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    • The Penguin History of New Zealand

    • By: Michael King
    • Narrated by: Rosemary Ronald
    • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
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      4 out of 5 stars 40
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      4 out of 5 stars 40

    The narrative that emerges in an inclusive one about men and women, Maori and Pakeha. It shows that British motives in colonising New Zealand were essentially humane; and that Maori, far from being passive victims of a 'fatal impact', coped heroically with colonisation and survived by selectively accepting and adapting what Western technology and culture had to offer.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Boring Story and even worse reader

    • By Andrew on 03-15-15

    Regular price: $25.20

    • Pakeha Maori

    • The Extraordinary Story of the Europeans Who Lived as Maori in Early New Zealand
    • By: Trevor Bentley
    • Narrated by: Rosemary Ronald
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    This audiobook describes one of the most extraordinary and fascinating stories in NZ history. In the early part of the last century several thousand runaway seamen and escaped convicts settled in Maori communities. Jacky Mamon, John Rutherford, Charlotte Badger, and many others - this is their largely untold story.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful!

    • By B Reader on 04-12-16
    • The Extraordinary Story of the Europeans Who Lived as Maori in Early New Zealand
    • By: Trevor Bentley
    • Narrated by: Rosemary Ronald
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 06-11-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

    Regular price: $22.40

    • Bulibasha

    • King of the Gypsies
    • By: Witi Ihimaera
    • Narrated by: Toby Cooper
    • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Bulibasha is the title given to the King of the Gypsies, and on the East Coast of New Zealand two patriarchs fight to be proclaimed the king. Tamihana is the leader of the great Mahana family of shearers and sportsmen and women. Rupeni Poata is his arch enemy. The two families clash constantly, in sport, in cultural contests and, finally, in the Golden Fleece competition to find the greatest shearing gang in New Zealand.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • unusual theme well portrayed

    • By e on 04-20-15

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Sir Edmund Hillary

    • An Extraordinary Life
    • By: Alexa Johnston
    • Narrated by: Michael Keir Morrissey
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    This intimate and inspiring book tells the full story of Sir Edmund Hillary's extraordinary life, from his expeditions to remote corners of the world to his humanitarian activities serving the Sherpa people.

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Struggle without End

    • By: Dr Ranginui Walker
    • Narrated by: Michael Keir Morrissey
    • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 5

    This is Dr. Ranginui Walker's best-selling history of Aotearoa, New Zealand, from a Maori perspective. Since the mid-nineteenth century, Maori have been involved in an endless struggle for justice, equality and self-determination. In this book Dr. Walker provides a uniquely Maori view, not only of the events of the past two centuries but beyond to the very origins of Maori people.

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Back to the Land

    • A Year of Country Gardening
    • By: Lynda Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Madeleine Lynch
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Peppered with practical advice and more than 60 recipes for making the most of her harvests, Lynda's monthly accounts of country life reveal her unstoppable energy and down-to-earth enthusiasm for living off the land.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • For any Gardner

    • By Mark on 05-07-15

    Regular price: $31.50

    • All Blacks Don't Cry

    • A Story of Hope
    • By: Sir John Kirwan, Margie Thomson
    • Narrated by: John Leigh
    • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    John Kirwan was one of the most devastating wingers New Zealand, and world, rugby had ever seen. A prominent and revered figure at the dawn of the professional age of rugby, he seemed to live a charmed life. But nobody knew, though, that behind closed doors 'JK' was living a life of torment. Afflicted with depression for many years - including those as a high-profile sportsman - Kirwan was able to survive by reaching out, seeking help from those closest to him.

    Regular price: $29.40

    • The Fat Man

    • By: Maurice Gee
    • Narrated by: Toby Cooper
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    When people like Herbert Muskie take up residence in your mind, there's nothing you can do to get them out. Colin Potter is a skinny boy, hungry for chocolate. Herbert Muskie is enormously fat, hungry for revenge. A dramatic encounter down at the creek forges an unhappy alliance between the vindictive man and the fearful child. But who is the fat man and why does he hate the people of Loomis? What guilty secrets are hidden in the past and why are Colin's parents such special targets?

    Regular price: $13.29

    • Potiki

    • By: Patricia Grace
    • Narrated by: Wiki Oman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    In a small coastal community threatened by developers who would ravage their lands, it is a time of fear and confusion - and growing anger. The prophet child Tokowaru-i-te-Marama shares his people's struggles against bulldozers and fast money talk. When dramatic events menace the marae, his grief and rage threaten to burst beyond the confines of his twisted body. His all-seeing eye looks forward to a strange and terrible new dawn.

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Sky Dancer

    • By: Witi Ihimaera
    • Narrated by: George Henare
    • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 3
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      3 out of 5 stars 3

    Stroppy teenager Skylark O'Shea is on holiday with her mother at a town on the coast. But all is not what it seems. What is the threat facing the town and the birds of the forest? Where do the two old charismatic Maori women Hoki and Bella fit in? Skylark becomes embroiled in a prophecy that much to her dismay involves her in an extraordinary journey. Soon she is pitting her wits in a race of breathtaking dimension, a dazzling trip through Maori mythology.

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Baby No-Eyes

    • By: Patricia Grace
    • Narrated by: Lisa Burnett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Tawera and his sister are inseparable, in a relationship that is impossible for others to share. In fact his whole whanau is bonded by secrets, a genealogy stitched together by shame, joy, love and sometimes grief. Patricia Grace's major new novel merges recent headlines with stories of a heartfelt family history. It is an account of the mysteries that operate at many levels between generations, where the present is the pivot, the centre of the spiral, looking outward to the past and future that define it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stunning

    • By Keri Mills on 03-21-17

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Tu

    • By: Patricia Grace
    • Narrated by: George Henare
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Three young men from the one family went to war, but only one returned - Tu is the sole survivor. Now, when his young niece and nephew come to him to find out what happened, Tu is brought face to face with the past. What really happened to the three brothers as the Maori Battalion fought in the hills and valleys of Italy is contained in the pages of his war journal, and this he now decides to give to his niece and nephew.

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Cousins

    • By: Patricia Grace
    • Narrated by: Carmel Carroll
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Makareta is the chosen one - carrying her families hopes. Missy is the observer - the one who accepts but has her dreams. Mata is always waiting - for life to happen as it stealthily passes by. These three women are the cousins of one of Patricia Grace's most popular novels. Moving from the '40s to the present, from the country to the protests of the cities, Cousins is the story of three girls once thrown together and as women grown apart.

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Slow

    • Mouth-Watering Recipes for the Slow Cooker and Crockpot
    • By: Allyson Gofton
    • Narrated by: Rosemary Ronald
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Whether you are looking for classic comfort foods or new taste sensations, this is the perfect cookbook for easy meals that taste like you spent hours at the stove.

    • Mouth-Watering Recipes for the Slow Cooker and Crockpot
    • By: Allyson Gofton
    • Narrated by: Rosemary Ronald
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Release date: 06-19-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1 rating

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Ellie and the Shadowman

    • By: Maurice Gee
    • Narrated by: Madeleine Lynch
    • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is the story of Ellie Crowther, a spirited and original woman who becomes a painter of distinction. But her canvases continue to be haunted by an elusive presence she thinks of as her shadow man. Told in five parts, each concentrating on a significant period of her life, it ranges from the 1950s when, as a girl, she lived in a YWCA hostel with her mother, to her 20s when she lives on a commune in Nelson, through to middle age, as she raises a son and becomes a painter.

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs

    • By: Linda Olsson
    • Narrated by: Hera Dunleavy
    • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Veronika, a writer in her early thirties, rents a house in the Swedish countryside to finish her novel. She is also cocooning herself from her past. She befriends Astrid, a reclusive older woman who has lived in the village all her life. Olsson leads us through the flowering of their unusual and tender friendship, as they slowly and carefully reveal their life histories and sometimes heart-rending pasts.

    Regular price: $21.00

    • The Dream Swimmer

    • By: Witi Ihimaera
    • Narrated by: George Henare
    • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    The Dream Swimmer continues the odyssey of Tama Mahana, grandson and heir to the matriarch, as he assumes the mantle of leadership and, with it, his grandmother's battles with the Pakeha. But at every step Tama is thwarted - by deception and intrigue, and by the woman whose destiny has intersected Riripeti's and his. She is the enigmatic Tiana, his mother, the woman of no account.

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Violence 101

    • By: Denis Wright
    • Narrated by: Robert Tripe
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Hamish Graham is intelligent, disciplined, resourceful, fearless, and scorns all weakness. His heroes include Charles Upham, Alexander the Great and Te Rauparaha - all men of action. But he is also a fourteen-year-old with an anger problem and a disturbing past, and these have landed him in a series of boys' homes for violent and troubled young offenders.

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Six Clever Girls Who Became Famous Women

    • By: Fiona Farrell
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth McRae
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    On 22 September 1960, six girls gather behind the school toilets to read Peyton Place: Caroline the leader, Heather the caregiver, Kathy the actress, Raeleen the explorer, Greer the mystic and Margie the rebel. Like the historical heroines whose stories are repeatedly held up to them as models, these girls confront in their various ways the uncertainty and fears of adolescence. On 22 September 1995 we meet them again, confronting the issues of middle age.

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Queen of Beauty

    • By: Paula Morris
    • Narrated by: Robyn Malcolm
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    At turns haunting, moving and comic, Queen of Beauty spans three generations. Shifting between modern-day New Orleans and Auckland, as well as New Zealand of the 1920s and 1960s, it explores the fragility of truth, the elusiveness of the past and the burden it places on the living.

    Regular price: $21.00

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