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  • A Lion Among Men

  • The Wicked Years, Volume 3
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, a figure known as Brrr - the Cowardly Lion - arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. Abandoned as a cub, his path from infancy is no Yellow Brick Road. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the warmongering Emperor of Oz.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3 down 1 to go

  • By Anonymous User on 12-12-2018

3 down 1 to go

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

Reviewed: 12-12-2018

The 3rd book in the Wicked years series. Lion among men is an interesting story about espionage and the moral obligations thrust onto someone with little choice. The lion Brrr is on a constant search for who he is while the denizens of OZ are defining that for him. Alone in the world, his story is quite sad (not unlike every character in this series).
He finds himself in court and on parole on the proviso that he gains information on the whereabouts of the Grimmerie. This leads him to interview Yackle while the war between Munchkinland and the Emerald City rages.
Despite the book not being as action packed, it picks up at the end when everything starts coming together. I really enjoyed the last few chapters the most. The first part of the book was a mish mash of historic interviews from the lion and mother Yackle.
I'm glad I got through this one, now I can start the final novel!

  • Son of a Witch

  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: Gregory Maguire
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An alternate history of OZ

  • By Anonymous User on 10-12-2018

An alternate history of OZ

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

Reviewed: 10-12-2018

I very much appreciated the continued story from Wicked. I did not expect to be reading from Liir's perspective, however it was very interesting to see the characters from Wicked grown and withering away. I thought Gregory Maguire did a fantastic job narrating. Many more questions are left unanswered in this book, which leaves me excited to read the rest of the series.

  • Wicked

  • The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Erin on 20-04-2016

Never gets old

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

Reviewed: 03-12-2018

I read this book years ago before it was adapted into a musical. It's brilliant. You can't compare this to the musical as many characters die in this version that are kept alive in the musical. Many parts of this book leave you gasping or shocked. The characters are well developed and the narration is done very well. You really get a sense of OZ, it's denizens and its history. There are many questions left unanswered which has me excited to read the rest of the series.
I love both the musical and the book equally, but they are not the same and should be treated as such. Once you've read this book you will emphasise with the wicked witch of the West and want to kill the wizard yourself. Totally recommend this book as it's become a classic in my opinion. You probably don't need to read the rest of the series to enjoy it. It stands on its own very well.

  • The Oscar Wilde Collection

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: James Marsters, Jacqueline Bisset, Alfred Molina, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Four classic comedies from one of the wittiest playwrights in Western literature: Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and The Importance of Being Earnest, all featuring star-studded casts with the likes of Jacqueline Bisset, Miriam Margolyes, James Marsters, Alfred Molina, Roger Rees, Yeardley Smith, Eric Stoltz, and many more. This audio also includes a chilling dramatization of Wilde's sole novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliance has a name and that name is Oscar Wilde

  • By Anonymous User on 20-11-2018

Brilliance has a name and that name is Oscar Wilde

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

Reviewed: 20-11-2018

Loved the plays and the social commentary weaved throughout. I found them relevant, even in today's society. I think we are very lucky to have such stories and deep truths told in a masterful way. They are expressed by great actors and was pleasantly surprised to hear Yeardley Smith as well.

I was very happy when the picture of Dorian Gray stared playing aswell because I didn't know it was included. What a treat!

Unfortunately my only gripe is that the telephone interview with Oscars grandson was too difficult to understand as the recording was too old. Otherwise a great introduction to the works of Oscar Wilde.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,096
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,906

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe.You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Gretta on 18-03-2015

Was a decent read

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

Reviewed: 15-11-2018

Overall I thought the book was OK. I read a bunch of 5star reviews thinking this will be an epic read, but because my expectations were high the book fell short. I have read more engaging novels, not to say this one isn't engaging, I simply found it difficult to enjoy because it takes a lot of time for things to happen in this book. I did like the writing style of the book, the characters and the world.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
  • By: Jason M. Satterfield, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jason M. Satterfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 347

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-tested collection of practical techniques for managing moods and modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change. CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. In 24 engaging half-hour lectures, you'll build a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit with the expert guidance of Professor Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant information

  • By andrew clift on 29-03-2016

Best of its kind (on Audible)

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

Reviewed: 25-10-2018

If you're into self help, therapies etc I would recommend this because it not only covers a wide variety of topics, but it also gives an inside view of how the therapies are practiced.

  • Effective Communication Skills

  • By: Dalton Kehoe, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dalton Kehoe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

From asking a waiter for an unusual substitution to urging a service manager to get your car finished sooner to swaying your significant other toward a particular film or show, many of the decisions you make are decided by talking. And no matter why you engage in face-to-face talk, there's no way to insulate yourself from the dangers of miscommunication. These 24 mind-opening lectures are your chance to learn more about how you communicate verbally, the common problems you can encounter in doing so, and how you can improve your own effectiveness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • seriously eye opening

  • By Luke on 05-05-2017

Eye opening!

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

Reviewed: 17-10-2018

I learned more about what communication is and how to use it effectively. This was a very good series of lectures and the accompanying pdf was good to have on hand.

  • Art Therapy: The Science of Happiness

  • Overcome Stress, Depression and Anxiety Using the Power of Music, Dance, Writing and Drawing
  • By: Paul Catalani
  • Narrated by: Bill Conway
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Who can benefit from art therapy? The best thing about art therapy is that it doesn’t ask for you to have the mad skills of Leonardo da Vinci or Picasso to to reap its benefits. Discover the benefits of music therapy, dance therapy, drawing therapy, coloring, art therapy, and neuroscience to improve your life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A simple overview of art therapy

  • By Anonymous User on 05-10-2018

A simple overview of art therapy

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-2018

This is a good little read if you'd like a broad understanding of art therapy. There is a couple exercises towards the end, but overall there are no 'how to's' in this book. It's mostly about explaining what art therapy does for people.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 23 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,377
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,111
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,090

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Stephen Fry

  • By Dannielle on 16-03-2016

This book is everything

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

Reviewed: 28-09-2018

There is so much in this book! A beautiful finish to the series and a pleasure to read

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  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,739
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,609

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Fry is a master! Again!

  • By Carolyn on 01-08-2016

A tragic masterpiece

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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: 21-09-2018

Stephen Fry narrates so well and Rowling immerses us (again) in the wizarding once more. At this point in the series is like Harry and the characters are real friends to me. A must read!