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  • Fall of Giants

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping and unmissable historical fiction!

  • By Sue on 18-02-2014

Comprehensive and enjoyable historical immersion.

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

Reviewed: 27-02-2019

Another great and thoroughly researched story from Ken Follett, but the narration was somewhat poorly voiced. Great Welsh accents, but all the Russians sounded like The Count from Sesame St!

  • Eye of the Needle

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

It is 1944 and weeks before D-day. The Allies are disguising their invasion plans with a phony armada of ships and planes. Their plan would be ruined if an enemy agent found out...and then The Needle - Hitler’s prize undercover agent, a cold and professional killer - does just that. Hunted by MI5, he leads a murderous trail across Britain to a waiting U-boat. But he hasn't planned for a storm-battered island and the remarkable young woman who lives there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top notch!

  • By David on 10-02-2019

Top notch!

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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: 10-02-2019

A cracking good spy thriller! Expertly constructed and performed. Highly recommended. Couldn't put it down.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,702
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,399

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than completely fine

  • By Bec on 29-10-2017

Slow burner

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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: 06-10-2018

It's a very slow reveal, but totally worth it. loved it. Can't wait for more from the author.

  • Boy Swallows Universe

  • By: Trent Dalton
  • Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071

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

Sensational

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

Reviewed: 29-09-2018

Moments of terror interspersed with sardonic, distinctively Australian humour. A coming of age mystery. Brilliant!

  • The Best of Adam Sharp

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: David Barker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

On the cusp of 50, Adam Sharp has a loyal partner, earns a good income as an IT contractor and is the music-trivia expert at quiz nights. It's the lifestyle he wanted, but something's missing. Two decades ago, on the other side of the world, his part-time piano playing led him into a passionate relationship with Angelina Brown, who'd abandoned law studies to pursue her acting dream. She gave Adam a chance to make it something more than an affair - but he didn't take it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If music be the food of love play on...

  • By Alexandra on 02-10-2016

Sensational

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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: 13-11-2017

Another great book from the pen of Graeme Simsion. Intricacies of human relationships explored masterfully.

  • Alone in Berlin

  • By: Hans Fallada, Michael Hofmann (translator)
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Berlin, 1940. The city is paralysed by fear. But one man refuses to be scared.Otto, an ordinary German living in a shabby apartment block, tries to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule. But when he discovers his only son has been killed fighting at the front he's shocked into an extraordinary act of resistance, and starts to drop anonymous postcards attacking Hitler across the city. If caught, he will be executed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy

  • By David on 14-09-2017

Heavy

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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: 14-09-2017

Not for the fainthearted. Heavy subject matter, but brilliantly written and exceptionally well narrated.

  • My Brilliant Career

  • By: Miles Franklin
  • Narrated by: Carrie Bickmore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 140

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

Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 13-04-2015

I couldn't get even halfway into the first chapter of this literary classic due to the narration style. The rising and falling inflections made it sound like a news bulletin instead of a great work of the English language. I don't think a newsreader is well suited to this job. Dreadful shame.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the '30s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transported to the wold of Scout and Jem.

  • By Frances on 18-05-2015

Sublime

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

Reviewed: 07-10-2014

Where does To Kill a Mockingbird rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the most exquisitely crafted tales I've ever read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The character of Atticus is a hero of integrity and grit, but the teller of the tale - Jean-Louise (Scout) - is so accessible and honest that it's hard to not love her.

Have you listened to any of Sissy Spacek’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Sissy Spacek's delivery is perfect for this story.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cried and laughed and cried again. I was spellbound. The language is so carefully constructed that you are totally drawn in to a kind of nostalgia. Although, the childhood described in the tale was very different from my own, the incredibly vivid prose and the naive quality of the main character made me feel like I was reliving my own.

Any additional comments?

A powerful, poignant classic, expertly read.