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  • Death of a River Guide

  • By: Richard Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Widely regarded as a classic in Australian literature, Richard Flanagan's debut novel takes us on a swirling journey into Tasmania's past and our river guide's own violent ancestral secrets. Beneath a waterfall on the Franklin, Aljaz Cosini, river guide, lies drowning. Beset by visions at once horrible and fabulous, he relives not just his own life but that of his family and forebears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow

  • By Robin on 01-10-2017

wow

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

Reviewed: 01-10-2017

one of those books that change your perspective on the world. vivid imagery, brilliant narrative.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On the Java Ridge

  • By: Jock Serong
  • Narrated by: Lewis Fitz-Gerald
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

In Canberra, a federal election looms and Cassius Calvert, Minister for Border Integrity, is facing a new hard-line policy regarding asylum-seekers. Off the Indonesian island of Dana, Isi Natoli, skipper of the Java Ridge, and a group of Australian surf tourists are anchored beside an idyllic reef. A few kilometres away, Roya and her mother are amongst the passengers fleeing persecution aboard the Talakar. When a storm breaks, these stories collide with chilling consequences....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator is fantastic

  • By Jenni Clarke on 25-04-2018

riveting

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

Reviewed: 19-08-2017

powerful imagery, outstanding narration

this story was dramatic, tragic and based on real issues faced in recent years by Australasian governments.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Old Man and the Sea

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Donald Sutherland
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Story Where Hemingway Was Not the Main Character

  • By Gumnut on 05-04-2016

Donald Sutherland as the Old Man

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

Reviewed: 03-01-2017

Would you listen to The Old Man and the Sea again? Why?

Yes, it's a classic for a good reason. Lots of detail that built imagery.

Who was your favorite character and why?

all

Which scene did you most enjoy?

all

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't laugh or cry but I was fully involved in the whole adventure

Any additional comments?

Donald Sutherland was perfect as the narrator for this story.

  • 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 202
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

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

a gentle read

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

Reviewed: 18-12-2016

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, good story line. Comfortable but sufficiently complex plot.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos?

relating the painting to the real life events that inspired the painting

How did the narrator detract from the book?

As all other reviewers have said, the Aussie accent was pretty bad. I'm a New Zealander. We too are a nation of 'readers'.

Did The Last Painting of Sara de Vos inspire you to do anything?

Yes, put life's little problems into perspective.

Any additional comments?

I'd definitely read more from this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

  • By: Richard Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Richard Flanagan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Going to read the book - can't listen any more

  • By John on 08-05-2015

Aussie Digger

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

Reviewed: 18-12-2016

If you could sum up The Narrow Road to the Deep North in three words, what would they be?

heart wrenching

Who was your favorite character and why?

no favourites - all unique

Which character – as performed by Richard Flanagan – was your favourite?

no favourite - all unique

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Thank goodness the author narrated this epic historical tale himself. Of course he knew the work intimately and his voice epitomised the Australian diggers who the story revolved around. The understated Aussie humour, even in the face of severe adversity, was a feature that I was familiar with and the revelation that the author drew from true stories his father told him made this epic novel even more sobering.