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  • Dressing the Dearloves

  • By: Kelly Doust
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

One crumbling grand manor house, a family in decline, five generations of women and an attic full of beautiful clothes with secrets and lies hidden in their folds.... Failed fashion designer Sylvie Dearlove is coming home to England - broke, ashamed and in disgrace - only to be told her parents are finally selling their once grand, now crumbling country house, Bledesford, the ancestral home of the Dearlove family for countless generations.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous book

  • By jude13 on 14-12-2018

Another enjoyable listen from Kelly Doust

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

Reviewed: 27-10-2018

Crumbling English Manor, Multi-Generation family Saga, Family Secrets, beautiful gardens and fashion. The second novel by Kelly Doust has just the right balance of them all (and of course the obligatory love interest). I again thoroughly enjoyed my listening journey following the history and intrigue of the Dearloves. Highly recommended. Proudly supporting Australian Authors!

  • The Opal Dragonfly

  • By: Julian Leatherdale
  • Narrated by: Rebecca McCauley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Miss Isobel Clara Macleod, youngest of the seven children of Major Sir Angus Hutton Macleod, Surveyor-General of the colony of New South Wales, had the singular misfortune to know that at seven o'clock that morning her father was going to die. September, 1851. Sydney, city of secrets and gossip. Seventeen-year-old Isobel Macleod is determined to save her father because she loves him. But when she dares to trespass in a forbidden male world, she will be plunged into social disgrace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A story overflowing with Australian history!

  • By Tamara on 10-05-2018

A story overflowing with Australian history!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-2018

This book paints and interesting picture of early Australian life. It has inspired me to visit so many of the historical sites of Sydney to live and breath them in a different light.

Unfortunately I didn't become engaged in the story but unsure why. Enjoyed the narration but may have added to the lack of engagement with this book.

Maybe just the wrong time for me. I look forward to reading more by this author.

  • When I Was Invisible

  • By: Dorothy Koomson
  • Narrated by: Susy Kane, Sara Powell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

In 1988 two girls with identical names and the same love of ballet meet for the first time. They seem destined to be best friends forever and to become professional dancers. Years later, however, they have both been dealt so many cruel and unexpected blows that they walk away from each other into very different futures - one enters a convent, the other becomes a minor celebrity. Will these new 'invisible' lives be the ones they were meant to live, or will they find that kind of salvation only when they are reunited 20 years later?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark subject matter but most engaging

  • By Tamara on 06-03-2018

Dark subject matter but most engaging

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

Reviewed: 06-03-2018

From the first 5 minutes this book has you hooked. Whilst not a nice underlying subject the book tells an engaging story of the long term impacts these events can have on individials, and all their relationships.

There are some interesting turn of events with the outcomes not always as anticipated.

Another interesting read from an Author I recently discovered.

Keeps you hooked but subject content won't be for everybody.

  • The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House

  • By: Stephanie Lam
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay, Lee Maxwell Simpson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

It's 1965 and Rosie Churchill has arrives at run-down Castaway House. But when she uncovers a scandal locked away in the old house, she soon realises that secrets never stay buried for long. In 1924 fresh-faced Robert Carver comes to Castaway House to spend the summer with his cousin, Alec Bray. But the Brays are a damaged family. As Rosie begins to learn more about Robert, the more their stories, old and new, entwine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting dual time period mystery.....but

  • By Tamara on 24-02-2018

An interesting dual time period mystery.....but

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

Reviewed: 24-02-2018

was lacking something. This story had all the components I enjoy: dual time period, great characters, long held secrets it just didn't grab me. I'm not sure why. I finished this debut novel and will definitely look out for others by this author.

  • This Was a Man

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives, and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife, Karin, from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus while his wife, Emma, completes her 10 years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By trish callier on 20-11-2016

An fitting final instalment to the epic journey o

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

Reviewed: 04-02-2018

Like it's predecessors this book continues the scheming, double crossing, twists and turns of Lady Virginia, Giles Barrington and Harry Clifton just to name a few.

You can't help increasing your loathing of some and loving of other characters. Through the chronicles we have seen love triumph, families grow, winners and loosers. The inclusion of real characters within the pages added to the appeal. This book closes the 7 decades nicely.

Alex Jennings narration made the whole experience a most believable and enjoyable one. Would like to acknowledge both the author and narrator who have essentially become part of my life during this journey. I'm going to miss you all. A sincerest thank you.

A highly recommended read or listen

  • The Liberation

  • By: Kate Furnivall
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

The Liberation is set in Italy in 1945 as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated country and Italy's population fights to survive. Caterina Lombardi is desperate - her father is dead, her mother has disappeared, and her brother is being drawn toward danger. One morning, among the ruins of the bombed Naples streets, Caterina is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect her own life and in doing so forges a future in which she must clear her father's name.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Undecided about this one

  • By Tamara on 28-12-2017

Undecided about this one

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

Reviewed: 28-12-2017

Just didn't really grab me. Did finish though. Felt slow in parts with my mystery experience a little lack luster. Historical content was intersting. Maybe just wrong book at wrong time for me.

First read by this author and will definitely read another.

  • The Kingmaker's Daughter

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Anne Neville and her sister Isabel are daughters of the most powerful magnate in 15th century England. Ever ruthless, always plotting, in the absence of a son and heir, Warwick sets about using his daughters as pawns in his political games. Anne grows from a delightful child brought up at the court of Edward IV and his queen, Elizabeth Woodville, intimacy and friendship with the family of Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Her life is overturned when her father turns on his former allies, escapes England and invades with an enemy army.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good historical novel but this one wasn't for me

  • By Tamara on 20-11-2017

A good historical novel but this one wasn't for me

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

Reviewed: 20-11-2017

Have read earlier books books by this author whuch I thoroughly enjoyed (the Tudor series). Unfortunately I found this very repetitive and less exciting and engaging. The historical content was educational.

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  • The Rose Petal Beach

  • By: Dorothy Koomson
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Every love story has a dangerous twist.Tamia Challey is horrified when her husband Scott is accused of something terrible – but when she discovers who his accuser is, everything goes into freefall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book

  • By Anonymous User on 12-09-2018

The plot twists and turns....then wham!

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

Reviewed: 23-10-2017

You're hit with an unexpected ending!

This is my first book by this author it won't be the last. An enthralling story which grabs you from the first chapter and keeps you hooked.

We see the evolution of family and friendships. The characters and emotions are so believable you can't help but love or hate them (or sometimes both).

The narration only added to the listening experience.

An engaging book with awesome narration
Highly recommend.

  • House of Memories

  • By: Monica McInerney
  • Narrated by: Catherine Milte
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are those that matter most. Following a tragic accident, Ella O'Hanlon flees to the other side of the world in an attempt to escape her grief, leaving behind the two people she blames for her loss: Aidan, the love of her life, and Jess, her spoilt half-sister. In London Ella is taken in by her beloved uncle Lucas, whose extraordinary house holds many wonderful memories for her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I struggled to put it down

  • By Aimee on 01-04-2018

Engaging and emotional family drama

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

Reviewed: 17-09-2017

Another rollercoaster of emotions beautifully narrated. Our awesome country an equal character. Highly recommend!

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Anonymous User on 14-08-2017

Interesting story to pass the time

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

Reviewed: 02-07-2017

Might have enjoyed the story more if I had chosen to read the book. First audible book with a "yank" narrator. Sadly not my preference. Purely a personal taste. The story kept me hooked despite the accents. Recommend the novel.

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