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Amber

Beverly hills, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • How to Be a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Caitlin Moran
    • Narrated By Caitlin Moran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (311)

    Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.

    L. Calder says: "Hysterical manual for the 21st century woman"
    "Enjoyable rant - but glad it's over!"
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    Listening to this audiobook (read by the author) is kinda like being holed up against the wall in the women's bathroom and ranted at, for hours, by an undeniably intelligent, funny (and half drunk) Caitlin Moran.

    I mean that in the nicest possible way. The experience is a delight - I laughed out loud on numerous occasions - but there is also a vague discomfort. Of wishing like she'd stop talking for long enough to give me a chance to make a hasty exit and rejoin my friends at the bar.

    Great fun. Not recommended for public transport. It was clear to me, from the looks I received from fellow commuters, that they could hear her repeatedly shouting 'VAGINA' through my headphones.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (872)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "The book that Scientology doesn't want you to read"
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    What did you love best about Going Clear?

    I really enjoyed the New Yorker piece on Paul Haggis and his decision to leave Scientology (by the same author) which was the precursor to this book. Going Clear did not disappoint. It is a very well written (and reasoned) account of Scientology and the individuals who have profited from it and those who have suffered terribly at their hands.

    While it's easy to ridicule some elements of Scientology, the author carefully avoid this - preferring to point out that pretty much all religions have supernatural themes and don't stand up to scientific rigour. Having said that, it's hard to walk away from this book without harbouring negative feelings towards the individuals that have used Scientology to exploit, harm, harangue and destroy others. This is the book that David Miscavige does not want you to read! Highly recommended.


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