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Jennifer

Johannesburg, South Africa | Member Since 2013

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  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • The Garden of Evening Mists

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tan Twan Eng
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
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    (11)
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    (10)
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    Malaya, 1949. After a career spent helping to prosecute Japanese war criminals, Yun Ling Teoh, - herself the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp - seeks solace among the jungle fringed plantations of Northern Malaya. There she meets the enigmatic Aritomo, an exiled former gardener of the Emperor of Japan. Yun Ling asks Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister. But the jungle holds secrets of its own…

    Jennifer says: "brilliant listen"
    "brilliant listen"
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    A great book which makes the consequences of war and life under colonial rule for ordinary people very real. The South African accent slips quite a bit, but not enough to be distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bedtime Stories: A Unique Guided Relaxation Program for Falling Asleep and Entering the World of Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    • Narrated By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (49)

    As a child growing up in a family of cantadoras (keepers of the old stories) Clarissa Pinkola Estes learned first hand how a stroy told at bedtime can soothe away the troubles of the day and prepare the way for another night's dreams to follow. Now a beloved cantadora herself, Estes shares this treasured family tradition with you on Bedtime Stories, her own special collection of tales to relax and ease you to sleep.

    Timothy says: "Exceptional"
    "A great cure for insominia!"
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    The narrator's voice is incredibly soothing and caring. After she encourages you to fix your favourite pillow in place and assures you that there is no judgment if you fall asleep whilst she is reading, it took me four days to listen to the entire (very short) book. The bedtime stories are not new, but they do take you back to a time when they mattered for many of us. Somewhere in between thinking that adults 'don't do this' and the alluring sense of feeling that all is okay, it is hard not to submit to sleep. Once listened to, I won't re-listen again too soon, but can't bring myself to delete the book from my library either!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (650)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (591)

    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 listening"
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    Scientology is so often a topic of celebrity gossip that I paused before buying this book wondering whether it would be voyeuristic. I'm pleased that I went ahead with my inclination to buy it. The story - initially at least - provides some insight as to why scientology is attractive to followers. As the story unfolds one comes to understand that there is quite a divide between 'public' scientologists and those in the administration. As the author describes it, the inner circle of scientology is marked by a culture of conduct which is far from the advertised philosophy. It is marked by behaviour of obedience, control, oppression and disruption of family relationships which is difficult for many to understand why people would accept it. The strength of the book is that it helps those of us who believe that we would always reject attempts to undermine the values that we hold dear to understand that the potential to get hooked is there. Although the story is a little loose in places, it is a worthwhile listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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