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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Year of Living Danishly: How to make big decisions, be more resilient, and change your life for good.

Having spent the last few years in Denmark uncovering the secrets of the happiest country in the world, Helen Russell knows it's time to move back to the UK. She thinks. Maybe. Or maybe that's a terrible idea. Like many of us, she suffers from chronic indecision and a fear of change. So she decides to give herself a year for an experiment: to overhaul every area of her life, learn how to embrace change and become a lean, mean decision-making machine.

From how to cope with changing work lives and evolving relationships to how we feel about our bodies, money and well-being, Helen investigates the benefits of new beginnings, the secrets of decisive people and what makes changes last - and uncovers the practical life lessons we can all use to thrive when change is afoot and inject some freshness and magic if it's not.

©2016 Helen Russell (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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Helpful and a good listen

If you've listen to/ read Helen Russell's previous book a year of living danishly, then you'll understand her writing style and the way she incorporates elements of her life with Lego Man and little Red into the factual evidence and interviews with experts, which I found fantastic and a great way to follow along more on a learning journey rather than a book simply trying to teach you a new why of thinking. It feels like you're learning alongside Helen, which I found highly enjoyable.
I love the concepts and ideas discussed in Leap Year and feel that anyone looking to work on the big changes in their lives or simply their attitude towards change will thoroughly enjoy it and come away feeling like they've learnt something.

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  • R. Van der Lugt
  • 27-04-2017

The Year of Living Danishly was much better

After listening to The Year of Living Danishly, I decided to try this audio book too. I really loved the Danishly book. It was very fun, funny, comforting (hygge style) and educational. I found learning about the Danish culture fascinating. So, I decided to give this book a try too. The author is witty and the book is researched in a fun way (just like the Danishly book) but it is a re-run of gazillion self-help books that have come before it, unfortunately. I will continue to follow Helen Russell's writing though. I do like her style, just hope for more interesting content in the future.
Lucy Price-Lewis is a lovely narrator. I could listen to her every day.

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  • Zahra
  • 01-02-2017

Loved it!

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

Fun! Practical! Natural!

What about Lucy Price-Lewis’s performance did you like?

I absolutely loved the enunciation and the emotion she put into narrating this book!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It definitely was!

Any additional comments?

I really love how this book was a personal story and it made me relate to it more. It discussed real problems and solutions that I can tailor to myself. A very pleasant audiobook!

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  • XfildChild
  • 25-01-2017

Great ideas and insights

I loved this book as much as her previous one, The Year of Living Danishly. There are great ideas and practical actiin items here, and the whole thing is kept from being too woo woo by her fabulously funny sense of humor and writing style. Loved it.

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  • Nichole
  • 16-12-2016

Witty, practical, like a wise and charming friend.

Would you consider the audio edition of Leap Year to be better than the print version?

Listening to the audio version is like having a clever friend over for a heart-to-heart chat. With tea, of course, because she's British. And 'biscuits', because she's always talking about 'bisuits' which I'm pretty sure are cookies, so I'm in. I was listening while doing dishes and I felt like I was curled up in a comfy chair, and the world seemed... more acheivable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Helen, the author, is very relatable, and she adds great research to the questions we all have about why we hesitate, and how we can get up off the couch and do all the things we say we want to do. If you've got decisions you are faced with, big or the endless daily slog, Helen's story will help you think it through and take action in your life.

Which character – as performed by Lucy Price-Lewis – was your favorite?

Price-Lewis has a great voice for this book. She's typically speaking in Helen's voice, and I appreciated how she subtly shifts her voice for one-time or recurring characters, such as Helen's husband aka LEGO Man. I loved listening.

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

I really had an 'oh crap!' moment of realizing where in my life I am mired in indecision and how much a lack of action makes me feel like I'm swimming in mud.

Any additional comments?

I loved Helen's first book, "The Year of Living Danishly", also.

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  • Dwight D.
  • 27-07-2017

Loved this book!

Really good book with great concrete suggestions on how to navigate this crazy world we live in. This is all done with great humor and self deprecation. As with her first book, the narration was outstanding. I really enjoyed this book!

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  • Daniela G.
  • 07-06-2017

My New Bible

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

DO YOUR HOMEWORK

What was one of the most memorable moments of Leap Year?

I love entire book, love all the research and facts Helen provides, her wittiness, the narrator is excellent as well! Relationships and Finances were very important chapter, I have listened to the book twice and still love it!

What does Lucy Price-Lewis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Wittiness, incredible narration, one of my favorites so far on Audibles.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

Thank you Helen and Thank You Lucy for a magnificent, fun, and informative book, it felt like I was having coffee with a friend and all I could and wanted to do was to listen!

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  • MrsC
  • 11-03-2017

Sad that it ended!

I hope she rights another! Can't beat inspiration mixed with terrific British humor! More please!

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  • PhryneC
  • 12-02-2017

My Kind of Person - No Truck with Trump

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Actually I was undecided about buying this audiobook. My friend had just finished reading the hardback and recommended it . So to help me make up my mind I looked at the posted reviews and saw the author was anti Trump and that made my mind up! I immediately purchased and listened to the audiobook and I'm pleased I did. It is part personal story - part anecdotes part advice - I found it an easy listen and in the end it me look at life in a different way - I thoroughly enjoyed it and have just purchased the author's previous book which I look forward to reading next week.

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  • JIHG
  • 22-08-2018

Life advice from your best girlfriend

Life advice from your best girlfriend who's done her homework. I loved this book, perhaps even more than her first one. I had to stop every now and then and think about my life and what I should be doing. Even so, it was not preachy because Helen Russel lets you into her own life. It was a great story and I wish her the best! Very much worth the time!

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  • MWilson
  • 08-05-2018

I LOVE THE COMBINATION OF THIS AUTHOR AND NARRATOR

I listened to this author's first book with this narrator, "The Year of Living Danishly," and laughed out loud. The combination of the author's dry, British wit and the narrator's perfect delivery (plus subtle sarcasm exactly when approoriate) had me following them both to this book where -again- the tone was just right. Thought-provoking. Funny. Loved it.

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  • Ksenija
  • 18-01-2017

fun, entertaining and useful

the book is very easy to follow, very enjoyable and funny while outlining some very useful concept that we can adopt.

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  • martin mcclenaghan
  • 13-02-2017

Great

I just liked it a lot. it's entertaining and by the end of the book you feel like you and Helen could be friends :). it does have some great practical advice that you can use right away also.

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  • Grazia D'aversa
  • 15-01-2018

lots of fun time and good advices

I really liked her style and the structure of the book. I also picked up few tips along the way.

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  • N
  • 10-01-2018

100% Recommend

This was the first audiobook I ever listened to, and whilst it took me a fair while to finish it, it was well worth it. I loved every minute of it and after reading A Year of Living Danishly, I can confirm that Helen Russel is a truly talented writer! Listening to this was brilliant and has made a few very long journeys (24 hours each way to the top of Finland) and a couple of walks to Uni, so much easier and more enjoyable. I cannot wait to listen to my next downloaded audiobook :)

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  • Ms. K. D. Chadha
  • 13-12-2017

Totally Entertaining and Learn a lot!

This book came recommended to me on audible and I thought why not! I was surprised at how entertaining I found it and the masses of amounts of things I learnt. Very interesting. Also the way it is set up makes this long audio book actually feel very short! She breaks up the book in a good way! I'm a big fan !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-04-2017

Great book, loved it

Great book, loved it. I've found many of the things discussed helpful in my own life. Uplifting.

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  • Liz
  • 25-07-2018

Easy listening - with some interesting ideas!

After enjoying listening to ‘Living Danishly’ I was curious about the next book ... if you like learning, are curious about changing & hearing about someone’s experiences of this - I’m sure you will enjoy this listen!

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  • John McCluskey
  • 06-07-2018

Great Performance by LPL

As a follow up to A Year of Living Danishly I may have been expecting too much. This was a bit more haphazard and kind of all over the place. The Lucy Price-Lewis narration and energy was once again superb though and I could listen to her reading the phone book. Unlike Living Danishly, I was glad when this finished but maybe because I had such high hopes. Id still listen to another follow up so maybe that's the best compliment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-05-2018

Adored it

I absolutely loved this and laughed out loud throughout. Adored the writing and the performance.

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  • Mr V Patel
  • 01-05-2018

How to teach the stubborn British mindset about self improvement

An excellent, cant put down performance and narrative with exceptionally well placed humourous anecdotes that is aimed at a very British mindset of stubbornness when it comes to self improvement and self worth. Fantastic, entertaining, enlightening and enjoyable.