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Riveting

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Reviewed: 29-05-2020

I ended listening to this book a blubbering mess. But such was the power of the story. Highly recommended

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A Pleasurable Listening Experience

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Reviewed: 12-03-2020

This seeies of talks from the late John O'Donohue is a thoughtful and inspiring journey into the many facets of beauty to be found within the world, within people, within the human soul. I will listen many times to this, just for the meditative and inspirational content and the joy of listening to his lilting Irish accent.

How Don deals with Parenting

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Reviewed: 11-03-2020

I've enjoyed all three of the books in this series. I hope there will be another one, it's hard to let Don go - I feel invested in his life. Book three deals mainly with Don as father. I think to get all that's on offer here you have to have read the previous two books. The story had the same effects on me that the previous two books had, It has moments that are sad then will be outrageously funny at other times. It made me cringe, made me cry, made me mad and made me happy. Don negotiates his way through life the best he can, trying to understand what others want from him, trying to work the problems and find solutions. He's Everyman, but with an overlay of autism. This book is not only a good read, it's an informative and revealing look into a man on the spectrum as he steps into fatherhood and tries his best to be the best husband and father he can be.

Incredible!

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Reviewed: 09-12-2019

This is not an easy listen. On several occasions I had to stop and rewind when I had finished weeping or needed to take in the horror of what I had just heard and blocked..... Sarah has written Sandra's story with respect, empathy, understanding and love. I think Sandra has lived her life with more courage than I can express here. Rachel narrates the book perfectly. Sandra's story is an indictment on our society, a reflection perhaps of how far we have come and how far we still have to go and also a gutsy and honest look at how each of us must take full responsibility for our lives and shoulder our burdens, moving along our own paths with dignity, honesty and growing self respect all while simply doing the best we can and extending our hands to help up those less fortunate. I don't often finish a book and wish I could meet both the heroine and the author. I did with this one. Highly recommended.

So good!

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Reviewed: 14-10-2019

Wlth so many laugh out loud moments and a few cringe moments too - we are all somewhere on the spectrum after all - I also learned a lot. A thoroughly enjoyable story and now I'm off to download Book Two.

A Great Retelling of the Ancient Myths

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Reviewed: 16-08-2019

I'm familiar with the older English translations of the Myths and these stand up very well alongside them - though in abbreviated form. It's a joyful romp through the golden days of the Aesir leading gently but inevitably to the time of Ragnarok and the death of the Gods. Gaiman ends with hope and I really appreciated his ending - where I felt that ancient and modern times met and melded in just a few well crafted sentences.

Absorbing!

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Reviewed: 16-08-2019

I couldn't stop listening. Impeccably narrated by Roy McMillan this book opened my eyes, took my breath away and delighted and horrified me in equal parts. It gave me a lot to think about and the content and images will stay with me for a long time. This is a book that bears more than one reading it is rich in detail and thoughtful observations. I'm going to be purchasing many more books by Robert Macfarlane for sure!

A Complete Delight

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Reviewed: 26-07-2019

Richard Armitage brings Dickens prose and characters to life in a quite remarkable way. Some of Dickens best heroes and villains inhabit this book and they all took on form and shape through Armitage's brilliant portrayals. I've read David Copperfield before, but I enjoyed even more listening to this spoken version of it.

Informative and Enjoyable

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Reviewed: 25-06-2019

Who chooses a career in cremation? A somewhat quirky, intelligent individual by the name of Caitlin Doughty apparently. I was quickly pulled into her unfolding story and adventures with the dead and their families - and the other sometimes quirky, sometimes funny and usually sensitive people on the same career path. I thoroughly enjoyed reading her story and came away with answers to questions I didn't even know I had. It's possibly a book everyone should read.......

Perfection!

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Reviewed: 25-06-2019

My favourite novel by Dickens, read by Miriam Margolyes and I had 43 hours of sheer delight! I have read the novel three or four times over the decades and never enjoyed it as much as with Ms Margolyes perfect rendition. She brought the characters to life, lifting them from the page and parading them in front of me while I responded with sighs and laughs and tears as the story unfolded. I am so pleased I chose to purchase this and can't recommend it highly enough, especially to all lovers of the works of Charles Dickens.