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  • Why More or Less Everything Is Absolutely Fine
  • By: Derren Brown
  • Narrated by: Derren Brown
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. He shows how many of self-help’s suggested routes to happiness and success - such as positive thinking, self-belief and setting goals - can be disastrous to follow and, indeed, actually cause anxiety. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I have ever come across

  • By Anonymous User on 06-02-2019

Life-changing

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Reviewed: 18-04-2019

This book helped to properly articulate some of my own thoughts... It is a wonderful exploration of ideas about happiness and finishes with a framework to guide the reader, one that causes a sigh of relief, rather than the guilt that many books on the topic instill by making you feel you will never live up to expectations. I highly recommend it - and have been recommending it to everyone I meet.

  • The Long Earth

  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato. It is the prototype of a life-changing invention....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reminds me what we are go to miss

  • By Graham Butterworth on 17-05-2015

Two genius writers = one awesome book!

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Reviewed: 27-06-2018

What a fantastic story - two awe inspiring imaginations coming together to make a story that is almost believable..... now where is my stepper?

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 645

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book i've read in a long time!

  • By Anne on 11-01-2015

A Man Called Ove Stole My Heart!

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Reviewed: 07-05-2018

I stumbled across this book as I was searching for something 'different'. I read the reviews and, albeit septical about the praise it had received, decided to give it a go.

I was blown away.

The story is brilliant. You will find yourself drawn in by its grumpy protagonist who, at first meeting, appears hard to love. By the end, I felt emotionally invested in all the characters and their stories. In fact, the ending left me in tears.

You simply must read it. And listening to it was a joy.

  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (Int'l Edit.)
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,493
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,285
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King, Jr.; Steve Jobs; and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why. Their natural ability to start with why enabled them to inspire those around them and to achieve remarkable things.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time

  • By clinton on 14-03-2016

Loved it from start to finish!

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Reviewed: 14-03-2017

This is what inspires my own approach to marketing - and life! If you're not sure if this is for you, trust me, it is.