LISTENER

nelly dean

  • 21
  • reviews
  • 13
  • helpful votes
  • 24
  • ratings
  • The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village

  • By: Joanna Nell
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 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 30

The life of 79-year-old pensioner Peggy Smart is as beige as the décor in her retirement village. Her week revolves around aqua aerobics and appointments with her doctor. Following a very minor traffic accident, things have turned frosty with her grown-up children, and she is afraid they are trying to take away her independence. Noticing her memory isn't what it used to be, Peggy is taking ever more inventive steps to cover up her dwindling faculties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best books I’ve listened to in an age . A close friend recommended it!

  • By nelly dean on 13-01-2019

One of the Best books I’ve listened to in an age . A close friend recommended it!

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

Reviewed: 13-01-2019

Loved and identified with every word . Especially about the photocalendar with the grandkids on it and not one pic of her with kids ! Also showed me how what I saw as control freak kids was their way of trying to keep her around longer . I see my own kids efforts in a different light now .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Muriel Matters

  • The Spectacular Life of a Trailblazing Suffragist
  • By: Robert Wainwright
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In 1909, a young Australian actress made headlines around the world when she took to the sky over London in an airship emblazoned with the slogan 'Votes for Women' and dropped leaflets over the city. Muriel Matters was dubbed 'that daring Australian girl', and the American media declared it to be the world's first aerial protest. Just months earlier, Muriel had become the first woman to make a speech in the British House of Commons, after chaining herself to a brass grille to protest against the segregation of women in the Parliament.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All Women and intelligent men need to read this book

  • By nelly dean on 27-10-2018

All Women and intelligent men need to read this book

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

Reviewed: 27-10-2018

I loved this book . I re listened to each Chapter because I didn’t want to miss out any details . Such an uplifting story About the early days of suffragettes the vote Australia and gov and men n women of the time .

  • The Power Game

  • The Monsarrat Series, Book 3
  • By: Meg Keneally, Tom Keneally
  • Narrated by: Paul English
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Being the skipper of the cutter that carries all supplies and communications between Tasmania and Maria Island is a powerful position - and a deadly one. Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney are sent to Maria Island in January of 1826, the very early days of the penal settlement there, to solve the murder of Harefield - the man who sailed the government cutter between mainland Tasmania and Maria Island, bringing all supplies and correspondence and directives - all of which he made sure to read.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely had me from moment I knew it existed !

  • By nelly dean on 30-09-2018

Absolutely had me from moment I knew it existed !

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

Reviewed: 30-09-2018

Listened to all 3 in the series and out of sequence cause my main interest is the female factory at parramatta. Loved every single word ....can’t wait for the next book ma I’m sure there is ....more cause the 3 book leaves room for the next tale like the old English writers of old ...Agatha etc ...

  • Bittersweet

  • By: Colleen McCullough
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Bittersweet follows the lives of four sisters - two pairs of twins. Edda, Grace, Kitty, and Tufts are about to become the first batch of nurses to be professionally trained in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. For Edda, it is the closest she can come to her dream of being a doctor. For Grace, the hospital is a terrifying place of sickness and mess, while Tufts discovers her hidden talents. For Kitty, it is a way to escape the suffocating love of her mother, who can see nothing beyond Kitty's astonishing beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely enjoyable

  • By Al on 27-11-2015

Fantastic !

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

Reviewed: 28-08-2018

Wish Colleen was alive so I could ask her which town and which pollies she modelled this book on .
Love the whole darn story ..really grabbed me from the beginning . The double set of twins to two diff mothers is amazing .

  • Sheer Mischief

  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Sheer Mischief by best-selling author Jill Mansell is an unmissable romantic comedy about sisterly love and rivalry.... Not to be missed by listeners of Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes. It's not that Janey Sinclair isn't pleased to see her sister. It's just that being woken at seven by Maxine, complete with police escort, isn't quite how she'd planned to spend her Sunday. Even so, Janey, who's just rebuilding her life after her husband disappeared, is delighted that her sister's back in the Cornish town where they grew up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me coming back

  • By nelly dean on 07-05-2018

Kept me coming back

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

Reviewed: 07-05-2018

This book stayed with me kept me coming back over a long period . I had a few things going on while listening but every time I went back to it only had to hear the narrators voice and the plot came rushing back to me . That’s a good book 📚.

  • Recovery

  • Freedom from Our Addictions
  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

This is the age of addiction, a condition so epidemic, so all encompassing and ubiquitous, that unless you are fortunate enough to be an extreme case, you probably don't know that you have it. What unhealthy habits and attachments are holding your life together? Are you unconsciously dependent on food? Bad relationships? A job that doesn't fulfill you? Numb, constant perusal of your phone, looking for what? My qualification for writing this book is not that I am better than you, it's that I am worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Are you a bit F*cked?

  • By Craig on 22-09-2017

Everything you ever wanted to know about addiction and more

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

Reviewed: 13-02-2018

If your a recovering addict from anything this book will help you . If you are curious whether you are or not this book will help you . If you are friends with an Addict this book will help you .
Addicts can be
Workaholics
Sex addicts
Gamblers
Religious addiction
Alcoholics
FOOD
Anything that is done to excess is an addiction
Russell nails it with a laugh as well .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Break

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918

The story of a relationship that everyone thought was forever and which is now in danger of being for never, The Break is about getting older and staying in love when life, real life, is trying to pull you apart.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Light Hearted Romp

  • By Anna Spencer on 11-10-2017

Ahh Marion you've nailed it again !

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

Reviewed: 16-09-2017

The whole time I was reading this it felt real ... it felt like a million other women's lives ... including mine ! Thankyou for the incredible ending ... and that eldest daughter ... I'll be doing this one again cause when I like a book I re read it about 🍈5 times and each time I reread yours I learn something about your characters and myself that I didn't realise before. I've lost count how many times I've read Rachel's holiday ... it's usually my road trip Xmas book .. i listen as I drive ..and laugh in places I didn't laugh last time. Can't wait for the next book ..

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Cloudstreet

  • By: Tim Winton
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

Two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives from scratch. For 20 years they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A moment of literary genius!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-2018

I've read this book 3 times and listened to it once ... and I'm going to do it again

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

Reviewed: 16-09-2017

Every time I reread or listen to this book I get something fresh and new ... it's like a magic box that has no bottom and keeps going ... Tim please write a cloud street part 2 PLEASE ! It's like reading a snap shot photograph of Australia back to the 30s 40s and 50s and 60s . Lastly Thankyou Tim Winton for sharing your talent .

  • The Darkest Hour

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

In the summer of 1940, most eyes are focused on the skies above the South of England. The battle for Britain has just begun. But young Evie Lucas has eyes for no-one but a dashing young pilot called Tony. Evie has a glittering career as an artist ahead of her but seems to be wasting her time sketching endless portraits of Tony. She wants his parents to have something to remember him by in case it all goes wrong in the war…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Catherine on 29-06-2018

Love enduring love , across the heavenly realm !

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

Reviewed: 12-08-2017

I loved the voices , I loved the characters ! The male mysogeny is alive and well and is kept flourishing by the subservient position woman were in at the time , 1930 - 1950 . Even women who made their own money were treated no better

  • Light and Shadow

  • Memoirs of a Spy's Son
  • By: Mark Colvin
  • Narrated by: Mark Colvin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

Mark Colvin is a broadcasting legend. He is the voice of ABC Radio’s leading current affairs program PM; he was a founding broadcaster for the groundbreaking youth station Double J; he initiated The World Today program; and he’s one of the most popular and influential journalists in the twittersphere. Mark has been covering local and global events for more than four decades. He has reported on wars, royal weddings and everything in between. In the midst of all this he discovered that his father was an MI6 spy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Liv on 26-08-2017

Absolutely riveting ! I was always a dedicated fan

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

Reviewed: 30-07-2017

I'm so grateful he left us this book . His insights and back stories make much sense now .
The way he tells a story is just like following a path that twists and turns with intrigue .
The cruelty he suffered in the 'private boarding school ' was just so typical of the times .... I'm so glad that Dickensian style of education is not the norm today . But rather the exception ! Thankyou Mark Colvin you taught me well and I've passed it on .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful