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  • Holding the Man

  • By: Timothy Conigrave
  • Narrated by: Stephen Phillips
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

The mid-'70s: at an all-boys Catholic school in Melbourne, Timothy Conigrave falls wildly and sweetly in love with the captain of the football team. So begins a relationship that weathers disapproval, separation and ultimately death. With honesty and insight, Holding the Man explores the highs and lows of any partnership and the strength of heart both men have to find when they test positive for HIV. This is a book as refreshing and uplifting as it is moving - a funny and sad and celebratory account of growing up gay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful and Stunning

  • By Andy Sargeant on 28-06-16

Very emotional

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

Very good, emotional and involving book. A beautiful story of the long term relatioship between two boys.

  • Cheer Up Love

  • Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate
  • By: Susan Calman
  • Narrated by: Susan Calman
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

Susan Calman is a well-known comedian and writer who has appeared on countless radio and television programmes. Her solo stand up show, Susan Calman Is Convicted, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and dealt with subjects like the death penalty, appearance and depression. The reaction to the show she wrote about mental health was so positive that she wanted to expand on the show and write a more detailed account of surviving when you're the world's most negative person.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank god for Susan Calman and this book!! Just excellent!

  • By Miss on 01-06-16

Hard to engage

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I find it frustrating that conedians often feel the need to be funny even when they are not doing stand up. This is the case with Susan. She tries to be funny all the time whilst talking about her depression and she rarely is. This is disappoining as I rather expected a chronological story in which she would tell me about her life and possible causes of her depression. Sorry Susan, I do not want to add to your depression but I find this book uninvolving. On the positive side, Susan is disarmingly honest which I appreciate very much.

  • Because We Are Bad

  • OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought
  • By: Lily Bailey
  • Narrated by: Lily Bailey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

As a child, Lily Bailey knew she was bad. By the age of 13, she had killed someone with a thought, spread untold disease, and spied on her classmates. Only by performing a series of secret routines could she correct her wrongdoing. But it was never enough. She had a severe case of obsessive compulsive disorder, and it came with a bizarre twist. Raw and candid, this is a true story from a startlingly original writer. Read by the author.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original

  • By ania on 28-06-18

Original

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

A very interesting, originally written story. Very blunt, insightful and honest. Valuable account of life with OCD.

  • Seductive Poison

  • A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the People's Temple
  • By: Deborah Layton
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Told by a former high-level member of the Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivor, Seductive Poison is the "truly unforgettable" ( Kirkus Review) story of how one woman was seduced by one of the most notorious cults in recent memory and how she found her way back to sanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very insightful

  • By ania on 24-06-18

Very insightful

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

This book is a very insightful and self-critical account of life in a sect. Also, despite its lenght, very involving.

  • Jonestown Survivor: An Insider's Look

  • By: Laura Johnston Kohl
  • Narrated by: Sarah Van Sweden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Laura Johnston Kohl was born in Washington, D.C. She actively fought for civil rights and free speech, and against the Vietnam War throughout the 1960s. After trying to effect change single-handedly, she found she needed more hands. She joined Peoples Temple in 1970, living and working in the progressive religious movement in both California and Guyana. A fluke saved her from the mass murders and suicides on November 18, 1978, when 913 of her beloved friends died in Jonestown.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A delusional account of life in a sect

  • By ania on 20-06-18

A delusional account of life in a sect

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

Reviewed: 20-06-18

This book offers a very shallow and almost idyllic account of life in a sect with a few critical concessions, like the tragic death of 900 people (painted as something almost accidental that would have never happened if the sect leader hadnt abused drugs). The author, still brainwashed and under the spell of her long deceased sect leader, even praises herself for this unconventional and fresh perspective. In her delusional mind she does not seem to be aware that the idylic life promised by most sects leaders does not exist and the price that has to be paid for the delusion is abuse and, in extreme cases like this, a death of 900 people.
This delusional perspective actually forced me to buy an another memoir by Deborah Layton, a former high rank member of the sect. Fortunatelly this account offers a very detailed account of a systematic abuse and cruelty suffered by the members of the sect.

  • Travelling to Infinity

  • The True Story Behind 'The Theory of Everything'
  • By: Jane Hawking
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

In this compelling memoir, Jane Hawking relates the inside story of her extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of motor neurone disease, and Jane's candid account of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the needs of their growing family is inspirational. This is a book about optimism, love and change that will resonate with listeners everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly honest

  • By H. F. Warner on 22-01-15

Boring and impersonal

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

Reviewed: 17-06-18

As for the memoir this book somehow managed to be very impersonal and consequently boring, e.g. lack of almost any details about relationship between author and her husband.

  • Beautiful Boy

  • A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction
  • By: David Sheff
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Hitting

  • By Laura Croft on 09-07-18

Not as good as his son book

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

I have read the son story and liked it a lot so I decided to read the father's point of view. Unfortunatelly the book wasnt as good. I found his son's book much more interesting and involving and, I believe, he is a better writer. However, I could only admire the father for his honesty, insightfulness and self critisism.

  • Slave

  • By: Jabali Smith
  • Narrated by: Doug Greene
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Jabali spent years being beaten, tortured, starved, sexualized, brainwashed, and confined to a dark closet in both Mexico and the United States. Jabali Smith was a six-year-old in Berkeley, California, when he was trafficked along with his sister over the border into Mexico and held captive by a messianic doomsday sex cult. Slave courageously and boldly chronicles his journey as a child slave - the escape and eventual rise from the ashes of tragedy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very involving story

  • By ania on 28-12-17

Very involving story

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

Reviewed: 28-12-17

Very involving story, not very good robotic narrator. Ending quite disappointing with all these self motivational slur proved not working so many times.

  • It Calls You Back

  • An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing
  • By: Luis J. Rodríguez
  • Narrated by: Jacob Vargas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Growing up on the streets of East L.A., Luis Rodriguez narrowly escaped a serious jail term and then struggled to overcome his powerful addiction to heroin and alcohol. Eventually, Rodriguez embarked on a career as a successful journalist and a highly regarded poet. In It Calls You Back, Rodriguez describes with heartbreaking honesty his challenges as a husband and a father and his difficulty leaving his criminal past completely behind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dull

  • By ania on 24-12-17

Dull

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

Reviewed: 24-12-17

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  • Memoirs Aren't Fairytales

  • A Story of Addiction
  • By: Marni Mann
  • Narrated by: Arden Hammersmith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Leaving behind a nightmarish college experience, 19-year-old Nicole and her best friend Eric escape their home of Bangor, Maine to start a new life in Boston. Fragile and scared, Nicole desperately seeks a new beginning to help erase her past. But there is something besides freedom waiting for her in the shadows - a drug that will make every day a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting story, great narrator

  • By ania on 20-12-17

Very interesting story, great narrator

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

Reviewed: 20-12-17

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