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jo Casey

Bateau bay N.S.W. Australia
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  • The Fiery Cross

  • Outlander, Book 5
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 55 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great read if you have the time and patience

  • By col40h on 01-12-2016

a most romantic tale

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

Reviewed: 12-06-2019

i am hooked on this series. Davina narrates in a way that transports the listener directly to that time. Somehow she can truly narate tha masculine as well as the feminine but you wouldnt notice she was talking. She has become the characters. The love in this series is exquisite.the writer knows exactly what we want and ohhhhhhh we want more.

  • An Echo in the Bone

  • A Novel
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 45 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 447

Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another fabulous book

  • By jo Casey on 11-05-2019

another fabulous book

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

Reviewed: 11-05-2019

I am completely addicted to these books. Davina is a terrific narrater. iI listen in the car at home while doing my house work cooking and sometimes while shopping with my headphones on.

  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Outlander, Book 6
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 319

A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And on and on it goes...

  • By Kate on 31-08-2016

another amazing book

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

Reviewed: 18-04-2019

i love this narrater. she takes you to the heart of the story with so many complex voices. i forget its being narrated. Adorable!

  • Drums of Autumn

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 44 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 772

Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story & brilliantly narrated.

  • By Kelsrich on 02-10-2015

another beautiful book

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

Reviewed: 28-03-2019

fabulous narator and greatest book series ever! I cant wait to get started on the next book in the series.

  • Dragonfly in Amber

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 38 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 827

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a sappy romance, a great adventure!

  • By Samuel on 25-05-2015

wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 16-02-2019

great narater and wonderful story. Im looking forward to the next book in the series

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's voice does not match the character

  • By Anneka on 02-11-2016

wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-2019

ive been hooked ion the tv series so wanted to hear the books. its a wonderfully written series. i adore all the characters. the writer had all of womens wants and desires in mind. it feels written for us how we would love a man to speak and be. how we as women can be strong and vulnerable. claire rescues jaime....jaime makes claires life a devotion. hmmmmm if only.......

  • The Japanese Lover

  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Joanna Gleason
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family's Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Robbie on 20-07-2017

lovely nastalgic story

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

Reviewed: 17-11-2018

Isabelle Allende is my favorite writer. I believe Ive read everything even her cook book.
This story was very sweet and full of history. The family somehow seemed like my own. The writing draws you in to such an intimate space I felt akin to each and every character.
Everytime I read one of Allendes books theres always some common thread that connects me to the book. My own father died 4 weeks ago. I celebrated his life alone because I live in a separate country from my family. This story melted my heart at times. I adored it. Thanks Isabelle once again.

  • The Hate Race

  • By: Maxine Beneba Clarke
  • Narrated by: Zahra Newman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three-bedroom blonde brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke's life is just like all the other Aussie kids' on her street. Except for this one glaring, inescapably obvious thing. From one of Australia's most exciting writers and the author of the multiaward-winning Foreign Soil comes The Hate Race: a powerful, funny, and at times devastating memoir about growing up black in white middle-class Australia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye-opening and outstanding

  • By Anthony Earl on 18-02-2017

Beautifully narrated and written.

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

Reviewed: 30-08-2017

I share this story. It is also mine as with many people who have migrated to Australia. Hearing this story helped me to see how most people just dont realize how harsh their words feel.
Many people in Australia are ignorant and uneducated to the rest of the world. This is an island protected by a huge amount of water. Many Australians have never traveled and are regurgitating the racism of their parents.
I feel different and sometimes detest it unless we are in a multiracial group. Thats when we are happiest! We do clock each other when we see another person in a crowd of brown skin.
We try to get on with it but are constantly reminded when an innocent stranger asks "where are you from?" then again "no WHERE are YOU from!" really asking what is your genetic background. Most people believe it is an innocent and just curious question.
I feel far away from my family and have made a new family here. i love my family here. My families history also has slave trade mass genocide rape and sadness. It is time to move on and forgive the past. If only strangers didnt keep asking and by this are reminding me of it.
The solution for me has been to teach my children resilience and hopefully they will rise above. I hope someday the leaders of our country reflect the diversity and the indigenous footprint laid here long ago.
This book should be on a list of reading for High School.

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FREE: Crackanory Seasons 1, 2 and 3 cover art
  • FREE: Crackanory Seasons 1, 2 and 3

  • By: Nico Tatarowicz, Toby Davies, Kevin Eldon, and others
  • Narrated by: Kevin Eldon, Jack Dee, Sally Phillips, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Imagine if Jackanory was set free from its childish shackles. What twisted, funny tales would it unleash upon the world? Each episode of Crackanory contains two 15-minute tales and is a master class in storytelling, combining some of the UK's best comedy writers and performers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting 7hs of my life

  • By Anonymous User on 14-06-2018

not really into it

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

Reviewed: 17-07-2017

i struggled to stay with this. i dint like music in the background but great speaking voices. The story was not my thing. i couldnt relate so kept loosing focus easily.

  • May I Have Your Attention Please?

  • By: James Corden
  • Narrated by: James Corden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

As far back as he can remember James Corden has only ever wanted to be in one place: in front of you, doing something to make you laugh, cry, shout, or giggle uncontrollably. At the age of 4, he grandstanded throughout his baby sister’s christening, standing on a chair in front of the whole congregation, pulling faces and cracking everyone up. Despite himself, the vicar was impressed. And from then on he couldn’t get enough of the spotlight, even when it always seemed to avoid him. Throughout his teens, he and his Dad trudged up and down towards London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • james reads like he is talking to you!

  • By jo Casey on 17-04-2017

james reads like he is talking to you!

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

Reviewed: 17-04-2017

great read! such an interesting story and narrated beautifully with such passion for his loving family.

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