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Jennifer

Johannesburg, South Africa | Member Since 2013

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  • 9 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 176 titles in library
  • 68 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
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    (12)

    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
  • The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Simon Mawer
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Marian Sutro is an outsider: the daughter of a diplomat, half French, half British, naive yet too clever for her own good. But when she is recruited from her desk job by SOE to go undercover in wartime France, it seems her hybrid status - and fluent French - will be of service to a greater, more dangerous cause. Trained in sabotage, dead-drops, how to perform under interrogation, and how to kill, Marian parachutes into southwest France with an urgent mission....

    Jennifer says: "The "hook" is missing"
    "The "hook" is missing"
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    The book got many great reviews and I was looking forward to a story about covert operations in World War II. There were some interesting sections on the training of operatives, but it felt more like a romance in a wartime setting - with neither angle being developed in much depth. The story is a bit thin and predictable. I listened to the end because the narrator was really good .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walking the Walk: Putting the Teachings into Practice When It Matters Most

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By Pema Chodron
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    It's one thing to hear a life-changing truth or to have a conceptual grasp on spiritual wisdom. But it’s another thing to "walk the walk" - or to put into practice the good advice we've been given. What does it mean to walk the walk in our everyday lives? According to Pema Chödrön, it means being down-to-earth, genuine, and perhaps most importantly, it means engaging in the teachings in order to actively confront anything and everything we’ve heretofore rejected in our attempts to find happiness.

    Jennifer says: "Worth adding to your Pema Chodren library"
    "Worth adding to your Pema Chodren library"
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    Early in the book Pema Chodren tells you that the talk is not a prepared one. Compared to her other books, it does feel less fluent. However, her usual skill at explaining how buddhist concepts apply in everyday life - often with humour - is there. I suspect that this book is better listened to after being exposed to some of her other books and not as an introduction to her talks.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3982)
    Performance
    (2542)
    Story
    (2564)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "A must listen"
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    I knew almost nothing about Genghis Khan before listening to the book. After lsitening, the narrator/ story left me wondering why I didn't know more. As the story is told one waivers between awe at Khan's leadership ability comming from the background that he did, horror at some of the tactics and disbelief that his story is not a main theme of histry lessons. Fascinating listen.

    The narrator has a voice that is very easy to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Buddhism

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Malcolm David Eckel
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    Buddhism has captivated many millions of people around the world, its vitality and adaptability enabling it to transform the civilizations of India, Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan, and also become a lively component in the cultures of Europe, Australia, and the Americas. But have you ever wondered how a religion that doesn't even have a god could have accomplished this?

    Craig says: "Informative, entertaining and personal"
    "Accessible and informative"
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    This a really good introduction to the subject. The narrator has a clear skill in making some of the complex cencepts of Buddhism (at least to a western mind) understandable. He is passionate about the subject, speaks clearly and his lectures have a good balance between 'story telling' and theory. I will be keeping this audiobook in my library to listen to again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Martin Wenner
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    Salander is plotting her revenge – against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release.

    Jennifer says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellent!"
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    One of my first listens on audible. Many books down this one still has one on the best narrators and a great plot. Very worthwhile listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Missing: The Secrets of Crittenden County, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Shelley Shepard Gray
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne Flagler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Can two young people survive the suspicions of their friends and neighbors when tragedy strikes a close-knit Amish community? Perry Borntrager had been missing for months from the quiet community of Crittenden, Kentucky, when his body is discovered at the bottom of a well. The first death from mysterious circumstances in more than two decades brings the scrutiny of the outside world: A police detective arrives to help the local sheriff with the investigation. His questioning begins with Lydia Plank, Perry's former girlfriend, and Perry's best friend, the Englischer Walker Anderson.

    Jan says: "Just couldn't get into it..."
    "Only part of the story and not a cliff-hanger"
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    I took a chance on this book in a sale. It was okay and some of the insights to Amish life were interesting. I felt cheated that the crime wasn't solved by the end of the book and that I had to buy the next one to get the answer - it wasn't good enough to merit buying the next book.

    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
    (93)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    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
    (862)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (787)

    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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