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karen

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  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (890)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Fascinating insight"
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    What made the experience of listening to Beyond Belief the most enjoyable?

    The story was nearly hard to believe as the truth inside the organisation is so shocking. The story is told with generous detail , but not in a manner that is trying to illicit pity. The author is mighty in her strength and continual resilience.


    Any additional comments?

    Any suggestion that this organisation is a "church" is far from the truth. There is only one word ... Cult. How do seemingly intelligent successful people get caught up in these things?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5698)
    Performance
    (3410)
    Story
    (3456)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    Robert says: "Six stars if I could"
    "Did not disappoint"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Although no initially drawn to this book by the blurb, I could not put it down. Written and narrated beautifully the story was engaging and entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burial Rites

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Kent
    • Narrated By Morven Christie
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the months leading up to her execution on the farm of district officer Jón Jónsson, his wife, and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force everyone to work side by side, the family’s attitude to Agnes starts to change - until one winter night.

    Sharon says: "Icelandic Drama"
    "Brilliant . I couldn't stop listening."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very well written. The story moves at a slow pace but is enthralling. The narration creates part of the scene with a very believable Icelandic element and a calming voice that builds a strong sympathy with the characters emotion.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Honey Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Cathy Kelly
    • Narrated By Amy Creighton
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    To discover the sweetest things in life, you sometimes have to lose your way…It’s easy to fall in love with the beautiful town of Redstone – the locals wave and chat to each other, the shops and cafes are full of cheerful hustle and bustle. And amidst all this activity, two women believe they are getting on just fine.

    karen says: "The worst Australian accent ever"
    "The worst Australian accent ever"
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    Would you try another book from Cathy Kelly and/or Amy Creighton?

    I always enjoy a Cathy Kelly novel. Reliably enjoyable and the story always finishes happily ever after.


    Any additional comments?

    I nearly stopped listening about 2 hours in , the Australian accent was so so bad. Something crossed between Cornish and I don't know what bla!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6482)
    Performance
    (5613)
    Story
    (5602)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "enjoyable escape"
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    Any additional comments?

    I would not have chosen this book from the blurb however was encouraged by the reviews and I was not disapointed. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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