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Sydney, Australia
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  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 356

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not for me

  • By Kira Moloney on 08-02-2019

Beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 05-01-2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful old English Christmas story. It was the perfect length being a short story around Christmas.

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pacey and enjoyable

  • By Lyn on 26-09-2018

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-12-2018

Once again an enjoyable Kate Morton novel. This one very interesting but tended to get a bit weary of the the constant time changes stepping back in time from the present.

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M L Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
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    4 out of 5 stars 414
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • hauntingly beautiful never forgotten

  • By Stargirl456 on 15-03-2016

Amazing story

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 19-10-2018

A beautifully written story. Well developed characters set on the coat of Western Australia post WW1. Highly recommended.

  • The French Promise

  • By: Fiona McIntosh
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Leslay
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Postwar Paris is alive with optimism, but lavender keeper Luc Ravens and his love, Lisette, remain haunted by the horrors they have endured. Casting their fate to the winds, they set sail for Australia, hoping to rebuild their lives in a land that's full of promise. But trouble has a way of catching up with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lavender is great!! a personal favorite

  • By Margot Edwards on 31-08-2018

Beautiful 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: 27-08-2018

Fabulous sequel to The Lavender Keeper. Loved every minute! Sorry when it ended. Highly recommended.

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  • The Last Runaway

  • By: Tracy Chevalier
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Laurel Lefkow reads the stunning new novel from the bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring. When modest Quaker Honor Bright sails from Bristol with her sister, she is fleeing heartache for a new life in America, far from home. But tragedy leaves her alone and vulnerable, torn between two worlds and dependent on the kindness of strangers. Life in 1850s Ohio is precarious and unsentimental. The sun is too hot, the thunderstorms too violent, the snow too deep. The roads are spattered with mud and spit. The woods are home to skunks and porcupines and raccoons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable story

  • By Paddington on 24-07-2018

Remarkable story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-2018

So glad I listened to this book. Historically very interesting about the adaptation a young English girl was faced with as she made a new life in the USA and her involvement helping runaway slaves to escape. To a quilter like me who quilted while I listened it had a special charm as Honor the main character mentions the quilts she works on and the significance of quilts in her life during the 1800’s.

  • The Lavender Keeper

  • By: Fiona McIntosh
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Leslay
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Lavender farmer Luc Bonet is raised by a wealthy Jewish family in the foothills of the French Alps. When the Second World War breaks out, he joins the French Resistance, leaving behind his family's fortune, their home overrun by soldiers, their lavender fields in disarray. Lisette Forestier is on a mission of her own: to work her way into the heart of a senior German officer - and to bring down the Reich in any way she can.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story of ww2 it had love suspense

  • By Bev on 22-09-2017

Wonderful story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-2018

I loved this book very much and I hope I can find the second book the sequel to it.

  • Girl with a Pearl Earring

  • By: Tracy Chevalier
  • Narrated by: Hattie Morahan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

An international bestseller with over two million copies sold, this is a story of an artist's desire for beauty and the ultimate corruption of innocence. 17th Century Holland. When Griet becomes a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer in the town of Delft, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry and the care of his six children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing story

  • By Paddington on 21-06-2018

Intriguing story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-2018

A fascinating story about the artist Vermeer and how it came about that he painted the masterpiece of the girl with the petal earring. I loved every minute.

  • The Chocolate Tin

  • By: Fiona McIntosh
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Alexandra Frobisher, a modern-thinking woman with hopes of a career in England's famous chocolate-making town of York, has received several proposals of marriage, although none of them promises that elusive extra: love. Matthew Britten-Jones is a man of charm and strong social standing. He impresses Alex and her parents with his wit and intelligence, but would an amicable union be enough for a fulfilling life together?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Karla on 22-02-2019

Beautifully written

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-2018

A fascinating story set in the early 1900’s using the social structure of the day to describe the love and relationship in families. Well crafted and passionate.

  • Sanctuary

  • By: Judy Nunn
  • Narrated by: John Derum
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

A stunning portrait of love, hope and survival on an isolated island off Western Australia. In Judy Nunn's latest compelling novel, compassion meets bigotry, hatred meets love, and ultimately despair meets hope on the windswept shores of Australia. On a barren island off the coast of Western Australia, a rickety wooden dinghy runs aground. Aboard are nine people who have no idea where they are. Strangers before the violent storm that tore their vessel apart, the instinct to survive has seen them bond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book

  • By Anonymous User on 10-10-2018

A current heartwarming topic

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-05-2018

A marvellous read! Insightful and spellbinding throughout this novel. It would make a great movie. We get to know and appreciate the experiences of a small group of middle eastern refugees who flee from persecution. As their stories are revealed we gain an understanding of the human side of their plight. We see the response of Australians as they are discovered on the west coast of Australia. A wonderful read. Looking forward to more stories from a Judy Nunn.

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  • A Walk in the Park

  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Willow Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

It's been a while, but Lara Carson's back in Bath, and lives are set to change as a result. Because Lara left her family and boyfriend Flynn 18 years ago without a word to anyone. Why has no one heard from her since? Her childhood best friend, Evie, is thrilled Lara's back and able to share her happiness. Evie's about to walk down the aisle with her dream man, Joel. Or so she thinks.... Then there's Flynn Erskine, even more attractive now and stunned to see Lara again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ok - but not a real page turner

  • By Jackie Jarvis on 05-05-2018

Enjoyable story

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 22-04-2018

As this story unfolded it covered several current family issues including remarriage after the death of a spouse, blended families, gay relationships, single parenthood. There was an entertaining range of characters. A good read.