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Kath of Oz

Avid reader and journalist deploying my pen in the service of this planet's visionaries.

Melbourne | Member Since 2012

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  • 5 reviews
  • 76 ratings
  • 212 titles in library
  • 45 purchased in 2014
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  • A Tale for the Time Being

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Ruth Ozeki
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her beach home. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes and dreams of a young girl. She suspects it might have arrived on a drift of debris from the 2011 tsunami. With every turn of the page, she is sucked deeper into an enchanting mystery. In a small cafe in Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao Yasutani is navigating the challenges thrown up by modern life. In the face of cyber-bullying, the mysteries of a 104-year-old Buddhist nun and great-grandmother, and the joy and heartbreak of family, Nao is trying to find her own place - and voice - through a diary.

    Rochelle says: "Being Now"
    "Six stars"
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    Beautiful, precious book. A real and brave story but so gemlike, shining with wisdom and humility. Amid the mingled stories of two women, a teenage girl writing about her life being bullied at school in her diary and and middle-aged ex-New Yorker suffering writer's block, are so many ideas and themes: age, fate, Japanese Zazen practice, suicide, war, quantum physics, and honesty ... All carried along. beautifully in the powerful and authentic voices of the young woman and her older reader.
    The author's reading voice is mesmerising.
    You'll love this story. Like all beautiful things, it is an endless surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    The Hypnotist's Love Story is about the mild craziness that lurks behind the facades we present to the world, especially when it comes to love. Ellen O'Farrell is an expert when it comes to human frailties. She's a hypnotherapist who helps her clients deal with everything from addictions to life-long phobias. So when she falls in love with a man who is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend she's more intrigued than frightened.

    Moonglotexas says: "Entrancing, mind- shifting!"
    "Marvellously original characters"
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    Ellen, the central character of this delightful, funny and elegant story, is refreshingly different. Caught in a relentless self-awareness that therapists must find so hard to shrug off, she is charming, disarming and sometimes very funny. Here are people who, like so many of us, try to live good and careful lives, but run adrift without really knowing why. But Ellen collects herself and presses on, finding a way through with her mix of philosophy, restraint and willingness. The very wholesomeness of her expectations keeps us taught with fear of their failure.
    The stalker in this story, Ellen's opposite, is skilfully and compassionately drawn and remarkably real and familiar to us as readers. Who among us has not been at least some way down the path of the stalker? We are taken into her world of pain and injustice but not left to find our own way out.
    Many levels of emotion, humour and philosophical exploration in this clean, gracious story,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Biographer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Virginia Duigan
    • Narrated By Julie Nihill
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    A forthright investigation of human frailty and emotion with a plot that keeps you in its thrall until the last word. When Greer Gordon met Mischa Svoboda, a driven Czech-born refugee painter, he was unknown. His debut at the small art gallery where she worked created a sensation, and their explosive love affair caused Greer to abandon her husband and career and embark on a nomadic life with Mischa.

    Kath of Oz says: "The lives of the obsessed"
    "The lives of the obsessed"
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    Virginia Duigan's lovely prose and vivid expression carried me through the lives of this small group of old school creatives for whom art means obsession and self-focus and love means all or nothing. Her scheming characters left me feeling little joy, but I was drawn into their world by Duigan's skilful handling of the story as it unfolds. The central theme - of the biographer as both an observer and alchemist in the lives of those he or she portrays --is a fascinating one. The end was a satisfying one, but I wanted to like these troubled, intense group of artists much more than I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (872)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Allan Cumming says: "Sometimes you need to have a book read to you"
    "A magnificent tale of twists and turns"
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    A marvellous swag of characters who intertwine in a plot that would have lost me if not for its sharply incised protagonists. You'll love the journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3267)
    Performance
    (2850)
    Story
    (2861)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "A masterful piece of storytelling"
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    No one really wants to read about life in a concentration camp, but Jodi Picoult takes us and holds us there with a gripping narrative that weaves several story lines together.
    It is the story of identify that focuses on a woman with a birthmark that makes social interaction excruciating for her. She embarks on a journey of self discovery when she encounters an old man who seems harmless, but is not. He asks her to kill him and, she discovers, he has good reasons to want to be dead. In turn, she has good reasons to want him dead. But it turns out she has just as many good reasons to keep him alive.
    Here, the multiple storyline structure has a valid and welcome purpose - it's not a stylistic vanity. Picoult's multiple protagonists provide the reader with relief from the tougher parts of this narrative and the story lines all arrive elegantly in a plausible authentic place in a satisfying conclusion.
    This is a courageous story about the grey areas between good and bad, about where our own shortcomings and petty jealousies can lead us. It is about siblings and families and rivalries and finding some kind of purpose in our lives. And it also about just how sadly the wars that we embark upon as nations can impact, distort and destroy human lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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