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  • Scrublands

  • By: Chris Hammer
  • Narrated by: Dorje Swallow
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

In Riversend, an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest steps out of his church and calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself. A year later, troubled journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend to write a feature on the anniversary of the tragedy. But the stories he hears from the locals about the priest and incidents leading up to the shooting don't fit with the accepted version of events his own newspaper reported in an award-winning investigation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A POWERFUL BOOK

  • By Hawthorn🦋Cottage on 20-08-2018

It’s a cracker

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

Reviewed: 28-11-2018

Great Aussie story that keeps you guessing. Interesting characters and good story line. Nicely narrated. It’s a ripper.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward, Robert G Slade
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

The compelling new standalone novel from the Sunday Times number-one best-selling author of Unseen and Cop Town. With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared 20 years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horrific couldn't put it down

  • By Tina on 24-07-2015

Just WOW !!

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

Reviewed: 22-02-2018

This is the first audiobook that I nearly gave up on at an early stage .... but I am so very pleased that I didn't. The female narrator starts with the Claire character and the narration was sooo slow and lifeless that I thought "I don't think I can listen to this". But stay with it, you'll soon find that it isn't a narrator issue but actually great representation of the bored rich housewife character.

Without giving away any spoilers, the book deals with abduction, mutilation and rape and as others have mentioned it is pretty graphic. However, if you can stomach that you'll find this a gripping story.

  • The Crossroad

  • By: Mark Donaldson
  • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 778

On 2 September ,2008, in a valley in eastern Afghanistan, Trooper Mark Donaldson made a split-second decision that would change his life. His display of extraordinary courage that day saw him awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia, making him the first Australian to receive our highest award for bravery in wartime since Keith Payne in 1969.Yet Mark's journey to those crucial moments in Afghanistan was almost as exceptional as the acts that led to his VC.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By craig on 07-01-2016

Great story

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

Reviewed: 22-02-2018

Excellent true life story of how a troublesome kid becomes a military legend.

The only reason I critically marked the performance down one star was due to the fact that there was a tendency to repeat explanations of the TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) used. Many are well known in common language and didn't need explanation at all ... but ok explain it once to me. However, once I have been told I don't need to be reminded again. Just a mild annoyance in an otherwise brilliant book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695

Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording. We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Kate on 26-01-2016

Interesting perspective

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

Reviewed: 10-10-2017

Overall enjoyed the book but it was good, rather than great.

Really liked the concept of the story being through the perspective of the wife of the accused for a change. However, there were phases in the book that seemed to drag a little.

Main character seemed a little too 'archetypal long-suffering British housewife' but the narrator did a good job at making it believable.

  • The Dry

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475

A story of desperation, resolution and small-town prejudice played out against the blistering extremes of life on the land. Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, a farmer turns his gun on his family and then himself. As questions mount and suspicion casts a long shadow over the parched town, specialist investigator Aaron Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good book.

  • By Lisa on 29-11-2016

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-10-2017

A double mystery (one past one recent) woven with expertise and a few red-herrings. On top of that there is real insight in to the rather parochial ways of life in a remote Aussie outback town.

Characters were all believable as was the story line ... I don't remember a single "Oh, c'mon - that would never happen" moment.

Narrator did a good job of bringing life to the various characters.

  • The Passenger

  • By: Lisa Lutz
  • Narrated by: Edwina Wrenass
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband's body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It's not the first time. She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognises the hunted look in a fugitive's eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya - now Amelia - accepts. An uneasy and dangerous alliance is born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable suspence

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-08-2018

First time to Lutz and really enjoyed it.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-2017

Without giving away any spoilers the story starts with an event and follows the 'adventures' from that point on. However, you are almost immediately introduced to the fact that there is a past that is just as important. The story cleverly gradually reveals more of the past as the future continues.

Narrator did a good job at making the character believable.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • American Assassin

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist's worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world...and then tragedy struck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series....

  • By Dave on 22-05-2016

Overall an enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 23-06-2017

First Vince Flynn book I've listened to. Good spy / assassin story albeit with a somewhat predictable ending.

Will definitely try the second book in the series.

  • Doctor Sleep

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Stephen King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special 12-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best

  • By Raymond on 12-01-2015

Classic Stephen King

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

Reviewed: 07-06-2017

Any additional comments?

Clever storyline dealing with the life of the boy (Dan T) from the Shining. A great mix of horror, thriller and personal struggles.

Will Patton does a great job at bringing life to the characters and conveying the tense nature of the story.

If you are a fan of the classic King stories this should definitely be on your list.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • NOS4R2

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Summer. Massachusetts. An old Silver Wraith with a frightening history. A story about one serial killer and his lingering, unfinished business.Anyone could be next. We're going to Christmasland . . .NOS4A2 is an old-fashioned horror novel in the best sense. Claustrophobic, gripping and terrifying, this is a story that will have you on the edge of the seat while you read, and leaving the lights on while you sleep.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome to Christmasland!

  • By Linda on 06-06-2015

Clever horror/thriller

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

Reviewed: 10-04-2017

Any additional comments?

My first Joe Hill book and I was a little sceptical being an original King fan. However, I certainly wasn't disappointed.

The book is clever and somewhat complex. I won't give away any spoilers but the interplay of the world of thought versus the real world and its emotional impact on the main character is riveting.

It is a long book and the pace slows a bit in the mid section but stay with it until the end. It's worth it.

Kate Mulgrew provides a fine performance with a good range of voices and great expression throughout.

  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 198

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid story and main character.

  • By Adrian Panow on 12-10-2015

Not for everyone

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

Reviewed: 10-02-2017

Any additional comments?

I scored it a 4 and will buy another one in the series but need to make it clear that the book is not going to be for everyone.

It's fast paced and action packed in a similar vein to Tom Wood's "Victor" series. However, you will need to the ability to accept the fanciful and push reality aside to enjoy the entertainment.

Without giving away any spoilers you will need to be able to believe that the best assassin in the world has a moral compass and his body is able to withstand amazing injury and still out-fight dozens of able bodied military trained professionals.

Jay Snyder did a pretty good job. Some of the accents were a little suspect and some of the cuts from different recorded takes were evident but the latter is really a production issue rather than the narrator's to be fair.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful