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Holly Priddis

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  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

This is the way the world ends...for the last time. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Anonymous User on 26-07-2018

Not for me sadly!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-2018

I chose this because it had excellent reviews but I just could not get into this book. I really tried my hardest and it does have potential, but I feel that this is best actually read rather than listened to as it is a whole new world with all these different names for different species which are hard to keep track of when listening to. I felt like I needed to keep flicking back a page so I could understand what was going on. Perhaps good for binge listening, but I found it too hard to follow.

  • Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris, Jeffrey Warren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

ABC News anchor Dan Harris used to think that meditation was for people who collect crystals, play Ultimate Frisbee, and use the word ""namaste"" without irony. After he had a panic attack on live television, he went on a strange and circuitous journey that ultimately led him to become one of meditation's most vocal public proponents. Here's what he's fixated on now: Science suggests that meditation can lower blood pressure, mitigate depression and anxiety, and literally rewire key parts of the brain, among numerous other benefits. And yet there are millions of people who want to meditate but aren't actually practising. What's holding them back?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Alright but not as good as 10% happier

  • By Holly Priddis on 06-11-2018

Alright but not as good as 10% happier

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

Reviewed: 06-11-2018

I really enjoyed the authors first book so was excited to see this book released. Whilst it has good sections in it, I was overall disappointed. Dan reads this well but while it seems like there are sections that are meant to be humorous, they aren't really funny, and it really is just written like a friends trip away as they talk about their travelling meditation road show.


I took one or two things away from it, and did finish the book, but more because I was waiting for it to improve then anything else.

  • Harry Potter: A History of Magic

  • An Audio Documentary
  • By: Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies
  • Narrated by: Natalie Dormer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic. Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing for a HP fan

  • By Toria Phillips on 17-10-2018

I could not love this book more if I tried!

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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: 06-11-2018

I absolutely LOVED listening to this book and will listen to it over and over. Natalie Dormer is a beautiful narrator (although she pronounces Voldermort with a silent "t" which is annoying) and has a true magical way of weaving through this magical history. The story itself is a genuinely interesting insight into magical history and how it aligns with the world of Harry Potter.
Some of the interview recordings earlier in the book are at times a little hard to hear but this seems to improve and the book progresses.

For any history or harry potter fans I would highly recommend this book!

  • Back, After the Break

  • By: Osher Günsberg
  • Narrated by: Osher Günsberg
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 179

Osher Gunsberg, one of Australia's most loved celebrities, opens up in a powerful, dark, funny, and heart-wrenching memoir about life, love, and living with mental illness. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring and thought provoking

  • By Kirilie on 26-08-2018

A brave exploration of the authors life

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

Reviewed: 06-11-2018

This is a truly brave and courageous story by the wonderful Osher. He shares an insight into living with mental illness that pulls no punches and I really enjoyed the honesty. I gave 4 stars overall as I found the footnotes incredibly annoying however there is less of them as the book progresses and I am sure they are not annoying at all in the actual written copy!
Osher does a great job in narrating his own work which at times must have been challenging given the content. This is not a resource book however of how to recover from mental illness, more a personal memoir. Nevertheless definitely recommend.

  • Daring Greatly

  • How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 128

In a powerful new vision, Dr. Brené Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability and dispels the widely accepted myth that it's a weakness. She argues that, in truth, vulnerability is strength, and when we shut ourselves off from vulnerability - from revealing our true selves - we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Anonymous User on 10-11-2018

A bit too similar to the authors earlier books

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

Reviewed: 06-11-2018

I normally love Brene's work but I just couldn't stick this one out. I really enjoy that she narrates her own work which is why I gave 5 stars for performance, but it felt like I was just listening to one of her earlier books as they all have the same message. A real shame as I really enjoyed her other books.

Would no doubt be enjoyed by someone who is new to the authors work.

  • Man's Search for Meaning

  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unmissable masterpiece

  • By Davide Gaido on 17-06-2015

Short but enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 06-11-2018

I enjoyed this book, and took a few little gems of insight away from the writings of Mr Frankl. The narrator did justice to the book and was easy to listen to.

  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 435

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic concepts

  • By Anonymous User on 19-02-2018

Interesting insight

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

Reviewed: 25-07-2018

I enjoyed listening to this book, the narrator (author) has a lovely voice to listen to and brought authenticity to the words. The concepts are not new, but I enjoyed hearing the authors perspective on the causes of anxiety and depression. This book wouldn't be for everyone but if you are interested in listening to a new insight/concept on this, and prepared to embrace culture and community, then I would recommend.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally best-selling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey. In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read

  • By peastri on 01-08-2018

Spectacular!

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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: 14-07-2018

I absolutely loved every part of this book - the narrator was outstanding, the written word was stunning. The only thing I would complain about is the music that started playing right at the end - why ruin a stunning book by breaking the spell of the last few words? despite that I would highly recommend

  • The Titan's Curse: Percy Jackson, Book 3

  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

The third fantasy adventure in the Percy Jackson series is now available to download, complete and unabridged, on audio. It's the last Friday before the winter holidays but Percy Jackson isn't at school: he's battling the fearsome Manticore (half human, half lion), which in itself isn't ideal . . . but with Annabeth missing and the goddess of the hunt held captive, things get a whole lot more serious . . . Greek mythology relocated to modern-day America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We love these book stories

  • By Serena L Sandwell on 24-10-2018

good listen

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

Reviewed: 09-04-2018

I struggled to get through parts of this book but once it gained momentum I enjoyed it. not one of the best of this series so far. Love the narrator although the voice for Blackjack is incredibly annoying! that said he performs well

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book highly recommended !!!!

  • By Igor on 11-05-2017

Excellent, through 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: 25-02-2018

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book was recommended to me, and is a really interesting book which I took a lot away from. Reflecting on the life choices people make, the opportunities that are before all of us, and how we can alter our life journey is so fascinating to reflect on. Hearing the journey of others and how serendipity impacted on their lives was really interesting

What did you like best about this story?

The chapter on aviation - fascinating!

Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Any additional comments?

Well worth the listen. I will be listening to his other books now for sure.