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  • The Darkening Age

  • The Christian Destruction of the Classical World
  • By: Catherine Nixey
  • Narrated by: Lalla Ward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

In The Darkening Age, Catherine Nixey tells the little-known - and deeply shocking - story of how a militant religion deliberately tried to extinguish the teachings of the Classical world, ushering in unquestioning adherence to the 'one true faith'. The Roman Empire had been generous in embracing and absorbing new creeds. But with the coming of Christianity, everything changed. This new faith, despite preaching peace, was violent, ruthless and intolerant. And once it became the religion of empire, its zealous adherents set about the destruction of the old gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing perspective but full of misinformation.

  • By joshua hodson on 16-01-19

Every Christian please read

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

Reviewed: 12-04-19

An eye opening book for people like me, who was banned from reading anything that may have opened my eyes to The Truth. As someone who grew up in a fundamentalist Christian Evangelical world, I can see so many core beliefs that are still taught, or at least that were taught to me as a child.

The difference is that I would not be murdered these days physically, but it certainly nearly murdered my spirit.

Now I am free to discover the Truth, and have spent the second half of my life doing that. I have written a book on the consequences of it all, and how I've discovered that I am good enough!

Thank you for this enlightening book.

  • The Radium Girls

  • They Paid with Their Lives. Their Final Fight Was for Justice.
  • By: Kate Moore
  • Narrated by: Kate Moore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

In 1917, as a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks, and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. The very thing that had made them feel alive was in fact killing them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding and well researched book

  • By Janis Uk on 14-02-19

It left me in awe of those women.

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

I listened to this book in shock, awe and could hardly get over the way that these women were ignored.

Another example of the way that huge corporations lie to consumers and we the general public.

A lesson has to be learnt about not wholly trusting what we are told. Fortunately these days w have the wherewithal and the chance to research, research, research.

We had the tobacco industry doing the same thing, and in our present age, the Food and Pharmacy corporations.

As individuals, we have to make informed choices.

In the days of the Radium girls, they were totally at the mercy of these liars, but now, at least we can make some amount of choice.

We are the only individuals who can take care of what choices we make.

Of course we sometimes have to trust the people who are in authority, and we are still vulnerable to who we consider as those who know best. The question is, who are the ones to trust?

  • Yellow Crocus

  • By: Laila Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, loved it!

  • By Ann D on 07-02-15

Unputdownable!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-19

A wonderful heart warming story. I have not been so compelled to carry on listening for a long time.

  • The Language of Kindness

  • A Nurse's Story
  • By: Christie Watson
  • Narrated by: Christie Watson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story, written and read by Christie Watson. Christie Watson was a nurse for 20 years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is an astonishing account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest and thought provoking

  • By stansmum on 23-05-18

It certainly helps the reader understand the language of kindness.

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

Reviewed: 14-01-19

I couldn't put this book away. And listened to it every moment I had to spare.

A sincere, honest, sometimes sad story, and gives us an insight into what life is like for nurses who are really called to their vocation.

Every nursing student needs to read this book.

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  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768

Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Bee on 31-03-18

What can I say.

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

Reviewed: 24-11-18

An interesting and powerful story. I had to stay awake to hear the end. Impelling and fascinating.

  • Wallis in Love

  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Wallis in Love brings a fascinating new perspective on the 20th century's most controversial royal scandal. Andrew Morton's impeccable research and unerring skill for riveting storytelling combine to present a strong case for a new and startling reveal: that the woman who rocked the world with her uncompromising passion for the Prince of Wales may have fooled everyone by keeping the object of her true passion hidden away....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fairytale gone terribly wrong

  • By Mommiecat on 25-09-18

Eye opening

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

Excellent research. Eye opening and at times quite shocking insights of the myth we have believed to be the love story of the twentieth century.

  • The Good Daughter

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Susie James
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defence attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the archetypal good daughter.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing

  • By Rose on 13-09-17

Narration far too fast.

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

I tried listening to this book twice, but found the narration far too fast to be able to understand what was going on.

  • Lying in Wait

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Caoilfhionn Dunne, David McFetridge, Lesley McGuire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992

Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must - because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horrifically superb!

  • By Ann D on 07-01-17

Unputdownable.

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

Reviewed: 23-12-17

Loved this. I had to stop everything and listen to it. Unexpected ending. Fully recommended.

  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

  • By: Jeanette Winterson
  • Narrated by: Jeanette Winterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a coming-out novel from Winterson, the acclaimed author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. The narrator, Jeanette, cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of God’s elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weighing up the church and personal beliefs

  • By Suswati on 14-08-17

Spot on.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

The descriptions of the Pentecostal characters were spot on and made me laugh, bringing back memories of my own Pentecostal upbringing.

However I found the last chapter disappointing as it seemed to go right off the boil.

  • Women Who Run with the Wolves

  • Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
  • By: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Narrated by: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416

Drawing from her work as a psychoanalyst and cantadora (keeper of old stories), Dr. Estes uses myths and folktales to illustrate how societies systematically strip away the feminine spirit. Through an exploration into the nature of the wild woman archetype, Dr. Estes helps listeners rediscover and free their own wild nature.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not the full book!!

  • By Jessica on 08-08-18

Hidden depths.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

I listened to this audio as part of a group of older women, as a book club. It would not have been a personal choice, so perhaps I was not in the right mood to listen to it.

I have a vision impairment so chose audio rather than struggle with the written version. But I am wondering whether the written version would have made a difference to my enjoyment of this book, because I found the authors performance somewhat off putting.

Most of stories did not resonate with me.

However, there were a few surprising places where was I startled to find that she was describing my experience in life. Particularly the idea that many women are controlled and kept down by beliefs and ideas thrust on them in early life and then they rebel against them and become wild.

A good book for those women who can,learn with metaphor, but I like to come straight to the point and would rather have done without the myths and legends. But that is only my opinion.

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