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  • Lucky Bitch

  • A Guide for Exceptional Women to Create Outrageous Success
  • By: Denise Duffield-Thomas
  • Narrated by: Denise Duffield-Thomas
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Can you learn to be lucky? Self-made millionaire Denise Duffield-Thomas not only believes this is possible, she knows it's possible. From being broke, hating her office job and generally having a life that made her completely miserable, Denise went on to travel the world and make all of her dreams come true within the space of a few years, including attracting more than half a million dollars' worth of free travel, scholarships, prizes, and bank errors in her favour. And in this book, she shows how you can do the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Obsessed

  • By Anonymous User on 02-08-2018

Basic Positive Thinking

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

Reviewed: 12-12-2018

First, the good - Denise has a chatty, easy style and walks you through the basics of positive thinking and manifesting easily.

The bad - uses the word ‘girlfriend’ and ‘gorgeous’ too often, to the point where it becomes a bit irritating. It also means that men aren’t likely to engage at all with her message or style. I think she does focus her work solely on women anyway.

The ugly- none of the information is new, most of the audio is filler for about 8 basic tenets of positive psychology and the whole audio could be about 2 hours long instead of 7.

There are many, many mistakes that were not edited out, which is an easy thing to fix and I cannot understand why they weren’t and it ultimately negatively impacts the overall enjoyment of the audiobook and it’s perceived quality. Given that she’s a millionaire entrepreneur, these were things that could have and should have been fixed if only for professionalism.
There are also a bunch of mixed messages from her when relating her own experiences, which stretch her credibility somewhat.

Overall, it’s not a terrible book, it’s just not a particularly good one.

  • You Are a Badass

  • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838

You Are a Badass is the self-help audiobook for people who desperately want to improve their lives but don't want to get busted doing it. In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, best-selling author and world-travelling success coach Jen Sincero serves up 27 bite-size chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blew Me Away

  • By Dors on 30-12-2016

Good Positive Thinking Book

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

Reviewed: 03-12-2018

The information inside the book about the benefits of thinking positive and trusting in the universe may not be new or super exciting, but Jen Sincero makes them refreshing to listen to. She has a funny, punchy way of talking and her anecdotes are both insightful and entertaining. I have listened to the audio book twice now, I have recommended it to a bunch of friends and I will no doubt continue to revisit her work.

Positive thinking is a habit, like anything else, we need to be reminded of what we already know, over and over again before it really starts to live in us and be a part of our daily lives and actions. She is an entertaining and funny way to remind yourself of your own badassery.

  • The Bloody Chamber

  • By: Angela Carter
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

A collection of short stories, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories was first published in 1979 and awarded the Cheltenham Festival Literary Prize. This Audible exclusive adaptation is narrated by legendary actors, Richard Armitage and Emilia Fox, who take on different chapters of the audiobook. Among these are 'The Bloody Chamber', 'The Courtship of Mr Lyon', 'The Tiger's Bride', 'Puss in Boots', 'The Erl-King', 'The Snow Child', 'The Lady of the House of Love', 'The Werewolf' and 'Wolf-Alice'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • *swoon*

  • By Louise Angrilli on 08-04-2018

Brilliant, dark and sometimes disturbing.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-2018

Wonderful short stories with dark twists and entertaining plot lines. Read beautifully by both narrators.
Highly recommend.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absorbing book beautifully read

  • By Helen Wilson on 26-12-2018

Wonderful Retelling of the Myths

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

Reviewed: 03-12-2018

Beautiful story, wonderfully read and engaging right up until the end.

If you love mythological stories or fairy tale re-imaginings, this book is for you. Better than The Song of Achilles (imho), rich in imagery and really, really entertaining.

Highly recommend.

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  • American Gods

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a brilliant story.

  • By Alaina Jefferson on 26-04-2014

Absolutely Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 25-09-2016

Would you consider the audio edition of American Gods to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, so I can't honestly say but I highly recommend the story in any form. It was particularly enjoyable because it was an ensemble piece and so well acted. I really enjoyed listening to it and would listen to it again for sure.

Any additional comments?

I heartily recommend this book to anyone but especially Neil Gaiman fans, his voice makes a cameo or two. It is absolutely wonderful, full of mythology and history and fantasy and intrigue and, of course, it's a brilliant, clever story.