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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 969

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
  • Honest, insightful and real, a must read for every woman

  • By Sharon on 16-12-2018

Recommend? Oh yes!

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Reviewed: 06-01-2019

It’s a long book, but then again, there’s a lot to say when you think about what Mrs Obama tackles in this autobiography.

It’s beautifully written, drawing you in right from the beginning with family history and description of early family life and relationships which sets the foundation expertly for the rest of the story.

It’s a gift we now have, to be able to listen to a contemporary historical/ celebrity figures tell their own story in their own words, and to hear it in their own voice. Michelle Obama’s measured voice is steady and even keeled, as I imagine she needs to be, throughout the lengthy process of reading us her book, although at times, emotional times, you do hear her quaver, you feel her humanity seep through.

Mrs Obama does not pretend to be anyone other than who she is. Which is and always has been her strength.

I loved every minute of of this audiobook, finding the story well balanced, disarming in its honesty yet consistent with how I imagined the family to be. It all rang very true.

  • In Pieces

  • By: Sally Field
  • Narrated by: Sally Field
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated audiences for more than five decades, beginning with her first television role at the age of 17. From Gidget’s sweet-faced ‘girl next door' to the dazzling complexity of Sybil to the Academy Award-winning ferocity and depth of her role in Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And the winner is...... Sally Field for being truly authentic

  • By Anonymous User on 02-10-2018

Unbelievably good.

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Reviewed: 25-11-2018

An intensely brave and revealing outpouring such that I can barely breathe at times. A vital story, told for sense and sanity and all of humanity. I couldn’t recommend it more highly. And hearing it read by the author - perfection. I feel more whole for the experience of it. Sally, thank you.

  • Reckoning

  • A Memoir
  • By: Magda Szubanski
  • Narrated by: Magda Szubanski
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899

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

Remarkable in the truest sense.

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Reviewed: 31-08-2017

As the marriage equality debate unbelievably continues to swirl I embarked on this sit down with Magda not really caring that much about her gayness, but more interested in the story of her father. That's the bit I'd heard people talk about...

But oh my goodness! The experience of having this story... The whole of it. In its entirety. Marvelous. Moving. Raw. Totally uncontrived. Beautifully constructed. In her voice.

Magda has opened my eyes to so many perspectives I hadn't ever considered. She shares her feelings fears and insights in such a way that you cannot help but be altered.

This isn't a performance. It is truly is an offering from the heart. And it has profoundly touched mine.

  • Anything Is Possible

  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Anything Is Possible tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after 17 years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind. Reverberating with the deep bonds of family and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possible again underscores Elizabeth Strout's place as one of America's most respected and cherished authors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Caitlin on 15-05-2017

Flawless storytelling every time.

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Reviewed: 24-08-2017

Listening to this story was like bobbing in the ocean, never really being sure where we're going next. A sad and sweet surrender. A brilliant and worthwhile exercise. I'm so sad it's over. Bereft with my chills. Elizabeth Strout is a marvel.

  • Theft by Finding

  • Diaries: Volume One
  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print or audio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sedaris goes deep

  • By borneveryminute on 26-06-2017

Every day is better with Sedaris

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Reviewed: 24-08-2017

These snippets of Sedaris are variously hilarious, heart wrenching, tender, silly, frustrating and always, ALWAYS the bare bones truth of it. Every day is better with this level of honesty. David Sedaris is a treasure: a man unafraid of himself or the truth as he sees it. I could take a bath in his writings were it possible.

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  • Boy Without Instructions

  • Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD
  • By: Penny Williams
  • Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Most books on ADHD don't dare expose the genuine grit of the moment-by-moment peaks and valleys of this special parenthood - the gut-wrenching, crying on the bathroom floor, feeling like you're losing your mind truth of the matter that is learning to successfully parent a child with ADHD. Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a child with ADHD changes that. Williams shares her unfiltered thoughts and emotions during her progression through this learning curve during this harrowing ride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seeking a village...

  • By Sophia Cosmas on 16-07-2017

Seeking a village...

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Reviewed: 16-07-2017

I suppose the main reason anyone would seek out this book would be if they were in a similar situation as Penny and her family.

As it is, my son's diagnosis is pretty much bang on identical to Ricochet's... so this story was most insightful, helpful, comforting and really worthwhile.

It is my first non technical port of call in terms of ADHD / Dysgraphia / processing disorder reading so it really was a great relief. I shed some tears probably just glad to know we aren't alone, but also seeing the breadth of everything laid out.

Highly recommended.

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