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Linda Marea

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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 836

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have listened to

  • By Kathleen farrelly on 16-12-2018

The FLOTUS who hated politics!

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

Reviewed: 20-12-2018

This was softer than I expected. Michelle's vulnerability is disarming, and her unqualified commitment to her children and marriage over the usual grab at power and position was surprising. Politics has not poisoned this intelligent articulate woman. Her heart and soul remain true to her beliefs and I kept expecting harder hitting punches aimed at Republicans and the media - but she never stoops to their level. The time spent showing us a more intimate side to Barack is terrific - just wish there was more of it. It was enlightening and I'm glad I read it - just feel there was something missing. And I'm yet to figure out what that is! She's a classy woman with integrity in spades.

  • The Lost Man

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

Three brothers, one death, a fenceline stretching to the horizon. Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland. They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. Something had been troubling Cam. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Congratulations

  • By Anonymous User on 03-11-2018

Red dirt, endless horizons and shocking twists

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

Reviewed: 20-12-2018

It's hard to believe Jane Harper is a Brit! She captures the very essence of outback Australia and the unspoken understanding amongst the hardy individuals who survive and thrive there. With superb narration from Steve Shanahan, the story brings the reader into the lives of a family with dark secrets and deep regret. Hindsight is as rare as water and forgiveness can take a lifetime. Feel the heat and thirst and the vulnerability in the rawness of their existence. It's a cracker of a novel and there's a bonus interview with Jane and Steve at the end - an Australian story to relish, and hopefully to be followed up with a sequel!

  • Deep Shelter

  • By: Oliver Harris
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

London is steaming under a summer of filthy heat and sudden storms – and Detective Nick Belsey, of Hampstead CID, is trying to stay out of trouble. But then somebody sets him a riddle. How does a man walk into a dead-end alley and never come out? How does he disappear? And then reappear – to snatch a girl, to dump a body beneath a London skyscraper, to send Belsey a package of human hair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost too good!

  • By Linda Marea on 02-12-2018

Almost too good!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-2018

So smart and gripping and delicious at every point. And Toby Longworth takes it to a whole other level with his superb narration. What a gorgeous voice this man has. Can’t wait for the next book!

  • The Hollow Man

  • By: Oliver Harris
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Detective Nick Belsey needs help. Something happened last night - something with the boss's wife - and Belsey needs to get out of London, and away from the debt and the drink and the deceit. Collecting his belongings back at Hampstead CID on what should be the last day of his career, Belsey sees a missing person's report. But this one's different; this is on The Bishop's Avenue, one of the most expensive streets in the city. Belsey sees a chance for a new life. But someone else got there first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most intelligent thrillers around

  • By Linda Marea on 18-11-2018

One of the most intelligent thrillers around

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

Reviewed: 18-11-2018

A big lush story that never slowed in pace, Oliver Harris’s work is sharp smart and fearless.
It takes a lot of skill to develop a character that defies likability from page 1 to an antihero you’re rooting for by the last 2 heart thumping chapters.
Dark humour, visceral tension and complexity throughout made this an absolute winner!
Kudos to Toby Longworth for a brilliant narration. What a delicious voice and excellent delivery brings to this already outstanding book is something you’ll have to hear to believe.
I simply can’t wait to get stuck into book 2!!!

  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,013
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,768
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,772

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth listening to over and over.

  • By Paullette on 07-04-2015

Perhaps the most important nonfiction book ever.

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

Reviewed: 04-11-2018

I laughed, cried and nodded in approval.
I felt exposed and raw.
Enough lights went off in my head that I could have illuminated a small city.
I think I’ll be rereading this book for a long time in an effort to sort out the baggage I now can label.
This is not your average self help book. This is the most heartachingly wonderful eye opener you’ll ever experience.

  • Any Ordinary Day

  • Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life
  • By: Leigh Sales
  • Narrated by: Leigh Sales
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 517

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality - sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next? In this wise and layered audiobook, Leigh talks intimately with people who've faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Mrs. J. C. Bodnarchuk on 06-10-2018

This is about as close to perfection as you’ll get.

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

Reviewed: 30-10-2018

Leigh Sales is one of those individuals who manages to tell a story with all the eloquence of a first class journo, but with all the compassion and heartfelt truth of your most trusted best friend.
It’s hard not to weep along with her very vulnerable and open accounts of the stories she’s researched for Any Ordinary Day. Because Leigh has struck up genuine bonds with her subjects the stories are raw and magnificent tributes to the human condition at it’s very best when faced with the very worst.
I’m in awe of Leigh Sales for her generosity in the telling of these stories, and also her own.
She’s a writer of immense talent but also a person of incredible character strength and warmth.
How lucky Australia is to have Leigh Sales.
She’s an absolute gem!!!

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  • Bombproof

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 35

Sami Macbeth is not a master criminal. He's not even a minor one. He's not a jewel thief. He's not a safe-cracker. He's not an expert in explosives. Sami plays guitar and wants to be a rock god but keeps getting side-tracked by unforeseen circumstances. Fifty-four hours ago Sami was released from prison. Thirty-six hours ago he slept with the woman of his dreams at the Savoy. An hour ago his train blew up. Now he's carrying a rucksack through London's West End and has turned himself into the most-wanted terrorist in the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Janette Gorman on 04-03-2017

What a cracking read!!!!

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

Reviewed: 15-10-2018

I was trawling through books narrated by Sean Barrett - because he is just superb - and came across this gem by Michael Robotham. Fast paced, slick and brimming with likeable characters (courtesy of Mr Barrett’s golden tonsils), Bombproof had me from the opening paragraph to the satisfying conclusion.
And did I mention Sean Barrett?!?! Gosh this fellow should be knighted for services to the spoken word.
This book is a great adventure, set amongst London’s dirtiest operators but holding high the unlikely hero in all of us.
I’m off to buy the next Robothom...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Down Cemetery Road

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Sarah Tucker - a young married woman, bored and unhappy with her life - becomes obsessed with trying to find a little girl who disappears after a neighbouring house is destroyed by a massive explosion. She soon discovers that people she thought long dead are still alive and those living are fast joining the dead. What begins in suburban south Oxford ends on a remote and unwelcoming Scottish island as the hunt for the missing child takes Sarah out of her marriage and onto a journey with a troubled ex-soldier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe

  • By Sandra on 26-06-2017

What an ambling load of silliness.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-2018

I can only think that Mick Herron was paid by the word for this work. That, or his editors had gone on strike. I’ve never read a book that wasted so much time showcasing a writers obvious talent while taking the longest possible road to get to the destination, which frustratingly was just as unsatisfying as the whole read.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a great fan of his Jackson Lamb books-this is why I started reading Down Cemetery Road. But the characters in this book aren’t particularly likeable, the plot was far-fetched and I ended up listening all the way through to the end as a test of my own endurance.
Anna Bentinck’s performance was astonishingly good. The only saving grace to this bizarre navel gazing effort from Herron.

  • Wimmera

  • By: Mark Brandi
  • Narrated by: Fabio Motta
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends. Growing up in a small country town, they spend their days playing cricket, yabbying in local dams, wanting a pair of Nike Air Maxes and not talking about how Fab's dad hits him or how the sudden death of Ben's next-door neighbour unsettled him. Almost teenagers, they already know some things are better left unsaid. Then a newcomer arrives in the Wimmera. Fab reckons he is a secret agent, and he and Ben stake him out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gut wrenching

  • By val Montagnana Wallace on 23-06-2018

Exquisitely beautiful but devastatingly tragic.

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

Reviewed: 30-09-2018

I read this off the back of reading ‘Less’ so it was a tall order to hit a mark that would leave me feeling satisfied. Firstly I was disarmed by Brandi’s extraordinary ability to capture the very essence of what it was like growing up in Australia in the 70s and 80s. The innocence of the 2 main characters and the business of negotiating childhood is exquisite.
But the darkness that creeps into their lives is so subtle that the growing tension leaves you on edge and yet totally ill prepared for the devastating conclusion. No book has ever had me in tears. And as Wimmera drew to a close I sobbed and sobbed.
I loved this book and felt profoundly moved by Fabio Motta’s gentle tender read. His narration provided perfect nuance to Brandi’s story of youthful innocence betrayed and destroyed beyond all recognition.

  • Less

  • By: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

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

My Book Of The Year

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

Reviewed: 25-09-2018

Everything, every moment, every word of this book is so beautifully crafted. The narration by Robert Petkoff couldn’t be more perfect. Day after day I would stop reading and quietly reflect on this exquisite work. Usually a greedy reader, I took my time and soaked in every emotional glorious moment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful