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Dean Spilias

Melbourne, Australia
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  • Eggshell Skull

  • By: Bri Lee
  • Narrated by: Bri Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must 'take their victim as they find them'. If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim's weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime. But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his 'victim' as she comes: a strong, determined accuser who knows the legal system, who will not back down until justice is done? Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge's associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A moving listen

  • By Kindle Customer on 16-09-2018

Brilliant reading of an amazing story!

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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: 14-02-2019

This memoir was amazing, what an amazing woman! So smart, so strong and so determined for justice! Inspiring stuff! The story was sometimes harrowing but hearing the author's words in her own voice, with her authentic laughter and tears, adds a unique tone to her story.

  • 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 3,536
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,245

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

Brilliant performance!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-2018

Brilliant performance with voices and accents that made each character distinct and brought them all to life!

  • Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Global phenomenon and Sunday Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction, following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things, which includes a never-before published American Gods story, "Black Dog". In this new volume, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific collection of stories

  • By Tam West on 03-09-2015

Amazing stories, excellent performance!

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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: 23-03-2018

I love the way Neil Gaiman reads his own stories and does voices and accents and everything! These stories are an eclectic collection which does justice to his talent! I especially liked "The Sleeper and the Spindle". Great author, great reader, would definitely buy again!

  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

If you’ve done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe? Which is exactly what the crew of the Heart of Gold plan to do. There’s just the small matter of escaping the Vogons, avoiding being taken to the most totally evil world in the Galaxy and teaching a space ship how to make a proper cup of tea. And did anyone actually make a reservation?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Sarah on 18-10-2017

Brilliant reading!

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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: 12-02-2018

Excellent book, done full justice by Martin's fabulous voice effects! I forgot I was listening to just one person, it sounds more like a full cast of voices! Amazing performance!

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 925

Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the right narrator

  • By Hannah on 22-12-2017

Brilliant! Does justice to Tolkien's vision!

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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: 17-06-2017

Amazing reading, with every character having a distinct voice! It was like listening to a full cast production - incredibly all read and sung by one person! I'll definitely be going on with the next one! I love that everything is here, every bit of nuance in the writing given full value - no abridgment here! Highly recommended for all true Tolkien fans!

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • overall an enjoyable listen

  • By Briony on 02-03-2017

Brilliant novel, amazing performance!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-2017

Incredibly inventive book, with lots of unexpected twists! The performance of the book does it full justice, with voices and accents to make each character distinct! Fantastic book, I will definitely be looking for more of these!

  • Les Miserables

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Joss Ackland, Roger Allam, full cast
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Joss Ackland, Roger Allam, and Leslie Phillips star in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel. When poverty drives Jean Valjean to steal a loaf of bread from a baker’s window, it is an action that will haunt him for the rest of his life. A citizen of postrevolutionary France, he is sentenced to nineteen years’ hard labour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Adaptation!

  • By Dean Spilias on 14-05-2017

Brilliant Adaptation!

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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: 14-05-2017

Clearly adapted by someone who knows and loves the book of Les Miserables, there are many interesting points which do not usually make it into movies or musicals! The voices are all perfect and the sound effects bring the whole to life! Highly recommended!

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  • The Wife Drought

  • By: Annabel Crabb
  • Narrated by: Annabel Crabb
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

'I need a wife'. It's a common joke among women juggling work and family, but it's no joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a godsend on the domestic front and an asset on the work front and is an advantage enjoyed by vastly more men than women. Full of candid and funny stories from politics and the media, The Wife Drought shares intriguing research about the attitudes pulsing beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A laugh when maybe it shouldn't be.

  • By Anonymous User on 28-03-2018

Brilliant forward-looking view of gender politics!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-02-2017

Nice to find a book that looks at sensible reasons for the way things are, and suggests ways forward. The author's own voice also conveys a sense of curiosity and solution seeking to looking at the statistics. Doing work and home life better, integrating communication technology and new ideas is the way forward, as long as we think clearly about who we are and how we are shaped by assumptions and preconceptions.

I liked the chapter "Men are Awful, Women are Hopeless" particularly because although it examined these arguments for why social change is slow, it wasn't a bitter nihilist rant. It was a truthful examination of how unconscious presumptions shape our behaviour.

I'll definitely be reading more of Annabel Crabb in future! Highly recommended!

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  • The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Six BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julie McKenzie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

A collection of BBC radio full-cast dramatisations of Jane Austen's six major novels. Jane Austen is one of the finest writers in the English language, and this volume includes all six of her classic novels. Mansfield Park: on a quest to find a position in society, Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle. Northanger Abbey: young, naïve Catherine Morland receives an invitation to stay at the isolated Gothic mansion Northanger Abbey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged, but well done.

  • By Dean Spilias on 04-07-2016

Abridged, but well done.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-2016

What did you like most about The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection?

This is a condensed/abridged version of the Jane Austen novels, as adapted for radio. It works well in general, but I was disappointed to lose a lot of Austen's witty writing. The voices are well cast and I like the British accents for listening to Austen. The format is horrible though - the novels are all done end to end with no markers for chapters or even headings to tell you that "Chapter 16" is the start of "Pride and Prejudice" while "Chapter 15" was the end of the previous book. The abridging is more severe for some novels than others, which I think impacts on the experience.

Any additional comments?

The bottom line for me is that I wish I'd bought the books separately, and non-abridged versions. This is OK as a light introduction to Austen, but not for the hard-core fans who want every word Jane wrote!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful