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  • Boy Swallows Universe

  • By: Trent Dalton
  • Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058

Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious criminal for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. He's just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way - not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer. But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love. And oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to press stop!

  • By Anonymous User on 08-10-2018

Brilliant reading

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

Reviewed: 10-02-2019

I enjoyed this big-hearted story. I loved the setting and the point of view. Perhaps it might have been edited a bit more as I think it would have maintained it’s wonderful freshness and story line.

The reader was brilliant - warm, light, not too ‘ockerish’ but kept with the story’s flavour. Well done and thanks so much.

  • The Sparsholt Affair

  • By: Alan Hollinghurst
  • Narrated by: David Dawson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

In October 1940, the handsome young David Sparsholt arrives in Oxford. A keen athlete and oarsman, he at first seems unaware of the effect he has on others - particularly on the lonely and romantic Evert Dax, son of a celebrated novelist and destined to become a writer himself. While the Blitz rages in London, Oxford exists at a strange remove: an ephemeral, uncertain place in which nightly blackouts conceal secret liaisons....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Artful subtlety

  • By B_R on 22-05-2018

Great story, wonderful performance

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

Reviewed: 10-03-2018

So loved this book. Interesting story- wonderful attention to detail and nuance.
Fantastic listening to the performer who brought the writing alive.

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  • Black Seconds

  • By: Karin Fossum
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Ida Joner gets on her brand-new bike and sets off to buy sweets. A good-natured, happy girl, she is looking forward to her 10th birthday. Thirty-five minutes after Ida should have come home, Helga Joner, her mother, starts to worry. She phones the shop and various friends, but no one has seen her daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great crime fiction

  • By maree on 09-10-2016

Great crime fiction

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

Reviewed: 09-10-2016

Wonderful characters and such a meaningful way to approach crime - deep consideration of the ripple effect of the events. Nothing gratuitous. I am hooked on Karin Fossum!!

  • Running Away

  • By: Robert Andrew Powell
  • Narrated by: Robert Andrew Powell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

When journalist Robert Andrew Powell finished his first marathon, he cried, cradled in his father’s arms. Long distance runners understand where those tears come from, even if there are others who will never understand what drives someone to run 26.2 consecutive miles in a grueling mental and physical test. Powell’s emotional reaction to completing the race wasn’t just about the run, though. It was also about the joy and relief of coming back up after hitting rock bottom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Running as salvation

  • By maree on 02-08-2015

Running as salvation

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

Reviewed: 02-08-2015

I liked the coverage of actual running - this is what drew me to the story. The author is trying to qualify for the Boston marathon as salvation or balm to his battered ego from relationships and work.
I have heard this story often from young American men - trying to equalise or get from under the shadow of their father (running ransom road also feels v similar).
The author doesn't seem to have much substance to his story and it feels a bit repetitive.
The read is a bit too low-key. I got tired of the old girlfriend bit -- seems a bit whiney for a 40 year old!

  • Running Ransom Road

  • Confronting the Past, One Marathon at a Time
  • By: Caleb Daniloff
  • Narrated by: Caleb Daniloff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

In Running Ransom Road, Daniloff, many years sober, confronts his past by setting out, over the course of 18 months, to run marathons in the cities where he once lived and wreaked havoc. Competing from Boston to New York, Vermont to Moscow, Daniloff explores the sobering and inspiring effects of running as he traverses the trails of his former self, lined with dark bars, ratty apartments, lost loves, and lost chances.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recovery and running - nice mix

  • By maree on 06-07-2015

Recovery and running - nice mix

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

Reviewed: 06-07-2015

Good story about American who developed alcoholism in teens. He tells his story as he runs a series Marathons throughout meaningful places.
The Moscow marathon story is fantastic!
I listened whilst I was running, and he kept me running.
Beautiful reading!