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  • By: Carly Findlay
  • Narrated by: Carly Findlay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

This honest, outspoken, and thought-provoking memoir by award-winning writer and appearance activist Carly Findlay will challenge all your assumptions and beliefs about what it is like to have a visibly different appearance. Carly lives with a rare skin condition, Ichthyosis, and what she faces every day, and what she has to live with, will have you cheering for her and her courage and irrepressible spirit. This is both a moving memoir and a proud manifesto on disability and appearance diversity issues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book - a must read (or listen)

  • By Joan R I Laurence on 09-04-2019

Would have preferred another narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-07-2019

An author doesn’t necessarily make a good narrator. I believe this book needed another narrator. All in all it was an interesting book and understanding a bit more about people with disabilities. One comment that I feel strongly about is that the author says she doesn’t want a cure. I think thats a lie, who wouldn’t want to be cured.

  • Bloodtree River

  • By: Sarah Barrie
  • Narrated by: Kate Hosking
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Indiana O’Meara is no stranger to the forces of evil. Now a policewoman, Indy is always fighting to redeem herself and defeat the dark. So when girls begin to go missing at a remote cattle station in Tasmania, she agrees to go undercover to investigate chief suspect Logan Atherton, the owner of Calico Mountain Lodge. But her early encounter with Logan reveals a man full of contradictions. His deep empathy for horses and those he cares for is obvious but he is also taciturn to the point of rudeness, and there is a strange atmosphere at the lodge. It doesn’t add up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Aussie story

  • By DebManning on 28-12-2018

A light read(listen)

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

Reviewed: 08-07-2019

Half way through the book and only a few clues about the disappearances. How can a detective be so naive and ready to fall in love- give us a break. I didn’t think she did much investigation while at the farm. More like a love story. So many other viable suspects. Could be a film though. In the end I did enjoy it but I wanted more of a challenge in the plot. It was predictable most of the time. Enjoy a light read.

  • The Impossible Climb

  • Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life
  • By: Mark Synnott
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

An intimate account of Alex Honnold's unprecedented, almost unimaginable feat: a 3,000-foot vertical climb up El Capitan in Yosemite, without a rope. One slip, one false move, one missed toehold and you're dead. On June 3rd 2017 veteran adventure journalist and professional climber Mark Synnott was in Yosemite to witness something that only a handful of people knew was about to occur: the most famous climber in the world, Alex Honnold, was going to attempt to summit one of the world's most challenging ascents, a route called Freerider on the notorious rock formation El Capitan. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t recommend it

  • By sophiek on 06-07-2019

Don’t recommend it

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

Reviewed: 06-07-2019

4hours into the book and the author has spoken about Alex Honnold a handful of times. The book title should be “The climbing life and the El Capitan climb, oh and Alex Honnold”. The last third of the book gets interesting though and the climb is about 40min at the very end.
Wouldn’t recommend it.

  • Bridge of Clay

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Markus Zusak
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy - their mother is dead, their father has fled - they love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world. It is Clay, the quiet one, who will build a bridge - for his family, for his past, for his sins. He's building a bridge to transcend humanness. To survive. A miracle and nothing less.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Hamish B. on 16-12-2018

An author is not a Narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-06-2019

After reading ‘The book thief’ and loved it I thought I’d try this book. Is it really from the same author? After an agonising hour of listening to the author RECITE the book like a poem, I gave up. Authors shouldn’t read their own book, it is just wrong. No more books by Zusak, no more books narrated by the author.
Don’t waste your time with this one.

  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 324

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook in ages

  • By Antonia on 18-02-2014

Corruption at its best

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

Reviewed: 12-05-2019

In 4 words: Corruption, thievery, pimping, complicity. The introduction of each part with astrology details was enjoyable. The narration and accents wonderful. The story is quite complicated and never bores. With so many characters and an unfolding story it was at times challenging to make the connections but all questions were answered along the way. I found that all characters were corrupt, Emery too young and Anna just plain stupid. Crosby Wells character portrayal in his letters and the CW in the real seem like 2 very different characters. Some of their actions didn’t make sense but I guess it may be plausible in the time period the story was set. Really enjoyed the book and didn’t feel as long as it was.

  • Last Letter from Your Lover

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper's archives for a story, she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband.... In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident with no memory. And then, when she returns home, she uncovers a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was willing to risk everything for.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Different to expectation, somewhat disappointing

  • By paul g on 12-12-2016

What a great book

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

Reviewed: 05-05-2019


I was begging to feel that this would be another disappointment but thankfully I was proved wrong.
It’s starts with the present and then goes back in 1960. The first half of the book centres in the past. I would have liked for the two stories and times to have been running along together rather the disjointed way that it was. The writing was great, story was great. The descriptions of people places and feelings took me there and that’s winning points for the author.
Narration was impeccable with great accents and character voice depth that carried the character.
A few points were predictable from the start of the characters intro and at times the tragedy of life and irony of it all had me yelling while driving and listening to the audiobook.
I really enjoyed it.

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  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

In 1940, 18-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As you would expect

  • By Anonymous User on 30-09-2018

promising but an unfulfilling

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

Reviewed: 01-05-2019

This book started promising but it was an unfulfilling story. There were no details, only at the very end we finally understand some things, there were many characters, many dogs, too many names and in the end when you got a bit more of an explanation I still didn't understand how that closed off the story....because it didn't. Disappointed in this book, I have read God in ruins and Life after life and loved them, not this one.

And where was her sentiment, there was no conveyance of her feelings and her life, really it was like a transcription with titbits of humour.

Don't bother with this one.

  • The Thread

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou's home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to an unknown destination in Greece. Soon her life will become entwined with Dimitri's, and with the story of the city itself, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best choice for a Narrator

  • By sophiek on 25-04-2019

Not the best choice for a Narrator

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

Reviewed: 25-04-2019

Performance:
Somehow I cringed with every Greek word pronunciation. There was not even one word pronounced as it should have been and that took away from the narration of the book a thousandfold. Narrator should have been a greek-english bilingual for sure.

Story:
Well researched in terms of Greek-Turkish history and the persecution of Greek-Jews. It added to the story although I feel it didn't lift the story. It didn't intrigue me and was predictable all along the way. Its an very underwhelming book. I loved 'The island' but this book no, honest no.

Overall:
I could have gone without spending 11 hours listening to this book and i am glad it is over. Apologies Ms Hislop.

  • 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 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Passible.

  • By Janelle on 29-08-2015

Entertaining Mystery

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

Reviewed: 21-04-2019

I enjoy a good mystery and this was one of them. Good pace, story was interesting and kept me wanting to find out what had happened. For me it was good because I didn’t guess the ending until it was revealed. Entertaining but I think I refrain from more murder mysteries. 3 1/2* for me.

  • The Aftermath

  • By: Rhidian Brook
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Hamburg, 1946: Thousands remain displaced in what is now the British Occupied Zone. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the de-Nazification of its defeated people, Colonel Lewis Morgan has requisitioned a fine house on the banks of the Elbe, where he will be joined by his grieving wife, Rachael, and only remaining son, Edmund. But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatised daughter, to leave their home, Lewis insists that the two families live together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • goodism

  • By Anonymous User on 14-05-2019

A bit shallow

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

Reviewed: 19-04-2019

There was no depth to the characters and almost halfway through the book nothing major had happened. It seemed to fast for the relationship developments and not much depth to it. I don’t recommend it.