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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,036

The compelling, inspiring (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook I've listened... Ever!

  • By Nyasha on 18-12-2016

Best book in years!

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

Reviewed: 24-02-2018

Fascinating story of Trevor Noah’s upbringing. Beautifully written and narrated, I could not put this down. Love love loved it and can’t wait for the next one!!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Most Beautiful

  • My Life with Prince
  • By: Mayte Garcia
  • Narrated by: Mayte Garcia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together: from their unconventional meeting backstage at a concert (and the long-distance romance that followed) to their fairy-tale wedding (and their groundbreaking artistic partnership) to the devastating losses that ultimately dissolved their relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful, heartfelt work that honours the memory of Prince

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-04-2017

A beautiful love story

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

Reviewed: 15-04-2017

Loved this story from start to finish. Told in a very respectful and loving manner, Mayte bares her soul and gives an intimate insight into life with the legend. It's so much more than just about this one man. There's something to be said about writing a memoir when the time is right. Some do so too early and you can tell they're skimming the surface. This story is raw and honest and insightful. It covers love, loss, music, art, religion, heartbreak, betrayal, hope, motherhood, adoption and more - I didn't want it to end.

  • Worth It

  • Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms
  • By: Amanda Steinberg
  • Narrated by: Amanda Steinberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Millions of women want to create financial stability and abundance in their lives, but they don't know how. They are stuck in overwhelming confusion and guilt, driven by internalized "money stories" that have nothing to do with what is really possible. As the founder of DailyWorth.com, a financial media and education platform, Amanda Steinberg encounters these smart, ambitious women every day. With this book she helps them face their money stories head on and wake up to the prosperity that awaits them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very US centric

  • By Jane Walters on 17-08-2018

Such a great book!

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

Reviewed: 13-03-2017

I couldn't put it down and I'm going to play it again as there were so many interesting points, I'm going to jot down some notes.

Such an important book for everyone but especially women who need to get on top of their finances. Never too late to start!
I'm sending this book to all of my girlfriends.

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,293

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An edgy and effective thriller

  • By Rod on 28-03-2017

Similar to other 'girl' books

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2017

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes a good read but very similar to the books is same genre.

What did you like best about this story?

The going back and forth in time, makes you have to think about and visualise the different times.

  • Milat

  • Inside Australia's Biggest Manhunt - a Detective's Story
  • By: Clive Small, Tom Gilling
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

A true insider's story of the backpacker murders from the detective who led the team that arrested Ivan Milat. Milat - the serial killer who preyed on young hitchhikers. The backpackers - the innocent victims of a brutal murderer. Belanglo - a place that became synonymous with pure evil. It was the biggest and most complex manhunt in Australian history, an investigation that gripped a nation. Behind the many false leads and dead ends, precious clues emerged that pointed to one man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intensely interesting

  • By Adam Webb on 20-01-2017

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2017

What made the experience of listening to Milat the most enjoyable?

Well read with fascinating detail and insight into what occurred behind the scenes, behind the headlines that we all read back then. I couldn't put this one down.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Learning about the family involvement.

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

Scared me a little.

Any additional comments?

A gruesome part of Australian history that people should know about. Milat is behind bars forever but I'd be more worried about certain family members.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,037

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, pretty good overall

  • By Rod Swift on 16-02-2015

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 10-02-2017

What a great read. I was glued to this from the moment it started. Well written with lots of twists and turns. Loved it.

  • Australia's Most Murderous Prison

  • Behind the Walls of Goulburn Jail
  • By: James Phelps
  • Narrated by: Stan Pretty
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

An unprecedented spate of murders in the 1990s earned Goulburn Jail the ominous name 'The Killing Fields'. Inmates sentenced or transferred to the 130-year-old towering menace declared they had been given death sentences. Serial killer Ivan Milat, the 'Terror Five' militants who plotted attacks across Sydney in 2005, Brothers 4 Life founder Bassam Hamzy and gang rapist Bilal Skaf are just a few of the inmates inside Australia's most murderous prison. Meet them all here in Phelps' best-selling audiobook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't put it down

  • By Milena on 08-01-2017

Couldn't put it down

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

Reviewed: 08-01-2017

Very interesting and informative. Gods to hear stories from various perspectives. It was well read and fast paced so never a dull moment.

A bit gory at times but otherwise a good read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bonkers

  • My Life in Laughs
  • By: Jennifer Saunders
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving, and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends, and occasional heartache - but never misery. Bonkers is full of riotous adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love love love

  • By J. langdon-jones on 18-05-2015

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-01-2017

Beautifully written with many funny little stories within stories. I would have liked to hear more anecdotes about the hit show AbFab.
More stories like the Goldie Hawn story too!!! Less about the school classroom. Overall a very entertaining book.

  • Songs of a War Boy

  • By: Deng Thiak Adut, Ben Mckelvey
  • Narrated by: Blessing Mokgohloa, Ben Mckelvey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 236

The true story of Deng Adut - Sudanese child soldier, refugee, man of hope. Movingly narrated by Blessing Mokgohloa. Deng Adut's family were farmers in South Sudan when a brutal civil war altered his life forever. At six years old, his mother was told she had to give him up to fight. At the age most Australian children are starting school, Deng was conscripted into the Sudan People's Liberation Army.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring, heartbreaking and amazingly honest.

  • By Rani on 20-11-2016

A great read

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

Reviewed: 30-12-2016

Would you consider the audio edition of Songs of a War Boy to be better than the print version?

I don't know but after listening to the audio i bought the book for a friend as a Christmas gift.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Deng. He is a true inspiration. To survive a war torn upbringing and come to Australia and excel as he has, is truly admirable. From a colleague in the legal fraternity I take my hat off to him.

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

No. I don't have time to listen in one sitting but i enjoy listening while driving to and from work.

Any additional comments?

A great book for all Australians to read. I would hope that after reading this book people would be inspired to think twice before passing judgement on anyone they don't know, based on their race, socio-economic status or any other factors.

  • Adnan's Story

  • The Case That Inspired the Podcast Phenomenon Serial
  • By: Rabia Chaudry
  • Narrated by: Rabia Chaudry
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

On February 28, 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus 30 years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. From the moment of his arrest, Syed has consistently maintained his innocence. Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, always believed him and has never given up the hope that he might someday be released. By 2013, however, after almost all appeals had been exhausted, things looked bleak. That was when Rabia contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!!!

  • By Jennifer Wilkinson on 18-08-2016

Stick to the podcast

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

Reviewed: 30-12-2016

What did you like best about Adnan's Story? What did you like least?

I loved the podcast and this started off as interesting as a bit of background and more detail into the character's life but it was too repetitive and seemed very biased.

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

Underwhelming, didn't really go anywhere

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I liked that it was narrated by Rabia and her back story was interesting, admirable actually. But the story was just too repetitive.

Did Adnan's Story inspire you to do anything?

no

1 of 1 people found this review helpful