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Maya H Saric

Newtown, NSW, AU
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  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,183

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

great great great

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Such a great story: simple and complex and entirely engaging. A child's fairytale in an adult world. Just clever. Loved it!

  • Get Up!

  • Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It
  • By: James A. Levine
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson, Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle De Cuir, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

That the average adult spends 50 to 70 percent of their day sitting is no surprise to anyone who works in an office environment. But few realize the health consequences they are suffering as a result of modernity's increasingly sedentary lifestyle, or the effects it has had on society at large. In Get Up!, health expert James A. Levine's original scientific research shows that today's chair-based world, where we no longer use our bodies as they evolved to be used, is having negativeconsequences on our health.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Anecdotes and suppositions; Move Your DNA better

  • By Tibber on 04-14-15

could have been completed in 10 pages.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Lots of stories in mind torturing detail and repetition with very little science. The author bared his wounds and self congratulated himself and I expect feels much better about himself now.

  • Thinner Leaner Stronger

  • The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body
  • By: Michael Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeff Justus
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 386

Michael Matthews' number one best-selling women's fitness book with over 250,000 copies sold. If you want to be toned, lean, and strong as quickly as possible without crash dieting, "good genetics", or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym and money on pills and powders... regardless of your age... then you want to listen to this book. Building lean muscle and burning fat isn't as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe. This book is the shortcut. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Written and Read for a Man not a Woman

  • By Mark on 01-08-14

Too late to return it

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Define 'woman'? I think it's just a short man?????

I cannot begin to explain how much a waste of money this was. Maybe if it was at least read by a woman I could have felt some connection to the title.

This is a tale of simply counting and bro-science. Counting grams of protein/carbs/fat and the basic message is the bigger you are the less you should eat.

I accept the need for maintaining muscle mass, for both genders, as you age to maintain health but beyond that this book has nothing.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,087

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Powerful and captivating

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-18

A piece of forgotten WWII history that touched every part of me. A story about an amazing teenager and life in Italy, a enemy nation, that I had no knowledge of.

Often our hero, unable to explain himself, repeats; it's complicated. It certainly was and I'm so pleased to have seen into his world.

  • Mr. Popper's Penguins

  • By: Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474

The 1938 classic tells the story of Mr. Popper, the small-town housepainter who dreamed of exploring Antarctic regions, and Captain Cook, the redoubtable penguin who turned Mr. Popper's world upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Our Favorite. So far.

  • By BenjesBride on 07-16-16

a charming tale

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Not at all related to the movie but a lovely tale. Would be a great listen for 6-8 year olds.

  • Summary of The Obesity Code by Jason Fung

  • By: FastReads
  • Narrated by: Anthony Pica
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Please note: This is a summary of The Obesity Code by Jason Fung and not the original book.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • a summary of the problem no solutions

  • By Maya H Saric on 06-25-18

a summary of the problem no solutions

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I'm glad I didnt spend money on the book or waste my time. i love Dr Fung but this book is only a summary of the problem only vaguely mentioning fasting as a solution. I guess he wants us to buy the second book.

  • The Gender Game

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,937

A toxic river divides 19-year-old Violet Bates' world by gender. Women rule the East. Men rule the West. Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus. Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet's life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes. But one decision could save her life. To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Plot line is asinine in so many places.

  • By L. D. Brown on 08-30-17

Adequate

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-18

I cared enough about what was going on to finish the book and not get a credit. JUST.

But it just did not have enough originality or character depth to engage me and I certainly don't care enough to want to know what happens next, or why, to any of them. I hate books that are just long chapters in a single story. I like series that are an evolution of events for the same set of characters, but where each novel is a satisfying and self-contained story like Harry Poter or Enders Game.

This might be ok to buy for your ten-twelve year old.

  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love

  • By: Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,358

Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Do not buy the audible version.

  • By Tamara on 09-14-17

Promises so much delivers nothing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Firstly this really needs to be a physical book or have an extensive PDF as the only useful element is the quiz to work out your attachment style. Though after reading the first few chapters even that seems obvious enough.

The book talks about the styles in a simplistic storybook style following nauseating examples of potentially real people....blah, blah, blah. How is listening to 6 hours of how badly people treat each other helpful????

I would not recommend this to anyone and feel I wasted my credit.

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,153

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

fabulous but chilling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-18

Captivating and disturbing that our current lifestyle is ultimately unsustainable. I'm really pleased I read it but fear it will haunt me forever.

  • Certainty

  • By: Victor Bevine
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 515

When sailors accuse a beloved local clergyman of sexual impropriety, William feels compelled to fight back. He agrees to defend the minister against the shocking allegations, in the face of dire personal and professional consequences. But when the trial grows increasingly sensational, and when outrageous revelations echo all the way from Newport to the federal government, William must confront more than just the truth - he must confront the very nature of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!!!

  • By Sir Shopper on 12-30-14

amazing story

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Complicated and raw, a great examination of history from a very personal perspective. i would definitely read this again.