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  • The Natural Way of Things

  • By: Charlotte Wood
  • Narrated by: Ailsa Piper
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 146

Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in an abandoned property in the middle of a desert. The Natural Way of Things is a gripping, starkly imaginative exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control and of what it means to hunt and be hunted. But most of all, it is the story of two friends, their sisterly love and courage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not what you expect

  • By tamzyn bielecka on 20-12-2017

I regret listening to this book

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

Reviewed: 12-06-2019

Dystopian? More like an unlikely nightmare without redemption. The narrator did a wonderful job. Yes, for the most part, the book is well written. However, the female group dynamics set in a post-modern era seem to be completely unrealistic. A very unsatisfying tome.

  • Star-Crossed

  • By: Minnie Darke
  • Narrated by: Melissa George
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Sometimes destiny needs a nudge in the right direction...When Justine Carmichael (Sagittarius, aspiring journalist and sceptic) bumps into her old friend Nick Jordan (Aquarius, struggling actor and true believer) it could be by chance. Or perhaps it's written in the stars. Justine works at the Alexandria Park Star - and Nick, she now learns, relies on the magazine's astrology column to guide him in life. Looking for a way to get Nick's attention, Justine has the idea of making a few small alterations to 'Aquarius' before it goes to print. It's only a horoscope, after all. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well. I actually enjoyed the narration.

  • By laura on 22-05-2019

Nice story, narration needs work

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

Reviewed: 08-06-2019

It was a nice story drawing together threads from different walks of life. For the most part the narration is very good, however there were quite a few times where the Narrator totally mispronounced rather common words (like "duco", "illustrative", "carotid", "demurred", "chic", "enumerate", "emeritus", "bougainvillea" or "tut shite" instead of "shut tight"). This had a jarring effect as I had to stop and work out what she was trying to say as the story continued. Mis-pronunciations are particularly annoying when the main character is an editor who is perpetually correcting others... oh the irony! If you are a professional Narrator and you come across a word you are unsure how to pronounce then look it up. Even Google has a tool which demonstrates both British and American pronunciations. Having said that it is unfair to dump all the criticism at the Narrator's feet. The editors should have picked this up before allowing the book to be published. Ultimately, it is the editor's failure that spoils this audiobook.

  • The Book Ninja

  • By: Ali Berg, Michelle Kalus
  • Narrated by: Aimee Horne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Frankie Rose is desperate for love. Or a relationship. Or just a date with a semi-normal person will do. It’s not that she hasn’t tried; her string of crazy dates are well-documented on her blog. So, inspired by her job at The Little Brunswick Street Bookshop, Frankie decides to take fate into her own hands and embarks on the ultimate love experiment. Her plan? Plant her favourite books on trains inscribed with her contact details in a bid to lure the sophisticated, charming and well-read man of her dreams. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, hilarious, romantic!

  • By Kelly on 01-09-2018

Light and very much enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-06-2019

This book was just what I needed: light entertainment with a one-two punch. Humourous, relatable and engaging. I had to finish it over the course of 24 hours.

  • The Italian House

  • By: Teresa Crane
  • Narrated by: Selina Griffiths
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Secretly treasured memories of her eccentric grandmother’s Tuscan house are very special for Carrie Stowe; for not only do they recall the happy childhood summers before the Great War, they are her only escape from the suffocating routine of her life with Arthur, her repressive husband. When she unexpectedly inherits the house, Arthur, predictably, insists it be sold. But while disposing of the effects, Carrie is drawn to an enigmatic young man embarked on an ideological quest….

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Little Far fetched

  • By Anonymous User on 28-05-2019

Predictable, but still a good read

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

Reviewed: 06-05-2019

The heading says it all. No surprises here. I don't regret buying this book, I just think the story could have been more subtle in its presentation. I kind of knew what was going to happen well before it happened.

  • Invisible Women

  • Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
  • By: Caroline Criado Perez
  • Narrated by: Caroline Criado Perez
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

In her new audiobook, Invisible Women, award-winning campaigner and writer Caroline Criado Perez shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. She exposes the gender data gap - a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Packed with juicy stats that have changed the way I look at the world.

  • By Birrarung fan on 17-06-2019

A must-read for every person!

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

Reviewed: 25-04-2019

What an absolutely incredible book! I have always prided myself on endeavouring not to be ignorant and viewing the world as a place in which I had just as much opportunity as the next (male) person. However after reading this book I feel like my eyes have been opened for the first time. How could I have been so blind? By no means is this a man-hating tome. Rather, Caroline has objectively, carefully and succinctly reveales many of the ways that 50% of the world's population have been and are simply ignored and disregarded. She supports each of her assertions with research and academic studies where it is available. She also discusses the impact of the lack of considering women in research - the gender data gap. She demonstrates how women are hurt and disadvantaged by this view and how deeply entrenched this perspective is across so many nations/cultures/people that it is virtually invisible. This truly is an important book. This book is a must-read for anyone who has any care or regard for women (i.e. themselves, mother, partner, spouse, sister, daughter, granddaughter, niece, friend... any woman and all women).

  • The Nerd's Guide to Being Confident

  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Everyone knows confidence when they see it; but seemingly no one can actually describe what goes into it or how to get it. The Nerd's Guide to Being Confident is an unconventional way of looking at one of the most basic and obvious human traits and what one can do to gain a little more of it without feeling like a phony. Laughter included.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Apparently only young male adults are "Nerds"

  • By Kelly on 28-02-2019

Apparently only young male adults are "Nerds"

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

Reviewed: 28-02-2019

Shallow and dictatorial. This book endeavours to tell you about everything you're doing wrong rather than providing a positive guide as to how to improve confidence.

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  • Wild Swans

  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Pik-sen Lim
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 83

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller and a critically acclaimed history of China that opened up the country to the world. Through the story of three generations of women in her own family - the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother, and the daughter herself - Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's twentieth century. Breathtaking in its scope, unforgettable in its descriptions, this is a masterpiece that is extraordinary in every way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Melinda - YarnderWoman on 25-07-2015

An absolute must!

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

Reviewed: 29-01-2019

Jung Chang has beautifully lifted the veil of China. Her honest telling of her family story helps to unravel the mysteries of communist China. I first read this book in the mid-90s. Now, some 20 years later and with a more mature eye, I can now begin to fully appreciate the depth and complexity of this story.

I have only one small note to add: I found the narrator's pronunciation of "communist" and "communism" a little jarring. To my ear it sounds like "commonist" and "commonism".

  • Me Before You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 👌🏻 would recommend

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-06-2016

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 13-01-2019

The movie was good, but the book is that and so much more! A delightful yet sad tale.

  • The Islamic Republic of Australia

  • By: Sami Shah
  • Narrated by: Sami Shah
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

From hijabs to jihad and everything in between - Muslims down under today. What is Halal? A country bordering Shariahland, or a method of preparing food? Do the Five Pillars of Islam comply with modern building codes? Or are they simply a philosophy for living? And if Muslims first arrived in Australia as early as 1800, can they go back to where they came from? In this funny and informative exploration of Islam in Australia, award-winning comedian and writer Sami Shah takes us behind the stereotypes....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Kelly on 12-01-2019

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-2019

Sami, your humour is so very Skippy. You've really put so much research, thought and effort into this book and yet it is so down to earth and approachable. I really enjoyed this book - learned a lot too. Highly recommended! I hope you have the opportunity to narrate I Migrant for Audiable.

  • Darker

  • Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian
  • By: E L James
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of fans around the globe. Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-12-2017

EL James has found her stride!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-2019

50 Shades always had great potential as a story. This instalment is the reader's reward for remaining loyal. Now the quality of the writing compliments the story. I'm now really excited to see EL James move to a new story series. We'll done!