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nerida

melbourne, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Sharon Begley
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (194)

    Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley's groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite: that the mind has a life of its own. Dr Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain.

    Douglas says: "Do Not Mistake The Message Here For Dualism!"
    "Heavy at times but fabulous !"
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    If you could sum up The Mind and the Brain in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, thought provoking, a bit wafty


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book that will change the way you look at the world both inner and outer. It is heavy going at times and the writer sometimes seems to go on and on a bit, but overall I really loved it and have recommended it to my friends. If it gets a bit boring, stick with it because there are some really fabulous chapters.
    I love books that change me- this did
    I learnt a lot

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Eyrie

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tim Winton
    • Narrated By Michael Veitch
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    Tom Keely's reputation is in ruins. And that's the upside. Divorced and unemployed, he's lost faith in everything precious to him. Holed up in a grim high-rise, cultivating his newfound isolation, Keely looks down at a society from which he's retired, hurt, and angry. He's done fighting the good fight, and well past caring. But even in his seedy flat, ducking the neighbours, he's not safe from entanglement. All it takes is an awkward encounter in the lobby.

    Hugh says: "Frustrating"
    "There is something special about Tim Winton"
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    What made the experience of listening to Eyrie the most enjoyable?

    Tim Winton is an extraordinary writer who has the ability to bring characters to life to the degree that I always feel a touch of grief when I finish one of his books. This book was no exception- I will miss the characters.

    Michael Veitch brought the dialogue to life with such skill I could imagine some of the scenes being used in Actors workshops. There were times that his intonation was truly captivating- so natural yet so compelling- a great resource for linguists interested in the Australian accent.

    It's not the type of book that has a rip roaring story line to keep you on the edge of your seat. But it does have captivating language that makes it a worthwhile book to read if you enjoy relishing well written novels. I don't know what else to write without giving away the story so I will leave it here. Lovely


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Dennis Olsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (173)

    It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings.

    HDJ says: "Ignore the teen classification!"
    "Wow ! Very powerful"
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    What did you love best about The Book Thief?

    It took me a while to get used to the style of the writing and the narration but once I did I really appreciated listening to something quite different to anything else I had listened to. I loved the fact that sometimes it was so powerful I had to just stop what I was doing and just listen.


    Have you listened to any of Dennis Olsen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to Dennis Olsen before but I will definitely look into it ! He was very theatrical and once I got used to it, I fell in love with him. He added so much to the listening-his last line sent shivers down my spine and I couldn't stop thinking about it all day.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of extreme reactions the whole way through the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breath

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tim Winton
    • Narrated By Dan Wyllie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Breath opens with Bruce Pike, now a paramedic, arriving too late to save a teenage boy's life. Pike's partner wonders why the boy killed himself. Pike knows he didn't. He doesn't know the boy, but he knows the story. He still lives with the legacy of his own adolescence.

    Maura says: "Powerful coming-of-age story"
    "For those that love surfing and the sea."
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    Would you try another book from Tim Winton and/or Dan Wyllie?

    I purchased this book because I had just finished Tim Winton's Cloudstreet which I absolutely adored. Maybe this is why I was a bit disappointed as I was looking for something like Cloudstreet but it was very different.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    For those who love surfing and the thrill of riding waves this book captures that beautifully. I liked the story inbetween these scenes but not enough to enjoy this book as much as others.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cloudstreet

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tim Winton
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    Two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives from scratch. For 20 years they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.

    Chrissie says: "Dysfunctional Families Australian Style"
    "Lovely !"
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    Would you listen to Cloudstreet again? Why?

    As soon as I finished I had to go back and listen to the very first scene again...with tears running down my cheeks. Yes, I will listen to the whole thing again one day because I think it is one of those books where it's not just the story that is wonderful to listen to, it's revisiting "old friends" that will be fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favourite character because the whole book is full of interesting and wonderful characters. This is definitely the book for those who love books about people. I was sad when the book finished because I felt that I had gotten to know the characters so well that I knew them and will miss them terribly.


    What does Peter Hosking bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings life to the story and characters. He did a terrific job.


    If you could take any character from Cloudstreet out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I wouldn't want to take anyone out for dinner from Cloudstreet- I would invite myself over for dinner. I would be content to be a fly on the wall !


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book while I was renovating my house so now the characters and stories are embedded in my house too. I feel very sentimental about this book - so much so the first thing I did after I finished listening was purchase another Tim Winton book in the hope of finding another book just like it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Michael says: "Don't have expectations!"
    "worth a listen"
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    Any additional comments?

    It look me a few goes to get into this book but not sure why. After a few "starts" I got to know the characters and then I was totally hooked. I think it helped to have heard the interviews that JK Rowlings made to promote the book because it helps to understand the background and the reason why the book was written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Learn Japanese with Innovative Language's Proven Language System - Level 05: Advanced

    • ORIGINAL (21 mins)
    • By Innovative Language Learning
    • Narrated By Peter Galante, Naomi Kambe
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Congratulations! You have just discovered the fastest and most fun way to learn a language! Are you ready to discover the secret to language learning success? Simply use our program and you will find it. Hundreds of thousands of language learners just like you have already discovered the power of our system. This program offers you a brand new way to learn a language. You'll be speaking from your very first lesson with our fun, easy to use, and innovative method.

    nerida says: "Big claims- lesson disappointing"
    "Big claims- lesson disappointing"
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    What would have made Learn Japanese with Innovative Language's Proven Language System - Level 05: Advanced better?

    Take away the HUGE long ad in the beginning for a start. Very big claims, repetitive and boring.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    As a language teacher and as a language student I don't understand how anyone can learn Japanese from this system. This opinion is based only on the sample lesson that I just listened to so the main lessons might be different. I didn't hear any grammar or sufficient explanations. The long winded ad at the beginning put me off as well. By the time they got to the lesson I was sick of listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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