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  • Heritage

  • By: Judy Nunn
  • Narrated by: John Derum
  • Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

In a time when desperate people were seizing with both hands the chance for freedom, refugees from more than 70 nations gathered beneath the Southern Cross to forge a new national identity. They came from all over war-torn Europe to the mountains of Australia to help realise one man's dream: the mighty Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century. People of all races and creeds tunnelled through a mountain range to turn the course of a majestic river, trying to put to rest ghosts from the inferno of history: buried memories, unimaginable pain and deadly secrets. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear!

  • By BookwormDownUnder on 11-02-2019

Oh dear!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-2019

What has happened to Judy Nunn. Boring boring boring. Made worse by a squeaky narrator. Sounded like he was reading a shopping list. Couldn’t take anymore, gave it a good go but found myself cringing too much. Sorry Judy, this was the third book of many that I’ve read and enjoyed but found this was blah

  • Bullets and Blood

  • The Secret History of Hollywood
  • By: Adam Roche
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

The story of the Warner Brothers studio is the story of the American dream - an immigrant family who escaped a violent beginning, and arrived penniless in America, only to conquer its newest and most lucrative art form. The Warner formula was simple - to thrill audiences with stories torn straight from the headlines, and as such, Warner Studios became the home of the crime film.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Total family enjoyment

  • By Ms Tracey C Hemley on 15-06-2019

Bullets and Blood

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

Reviewed: 28-11-2018

Loved loved this. Narrator was excellent and the tales, woes, blood, love, hate, successes and failures all very entertaining, enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable. Great in site to the good old days in Hollywood and it was a freebie! Highly recommend.

  • Wild Lavender

  • By: Belinda Alexandra
  • Narrated by: Kate Hood
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Simone Fleurier is wrenched from her home on a Provencal lavender farm at the age of 14 after the accidental death of her father. Forced to become a maid at the boarding house of her Aunt Augustine in Marseilles, Simone's life is hard and impoverished. But one of her aunt's boarders, the beautiful Camille Casal, a star at the local music hall, gives Simone a dream: that one day she too will be a famous singer and dancer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear

  • By BookwormDownUnder on 22-11-2018

Oh dear

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

Reviewed: 22-11-2018

Very disappointed. Narrator made this book as boring as bat poop. Tried super hard to like it but in the end it was meh.

  • Katie Mulholland

  • By: Catherine Cookson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Some women are destined to arouse in men either fierce hatred or insatiable desire. Such a woman was Katie Mulholland. At 15, a scullery maid in the house of the Rosires, she had been raped by the master. Now, many years later, she had enough money to maintain three carriages if she wanted to and she was on her way to see Bernard Rosier under very different circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent story about cruelty and loyalty

  • By Lynnette on 16-11-2018

Katie Mulholland

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

Reviewed: 23-08-2018

Great story read badly, especially close to the end. I love Catherine Cookson books and maybe I should have read this rather than listened.

Lilac Girls
    A Novel
    
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        Martha Hall Kelly
    
    


    
    
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        Cassandra Campbell,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Kathleen Gati,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Kathrin Kana,
    
    
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    Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
    142 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prepare to be blown away.

  • By davkat on 23-02-2017

Lilac Girls

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

Reviewed: 15-06-2018

Such an amazing story steeped with history, I cried a lot throughout. The narrators were perfect and I felt at times like I was there with them all.

  • The Dead Zone

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Meet Johnny Smith. A young man whose streak of luck ends dramatically in a major car crash. Followed by blackness. A long, long time in cold limbo. When he wakes up life has been turned upside down. His fiancée has met someone else. And Johnny is cursed with the power to perceive evil in men's souls. He's had these hunches since he had an ice-skating accident as a child. Now he has an ability to see into the future. An ability which will bring him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and dangerous man....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If not for James Franco...

  • By Justine on 12-07-2017

The Dead Zone

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

Reviewed: 10-03-2018

I enjoyed the majority of this book, at times the narrators voice was monotonous and annoying almost like he was bored with it. Yes I know he is an actor and in my opinion should keep at that and leave narrating alone.
The political element of the book was, at times, very boring. Not my favourite King book but as a crime/thriller/suspense book it was ok.
If you are looking for a great read/listen in this genre, do yourself a favour and buy The Dome, now that was a great book.

  • Under the Dome

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

In Stephen King's mesmerizing new masterpiece - his biggest, most riveting novel since The Stand - a Maine town and its inhabitants are isolated from the world by an invisible, impenetrable dome. Celebrated storyteller Stephen King returns to his roots in this tour de force featuring more than 100 characters - some heroic, some diabolical - and a supernatural element as baffling and chilling as any he's ever conjured.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a book!!!

  • By Juanita Caban on 07-03-2015

Under The Dome

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

Reviewed: 06-03-2018

In my early years I read as much Stephen King as I could lay my hands on, Tommy Knockers, Misery and Needful Things being three of my favourites. Now, I’m a bit of a scaredy-cat and can’t read anything really scary, it’s not big and it’s not clever to have to wake up your teenage daughter to take you to the loo and wait until you are back in bed to turn out the lights! I am so happy to have come across this book, it is a great suspense novel with a little scare hear and there, believe it or not there were some laugh out loud moments and some tearful moments.
I just loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone reading this 🤓

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  • The Distant Hours

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret. Evacuated from London as a 13-year-old girl, Edie’s mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe, and taken to live at Milderhurst Castle with the Blythe family.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish

  • By Anonymous User on 21-01-2019

The Distant Hours

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

Reviewed: 20-02-2018

Normally a fan of Kate Morton and Caroline Lee but this book could definitely have been shorter. The beginning was very boring and parts of the story somewhat over and over and over explained! Caroline’s voice seemed bored with it all at times too.
Not one I would bother re-reading any time soon.


  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By Anonymous User on 19-09-2018

The Forgotten Garden

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

Reviewed: 11-02-2018

Loved the story, it kept me riveted throughout and although I normally enjoy Caroline Lees narrating, it was a trifle grating when she was trying (unsuccessfully) to do a Cornish accent, came across as part Irish part northern. Small price to pay though for a truly enjoyable book. I’m off now to purchase a couple more of Kate Morton’s books. But it, you’ll enjoy.

  • The Tea Gardens

  • By: Fiona McIntosh
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Dr Isla Fenwick has a life that most modern women of 1933 might envy - her career gives her status, her pedigree adds freedom and her oldest crush, Jovian Mandeville, has reappeared in her life with a marriage proposal. Her life is beginning to feel complete. However, she insists on keeping a private promise she made to her late mother to work at the coalface of medicine in India before committing to life as a dutiful wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful story of India & the love of a memory.

  • By Nicole Tucker on 19-11-2017

The Tea Gardens

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

Reviewed: 13-01-2018

Narrator was a little boring, story line was good and strong but the ending was weird, kind of rushed for an ending. Nice easy read though.

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