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- By: Isobelle Carmody
- Narrated by: Isobelle Carmody
- Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous. There is only survival by secrecy, and so she determines never to use her forbidden powers. But it is as if they have their own imperative, and their use inevitably brings her to the attention of the totalitarian Council that rules the Land....
Brilliantly read version of the book
- By Simon on 05-04-18
Love this Series!
I have read and listened to this series repeatedly, first when I was in high school, again when I started my first job and had the privilege of meeting the truly wonderful author, and then every subsequent wintery holiday when I felt like cosying up with a great series that would take me away from everyday life.
In a post-apocalyptic world under totalitarian rule orphan Elspeth and the other ‘misfits’ – children born with unusual mental abilities – are sentenced to exile in remote Council farms for treatment. With her freedom destroyed and suffering from the loss of her parents Elspeth must hide her powers to survive. Dealing with themes of prejudice, discrimination and cruelty but also resilience of the human spirit I can’t help myself to keep coming back to this series. Even though the release of each subsequent book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles took many years of anxious nail biting , I can’t help but feel it was worth the wait!
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- By: Laura Bates
- Narrated by: Laura Bates, Sarah Brown
- Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
Women are standing up and #shoutingback. In a culture that's driven by social media, for the first time women are using this online space (@EverydaySexism www.everydaysexism.com) to come together, share their stories, and encourage a new generation to recognise the problems that women face. This book is a call to arms in a new wave of feminism and it proves sexism is endemic - socially, politically, and economically. But women won't stand for it.
I inhabit a world that I am oblivious to.
- By Mr. O. Jollands on 03-12-14
A Must Listen!
This is not a comfortable book to listen to, it's not uplifting or joyous but in a clear and identifiable way it unpacks those little moments in any given day that happen as a result of sexism: The decision you make to take a different route to work so you don't get catcalled, the blame you place on yourself for lewd comments because of your outfit, the vulnerability of being a woman in the 21st century and, most gut wrenching of all - the blind eye that is ever-constantly turned. Hearing in the authors voice the astonishment, bewilderment and sobering sadness of her research, and of the the thousands of women who came forward with stories to tell is profoundly enlightening and evocative. I was originally recommended this by my university age cousin and I can't stop talking about it - can not recommend enough!
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