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Liviu

Bucharest, Romania | Member Since 2010

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  • David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Attenborough
    • Narrated By David Attenborough
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (122)

    His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited. In this volume of memoirs David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places that he has visited. Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several landmark BBC series.

    Liviu says: "Made me think about childhood dreams"
    "Made me think about childhood dreams"
    Overall

    It's one of the most inspiring books I've read, extremely well narrated by the Sir. Attenborough. It's not one of the boring memoirs where you start with childhood and go on. You'll like it if you like Sir. Attenborough's work, nature, or want to find out how nature films are made. I loved the witty style of writing and the subtle jokes. It made me think of childhood dreams when I wanted to be an explorer and study animals and have my own natural reservation and it made me want to get up and run to the park to look at birds ans squirrels, which I did. Any book that can do this is a great book, in my opinion.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Project

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Gretchen Rubin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (630)

    Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

    A User says: "The gift that keeps on giving..."
    "Helpful and full of real-life stories"
    Overall

    I loved the book and I also love Gretchen's blog. Actually I was first hooked on the blog and only after that read the book. As happiness studies go it's the most down to earth and applicable that I've seen. I know for sure many of the things Gretchen mentions in her book actually work. for anybody interested in happiness or just in improving themselves, it is an excellent read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13055)
    Performance
    (5503)
    Story
    (5570)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Loved it, unpredictable, sad, funny, all at once"
    Overall

    It's one of the best fiction books I've read, if not the best. The reading is absolutely spectacular and it's what gives this book a big part of it's appeal. Loved it from start to finish. It's a great story, with some great twists and it keeps you wanting to read one more page (minute) all through the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2000)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (1016)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Intriguing, if you manages to grab your attention"
    Overall

    It started slow, for me, wanted to give up reading a few times but it paid off by the end. The characters and their troubles didn't really resonate with me and it took almost half of book for me to really get into it. But by the end I was quite sad it ended and left me wishing for more. It's not a bad book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Matthieu Ricard
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Never has happiness as an emotional and physical state of being been so widely discussed. Matthieu Ricard is one of the most compelling voices on the subject, and one of the few who can bring together the teachings of eastern and western thought. In this accessible new work, Ricard provides a straightforward assessment of how to create true and lasting happiness.

    A User says: "Life Changing"
    "More science than you think, it makes you think"
    Overall

    It's a book that makes you think, it had an impact on me and often think about what I've read in it. I was afraid it was going to go into religion, Matthieu Ricard being a Buddhist monk, after all, but it keeps as far away as he can from doing that. It's a great read for anybody interested in happiness.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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