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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,470

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By TheBookie on 06-04-18

Great Guidance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-18

I've always been a pessimistic person since I was a young kid (I'm 26 now). Although my family who I rarely speak to anymore is and raised me with religion, I am not religious. I've been depressed since high school and struggled to find a validating meaning to life other than to go with the flow and enjoy the roses.

I got this audio book specifically because I'm beginning to feel as though every time I feel like I'm on the right track with my pursuit of happiness and meaning, I'm always proven otherwise. I picked this up in the hopes of finding an antidote to my chaos.

A lot of the rules in this book were generally things I already knew - however hearing someone else not only say them, but also give much deeper meaning and examples for them helped reinforce them for myself. There are a lot of religious references and examples used but they aren't forceful or anything other than just examples.

After finishing this audio book I do feel more confident about myself and have more of a grip on how to manage the balance of chaos and order in my life and within myself. I'd recommend this to anyone who feels like they need an extra or even the first nudge to get them started on identifying what's wrong in their life before you can begin fixing it.

As a side note, I love when authors read their own audio book. Jordan B. Peterson has a teaching voice (duh), but I couldn't help but smile every once in a while when I would start picturing the words come from the mouth of Kermit the Frog. While comparing the rules to my specific chaotic situation, it was additionally comforting to picture Kermit giving me advice. I mean no offense to the author, and this only made my enjoyment of the book larger.

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  • Hawksmoor

  • By: Peter Ackroyd
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 126

Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor was first published in 1985. Alternating between the eighteenth century, when Nicholas Dyer, assistant to Christopher Wren, builds seven London churches that house a terrible secret, and the 1980s, when London detective Nicholas Hawksmoor is investigating a series of gruesome murders on the sight of certain old churches, Hawksmoor is a brilliant tale of darkness and shadow.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • unusual structure and style

  • By Russ on 08-17-17

Interestingly dark.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-18

I bought this audio book because I was unable to find a hardcopy for the David Bowie Book Club at a "reasonable" price and I was delighted by the end that I subscribed to Audible for just one book, since I'm now likely to maintain my subscription.

The narrator did a fantastic job at conveying proper tones during certain parts of the story which gave it flavour that I would have otherwise missed.

The story itself is fairly easy to understand by the end if you're open to speculation, and the way it was written did well at setting the initial pace and tone of the plot. The themes it explores are interesting enough to get invested in the characters and their motivations, but I would not consider it a masterpiece.

The only times when I felt slightly lost was when the author bounces between locations in London with street names and directions; perhaps it would be easier to follow on a second listen/read or if you're actually familiar with the locations because from what I understand this is work of semi-fiction. Certain characters and their professions, along with names of churches did exist so I'd imagine the street names would be historically accurate as well.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a relatively dark story with a small twist.

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