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  • Liar Liar

  • Detective Harriet Blue, Book 3
  • By: James Patterson, Candice Fox
  • Narrated by: Federay Holmes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Sam Blue stands accused of the brutal murders of three young students, their bodies dumped near the Georges River. Only one person believes he is innocent: his sister, Detective Harriet Blue. And she’s determined to prove it. Except she’s now been banished to the outback town of Last Chance Valley (population 75), where a diary found on the roadside outlines a shocking plan - the massacre of the entire town. And the first death, shortly after Harry’s arrival, suggests the clock is already ticking.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Inauthentic and disappointing

  • By Michael on 21-07-2019

Inauthentic and disappointing

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

Reviewed: 21-07-2019

I came to this audiobook after listening to Jane Harper's "The Dry" and Chris Hammer's "Scrublands" - both great detective stories with authentic Australian characters. In contrast "Liar Liar" was a real disappointment. It felt like a second-rate American tale with Louisiana placenames replaced by the names of Australian towns. Not a great story and certainly no Aussie feel to it.

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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 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

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

Good Detective Tale

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

Reviewed: 17-07-2019

The plot is a little complex but it sll works. Enjoyable story well performed. I especially liked the voice of Codger Harris - authentic accent.

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  • The Dry

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,491

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

Good Whodunnit story, well performed.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-2019

Enjoyed the Australian flavour to the detective story. Well written and well performed. Would listen to more by this author.

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  • The Fox

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Fox by Frederick Forsyth. The 18th novel from best-selling thriller writer Frederick Forsyth, the man who defined the genre. The Fox is based on the stories of British hackers Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love and centres around an 18-year-old schoolboy with Asperger’s Syndrome who is able to penetrate intricate firewalls to access the secrets at the highest level of foreign governments and other major organisations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As ever, only the best from Frederick Forsyth

  • By Peter Gray on 07-10-2018

Classic Forsyth

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

Reviewed: 05-06-2019

Great tale, in Forsyth's memorable style. Excellent performance by the reader. I wonder if the fictional ending will, like so much fiction, be prophetic.

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  • Fishing for Stars

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 22 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sequel syndrome 😔

  • By Anonymous User on 19-12-2017

Another great Bryce Courtenay tale

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

Reviewed: 16-04-2019

Great sequel to the Persimmon Tree and Humphrey Bower's performance is, as always with this narrator, exquisite.

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  • Winter: A Berlin Family, 1899-1945

  • By: Len Deighton
  • Narrated by: James Lailey
  • Length: 24 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Epic prelude to the classic spy trilogy Game, Set and Match that follows the fortunes of a German dynasty during two world wars. Winter takes us into a large and complex family drama, into the lives of two German brothers - both born close upon the turn of the century, both so caught up in the currents of history that their story is one with the story of their country, from the Kaiser's heyday through Hitler's rise and fall.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book by favourite author

  • By Michael on 12-03-2019

Good book by favourite author

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

Reviewed: 12-03-2019

Had read the book 20 years ago and found this audiobook even better - very well performed.

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  • Wimmera

  • By: Mark Brandi
  • Narrated by: Fabio Motta
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends. Growing up in a small country town, they spend their days playing cricket, yabbying in local dams, wanting a pair of Nike Air Maxes and not talking about how Fab's dad hits him or how the sudden death of Ben's next-door neighbour unsettled him. Almost teenagers, they already know some things are better left unsaid. Then a newcomer arrives in the Wimmera. Fab reckons he is a secret agent, and he and Ben stake him out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By Kate CHAPLIN on 03-09-2018

Surprisingly Good

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

Reviewed: 20-07-2018

I was uncertain what to expect but, after listening, I was pleased that I purchased this audiobook. Set in rural Australia, the story unfolded in an interesting way and the narrator brought the words to life. I am looking forward to more audiobooks from this author and this narrator.

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  • Me Before You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,295

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 👌🏻 would recommend

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-06-2016

Very satisfying story with excellent narration.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-2018

The story evoked a few tears but it is a thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying tale. The characters are all believable and the writer has shown great skill in portraying them.The performances of the multiple readers are excellent.

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  • Leaving Berlin

  • By: Joseph Kanon
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill, Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Alex Meier, a young Jewish writer, fled the Nazis for America before the war. But the politics of his youth have now put him in the crosshairs of the McCarthy witch hunts. Faced with deportation and the loss of his family, he makes a desperate bargain with the fledgling CIA: He will earn his way back to America by acting as their agent in his native Berlin. But almost from the start, things go fatally wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good spy story, well performed.

  • By Michael on 04-07-2018

Good spy story, well performed.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-2018

Typically good Joseph Kanon spy story with twists and ending I didn't anticipate. Narrators were faultless. Thoroughly enjoyable listening.

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  • The Wife's Tale

  • By: Christine Wells
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

An unforgettable audiobook that transports the listener from modern-day Australia to the windswept Isle of Wight and the courtrooms of London in the 1780s. With her marriage on the rocks, workaholic lawyer Liz Jones agrees to visit Seagrove, a stately home on the Isle of Wight, while she quietly investigates its provenance on behalf of a client. When she discovers Seagrove is linked to a notorious eighteenth-century court case, Liz becomes fascinated - not only by the house and its history but also by its current owners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting take on a 'romance'

  • By Vanessa Young on 06-06-2016

Narrator deserves better material

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

Reviewed: 01-07-2018

The narration was good but the tale was ordinary. The central character was not quite believable and this tainted the book. I would listen to other books by this narrator but probably more by this author.