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  • Flowers for Algernon

  • By: Daniel Keyes
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Charlie Gordon, a floor sweeper born with an unusually low IQ, has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that doctors hope will increase his intelligence - a procedure that has been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon. All Charlie wants is to be smart and have friends, but the treatment turns him into a genius. Then Algernon begins to fade. What will become of Charlie? Read by Adam Sims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An underrated classic

  • By Geneva on 01-06-2019

An underrated classic

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

Reviewed: 01-06-2019

This is one of the most fantastic, heart-breaking and beautiful books I’ve ever read in my life!

  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation

  • By: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? Our narrator has many of the advantages of life: young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, she lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like everything else, by her inheritance. But there is a vacuum at the heart of things, and it isn’t just the loss of her parents in college, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her alleged best friend.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I slept through this book

  • By Geneva on 23-05-2019

I slept through this book

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

Reviewed: 23-05-2019

Ironically, I think I slept through this book, it was so lethargic and uninteresting, I don’t want to read from the perspective of some dumb-ass privileged-af bitch who wants to numb her life and sleep through everything and YES the 9/11 thing seemed strange and stupid and I hated it. Waste of my time, waste of your time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Mother, a Serial Killer

  • By: Hazel Baron, Janet Fife-Yeomans
  • Narrated by: Kate Hosking
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Dulcie Bodsworth was the unlikeliest serial killer. She was loved everywhere she went, and the townsfolk of Wilcannia, which she called home in the late 1950s, thought of her as kind and caring. The officers at the local police station found Dulcie witty and charming, and looked forward to the scones and cakes she generously baked and delivered for their morning tea. That was one side of her. Only her daughter Hazel saw the real Dulcie. And what she saw terrified her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By jenny mcternan on 23-10-2018

What an awesome book!

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

Reviewed: 17-05-2019

I really thoroughly enjoyed this, incredible Australian stories like this aren’t things you come across every day. The prose felt a little stiff but the stranger than fiction events more than made up for it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Codename Villanelle

  • Killing Eve, Book 1
  • By: Luke Jennings
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

She is the perfect assassin. A Russian orphan, saved from the death penalty for the brutal revenge she took on her gangster father's killers. Ruthlessly trained. Given a new life. New names, new faces - whichever fits. Her paymasters call themselves The Twelve. But she knows nothing of them. Konstantin is the man who saved her and the one she answers to. She is Villanelle. Without conscience. Without guilt. Without weakness. Eve Polastri is the woman who hunts her. MI5, until one error of judgment costs her everything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring af

  • By Geneva on 07-05-2019

Boring af

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

Reviewed: 07-05-2019

I was really expecting some VAVAVOOM from the way people talk about the show. I really wanted to catch the book before I watched the series but this just wasn’t my thing. Some of the characters were annoying to follow and despite being short it felt like walking through quicksand from about halfway through. The sex and sensuality feels highly gratuitous, only “edgy” because it’s gay, which is funny since the tv show has been lauded as a great lgbt series (or that’s the impression I’ve had from the sidelines so far). I will now move on and watch the show!! Not as good as I had hoped.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • It Burns

  • The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chilli, An Audible Original
  • By: Marc Fennell
  • Narrated by: Marc Fennell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740

It’s a war filled with larger than life characters. There will be sledging, accusations of cheating, theft and performance enhancing drugs. And allegations that Australia was cheated out of a Guinness World Record. In the process of charting the scandal-plagued race to breed the world’s hottest chilli, the audio documentary lifts the lid on the subculture of ‘Chilli-heads’, hardcore chilli fans spread across the globe who compete in chilli eating and breeding competitions.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genuine and curios

  • By Anonymous User on 28-04-2019

I love Marcy Marc

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

Reviewed: 23-04-2019

I’ve been a huge fan of everything done by Marc for the last decade so this was warmly welcomed! I might be a tad biased but the story was told incredibly well and I learnt so much about to many things; not just chillies. Fab!!

  • Normal People

  • By: Sally Rooney
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 435

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two complex people - will they, won’t they?

  • By Anonymous User on 26-02-2019

I loved this!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-2019

It was really refreshing to read a love story like this; the writing felt a little “medical professional” though I can’t tell if that was just from a slightly cold reading performance or the writing itself. I’m really happy that I read this and can’t wait to read Conversations with Friends.

  • 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

What the heck???

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2019

I snagged this audiobook after reading one word in the description; MAGICAL. I needed a little more magic in my life and BOY OH BOY did I get that and more. I was swept up in this story from the get-go, it lost a star because of a slight drag midway through. The reader brought the characters to life, putting a great spin on the personality of every person he voiced. What a great book to launch me into 2019’s reading list.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Goldfinch a brilliant tale and beautifully narrated

  • By lorna on 30-07-2015

What an incredible story

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

Reviewed: 30-11-2018

Amazing performance from the reader, incredibly long but enthralling and rewarding book. Would recommend highly! It’s worth the commitment

  • Greenlight

  • Audible's Thriller of 2018
  • By: Benjamin Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas, David Tredinnick, Jennifer Vuletic, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 596

Four years ago Eliza Dacey was brutally murdered. Within hours, her killer was caught. Wasn’t he? So reads the opening titles of Jack Quick’s new true-crime documentary. A skilled producer, Jack knows that the bigger the conspiracy, the higher the ratings. Curtis Wade, convicted of Eliza’s murder on circumstantial evidence and victim of a biased police force, is the perfect subject. Millions of viewers agree. Just before the finale, Jack uncovers a minor detail that may prove Curtis guilty after all. Convinced it will ruin his show, Jack disposes of the evidence and delivers the finale unedited: proposing that Curtis is innocent. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Aussie Thriller

  • By Thomas on 07-09-2018

Incredible!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 27-09-2018

I loved this, not only the best dramatisation of a book that I’ve heard in my life, but one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. It’s thrilling, the descriptions will transport you into the world of the book. I’m guessing you’d call it un-putdownable if it was a book, but this was unpausable. I’m buying a copy for everyone I know!

  • Black Klansman

  • By: Ron Stallworth
  • Narrated by: Ron Stallworth
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

What happens when a black detective goes undercover in the KKK? An extraordinary true story. In 1978, Ron Stallworth is the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department. In the local paper, he finds a classified ad for the Ku Klux Klan - and a PO box for interested enquiries. All he's expecting are some racist brochures and a few scraps of information about the white nationalist terrorists in his community. What he gets is a phone call inviting him to join the KKK. So he does. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The movie was better

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 09-04-2019

Amazing story!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-2018

I had the pleasure of seeing the movie, and wanted to read the book to learn more about the story.
The movie takes a lot of fictional room for movement but there’s even JUICIER stories in this book!
Hard to believe and worth the read