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  • A Fortunate Life

  • By: A. B. Facey
  • Narrated by: Roger Cardwell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Born in 1894, Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression and spent 60 years with his beloved wife, Evelyn. Despite enduring hardships we can barely imagine today, Facey always saw his life as a "fortunate" one. A true classic of Australian literature, his simply written autobiography is an inspiration. It is the story of a life lived to the full - the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moved to tears

  • By allatabbeycottage@btinternet.com on 08-03-2018

Beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 14-02-2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had not read it before and the narrator did an excellent job.

  • Tobruk

  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 143

In the early days of April 1941, the 14,000 Australian forces garrisoned in the Libyan town of Tobruk were told to expect reinforcements and supplies within eight weeks. Eight months later these heroic, gallant, determined "Rats of Tobruk" were rescued by the British Navy having held the fort against the might of Rommel's never-before-defeated Afrika Corps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving.

  • By Reader on 23-12-2018

Well done<br />

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

Reviewed: 05-12-2018

I was engrossed from the outset. It is very well written and a fine tribute to those who fought at Tobruk. The narrator was easy to listen to. Thank you Peter for writing it.

  • Outback Cop

  • By: Evan McHugh, Neale McShane
  • Narrated by: David Tredinnick, Neale McShane
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Birdsville is one of the most remote police postings in Australia. It can be lonely and uneventful for weeks, then the dramas come thick and fast: from desert rescues to rising floods, venomous vipers to visiting VIPs. Throw in heat, dust and flies and it's not a job for the faint-hearted, unless you're Senior Constable Neale McShane, who has single-handedly taken care of a beat the size of Victoria for the past 10 years. Recently retired, Neale and his family thrived on the adventures and colourful times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Birdsville a wonderful place.

  • By gwcraig on 24-07-2017

Good yarn but....

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

Reviewed: 13-06-2018

This is actually a good yarn and easy to listen to but I am not a fan of a lot of swearing so I have decided to return this book.

  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

  • The Classic Memoirs of a Yorkshire Country Vet
  • By: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

Now settled into the sleepy Yorkshire village of Darrowby and married to Helen the farmer's daughter, James Herriot thinks he's finally got himself sorted. But life as a vet in the 1930s was never going to be easy. Quite aside from his unpredictable colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, he must contend with new-fangled medical techniques, delivering calves after far too much homemade wine, and a grudge-holding dog called Magnus who never forgets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book ~ narration terrific ~ but...

  • By Nola Coulthurst on 18-11-2018

Absolutely delightful

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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: 12-06-2018

A delight to listen to especially as the narrator is the same person who played James Herriot in the BBC television series.

  • Diary of a Young Girl

  • By: Anne Frank
  • Narrated by: Helena Bonham Carter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a 'secret annexe', fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary.An intimate record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, Anne Frank's diary is one of those unique documents, famed throughout the world.It portrays innocence and humanity, suffering and survival in the starkest and most moving terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Endearing Diary

  • By Anna Spencer on 24-11-2017

Beautifully read<br />

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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: 31-03-2018

I had never read this book so it was a delight to hear it narrated so well.

  • Victoria: The Queen

  • An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire
  • By: Julia Baird
  • Narrated by: Clare Fraenkel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52

A magnificent biography of Queen Victoria by International New York Times columnist Julia Baird. Drawing on previously unpublished papers, Victoria: The Queen is a stunning new portrait of the real woman behind the myth - a story of love and heartbreak, of devotion and grief, of strength and resilience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Victoria I never knew existed

  • By Linda Marea on 03-12-2017

Well researched.

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

Reviewed: 17-03-2018

Well researched and fascinating but very lengthy. A book that would be better to read rather than listening to due to the style of writing. Has the tendency to seem to jump around which is frustrating when listening to it.