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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,689
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,194
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,139

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to Heaven

  • By Matthew on 04-02-18

I for one found it helpful, even if

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Reviewed: 30-06-18

I don't agree with everything he says. Worthwhile stuff to meditate on, I suppose. something something something

  • The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

  • By: Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

We spend most of our waking lives at work - in occupations often chosen by our unthinking 16-year-old selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what it might mean for us. Equally intrigued by work's pleasures and its pains, Alain de Botton heads into the office, the factory, the fishing fleet, and the logistics centre, ears and eyes open to the beauty, interest, and sheer strangeness of the modern workplace. Why do we do it? What makes it pleasurable? And why do we daily exhaust not only ourselves but also the planet?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a poem

  • By Maria on 22-01-17

This book is a poem

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Reviewed: 22-01-17

It's lyrical more than anything else. It puts me in the correct mood for most purposes. I like Alain's unsentimental love of life. He seems to have finally got the thing about the 'human thing' (I say finally because in all his books he sounds like he hadn't outright; some people are born with this talent others not)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Status Anxiety

  • By: Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by: Alain de Botton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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    4 out of 5 stars 21

We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer, to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment, from status anxiety. For the first time, Alain de Botton gives a name to this universal condition and sets out to investigate both its origins and possible solutions. He looks at history, philosophy, economics, art, and politics, and reveals the many ingenious ways that great minds have overcome their worries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Talking about taboos

  • By Judy Corstjens on 16-07-10

Wonderful

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Reviewed: 04-12-16

It is worth listening to this - if for no other reason, in order to consider an alternative perspective..

  • War and Peace, Volume 2

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
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War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I remembered

  • By Philip on 22-04-13

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

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Reviewed: 02-12-16

When I finished listening to the second epilog my first thought was: oh my God, how is the world and our understanding of ourselves and the nature of free will not been completely uprooted and revolutionised by this essay? I shall have to look it up. I'm sure smarter people than me have looked at this and have come up with good reasons. It should be interesting never the to know why.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Men, Women and Worthiness

  • The Experience of Shame and the Power of Being Enough
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown PhD
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 259
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What does it take to be secure in our sense of belonging and self-worth? We may hustle to attain this security through achievements, meeting expectations, or repeating affirmations to ourselves - but Dr. Brené Brown's research has shown there is ultimately one obstacle to our sense of worthiness. “Shame is the barrier,” she teaches, “and building shame resilience is how we overcome it.”

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Needed to be Written

  • By Ian Johnson on 14-04-16

Life-changing. Please listen.

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Reviewed: 30-11-16

Please give it the two-three hours this requires it will change your life forever. If you do one thing and nothing else towards becoming a better companion for the people you love, do this.

  • War and Peace, Volume 1

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 30 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An epic reading

  • By Francis on 01-05-07

Splendid.

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Reviewed: 14-10-16

Excellently read it leaves you wondering at the extent of human folly. I look forward to volume two.