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The Matriarch

Summary

The matriarch of Australia’s most violent and notorious criminal family, and allegedly the inspiration for the award-winning film Animal Kingdom, tells her side of the story. Kathy Pettingill is a name that’s both respected and feared, not only by Australia’s criminal underworld, but by many in the Victorian police force. As the matriarch at the head of the most notorious and violent family of habitual offenders in Australian criminal history, her life has revolved around murder, drugs, prison, prostitution, and bent coppers - and the intrigue and horror that surround such crimes. Her eldest son, Dennis Allen, was a mass murderer and a $70,000-a-week drug dealer who dismembered a Hell’s Angel with a chainsaw. Two younger sons were acquitted of the Walsh Street murders, the cold-blooded assassination of two police officers that changed the face of crime in Melbourne forever. One of the two, Victor, was gunned down himself in the street 14 years later, becoming the third son Kathy has buried. In this revised and updated authorized edition of Adrian Tame’s best-selling The Matriarch, Kathy Pettingill reveals the chilling truth behind many of the myths and legends that surround her family, including her experiences in the blood-spattered charnel house at the centre of Dennis Allen’s empire of drugs and violence. But this is no plea for pity. Forthright and deeply disturbing, like its subject, The Matriarch pulls no punches. Updated and revised for a new generation, this true crime classic is as terrifying and powerful as when it was first published.

©1996, 2019 Adrian Tame and Kathy Pettingill (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Australia. All rights reserved.

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Shakespeare's The Life and Death of King John - Abridged, Full Cast, Plain English (Adaptation)

Summary

The Life and Death of King John tells the story of the reign of King John of England (1199-1216). The story is about ongoing tensions that spill over into war between England and France, while King John deals faces consistent palace intrigue. This play has been adapted into plain English and is performed as a theatrical full-cast production. At just over 20 minutes long, it is an abridged and adapted version of one of the relatively underperformed works in Shakespeare's canon. The plan opens with a threat from the French. Negotiations, conflict, and palace intrigue follow, as King John works his way through many issues of war and diplomacy in classic Shakespearean fashion.

©2020 Charlie Creed (P)2021 Historical Audiobooks

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Greater Than a Tourist: San Jose Costa Rica

Summary

Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist book is for you. Greater Than a Tourist - Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil by Theo Caldas - offers the inside scoop on Florianópolis island.... Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination. In this book, you will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other smaller print travel books. Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and culture. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.

©2019 CZYK Publishing (P)2020 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: John Griffith
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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50 Things to Know About Becoming a Vegan

Summary

Veganism has gone mainstream. There are vegan butchers, vegan shampoos, vegan substitutes in fast-food restaurants, vegan everything! But veganism is more than a diet. Once you cast a critical eye on the contents of your fridge, your gaze will inevitably expand to everything else around you. So, where do you go from here? 50 Things to Know About Becoming a Vegan digs deeply into the key questions budding vegans ask themselves and places this “philosophy of kindness” in a broader context. Explore the writer’s personal journey and get a firm grasp of the essentials, from nutrition to communication, budgeting, and self-care, but also learn to consider the more profound considerations. Why is veganism alone not enough? What is enough? What if I can’t be perfect? How can we advocate for real change? How is intensive farming harming not just the animals, but our vulnerable communities, our wallets, our humanity? Get a head-start with this practical guide and change more than just yourself!

©2020 CZYK Publishing (P)2021 CZYK Publishing

Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
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