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  • 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 431
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
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    5 out of 5 stars 389

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

Great stuff

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Reviewed: 13-02-2018

Eye-opening look at depression and anxiety, easily as enthralling and well-researched as his last book.

  • Zealot

  • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling and fascinating book!

  • By Krista on 23-07-2015

Gives context to Western Civilisation today

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Reviewed: 31-01-2018

It's fascinating to learn about the political, religious, and social climate from the time of Jesus, whether or not you support the conclusions Reza Aslan draws.

  • The Gender Knot

  • Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy, 3rd Ed.
  • By: Allan G. Johnson
  • Narrated by: Gary Roelofs
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The Gender Knot, Allan Johnson's response to the pain and confusion that men and women experience by living with gender inequality, explains what patriarchy is and isn't, how it works, and what gets in the way of understanding and doing something about it. Johnson's simple yet powerful approach avoids the paralyzing trap of guilt, blame, anger, and defensive denial that often results from conversations about gender.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tough read but worth it

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-12-2017

Tough read but worth it

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-2017

If you're not already one of the converted this will be a tough one to swallow, which is all the more reason to keep going.

  • The Descent of Man

  • By: Grayson Perry
  • Narrated by: Jonny Philips
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Grayson Perry has been thinking about masculinity - what it is, how it operates, why little boys are thought to be made of slugs and snails - since he was a boy. Now, in this funny and necessary book, he turns round to look at men with a clear eye and ask, what sort of men would make the world a better place for everyone? What would happen if we rethought the old, outdated macho version of manhood and embraced a different idea of what makes a man?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential listening

  • By Monique on 07-02-2018

Let your guard down

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Reviewed: 14-12-2017

As a man you might feel attacked by the first chapter but hang in there. Grayson Perry doesn't want to take away your manhood, he wants to add to it and make it richer, more fulfilling, and less lonely.
He is a man who feels all the same pressures as you do. You'll recognise yourself in this book and if you're open to it he'll make you feel comfortable with who you are and why you came to be that way. He'll point out your weaknesses, prove they're not your fault, and pave the way to turrn them into strengths.
This book is authentic, insightful, and funny in it's writing and performance.
You'll be a better man for having read it.

  • On Writing Well Audio Collection

  • By: William Zinsser
  • Narrated by: William Zinsser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

This expanded audio collection presents William Zinsser's On Writing Well, the classic teaching book that has sold more than 1 million copies, together with a new 90-minute section that tells you how to write a memoir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly insightful, with priceless practical takeaways.

  • By sharif on 09-09-2016

Clear, simple, brief and Human.

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Reviewed: 14-11-2017

Who is qualified to review this book? A scathing review would have to be damn well-written.

This book made me want to write. Zinsser's advice is easy to remember and use to improve your own writing. His only mistake is he says that this book isn't for fiction writers. All writers stand to get something out of this.

  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces

  • By: Joseph Campbell
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, John Lee, Susan Denaker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell's revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In this book, Campbell outlines the Hero's Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world's mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Every writer should read this.

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-11-2017

Every writer should read this.

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Reviewed: 12-11-2017

Great book on the structure of stories. It's written in the dense style of the early 20th century so it can be needlessly wordy in parts but it's worth the slog.

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  • Who Rules the World?

  • Reframings
  • By: Noam Chomsky
  • Narrated by: Brian Jones
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Internationally renowned political commentator Noam Chomsky examines America's pursuit and exercise of power in a post-9/11 world. Noam Chomsky is the world's foremost intellectual activist. Over the last half century, no one has done more to question the great global powers who govern our lives, forensically scrutinizing policies and actions, calling our politicians, institutions and media to account. The culmination of years of work, Who Rules the World? is Chomsky's definitive intellectual investigation into the major issues of our times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • eye opening

  • By Dennis on 02-11-2018

Dense but eye-opening.

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Reviewed: 07-07-2017

Brian Jones's deep voice, clearly picked for its similarity to Chomsky's, is hard to hear sometimes. Even with the volume way up, I found myself not catching words here and there. In a book this information-dense that meant hitting the rewind button a lot.

Chomsky repeats himself often in this book, perhaps to make sure the reader remembers key details, but it's usually a word for word repetition that makes you think you've accidentally jumped back a few chapters.

This book made me realise how little history I knew. There's a certain amount of assumed knowledge for this book - I had to pause and google names and events so that I could follow along in some parts. That's no fault of Chomsky's, though. If you lived through the cold war or have an American education then it's probably all pretty familiar.

I've wanted to read a Noam Chomsky book for a long time and I'm glad it was this one. He quotes several other books throughout, as well, so I'll be able to flesh out my knowledge of some of the topics and events he spoke of.

  • Chasing the Scream

  • The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 188

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and telling..

  • By Doctor on 29-01-2015

Amazing book, incredible performance.

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Reviewed: 30-06-2017

If you're one of the converted already then this book will make you wish you could stand up in your car as you listen and give it an ovation. If you're a hard-line prohibitionist then listen to this book if for no other reason than to pit your beliefs against the most informed and comprehensive argument for legalisation there is.

If you're an addict or you know an addict then this book might make you cry. Hari's writing is brilliant, surprising, and satisfying. This is not a dry history book, it is a book of human stories.

Tim Gerard Williams's narration is captivating. He truly becomes each character as he reads their parts. You come to recognise characters immediately by the tone and accent he affects.

This bookwas so good that it makes me want to go back and drop my other 5 star ratings to 4.