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Perth, Western Australia
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  • Boys Will Be Boys

  • By: Clementine Ford
  • Narrated by: Clementine Ford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
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    5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

How does a feminist raise a son in a world that conditions boys into entitlement, privilege and power at the expense not just of girls' humanity but also their own? All boys start innocent, but by the time they are adolescents many of them will subscribe to a view of masculinity that is openly contemptuous of women and girls. This explosive new work will look at toxic masculinity and the closed ranks of brotherhood that shape an entitled, disrespectful and potentially dangerous idea of manhood. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful stuff - beautiful epilogue at the end

  • By Kai1 on 05-02-2019

Everyone needs to read this

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Reviewed: 29-10-2018

More perfect work from Clementine Ford. This book has been optioned for a documentary series and I can see why - it is a hugely important topic, for all genders, and we all need to be informed and help be part of the change that we need.

7 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Eat, Drink, Run

  • How I Got Fit Without Going Too Mad
  • By: Bryony Gordon
  • Narrated by: Bryony Gordon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Bryony Gordon was not a runner. A loafer, a dawdler, a drinker, a smoker, yes. A runner, no. Yet somehow, as she began to recover from the emotional roller coaster of laying her life bare in her mental health memoir Mad Girl, she started to realise that getting outside, moving her body and talking to others for whom life was also an occasional challenge might actually help her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch-perfect and inspiring

  • By Melinda - YarnderWoman on 29-10-2018

Pitch-perfect and inspiring

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Reviewed: 29-10-2018

This book is so funny, and so inspiring. The author reads the book and there are several parts you can hear the laughter in her voice which adds so much joy. Lots of funny stories, some very sad ones, but lots of inspiration and triumph (with further laughs). Highly recommended!

  • Running Like a Girl

  • By: Alexandra Heminsley
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Heminsley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Alexandra had high hopes: the arse of an athlete, the waist of a supermodel, the speed of a gazelle. Defeated by gyms and bored of yoga, she decided to run. Her first attempt did not end well. Six years later, she has run five marathons in two continents. But, as her dad says, you run with your head as much as with your legs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Amazon Customer on 18-02-2019

A perfect running book

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Reviewed: 29-10-2018

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be inspired. This was a perfect book to inspire me to run more. A very entertaining read.

  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 279

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the prudish but well written/read

  • By Carron on 11-08-2018

Wish I could give 10 stars

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Reviewed: 29-10-2018

This book is literally laugh-out-loud funny. The author narrates the book and has a perfect delivery for the absurdities and hilarities that he encounters as a doctor in a labour ward.

As other reviews have said, this is extremely graphic in both language and description of gyno-procedures - which adds even more to the hilarity! There is a sober message as well, as to the importance of doctors/medical staff and how under-paid and over-worked they are.

So, so good. Definitely recommended.

  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful and wonderful

  • By Melinda - YarnderWoman on 24-08-2018

Powerful and wonderful

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Reviewed: 24-08-2018

A beautifully written story of terrible injustice and what relationships mean. The writing is superlative and the narration extraordinary. Such a beautiful book that has been brought to life in such a fantastic way.

  • How Not to Die

  • Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease
  • By: Dr Michael Greger, Gene Stone
  • Narrated by: Michael Greger
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 180

Why rely on drugs and surgery to cure you of life-threatening disease when the right decisions can prevent you from falling ill to begin with? How Not to Die gives effective, scientifically proven nutritional advice to prevent our biggest killers - heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes - and reveals the astounding health benefits that simple dietary choices can provide.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • food for thought

  • By michelle Fischer on 19-02-2018

LIFE CHANGING

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Reviewed: 24-08-2018

I think most of us "know" we need to eat more healthily, and this book shows you exactly how to do that, and makes it soooo easy! The author narrates the book, there are little puns/jokes throughout as well as a dry sense of humour, and most importantly,so much information about all the benefits that plant-based eating can bring.

Everyone, please listen to this book! It will change your life and your health.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 423

It's been 10 long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside. Anna's lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • not a fan

  • By Anonymous User on 30-04-2018

Great nod to the old film classics

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Reviewed: 01-07-2018

This book is a slow-burn, with the drawn-out story mirroring the main character's overwhelm and loneliness. Lots of references to the old black & white films the narrator loves, and the blending of these references works really well to tell the story. A good twist and a nicely satisfying ending.

The narrator is excellent and her voice worked really well with this story.

  • The Nature Fix

  • Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
  • By: Florence Williams
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature's positive effects on the brain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating research presented in an enjoyable manner

  • By Katy on 14-06-2017

Revelatory and beautiful

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Reviewed: 06-04-2018

I have lived the way this book has me focusing on how to get more time in nature. The studied benefits and huge increases in physical and mental well-being from time in nature is both fascinating and also has a primal understandable aspect.

Read this book - better yet, listen to it while outside!

  • The Barefoot Investor

  • The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
  • By: Scott Pape
  • Narrated by: Scott Pape
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,197
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,302
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,241

This is the only money guide you'll ever need. That's a bold claim, given there are already thousands of finance books on the shelves. So what makes this one different? You'll get a step-by-step formula: open this account, then do this; call this person, and say this; invest money here and not there. All with a glass of wine in your hand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for Australians, not so much for others

  • By Rob on 29-06-2017

Fantastic advice for Australians (and others)

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Reviewed: 25-03-2018

This advice will suit everyone but especially Australians, as the author mentions specific Australian companies/banks/etc.

Excellent advice that’s easy to understand - I feel really inspired and confident I can now get in control of our finances.

  • Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: January Lavoy
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today - written as a letter to a friend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must-listen for every human

  • By Melinda - YarnderWoman on 13-03-2018

A must-listen for every human

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Reviewed: 13-03-2018

Fantastic. Specific examples of how all people can live with equality for all. (Because feminism is, of course, about equality for women and men.)

I definitely recommend it.