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Naomi Brewster

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  • Lachlan: A Scottish Time Travel Romance

  • Immortal Highlander, Book 1
  • By: Hazel Hunter
  • Narrated by: William MacLeod
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

When Kinley Chandler abruptly lands in medieval Scotland, there isn’t much she’s leaving behind. With her body shattered and her military career over, Kinley has resigned herself to death. But in the past, all that changes. Lachlan McDonnel, the laird of a clan of immortal highlanders, can hardly believe his good fortune. Not only does the mysterious lass save his life, she awakens his heart in a way he’d thought no longer possible. But the druid spells that allow Lachlan’s clan to live forever have a dark side as well.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better than expected

  • By Naomi Brewster on 21-12-2018

Better than expected

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-2018

At first I thought I wouldn’t like this but actually it was quite enjoyable. a harmless bit of fluff.

  • A Duke in the Night

  • By: Kelly Bowen
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

The first novel in a new historical romance series from Kelly Bowen.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Please!

  • By Naomi Brewster on 21-12-2018

Please!

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-2018

A classic case of the blurb promising more than what the book delivered. I like a chick lit bit of fluff as much as the next person but in the end both the reading and the writing was almost intolerable.

  • Combating Cult Mind Control

  • The #1 Best-Selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults
  • By: Steven Hassan
  • Narrated by: Daniel Greenberg
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The techniques of undue influence have evolved dramatically and continue to do so. Today, a vast array of methods exist to deceive, manipulate, and indoctrinate people into closed systems of obedience and dependency. This audiobook can help you protect or regain your sanity, freedom, and health. It can also help you protect others from the use of mind-control techniques.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading

  • By Naomi Brewster on 21-12-2018

Essential reading

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-2018

i’m so grateful to Steve Hassan’s work here. I first read this book 20 years ago when I left the jehovah’s witnesses and it was instrumental then in helping me to understand what had happened to me in that cult. But upon this second reading I found myself thinking more broadly about ways in which we are manipulated and influenced in coercive ways in our lives. This is essential reading if you want ‘freedom of mind’ and to comprehend how to navigate the complexities of being a member of society with free will intact.

  • The Return of the King

  • The Lord of the Rings, Book 3
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 458

Concluding the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the final part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. The armies of the Dark Lord Sauron are massing as his evil shadow spreads ever wider. Men, Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite forces to do battle agains the Dark. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lacks the appendices

  • By Jim on 05-09-2017

beautifully read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-2018

This final instalment of the trilogy was once again beautifully read. Once again I am left bereft of any celebration of 'victory' which Tolkien does so well. I think the most poignant moment is Sam seeing the star through the break in clouds on the foot of Mt Doom and sums up the whole book for me and restores a sense of perspective to me in my little life -

"[They] sat and made such a meal as they could. Keeping back the precious lembas for the evil days ahead, they ate the half of what remained in Sam's bag of Faramir's provision: some dried fruit, and a small slip of cured meat; and they sipped some water. They had drunk again from the pools in the valley, but they were very thirsty again. There was a bitter tang in the air of Mordor that dried the mouth. When Sam thought of water even his hopeful spirit quailed. Beyond the Morgai there was the dreadful plain of Gorgoroth to cross.

'Now you go to sleep first, Mr. Frodo,' he said. 'It's getting dark again.' ...

Frodo ... was asleep almost before the words were spoken. Sam struggled with his own weariness, and he took Frodo's hand; and there he sat silent till deep night fell. Then at last, to keep himself awake, he crawled from the hiding-place.... The land seemed full of ... noises, but there was no sound of voice or of foot. Far above the Ephel Dúath in the West the night-sky was still dim.... There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach. His song in the Tower had been defiance rather than hope; for then he was thinking of himself. Now, for a moment, his own fate, and even his master's, ceased to trouble him. He crawled back into the brambles and laid himself by Frodo's side, and putting away all fear he cast himself into a deep untroubled sleep."

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 830

Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the right narrator

  • By Hannah on 22-12-2017

beautifully read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-2018

I loved Rob Inglis' voice of a familiar story. This first installment was well done and each go through revealed new facets that I had overlooked or not focused on previously. Thanks.

  • Wilde in Love

  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

The first book in Eloisa James's dazzling new series set in the Georgian period glows with her trademark wit and charm. Things are about to get Wilde.... Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Arriving home from years abroad, he has no idea of his own celebrity until his boat is met by mobs of screaming ladies. Alaric escapes to his father's castle, but just as he grasps that he's not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty Miss Willa Ffynche.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-08-2018

couldn't finish

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-2018

is it just me but heroines are so perfectly beautiful and perfectly boring these days that it isn't possible to summon up any desire to wish them well. both pairs in this story were perfectly awful.

  • The Meaning of Mary Magdalene

  • Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity
  • By: Cynthia Bourgeault
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianity - yet, if you look in the Bible, you'll find only a handful of verses that speak of her. How did she become such a compelling saint in the face of such paltry evidence? In her effort to answer that question, Cynthia Bourgeault examines the Bible, church tradition, art, legend, and newly discovered texts to see what's there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A model for heart centred living and loving

  • By Naomi Brewster on 17-05-2015

A model for heart centred living and loving

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this description of Mary Magdalene, the speculation of the nature of her relationship with Jesus and the 'project' of their love - of opening the heart and living with love at the centre of all that they did. Cynthia Bourgeault gives a compelling alternative reading of Jesus' mission which I find very appealing and something to aspire to. This breathes life into the events around biblical times and shows me how I can incorporate this wisdom into my own life.

  • The Wisdom Way of Knowing

  • Reclaiming an Ancient Tradition to Awaken the Heart
  • By: Cynthia Bourgeault
  • Narrated by: Denice Stradling
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Drawing on resources as diverse as Sufism, Benedictine Monasticism, the Gurdjieff Work, and the string theory of modern physics, Cynthia Bourgeault has crafted her own unique vision of the Wisdom way in this very accessible book, nicely balanced between concept and practice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting interpretation of Christian teaching

  • By Naomi Brewster on 17-05-2015

Exciting interpretation of Christian teaching

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-2015

I do not identify as Christian. I had a Christian upbringing and left it behind without a qualm as it felt less and less relevant to my life and experiences and also as an external control system which I had no part in creating. I saw a video on youtube of Cynthia Bourgeault talking about 'Centring Prayer' and I was intrigued by her passion and attracted to her description of the purpose of such prayer. It appealed to me as I am a dedicated meditator and here was a new approach to meditating that made sense to me. I was surprised and delighted to listen to Cynthia's discussion of gnosticism, of centring prayer, and especially her discussion of how to awaken the heart as the purpose of our lives. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have listened to it several times with great interest.

  • The 4-Hour Work Week

  • Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
  • By: Tim Ferriss
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946

If your dream is escaping the rat race, high-end world travel, monthly five-figure income with zero management or just living more and working less then this audiobook is the blueprint.Forget your tired, old retirement concepts and throw out that deferred-life plan - there's no need to wait and every reason not to. You can have it all! This audiobook is the compass for a new and revolutionary world. Start living now!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good ideas but it's not for everyone.

  • By Michael on 27-06-2014

Worth the reminder, not to be swallowed whole

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-2015

Timothy Ferriss is one of those people who challenge the established wisdom and for that I read him with interest. I was taken with his prescription for taking control of your working life and how to be more efficient in what you do to enable a more creative and exciting life. I have a lot to learn here - especially around using automation of computer tasks and processes more effectively. I was quite repulsed by his recommendation to access cheap labour in India etc - surely the message is 'don't get caught up doing menial repetitive and unnecessary tasks yourself - get someone who is willing to be paid slave rates to do it for you!'. This criticism is the primary reason for the 'three points' score I have given it as it is such a pivotal ingredient in his recipe for success.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Ross Poldark

  • Poldark, Book 1
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his family. But the joyful homecoming he has anticipated turns sour, for his father is dead, his estate is derelict, and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin. But his sympathy for the destitute miners and farmers of the district leads him to rescue a half-starved urchin girl from a fairground brawl and take her home - an act which alters the whole course of his life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant experience of the evolution of a life

  • By Naomi Brewster on 17-05-2015

A pleasant experience of the evolution of a life

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-2015

I hadn't heard of this before the mini-series started showing on ABC earlier this month. I was intrigued enough to find the book on Audible. I loved how Graham developed the story much as a life unfolds - this step and then this one. Ross Poldark is lovely as a character and the various characters that populate this novel are very human and flawed and enjoyed the gentle step of time. Well worth the read.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful