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  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

Alaska, 1974. Untamed. Unpredictable. A story of a family in crisis struggling to survive at the edge of the world, it is also a story of young and enduring love. Cora Allbright and her husband, Ernt, a recently returned Vietnam veteran scarred by the war, uproot their 13-year-old daughter, Leni, to start a new life in Alaska. Utterly unprepared for the weather and the isolation, but welcomed by the close-knit community, they fight to build a home in this harsh, beautiful wilderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful novel

  • By Prue on 16-02-2018

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 16-07-2018

I fell in love with this book. One of the best I’ve listened to in a while. The story was rich in detail and pulled on my heart strings.

A beautiful and heartbreaking look at family dynamics in an Alaska bought to life with wonderful descriptions.

Julie Whelan was amazing as always.

  • Endgame

  • Arisen series, Book 14
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 129

This is it. Alpha team goes once more into the breach. On what will be their final missions ever in the Zulu Alpha - and the fight of their lives — Homer & Ali, and Predator & Juice, launch out into the terminal post-Apocalypse, as London is overrun by the very last rush of death covering the entire planet. Neither mission can fail, but can all four teammates survive? Or will some go down safeguarding the lives of those they love more than life itself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I have to start again

  • By Alexandra on 15-06-2018

A wonderful conclusion to a brilliant series

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

Reviewed: 21-05-2018

This is my all time favourite audio book series from my all time favourite narrator.

Fast paced, wonderful characters, heart warming and yet funny too.

Highly recommend this series.

  • 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 263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 247

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

Inspiring, heartbreaking and amazingly honest.

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

Reviewed: 20-11-2016

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

Everyone should read this book. Deng Thiak Adut is brutally honest in his story telling and the ability to see the world through his eyes is life changing and inspiring.

What does Ben Mckelvey and Blessing Mokgohloa bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ben McKelvey adds a level of detail to the book that allows you see and smell what you are hearing. Blessing Mokgohloa's narration is wonderful, warm and very easy to listen to.

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

No, but not because it isn't a wonderful book, in fact quite the opposite. This book more than most made me have to stop and think about what I was hearing and process it. I couldn't listen to some of the terrible things that have happened it Deng Adut's life and then just move onto the next chapter. I had to digest it, mull it over and then keep listening.

Any additional comments?

A truly wonderful story that is still happening. As a middle class white Australian this book opened my eyes up to just how difficult it is for new migrants to Australia nut for refugees it's just so much harder again. Throughout this book I would imagine if these things were happening to my children, my family and it's a testament to Deng Adut's strength of character that he has managed to achieve the levels of success that he has. A truly inspiring story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mordacious

  • The City Series, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse's offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombies - it's the coexisting with people that might do her in. Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He's used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • bring on book 2

  • By Jenny Taylor on 13-10-2016

I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 25-09-2016

I loved the characters and narration of this audio book. I can't wait for the next book. Hurry up please!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cataclysm

  • Arisen, Book 9
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 106

The battle to keep the undead tide from the walls of London is lost. Africa is a deadly hall of mirrors, leaving Alpha team riven with dissension and doubt. And the one man who might save the world is crashing to Earth half a world away. Only our greatest warriors can walk through this fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story can't wait for book 10!

  • By Ben Allwood on 17-08-2016

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 16-08-2016

My only problem with this series is that I listen to them quicker than they are produced and they always leave me wanting more.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Nemesis

  • Arisen, Book 8.5
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 104

Between the fall of man and the arrival of the JFK, the Horn of Africa is a battleground. Salvation. Vengeance. Vanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of a kind

  • By ScrimboxTeam on 15-08-2016

I had my doubts...but it was AWESOME!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-2016

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

I love R.C. Bray's narration and the story line is fast and engaging.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really loved and enjoyed all of the characters. They were all well rounded and engaging.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When you think it can' get any worse...think again.

Any additional comments?

I'm never sure about stand alone books, I've seem some work and others not so much. I was worried and hesitated to download this book because I love the series so much and thought it wouldn't be the same without the characters I'd come to love and know. Well knock me down with a feather it was fantastic. I should of trusted the author and narrator more.

It was a great listen all round.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Flag of the Dead: White Flag of the Dead, Book 1

  • Zombie Survival Series
  • By: Joseph Talluto
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Millions died when the Enillo Virus swept the earth. Millions more were lost when the victims of the plague refused to stay dead, instead rising to slaughter and feed on those left alive. For survivors like John Talon and his son Jake, they are faced with a choice: Do they submit to the dead, raising the white flag of surrender? Or do they find the will to fight, to try and hang on to the last shreds of humanity?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next one!

  • By Rani on 04-07-2016

Can't wait for the next one!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-2016

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the main character and the story line flowed really well.

The narration was great and easy listening.

  • World War Z

  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched firsthand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living - or at least the undead - hell of that dreadful time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t put it down!!!

  • By Rianni on 02-06-2018

I wanted to like it more...

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

Reviewed: 25-04-2016

I really wanted to like this book however I think that the style just isn't what resonates with me. Jumping from character to character just didn't quite grab me.

In saying that I can see why most people have really enjoyed it. A different perspective than most in this genre and well written.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,805

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

So much more than I payed for

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

Reviewed: 11-03-2016

I really enjoyed this book. It was so easy to listen to. I loved the characters, the genuine normal flaws they all had.

Some grew at turns and twists and genuine moments that made me laugh out loud,

  • The Apocalypse: The Undead World Novel 1 (Volume 1)

  • By: Peter Meredith
  • Narrated by: Basil Sands
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Greed, terrorism, and simple bad luck conspire to bring mankind to its knees as a viral infection spreads out of control, reducing those infected to undead horrors that feed upon the rest. It's a time of misery and death for most, however there are some who are lucky, some who are fast, and some who are just too damned tough to go down without a fight. This is their story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good. certainly one of the better zombie book

  • By Vicki Edgley on 13-04-2016

Great Zombie Apocalyse Story

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

Reviewed: 24-11-2015

What made the experience of listening to The Apocalypse: The Undead World Novel 1 (Volume 1) the most enjoyable?

I really loved the characters and how human they are. They made mistakes, a lot of mistakes and were really relatable. The Narration is very good as well.

Have you listened to any of Basil Sands’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, first time

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

Yes, couldn't put it down

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book. it is harsh and brutal at times, but I could easily imagine this happening to society in the event of an apocalypse. This book always kept me guessing and definitely surprised me more than once.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful