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  • Unnatural Causes

  • By: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

As the country's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you like Forensic Science?

  • By Graeme Moore on 08-05-2019

A great behind the scenes

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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: 30-06-2019

This was one I didn't want to end, right when you thought it sounds like the end of the story, he came up with a new story. Great insight into what happens and how good these people are at determining the cause of death.

  • Whitewash

  • The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science
  • By: Carey Gillam
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Known as Monsanto's Roundup by consumers, and as glyphosate by scientists, the world's most popular weed killer is used everywhere from backyard gardens to golf courses to millions of acres of farmland. For decades it's been touted as safe enough to drink, but a growing body of evidence indicates just the opposite, with research tying the chemical to cancers and a host of other health threats. In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture, exposing new evidence of corporate influence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More people need to listen to this

  • By Jane on 30-06-2019

More people need to listen to this

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

Reviewed: 30-06-2019

And we wonder why there is an increase in the rates of cancer? Eye-opening and scary as hell. There was a lot of repetitiveness in the book and the story could probably have been told in a shorter amount of time. But still a story that needs to be heard.

  • From Here to Eternity

  • Travelling the World to Find the Good Death
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51

As a practising mortician, Caitlin Doughty has long been fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies. In From Here to Eternity, she sets out in search of cultures unburdened by such fears. In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather's mummified body. She meets Bolivian ñatitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls) and introduces us to the Japanese ritual of kotsuage, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved ones' bones from cremation ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting

  • By Jane on 30-06-2019

Very interesting

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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: 30-06-2019

This is the 2nd book from Caitlyn I've read. Just love them. The only problem is they are too short :) A great insight into the taboo and even interesting as a nurse. Can't wait for her new release.

  • Smoke Gets in your Eyes

  • And Other Lessons from the Crematorium
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

From her first day at Westwind Cremation & Burial, 23-year-old Caitlin Doughty threw herself into her curious new profession. Coming face-to-face with the very thing we go to great lengths to avoid thinking about, she started to wonder about the lives of those she cremated and the mourning families they left behind, and found herself confounded by people's erratic reactions to death. Exploring our death rituals - and those of other cultures - she pleads the case for healthier attitudes around death and dying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So insightful and genuine

  • By Anonymous User on 13-03-2019

About time this stuff is talked about

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-2019

This book was full of interesting stuff and some gross stuff. If you can get past the first couple of chapters of sickening descriptions the rest is fantastic. The topic of death needs to be talked about more in modern society.

  • How to Think Like a Fish

  • And Other Lessons from a Lifetime in Angling
  • By: Jeremy Wade
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Wade
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Far from being a conventional 'how to' guide, this book is about the simple fundamental principles of fishing - a mind-set for success. In other words, how to think like a fish. After starting to fish in rural England more than 50 years ago, and going on to become a captor of large, wily carp in his teens, Jeremy Wade started combining angling with far-flung exploration in 1982 - a trip to northern India via Afghanistan in a plane that just weeks later was hit by a ground-to-air missile. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic read

  • By Jane on 18-05-2019

Fantastic 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: 18-05-2019

Even if you aren't a fisherman/woman you will love the stories in this book. Yeah the fishing tackle section can be a bit boring unless you are going to use it but overall. Its a great book.
I have been watching Jeremy Wade for years on TV and could picture most of the catches he talks about and it was still enthralling.
The only problem with this book is its too short. I'd love to hear an autobiography from him.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,888
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,891

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn' want it to end (I know that seems ghastly)

  • By Sarah on 30-04-2018

The best story I’ve 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: 17-06-2018

I’ve read lots of books about the concentration camps, but this tops them all. If you believe in a higher being, this proves its existence. What goes around comes around. It really puts paying it forward into perspective. The love that came out of such horrible condition was everlasting. Someone is going to make this into a movie!

  • Dark Emu

  • Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident?
  • By: Bruce Pascoe
  • Narrated by: Bruce Pascoe
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 567

Dark Emu argues for a reconsideration of the 'hunter-gatherer' tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians and attempts to rebut the colonial myths that have worked to justify dispossession. Accomplished author Bruce Pascoe provides compelling evidence from the diaries of early explorers that suggests that systems of food production and land management have been understated in modern retellings of Aboriginal history, and that a new look at Australia's past is required.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • paradigm shifting

  • By Alistair on 29-03-2017

This should be mandatory history in schools

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-2018

Fantastic read and a must listen. Amazing, the history that has been hidden from us.

  • Ghost Boy

  • The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body
  • By: Martin Pistorius
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Audie Award, Autobiography/Memoir, 2016. In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged 12, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within 18 months he was mute and wheelchair bound. Martin's parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and fewer than two years to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening!

  • By Jane on 29-09-2016

Eye opening!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-2016

What did you like best about this story?

All of the care givers who were exposed once he could communicate.

Any additional comments?

Every nurse or care giver should listen to this book. If more of us paid more attention, we may be able to help others escape.

  • Bill the Bastard

  • The Story of Australia's Greatest War Horse
  • By: Roland Perry
  • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 82

Bill was massive. He had power, intelligence, and unmatched courage. In performance and character he stood above all the other 200,000 Australian horses sent to the Middle East in the Great War. But as war horses go he had one serious problem. No one could ride him but one man - Major Michael Shanahan. Some even thought Bill took a sneering pleasure in watching would-be riders hit the dust. Bill the Bastard is the remarkable tale of a bond between a determined trooper and his stoic but cantankerous mount. They fought together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant book

  • By Eric on 17-08-2015

Great story

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Reviewed: 29-09-2016

Had me on the edge of my seat! Must listen for any horse lover or those interested in war stories.

  • The Art of Creative Thinking

  • By: Rod Judkins
  • Narrated by: Phil Fox
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

The secrets of creative thinking by a lecturer at the world famous St. Martin's College of Art who has spent a lifetime researching innovative thinkers. A scuba-diving company faces bankruptcy because sharks have infested the area. Solution? Open the world's first extreme diving school. The Art of Creative Thinking reveals how we can transform ourselves, our businesses, and our society through a deeper understanding of human creativity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get this book!

  • By Lauren Nolan on 16-07-2018

Out of the box

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-2016

Would you listen to The Art of Creative Thinking again? Why?

Yes , I would, there are so many little gold nuggets in this. Great book for business and entrepreneurs to help get them thinking about how to better their business and improve.

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