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  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91,216

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

A handy kick in the pants

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

Would you try another book from Mark Manson and/or Roger Wayne?

A handy reminder that you're likely focussed on the wrong things as measures of your success -- I know I am.

Roger Wayne is one of those readers who makes you feel you're listening to the author. That said, unless you've been told by experts that you're uncannily good with accents, you're likely best off not trying such unlikely impressions as a teenage Afghani girl, her father and an elderly Liverpudlian, especially when you're trying to "do" specific people.

  • Dead Lions

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Michael Healy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

London’s Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their failed careers. The “"low horses", as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. But now the slow horses have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. The despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered. As the agents dig into their fallen comrade’s circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Ten

  • By Aaron on 01-15-15

Spoiled by an arrogant narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

If you are an American narratating a book set in England, you might perhaps check that you've got the pronunciation of place names correct. After that, you might check the pronunciation of words that you've obviously not heard aloud before -- "plastique" or "secondment", for instance. It saves time and money just to have a bash at them but it doesn't half spoil it for the reader who does know how they're pronounced. If this seems unreasonable, Mr Healy, perhaps you could imagine me reading an American book to you and pronouncing, say, "Berkley" and "clerk" the English way because, screw it, who cares, hey? That's right: you and we don't say "tomato" the same way, it's not just a song.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Healy?

The chap who narrated "Slow Horses" was a big reason I bought the second book. Bring him back, please. I'm sure Mr Healy is a fine narrator when he's familiar with the words. It's just a shame his comfort zone extends farther than it should.

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