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  • Winter Journey | Diane Armstrong

    Winter Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Diane Armstrong
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Halina Shore is a Polish born forensic dentist living in Australia. When she travels to Poland to take part in the investigation of a war crime, she finds herself at the center of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy. As the investigation proceeds, her professional assignment becomes a confronting personal odyssey as the truth about her own past begins to emerge.

    Debbie says: "Historical Story Marred by Unnecessary Fluff"
  • Thorn on the Rose: Woody Creek, Book 2 | Joy Dettman

    Thorn on the Rose: Woody Creek, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joy Dettman
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
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    When Jenny Morrison fled Woody Creek for a new life in Melbourne she left behind a dysfunctional family, a town of small-minded gossips, and, most tragically, a newborn baby. Mustering all her strength, she resolved to put her past behind her, reclaim her identity, and pursue her dream of becoming a famous singer.... Yet just months later she is back - wiser and with an expensive new wardrobe - but with a second child growing in her belly.

    Verita says: "Loved this book"
  • Lacan: Bolinda Beginner Guides | Lionel Bailly

    Lacan: Bolinda Beginner Guides

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lionel Bailly
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
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    Jacques Lacan was one of the most important psychoanalysts ever to have lived. Building upon the work of Sigmund Freud, he sought to refine Freudian insights with the use of linguistics and mathematics, arguing that "the structure of unconscious is like a language." He is widely misunderstood and often unfairly dismissed as impenetrable. In this clear, wide-ranging primer, Lionel Bailly demonstrates how Lacan’s ideas are still vitally relevant to contemporary issues of mental health treatment. Including coverage of developments in Lacanian psychoanalysis since his death, this is the perfect introduction to the great modern theorist.

    Ryan Smallwood says: "Great Introduction to Difficult Thinker"
  • White Gardenia  | Belinda Alexandra

    White Gardenia

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
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    In the tradition of Paullina Simons comes an unforgettable story of a mother and daughter from a remarkable new writer. Beginning in a small village under Japanese occupation on the Chinese-Russian border in the final days of World War II, White Gardenia tells the story of a Russian mother and daughter separated by war.

    Paddington says: "Fascinating novel"
  • Mosaic: A Chronicle of Five Generations | Diane Armstrong

    Mosaic: A Chronicle of Five Generations

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diane Armstrong
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
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    >i>Mosaic is compelling storytelling at its best - from the fascinating details of Polish-Jewish culture and the rivalries and dramas of family life, to its moving account of lives torn apart by war and persecution, this an extraordinary true story of a family, and of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage.

    Margaret says: "Spectacular story"
  • The Women in Black | Madeleine St. John

    The Women in Black

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Madeleine St. John
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
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    The women in black are run off their feet, what with the Christmas rush and the summer sales that follow. But it's Sydney in the 1950s, and there's still just enough time left on a hot and frantic day to dream and scheme... By the time the last marked-down frock has been sold, most of the staff of the Ladies' Cocktail section at F. G. Goode's have been launched into slightly different careers.

    Millamant says: "A Slice of Literary Sunshine"
  • Pearl in a Cage  | Joy Dettman

    Pearl in a Cage

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joy Dettman
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
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    On a balmy midsummer's evening in 1923, a young woman - foreign, dishevelled and heavily pregnant - is found unconscious just off the railway tracks in the tiny logging community of Woody Creek. The town midwife, Gertrude Foote, is roused from her bed when the woman is brought to her door. Try as she might, Gertrude is unable to save her, but the baby lives.

    Verita says: "Pearl in a Cage"
  • The Tying of Threads: Woody Creek, Book 6 | Joy Dettman

    The Tying of Threads: Woody Creek, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Joy Dettman
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Independent and spirited, Georgie is her mother’s daughter through and through. But after a house fire takes the life of her sister, Margot, and burns her home to the ground, Georgie is lost. She flees town with nothing but a cardboard box and the determination to be somebody, anybody, else.

    Verita says: "Loved this book"
  • Gilgamesh: A Novel | Joan London

    Gilgamesh: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joan London
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
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    Edith and Frances, living with their mother on a tiny farm in the south-east of Australia, are visited by their cousin Leopold and his Armenian friend Aram. The two young men are taking the long way home after working on an archaeological dig in Iraq. It is 1937. The modern world, they say, is waiting to erupt. Among the tales they tell is the story of Gilgamesh, the legendary king of Uruk, in ancient Mesopotamia.

    Marius says: "Unsatisfactory"
  • Malinche's Conquest | Anna Lanyon

    Malinche's Conquest

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anna Lanyon
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
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    Malinche was the Amerindian woman who translated for Hernan Cortès - from her lips came the words that triggered the fall of Moctezuma's Aztec empire to the Spanish in 1521. In Mexico Malinche's name is synonymous with "traitor". Yet folklore and legend still celebrate the mystique of this remarkable young woman. Malinche became a slave to strangers when just a girl, and was then passed on to Cortès as a concubine. She became his interpreter, indispensible to his campaigns, and mother to his son, only to be married off to another conquistador.

    Joseph Javier Rodriguez says: "Memorable journey about the unwritten female icon."
  • The Naked Buddha: A Practical Guide to the Buddha's Life and Teachings | Venerable Adrienne Howley

    The Naked Buddha: A Practical Guide to the Buddha's Life and Teachings

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Venerable Adrienne Howley
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
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    For the many people who are interested in learning more about Buddhism, here is a primer on Buddhism and Buddhist practice written in a deceptively simple manner, with an engaging, gentle humor and flavor. Adrienne Howley's purpose is to demystify Buddhism, stripping away the layers of ritual and iconography that have grown up around it over the centuries, and to present the original, basic tenets and practices.

    Greg says: "A very good place to start"
  • Maralinga  | Judy Nunn

    Maralinga

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Judy Nunn
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
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    During the darkest days of the Cold War, in the remote wilderness of a South Australian desert, the future of an infant nation is being decided ... without its people's knowledge. A British airbase in the middle of nowhere; an atomic weapons testing ground; an army of raw youth led by powerful, ambitious men - a cocktail for disaster. Such is Maralinga in the spring of 1956.

    Jane says: "Skilful interweaving of fact and fiction"
  • The Queen, Her Lover and the Most Notorious Spy in History | Roland Perry

    The Queen, Her Lover and the Most Notorious Spy in History

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Roland Perry
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein, David Tredinnick
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    Long before her successful marriage to Prince Albert, Princess Victoria had an affair with the dashing Scottish 13th Lord Elphinstone. After the liaison was exposed, Elphinstone was banished to India, appointed Governor of Madras, which allowed Victoria's mother to engineer a royal union for her with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg.

    Phoebe Waite says: "Enlightening Read"
  • The Long Prospect

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    • By Elizabeth Harrower
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
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    Sharply observed, bitter and humorous, The Long Prospect is a story of life in an Australian industrial town. Growing up neglected in a seedy boarding house, 12-year-old Emily Lawrence befriends Max, a middle-aged scientist who encourages her to pursue her intellectual interests. Innocent Emily will face scandal, suburban snobbery and psychological torment. Originally published in 1958, The Long Prospect was described as second only to Patrick White's Voss in postwar Australian literature.

  • Hinduism: Bolinda Beginner Guides | Klaus K. Klostermaier

    Hinduism: Bolinda Beginner Guides

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Klaus K. Klostermaier
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
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    In this clear and accessible introduction to Hinduism, Klaus K. Klostermaier offers a unique overview of a tradition that spans thousands of years. Explaining the origins, beliefs, scriptures, and philosophies of the religion, Klostermaier succeeds in capturing the rich diversity of rituals and gods that comprise Hinduism, whilst keeping the tone both entertaining and informative. Klostermaier’s exploration of this fascinating and long-lasting belief system is essential for students, followers, and interested listeners alike.

  • The Waiting Room | Leah Kaminsky

    The Waiting Room

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Leah Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
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    Born in Australia in a Jewish enclave of Melbourne to Holocaust survivors, Dina left behind a childhood marred by misery and the tragedies of the past to build a new life for herself in the Promised Land. After starting a family of her own, she finds her life falling apart beneath the demands of her eccentric patients, a marriage starting to fray, the ever-present threat of terrorist attack and the ghost of her mother, haunting her with memories that Dina would prefer to leave on the other side of the world.

  • The Voyage of Their Lives: The Story of the SS Derna and Its Passengers | Diane Armstrong

    The Voyage of Their Lives: The Story of the SS Derna and Its Passengers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Diane Armstrong
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
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    In August 1948, 545 passengers boarded an overcrowded, clapped-out vessel in Marseilles to face an uncertain future in Australia and New Zealand. They came from displaced persons camps in Germany, death camps in Poland, labour camps in Hungary, gulags in Siberia, and stony Agean islands. There were those who had been hunted by the Nazis and those who had welcomed them; those who had followed the Communists and those who had fled them.

    karen says: "Could have been magnificent; still pretty good"
  • Dinner with Mugabe: The Untold Story of a Freedom Fighter Who Became a Tyrant | Heidi Holland

    Dinner with Mugabe: The Untold Story of a Freedom Fighter Who Became a Tyrant

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Heidi Holland
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
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    At a time when the world waits anxiously to see what will happen next in Zimbabwe - when there is little food in the country's shops, life expectancy is plunging and Zimbabweans are fleeing repression and unemployment - this book gets to grips with the man at the helm of a corrupt regime; the man behind the monster. Holland's tireless investigation begins with her having dinner with Mugabe the freedom fighter and ends in a searching interview with Zimbabwe's president in December 2007, more than 30 years later.

  • Nocturne | Diane Armstrong

    Nocturne

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Diane Armstrong
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It is Warsaw, 1939, and Elzunia is an indulged teenager who longs for a heroic life filled with romance. But the outbreak of war shatters all her dreams. As bombs fall, she meets Adam, a taciturn airman whose fate becomes entwined with hers. In despair over the occupation, Adam joins the Polish resistance, then flies bombers for the RAF.

    Annie M. says: "The narrator ruined it for me"
  • The Voyage of Their Life | Diane Armstrong

    The Voyage of Their Life

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Diane Armstrong
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
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    In August 1948, 545 passengers boarded an overcrowded, clapped-out vessel in Marseilles to face an uncertain future in Australia and New Zealand. They came from displaced persons camps in Germany, death camps in Poland, labour camps in Hungary, gulags in Siberia and stony Aegean islands. There were those who had been hunted by the Nazis and those who had welcomed them; those who had followed the Communists and those who had fled them.

    Maggie says: "Love this book"
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