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  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal ( Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. There, he has a firsthand view of Gatsby’s lavish West Egg parties - and of his undying love....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable & a reminder of a well spoken novel

  • By Adam on 26-04-2015

A Story with a moral lesson

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

Reviewed: 07-08-2019

Although on of the great classics it always leaves me wondering when asking people claiming to have read the book what they can remember. Mostly people will say I liked the movie!!! What? The book!
Thus great writing, an awesome narrative but not leaving a long lasting memory pathways. Is all in vain and all just vanity? Or is this modern Shakespearian novel with love, death and betrayal not leaving long lasting impressions?

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  • The Hiding Place

  • By: Corrie ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

At one time, Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that she had a story to tell. For the first 50 years of her life, nothing out of the ordinary ever happened to her. She was a spinster watchmaker living contentedly with her sister and their elderly father in the tiny house over their shop in Haarlem. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another. But with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, everything changed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just a story!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-08-2019

Not just a story!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-2019

Most of us has read this book a couple of times. In the same basket as the Anne Frank story this reads easier and has a deeper impact on the soul. Time well spend reading a rather deep and touching life story.

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  • The Four Loves

  • C. S. Lewis Signature Classic
  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

C.S. Lewis' famous work on the nature of love divides love into four categories: affection, friendship, eros and charity. The first three are loves which come naturally to the human race. Charity, however, the gift-love of God, is divine in its source and expression, and without the sweetening grace of this supernatural love, the natural loves become distorted and even dangerous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ‘to read twice book’.

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-08-2019

The ‘to read twice book’.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-2019

You can do the audio-, Kindle-, PDF or hard copy. In all of those you will find Lewis at his best. A exercise in wisdom...

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  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843

Big Brother is watching you.... 1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party’s power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s department for propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relevant to this day

  • By Nathan on 01-02-2017

1984 - A must read again and again.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-2019

I embarked on a journey to read the books I read > 10 years ago. I started with 1984 and... Somewhere I lost touch with reality, captured in ‘good vs evil’. A book for the thinking individualist. As I worked through it with the realisation that it’s not a book for the young, ignorant and definitely not for the ‘stupid’ majority in community...Tongue in the cheek...

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  • A Delicate Truth

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: John le Carré
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good but...

  • By Sarah on 26-07-2016

A John la Carre experience

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

Reviewed: 07-08-2019

Excellent grammar presented with magnificent story telling expertise. Not his best but one of the best books to read if you like vocabulary, suspense and narrative all dished up in a special way. A good book is like a good meal, it only needs a little bit of salt and pepper and dexterity!!!

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  • Any Ordinary Day

  • Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life
  • By: Leigh Sales
  • Narrated by: Leigh Sales
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality - sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next? In this wise and layered audiobook, Leigh talks intimately with people who've faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different Perspective

  • By Anonymous User on 04-10-2018
  • Any Ordinary Day
  • Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life
  • By: Leigh Sales
  • Narrated by: Leigh Sales

Journalism 101.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-2019

I now understand the 1 star ratings of Leigh Sales previous books...Leigh you have no writer skills.
A try hard effort with a hidden under tone of her own life challenges...and moving on!
Please put the last chapter first as that was worth reading and could have served as the launchpad for the rather average reporting- and dissecting of disasters and the subsequent psychological consequences.
Thus good last chapter with great respect for the individual and culture. Unfortunately poor writers technique with a AKA flavour.
Nevertheless a should read for the ‘out of the square’ thinking reader but don’t expect mind blowing advice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Prophet

  • By: Khalil Gibran
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Reese
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The three books that compose this audiobook are collections of Gibran's aphorisms, parables, and poetic essays. The works include his masterpiece, The Prophet, The Forerunner, and The Madman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic that still Speaks to All

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-07-2019

A Classic that still Speaks to All

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

Reviewed: 08-07-2019

Although old style writing this book will never looses it’s magic. A must for old and young. Full of life lessons; packed with truths; an enormous source of comfort and advice.
I have read it numerous times, referred to it when in doubt and feed on the advice when unsure...
Highly recommended.

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  • Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Anton Chekhov's Short Stories

  • By: Anton Chekov
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

"Chekhov is probably better known in Britain for his plays than for his prose. For many, however, it is his short stories that mark the high water of his genius. It might at first glance be hard for those not used to his style of narrative to see what the fuss is about - and fuss there is: for most authors and lovers of literature Chekhov is incomparably the greatest short story writer there ever was."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fine Tragicomedy

  • By Kate J on 27-05-2018

Dark but beautiful.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-2019

Anton Chekov’s short stories although somewhat dark are filled with life lessons. The truth behind life’s facades paints the pictures in these well written stories.
A must for the serious, logic person. Leaving a long lasting impression.

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  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth revisiting

  • By Nienke Lucas on 17-07-2015

Suicide after Post Modernism

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

Reviewed: 08-07-2019

Read this book for the second time ~ 10 years apart.
Nothing have changed! A try hard novel dismally collapsed in a heap of nonsense after a “quasi” futuristic in-vitro fertilisation plant producing ‘clone’ like human colonies. Ultimately with only one focus, control of the human race by using sexual promiscuity and freedom, the most predictable, basic and animal instinct, as tool that ‘evil’ eventually concurs freedom. Thus Brave’ looses to ‘New World’.
Found it basic, barbaric and predictable. If you want to read a book that everyone think they should read, then this is for you.
My advice: There is hundreds of better books to read that will open your mind and take you places. This book has a waste of time and average impact written all over it.

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  • Boy Swallows Universe

  • By: Trent Dalton
  • Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,994

Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious criminal for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. He's just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way - not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer. But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love. And oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to press stop!

  • By Anonymous User on 08-10-2018

Boy misses opportunity!!!

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

Reviewed: 18-06-2019

My three word commitment.
An Australian story, set in the backdrop of Southeast Queensland...the legend of a boy wanting to be a journalist. Got lost in love for his mother and brother and a weirdness of relationships with criminals and role model female journalist.
The writing style exposes the author’s limited armamentarium of words and expressions. Sometimes you will be mesmerised, in another world...lost in a world of words, crafted to perfection. But most of the time you have to battle through pages of ‘rubbish’! The word ARSE used a hundred times or more!!! Nevertheless a book each Australian should read...

My wife’s opinion more colourful than mine:
“I have NEVER IN MY ENTIRE life listen to more RUBBISH than boy swallow universe!!! Absolutely $$;&($ RUBBISH and written by a SICK MIND! 😡”

Although I don’t entirely agree with such an over the top criticism, the book most probably is only fit for a selected minority of which I am one, as I after all of that enjoyed it with reservations!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful