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  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218

Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict, to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy, mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant narrative masterly voiced

  • By Philip on 19-04-2018

Really wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2019

A wonderful story about the mess we can all sometimes make of our lives and how a little kindness, some practical care and a lot of understanding can go a long way to not just cleaning it all up but healing the broken as well. Beautifully written and inspiring account.

  • 44 Days

  • 75 Squadron and the Fight for Australia
  • By: Michael Veitch
  • Narrated by: Michael Veitch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

The epic World War II story of Australia's 75 Squadron - and the 44 days when these brave and barely-trained pilots fought alone against the Japanese. In March and April 1942, RAAF 75 Squadron bravely defended Port Moresby for 44 days when Australia truly stood alone against the Japanese. This group of raw young recruits scrambled ceaselessly in their Kittyhawk fighters to an extraordinary and heroic battle, the story of which has been left largely untold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story that should be heard.

  • By Robert on 22-02-2017

Brilliant Research, Important Story

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

Reviewed: 15-02-2019

You can sense the extent of the author's hard work and the research put into this important story. A little depressing to hear in its account how brave men were essentially forsaken. A too familiar story in Australian military history, lions led by donkeys. There are a few odd repetitions within the story but generally it is very well told. Hard to imagine the squalor and danger these brave few endured, apparently with little complaint. They definitely deserved better treatment then and our gratitude now.

  • First Light

  • By: Geoffrey Wellum
  • Narrated by: Andrew Brooke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of First Light by Geoffrey Wellum, read by Andrew Brooke. Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, 18-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF. Desperate to get in the air, he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Squadron. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me 109s. Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum, many never return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Account

  • By Michael S on 04-02-2019

Gripping Account

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

Reviewed: 04-02-2019

Gripping account of a bright young man straight from school joining the Royal Air Force at the approach of WWII, learning to fly and taking part in the Battle of Britain. Vividly conveys the ordeal experienced while describing the joys and beauty of flight. Having also once learnt to fly made the book especially resonant for me. I came away with a renewed admiration for 'the few' and the generation which sacrificed so much.

  • Boy Swallows Universe

  • By: Trent Dalton
  • Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736

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
  • Exceptional

  • By Al on 01-07-2018

Spell binding

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

Reviewed: 22-01-2019

Sorry this is finished, I was looking forward to every session during my work commute and miss it now It's done. Spell binding story, beautifully performed and thoroughly entertaining. My book of 2019 (so far). I hope Trent Dalton is working on another!

  • The Only Story

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Guy Mott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

'Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question.' First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn't know anything about that at 19. At 19, he's proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention. As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment

  • By Michael S on 19-01-2019

Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 19-01-2019

Normally love Julian Barnes but couldn't finish this and returned it. Dismally sad story about totally unappealing characters made this a struggle instead of a joy. Something about the narrator straining to express the lead female voice also didn't work for me. A disappointment.

  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Taking in the parasitic worm that once lived in his mother-in-law's leg, an encounter with a dingo and the purchase of a human skeleton, and culminating in a brilliant account of his attempt to quit smoking - in Tokyo - David Sedaris' sixth story collection is a fresh masterpiece of comic writing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read

  • By rah on 18-03-2015

Hit and Miss

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

Reviewed: 08-01-2019

I usually love David Sedaris' work and this does have many thoughtful, poignant and hilarious parts to it. However I was grossed out a few too many times and occasionally found my mind wandering away as some of the accounts border on the self indulgent. I sometimes began to tire of hearing about David's partner Hugh and wondered what this brought to many stories. I almost didn't finish it, but am grateful I did. I nearly choked laughing quite a few times and if I knew anyone trying to give up smoking, I'd give them this book.

  • The Sellout

  • By: Paul Beatty
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

Born in Dickens, Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in his father's racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his father's memoir will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed, he discovers there never was a memoir. Fuelled by despair, he sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First time I lol'd since Hitchhiker's Guide

  • By Andrew on 26-11-2016

A Great Read

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

Reviewed: 08-11-2018

The Sellout is a great read. Coming from a comfortable Anglo Aussie background, I have little in common with the author and protagonist of this novel, but loved the language, ideas and challenges within it. I often rewound and played parts of this wonderful performance again because of its breathtaking audacity, cleverness and wit. Extremely original, clever and challenging - this is a book will will likely change your views while making you smile.

  • Less

  • By: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

Who says you can't run away from your problems? Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years who is engaged to someone else. Arthur can't say yes - it would be too awkward; he can't say no - it would look like defeat. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world. From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genuine greatness

  • By John Alsop on 20-09-2018

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 22-10-2018

I really loved this book. It's funny, clever, wise and thoroughly enjoyable. It's about love, growing old, accepting that you and your life may end up on some journey you never planned. It's somehow simple yet multi-layered at the same time.

It often uses elegant language with beautiful images and in the next turn, had me laugh out loud. It's made me think again about the value of friends, the importance of sometimes travelling somewhere you wouldn't think to go and most of all, being kind to yourself and others.

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