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  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

  • By: Dominic Smith
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

This is what we long for: the profound pleasure of being swept into vivid new worlds, worlds peopled by characters so intriguing and real that we can't shake them, even long after the story's told. In this extraordinary audiobook, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Dominic Smith brilliantly bridges the historical and the contemporary, tracking a collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the Golden Age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated Australian art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration terrible Australian accent

  • By Prudence A. Greene on 15-08-2016

Yeh... the Aussie accent sucked... but what a lovely story

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

Reviewed: 25-07-2018

I love learning new things, and this story taught me about art and history and painting a technique all inside a wonderful, interesting story.
Clever Dominic!

  • Losing My Virginity

  • By: Richard Branson
  • Narrated by: Richard Branson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Losing My Virginity is an amazing memoir, a definitive business guide and an inspirational story that reveals Sir Richard's unique philosophy on business, the Virgin brand and life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wanting more

  • By Michael on 18-07-2016

If you never knew him, this is the story to be introduced

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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: 30-03-2018

I like that Richard read his story, it felt like a fairly intimate first meeting. I was pretty impressed to say the least, but I really didn’t know him. I was attracted to this autobiography after watching a small interview, and I wanted to see if he was as humble, and nice, as he appeared. There’s not a lot of room for humility, but it’s there in degrees, and I have finished the book with a genuine respect for him. Good on him, and all who stood with him. The 70’s was a great time for creating new and wonderful things, and smart, driven people did just that.

  • The Shepherd's Hut

  • By: Tim Winton
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulvany
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

Jaxie dreads going home. His mum’s dead. The old man bashes him without mercy, and he wishes he was an orphan. And then, in one terrible moment, his life is stripped to little more than what he can carry and how he can keep himself alive. There’s just one person left in the world who understands him and what he still dares to hope for. But to reach her he’ll have to cross the vast saltlands on a trek that only a dreamer or a fugitive would attempt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody ripper!

  • By Jan on 02-04-2018

Jasper Jones meets wake in fright

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

Reviewed: 23-03-2018

Tim Winton doesn't wimp out on dark detail. And every boy needs an old man who's fucked up some to teach him about forgiveness.

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  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Sophie on 20-05-2015

So many stories in one

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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: 20-03-2018

Firstly: excellent novel; secondly: wonderfully read. I have listened to many auditory stories, but Julie Teal's skill in orating made me feel as if I was tucked in bed and drinking hot chocolate. Considering the length of reading time.... it has been a huge indulgence and I'm grateful. I could not multi task during this story and nor did I want to.
Thank you Anthony. I appreciate the decade of devotion you put into this, and I loved it. I loved your mini chapters, I loved the pace, I loved the inevitable conclusion and the stories behind the stories - each as enjoyable as the big picture, that were layed out like the model cities that Marie L had to find her way through.
What a gift of reading and listening this was. Another sad loss as it ended....
what can I possible fill this void with now?

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755

When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby – she's pregnant with her first child, and she's desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her.But Alice isn't pregnant. And Nick isn't worried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!

  • By karen on 01-06-2016

Lovely

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

Reviewed: 10-02-2018

You are very clever at keeping me guessing. I love it when I can’t tell the ending. A very sweet read about the guts and gore of being the other in one another. Thanks

  • Days Without End

  • By: Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Having signed up for the US Army in the 1850s, aged barely 17, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and ultimately the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in, they find these days to be vivid. Both an intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America's past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By LYNNEF on 29-09-2017

How to make the bleak beautiful.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Especially the language and beauty of the words. I've not been all that interested in the civil war, and thought I'd read enough grief on the massacres of Indians. But Barry wrote such a compelling tale of honesty, and commraderie and love. I had no choice but to hear it all. The last paragraph had me holding tightly to my device and begging for a good end. To not know which way it would go right up to the last page was just one last enjoyment of this truly magnificent tale.

  • The Good People

  • By: Hannah Kent
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 467

Inspired by a true story. In 1825, in a remote Irish valley lying between the mountains and Flesk River of Killarney, three women are brought together by strange and troubling events. Nora Leahy, a widow, has lost her daughter and her husband in the same year and is now burdened with the care of her grandson, Michael. The boy cannot walk or speak, and Nora has kept him hidden from neighbours, who might see in his deformity evidence of supernatural interference.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fairy story for grown-ups!

  • By onethousandyears on 27-10-2016

Looked it up after hearing Hannah Kent on Sydney Writers Festival podcast

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

Reviewed: 04-08-2017

Brilliant. I could see the value of Ms Kent's intensive research. It wasn't just a great story, it was a fascinating insight into Irish folklore