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  • Milkman

  • By: Anna Burns
  • Narrated by: Bríd Brennan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 294

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • magic

  • By Dr. Sue Tait on 12-09-2018

Not captivating

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

Reviewed: 21-12-2018

I had doubts about continuing reading this book after probably first 40 minutes (while driving to work)... I gave it another 40 on the way home. Unfortunately I will have to return it.
Many readers mentioned the narrator was brilliant, and she did put a lot of thought and emotion into performance, however absolutely impossible to listen. I normally don't mind heavy (or any) accent for that matter, as long as I can understand what is talked about.
Specifically, a was thrown back by incorrect phonetic pronunciation - hois for "house, oitgoing for "outgoing", doin toin for "downtown"- so you get the idea. it was very annoying.
The story itself is the thoughts and actions of 18 year old female, which I did not find interesting or outstanding. The plot jumps all over the place, from description of family, to politics, to religious ideas...
Sorry, couldn't make it .

  • Everything Is Lies

  • By: Helen Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell, Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan. Sophia's parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she's always believed. Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother is hanging from a tree. Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death. The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genuinely Thrilling

  • By steellyn on 24-03-2018

interesting till the end

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

Reviewed: 05-07-2018

I enjoyed the book very much, could not put away. Interesting plot, captivating, easy listening.

  • The Shepherd's Hut

  • By: Tim Winton
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulvany
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527

Jaxie dreads going home. His mum’s dead. The old man bashes him without mercy, and he wishes he was an orphan. And then, in one terrible moment, his life is stripped to little more than what he can carry and how he can keep himself alive. There’s just one person left in the world who understands him and what he still dares to hope for. But to reach her he’ll have to cross the vast saltlands on a trek that only a dreamer or a fugitive would attempt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody ripper!

  • By Jan on 02-04-2018

it was good

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

Reviewed: 23-05-2018

I thought there would be a bit more insight into the old man's story, but then it kinda developed too quickly and ended...I still enjoyed it. I normally grab long books, so this one was like a blink of an eye😄

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Read

  • By Dianne Henderson on 26-11-2017

boring

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

Reviewed: 01-05-2018

I finished it, but not excited at all. found it quite boring, but narrator was good nevertheless.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,669
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,370

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reindeer Flotilla Setec Astronomy

  • By Nicholas Hallam on 03-09-2017

could not stop reading!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-2018

I found this book very interesting, easy to read, realistic even. I guess we can face this "reality" pretty soon.

  • Reborn

  • By: F. Paul Wilson
  • Narrated by: Kurt Elftmann
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Dr. Roderick Hanley, Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, dies in a plane crash. His last words: "The boy! They’ll find out about the boy! He’ll find out about himself!" When Jim Stevens, an orphan and struggling writer, learns that he is the sole heir to the Hanley estate, he is sure he has at last found his biological father. But he’s only half right. The true nature of his inheritance - and the truth about his conception - will crush him. In New York City a group of Charismatics has been drawn together - without invitation, simply showing up at a Murray Hill brownstone - with a sense of great purpose. Satan is coming....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • it was ok

  • By Tatiana Brusyanina on 09-03-2018

it was ok

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-2018

the beginning was very promising but went down a bit by the end. Cannot say I overly enjoyed, could not get rid of feeling that mystical bits don't compliment the story.

  • The Slap

  • A Novel
  • By: Christos Tsiolkas
  • Narrated by: Alex Dimitriades
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own. This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the incident. In this remarkable novel, Christos Tsiolkas turns his unflinching and all-seeing eye onto that which connects us all: the modern family and domestic life in the 21st century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece of truths from the kaleidoscope of this authors lens

  • By Linda Marea on 27-02-2018

very good!

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

Reviewed: 15-12-2017

the story takes you through the lives of a few families, their worries, troubles, views - all entangled into captivating plot. really enjoyed

  • HEX

  • By: Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Whoever is born here is doomed to stay until death. Whoever comes to stay never leaves. Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Blind and silenced, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's beds for nights on end. So accustomed to her have the townsfolk become that they often forget she's there. Or what a threat she poses.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but painful.

  • By Kimberley on 04-08-2016

loved

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

Reviewed: 19-11-2017

really enjoyed this one; was looking for something paranormal and was not disappointed. interesting story, without being too unrealistic

  • Tomorrow, When the War Began

  • Tomorrow Series #1
  • By: John Marsden
  • Narrated by: Suzi Dougherty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

While Ellie and her friends are away in the bush, the world changes. Suddenly they are in the toughest situations humans can confront, facing life and death decisions. They are thrown into a world where they find courage, initiative, spirit and wisdom, or they die.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series, pity about the narrator

  • By Megan on 08-03-2015

Easy reading/Simple language

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

Reviewed: 06-04-2017

Any additional comments?

The book was OK. I mean it's the first in the series, and i would not mind to read the other parts. Very easy language, without too much of detailing and descriptions; easy to follow. the story line is interesting.
However, not sure if I can listen to any more of Suzi's performance...I did not enjoy it for a few reasons:
- she does these smacking sounds with her tongue/mouth after each sentence/pause, so if you don't like anybody chewing in your ear - this is very annoying;
- she tries to slow her speech intentionally, to make it clearer, but it feels like she's overdoing it.. like telling a story to a toddler..The other thing i found confusing is that the pitch of her voice makes the teenagers of this book sound like 10 yo kids.. So in my mind i had a picture of either way too smart kids or a bit "slow" teens, which was kind of annoying as well;
- a few times Suzi would get to a bit faster pace, but then the words are all mumbled..

I'll give it a rest and probably read more of the books from the series or just watch a movie but probably won't listen any more books, read by Suzi..

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  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top rate performance of a cult classic novel

  • By Sean Beckman on 29-04-2016

could not finish...

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

Reviewed: 04-04-2017

Any additional comments?

I was not able to finish the book, nor even get to the middle of it....It's very slow, full of various very thorough descriptions, numbers, codes...and it was difficult to follow the storyline of each character as i would forget what was happening with them in the previous chapters when the author mentioned them... Somebody probably enjoys this kind of detailed stories...Not sure if i get back to this book to continue reading...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful