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  • Mutiny on the Bounty

  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Michael Carman
  • Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30

The mutiny on HMS Bounty, in the South Pacific on 28 April 1789, is one of history's truly great stories - a tale of human drama, intrigue and adventure of the highest order - and in the hands of Peter FitzSimons it comes to life as never before. Commissioned by the Royal Navy to collect breadfruit plants from Tahiti and take them to the West Indies, the Bounty's crew found themselves in a tropical paradise. Five months later, they did not want to leave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By TruckieShane on 05-11-2018

What a story!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-2018

This is a wonderfully narrated true story of one of the most astounding naval stories in history. I was swept along and repeatedly went to pictures or further information on the net. At times I had to stay awake to hear a ''bit more''. Fitzsimons has amazing ability to ''retell'' history and I'm grateful to him.

  • The Girl with No Name

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Bea Holland
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Thirteen-year-old Lisa escapes from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport and arrives in England in August 1939. She can't speak a word of English, and among her meagre belongings is one precious photograph of her family. But when the Blitz blows her new home apart, she wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is. The authorities give her a new name and despatch her to a children's home. With the war in full swing, what will become of Lisa now?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED IT!

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-08-2016

Average all round

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

Reviewed: 03-11-2018

Not my favourite story. I didn’t feel any affection for Lisa/Charlotte, and found it difficult to believe her foster parents “loved” her so readily. Possibly because of underdeveloped character descriptions.
The book has some interesting historical descriptions (though they are quite well known) and feels like its trying to be suspenseful but never makes the grade. Harry cannot decide if he will be a hero or criminal, and both Lisa and him maintain the same lack of English while claiming to be learning the language very fast. Overall the book will likely appeal to a youthful (late teen)audience.
I wanted to know how it ended, yet found myself scoffing quite often.

  • The Life of Elizabeth I

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 23 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

The New York Times best-selling author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The War of the Roses, historian Alison Weir crafts fascinating portraits of England’s infamous House of Tudor line. Here Weir focuses on Elizabeth I, also known as the Virgin Queen, who ascended to the throne at age 25 and never married, yet ruled for 44 years and steered England into its Golden Age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Jennifer2 on 02-10-2018

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-10-2018

Alison Weir writes amazingly books. This one is long and fascinating. I could listen again one day. Davina has just the right voice and English for this book on Royalty.

  • The Private Lives of the Tudors

  • Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty
  • By: Tracy Borman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

The Tudor monarchs were constantly surrounded by an army of attendants, courtiers and ministers. Even in their most private moments, they were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed. These attendants knew the truth behind the glamorous exterior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Facinating

  • By Jane on 15-06-2016

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-10-2018

Beautifully narrated by Jonathon and Sandra. Most interesting. Another great way to learn about historical figures and their ways of life. The difference in the English between then and now is also fascinating.

  • The House We Called Home

  • By: Jenny Oliver
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

The house where Stella and her sister, Amy, grew up never changes - the red front door, the breathtaking view over the Cornish coast, her parents in their usual spots on the sofa. Except this summer, things feel a little different.... Stella’s father is nowhere to be seen, yet her mother - in suspiciously new Per Una jeans - seems curiously unfazed by his absence and more eager to talk about her mysterious dog-walking buddy, Mitch. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • returned because of blaspheme

  • By Jennifer2 on 24-09-2018

returned because of blaspheme

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

Reviewed: 24-09-2018

right at the start there was blaspheme. I have no wish to hear that and it is totally unnecessary.

  • All Creatures Great and Small

  • The Classic Memoirs of a Yorkshire Country Vet
  • By: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 56

The inspiration for the BBC series of the same name. Fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, to the young James Herriot 1930s Yorkshire seems to offer an idyllic pocket of rural life in a rapidly changing world. But from his erratic new colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, to incomprehensible farmers, herds of semiferal cattle, a pig called Nugent and an overweight Pekingese called Tricki Woo, James find he is on a learning curve as steep as the hills around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beaut book but.....

  • By Nola Coulthurst on 15-11-2018

Great stories

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

Reviewed: 08-07-2018

A particularly interesting book because of it being before Antibiotics.
My main frustration is the very frequent blasphemy. Why people insist on spoiling an otherwise great story, is a mystery to me. It is very selfish and crass.

  • The Honest Spy

  • By: Andreas Kollender, Steve Anderson - translator
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

In the tradition of Schindler's List comes a thrilling novel based on the heroic true story of Fritz Kolbe, a widowed civil servant in Adolf Hitler's foreign ministry. Recognizing that millions of lives are at stake, Kolbe uses his position to pass information to the Americans - risking himself and the people he holds most dear - and embarks on a dangerous double life as the Allies' most important spy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but not easy listening

  • By Jennifer2 on 19-06-2018

Interesting but not easy listening

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

Reviewed: 19-06-2018

I did struggle to finish the book. I wanted to know more about Fritz, yet found a lot of names and order of events confusing. It may be because its a translation that the book is less 'readable', I don't know.
The cursing was uneccesary and annoying.

  • Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles

  • By: Tom Bower
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Best-selling author Tom Bower reveals the power, passion and defiance of Prince Charles. Few heirs to the throne have suffered as much humiliation as Prince Charles. Despite his hard work and genuine concern for the disadvantaged, he has struggled to overcome his unpopularity. After Diana's death, his approval rating crashed to 4 percent and has been rescued only by his marriage to Camilla. Nevertheless, just one third of Britons now support him to be the next king.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An astonishing story

  • By Jennifer2 on 26-05-2018

An astonishing story

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

Reviewed: 26-05-2018

I found the book quite long because I'm not familiar with many of the names.
It was well read however and interesting.
To the average person it is unbelievable how conceited and arrogant Charles is.
Even if 20% is true, I would resent having him as king. I hope Australia removes the Union Jack from our flag after Queen Elizabeth.

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  • Salt Creek

  • By: Lucy Treloar
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

In 1855 Salt Creek lies at the far reaches of the remote, beautiful and inhospitable coastal region, the Coorong, in the new province of South Australia. The area, just opened to graziers willing to chance their luck, becomes home to Stanton Finch and his large family, including 15-year-old Hester Finch. Once wealthy political activists, the Finch family has fallen on hard times. Cut adrift from the polite society they were raised to be part of, Hester and her siblings make connections where they can.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Aussie Story

  • By Chloe Starick on 10-03-2017

pevocative

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

Reviewed: 20-05-2018

The narration was just perfect, specially about Tully.
Powerful emotions surfaced in me about white man's behaviour as they settled in Australia.
Even the "kindest" of the charachters considered it normal to take what they needed and let the blacks "move on".
White man could have learnt so much from the native people.

Useful for Aboriginal studies. Its not page turning fiction, but a valuable resource, exposing racism, hypocrisy and abuse in story form. An editor would have done well to remove the repetitive "he said, she said" throughout, which was a bit annoying for audio.

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don`t Miss This Experience

  • By Graham on 18-05-2015

Returned for swearing

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

Reviewed: 12-05-2018

looked forward to this book but so much blasphemy right at start already. Quite dissapointed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful