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  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 582

The Hypnotist's Love Story is about the mild craziness that lurks behind the facades we present to the world, especially when it comes to love. Ellen O'Farrell is an expert when it comes to human frailties. She's a hypnotherapist who helps her clients deal with everything from addictions to life-long phobias. So when she falls in love with a man who is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend she's more intrigued than frightened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice listen

  • By Barb on 02-10-2014

My favourite Moriarty so far!

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

Reviewed: 17-06-2019

I'm so in love with Lee's narration and this in my.view is the most substantive of Moriarty's books that I've read so far. The storyline was easy to believe, interesting and I even learnt a few things along the way. Lee's management of character emotions was flawless. A shame it ended. Love Love love.

  • The Mueller Report

  • The Findings of the Special Counsel Investigation
  • By: Robert S. Mueller III, Special Counsel's Office U.S. Department of Justice
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett, Victor Bevine
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The wait is over. After a two-year investigation, the results of The Mueller Report have been released to the public. Now listen to an audio version of one of the most talked about government documents in history. These are the redacted findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team, which was tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, including exploring any links or coordination between President Donald J. Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't end well

  • By Adam Ezekiel on 24-04-2019

The straight arrow hit it fair and square.

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

Reviewed: 26-05-2019

It took me a while to listen to every word of this report, introductions, references, glossary and everything. I limited my listening to the commute to/from work, and I'm glad I did. It gave me a chance to really digest the smallish nuggets of info I heard each time. A few things are crystal clear from this report:

1. Robert Mueller is 100% straight arrow. I know we've all heard it being said by press, democrats and republicans alike (well, until the republicans decided to turn on Mueller late last year. The report shows that Mueller took great care to stay away from issues like "following the money" etc. I can see why. Firstly, it isn't needed. The limited scope of the investigation he was tasked with by Rod Rosenstein is more than enough to show over a 100 unnaturally close connections between the Trump Campaign (plus family, friends and business acquaintances) and the Russian oligarch system. Secondly, following the money could give the appearance of "fishing", or deliberately discomforting the Trumps just for the sake of it. It's obvious from how the report is written that Mueller is not a fisherman (in the investigative sense), nor is he willing to backfill a preconceived conclusion. A lot can be gleaned about the man behind this report by the report itself.

2. As the previous point states, the degree of Russian involvement in the Trump campaign, family activities, friendships and business interests is really quite unusual. Unless there is a similar closeness between the Trump campaign et. al and Italy, Cuba or Norway, it simply isn't sufficient to conclude that something fishy WASN'T going on.

3. The obstruction of justice section is relatively brief compared to the Russian interference section. Mueller writes like a storyteller, and that makes the events contained in this section very easy to understand. I would recommend readers or listeners find the obstruction section first (somewhere around Chapter 158 I think) and digest this section first. It really is all you need to know about Donald Trump the man (and President). This section paints a striking picture of a man who isn't really interested in serving his country, "making America great" or seeking retribution on behalf of the forgotten man. He is solely interested in his own wellbeing, his profits, his safety, his public image, his wishes and wants. If push came to shove, I would not be surprised after digesting this report, if Donald Trump were to turn on even his beloved eldest daughter if it made his life a bit easier. Mueller spells out for all of us to see that America is in big trouble with Trump in charge. Although, to be frank I'm not convinced that Trump is in charge. The report appears to describe a man who is consumed with himself, while others manoeuvre around him to implement the America they want. Even scarier.

I'm glad I took the time to listen to this audio of the report. I think I got more out of it than I would have if I tried to read the paper version. I highly recommend every American make a genuine effort to find out what Mueller wrote, and if nothing else, make a point of knowing what Mueller wrote about Obstruction.

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  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025

When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby – she's pregnant with her first child, and she's desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her.But Alice isn't pregnant. And Nick isn't worried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story

  • By Mari on 19-08-2014

Not my favourite but still good

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

Reviewed: 21-02-2019

I love Liane Moriarty's writing but i found this story spent far too long on the journey of a single character. He said, she said, he said, etc. Far too much chatter. However, as with all of Moriarty's books, the 11th hour brings out every emotion. And Caroline Lee's narrative is flawless. Such a beautiful portrayal of every character. I'M on a Moriarty/Lee binge at the moment, so on to the next!

  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

  • A Spiritual Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny
  • By: Robin Sharma
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Now published in over 70 languages, this number one international best seller gently offers answers to life's biggest questions as well as a practical process to help you create prosperity, vitality, happiness and inner peace. This is the incredible story of Julian Mantle, a superstar lawyer whose out-of-balance lifestyle leads him to a near-fatal heart attack in a packed courtroom. His collapse brings on a spiritual crisis, forcing him to seek answers to life's most important questions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Gawd.. please make it stop!

  • By elena collins on 20-07-2018

Gawd.. please make it stop!

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

Reviewed: 20-07-2018

A friend recommended this book so I was originally looking forward to listening to it. But early on I began to doubt its authenticity. There's a point where Julian Mantle, whose 53 year old body has just had a massive heart attack, and performs like he's in his 70s, scales the Himalayan mountains by himself, despite the fact that the author has just explained that most fitter, more amply prepared climbers die doing so. And then, after just 7 days of searching, Mantle stumbles across a secret clan of monks who give him the secret of life. At this point I googled Julian Mantle and discovered he doesn't exist. From that point on the remainder of the book sounded ridiculous. I had to stop listening, it was just pissing me off.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,870

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that 'sharing is caring.' So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it's the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Earphones comfy? Go!!

  • By Natalie on 19-05-2015

I felt every emotion in this book. Fabulous narrative.

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

Reviewed: 17-06-2018

These women were my friends and I was so sad to see them leave my life as the book ended. Not only did the story lines surrounding each character gradually transform into a sense of friendship for me, but I was utterly captivated by the beautiful narrative by Caroline Lee. With an effortless inflection of her voice here and there, Caroline was able to transport me right into the unique personality traits, fears and sentiments of each character. It was a lovely book to listen to.

  • Brain over Binge

  • Why I Was Bulimic, Why Conventional Therapy Didn't Work, and How I Recovered for Good
  • By: Kathryn Hansen
  • Narrated by: Lydia Wente
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Brain over Binge provides both a gripping personal account and an informative scientific perspective on bulimia and binge eating disorder. The author, Kathryn Hansen, candidly shares her experience as a bulimic and her alternative approach to recovery. Brain over Binge is different from other eating disorder books which typically present binge eating and purging as symptoms of complex emotional and psychological problems.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Never finished it

  • By elena collins on 22-03-2018

Never finished it

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

Reviewed: 22-03-2018

I fell for the spin and believed this book was going to teach me something. It turned out to be like reading the neurotic girl's secret diary. I couldn't get past halfway, and ended up getting my purchase refunded. Maybe it didn't do anything for me because I couldn't relate to the author's story? All I know is that I found it to be a boring book that simply couldn't capture my interest.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

  • 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President - Updated and Expanded with New Essays
  • By: Bandy X. Lee MD - editor
  • Narrated by: William Dufris, Hillary Huber, Alex Hyde-White, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Originally released in fall 2017, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump was a runaway best seller. Alarmed Americans and international onlookers wanted to know: What is wrong with him? That question still plagues us. The Trump administration has proven as chaotic and destructive as its opponents feared, and the man at the center of it all remains a cipher.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scary stuff!

  • By Mrs. Kaja Malouf on 27-02-2019

Substantial and well delivered.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-2018

Each of the mental health professionals provides their uniquely qualified perspective to demonstrate a shared belief - that Donald Trump is a danger to the American people and to the survival of mankind.

There are no diagnoses given (despite false claims by a handful of partisan critics that there are). Commitment to the book requires a genuine desire to get to the truth. The claims made in this book still appear to be standing up to the tests of time. An interesting and sometimes concerning read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful