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Chloe Starick

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  • The Immortalists

  • By: Chloe Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Maggie Hoffman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. Four siblings, too young for what they are about to hear, sneak out to hear their fortunes. We then follow the intertwined paths the siblings take over the course of five decades and, in particular, how they choose to live with the supposed knowledge the fortune-teller gave them that day. This is a story about life, mortality and the choices we make.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Avoid

  • By Chloe Starick on 13-04-2018

Avoid

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-2018

Couldn't get past the gay porn literature, which I found distasteful. I wouldn't recommend this book.

2 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,232
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,968

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than completely fine

  • By Bec on 29-10-2017

A very enjoyable and engaging listen.

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

Reviewed: 24-11-2017

A wonderful book filled to the brim with likeable characters and a great plot. I would highly recommend.

  • 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

A Good Aussie Story

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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: 10-03-2017

At first I wasn't sure if this book would be too wrapped up in early Australian politics but the story is far from it!
I found this book to be captivating and a very interesting account of the early days of Australian Settlers. The characters are engaging and the story throws up some interesting twists!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Summer Seaside Kitchen

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Flora is forced to move back to the tiny island of Mure from the bright lights of London. It's tough: even the beautiful landscapes and bright blue sea can't lift her spirits - she's too busy looking after her dad and her feckless brothers. Then she chances upon her mum's collection of recipes and begins to cook her way through it. As she reconnects with her family and the place she was born, might she also find herself?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mari on 20-07-2017

A Lovely Book

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

Reviewed: 10-03-2017

This is an easy listening book with an enjoyable storyline and a cast of relatable characters.

  • Fingersmith

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

London 1862: Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves - fingersmiths - under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her 'family'. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fantastic BOOK!

  • By Rebecca on 26-08-2018

Plot Twists

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-02-2017

This is a great story with excellent characters and lots of plot twists.
The narrator does a beautiful job.

  • A Rural Affair

  • By: Catherine Alliott
  • Narrated by: Alison Reid
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Newly widowed Poppy Shilling should be feeling distraught at the death of her husband, Phil. But, instead, she can’t help feeling relieved. No longer will she have to endure Phil’s iron fist ruling over her and their two young children, or his unfortunate penchant for Lycra cycling wear. And when a secret is revealed after his death, Poppy’s memories of their life together are turned upside down. Freed from her loveless marriage, Poppy is determined not to make the same mistakes again. As she embraces village life to the full, will Poppy have the courage to follow her heart? It’s time for a new beginning, and a chance to discover what real love feels like…Alison Reid reads this hilarious, heartwarming novel from bestselling author Catherine Alliott.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listening. Enjoyable characters.

  • By Chloe Starick on 19-10-2016

Easy listening. Enjoyable characters.

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

Reviewed: 19-10-2016

This book was thoroughly enjoyable. There were twists and turns and each character was introduced and upheld beautifully by Alison Reid. A delightful listen.

  • 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 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

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

A must listen!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-2016

A really wonderful story filled with great characters as it twists and turns and delivers insight into the lives of people during WWII.
The performance of Bea Holland for each character was infallible and highly entertaining.
I highly recommend this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Dog

  • By: Louis de Bernières
  • Narrated by: Daniel Lapaine
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

When a family tragedy means Mick is sent to the outback to live with his grandpa, it looks as if he has a lonely life ahead of him. The cattle station is a tough place for a child, where nature is brutal and the men must work hard in the heat and dust. However, after a cyclone hits, things change for Mick. Exploring the floodwater, he finds a lost puppy covered in mud and half drowned. Mick and his dog immediately become inseparable as they take on the adventures offered by their unusual home and the business of growing up together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By Chloe Starick on 24-08-2016

A Must Read

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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: 24-08-2016

A beautiful Aussie story filled with an assortment of entertaining characters! I'm just disappointed that it wasn't a longer book.

  • According to Yes

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 152

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook addition of According to Yes, the hilarious new novel by Dawn French. The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. Emotional displays - unacceptable. Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome. Fun - no thanks. This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • surprises galore. Very entertaining , well written

  • By Linda Walker on 27-02-2016

A Great Listen

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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: 07-07-2016

This book is wonderful, full of twists and makes you laugh and cry. Highly recommended.

  • The Harp in the South

  • By: Ruth Park
  • Narrated by: Kate Hood
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Hugh and Margaret Darcy are raising their family in Sydney amid the brothels, grog shops and run-down boarding houses of Surry Hills, where money is scarce and life is not easy. Filled with beautifully drawn characters that will make you laugh as much as cry, this Australian classic will take you straight back to the colourful slums of Sydney with convincing depth, careful detail and great heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ruth Park never fails to delight

  • By Katherine Avery on 21-12-2018

A nice easy Australian story.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-2016

This is a great Aussie story, showcasing different characters and their differing personalities. So nice to hear a familiar accent.