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Touching story

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Reviewed: 24-08-2020

Kokoro-the heart of things. An apt title for this book. I felt a quiet sadness on completion of reading this. A book that gives insight into Japanese sentiment/culture during the death of the Meiji era and the birth of modernisation. This is analogous to "the heart of things" with respect to the individuals experiences in their own life. I feel it is very relevant today with individual mindsets increasingly becoming concerned with the id, and the mindset shifts in the world. A good read that seems straightforward during the experience but has a lot if depth that stays with you.

Nice work Anne

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Reviewed: 02-08-2020

Wow, I just finished the book and I am shook. This should be a must read for all young adults. I am in awe of how a book can connect you to someone from a different time period, spanning death and years. Anne was a smart, kind hearted girl with great insight. I have no doubt she would have penned many more great literary classics. I didnt feel too sad during the book, but upon hearing the afterward I cried, it was like getting bad news about a friend. The performance was very good by HBC, though at times the pronunciations sounded pretentious (who really says "trays" for traits?). A great read on becoming a person of independent thought, being resilient and finding joy even in dark times. I read this under strict covid lockdowns, most of us dont know true suffering and restriction and we can get through this.

Very basic but an ok intro to self development

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Reviewed: 23-07-2020

I struggled to finish, I listened to a few chapters, then skipped through the rest trying to find something interesting.
The book beats home one basic truth:Life is suffering, accept it and make it part of your life. Do not fear or avoid it. If you struggle with things I suggest reading a book on cognitive behaviour therapy, Tao of Pooh or Cant Hurt Me.

Good clear well written book

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Reviewed: 18-07-2020

This book explains to the lay-person the mechanical processes that occur which trigger anxiety, it also helps you realise that some of your behaviours ARE anxiety. It then explains ways to "re-programme" right processes to reduce anxiety. A good book to complement or as an intro to cognitive behaviour therapy.
The performance is very clear and easy to understand, but she sounds a bit like a robot, which may be suitable for a non fiction book.

Awesome book for geeks

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Reviewed: 24-05-2020

First non classic fictional book I've read in a long time. Loved it, very different from the film. Waay more action, but I can see why it was changed for screen due to very old/alt culture references and probably IP reasons. The main character is endearing and genuine and you root for him the whole way. Female characters and their interactions well written. I feel like I want to go out and collect so much nerdy stuff now! A must for 80s pop culture fans.

A classic protagonist.

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Reviewed: 21-04-2020

Good performance. Hit a bit close to home as I've just discovered I have a degenerative disease and fear losing my intelligence, the only thing I've had since birth. I'd say this a must read.

Great for astrophiles and aviation enthusiasts

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Reviewed: 04-03-2020

Very easy to listen to book, great reading performance. A journey that begins chronicling the events of The Mercury 13, the women that could have been the first people in space. It then follows one of the 13, aviatrix Wally Funk, in the present day across various space related locations in the U.S., and her relentless pursuit of her dream.

Great for aviation and military fans.

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Reviewed: 16-01-2020

Gives an insight into day to day naval aviation life. The reader feels like they are in the cockpit, and some of the poorer experiences may be too familiar for some. Thanks for sharing your story Caroline.

MIND BLOWING AND UPLIFTING

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Reviewed: 03-08-2019

I connected with this book on the most intimate level. For the others and fighters.