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  • Tehanu

  • The Earthsea Cycle, Book Four
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Years before, they had escaped together from the sinister Tombs of Atuan - she an isolated young priestess, he a powerful wizard. Now she is a farmer's widow, having chosen for herself the simple pleasures of an ordinary life. And he is a broken old man, mourning the powers lost to him not by choice. A lifetime ago they helped each other at a time of darkness and danger. Now they must join forces again to help another - the physically and emotionally scarred child whose own destiny remains to be revealed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The power of ordinary people.

  • By joe douglas on 02-01-2018

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 19-12-2018

In a fantastical world of Dragons and magic this story spends much of its time washing dishes and tending onions and making clothes. Which is not what I expected. Yet the themes it deals with are nuanced and raw. I appreciate the underdog story.

  • Wake for Me

  • An Erotic Psychological Thriller
  • By: Charlotte Storm
  • Narrated by: Wyatt Baker
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Caden Andrews is no stranger to pain. An abusive past, schizophrenic father, and the loss of his fiance six months ago haven't made life easy. When new wild and erotic dreams start reminding him of life's pleasures, he makes sure to get a solid eight hours every night. Though Caden's willing to give his goddess all the pleasure she desires, he's not sure he can give everything for which she's asking. When the demands of his goddess grow more gruesome, Caden knows he'll have to make a choice: give her up forever or sacrifice the offerings she requires. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • the narrator ruined the mood

  • By Cassandra on 23-06-2018

the narrator ruined the mood

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-2018

It was a quick listen. Not a bad story idea. Couldnt quite get passed the dumb LA surfer dude accent on the narrator though. It wasnt very tension building or intimidating.

  • The Never Hero

  • The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, Book 1
  • By: T. Ellery Hodges
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Reclusive college student Jonathan Tibbs wakes in a pool of blood, not a scratch on him. His life is about to undergo a massive shift. A violent and merciless otherworldly enemy unleashes slaughter in the streets, calling out in a language only he understands. And it is seeking its challenger. In order to defeat the threat, Jonathan must become a temporal weapon...while remaining completely anonymous. Unfortunately, harnessing off-world powers has its own special challenges...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • its a page turner

  • By Cassandra on 20-06-2018

its a page turner

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

Reviewed: 20-06-2018

I don't normally like Chronicle style books but for this one I'll make an exception it's very exciting

  • I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

  • By: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: Daisy Donovan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa Novel-Award winner and Sunday Times best-selling author Maggie O'Farrell. It is a book to make you question yourself. What would you do if your life was in danger, and what would you stand to lose?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing book

  • By jude13 on 03-03-2019

Beautifully written so moving

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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: 20-11-2017

If you read only one book in your life, read this one. So relatable. So poetic. So affirming. Tears still in my eyes.

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope's shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intense use of metaphor

  • By Cassandra on 21-11-2016

Intense use of metaphor

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-2016

The writer creates and imersive story. He encapsulates the feeling of creepy dread. I thought the concepts were fascinating.
However this is a slow paced book and the narrator had a very droaning voice so you will either love it and be transported right into the world or (as I did at times) be transported to sleep.

  • Lying

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad but not great

  • By mathew broster on 25-11-2018

well argued

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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: 28-10-2016

This was a good quick easy read. i think the author puts forward a well thought out argument about the value in truthfulness.
i would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Memoirs of a Geisha

  • By: Arthur Golden
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So many emotions!!! I just love it!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-07-2018

fascinating and heartbreaking story

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

Reviewed: 23-10-2016

i understand why this was so popular when it first was published. really glad I have been able to hear this story

  • Norwegian Wood

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Toru Watanabe, approaching middle age, hears The Beatles song "Norwegian Wood" in an airplane and, with Proustian vividness, it transports him back to his student days in Japan with Naoko, Midori, and Storm Trooper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Very touching.

  • By Anonymous User on 10-02-2019

not sure how I feel about the ending

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

Reviewed: 06-10-2016

i really enjoyed the world the story put you in. I was really disapointed when it ended I wanted to know more.

  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 863
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 793

What if they hadn't gone? That's the question Clementine can't stop asking herself. It was just a backyard barbeque. They didn't know their hosts that well. They were friends of friends. They could so easily have said no. But she and her husband, Sam, said yes, and now they can never change what they did and didn't do that beautiful winter's day.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not like the other books

  • By Anita on 28-11-2016

great in depth characters

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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: 11-09-2016

it was such a compelling story. I love hearing good fiction come out of Australian artists.