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Don’t fall for this story

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Reviewed: 16-10-2020

I started listening to this audiobook, believing that it was based on a true story. However, after a few chapters of unrelenting lurid, graphic descriptions of perverted physical violence and sexual abuse , I could not listen to any more. The story was making me feel ill. I listened to the final chapters, the description of the “escape “ and amazing reunion with a lost acquaintance from the previous 13 years, when I realised that this sounded like a completely contrived story. The imprisonment was not reported to the police and there is no evidence of the woman’s claims, In short, is this a scam?

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Wonderful story of women on the land

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Reviewed: 08-09-2020

I loved this book. A simple, gentle but surprisingly moving story of Australian women who took up labouring agricultural work during WW11, work normally carried out by men, now overseas fighting for Australia. Beautifully narrated, the story paints a fascinating picture of life in Australia from the point of view of both upper class and working class families, what they ate, wore, how they lived and loved, in a time now gone. If you are interested in how Australian once was, and what life was like for those living in Australia during WW11, this is the book for you.

Appalling story of World War 1

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Reviewed: 08-09-2020

This book tries to describe the loss and suffering of those left behind after WW1, in England and France. The author uses the technique of writing of times past ( the actual fighting), and the present time (Post WW1), , chopping and changing between time periods. This “modern” but confusing style, leaves the listener trying to both remember what happened in the past and, at the same time, work out what was supposed to be happening now. Different narrators read the voices of the men and women. In short, a confusing, overwritten, drawn out story, that only frustrates the listener. A waste of time.

Why listen to this book?

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-10-2018

Read this book and be transported to a tiny village in Crete, early in the 20th century, where you will learn all about life, its meanings, its joys, and its unfathomable complexities. Slow to start and really get into the story, but once it gets going, the writing paints indelibly the story as it unfolds. The "sayings" of Zorba are not to be missed by anyone who has every wondered about the meaning of life. A book I cannot fault.

Heartbreaking, true story of courage and love

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-2014

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Beautifully told tragic story that is not sentimental instead is uplifting in its honesty.

What did you like best about this story?

Not knowing what would happen next. I had the feeling that I was with the children, the writing was so engaging that, although I knew the history of Belsen concentration camp, I had to know about the true experiences of these children.

What about Deidre Rubenstein’s performance did you like?

Deirdre has a wonderfully expressive voice that is perfect for this emotionally charged story. You both laugh and cry as Deirdre reads the story.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Loving and looking after others is the most important job you can do.

Any additional comments?

Anyone wanting a really mesmerising story should listen to this.