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  • A Tramp Across the Continent

  • By: Charles Fletcher Lummis
  • Narrated by: Andre Stojka
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In 1884, with a job offer to become City Editor of the Los Angeles Times, Charles Fletcher Lummis determined to walk to his new job from Ohio, covering over 3,500 miles through 8 states and territories. He witnessed and documented the end of the old American West and the beginning of the modern age, which picked new winners and losers. Adventurous author, passionate Indian rights activist, pioneering reporter, workaholic newspaper editor, librarian, poet, anthropologist and archeologist, Charles Fletcher Lummis was a great colorful individualist....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who would not be enchanted

  • By MEW on 20-01-2019

Who would not be enchanted

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

Reviewed: 20-01-2019

What an interesting book. Almost incredible but worthy of recognition as a true story. Charles Fletcher Lummis wrote in the same vein as Mark Twain and John Steinbeck and I would rate him as equal master. Completely capable physically of overcoming any obstacle that confronts him on his "tramp" from Missouri to California, I was entranced at his descriptions of the landscapes, people and his day to day living. The narration is difficult to follow in places for a non-American and I'm sure many might find it impossible. But worth the effort of re-running the difficult to follow places. Lovely book. Mentioned in The Library Book by Susan Orlean which in itself is a masterpiece.

  • The Good Daughter

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Susie James
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy smalltown family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defense attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself. But when violence comes to Pikeville again - and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized - Charlie is plunged into a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW..... Just WOW

  • By Anonymous User on 16-11-2018

Gripping, marvellously well told.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-2018

Not a sentence I did not enjoy. Great read. Karin slaughter is on my list of very listenable authors now.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 657

Could 10 days at a health resort really change you forever? Nine perfect strangers are about to find out.... The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Need to speed up vocals!

  • By Prue Walker on 22-09-2018

Waste of time and MONEY

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

Reviewed: 20-11-2018

Terrible narration. Story all over the place. No. WHY didn't I read the reviews before buying the book. I am on Chapter 3 and will not read further. Just garbage. I would have given a 0 to all if possible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eggshell Skull

  • By: Bri Lee
  • Narrated by: Bri Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must 'take their victim as they find them'. If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim's weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime. But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his 'victim' as she comes: a strong, determined accuser who knows the legal system, who will not back down until justice is done? Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge's associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A moving listen

  • By Kindle Customer on 16-09-2018

One of the best books I have ever listened to.

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

Reviewed: 20-11-2018

Most educational - who would have believed the stats. But the agony of this young girl shocked me. Every Australian needs to read this book. Very well written. Downside? Too many expletives. Young people may talk like that but it's not very edifying in a good book. Also just one or two descriptions about her mental and emotional suffering would have been enough. I had to fast forward to get through to the real crux of the matter. Wonder if someone like Helen Garner would have been a better narrator. Still gets 5 for the Story and Overall. Well done Bri.

  • The Hare with Amber Eyes

  • A Hidden Inheritance
  • By: Edmund de Waal
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Winner of the 2010 COSTA Biography Award. A total of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox: potter Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in the Tokyo apartment of his Great Uncle Iggie. Later, when Edmund inherited the ‘netsuke’, they unlocked a story far larger than he could ever have imagined.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Artist's Journey

  • By Margaret Fisher on 05-04-2015

Clearly deserves every accolade that has been showered on it

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

Reviewed: 13-09-2018

How on this earth does Edmund De Waal write so addictively. I read the book then jumped out of my skin when I saw it was on audible. Much better for me on audible as have to listen, really listen. What an absolute total joy. I was enlightened, educated and entertained. Thank you for a glorious book. Please write more and more.

  • 36 Views of Mount Fuji

  • On Finding Myself in Japan
  • By: Cathy Davidson
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Bailey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

In 1980 Cathy N. Davidson traveled to Japan to teach English at a leading all-women’s university. It was the first of many journeys and the beginning of a deep and abiding fascination. In this extraordinary book, Davidson depicts a series of intimate moments and small epiphanies that together make up a panoramic view of Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have ever listened to.

  • By MEW on 05-09-2018

One of the best books I have ever listened to.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-2018

Just did not want it to end - educational, entertaining, beautifully presented. Wish she had other books in Audible.

  • Eat, Drink, Run

  • How I Got Fit Without Going Too Mad
  • By: Bryony Gordon
  • Narrated by: Bryony Gordon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Bryony Gordon was not a runner. A loafer, a dawdler, a drinker, a smoker, yes. A runner, no. Yet somehow, as she began to recover from the emotional roller coaster of laying her life bare in her mental health memoir Mad Girl, she started to realise that getting outside, moving her body and talking to others for whom life was also an occasional challenge might actually help her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch-perfect and inspiring

  • By Melinda - YarnderWoman on 29-10-2018

Absolutely the worst book

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

Reviewed: 17-07-2018

Simply cannot listen to this - one star is too much - what a lot of drivel. I'm surprised this even made publication.

  • The Penguin Lessons

  • By: Tom Michell
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell, read by Bill Nighy. 'I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time.' Tom Michell is in his roaring 20's: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A joyous book

  • By Janet Garcia on 01-12-2018

One of the best books I have ever listened to.

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

Reviewed: 17-07-2018

Bill Nighy gets a 20 out of 10. Tom Michell gets the same. What a gorgeous story. I listened to it in rapt wonder. Tom Michell brings a little bird to our heads and hearts. Beautifully written and presented and a great lesson to be learnt. Thank you.

  • Educated

  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 429

Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected. She hadn't been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she'd never set foot in a classroom and no medical records because her father didn't believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn't exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE in this family = loyalty to a bipolar father

  • By Zoonda on 08-11-2018

The Mormons

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

Reviewed: 21-06-2018

Having been raised in a religious school I could well believe the mindset Tara Westover must have been subjected to. This book is well written although somewhat belaboured. I was certainly frustrated by the fact that she could not seek help earlier for the abuse her brother put her through. Thank goodness for education.

  • Sushi for Beginners

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Lisa Edwards, top London magazine editor, has been fantasizing about promotion to New York. Instead, she's asked to launch a new women's magazine in Dublin. She thinks nothing could be worse - until she meets her new staff. They're friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic - in other words, they wouldn't last two minutes in London!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Could not finish the book

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-10-2018

Absolutely the worst of her books

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

Reviewed: 26-03-2018

What disappointed you about Sushi for Beginners?

I was so entertained by M Keyes' other books I was looking forward to more of the same. Oh dear. Not worth even describing how bad this is.

Has Sushi for Beginners put you off other books in this genre?

yes

How did the narrator detract from the book?

terrible attempts at trying to be all things to all characters - just horrible

What character would you cut from Sushi for Beginners?

all of them

Any additional comments?

no