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  • The Immortalists

  • By: Chloe Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Maggie Hoffman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
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    4 out of 5 stars 98

It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. Four siblings, too young for what they are about to hear, sneak out to hear their fortunes. We then follow the intertwined paths the siblings take over the course of five decades and, in particular, how they choose to live with the supposed knowledge the fortune-teller gave them that day. This is a story about life, mortality and the choices we make.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good read

  • By Marita on 11-06-2019

A good read

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Reviewed: 11-06-2019

This book held my attention and I was always happy to pick it up again. An intriguing story and does make you think about mortality.

  • Braiding Sweetgrass

  • Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
  • By: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 55
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    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 49

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Lost Tribe

  • By Joanne McInnes on 29-03-2018

Can't believe I tried to return it

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Reviewed: 11-06-2019

I tried hard to return this book, but the Audible site wouldn't let me for some reason. Perhaps there is a limit on how many you can return - despite what they say on the website. Lucky for me it didn't work, so I kept on listening and before long couldn't stop. This book is quite meditative and gently takes you into that invisible world that's full of knowledge and connection - the real world. I feel greatly improved for having read this book, and will forever be conscious of the environment from now on.

  • Any Ordinary Day

  • Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life
  • By: Leigh Sales
  • Narrated by: Leigh Sales
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,321
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    5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality - sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next? In this wise and layered audiobook, Leigh talks intimately with people who've faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Mrs. J. C. Bodnarchuk on 06-10-2018

Totally inspiring

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Reviewed: 11-06-2019

This is a stunning book and I'd recommend it to everyone. You could only be improved by it. I was particularly impressed with the author's insight, and her natural and self effacing way of asking questions. I'm now a fan. Not surprising she got a Queens Birthday honour. A great Australian.

  • The Adventure of English

  • The Biography of a Language
  • By: Melvyn Bragg
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • incredible story

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-02-2015

A must read if you're interested in the language.

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Reviewed: 06-05-2019

I learned quite a bit from this one. Not a difficult book to read. Gives you a good understanding of what has gone into making the language we have today. I'll treasure it all the more now that I understand what it's been through.

  • The Last Anniversary

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

"I'll tell you something, something important. Love is a decision. Not a feeling. That's what you young people don't realise. That's why you're always off divorcing each other. No offence, dear." So decrees the formidable Connie Thrum of Scribbly Gum Island. She is the chief decision-maker of a rather unconventional family and her word is law. It's been over seventy years since Connie and her sister Rose visited their neighbours and found the kettle boiling and a baby waking for her feed, but no sign of her parents.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slow

  • By lolita on 14-06-2015

Good read

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Reviewed: 06-05-2019

Liane Moriarty never lets you down. I enjoyed this book all the way to the end. She always delivers an ending that you can't quite predict. I must say I was a little disappointed in the end for the main character. Didn't quite satisfy, but then it's not my story.

  • The Microbiome Solution

  • A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out
  • By: Robynne Chutkan
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

The author of Gutbliss and one of today's preeminent gastroenterologists distils the latest research on the microbiome into a practical program for boosting overall health. The microbiome - the collective name for the trillions of bacteria that live in our gut - is today's hottest medical topic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The guts of it

  • By Watzzupsport on 07-03-2016

Makes sense

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Reviewed: 06-05-2019

All made sense to me and supported my established understanding of good diet. The pdf will be handy for recipes.

  • The Language of Archetypes

  • Discover the Forces that Shape Your Destiny
  • By: Caroline Myss
  • Narrated by: Caroline Myss
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Have you ever felt that your life was guided by larger forces? Unseen but very real energies that influence every direction your life takes? In her renowned work as a medical intuitive, Caroline Myss examined the patterns of hundreds of archetypes that exist in human consciousness, and found that each of us has a "sacred support team" of 12 primary archetypes. Once identified, these archetypes allow you to discover your highest purpose, what she calls your "Sacred Contract".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soul Provoking

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-04-2017

Always nourishing

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Reviewed: 06-05-2019

Caroline Myss is amazing. I admit she can be a bit irritating but you can't argue with the message she delivers. Don't be put off by her pushy style. She's delivering a message that we all need to hear - she points to the divine world and that's where the real stuff happens.

  • The Great Heresies

  • By: Hilaire Belloc
  • Narrated by: RJ Bayley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    4 out of 5 stars 4
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Hilaire Belloc examines the five most destructive heretical movements to have affected Christian civilization: Arianism, Mohammedanism (Islam), Albigensianism (Cathar), the Reformation (Protestant), and the modern phase. Belloc describes how these movements began, how they spread, and how they continued to influence the world up until the time of his writing (1936).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Informative

  • By Marita on 06-05-2019

Informative

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-05-2019

This filled in a few gaps in my knowledge of Church history. Fairly easy read considering the subject. A bit hard to hear though - the reader cracked a pace and I found it just a bit too quick to keep up at times.

  • Red Notice

  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 247
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    5 out of 5 stars 228
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    5 out of 5 stars 228

November 2009. Sergei Magnitsky is led to an isolation cell in a Moscow prison and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify against the Russian Interior Ministry officials involved in a conspiracy to steal $230 million in taxes. Magnitsky’s brutal killing has remained uninvestigated to this day. Red Notice is a searing exposé of the Russian authorities responsible for the murder, slicing deep into the heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super intriguing story

  • By Damon on 08-02-2016

A must read

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Reviewed: 26-02-2019

This book is a real eye opener. Unbelievably credible and that means it's highly likely to be true. I've been recommending it to everyone I meet. What struck me most was the courage of the author, firstly for setting up his business the way he did, and stepping over every obstacle that got in his way. Anyone starting up would do well to study Bill Browder. But that was nothing compared to his determination to pursue justice for his friend who died in Russia. What an inspiration.

  • Kings in Grass Castles

  • By: Mary Durack
  • Narrated by: Jenny Seedsman
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4 out of 5 stars 13

"'Cattle Kings' ye call us, then we are Kings in grass castles that may be blown away upon a puff of wind..." - Patrick Durack, 1878. When Patrick Durack left Ireland for Australia in 1853, he was to found a dynasty of pioneers, and build an empire of cattle-land across the great stretches of Australia. His grand-daughter, Mary Durack, with a profound sense of family history, has rebuilt the saga of the Duracks, a saga that is the story of Australia itself, huge, pioneering, and tremendous in concept.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Total enjoyment

  • By Brian Treloar on 20-04-2016

A real insight into our Australian history

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Reviewed: 26-02-2019

I found this book hard going, but well worth the effort. As an audiobook, I soon got confused about who was who, and where was where. It also lacked any real emotive connection with the characters. Basically it is a chronicle of events over the life span of one man. The reading was mostly the sound of a memoir, but the reader was brilliant at the character accents. A tough gig to read a chronicle of events. On the upside, what an inspiring story. The book has changed my understanding of Australian history. Those Irishmen were true pioneers, courageous and generous and bold. Also some food for thought on the indigenous issue. The title - brilliant. Kings in Grass Castles - their kingdoms blow away with every drought or flood, but those brave families never gave up. A heritage I never really appreciated.