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Linda Marea

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  • Waiting For Elijah

  • By: Kate Wild
  • Narrated by: Kate Wild
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

In 2009, in the NSW country town of Armidale, a mentally ill young man is shot dead by a police officer. Senior Constable Andrew Rich claims he ‘had no choice’ other than to shoot 24-year-old Elijah Holcombe - Elijah had run at him roaring with a knife, he tells police. Some witnesses to the shooting say otherwise, though, and this act of aggression doesn't fit with the sweet, sensitive, but troubled young man that Elijah's family and friends knew him to be. The shooting devastates Elijah's family and the police officer alike.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best new authors in Australia

  • By Linda Marea on 04-04-2019

One of the best new authors in Australia

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-2019

This factual investigation of the shooting of Elijah Holcomb Is written with the deepest respect & compassion for all involved. Along the way Kate Wild lays bare her own soul to share the intense vulnerability. Narrated brilliantly by the author Waiting for Elijah is possibly going to be my book of 2019.
I’ve loved every word.

  • The Pearl Thief

  • By: Fiona McIntosh
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Severine Kassel is asked by the Louvre in 1963 to aid the British Museum with curating its antique jewellery, her speciality. Her London colleagues find her distant and mysterious, her cool beauty the topic of conversations around its quiet halls. No one could imagine that she is a desperately damaged woman, hiding her trauma behind her chic French image. It is only when some dramatic Byzantine pearls are loaned to the museum that Severine's poise is dashed and the tightly controlled life she's built around herself is shattered....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lovely

  • By Anonymous User on 06-11-2018

Gripping story

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

Reviewed: 25-02-2019

This book reminds me of My Absolute Darling I’m so far as the bulk of the story is heavy with tension brutality cruelty and fierce survival.
Then the final chapters give way to a chocolate box sweetness - so that you’re left wondering if this could possibly be written by the same author!! It’s deeply disconcerting and I felt profoundly cheated (by both books) watching all the loose strings be gathered up to form an almost absurd bow.
But those final chapters aside, this is a ripping tale that would easily have been taken from actual crimes against Jews in Hitlers murderous reign.
Beautifully narrated and for the most part absolutely riveting.
As most authors would acknowledge: finishing a book well will make it or break it.

  • Written on the Skin

  • An Australian Forensic Casebook
  • By: Liz Porter
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Kaye
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

This well-researched and entertaining audiobook looks at the role of forensic investigators in solving dozens of fascinating crimes and mysteries. Liz Porter's riveting case book shows how forensic investigators - including pathologists, chemists, entomologists, DNA specialists, and document examiners - have used their expertise in dozens of fascinating crimes and mysteries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Rachel on 29-11-2015

Stories of Australian crime and the forensics that became their star witnesses.

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

Reviewed: 17-02-2019

This is a fantastic collection of forensics stories by Australia’s very own Liz Porter. She writes with the perfect mixture of forensic expertise and human heart to give each story perfect nuance.
I learnt so much about technique and also the methodical never say die brains of our place force and investigation crew.
My only Cripe about this book is that it was read by an American. Not that I dislike Elizabeth Kayes voice it’s just that these are stories written about Australian crime, solved by Australians and written about Australian – so I just don’t get why this opportunity was missed to have the book voiced by an Aussie. Its ‘almost’ a crime 😏

  • Evil Has a Name

  • The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
  • By: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 746

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer's acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. Amazingly, it seemed, evil finally had a name. Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Betty Mak on 09-01-2019

A riveting true story and tribute to the men and women who never gave up.

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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: 27-01-2019

Some people strive to make a difference. This is a story of dogged commitment in revealing the identity of one of the most evil psychopaths in our lifetime, and the courageous victims who bravely retell of their ordeals. All of the people in this story are big hearted wonderful human beings - a perfect example of how good can triumph over evil.
This audio book is unforgettable and brilliant!

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,912
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,615
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,605

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
  • Very thought provoking

  • By Anonymous User on 11-01-2019

The FLOTUS who hated politics!

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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 552
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

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

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5 out of 5 stars
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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!

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5 out of 5 stars
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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

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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 2,231
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,962
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,965

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
  • You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, It'll Change Your Life!!

  • By Lyndon on 28-05-2015

Perhaps the most important nonfiction book ever.

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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: 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 1,072
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
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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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