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  • Boy Swallows Universe

  • By: Trent Dalton
  • Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546

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
  • Exceptional

  • By Al on 01-07-2018

An incredible book.

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

Reviewed: 29-09-2018

I finished listening to this book at 3am. The best book I have read/ listened to for years. I am an avid reader and consume several books a week and this book really caught me up.

  • Macbeth

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Derek Riddell
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

He's the best cop they've got. When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath, it's up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess. He's also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past. He's rewarded for his success. Power. Money. Respect. They're all within reach. But a man like him won't get to the top. Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He's convinced he won't get what is rightfully his. Unless he kills for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A modern take on the original.

  • By Dianne Hayward on 13-04-2018

Sorry everyone-but NO

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

Reviewed: 20-05-2018

Just couldn't finish the book. Great writing . Probably a great project - however we all know the story and doesn't end well.

  • The Craftsman

  • By: Sharon Bolton
  • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Florence Lovelady's career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares the victims were buried...alive. Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he's dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Did she get it wrong all those years ago? Or is there something much darker at play?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the craftsman

  • By Catriona fox on 10-08-2018

Great book

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

Reviewed: 19-05-2018

Great story, well read and interesting until the last minute.Some surprises that will keep you listening until the end.

  • Dying Truth

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series, Book 8
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide - a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents. As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By kassandra garvey on 21-11-2018

I really enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 19-05-2018

I listen to about 4 books a week and have really run out of things to listen to that actually grab my attention. This book does.

  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 596

"My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me. I'm in a coma. My husband doesn't love me anymore. Sometimes I lie." Unnerving, twisted and utterly compelling, you won't be able to put this new thriller down. Set to be the most talked about book in 2017, it's perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors, The Girl on the Train and The Widow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had me hooked

  • By Anonymous User on 18-07-2017

Very good

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

Reviewed: 02-08-2017

A very good psychological thriller. excellent narrative, character description and twist turning plot. A must listen.

  • Night Sins

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

A peaceful Minnesota town, where crime is something that just doesn’t happen, is about to face its worst nightmare. A young boy disappears. There are no witnesses, no clues — only a note, cleverly taunting, casually cruel. Has a cold-blooded kidnapper struck? Or is this the reawakening of a long-quiet serial killer?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More romance than thriller..

  • By Jess on 08-04-2016

very dated lots of gratuitous sex.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-2016

story ok. All the steamy sex detracts from the story. A very nineties story.

  • Midnight Sun

  • Blood on Snow 2
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Kim Gordon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Jon is on the run. He has betrayed Oslo’s biggest crime lord: The Fisherman. Fleeing to an isolated corner of Norway, to a mountain town so far north that the sun never sets, Jon hopes to find sanctuary amongst a local religious sect. Hiding out in a shepherd’s cabin in the wilderness, all that stands between him and his fate are Lea, a bereaved mother; and her young son, Knut. But while Lea provides him with a rifle and Knut brings essential supplies, the midnight sun is slowly driving Jon to insanity.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely horrible beyond words

  • By Janelle on 15-12-2015

absolutely horrible beyond words

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

Reviewed: 15-12-2015

really really really bad bad bad narrator. Dreadful flat nasal American Accent that drawls lifelessly. I couldn't even make through 5 minutes before I skipped to the end so I could warn listeners NOT to wAste your money.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café

  • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 15
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Even the arrival of her baby can't hold Mma Makutsi back from success in the workplace, and so no sooner than she becomes a full partner in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - in spite of Mma Ramotswe's belated claims that she is only 'an assistant full partner' - she also launches a new enterprise of her own: the Handsome Man's De Luxe Café. Grace Makutsi is a lady with a business plan, but who could predict temperamental chefs, drunken waiters, and more?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner

  • By Janelle on 29-08-2015

Another Winner

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

Reviewed: 29-08-2015

I am addicted to this series. Perfectly written and beautifully narrated as is every book in this series.

  • Dying Light

  • Logan McRae, Book 2
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: John Sessions
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

It starts with a prostitute, stripped naked and beaten to death down by the docks, in the heart of Aberdeen's red light district. For DS Logan MacRae it's a bad start to another bad day. Only a few short months ago, he was the golden boy of Grampian police. But one botched raid later, he's palmed off on a DI everyone knows is a jinx, waiting for the axe to fall with all the other rejects in the "Screw-up Squad". But Logan's not going to take it lying down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like having a "1 inch thick T Bone steak.

  • By Janelle on 29-08-2015

Like having a "1 inch thick T Bone steak.

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

Reviewed: 29-08-2015


Meaty, delicious and tasty till the last. Great characters, well written and loads of fun and Gore. Enjoy with a glass of something alcoholic.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Sister's Grave

  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Tracy Crosswhite has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House - a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder - is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great storyline

  • By Maura on 15-05-2017

Passible.

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

Reviewed: 29-08-2015

Fraught with everything - rape, murder, deceit, snow, suicide. Not a bad yarn but sort of like a 100 other books you've ever read before.