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Reckoning Audiobook

Reckoning: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most beloved performers, tells her story.

In this extraordinary memoir, Magda Szubanski describes her journey of self-discovery from a suburban childhood, haunted by the demons of her father’s espionage activities in wartime Poland and by her secret awareness of her sexuality, to the complex dramas of adulthood and her need to find out the truth about herself and her family.

With courage and compassion she addresses her own frailties and fears and asks the big questions about life, about the shadows we inherit and the gifts we pass on.

Honest, poignant, utterly captivating, Reckoning announces the arrival of a fearless writer and natural storyteller. It will touch the lives of its listeners.

©2015 Magda Szubanski (P)2015 Bolinda

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    Jamie 26/01/2016
    Jamie 26/01/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Just great! (And awesome)"

    Magda Szubanski is someone I have always deeply appreciated but this autobiography felt like a unique and new creation, something that I would love even if I didn't have such admiration for this lovely actress. It is beautiful, well constructed, and at moments wonderfully profound. Well written, sympathetic and cathartic without being self indulgent, so much recommendation coming from this brain right now...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stan 11/01/2016
    Stan 11/01/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Moving and powerful"

    I'd heard good things of this book. Even so, it exceeded my expectations. I was frequently moved by her depictions of her parents, of their dilemmas, of her dilemmas.

    The thing that makes this an outstanding audiobook is that her tale is diversely populated - mainly with Poles and Scots, whose accents she captures very well. And occasionally she throws in a Dutch accent or an ocker one.

    She deals with important themes - right/wrong, life/death, struggles with sexuality and identity, politics of oppression, encountering feminism.

    As a heterosexual Jewish-Polish male nearly ten years older than Magda, I love this book.

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    Deb 04/01/2016
    Deb 04/01/2016
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    "Always a surprise"
    What made the experience of listening to Reckoning the most enjoyable?

    The fact Magda narrated the story of her life


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

    None, its her original personal journey


    What does Magda Szubanski bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Her tone and understanding


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Magda is an amazing lady who i admire even more now i have heard her story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    aenea ross 29/09/2015
    aenea ross 29/09/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Highly recommend"

    Loved this book. Interesting, insightful, funny, sad and entertaining.
    A complex personal story of self and family.
    Was lovely to hear Magda's story in Magda's own words.
    Highly recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 28/10/2016
    Lisa 28/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding"

    Magda
    Thank you so much for sharing your most personal information with us. I just bloody loved it, and I'm telling anyone and everyone who'll listen. Your book is a must " listen" to, I'm so pleased I chose to listen rather than read as I've had the journey with you. I've laughed out loud often throughout and cried as well. I've been listening to you every morning and afternoon back and forth to and from work. I can not thank you enough for telling us the story of you and your family. Well done x
    Ps love your work I've been a loved fan since d gen. All the best.
    Lisa

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    Amy 03/04/2016
    Amy 03/04/2016
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    "Fantastic book made even better by Magda's reading"

    Race through this book and found myself making excuses to find time to keep listening to it. A new aussie classic!

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    emma 03/10/2015
    emma 03/10/2015
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    "great great read"

    Loved this book. Magda as narrator was so easy to listen to and entertaining. Often giggled when sharron crept in. Inspiring story loved every minute of it.

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    Jo 27/01/2016
    Jo 27/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "I didn't want this book to end"

    Magda is one talented lady. This book was raw and honest, and her story telling remarkable. Listening to Magda reading her story was very special, particular her mum's Scottish accent. I loved this book and would be happy to listen to Magda tell her story every day.

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    Amazon Customer 04/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A written selfie.."

    I couldn't have read this book and was glad it was read.

    About the author (whom I love as an actor) I was doubtful that she would not irritate me with her drawl as a reader of her own work.
    Wow, was I Wrong. Such flexibility, fun, depth and a great voice which to listen.

    I'm calling it a selfie because it's a wee bit self indulgent regarding her sexuality. I was glad how she is able to honestly share her child-self at each pertinent age regarding feelings smells & other visuals.
    I'm Not a writer, but do admire when people can express themselves just so.
    I love most things Australian, especially our movies good & bad.
    So Magda, congratulations and stay out of the blue zone.
    It's a book for biography lovers. Certainly not boring.
    Another view of the same war involving the Germans and the resilient Polish people.

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    Gabriella Kovacs 01/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "One of the best books I've ever heard/read"

    Reckoning is one of the best books I have ever heard. It is beautifully written by an exceptionally intelligent, gifted and sensitive woman. Parts are funny and parts are sad but it is all wonderfully rich and totally engaging.

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  • Louise
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    12/04/17
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    "Brilliant! Incredibly moving. One of the best"

    I can't recommend this book enough. It's rare that I can't put an audiobook down but that was how it was with this book. Magda doesn't just read the book, she acts it out as the talented actress she is. Rarely am I moved so much by an autobiography. The writing is superb. Thank you Magda!!! I want to share it with everyone I know, especially my 92 year old Nana and 90 year old Grandma. This book once again underlines how fortunate I am to be who I am, with the family I have, growing up in country Australia. We are blessed.

    This book has given me an understanding of the Polish & Jewish people in a way I never had before. May Magda's Dad, his family & those who lived through WWII (& those who did not) rest in peace. We all live the legacy of war in some way or another but descendants of those directly involved live it a little more. Thank you for carrying the burdens you carry. I honour you 🙏 ~ Louise Bibby

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  • meredith
    united states
    5/10/16
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    "unexpectedly interesting"

    So worth reading or listening to.
    A story of of her family and others in which she pays homage to the past and the Polish resistance. But so much more than this as well. Magda is so open and honest about her life. Her role as a public figure scarcely figures in this recounting of her life except as incidental. Historical events involving her family cannot but place things coming afterwards into perspective.
    As one who has always had an interest in biographies i can say that this is up there with the best.

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  • Sarah
    3/09/16
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    "brilliant"

    I absolutely loved this story, and especially Magda's telling of it. highly recommended very compelling

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