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Clare Cotton

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  • Behold the Dreamers

  • By: Imbolo Mbue
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayem
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

A powerful and timely story of marriage, class, race and the pursuit of the American Dream. Behold the Dreamers is a dazzling debut novel about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - and of what we're prepared to sacrifice to hold on to each of them. 'We all do what we gotta do to become American, Abi.' New York, 2007: a city of dreamers and strivers, where the newly arrived and the long established jostle alike for a place on the ladder of success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a fable of our times

  • By Clare Cotton on 12-06-2017

a fable of our times

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

Reviewed: 12-06-2017

These people were all credible. living at the time of the failure of banks which precipitated what became to us the Global Financial Crisis I thought the author assumed the reader would understand how this affected the main players. The interaction and contrast between the lives of rich and poor was cleverly depicted. on many levels. In the end dreams do not always turn out as we hoped

  • The One-in-a-Million Boy

  • By: Monica Wood
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

A one-in-a-million story for anyone who loves to laugh, cry, and think about how extraordinary ordinary life can be. Not to be missed by those who loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Elizabeth Is Missing or The Shock of the Fall. Miss Ona Vitkus has - aside from three months in the summer of 1914 - lived unobtrusively, her secrets fiercely protected. The boy, with his passion for world records, changes all that. He is 11. She is 104 years, 133 days old (they are counting).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A one in a million book.

  • By Sallyanne Aarons on 14-05-2016

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-01-2017

If there was a point to this tedious book i
I missed it entirely .Brevity can be a virtue.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,677
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,560

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

Thanks for the birthday treat

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

Reviewed: 18-11-2016

What made the experience of listening to Girt the most enjoyable?

Audible sent me this book to celebrate their birthday. How good is that? What a great choice. There is something in this irreverant historical narrative for everyone. I have been listening whilst pulling weeds in my garden. It has certainly put a smile on my face. I love the humour and the author/narrator's voice is just right.

What did you like best about this story?

The humour. The lightheartedness. Ability to laugh or gently poke fun at all sorts of Australia "icons" and long held and long believed historical un-truths whilst setting the record straight. The author has done a lot of research.This is dry self-depracating Aussie humour at its best with a sense of purpose behind it.

Have you listened to any of David Hunt’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The history they never taught you at school.

Any additional comments?

Will certainly buy the sequel True Girt also by David Hunt

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • No Child of Mine

  • By: Susan Lewis
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Alex Lake’s day job is all about helping people, especially children. She cares about them passionately and does everything in her power to rescue them from those who mean them harm. When the case of three-year-old Ottilie Wade comes to her attention, Alex finds herself completely unable to detach from the child the way she should. She feels an overpowering need to make a real difference in little Ottilie’s life, but no one is prepared to believe that Ottilie is in danger.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A confronting story

  • By Clare Cotton on 10-11-2016

A confronting story

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

Reviewed: 10-11-2016

The bottom line is that this could be a true story. A chilling hought. It was completely ruined for me by the narrator's often harsh and abrasive voice. Either give me a person who reads well or if you want a dramatic effect a series of appropriate voices for the multiple characters. Ms Franklin was a poor choice making too much effort to dramatise the narrative. The male voices were strained. This is the first time for me that an audible book has failed to deliver.

  • Nutshell

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master. To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour, is just a speck in the universe of possible things?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable Ian McEwan

  • By Philip Manidis on 22-09-2016

Ian Mcewan never fails

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

Reviewed: 01-11-2016

I particularly loved the narrator voice - a wise yet innocent and unknowing, unborn baby in the womb, hearing all and interpreting for us what he heard and surmised, A clever device that really worked for me.

  • NoHo

  • By: Nick Earls
  • Narrated by: Flynn Curry
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

NoHo is about living in the shadows of the famous. Meet Charlie and his would-be-star sister, Cassie, in Hollywood. Discover the Wisdom Tree and family #5. NoHo reveals the devotion of mothers and sons who overcome monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another engaging story

  • By Clare Cotton on 29-09-2016

Another engaging story

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

Reviewed: 29-09-2016

I like Nick Earls' novellas.

He is a perceptive observer of people and the society we live in. The Audible narrators have been excellent.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231

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

<br />As good as it gets. <br />

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

Reviewed: 21-09-2016

I could not put it down. A WW2 story with a difference.
The characters beautifully drawn. A story that totally engaged me. Written e
with humanity and great sensitivity. A great deal to reflect on. The narrator's voice was perfect.
This is as good as it gets.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful