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  • Red Notice

  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 222
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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
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
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    4 out of 5 stars 11

"'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.

  • The Overstory

  • By: Richard Powers
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Overstory by Richard Powers, read by Suzanne Toren. The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late 20th-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mind changing book!

  • By Anonymous User on 17-12-2018

Masterpiece

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Reviewed: 06-02-2019

I loved this book. It was complex, enlightening, thoughtful, deeply spiritual and instructive. I'm now in love with trees, and have a lot more understanding of people who are prepared to stick their necks out for what they believe in. The reading was probably the best I've heard - many different voices, all convincing and engaging. My current favourite book.

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  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 966

The Husband's Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love, and secrets. When her husband announces he's in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother's house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame. Rachel is a woman in her 60s consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter 20 years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By Bernadette Aitken on 19-06-2017

A good read

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Reviewed: 13-12-2018

This is my second Leane Moriarty book, and sure enough, she came up with another twist at the end that I would never have picked. She's a clever writer and does hold your attention. Both books (the other one was Secrets and Lies) taught me a lot about human nature, the little things that make us tick and explain why we behave the way we do. I'll be reading another of her books before too long. Caroline Lee is a brilliant reader. Just right for this author.

  • A New Earth

  • Awakening Your Life's Purpose
  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 639
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    5 out of 5 stars 543

Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and learn to live and breathe freely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clarifies the journey

  • By Deb Field on 18-07-2016

Glad I've heard it

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Reviewed: 13-12-2018

Now I get what all the fuss is about. You could argue that Eckhart Tolle is a bit hard to listen to due to his lack of modulation etc, but he comes across as absolutely steady and his message comes through loud and clear. A bit hard to hold on to your ego after this book.

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

  • By: Benjamin Franklin
  • Narrated by: Qarie Marshall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 14
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Left unfinished at the time of his death, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin has endured as one of the most well-known and influential autobiographies ever written. From his early years in Boston and Philadelphia to the publication of his Poor Richard's Almanac to the American Revolution and beyond, Franklin's autobiography is a fascinating, personal exploration into the life of America's most interesting founding father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic

  • By Marita on 13-12-2018

A classic

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Reviewed: 13-12-2018

Well worth reading. Couldn't fault it and feel better for the experience. A role model down the ages.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 2,392
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    5 out of 5 stars 2,150
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In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As you’d expect

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-11-2018

Exceptional

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Reviewed: 13-12-2018

Loved this book. Very well written. Authentic. So many aspects and insights. A role model who will stand for centuries to come. Every aspect of her character came across as something to be admired. This included her care for others, her big thinking, her devotion to her husband and her children, her resilience, and more, more, more. She summed up Donald Trump rather well I thought when she simply referred to his lack of dignity.

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  • The Rooster Bar

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 291
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
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    4 out of 5 stars 266

Law students Mark, Todd and Zola wanted to change the world - to make it a better place. But these days these three disillusioned friends spend a lot of time hanging out in The Rooster Bar, the place where Todd serves drinks. As third-year students, they realise they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A ripping good yarn

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-10-2017

Tough going!

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Reviewed: 03-11-2018

Didn't enjoy it at all. Only finished it because of my rule to always finish a book that I start. Implausible. On the positive, author seems to know a lot about the law as practised in America, and good with the detail. Negative - boring, unsatisfying, what was the point?

  • Ego Is the Enemy

  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 623

"While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their images with sheer, almost irrational force, I've found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition." (From the prologue)

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Anecdotal and Boring

  • By Dom Bodie on 02-07-2017

Spot on!

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Reviewed: 03-11-2018

A must for anyone starting in business. I couldn't fault a single point he made. Well sourced, philosophically sound. Every young person starting out should read this book.

  • Educated

  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 637
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    5 out of 5 stars 585
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    5 out of 5 stars 579

Tara Westover and her family grew up preparing for the End of Days but, according to the government, she didn’t exist. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in hospitals. As she grew older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent. At 16, Tara knew she had to leave home. In doing so she discovered both the transformative power of education, and the price she had to pay for it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE in this family = loyalty to a bipolar father

  • By Zoonda on 08-11-2018

Brilliant!

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Reviewed: 15-10-2018

This book has got the lot. Authentic. Thought provoking. inspiring. I couldn't put it down. It's the sort of book you want to sit down with someone and have a good talk about. It would be perfect for a Book Club discussion, and perfect for secondary school reading list. I could write pages on the issues. Perhaps the key is 'Know Thyself'. Here is a person who has embraced that dictum and is progressively eliminating anything that doesn't measure up.