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So You've Been Publicly Shamed cover art
  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • Written by: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

From the Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. "It's about the terror, isn't it?" "The terror of what?" I said. "The terror of being found out." For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world, meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made jokes on social media that came out badly or made mistakes at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • view changing.

  • By Allan on 2018-10-19

A call to civility on social media

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

Reviewed: 2019-08-19

This book exposes starkly what a misplaced thought or comment leads to in today's world of anonymity on social media. Listening to it made me feel sad and puzzled about what some humans are capable of. A highly relevant indictment of aspects of our social media world. I am left with the question - how to we pull back from the edge? Very well done, John Ronson.

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  • Shogun

  • The Epic Novel of Japan: The Asian Saga, Book 1
  • Written by: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 53 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 121

A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A marathon listen, but very worth it

  • By JohnS on 2019-08-18

A marathon listen, but very worth it

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

Reviewed: 2019-08-18

This is a wonderful narrative of life in shogunate Japan in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The author contrasts in an excellent manner the norms and mores of European and Japanese cultures through the lives of selected characters very effectively. My interest was held throughout. The narration by Ralph Lister is excellent.

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  • Rebecca

  • Written by: Daphne Du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Daphne du Maurier's young heroine meets the charming Maxim de Winter and despite her youth, they marry and go to Manderley, his home in Cornwall. There, the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers and the mystery she keeps alive of his first wife Rebecca - said to have drowned at sea - threatens to overwhelm the marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A veritable classic!

  • By JohnS on 2019-08-10

A veritable classic!

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

Reviewed: 2019-08-10

What an excellent story. I read it 50 years ago as a Reader's Digest Condensed Book and had been impressed by its shortened version. This unabridged version will satisfy any listener/reader. The narration is superb. A must for bibliophiles whether they enjoy Gothic mysteries or not. The writing is topnotch. Highly recommendable.

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  • The Little Prince

  • Written by: Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Richard Howard - translator
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. "Please," asks the stranger, "draw me a sheep." And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper... And thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed forever the world for its readers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an artistic performance of a never-expiring piece.

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-06-24

S story to ponder and reflect on

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-30

Not quite the strong story that I was expecting. However, there is much in it that requires reflection and sharing. A very nice fable and recommendable to readers/listeners of all ages.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Murder at the Vicarage

  • A Miss Marple Mystery
  • Written by: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

"Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe," declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, "would be doing the world at large a favor!" It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later - when the Colonel is found shot dead in the clergyman's study. But as Miss Marple soon discovers, the whole village seems to have had a motive to kill Colonel Protheroe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Miss Marple is rather a dear."

  • By JohnS on 2019-07-27

"Miss Marple is rather a dear."

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-27

This was my first go through this book, and it is a typical, in a very good way of A. Christie's style with red herrings and subtle twists in the appropriate places. The narration by Richard E. Grant is great.

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  • Big Sky

  • Written by: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village in North Yorkshire, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an ageing Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It’s picturesque, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes. Jackson's current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for a suspicious wife, seems straightforward, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him across a sinister network - and back into the path of someone from his past.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Davena Ma on 2019-07-28

I had missed Jackson Brodie

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-24

Another wonderful book from Kate Atkinson. The language and intricacies of the story is, as always captivating. The narration by Jason Isaacs is excellent. There are few authors whose work I do not hesitate in recommending, and K. Atkinson is one of them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Single Malt Murder

  • A Whisky Business Mystery
  • Written by: Melinda Mullet
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

When Abi inherits her uncle's quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot - but making the perfect shot is another matter. When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it's clear that someone wants her out of the picture.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable with a wee dram

  • By JohnS on 2019-07-19

Very enjoyable with a wee dram

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-19

A very, very good first story, which I hope will have a long series. Very good character development and a spot on narration. Sip it, you will enjoy it!

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  • Indian Horse

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Richard Wagamese
  • Narrated by: Jason Ryll
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

Saul Indian Horse is in critical condition. Sitting feeble in an alcoholism treatment facility, he is told that sharing his story will help relieve his agony. Though skeptical, he embarks on a heartbreaking journey from the present - and into the woods of Northern Ontario, where his life began in a snowy Ojibway camp. The tale that follows is one of great pain and great determination from Richard Wagamese, an author who "never seems to waste a shot" ( New York Times).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart wrenching and Humbling

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-11-11

Makes you think

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-18

A great story that reflects lives that most of us cannot fathom. A story to make one reflect on one's view of racism. A must read/listen.

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  • Northanger Abbey

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • Written by: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

A coming-of-age tale for the young and naïve 17-year-old Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey takes a decidedly comical look at themes of class, family, love and literature. Revelling in the sensationalist - and extremely popular - Gothic fiction of her day, the story follows Catherine out of Bath to the lofty manor of the Tilneys, where her overactive imagination gets to work constructing an absurd and melodramatic explanation for the death of Mrs Tilney, which threatens to jeopardise her newly forged friendships.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great adaptation

  • By JohnS on 2019-07-14

Great adaptation

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-14

This is another great adaptation (along with Emma) by Anna Lea. It captures the essence of Jane Austen's story with its humour and poking subtle fun at the Gothic genre. Emma Thompson and the rest of the cast do an excellent job of the production. Well worth a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Moon of the Crusted Snow

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Waubgeshig Rice
  • Narrated by: Billy Merasty
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reflection of history

  • By JohnS on 2019-07-12

Reflection of history

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-12

This is a layered dystopian story of indigenous life. The author weaves the traditional ways of living in an isolated community in Northern Ontario with an event and arrival of someone who would disrupt that way of life forever. It is the story of Canada in a concise, nicely written and narrated story. Very well done.