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  • Boy Swallows Universe

  • By: Trent Dalton
  • Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 332

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

Not enough superlatives in the universe.

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

Reviewed: 19-09-2018

Enter the unique and compelling world of Eli Bell for the trip of a lifetime From school bullies, a wise and generous convicted murderer , a warm hearted smack dealer a highly literate struggling depressed alcoholic these are Eli’s role models Warm flawed heroes and psychopathic bad guys Couldn’t stop listening and was reluctant to let the story finish.This is the best book I’ve read for years .

  • The Barefoot Investor

  • The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
  • By: Scott Pape
  • Narrated by: Scott Pape
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,825
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,072
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,019

This is the only money guide you'll ever need. That's a bold claim, given there are already thousands of finance books on the shelves. So what makes this one different? You'll get a step-by-step formula: open this account, then do this; call this person, and say this; invest money here and not there. All with a glass of wine in your hand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for Australians, not so much for others

  • By Rob on 29-06-2017

Liberating

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

Reviewed: 08-04-2018

Barefoot explains how to gain control of your finances with plain simple steps Enough details to be really helpful . I usually hate thinking talking reading about money but this book has homespun truths financial know how and a little philosophy woven together.Its more about being in control of your financial future and definitely not a get rich quick book.

  • Medea's Curse

  • By: Anne Buist
  • Narrated by: Rebecca De Unamuno
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Forensic psychiatrist Natalie King works with victims and perpetrators of violent crimes. She rides a Ducati a size too big and wears a tank top a size too small. Likes men but doesn't want to keep one. And really needs to stay on her medication. Now she's being stalked. Anonymous notes, threats, strangers loitering outside her house. Natalie doesn't know who it could be. A hostile former patient? Or someone connected with a current case?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok - not brilliant.

  • By Lindy on 14-04-2018

Rebel forensic psychiatrist doubles as detective.

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

Reviewed: 31-03-2018

What did you like most about Medea's Curse?

Complex plot,with well drawn quirky and likeable characters.Sometimes seems a bit far fetched and sometimes the author over explains things,however the story roles along so well it's easy to overlook these glitches .Engaging characters you come to care about and a cockatoo!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Worth reading to the very end.

What about Rebecca De Unamuno’s performance did you like?

Great performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

A book is always better with a cockatoo.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to reading the others in the series.

  • The Illegal Gardener

  • The Greek Village Series, Volume 1
  • By: Sara Alexi
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Heathcote
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

A delightful glimpse into the lives of two very different people who became friends and were both better for it. A rare friendship that changed their lives and may change yours a bit too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grows on you.Pardon the pun

  • By Clare on 25-12-2017

Grows on you.Pardon the pun

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

Reviewed: 25-12-2017

What did you like most about The Illegal Gardener?

Initially I didn't like the main character ( who is not really the illegal gardener) but the character grows and develops through the novel,and I warmed to her . Initially seems a far fetched tale becomes a believable tale

  • Force of Nature

  • Aaron Falk Series, Book 2
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 575

Five women reluctantly leave the city for a challenging hike across the rugged Giralang Ranges as part of a corporate retreat. Only four come out the other side. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case - and Alice knew secrets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't quite live up to The Dry

  • By sarah on 16-10-2017

Bush crime mystery

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

Reviewed: 30-10-2017

Adult executives who have honed their bullying techniques since schooldays ,parental guilt , intergenerational criminals, suspense and a missing woman in the bush.Superbly narrated. This book has it all.

  • The Good People

  • By: Hannah Kent
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 463

Inspired by a true story. In 1825, in a remote Irish valley lying between the mountains and Flesk River of Killarney, three women are brought together by strange and troubling events. Nora Leahy, a widow, has lost her daughter and her husband in the same year and is now burdened with the care of her grandson, Michael. The boy cannot walk or speak, and Nora has kept him hidden from neighbours, who might see in his deformity evidence of supernatural interference.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fairy story for grown-ups!

  • By onethousandyears on 27-10-2016

Immerses you in early 19th century rural Ireland

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

Reviewed: 29-07-2017

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mary a girl from a large poor family is hired to help recently widowed Nora with her disabled grandson.She struggles with the older woman's attitude to the child whom Nora comes to believe is a changeling. Nora accepts help from a local wise woman Nance who knows "the cure "and has "the knowledge" ,gained from the Good People ( the fairies) Superstition, herbalism,the old ways, Catholicism, and conventional beliefs, clash with devastating consequences.A story told and narrated with a deft hand.

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

The attention to detail in this book is astounding.You can almost smell the smoke inside the cottages and hear the characters speaking, feel their apprehension,motivations and frustrations The narration is brilliant.

Any additional comments?

Pick this one!

  • The Rules of Backyard Cricket

  • By: Jock Serong
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Darren has two big talents: cricket and trouble. It is no surprise, then, that he becomes an Australian sporting star of the bad-boy variety - one of those men who's always got away with things and just keeps going...until the day we meet him, middle aged and in the boot of a car, and everything pointing towards a shallow grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Stephan on 26-07-2018

Great scene setting but ultimately disappointing

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

Reviewed: 14-06-2017

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

I would recommend the first half of this book.Starts out well believable and engaging but the ending is so ridiculous and the tying up of loose ends dubiously explained as are the final actions of the main character. At the end of the book you feel like you've wasted your time. Serong sets a great scene but the story telling lets the reader down.

Was The Rules of Backyard Cricket worth the listening time?

No only the first half was good the narrator did a great job but the storyline falters.

Any additional comments?

Jock Serong should keep trying.I'll probably read another one but curb my expectations.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that 'sharing is caring.' So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it's the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Earphones comfy? Go!!

  • By Natalie on 19-05-2015

Pulls you in

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

Reviewed: 23-04-2017

Hard to stop listening to this Believable with lots of suspense.Set in a primary school Anyone who's ever been the parent of a primary school kid will recognise the social setting .q

  • Past the Shallows

  • By: Favel Parrett
  • Narrated by: David Wenham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Past the Shallows is the award-winning, best-selling debut novel from Favel Parrett about the bonds of brotherhood and the fragility of youth, narrated by David Wenham. Everyone loves Harry. Everyone except his father. Three brothers - Joe, Miles and Harry - are growing up on the remote south coast of Tasmania. The brothers' lives are shaped by their father's moods - like the ocean he fishes, he is wild and unpredictable. He is a bitter man warped by a devastating secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking, honest and brutal and real.

  • By Carol @readingwritingandriesling on 24-04-2016

Step inside the characters world.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-2016

What did you like most about Past the Shallows?

Engaging.Believable and likeable characters.The story flows well and there is a lot of dramatic tension.

  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

A guy walks into a bar.From here, the story could take many turns. A guy walks into a bar and meets the love of his life. A guy walks into a bar and finds no one else is there. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humour and intelligence and leave you deeply moved. In Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Sedaris remembers his father's dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy. The common thread? Sedaris masterfully turns each episode into a love story: how it feels to be in a relationship where one loves and is loved over many years, what it means to be part of a family, and how it's possible, through all of life's absurdities, to accept oneself. With Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris shows once again why he has been called 'A humorist par excellence, he can make Woody Allen appear ham-tongued, Oscar Wilde a drag' (Observer).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A giggle

  • By Kate CHAPLIN on 09-11-2017

Self indulgent

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

Reviewed: 01-10-2016

Mildly interesting at times and occasionally amusing but writer is totally self absorbed and self indulgent no wisdom in this book