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  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

The smartest murder-mystery you will ever hearA misfit at an exclusive New England college, Richard finds kindred spirits in the five eccentric students of his ancient Greek class. But his new friends have a horrific secret. When blackmail and violence threaten to blow their privileged lives apart, they drag Richard into the nightmare that engulfs them. And soon they enter a terrifying heart of darkness from which they may never return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Donna Tartt narrates

  • By Catherine A Mercer on 03-10-2016

If you read one thing make it this

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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: 10-10-2017

Beautifully written and very unique. This is now one of my all time favorites. Thank you.

  • Girt

  • The Unauthorised History of Australia
  • By: David Hunt
  • Narrated by: David Hunt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,474

Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia.... In this hilarious history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia's past, from megafauna to Macquarie - the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are. Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of "felony of sock", and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Blue History of Australia - Addicted

  • By Nelson C on 25-05-2015

Absolute Favorite

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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: 24-01-2017

The best audio book I have heard to date! Where were you when I was taking history at school. One of my all time favorites. well done! !!

  • True Girt

  • The Unauthorised History of Australia
  • By: David Hunt
  • Narrated by: David Hunt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

First there was Girt. Now comes... True Girt. In this side-splitting sequel to his best-selling history, David Hunt takes us to the Australian frontier. This was the Wild South, home to hardy pioneers, gun-slinging bushrangers, directionally challenged explorers, nervous indigenous people, Caroline Chisholm and sheep. Lots of sheep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such an interesting conversation with history

  • By Courtney on 03-01-2017

Best history lesson you can get

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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: 09-01-2017

If only I had this text, or better still, author, in my history class. Funny, clever and brilliantly told. Highly recommended. well done

  • Burial Rites

  • By: Hannah Kent
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the months leading up to her execution on the farm of district officer Jón Jónsson, his wife, and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force everyone to work side by side, the family’s attitude to Agnes starts to change - until one winter night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing .fascinating and superbly narrated.

  • By ej on 07-03-2014

Definitely worth it

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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: 25-12-2016

I watched a youtude clip that recommended this book on account of the beautiful writing and interesting story line. I was not disappointed. It was brilliantly written and the narrator was perfect. Overall, I would highly recommend this book. Well done!!

  • St. Augustine's Confessions

  • By: The Great Courses, Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
  • Narrated by: Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

How should parents raise children, and how should schools educate children? Why are we attracted to things that are forbidden? What is time? How can we understand God, or the nature of evil? What is true friendship? To answer these questions, Professors Cook and Herzman look to the Confessions of St. Augustine of Hippo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks again ron and will

  • By rhys on 19-10-2016

Thanks again ron and will

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-2016

A very complex text; however, the lectures do a wonderful job in decrypting some very clever text. Well done...again

  • Dante's Divine Comedy

  • By: The Great Courses, Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
  • Narrated by: Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Professors Cook and Herzman provide you with an illuminating introduction to one of the greatest works ever written. One of the most profound and satisfying of all poems, The Divine Comedy (or Commedia) of Dante Alighieri is a book for life. In a brilliantly constructed narrative of his imaginary guided pilgrimage through the three realms of the Christian afterlife, Dante accomplished a literary task of astonishing complexity. In these twenty-four lectures, as you follow Dante on his journey, you'll learn how medieval literature offers insights into fundamental questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best Audio book I have ever heard

  • By rhys on 08-10-2016

One of the best Audio book I have ever heard

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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: 08-10-2016

I must confess that I had absolutely no background, or even interest in classic readings prior to this audio book. The reason for the purchase was to broaden my reading, as it was limited to say the least. I have since listened to this audio in its entirety about 5 times - This is a first! I would probably say that aside from the text the presentors are the reason why it is so amazing. The two presentors are so well versed in the text and so engaging at the same time, which makes it so fascinating. I particularly like it when they crack little scholar "in house" Dante jokes throughout their lectures. These two are without doubt two of the best lecturers I have heard to date. They bring an understanding that is quite remarkable. In short, I can not recommend this enough - congratulations and thak you.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Lindal Brown on 06-08-2016

The Casual Vacancy

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-2016

This was an interesting book. As usual, it is always hard to imagine J.K. Rowling writing anything other than Harry Potter; however, I have been very suprised at her ability to write for adult's. This book takes time starting to get aquainted with the characters. This takes time is well worth the wait as you really get the feel for the the characters and there lives. Overall, well worth the read. Cheers J.K.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite Cormoran Strike novel thus far

  • By V on 24-10-2015

Read It!!!

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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: 06-06-2016

I wish I could thank JK in person, for such a wonderful piece of writing, or listening in my case, I could not recommend this series highly enough.

I hope that this is not the last in the series (fingers crossed )

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

  • By: Richard P. Feynman
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent reading by Raymond Todd.

  • By Varun Shukla on 11-09-2017

Facinating human

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-02-2016

Very nice read. A facinating listen a truely interesting, eccentric genius. It really gives an insight into how someone who contributed do much yo science i ad so unknown. He also has a wonderful sence of humor

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Sophie on 20-05-2015

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-2016

One of the most beautifully carfted novel I have ever heard. The reader does an amazing job. Highly recommended.