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Summary

In Nothing Much Happens Kathryn Nicolai offers a healthy way to ease the mind before bed: through the timeless appeal of classic bedtime stories. These calming tales take place in and around a fictional city, each one revealing those small, sweet moments of joy that may be found in the commonplace. 

As the unnamed, gender-neutral narrators recount their days they evoke the distinct comforts offered by each of the four seasons and gently lull their listener towards sleep. From celebrating nature and revelling in the joy or being home alone to the pleasure of getting lost in the stacks of the library and picking out the best of the end-of-season tomatoes at the farmer's market, this treasury offers something for everyone.

Using her decades of experience as a meditation and yoga teacher, Kathryn Nicolai creates a world for you to slip into, one rich in sensory experience that quietly teaches mindfulness and self-compassion, soothes frayed nerves and builds solid habits for nurturing sleep.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2020 Kathryn Nicolai (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Love it...

Will listen on repeat. Only 'complaint' (really minor) is it would have been helpful if the chapters were named, rather than just Chapter 1, 2, 3 etc... 😊

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I recommend to everyone

I’ve been listening to the podcast for a some time, then treated myself to the beautiful hardback book and now love the audiobook just as much. I keep it playing on low on my headphones as I sleep & when I wake in the night, Kathryn’s calm & soothing voice is there in the background, before my over-active brain kicks in to worries/concerns. Highly recommend to all, an absolute sleep changer for me.

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Not for me I'm afraid

These stories are nicely read and the author has a lovely gentle voice, which I'm sure many will find calming and enjoyable and a perfect bedtime companion. im afraid I found the content slow and rather tedious, in fact exactly as the title of the book says...listened to a few of the chapters but found myself getting bored and irritated so obviously not the book for me. Sorry.

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One of the best audio books I’ve ever bought

I’ve listened to a few of the “help you sleep” type books out there and this is hands down the best. Beautifully written stories wonderfully read. I just hope she writes some more.

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Wonderfully soothing

A friend recommended this audiobook to me and I’m so pleased she did! Kathryn has a beautiful soft voice. I put the timer on but am usually asleep before 30 minutes and if I wake up as soon as I start listening again I’m off! Her observations on daily life and events are brilliant. I hope she does another book although after three weeks I still haven’t listened to all the stories as I keep falling asleep!

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brilliant sleep aid

this is absolutely brilliant. the short stories are interesting, the ones I've actually heard that is, as they definitely help me to get to sleep. the narrator's (author's) voice is so soothing, her audiobook does just what she says it does. if you have trouble sleeping, I highly recommend you purchase this audiobook. it certainly works its magic on me

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It took me a long time to listen to this book...

...because I kept drifting off to sleep! 😄
Kathryn has such a soothing voice and I could relate to a lot of her little stories which brought back memories of my own!
It's peppered with meditations and I'm looking forward to finding the PDF which is attached. Apparently, there are recipes and other meditation here!
I will most certainly be looking out for her other books.

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An absolute must for disturbed nights

After a troubled time of family loss and a urological procedure which meant waking every hour to go to the bathroom, this book enabled me to drift off again quickly in a loving, warm embrace. Highly recommended, will never be without this in my Audible library.

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very good

A nice soothing voice that has the effect of relaxing and aiding getting off to sleep.
I have listened for a few nights now on the 30 minute timer and have not reached the faidout.