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  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

From the Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. "It's about the terror, isn't it?" "The terror of what?" I said. "The terror of being found out." For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world, meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made jokes on social media that came out badly or made mistakes at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quite the experience

  • By K. Ryan on 10-12-2015

Thought provoking

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-2019

I enjoyed this book but at first, found Ronson's voice irritating to listen to. I gradually got used to it and came to enjoy his additional comments and asides that he ad-libbed while reading his book. The case studies he covered were eye-opening, and he told his subject's stories with empathy and care. An interesting book.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,803

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than completely fine

  • By Bec on 29-10-2017

Worth persisting

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2019

It took me a while to really get into this book - it felt like such a slow burn at the beginning, and the characters were not immediately likeable. However, the gorgeous accent of the narrator made me keep going back to it, and I'm glad that I persisted. The story eventually drew me in, and it didn't completely go as I had expected, which I enjoyed. Overall an entertaining story, and I'll certainly listen to more audiobooks by this narrator, her voice is beautiful!

  • Am I Doing This Right?

  • Life Lessons from the Encyclopedia Bri-Tanya
  • By: Tanya Hennessy
  • Narrated by: Tanya Hennessy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Am I Doing This Right? is an encyclopedia of life lessons that Tanya has learned so that you don't have to. From A is for Awkward, to B is for Bodies, right through to V is for Viral and Z is for, well, ZZZZ, Tanya has compiled an entire alphabet full of hilarious, horrible, humbling and happy experiences that will make you laugh, make you cry and ultimately leave you feeling less alone in this complicated world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • #relatable

  • By Courtney on 25-08-2018

Quick easy listen

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-2018

There wasn't really much of a story to this book, just a bunch of short anecdotes and personal insights, but some really funny moments and some honest ones. If you follow Tanya Hennessy on social media you may have already heard some of the stuff on here there's a bit that's recycled. She does a great job narrating her story.

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  • The Shepherd's Hut

  • By: Tim Winton
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulvany
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639

Jaxie dreads going home. His mum’s dead. The old man bashes him without mercy, and he wishes he was an orphan. And then, in one terrible moment, his life is stripped to little more than what he can carry and how he can keep himself alive. There’s just one person left in the world who understands him and what he still dares to hope for. But to reach her he’ll have to cross the vast saltlands on a trek that only a dreamer or a fugitive would attempt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody ripper!

  • By Jan on 02-04-2018

A cracking yarn

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-2018

Gripping story, had me hooked start to finish. I'm so sad to have finished this! Fingers crossed Tim Winton writes a sequel - I need to know what happens to Jaxie next.

  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606

Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict, to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy, mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant narrative masterly voiced

  • By Philip on 19-04-2018

Confronting, powerful and unputdownable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-2018

A remarkable story, told with sensitivity and great insight. It gave me new understanding of gender, trauma, and the impacts of neglect and isolation. Brilliant.

  • Reckoning

  • A Memoir
  • By: Magda Szubanski
  • Narrated by: Magda Szubanski
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023

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 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving and powerful

  • By Stan on 11-01-2016

Superbly read and thoroughly binge-able

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-2018

What an excellent audio book. Brilliantly read by Magda herself, who injected so much warmth, humour and emotion into her story. I'm sad to have finished this, and highly recommend it to anyone even vaguely considering checking out this book. An entertaining and brutally honest memoir.