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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-17

Slightly farcical imagination of the heroic Bard

Narration is brilliant. Luke Lampard is a find - hope he does more authors. An eclectic wink to possible origins of the future famous Bard's best ideas conceived in a whimsical adventure quest. Love, tragedy, nobility and villains blend together in a slightly hapless way one can easily imagine a bunch of actors on the grand tour get embroiled in. Not history, firmly fiction and a good bit of fun.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-04-17

Short and powerful

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

Introduce, Understand, Want

What other book might you compare Mindfulness to, and why?

... other books on mindfulness.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Short, clear chapters that explains concepts clearly and credibly.

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

Dumass question for this kind of book.

Any additional comments?

I tend to avoid all the general hippy crap on mindfulness. This is more scientific and credible in its approach. Mindfulness has changed my life and I am keen to endorse this book as giving anyone interested a good start, or an excellent regrinding in the art of mindfulness.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-04-17

Putting up with - for the sake of good science.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

If, like me, you are curious about the world, life and how humans behave, this book has very good science in it. Nothing wrong with the science. If you are a bit OCD about your children - this book is right up your street. If like me, other people's children is mildly interesting, but mostly soaked in ambivalence, then this book is a drag to listen to. Because, the author does not half go on and on and on about her daughter. I felt stuck in a lift with one of those parents that simply don't get that others don't care much about every move and evolving trick of their off-spring. Once it started to work my nerves, I simply could not stick to it for long - had to plow through it in small bits. Putting up with - to get to the otherwise excellent, science.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Feldman Barrett again?

No - unless she changes her publishing editor. I get the feeling that the publisher made her add in a lot of personal accedes to "warm the audience". Sure that left to her own, the author would have stuck to the core message and got there in 1/4 of the time.... and I would not have felt so urged to switch it off, time-and-again. Note the editor: Readers are not morons, give us some credit and stop sugar coating technical stuff, not all things need to be 'mommyfied'

What three words best describe Cassandra Campbell’s performance?

Clear voice, slightly monotone - not bad.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Good science, bad anecdotes. Its maybe cultural, but anecdotes are a giant put off to me. Stick to the facts, talk through actual case studies, leave the family and other emotive bollocks at home.

Any additional comments?

Love to hear a much reduced, abridged version.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-15

Why are there not more German detectives?

Craig's Fabel is a great character and the german setting more than makes up for the hint of smugness in the character. The villains are vile and the plot is thick. Dive in and enjoy.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-15

Jack Reacher II?

Ex Military Police, with a propensity to slap down real thug-like baddies and appealing to the alpha-females. Modern day western. Don't take it seriously and it will be a lot of fun. Take it seriously and your brain will rot.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-09

Exquisitely written filth

The perfect antidote to the American stereo-type. Far from God fearing, clean cut and family valued pre-sixties America, the Naked Lunch explores the far out other extreme of drugs, sex and human depravity. Don't let this put you off!!! It is written in such an exquisite manner that I found myself recoiling at the subject matter but marvelling in the art of writing. The Naked Lunch is one of the most beautifully written and one of the the most depraved of books. Masterpiece of language, filth written art and very funny. The dichotomy split my mind time and again and I thoroughly enjoyed the master crafting that managed to mess so much with my head. Get it!!

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-07

Absolutely terrible!!

Not only is the content complete nonsense but 'Dr Quantum' must rate as one of the most annoying people I have ever had to listen to. Avoid this podcast at all costs.

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3 of 12 people found this review helpful