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skyla

sydney, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (489)

    In A Thousand Lives, the New York Times best-selling memoirist Julia Scheeres traces the fates of five individuals who followed Jim Jones to South America as they struggled to first build their paradise, and then survive it. Each went for different reasons - some were drawn to Jones for his progressive attitudes towards racial equality, others were dazzled by his claims to be a faith healer. But once in Guyana, Jones' drug addiction, mental decay, and sexual depredations quickly eroded the idealistic community.

    Rachel says: "Unforgettable"
    "A haunting tale"
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    If not for the fact that it is a true story you would never believe this haunting tale. The horror of it belies belief but we all know these events did take place. This book allows you to live inside this cult and see it from their perspective. It follows the stories of several people and how they came to be part of this ordeal. It is horror at it's most evil, yet told in a dignified and intelligent way. No sensationalism here, just the facts in a calm, calculated manner. This book will stay with you long after you are finished and perhaps you to will give your children an extra hug at night all the while sparing a thought for the hundreds of murdered Jonestown children.

    Noone sets out to join a cult. These people dreamed of a better life and were mislead and lied to until it was too late to turn back. How could it go so wrong? This book reminded me of "Lord of the flies". Of how in the right inviroment we can all turn into brutal savages.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Becoming An Oracle: Connecting to the Divine Source for Information and Healing

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nicki Scully
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    We often marvel at the wonders of art, architecture, and mythology created by the great ancient civilizations. Where did they get the knowledge to leave a legacy that still awes us today-and can we tap that same source of wisdom?

    thomas says: "oracle"
    "Deeply moving treasure."
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    I have listened to this at least 5 times, each time I find new aspects and magical meaning. It is just amazing, a world first for sure. You are immersed in various cultures, it takes you on a journey like no other. I just love it to bits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty, Disrupted: The Carre Otis Story

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carre Otis, Hugo Schwyzer
    • Narrated By Carre Otis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Runaway, supermodel, and actress Carre Otis found herself in the public eye from a very tender age. Millions of people gazed at provocative images of her in magazine and billboard ads, as well as in features on the pages of Playboy and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. By the time she was twenty, they had also seen her on posters for the controversial film Wild Orchid, with Mickey Rourke.

    Christine says: "A hot mess, but interesting"
    "A surprising depth."
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    I always thought of Carrie as that annoying superficial model that slept her way into her career. That may of been true in part in her early years but I soon found myself drawn deeper into her story and found a surprising deth there. She has overcome a violent marrige to Mickey Rourke, a hardcore drug addiction and many other trials in her life. She found her way to grace and harmony, to being honest in herself and creating a positive future. She used her faith to heal her past and found her way back onto her highest path.

    Her story draws you in, takes you by the hand and shows you the world behind the looking glass.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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