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  • Boy Swallows Universe

  • By: Trent Dalton
  • Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious criminal for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. He's just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way - not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer. But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love. And oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to press stop!

  • By Anonymous User on 08-10-2018

Brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-2019

I can't even begin to describe my thoughts and feelings about this book and its narration without somehow ruining the discovery of the treasure within. I urge you to find this out for yourself. You won't be disappointed - especially if you're Australian.

  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 393

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Geraldine on 05-06-2016

A fullfilling journey

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Reviewed: 10-01-2019

I really enjoyed this tale. Great characters, full storyline and fascinating, historical settings. I highly recommend it.

  • The Market Gardener

  • A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming
  • By: Jean-Martin Fortier
  • Narrated by: Diego Footer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Growing on just one and a half acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helène feed more than 200 families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands and supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments. The secret of their success is the low-tech, high-yield production methods they've developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Could do with PDF attachments

  • By Sonja on 08-11-2018

Could do with PDF attachments

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-2018

I'm really enjoying this book and expect I will continue to do so but one thing I would have appreciated is downloadable reference material such as the tables mentioned on pages 14 and 15 which would be very useful information if I could access it.

  • Men Explain Things to Me

  • By: Rebecca Solnit
  • Narrated by: Lucy Christian Bell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Rebecca Solnit's essay 'Men Explain Things to Me' has become a touchstone of the feminist movement, inspired the term 'mansplaining', and established Solnit as one of the leading feminist thinkers of our time - one who has inspired everyone from radical activists to Beyonce Knowles. Collected here in print for the first time is the essay itself, along with the best of Solnit's feminist writings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting- must read

  • By Anonymous User on 08-03-2018

18 minutes in and I'm over it

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 30-10-2018

It appears this book is all about gender bashing. Yawn. While it no doubt goes on to prove that point, I'm not interested in a diatribe of condescension. It's the pot calling the kettle black in the first 18 minutes and I'm already over it. The smarmy narration suits the subject matter.

  • The Journey Into Yourself

  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 113

The theme of this four-day retreat: "It's Always Now" The Now is inseparable from who you are at the deepest level. It is the prerequisite of Being. As you listen to the words on this tape, you participate in the retreat. To "retreat" means to step back - not only from the outer world, but also from the world in your head, the thinking mind. Allow the sound of the words to take you beyond words and beyond sound to the stillness within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A daily dose of Eckhart

  • By Sonja on 02-05-2018

A daily dose of Eckhart

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-2018

How can I review something so transformative? Eckhart has such a gentle, light-hearted yet nuanced way of opening my eyes to the step back, into the self which observes each present moment for the treasure it is. Simple yet profound teachings which at times seem really complicated! It's not though, I just needed to be very present to understand it at times. Highly recommend.
There is a challenging aspect which I'm not sure if I should mention (as you can treat it as part of your practice) but there is an audience member with a very persistent, loud laugh for the first two thirds of the recording.

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  • The Lost Teachings of Yoga

  • How to Find Happiness, Peace, and Freedom through Time-tested Wisdom
  • By: Georg Feuerstein
  • Narrated by: Georg Feuerstein
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

It is estimated that more than 20 million Americans have practiced some form of yoga, yet almost none of them have heard of yoga's early teachers or their insights. While we are familiar with yoga's physical benefits, the original purpose of yoga as a path to inner freedom and enlightenment is embodied by only a few students in the West. Now yoga scholar Georg Feuerstein immerses you in The Lost Teachings of Yoga, the first comprehensive audio curriculum about yoga's original spiritual wisdom and practices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The conversational style of the narrator made this book very easy to listen to and enjoy!

  • By Wendy Davies on 03-04-2016

A Comprehensive Insight into Yoga

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Reviewed: 23-03-2018

It's the kind of book you are either inspired to study or dismiss as too complex and overwhelming...perhaps even farcical. Personally, I'll revisit with a notebook to hand but more importantly, I am now ready to stop scratching at the surface of yoga and instead, dive in.

  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood

  • Outlander, Book 8
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 44 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 414

It is June 1778, and the world seems to be turning upside down. The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even more tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodated. Her former husband, Jamie, has returned from the dead, demanding to know why in his absence she married his best friend, Lord John Grey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent on all accounts

  • By Monique M. on 19-02-2015

Another great 'read'

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Reviewed: 12-12-2017

I'm lulled into my comfort zone whenever I listen to these books. I just love them.

  • An Echo in the Bone

  • A Novel
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 45 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 415

Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love them all

  • By Anonymous User on 10-04-2018

Endlessly entertaining

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Reviewed: 04-12-2017

I still boggle at Diana Gabaldon's ability to impart so much detail: historic, intimate, broad and visceral but more than this, engrossing.
Davina Porter is just brilliant! Each character holds an absolutely individual voice signature. I don't know how she does it but I'm totally convinced by it throughout.
I love these books. I usually don't last beyond half way through the third book of a series due to a lack of...something. Not the case here. I'm going straight to the next one now.

  • Unbroken

  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 128

The incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, now a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie. Motion Picture Artwork © Universal Studios 2014. All Rights Reserved. In 1943 a bomber crashes into the Pacific Ocean. Against all odds, one young lieutenant survives. Louis Zamperini had already transformed himself from child delinquent to prodigious athlete, running in the Berlin Olympics. Now he must embark on one of the Second World War’s most extraordinary odysseys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love it

  • By Ian R on 17-04-2019

Astonishing story of endurance and redemption

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Reviewed: 15-10-2017

War stories are not my usual read but I was riveted and humbled by this one so perhaps I've found a new genre for me. very powerful and moving.

  • Dying to Be Me

  • My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing
  • By: Anita Moorjani
  • Narrated by: Anita Moorjani
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 142

In this truly inspirational audio book, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body began shutting down - overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience (NDE) where she realized her inherent worth... and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was released from the hospital within weeks - without a trace of cancer in her body!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired

  • By Debbie Walsh on 22-12-2018

Impressive life story. Invaluable lessons.

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Reviewed: 11-10-2017

Apart from being an amazing personal story it comes with such valuable insights. Great lessons from the infinite about our magnificence and the wonder of our human experience.