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  • Big Magic

  • Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901

Listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process - and showing us all just how easy it can be. By sharing stories from her own life as well as from her friends and the people who have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brought me back to life

  • By Lee on 24-01-2016

Thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring.

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

Reviewed: 25-10-2018

Disclaimer: I love Elizabeth Gilbert's voice.
She has a beautiful, gentle, clear diction, the kind of voice that's most pleasurable to hear when you're lying down, eyes closed, listening to someone reading you a most interesting story.
In the case of "Big Magic", it's many stories.
Gilbert identifies reasons for blocking the flow of creativity, something we ALL possess. She then breaks down each of many blocks or reasons or delaying tactics, which include fear (of many things), and that, really, Who Am I to think I can create something of joy for others.
Be it music, or writing, painting, sculpting, dancing, cooking, whatever, most of us block our creativity. And she doesn't imply we're all capable of writing Eat Pray Loves, and yet maybe we are.
Read the book. Ideally, listen to the book. I think that, like me, you'll fall in love with Gilbert's interpretation.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,462

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good stuff but...

  • By Alex on 11-07-2018

Boring, religious content not openly disclosed.

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

Reviewed: 31-07-2018

Bought this given the high number of downloads and high ratings. I've listened to a couple hours and - honestly - have rarely been so bored reading/listening to a book. Plus, about an hour in Peterson mentions "Mathew 25.10" or such religious reference. That was interesting and relevant, but then he makes another reference to a religious text (bible or book of something or other), and I thought oh no, not another religious reference. Since then, the whole tone and text is a religious reference to Adam & Eve, the significance of the snake, and apple tree, god this and Jesus that. It turns out - as far as I can tell, suffering it - that it's a Sunday morning sermon, and equally as electrifying. I wasted my money on this turkey, and will request a swap. It should clearly be marked for its high religious content and references - not what I thought I was buying at all.

27 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Watching the Wheels

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Damon Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul Panting
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

The year 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Damon Hill's coronation as Formula One world champion. For the first time ever, he tells the story of his journey through the last golden era of the sport, when he took on the greats, including Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, and emerged victorious as world champion in 1996, stepping out of the shadow of his legendary father, Graham Hill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really good listen about the craziness of F1

  • By Anonymous User on 28-11-2018

A modest Formula 1 World Champion's moving story.

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

Reviewed: 23-06-2018

Thoroughly entertaining, and well narrated, Hill presents as a down-to-earth man who earned every single break, half-luck and, ultimately, also earned arguably the sports world's Top Prize: Formula 1 World Champion.

I learned much about Hill's background against his famous & glamorous father's accomplishments, and the punishing trauma for the whole family of his (father's) untimely death.

Owning every inch forward, against quite remarkable odds he moves up in unlikely steps through various formulae to the pinnacle of motor sport, taking chances with minor teams just to get a drive and get paid so that (literally) he could feed his family. In the end it all pays off, but even at that sparkling zenith of success he was questioned and disrespected by his own team, and others.

The drama continued beyond retirement, when demons long suppressed found space to fill his mind with doubt and grief, which he details in the book.

Happily, the book ends with his current good fortune and joyfulness in life, family by his side, as a Formula 1 expert commentator.

It left me highly respecting the man and his immense efforts to get where he got. I highly recommend this book.

  • How to Build a Car

  • By: Adrian Newey
  • Narrated by: Richard Trinder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 73

The world's foremost designer in Formula One, Adrian Newey OBE is arguably one of Britain's greatest engineers and this is his fascinating, powerful memoir. How to Build a Car explores the story of Adrian's unrivalled 35-year career in Formula One through the prism of the cars he has designed, the drivers he has worked alongside and the races in which he's been involved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great technical book.

  • By Anonymous User on 31-08-2018

Hugely entertaining and enlightening.

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

Reviewed: 17-04-2018

If you could sum up How to Build a Car in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating, gripping history.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Build a Car?

Newey's detailed descriptions of his thinking, concept, drawings, and execution is like oxygen to this 40-years long Formula 1 addict. His way of describing the reasoning for curving this surface or lowering that one, and the effects on car feel and driver feedback, all make for fascinating inside knowledge by the designer himself.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Adrian Newey's wit and comedic style belies his relatively 'normal' appearance. He is a very funny man, with quirky humor, which infects every page. It's unexpected comedy from a potentially dry subject. I loved it.

Any additional comments?

There are passages of this book that may bamboozle a non-F1 fan, granted. However... if you're interested in aerodynamics, car design, and things that affect performance, plus inside information on the drivers who've pedalled his many winning cars, this book will enthrall you. Guaranteed.

  • Vagabonding

  • An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
  • By: Rolf Potts
  • Narrated by: Rolf Potts
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life - from six weeks to four months to two years - to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as Earth-shattering as advertised.

  • By Martin Castilla on 20-10-2017

Not as Earth-shattering as advertised.

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

Reviewed: 20-10-2017

Given the audio version publisher’s promotion of this audio book I expected to have to stop the car from time to time to ‘take it all in, flabbergasted’... but no, I found it a reasonable book with simple wisdom, many tips, and even more quotes of other authors, which I enjoyed but my world still is intact. Recommend it? Yes, but don’t rave about it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 341

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for fans

  • By Lori on 20-03-2017

Enthralling even for non-groupies

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

Reviewed: 11-10-2017

I’m aware I’m in the minority when I state I’m not a Springsteen fan. I don’t know his music apart from the big hits, and yet of course I know who the man is: a Star and legend. Having said that, I was recommended to read Born To Run. Given #Audible is my go-to app, I heard it instead. And I loved the book. Found it totally enthralling, fascinating, captivating, and whatever the sonic equivalent of “unputdownable”. Was sad to get to be end of it. Springsteen writes eloquently, he’s a natural storyteller, even though he describes he learned to write. I loved this book and particularly his reading it. Much enjoyed.

  • We Learn Nothing

  • Essays
  • By: Tim Kreider
  • Narrated by: Tim Kreider
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

In We Learn Nothing, satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn't change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don't even like? How do you react when someone you've known for years unexpectedly changes genders?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great essays about real life

  • By Anonymous User on 21-07-2017

Brilliant, and fascinating. Get it.

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

Reviewed: 21-05-2017

What made the experience of listening to We Learn Nothing the most enjoyable?

Each story is unrelated, and filled with such descriptions that come at me unexpectedly. I couldn't wait to hear each new segment, and was disappointed when the book ended. 10/10.

Which character – as performed by Tim Kreider – was your favourite?

Tim himself, his reflections and meanderings along his life, often hilarious, always brutally honest.

Any additional comments?

Just get this and listen to it. I loved it, and highly recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Leap

  • By: Gay Hendricks
  • Narrated by: Gay Hendricks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

Most of us believe that we will finally feel satisfied and content with our lives when we get the good news we have been waiting for, find a healthy relationship, or achieve one of our personal goals. However, this rarely happens. Good fortune is often followed by negative emotions that overtake us and result in destructive behaviors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A practical and uplifting book. Love it!

  • By Anonymous User on 17-04-2018

Excellence in my ears.

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

Reviewed: 27-01-2017

If you could sum up The Big Leap in three words, what would they be?

Useful, actionable, life-changing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Leap?

Realizing it applies to me and my life. And also pretty much everyone else I know. We all can take a big leap.

What does Gay Hendricks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His personal style is homely, and self-effacing. The story rolls out in a way that makes sense, and we're carried to that next level effortlessly.

Any additional comments?

Loved it, and already highly recommended to others.

  • Elon Musk

  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,103

South African-born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey, Jr. The personal tale of Musk's life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An underwhelming narrative of a really cool guy

  • By Michael on 17-06-2016

Planet Earth's highest achiever ever?

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

Reviewed: 08-09-2016

If you could sum up Elon Musk in three words, what would they be?

Boundless, courageous, blunt.

What did you like best about this story?

Musk's story is a spellbinding, breathless journey from its first page (or sound bite) to the end. The audacity of his projects, how he thinks, and the pain he's prepared to punish himself - and every single person in his organisation - with is beyond most mortals to appreciate. And he's made each of those gargantuan, outlandish dreams come true. It's an almost surreal story, and yet it's true.

What does Fred Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Much enjoyed Fred Sanders' narration. Clearly familiar with the story and text. Superbly expressed.

Any additional comments?

Just buy this book, download it, and prepare to have your mind blown.