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  • Back, After the Break

  • By: Osher Günsberg
  • Narrated by: Osher Günsberg
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 340

Osher Gunsberg, one of Australia's most loved celebrities, opens up in a powerful, dark, funny, and heart-wrenching memoir about life, love, and living with mental illness. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Footnote, blah blah blah. Back to the book

  • By Steff on 26-11-2018

Interesting life story, told with humour & honesty

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

Reviewed: 22-05-2019

this was a really interesting story to listen to and I loved Osher narrating it. He is honest and has a great tone, especially when it comes to the footnotes of the book (and then says "back to the book"). I watched him on tv in the mid 2000's but had no idea what he was going through. His rise to fame was an interesting one and I always love stories of where someone started out and the opportunities that come their way. He seems like a really nice guy now but he tells us how arrogant and conceited he way. Very honest and inspiring. I did feel that when he quit alcohol it came across as easy - he just decided to quit and did so - but perhaps there was more to the struggle than was conveyed. He did talk about AA and meetings but I guess he had had enough as well. His journey of overcomming his addiction, overcomming strong psychiatric drugs and his commitment to therapy was amazing. A very inspiring story and I hope teenagers read this and don't mess with drugs because of the damage it can do!

  • Open

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Andre Agassi
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

He is one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court - but from early childhood Andre Agassi hated the game. Coaxed to swing a racket while still in the crib, forced to hit hundreds of balls a day while still in grade school, Agassi resented the constant pressure even as he drove himself to become a prodigy, an inner conflict that would define him. Now, in his beautiful, haunting autobiography, Agassi tells the story of a life framed by such conflicts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read

  • By Alana on 14-11-2014

Interesting story and worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 22-05-2019

I like listening to biographies as they are easy to listen to while on the road. I would have liked to hear this in Andre's own voice but for some reason he didn't read it. I don't feel we got to know Andre very deeply in this story - it wasn't as honest or raw as other biographies I have read but I guess he didn't have a very difficult story or trauma to tell. However it was still an interesting read/listen and great to see his climb to being tennis champion. He touches on his drug addiction, relationships and struggles with his physical health. Overall an enjoyable read and the life inside the tennis world.

  • There Was a Little Girl

  • The Real Story of My Mother and Me
  • By: Brooke Shields
  • Narrated by: Brooke Shields
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. Brooke's iconic modeling career began by chance when she was only 11 months old, and Teri's skills as both Brooke's mother and her manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drank heavily.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really interesting story and great narration

  • By Marina Ming on 22-05-2019

A really interesting story and great narration

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

Reviewed: 22-05-2019

This was a really good story - I knew snippets about Brooke Shields's life and had a vague idea that her mother was a stage mother and alcoholic. This book tells the story of Brooke, her life and is focussed on her relationship with her mother. She had an unusual and colourful upbringing and did well to turn out how she did when she had to grow up quikcly. Despite her mother's faults or personality, Brooke narrates this story with humour and honesty. Her mother certainly was an interesting quirky character! Despite admitting some obvious faults she does not criticise or sully her memory - if I were Terry Shields I would be proud to read this. If only she lived in a different time or had different opportunities (or some therapy) life could have been different for her. This was a fascinating read/listen and hearing it in Brooke's own voice gave it authenticity - I didn't know she could be funny! overall a very interesting story and portrayal of her life, and growing up in a different era of showbiz. I didn't want it to end.

  • Food Addiction: Stop Binge Eating, Food Cravings and Night Eating

  • Overcome Your Addiction to Junk Food & Sugar
  • By: Anthea Peries
  • Narrated by: Sangita Chauhan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Want to stop random or habitual binge eating, craving the wrong foods, or eating at strange times in the day? There are many books out there to help you but this bumper audiobook contains four manuscript books to help you identify your mental conditioning and eating habits so that you can take back control of your life. Each book gets straight to the point so if you want to lose weight and you suffer from food addiction or you know someone who does, then this book is for you.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Content is okay but terrible narration

  • By Marina Ming on 01-09-2018

Content is okay but terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 01-09-2018

I purchased the 3 books in one. There are a lot of interesting points on food addiction. What you choose to do with that knowledge thought is harder if you are truly addicted. You can give someone all the information but they also need tools and support to overcome something like this.

I also found the book makes claims that are not backed up. The author obviously has a wide knowledge but where is the evidence to back it up? When you make claims you have to be able to reference your material. eg one claim that magnesium will help stop chocolate cravings (I have heard that elsewhere too but how do I take the author's word for it? Where is the science to back it up?). There is some good information here and its a good overall summary, but then some information reads more like magazine style tips - the type that tell you to call a friend when you have a craving to distract yourself.

It does talk about what causes different types of cravings, but the solutions were just suggestions without telling you how to deal with the deeper root of the problem. In book 2, which I didn't feel was that relevant to my own situation but listened to nonetheless, they talk about night eating (which sounds like a more rare eating disorder where people eat to get back to sleep) but then give general tips to eat more protein, drink more water, eat certain foods. I think if I had that particular issue these tips would just be bandaid solutions that doesnt address the root cause. Its hard enough to be addicted to food and eating at unusual times - those tips aren't enough.

Another example is the third book talked about having sugar free snacks and gum to reduce appetite (not backed up) but it doesn't reveal that chewing gum is also known to increase your digestive juices that make you hungry! And the artificial sweeteners can cause you to crave sweets. So its a bit ambiguous/contradictory. Those tips aren't completely bad though, they might work for some but I'm not sure it is fully correct or enough to just change behaviour. She said that it takes just 21 days to change a habit and it sounded like if you do this it will be over in 21 days, but I don't believe its that simple (from personal experience). It came across as if you eat well for 21 days you will be cured of your eating issues. I don' t think so. It was too certain, and doesnt give you tips on how to deal with the emotions and struggles you will encounter in those 21 days. Trust me, I've been on great eating plans for longer than that and all it takes is one bit of chocolate here and there and I can undo 6 months of a good habit! (my root cause of overeating is obviously quite entrenched and strong).

Like I said I think it has some good information, some good tips but I like to be a bit more confident in what I'm being told. For the price though it is not bad and would help some people. The narrative is pretty bad - thank goodness it was a short book/s otherwise I could not handle listening to this narrator! at first I thought it was a computer generated one, but alas it seems it is a real person. The tone of the narration was also a bit weird. She reads the table of contents with no emotion, and then reads a table format journal ie day 1, what did I feel, day 2, (reads next column) - day 3 (reads next column) - all the way to 30 days! it was very weird and unnecessary). Perhaps a PDF download would have been better.

Even though the reading of this book is quite poor and you need to be tolerant or just very busy to read, I would recommend you read the kindle version and get a good summary of it - there should be at least a few tips you learn from this book but don't expect to be over the whole food addiction thing with just these books.

  • The Thin Woman's Brain

  • Re-wiring the Brain for Permanent Weight Loss
  • By: Dilia Suriel
  • Narrated by: Kate Fotopoulos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Why are certain women able to stay thin and never, ever diet? What is different between these naturally thin women and those that can only struggle to thinness through obsessive diet-like behaviors? The book explains the significant body of science which finally reveals the differences between the brains of thin and overweight women. It details the alterations in the brain that occur from years of overeating and dieting - and how to reverse them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How it is

  • By Sylvia on 17-05-2015

A great book that really spoke to me

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

Reviewed: 01-09-2018

This book really spoke to me and my 'neural pathways'. The narrator has a very pleasant and informative voice, easy to listen to and take in information. I clicked on the title initially as it piqued my interest and I wasn't expecting much, just another quick fix. However I was pleasantly surprised that this book is very relevant, up to date and refers to plenty of research. I have read many books on emotional eating but don't feel that I can relate to any of them. This book just made sense to me. Using the latest science of neuroscience, it is very up to date and made me realise maybe it wasn't this mystery emotion or feeling I was supposedly suppressing (as other books said) but more the pathways in the brain, the well worn paths and the fact that sugar and certain foods light up the reward and pleasure centres of the brain. I have found myself with quite some bad habits and this book made me realise I can choose healthy food and enjoy it. The more you try to be healthy, the more the neural pathways in the brain will set. I have the kindle and audible version. It is also shorter than most books which means I actually got through it all (7.5hours) but it is all relevant and succinct, and gets to the point quite quickly without going on an on. I think the title appeals to those looking for a quick fix but offers so much quality and science that you would expect from that title. It is not a diet book, it helps you to understand your brain, pleasure centres and also that it is not your fault. Highly recommended.

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  • Watching Edie

  • By: Camilla Way
  • Narrated by: Chloe Massey, Kathryn Griffiths
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

There are some friends you'll never forget...no matter how hard you try. Before: Edie is the friend that Heather has always craved. But one night it goes terrifyingly wrong. And what started as an innocent friendship ends in two lives being destroyed. After: Sixteen years later Edie is still rebuilding her life. But Heather isn't ready to let her forget so easily. It's no coincidence that she shows up when Edie needs her most.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finished it 2 days ago, story is still with me!

  • By Marina Ming on 17-11-2016

Finished it 2 days ago, story is still with me!

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

Reviewed: 17-11-2016

Would you consider the audio edition of Watching Edie to be better than the print version?

I can't comment as I haven't ready the print version. Having hear the audio version I'm sure I would have liked reading the print as well. Very good writing style.

What did you like best about this story?

The narration is told in before and after/past and present. I love to find out the mystery of what has happened to change the course of people's lives. The 'before' part is told by Heather (the misfit stalker type) and is set in high school and the events around their friendship at that time. The 'after' part is set in the present and told by Edie (the recipient of Heather's highschool friendship, now estranged).

In the present you are led to believe one thing, and you know something has happened in the past but you don't know what exactly. It sounds like simple obsession/high school fallout but it is more than that. I love how at the end the final "before" version is told by Edie. It blew me away as I did not expect what happened! Or the sympathy and sadness I felt.

The revelation was not something I expected so it shocked me and made me feel quite sad even now a few days later when I'm still thinking of the story! That, in my opinion, is a good story and good characterisation/plot!

Have you listened to any of Chloe Massey and Kathryn Griffiths ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but I would like to. The author who read Edie had a very nice voice. The author who read Heather did the portrayal very well. From the preview I got it was by her and I didn't love it, but it turns out the preview part was a teenage Heather talking in a bit of slang, so I'm glad I didn't judge it based on that as I wouldn't have bought it!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The revelation at the end. Who is a reliable narrator? Who is responsible for the way people's lives turn out? Who is good and who is in the wrong? Whose side are you on throughout the story? That's all I will say without revealing anything.

Any additional comments?

Easy to read/follow. Alternativey before/past and after/present from 2 perspectives, making up the full story. Sad in places but moving.