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  • Coveted Conversations

  • Authentic Stories That Inspire Women to Grow and Live Intentionally
  • By: Shailendra Thomas, Marilyn Randle, Jennifer Smith
  • Narrated by: Audrey D. Allen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Grab a cup of coffee and sit down with three long-time friends, who are willing to share their hearts. This inspirational book was written especially for women who value connectivity and growth. Coveted Conversations starts with down-to-earth stories depicting women in various authentic situations. Listeners will hear themselves over and over as the authors bear witness to the joys, challenges, and sorrows of life. The stories are followed by an uplifting devotional, practical guidance, and thought-provoking questions that encourage reflection and intentional Christian living.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice book, no meat and needs flavour.

  • By Cassandra Simm on 04-06-2018

A nice book, no meat and needs flavour.

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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: 04-06-2018

I was hoping this would have a little more meat, some grunt or maybe a tiny bit of grit, but it didn't end up being that kind of book.

This was my first time listening to a Christianity based book all the way through so that's saying something!
The narrator has a lovely voice and it felt very conversational.

If you're craving some simple life advice from your mama, this will be helpful.

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  • Zealot

  • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling and fascinating book!

  • By Krista on 23-07-2015

Captivating!

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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: 22-04-2018

Reza strips away every last inch of the story of the christ to clearly explain who the jesus of history actually was, then beautifully interlocks the two together again in an easy to understand way.
Everybody should have a copy in their library!

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  • The Wife Drought

  • By: Annabel Crabb
  • Narrated by: Annabel Crabb
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

'I need a wife'. It's a common joke among women juggling work and family, but it's no joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a godsend on the domestic front and an asset on the work front and is an advantage enjoyed by vastly more men than women. Full of candid and funny stories from politics and the media, The Wife Drought shares intriguing research about the attitudes pulsing beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A laugh when maybe it shouldn't be.

  • By Cassandra Simm on 28-03-2018

A laugh when maybe it shouldn't be.

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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: 28-03-2018

This is my first read (or rather, listen) of Annabel Crabb and I must say I'm thankful I did! This book is both heartbreaking and hilarious at once. Annabel was a beautiful way of making you cry with the reality of it all and laugh loudly at the absurdity of it.

I don't know if this was one of the intentions of this book, but I have come away feeling like my position in the world as a stay at home mum and wife is far more important than it is given credit for. So Thank you!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Secular Buddhism

  • By: Noah Rasheta
  • Narrated by: Noah Rasheta
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

In this simple yet important book, Noah Rasheta takes profound Buddhist concepts and makes them easy to understand for anyone trying to become a better whatever-they-already-are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Beautiful

  • By Cassandra Simm on 03-03-2018

Simply Beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-2018

A perfect explanation of Secular Buddhism. It's simple, easy to follow and, of course, practical.
I like Noah's no-nonsense reading through the book which made it easy to take notes while listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Buddhism for Mothers

  • By: Sarah Napthali
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Macauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Buddhism for Mothers explores the potential to be with your children in the all-important present moment; to gain the most joy out of being with them. How can this be done calmly and with a minimum of anger, worry and negative thinking? How can mothers negotiate the changed conditions of their relationships with partners, family and even with friends? Using Buddhist practices, Sarah Napthali offers ways of coping with the day-to-day challenges of motherhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, inspirational, down to earth.

  • By Rebecca on 31-03-2015

Lovely Book

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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: 06-02-2018

Buddhism for Mothers is a lovely, life affirming and comforting book. Sarah shows us we are truly united in this work we do as mothers.
I found the middle chapters to be a little dragging with all the lovey dovey of mothering, but that was probably just my mood on those days. The beirf and generalising description of the three sects towards the end was very helpful and the last chapter was simply delicious!

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  • Buddhism for Beginners

  • By: Thubten Chodron, His Holiness the Dalai Lama (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

This user’s guide to Buddhist basics takes the most commonly asked questions - beginning with “What is the essence of the Buddha’s teachings?” - and provides simple answers in plain English. Thubten Chodron’s responses to the questions that always seem to arise among people approaching Buddhism make this an exceptionally complete and accessible introduction - as well as a manual for living a more peaceful, mindful, and satisfying Life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Calming narrator.

  • By Cassandra Simm on 17-01-2018

Calming narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-2018

Voice of narrator is very calming and perfectly fits the theme of this book.
I found this book informative yet easy to understand. I will be sure to listen to it more than once!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Buddhism for the Unbelievably Busy

  • How leaders discover, experience and maintain their inspiration
  • By: Meshel Laurie
  • Narrated by: Meshel Laurie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Meshel Laurie has had a very varied career, but whether she's working the front desk at a brothel or anchoring drive-time radio, it's always had one common thread: she is a self-confessed workaholic. Thankfully, over the years she's learnt to temper her tendencies with a bit of Buddhist perspective - and you can too! Meshel shares her own experiences with wit and wisdom and explores how to navigate the modern workplace (and stay sane).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Listen

  • By Jessica Cole on 30-11-2017
  • Buddhism for the Unbelievably Busy
  • How leaders discover, experience and maintain their inspiration
  • By: Meshel Laurie
  • Narrated by: Meshel Laurie

Life changing!

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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: 09-01-2018

Meshel can do no wrong! A funny, intelligent, captivating book that had me chuckling and nodding along. This book shows us that Buddhism can be applied to everybody's life. I'm going to seriously look more into it and learn how to apply the teachings to my own busy life.

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  • Fight Like a Girl

  • By: Clementine Ford
  • Narrated by: Clementine Ford
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

Online sensation, fearless feminist heroine and scourge of trolls and misogynists everywhere, Clementine Ford is a beacon of hope and inspiration to thousands of Australian women and girls. Her incendiary debut, Fight Like a Girl, is an essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon to be and exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW YES YES YES

  • By Claire on 09-10-2016

Fired up and utterly disgusted.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-2017

Clementine wrote this for the girls and to her I say a hearty THANK YOU.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Him & Me

  • By: Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall
  • Narrated by: Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Jack and Michael Whitehall perform their laugh-out-loud autobiography Him & Me as a unique dual-voiced comedy audiobook, filled with ad-libs, asides, and comic dialogue to create a uniquely funny listen. Jack and Michael open up the rich and plentiful family lore archives on topics such as Jack’s nanny’s enormous feet, Michael’s lifetime touchline ban from Jack’s prep-school and the Whitehall collection of downright weird and eccentric relatives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't pay for PC Jack.

  • By Claire on 14-03-2019

Hilarious!

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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: 09-11-2017

Him & Me had me in fits of laughter. Jack is made for comedy and his father clearly has a great sense of humour. Jack and Michael are a fabulous writing team.