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  • Elevation

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Castle Rock is a small town where word gets around quickly. That's why Scott Carey wants to confide only in his friend Doctor Bob Ellis about his strange condition: he's losing weight, without getting thinner, and the scales register the same when he is in his clothes or out of them, however heavy they are. Scott also has new neighbours, who have opened a 'fine dining experience' in town, although it's an experience being shunned by the locals; Deidre McComb and her wife, Missy Donaldson, don't exactly fit in with the community's expectations. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Carol on 19-11-2018

King at his best

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Reviewed: 02-05-2019

Stephen King is a master at making the reader care about his characters. I have been reading King for 40 years. His stories seldom disappoint. Elevation is no exception. The empathy and humanity he infuses into his characters in breathtaking. Lovely to hear it from your voice too, Steve. A cracker.

  • Any Ordinary Day

  • Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life
  • By: Leigh Sales
  • Narrated by: Leigh Sales
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality - sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next? In this wise and layered audiobook, Leigh talks intimately with people who've faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different Perspective

  • By Anonymous User on 04-10-2018

A book to change lives.

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Reviewed: 13-03-2019

There are times and things in life that can change you. Change the way you think, even the way you see the world. This book is one of those. Leigh has masterfully held some of life's heart sink issues up to a soft and compassionate light, making them easier to examine.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,646

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great hook, great narrator, little payoff

  • By AU Pete on 01-03-2018

A Refreshing Read

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Reviewed: 26-01-2019

This title is a breath of fresh air, brilliantly performed and delightfully written. What a revelation, we are responsible for how we experience the ups and downs of life.

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  • SPQR

  • A History of Ancient Rome
  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This excellent history of Ancient Rome

  • By David on 07-12-2015

A rich and warm journey- told with style

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-2018

From Caesar to Severus, from Brutus to Bootikins. Mary Beard has gently scraped away the lustre to show the reality of Rome. SPQR, indeed.

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected but brilliant!

  • By Michael on 27-11-2015

Should be compulsory.

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Reviewed: 13-07-2018

This, easy to digest, enjoyable and entertaining book should be compulsory reading in every household. Read with good humour and a wry tone, we get to feel Bryson's reason for writing this so acutely. So good.