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  • Watkin Tench's 1788

  • By: Tim Flannery (editor)
  • Narrated by: Grant Cartwright
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Tench, a humble captain-lieutenant of the marines, arrived on the First Fleet, and with his characteristic understanding, humanity, and eye for detail, recorded the first four years of European settlement. This is a classic, lovingly edited and introduced by Tim Flannery, author of the best-selling The Future Eaters, Throwim Way Leg, and The Weather Makers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Returning as free on LibriVox

  • By Jennifer2 on 18-07-2019

Returning as free on LibriVox

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

Reviewed: 18-07-2019

This book is freely available in LibriVox and Project Gutenberg.
Aside from foreword it’s on the internet.

  • The Killer Across the Table

  • By: John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Groff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 67

In The Killer Across the Table, legendary FBI criminal profiler and number one best-selling author John Douglas delves deep into the lives and crimes of four of the most disturbing and complex predatory killers he’s encountered, offering never-before-revealed details about his profiling process and divulging the strategies used to crack some of his most challenging cases. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • not for me

  • By Jennifer2 on 18-07-2019

not for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-2019

Too much detail for my liking. Especially with children involved its not everyone's story to take in.

  • The Housekeeper's Tale

  • The Women Who Really Ran the English Country House
  • By: Tessa Boase
  • Narrated by: Tessa Boase
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The Housekeeper's Tale reveals the personal sacrifices, bitter disputes and driving ambition that shaped these women's careers. Using secret diaries, unpublished letters, and the neglected service archives of our stately homes, Tessa Boase tells the extraordinary stories of five working women who ran some of Britain's most prominent households.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Returning

  • By Jennifer2 on 16-07-2019

Returning

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

Reviewed: 16-07-2019

I was disappointed with the book all round. I kept wondering when the story was about to start. There seemed to be repeated ‘introductions’.

  • The Diary of a Bookseller

  • By: Shaun Bythell
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Jennifer2 on 16-07-2019

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 16-07-2019

I enjoyed the book and find it a novel...way of learning about both book-selling and townspeople. Some lol moments along with ‘how rude are some folk’.

  • The Radium Girls

  • They Paid with Their Lives. Their Final Fight Was for Justice.
  • By: Kate Moore
  • Narrated by: Kate Moore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

In 1917, as a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks, and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. The very thing that had made them feel alive was in fact killing them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An astounding story

  • By Jennifer2 on 11-07-2019

An astounding story

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

Reviewed: 11-07-2019

It was with horror that I listened to the story unfold. To think that Radium was used so “carelessly”. I guess much of the principle in the story has been repeated by careless and even dangerous quackery which has always been around. Think of the Bex powders which later showed to have a Cancer causing ingredient.
Well read by the author, I’m pleased to have learnt about this.

  • Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch

  • By: Ruth Cowen
  • Narrated by: Jennie Bond, Tim Piggott-Smith, Lindsay Duncan
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

On the occasion of the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, respected royal broadcaster Jennie Bond explores the life of the longest reigning British monarch. Born a minor royal, Elizabeth is now the most recognisable woman in the world. Admired by many, she has reigned through a period of unprecedented change, keeping the monarchy strong and consistent despite the end of empire, public scandals and private loss. This newly written history uses actors and eyewitness observation to bring to life the story of this most remarkable woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some unvarnished truths

  • By Jennifer2 on 03-07-2019

Some unvarnished truths

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

Reviewed: 03-07-2019

Beautifully narrated and including quips and quotes from Her Majesty and her family, this tells much that we already know and more. With a long life comes many experiences and it pretty honestly sums up the Queen’s life so far. It portrays a woman born into privilege and with such high expectations of herself, that she seems to have become quite cold and remote to other’s feelings and needs (and perhaps to her own) that she’s somewhat robotic. Royalty has had so many scandals that I have mostly lost regard for them. The self serving behaviour, particularly in connection with Dianna Spencer being used as a “womb“ takes some beating. Maybe the younger ones like William and Kate will be able to restore some much needed respect.
We all do well to remember we are equal before God.

  • The Great Race

  • The Race Between the English and the French to Complete the Map of Australia
  • By: David Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul English
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

On the afternoon of 8 April 1802, in the remote southern ocean, two explorers had a remarkable chance encounter. Englishman Matthew Flinders and Frenchman Nicolas Baudin had been sent by their governments on the same quest: to explore the uncharted coast of the great south land and find out whether the west and east coasts, four thousand kilometres apart, were part of the same island. And so began the race to compile the definitive map of Australia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You Flinders & Baudin

  • By Michael on 24-02-2016

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 03-07-2019

I love the exploration history of Australia and this added further to that interest. I was not aware of the English and French almost simultaneously setting out to map the coast of Australia. At one stage toward the middle of the book I almost gave up because of the many and varied French names of explorers and ship names. It’s a book that can easily be heard twice,since it contains so much information.
Paul English is a great narrator, who makes a huge difference to a story.

  • Unnatural Causes

  • By: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

As the country's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you like Forensic Science?

  • By Graeme Moore on 08-05-2019

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 30-06-2019

I really enjoyed this book a lot. Dr Shepherd manages to be highly qualified and hold positions of great responsibilities while remaining very grounded and humble.
It’s such a fascinating book in how he describes post-mortems as the body telling him the story they can no longer speak. What blessings there are Doctors who wish to speak for the dead in this manner. Thanks Dick.

  • Cardinal

  • The Rise and Fall of George Pell
  • By: Louise Milligan
  • Narrated by: Louise Milligan, Thomas Keneally
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46

George Pell was a Ballarat boy who studied at Oxford and rose through the Catholic Church ranks to become adviser to Pope Francis and Vatican treasurer. He has been expelled from the Pope's inner circle of trusted cardinals. As an outspoken defender of church orthodoxy, supported and championed by the powerful, Pell's ascendancy was remarkable and seemingly unstoppable. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The full story

  • By Bec on 09-06-2019

I won't bother

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

Reviewed: 01-06-2019

Only one and a half chapters into the book and I am returning it. The sarcastic foreword aside, the bias is so evident from the start that I will not continue. Judging Pell's thoughts and character from a sporting photo and assessing a man's PTSD from looking into his ''ptsd' eyes'' is enough to make me realise I am not getting an objective narrative. I'll pass thanks.

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  • The Catalpa Rescue

  • The Gripping Story of the Most Dramatic and Successful Prison Break in Australian History
  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Michael Carman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

The incredible true story of one of the most extraordinary and inspirational prison breaks in history. Boston, 1869. Members of the Clan na Gael - agitators for an Irish republic - hatch a daring plan to free six Irish political prisoners from the most remote gaol on earth, Fremantle Prison in Western Australia. Under the guise of a whale hunt, Captain Anthony sets sail on the Catalpa, risking his life to rescue the men from the prison, known among the inmates as 'a living tomb'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much more than the story of the Catalpa rescue

  • By Anonymous User on 11-07-2019

A great story.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-2019

Thanks for sharing the story in your inimitable way Peter. I'd never heard of it and it adds more to the fascinating history of WA, Freo and the Irish. Loved the narration.