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tess

biggera waters, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1583)
    Performance
    (1064)
    Story
    (1063)

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Mark says: "too much focus on academic in-fighting"
    "So good I went out and bought the hardcover too."
    Overall

    Everything I always thought and couldn't quite say at polite dinner parties! Brilliant and keeps your interest all the way through. One of the best non fiction I've read.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    tess says: "Very typical of Dan Brown. Easy brilliance."
    "Very typical of Dan Brown. Easy brilliance."
    Overall

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown then you won't be disappointed with this volume either. Holds your interest and has good solid info presented in his riveting style.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Handle with Care

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Charlotte O'Keefe's beautiful adored daughter, Willow, is born with a severe form of brittle bone disease. If she slips on a crisp packet she could break both her legs. After years of caring for Willow her family faces financial disaster. Then Charlotte is offered a lifeline. She could sue her obstetrician for wrongful birth - for not having diagnosed Willow's condition early enough into the pregnancy to be able to abort the child.

    tess says: "Oh Dear!"
    "Oh Dear!"
    Overall

    What can you say?
    She's an idiot. He's and idiot. The kids are damaged. The mother is so not responsible for her own actions that she screws up her whole family and the entire book is an extensive exercise in self pity of the highest order, only rivaled perhaps by the Virginia Andrews volumes of the 80's. Well written no doubt but beyond self indulgent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Philip Glenister
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic dystopian novel by English author George Orwell. Published in 1949, it is set in the eponymous year and focuses on a repressive, totalitarian regime. Read by gritty and accomplished actor Philip Glenister from the acclaimed crime series Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes.

    tess says: "Beyond brilliant - a true visionary."
    "Beyond brilliant - a true visionary."
    Overall

    The only mistake Orwell makes is in being a bit premature with his predictions. A riveting story that could so easily come to be if we are not careful. A must read as is his Animal Farm as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    Animal Farm is George Orwell's great socio-political allegory set in a farmyard where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours. However, as with all great political plans, some animals see a bigger share of the rewards than others and the animals start to question their supposed utopia.

    Matthew says: "Essential"
    "Just as relevant as it ever was!"
    Overall

    Magnificent and clever story. Brilliant writing and so very relevant. Come on sheeple - wake up!
    If you have never experienced this book it is worth every minute. Everyone should hear this book at least once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peace & Serenity: Effective Stress Management

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Christine Sherborne
    • Narrated By Billy Squire
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Using the power of your subconscious mind, this audio program will teach you how to be peaceful and calm in any situation. The included techniques, triggers, and "anchors" will help you achieve instant calm, peace, and harmony, whenever you wish. In addition, beautiful visualizations of your own tropical island will give you the opportunity to enjoy a holiday from everyday stress whenever you listen to the recording.

    tess says: "Achieves it objectives."
    "Achieves it objectives."
    Overall

    Nothing stunning but does what it sets out to do.
    Helps when I'm strung out but average generally as far as relaxation cds go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3384)
    Performance
    (1786)
    Story
    (1795)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    Some really interesting concepts but didn't flow well for me at all. There were terms in the book that I must have totally missed the references to and often found myself wondering what the hell he was talking about. Perhaps I just couldn't get into it enough but I got all the way through and still didn't really get what the author was leading to.
    Had to re-play bits over and over and was still non the wiser. Not worth the effort.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1810)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (892)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Exciting and shocking."
    Overall

    Can't wait to see the film. Of course they are never as good as the book but this time I'll make an exception. At first I was a bit bored with the time taken to set up all the characters in this book but as the story progressed I got hooked - like so many others have. Very interesting leading female character. Not at all a conventional girl. To me she reads like a goth gen Y with aspergers and a good sex drive. Well worth the listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Henderson the Rain King

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Saul Bellow
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Bellow evokes all the rich colour and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this comic novel about a middle-aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, more rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe. Henderson's awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life earns him the admiration of the tribe - but it is his gift for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah.

    Neil Babcox says: "Great book, great audiobook"
    "Gripping enough to keep you in."
    Overall

    Anything read by Joe Barrett automatically makes the book better. This is an insightfull story of one mans personal journey to 'be'. Full of enlightened understand of his own faults and limitations Henderson critics his growth and maturation.
    Well written. Would read again from this author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Beyond Wonderful"
    Overall

    This book found it's way into my heart. It's caracters are my friends. I will miss this book. It will be in my mind for a long time and it is one of those rare books that you just wish could keep going on and on. Beautifully written and artfully read. It was a joy every time I had a few minutes to listen to it. It would be a shame not to experience this story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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