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  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 316

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook in ages

  • By Antonia on 18-02-2014

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 14-07-2015

There were so many things about this book that I would have normally hated - the era, the gold rushes, too many male characters - but I LOVED this book!!! I was interested the whole way through, the characters were amazing and I loved and hated them intensely and alternately. The setting was made so vivid I felt that I could HEAR the birds, the gunshots, the voices... The magnificent things about this book though was that the author used the changing points of view to play with the passage of time so as to make the reader feel that they are JUST behind the action, JUST on the cusp of discovering the mystery - it kept me gripped from start to finish. The story and characters were an absolute feat of imagination - the twist and turns and the gasps as you realise what is about to happen just as it does. This book is an epic, in the best possible way. I would highly recommend it to anyone - even the readers who, like me, find the premise of it a bit dull on the surface.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good twist at the end

  • By Trigga on 07-09-2015

Not a good book

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

Reviewed: 01-05-2015

I hated this book and if I could assign a zero star rating to it, I would. It was so poorly written that, even though different chapters were written from different character's point of view, the characters sounded exactly the same, none more so than the detective and 'villain'. This made the book very repetitive and dull. The characters were cliched and inconsistent and not at all believable. The plot was so weak and predictable that I would not have been surprised if it had all ended with, 'And then she woke up and it was all a dream.' The writing style was the worst aspect of the book though. Each character was unnecessarily verbose and it felt like it was written with an [insert adjective here] formula. The description and imagery was jarringly bad and was distracting. For example, lines like, 'her hair fell mindlessly to her ivory shoulders' and 'he was as black as a black bear' were very frequent and just didn't work. I am surprised at the lack of editing of the book and the result is a clumsily written, predictable story. I am really surprised I finished it and would not recommend it at all. The narration was awful, I hated all of the accents and found them just as cliched and inconsistent as the text itself. The worst was Colin's voice of Mia, who sounded like a muppet and therefore was not believable or sympathetic. Disappointing.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful