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  • The Travelling Cat Chronicles

  • By: Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel
  • Narrated by: George Blagden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 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

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa, read by George Blagden. The tender feelgood story of a man's journey around Japan with a streetcat. Translated by Philip Gabriel, a translator of Murakami. It's not the journey that counts but who's at your side. Nana is on a road trip, but he is not sure where he is going. All that matters is that he can sit beside his beloved owner, Satoru, in the front seat of his silver van. Satoru is keen to visit three old friends from his youth, though Nana doesn’t know why, and Satoru won’t say.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By jenny mcternan on 10-12-2018

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-12-2018

A lovely heart-warming tale. Suitable for all age groups and cat lovers. I’m really glad I purchased this book, it’s quite refreshing. 5 stars!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Mother, a Serial Killer

  • By: Hazel Baron, Janet Fife-Yeomans
  • Narrated by: Kate Hosking
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Dulcie Bodsworth was the unlikeliest serial killer. She was loved everywhere she went, and the townsfolk of Wilcannia, which she called home in the late 1950s, thought of her as kind and caring. The officers at the local police station found Dulcie witty and charming, and looked forward to the scones and cakes she generously baked and delivered for their morning tea. That was one side of her. Only her daughter Hazel saw the real Dulcie. And what she saw terrified her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By jenny mcternan on 23-10-2018

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 23-10-2018

I enjoyed this look back at a bit of Australian history. It’s interesting to listen to how country life was back in the fifties and sad at how all those children were brought up. The mother was truly an evil monster who ended up having a better life than she deserved. Kate Hosking did a great job with the narration.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite Cormoran Strike novel thus far

  • By V on 24-10-2015

Enjoyable...

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

Reviewed: 02-06-2018

I liked it. I got a bit confused between the characters but I think that was my fault for not listening for long periods. I would recommend the trilogy. 5 stars.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Looraine on 03-09-2014

Worth it!

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

Reviewed: 21-05-2017

Well written and well read. Kept me guessing until the end.
I can't wait to attack the others in the series.

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  • Those in Peril

  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Hazel Bannock is the heir to the Bannock Oil Corp, one of the major oil producers with global reach. While cruising in the Indian Ocean, Hazel's private yacht is hijacked by African pirates. Hazel is not on board at the time, but her nineteen year old daughter, Cayla, is kidnapped and held to ransom. The pirates demand a crippling twenty billion dollar ransom for her release. Complicated political and diplomatic considerations render the civilized major powers incapable of intervening.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just For Money

  • By Peter on 05-03-2017

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 21-05-2017

Great narrator but terrible story and one dimensional characters. Save your money. I would have sent this back but I was on a cruise in the South Pacific with no internet service and nothing else to listen to.

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  • Vicious Circle

  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

When Hector Cross's new life is overturned, he immediately recognizes the ruthless hand of an enemy he has faced many times before: a terrorist group has re-emerged - like a deadly scorpion from beneath its rock. Determined to fight back, Hector draws together a team of his most loyal friends from his former life in Cross Bow Security, a company originally contracted to protect his beloved wife, Hazel Bannock, and her company, the Bannock Oil Corp. They travel to the remotest Middle East, to hunt down those who pursue him and his loved ones.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Painful listening

  • By Joy on 12-07-2014

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 21-05-2017

I don't know who this book is for...the men are vicious and pathetic; the women are one dimensional and apparently attracted to psychopaths.
I did not like this book and I think it's time for Wilbur Smith to retire. It was obviously written to an outdated formula.