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  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 521

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the prudish but well written/read

  • By Carron on 11-08-2018

Hilarious and heartwarming

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Reviewed: 26-06-2019

Equal parts hilariously funny and heartwarming, this book is brilliant.

I will never look at a toilet brush the same or assume a Dr has the life of Riley.

I enjoyed this book immensely, laughing my way through it and the well written anecdotes that educated and entertained in equal measure.

  • The Binding

  • By: Bridget Collins
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice - but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to handcraft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best love stories, ever.

  • By Susan on 22-01-2019

Didn't want to put it down

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Reviewed: 12-03-2019

Such an interesting premise, and so beautifully written. I really didn't want to put it down.

  • A House in the Sky

  • By: Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
  • Narrated by: Amanda Lindhout
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. Later in life, in war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she travelled to Somalia – "the most dangerous place on earth."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible story of survival

  • By Marie Abela on 17-08-2018

Heart wrenching and warming

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Reviewed: 28-02-2019

What Amanda must have gone through during this harrowing experience is beyond comprehension. How anyone found the inner strength to survive this is unimaginable. This is a beautifully told account of what must habe been an insanely horrendous experience.

  • Able

  • Gold Medals, Grand Slams and Smashing Glass Ceilings
  • By: Dylan Alcott
  • Narrated by: Dylan Alcott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

 

The astonishing life story from one of Australia's most inspirational athletes. Dylan Alcott has never let his disability get in the way of what he wanted to achieve. His family treated him no differently to any other kid, and it was the best thing they ever did. Growing up, Dylan always had a positive attitude to life. So when he discovered sport, he’d have a go at anything and could always be found at the centre of the action, giving his best and playing to win. Then he tried wheelchair basketball and tennis and was hooked. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darren Lockyer sure can write a book!

  • By Anonymous User on 06-02-2019

Making disability sexy

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Reviewed: 17-01-2019

What a ride, this feels like a warm up... Dylan has only really just begun and there is so much more to come. Mostly focusing on the Basketball and Tennis (which is amazing by the way). I got to the end feeling like the best of Dylan Alcott is yet to come. Don't get me wrong, I am in awe of his achievements to date, he has worked his arse of to achieve what he has and it is that ability and drive that will propel him forward being the best damn ability advocate. I personally am removing the dis from disability, because at the end of the day we all have challenges but if every one of us focused on our ability rather than our limitations I can't help but feel the world would be a better place. Looking forward to the next installment Dylan.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,930
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,932

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn' want it to end (I know that seems ghastly)

  • By Sarah on 30-04-2018

Simply Brilliant

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Reviewed: 03-05-2018

So sad, yet so brilliantly beautiful. Lale and Gita's love story should have been impossible. In the worst possible circumstances they met, survived and found a love so deep it knew no bounds.

  • The Happiest Refugee

  • By: Anh Do
  • Narrated by: Anh Do
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 752

The laugh-out-loud, reach-for-your-hanky story of one of Australia's best-loved comedians. Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing - not murderous pirates nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days - could quench their desire to make a better life in a country where freedom existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Anonymous User on 09-04-2018

Just Brilliant

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Reviewed: 06-08-2017

What can I say? From the first word I was hooked. I laughed and I cried, such a beautiful touching story. Thank you for sharing your journey with us Anh.

  • Murder on the Ballarat Train

  • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

In Phryne's third adventure, Phryne is off to Ballarat for a week of fabulousness, but the sedate journey by train turns out to be far from the restful trip she was planning. What was planned as a restful country sojourn turns into the stuff of nightmares: a young girl who can't remember anything, rumours of vile white slavery and the body of an old woman missing her emerald rings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder mystery plus hypnotism

  • By Rodney Wetherell on 06-01-2018

Loving the Miss Fisher books!

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Reviewed: 22-03-2017

So far this is my second Phyrne Fisher mystery, and I am hooked. Stephanie Daniel is a great narrator, Kerry Greenwood an excellent author... roll on number three!

  • The Lighthouse

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty, but now, privately owned, it offers respite to overstressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered. Adam Dalgliesh is called in to solve the mystery quickly and discreetly but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Lighthouse

  • By gertrude on 15-02-2017

The Lighthouse

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Reviewed: 15-02-2017

Just brilliant, the way PD James uses words to paint pictures. I felt like I was there, on Combe Island. I loved the story and performance. This was my first PD James novel, looking forward to another.