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  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

  • Wayfarers, Book 1
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

Firefly meets Mass Effect in this thrilling self-published debut! When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past. But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oddly annoying.

  • By Charles on 10-01-2017

Emotionaly Enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-2018

I really enjoyed the time and effort put into character building in this book. Every discussion or interaction with another character gave them depth and built a connection with me as a reader. The inner thoughts of the character had me living their hopes, dreams and fears. I loved it, thank you.
Well done Becky and Patricia.

  • Braving the Wilderness

  • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967

'True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.' Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarisation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent . started it again as soon as i finished

  • By Tracey on 16-10-2017

Essential for our time

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-04-2018

This book; Brené’s work, is SO important. I want everyone to absorb this book. I’ve listened to it twice and read it also, and will keep it close, sharing it and her videos with clients and friends. Thank you Brené!

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic!

  • By Jacob on 23-01-2017

From Meh to LOL :)

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-2017

Initially I found this book hard to get into. I thought the narrator was ordinary and the story and characters stereo typical and even considered returning it (very glad I didn't) however, after realising the narrator was portraying a "simple grunt" and the story was from his perspective I saw it in a whole new light.

Several laugh out loud moments. Well written and performed.

Bring on book 2.

  • The Dip

  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point: really hard, and not much fun at all. And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you're in a Dip: a temporary setback that you will overcome if you keep pushing. But maybe it's really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good short simple book on success and quitting

  • By Adm TeKnoMan on 17-07-2015

A fresh outlook on quitting.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-2017

Great tips for when to quit and when to press on through the dip. A must for anyone pursuing... well... anything.

  • The Hero of Ages

  • Mistborn, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 844

Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax as Sanderson's saga offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the end

  • By chardonnelle on 21-05-2016

Epic Finale

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-2015

Sanderson has done it again. Colourful characters living, loving, trusting and doing battle in a monotone world.

My one frustration (and easily overcome) was that I felt he overdid the explanation of powers. We don't need it explained every time someone uses it, especially since it is book 3.

Great character development through the whole series.

I am so glad I listened outside my box.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,423
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,137

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reindeer Flotilla Setec Astronomy

  • By Nicholas Hallam on 03-09-2017

Simply Irresistible.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-2015

If I could turn back time, if I could find a way, I’d go back to the 80’s, and I’d stay!

Ready Player One satisfied this desire with it’s smorgasbord of 80’s flashbacks. Games I played, movies watched, music listened and danced to. It brought back so many memories and emotions from my first PC/Game console, school dances, getting a colour TV + video player and rotary phones to the Jousting with my mates after school.

Because it is so well written and performed it is easy to engage with and feel like you are part of the story.

Listening to Ready Player One, well, It Feels Like Home.

  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,693
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,696

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, It'll Change Your Life!!

  • By Lyndon on 28-05-2015

You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, It'll Change Your Life!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-2015

TRUE!! I laughed, cried (and I’m a bloke), and gained so much insight about myself. I am now flowing in my creativity, pressing into joy, cultivating gratitude and allowing myself to be positively vulnerable (well, working on it). It has changed my life.

This audio will change the way you see yourself and how you deal with shameful, embarrassing or difficult situations.

It is as if Brené Brown is inside your heart and head and knows more about you than you do. If you chose to practice the guideposts presented in this book you will become more level headed and be an asset, whatever arena you are in. You will be a better friend to yourself and others.

Live a whole hearted life, say yes to vulnerability :)

NB: At the time of writing this review I have listened to the audio through at least 6 times. More if you count the times I have flicked back a chapter or two to re-listen. I also have more bookmarks in it than any other book.

You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, It'll Change Your Life!!

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 2

  • The Return of the King, Volume 2
  • By: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragon, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why did it have to end!!!

  • By Lyndon on 03-05-2015
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 2
  • The Return of the King, Volume 2
  • By: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis

Why did it have to end!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-2015

Wow. Its reputation as a classic is more than well deserved.
What an amazing story. From beginning to end it is engaging with wonderful character development. Tolkien creates a detailed world full of deep characters that take you through every emotion conceivable to man or hobbit.

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193

A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields. But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic and engrossing

  • By Billie on 20-05-2015

A dark world FULL of colourful characters.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-2015

Sanderson builds a dark and detailed world, brimming with colourful and memorable characters.

The story builds until you are enveloped and captivated by its mist.

Very enjoyable.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Two Towers

  • The Lord of the Rings, Book 2
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 460

Building on the story begun in The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, this is the second part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very engaging

  • By Gerowyn on 16-07-2018

WHY OH WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-2015

After being intimidated by the books for many years and not being a great fan of the fantasy genre I finally bit the bullet and listened to this audio. WHY OH WHY did I not read this book earlier? It is wonderful, engaging, creative and had me captivated from the very beginning.

Tolkien builds his world with words so brilliantly you can not help but engage with it and be a part of it.

Bring on part 2!!