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  • The Rosie Project

  • Don Tillman, Book 1
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108

The art of love is never a science.: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs The Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a 16-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Yet, Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities and. Don easily disqualifies her as a suitable candidate (even if she is "quite intelligent for a barmaid").

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully engaging

  • By Jayltee on 24-10-2014

Terrific

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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: 09-02-2019

No wonder this is such an acclaimed piece of literary genius! Although the story doesn’t state as such it portrays the difficulty that autistic have in fitting into social circumstances and relationships. Loved it

  • Trust Me

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

When their father tragically kills their mother, Dulcie and her sister are sent to an orphanage. Told that a 'better life' awaits them in another country, they are shipped off to Australia. But the promises made to the sisters turn out to be lies. And it seems to Dulcie that everyone who ever said 'trust me' somehow betrayed that trust. So when she meets Ross, another orphanage survivor, and finds he is a kindred spirit, hope swells in her heart. But can she ever get over the past betrayals and learn to trust again? And can she fight not only for herself but also for her sister?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing but factual

  • By carol on 25-01-2019

Disturbing but factual

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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: 25-01-2019

As I was reading this book I was very aware that this could easily have been the story of myself and my brothers and sisters. After my father died in 1959 my mother walked away from us leaving us in care of various sorts. Fortunately her family put pressure on her and she collected us up and brought us to her brother in Australia. After a wobbly start involving again being put into care she remarried and finally provided a home for the younger children. We went to school with children from Fairbridge but were unaware of the substance of their daily lives. I wish we had known.
A very moving but disturbing story very well told.

  • The Last Dance

  • By: Fiona McIntosh
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Leslay
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

It all started with just one dance.... Stella Myles is forced to make ends meet by selling herself as a dance partner in a Piccadilly ballroom. Here she meets the enigmatic Montgomery, who orchestrates a job for her as governess with the wealthy Ainsworth family at Harp's End, Sussex. But at Harp's End nothing is as straightforward as it first seems.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Atrocious

  • By carol on 06-01-2019

Atrocious

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-2019

The characters were shallow and very annoying-the hero and heroine especially. The plot was insubstantial and all over the place. No coherent storyline. If I knew how to return it I would!

  • Sheltering Rain

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

On Coronation night the ex-pat community in Hong Kong gathers for a celebration party, and 21-year-old Joy falls in love at first sight. She is engaged within 24 hours, but will not see her fiancé again for a year. Fifteen years later, when Sabine, her mother and grandmother are brought together, not only a deeply buried family secret is discovered, but also some fundamental truths: about the conflict between love and duty, about women's choices, and about mothers and daughters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen

  • By carol on 23-03-2018

A good listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-2018

I love listening to Jono Moyes. Her skill in blending eras and the characters therein is clever and sensitive. Just right for a cold rainy afternoon by the fire. Thank you Jojo.

  • 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 3,397
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,121

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

AMAZING!

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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: 21-03-2018

Brilliantly written and completely different to any other book I’ve read. Unpredictable, funny, sad heartwarming and heartrendig. Cleverly and sensitively narrated. Loved it.

  • Wonder

  • By: R J Palacio
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Nick Podehl, Diana Steele
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

Wonder is the funny, sweet and incredibly moving story of Auggie Pullman. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, this shy, bright ten-year-old has been home-schooled by his parents for his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the stares and cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, Auggie is being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. The thing is, Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story an annoying narrator

  • By olimpia on 18-11-2016

Brilliant!

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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: 26-12-2017

A masterpiece.
An unusual eel through unusual eyes. Just rating it. Made me more determined to be kinder whenever I can.Thankyou!

  • Reckoning

  • A Memoir
  • By: Magda Szubanski
  • Narrated by: Magda Szubanski
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916

Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most beloved performers, tells her story. In this extraordinary memoir, Magda describes her journey of self-discovery from a suburban childhood, haunted by the demons of her father’s espionage activities in wartime Poland and by her secret awareness of her sexuality, to the complex dramas of adulthood and her need to find out the truth about herself and her family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving and powerful

  • By Stan on 11-01-2016

Couldn’t put it down.

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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: 08-12-2017

I have always loved and admired Magda. Clever, warm, intriguing Magda. Who would have thought that there were so many layers to that wonderful lady who gave us all so many uplifting moments.
Well done Magda.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,335

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller of the year...? Nope.

  • By Anonymous User on 30-10-2017

Slow

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

Reviewed: 30-11-2017

Couldn’t finish it....ghastly subject matter.so drawn out...I returned this book. I won’t be looking for more by this author.

  • The Birds and the Bees

  • By: Milly Johnson
  • Narrated by: Becky Hindley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Romance writer and single mum Stevie Honeywell has only a week to go till her wedding when her fiancé Matthew runs off with her glamorous friend Jo MacLean. But Stevie knows exactly how to win her man back. Adam MacLean is aslo determined to get back his lady, Jo. All he needs to do is convince Stevie that they should team up – a prospect neither of them finds attractive, seeing as each blames the other for the mess they now find themselves in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration!

  • By Anonymous User on 13-12-2018

Loved it!

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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: 25-10-2017

One of the best of this genre. Great characters and a well read heartwarming story!

  • Southern Ruby

  • By: Belinda Alexandra
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Forbidden love. Family secrets. A twist of fate. The stunning new generational saga from Belinda Alexandra, best-selling author of Tuscan Rose and White Gardenia. In New Orleans - the city of genteel old houses covered in Spanish moss, of seductive nightlife, of Creole, voodoo and jazz - two women separated by time and tragedy will find each other at last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By Alisha on 14-03-2017

Shame about the lead female character "Amanda" -

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

Reviewed: 24-10-2017

She is supposed to be Australian but totally ignored severe storm warnings - I spent a lot of the book wanting to give her a good shaking!