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 499

In The 4 Pillar Plan, Dr Rangan Chatterjee presents us with an incredibly simple framework for taking control of our health. He divides health into four pillars: diet, rest, sleep and movement. By making small, easily achievable changes in each of these key areas, you can find and maintain good health - and avoid illness. You don't need to excel at any one pillar - what matters is the balance across all the things you do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant easy to listen to practical suggestions

  • By Betty on 28-12-17

Inspires you to take better care of yourself

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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: 20-01-18

There's lots of good advice gathered together in this book and it's laid out in a logical fashion. Much of the advice is available in other books so it's not revolutionary but it is good to have it brought together. The book's 4 pillars are about bringing balance to your self care regime in that you don't just concentrate on food and exercise but also work on sleep and relaxation.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,541
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,630

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

Quirky story

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

Reviewed: 20-01-18

Eleanor is different to everyone,she doesn't quite fit in but she is fine in her own very lonely world. Gradually over the course of the story the reasons for how she behaves are revealed. Eleanor's life becomes more complete as she comes to terms with her tragic past.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544

Earth is dying. Thousands of workers, who live in the vast caves beneath Mars, mine the precious elements that will make the planet habitable. They are Earth’s only hope. Until the day Darrow learns that it’s a lie. Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations. Darrow disguises himself and infiltrates their society, intent on taking them down. But the surface is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only one with an agenda.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everyone

  • By ellie illing on 30-08-16

Exciting stuff

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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: 20-01-18

In a world were everyone is segregated by colour into castes, our hero Darrow is a red which is the lowest caste. Among his people he's famous for being the youngest ever helldiver, a dangerous and important job in the mining community. The society is very strict and deviation from the rules usually is punished by death. Life for reds is hard, they die young and don't get enough food or medicine. When Darrow's young wife Eo is hung for singing a freedom song , he is set on a path that eventually leads to him becoming a leader of a revolution. There are many strong characters,my favourite is Sevro who is completely wild but totally loyal. In this first book we see Darrow grow into his role and come to terms with the task ahead of him. I've read the whole trilogy and highly recommended it if you like fast paced action,lots of battles but not much romance.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,174

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 8 hours of Awesome in a 12 hour audiobook

  • By Bob on 23-03-17

Original and exciting

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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: 15-09-17

There isn't a dull moment within the pages of this book. The three heroes that are extracted from their timelines at the point of their demise are brilliant characters. Harry is from 1942, Ben is from 2015 and Saffa 2020. I can't wait to get into book two.