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  • The Binding

  • By: Bridget Collins
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice - but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to handcraft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best love stories, ever.

  • By Susan on 22-01-2019

One of the best love stories, ever.

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

Reviewed: 22-01-2019

Go into this book with a clear mind, an open heart and a desire to feel that life really is worth living.

The binding is is a clever, mysterious book about the things we love and hate about ourselves. As well, it looks at the wider view, the community, it's prejudices and the hidden worlds that lay beneath the surface of those prejudices.

I was unable to stop listening.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Silence of the Girls

  • By: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton, Michael Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

The great city of Troy is under siege as Greek heroes Achilles and Agamemnon wage bloody war over a stolen woman. In the Greek camp, another woman is watching and waiting: Briseis. She was a queen of this land until Achilles sacked her city and murdered her husband and sons. Now she is Achilles' concubine: a prize of battle. Briseis is just one among thousands of women backstage in this war - the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead - all of them voiceless in history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • no longer silent

  • By Moira Delandes on 11-02-2019

Immersive Greek/Trogan story

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

Reviewed: 14-01-2019

How fascinating and enjoyable to find yourself in a Greek tragedy observing the characters that have influenced our world for so long.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, 2009.
Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just brilliant

  • By Anonymous User on 19-08-2017

King Henry....it’s not all about him.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-2019

Wonderful to hear a story set in the era of Queen Catherine/Anne Boleyn and to have the focus off the King...this was a wonderful read, immersive, informative, funny and sad. Cromwell is a character worth knowing, to have him as a mentor must have been wonderful.

  • Bridge of Clay

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Markus Zusak
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy - their mother is dead, their father has fled - they love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world. It is Clay, the quiet one, who will build a bridge - for his family, for his past, for his sins. He's building a bridge to transcend humanness. To survive. A miracle and nothing less.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Hamish B. on 16-12-2018

How can a writer write a book after ‘The Bbok Theif’

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

Reviewed: 07-01-2019

With ‘Bridge of Clay’

Just finished this deep, heart filled and distinctly Australian work and yes, there are tears falling. There is so much to relate to in this work. The love, loss, the family bonds and the exquisite pain of loss and blankets of grief. And there is joy and hope ...always ...in this family, there wonder and respect and so much more...and it’s all built of Clay
Thank you Markus Zusac for telling

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Milkman

  • By: Anna Burns
  • Narrated by: Bríd Brennan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • magic

  • By Dr. Sue Tait on 12-09-2018

Equal to any memorable book

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

Reviewed: 17-12-2018

I had no understanding of what Ireland would have been like to live through in the seventies. I knew there were big problems but hadn't considered what life would be like on a personal level. Now I understand. This strange narrative, all characters without a name, really and the narrator so colourful in her reflections of her intimate past , results in a vivid snapshot of one life, terrible and frightening yet charming and slightly humorous.

I really enjoyed it.

  • The Choke

  • By: Sofie Laguna
  • Narrated by: Danielle Baynes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Abandoned by her mother as a toddler, only occasionally visited by her volatile father and raised solely by her tormented Pop, Justine finds sanctuary in The Choke, a place where the banks of the Murray River are so narrow they can almost touch. Although Justine doesn't know it, her father is a menacing criminal, and the world she is exposed to is one of great peril to her. She must make sense of it on her own - and when she eventually does, she knows what she has to do....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Neither story nor narrator were great

  • By Erica Wodzak on 23-03-2018

another-great aAustralian writer

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

Reviewed: 24-09-2018

i just love the contemporary fiction emerging from the hearts and minds of Australuans.
Ms Laguna has captured tthe drought that sometimes exists in the lives of-some country towns here, The smallness of their worldview, The power that was given to some men with outdated menace and narrow ideology uninfluenced by change and restricted by old ideas that had no place in ccontemporary Australian homes.

I've gone overboard with the above comment But Justine was so real to me, So sensitively explored and unravelled.

very very sad but worthy of high praise

Thank you Sophia

  • Illuminae

  • By: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, Jonathan McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

The year is 2575, and two megacorporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice-covered speck. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just beginning. A deadly plague has broken out on one of the spaceships and is mutating, with terrifying results. Their ship's protection is seriously flawed. No one will say what is going on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it Or regret it.

  • By Matt Shepherd on 28-08-2017

Mesmerising

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

Reviewed: 30-07-2018

I avoided this book for sometime, thinking it was young adult fiction. This is so much more . If you read only one science fiction this year, let it be this one.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • 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

So good, really....

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

Reviewed: 11-04-2018

What did you like most about The Great Alone?

the astounding ability of Kristin Hannah to evoke the nature of the environment in which the story is set. I want to go there, I want to live there...

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Alone?

Going back to Alaska, toward the end

Which scene did you most enjoy?

this may seem crazy but the scene when mum was dying and daughter was there, talking and being with her, despite everything. I have experienced this, with my husband and the scene evoked some deeply poignant memories, sad yes but beautiful.

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

Always be prepared, always.

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now. As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hit by train of awesomeness

  • By Humberto on 31-03-2016

Harry is a delight

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

Reviewed: 11-04-2018

If you could sum up The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August in three words, what would they be?

charming, thought provoking

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry...who else?

What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

great narration

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

what if you could relive your life again and again......

Any additional comments?

As others have said, a thought provoking exploration of time travel

  • Days Without End

  • By: Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Having signed up for the US Army in the 1850s, aged barely 17, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and ultimately the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in, they find these days to be vivid. Both an intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America's past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By LYNNEF on 29-09-2017

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

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

Reviewed: 10-03-2018

I wish I had the gift of writing and the art of narration to express how deeply human, how utterly beautiful the characters, how real they are and just how close they come to the experience of love, loss, friendship, war, society and more, this book comes.

I wish it had not ended