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  • The Pearl Thief

  • By: Fiona McIntosh
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Severine Kassel is asked by the Louvre in 1963 to aid the British Museum with curating its antique jewellery, her speciality. Her London colleagues find her distant and mysterious, her cool beauty the topic of conversations around its quiet halls. No one could imagine that she is a desperately damaged woman, hiding her trauma behind her chic French image. It is only when some dramatic Byzantine pearls are loaned to the museum that Severine's poise is dashed and the tightly controlled life she's built around herself is shattered....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lovely

  • By Anonymous User on 06-11-2018

It had such potential

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

Reviewed: 18-01-2019

There are so many holes in this plot. Had it been set in 1952 instead of 1962, it may have made more sense to be still talking about the war. Why is the all so perfect heroine (mid 30’s and never been kissed) still using a name given to her to escape detection 20 years previously? Why is she portrayed initially as French when clearly she has spent most of her adult life in England? The questions go on. Suspended disbelief is one thing but this book needs a whole lot more than that to make it anything other than irritating.

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book Of The Series... So Far!

  • By Anonymous User on 20-12-2018

Terrific whodunnit

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

Reviewed: 14-10-2018

The characters of Strike and Robin continue to impress with their clever deductions as their relationship develops. An intricate plot combining people from upper and working classes and of different political persuasions. I enjoyed Robert Glenister’s performance.

  • The Pearl Sister

  • The Seven Sisters, Book 4
  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine, Rehanna MacDonald
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Following the death of her father, CeCe D'Aplièse finds herself at breaking point. In desperation, she decides to flee England and discover her past; the only clues she has are a photograph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia over 100 years ago. When CeCe finally reaches the Red Centre of Australia, she begins the search for her past. With help from those she meets on her journey, CeCe begins to believe that this wild, vast continent could offer her a sense of belonging.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Adrianna Strafella Coyte-King on 10-11-2017

The best yet

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

Reviewed: 30-06-2018

Being an Aussie and a history and art lover, I enjoyed this book enormously. The story has an authenticity not always found and the performances were excellent.

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story!

  • By Chrissy C on 13-12-2017

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 04-09-2017

The mystery of a baby's body found buried on a building site. Well written and beautifully performed. Some aspects of the story stretch credibility but overall thoroughly enjoyable.

  • The Unknown Terrorist

  • By: Richard Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

What would you do if you turned on the television and saw you were the most wanted terrorist in Australia? Gina Davies is about to find out. From the author of the international bestsellers The Sound of One Hand Clapping and Gould's Book of Fish comes a fast-paced thriller that paints a devastating picture of contemporary Australia. Five days, three unexploded bombs, and every truth of your life turned into a lie. What would you do?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing

  • By Margaret on 28-07-2017

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 28-07-2017

This story was about as entertaining and uplifting as reading a newspaper, full of tragedy and hysteria. It is a book for our times and examines the awful effect that the threat of terrorism can have on the general populace and the vulnerability of sex workers. No happy endings here.

  • The Dry

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462

A story of desperation, resolution and small-town prejudice played out against the blistering extremes of life on the land. Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, a farmer turns his gun on his family and then himself. As questions mount and suspicion casts a long shadow over the parched town, specialist investigator Aaron Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good book.

  • By Lisa on 29-11-2016

Enjoyable but...

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

Reviewed: 09-07-2017

Started out as an excellent whodunnit but ended up with a number of implausible plot twists that rather spoiled it for me. A good performance and overall I enjoyed the book.

  • My Brilliant Career

  • By: Miles Franklin
  • Narrated by: Carrie Bickmore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 139

Miles Franklin began the candid, passionate, and contrary My Brilliant Career when she was only 16, intending for it to be the Australian answer to Jane Eyre. This thinly veiled autobiographical tale of a young girl hungering for life and love in the outback was so beyond its years when first released in 1901 that Franklin insisted it not be published again until 10 years after her death. My Brilliant Career is a coming of age story for all of the ages.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible performance, unfortunate for the book!!!

  • By Jennifer on 30-11-2014

A great Australian classic.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-2017

The performance of the narrator was disappointing. So many mispronunciations of fairly common words and a newsreader tone. An enjoyable story that could have been brought to life with a different narrator.

  • Tuscan Rose

  • By: Belinda Alexandra
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but...

  • By Margaret on 21-06-2016

Enjoyable but...

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

Reviewed: 21-06-2016

The historical setting and events around which the story evolves are interesting and well described. Overall, I enjoyed the book and especially the reading of Caroline Lee. What I did not enjoy was the highly improbable plot twist towards the end. There's only so far disbelief can be suspended.

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