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  • They Both Die at the End

  • By: Adam Silvera
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Robbie Daymond, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called The Last Friend, and through it Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure - to live a lifetime in a single day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Donna on 10-06-2019

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-2019

I absolutely loved everything about this book. So emotional. I was teary, I laughed. I just couldn't stop listening. The performances were amazing. The growth of both the main characters was beautiful. Hugely recommended.

  • The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

  • By: Holly Ringland
  • Narrated by: Louise Crawford
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

After her family suffers a tragedy, nine-year-old Alice Hart is forced to leave her idyllic seaside home. She is taken in by her grandmother, June, a flower farmer who raises Alice on the language of Australian native flowers, a way to say the things that are too hard to speak. Under the watchful eye of June and the women who run the farm, Alice settles but grows up increasingly frustrated by how little she knows of her family's story. In her early 20s, Alice's life is thrown into upheaval again when she suffers devastating betrayal and loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably Awesome

  • By Adrianna Strafella Coyte-King on 19-06-2018

Frustrating

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

Reviewed: 04-05-2019

I absolutely loved the first 9 or so chapters. It was the beginnings of a great, intriguing story. I loved the beginning of each chapter with the definition of the flowers. That was different. Then it just got frustrating. The main character, Alice, became weak and watery. It was frustrating. The story at times was cheesy. The random character Moss. What was that? I felt like there was so much missing from this story. And the accents from the narrator. Excruciating. I was disappointed.

  • The Sound of One Hand Clapping

  • By: Richard Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

In 1954, in a construction camp for a hydroelectric dam in the remote Tasmanian highlands, Bojan Buloh had brought his family to start a new life away from Slovenia, the privations of war, and refugee settlements. One night, Bojan's wife walked off into a blizzard, never to return - leaving Bojan to drink too much to quiet his ghosts, and to care for his three-year-old daughter, Sonja, alone. Thirty-five years later, Sonja returns to Tasmania and a father haunted by memories of the European war and other, more recent horrors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story

  • By Donna on 06-04-2019

Wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 06-04-2019

I loved this book. The narrator is so fantastic. He has such emotion in his voice. It's a sad, but at times funny book. Wonderful.

  • 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 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592

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

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 22-02-2019

I loved this book. Wish it didn't end so soon. The narrator was excellent. Highly recommend.

  • The Lost Man

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603

Three brothers, one death, a fenceline stretching to the horizon. Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland. They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. Something had been troubling Cam. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Congratulations

  • By Anonymous User on 03-11-2018

Great story

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

Reviewed: 11-01-2019

I did really enjoy this story. I love the narrator's tone of voice but he does often sound annoyed. Good 'read'

  • The Ruin

  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460

Galway 1993: Young Garda Cormac Reilly is called to a scene he will never forget. Two silent, neglected children - 15-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack - are waiting for him at a crumbling country house. Upstairs, their mother lies dead. Twenty years later, a body surfaces in the icy black waters of the River Corrib. At first it looks like an open-and-shut case, but then doubt is cast on the investigation's findings - and the integrity of the police. Cormac is thrown back into the cold case that has haunted him his entire career - what links the two deaths, two decades apart?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!

  • By Anonymous User on 16-03-2018

Great 'read'

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

Reviewed: 28-10-2018

I really enjoyed this book. Narrator was great however the attempted Aussie accent did make me smile. A bit more Kiwi than anything else. The story was intriguing and I couldn't stop listening.

  • The Choke

  • By: Sofie Laguna
  • Narrated by: Danielle Baynes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Abandoned by her mother as a toddler, only occasionally visited by her volatile father and raised solely by her tormented Pop, Justine finds sanctuary in The Choke, a place where the banks of the Murray River are so narrow they can almost touch. Although Justine doesn't know it, her father is a menacing criminal, and the world she is exposed to is one of great peril to her. She must make sense of it on her own - and when she eventually does, she knows what she has to do....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Neither story nor narrator were great

  • By Erica Wodzak on 23-03-2018

great 'read'

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

Reviewed: 02-06-2018

I really liked the story. My only niggle was the singing throughout. That was annoying.

  • The Kite Runner

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid and emotive. Recommend

  • By Anonymous User on 29-03-2019

Incredible

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

Reviewed: 01-04-2018

This was such a beautifully written book. So emotional. I cried a lot and enjoyed it so much.

  • Force of Nature

  • Aaron Falk Series, Book 2
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 784

Five women reluctantly leave the city for a challenging hike across the rugged Giralang Ranges as part of a corporate retreat. Only four come out the other side. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case - and Alice knew secrets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't quite live up to The Dry

  • By sarah on 16-10-2017

Didn't like narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-03-2018

The narrator read too quickly and in one tone. I sometimes found it difficult to distingush between different characters. I tried to persevere but after a couple of hours of listening I just couldn't go any further

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  • The Woolgrower's Companion

  • By: Joy Rhoades
  • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The gripping story of one woman's fight against all odds, and a sweeping tribute to Australia's landscape and its peoples. Australia 1945. Until now Kate Dowd has led a sheltered life on Amiens, her family's sprawling sheep station in northern New South Wales. The horrors of war have for the most part left her untouched. But with her father succumbing to wounds he's borne since the Great War, the management of the farm is increasingly falling on Kate's shoulders.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book, then it ended ... abruptly!

  • By Donna on 11-02-2018

I loved this book, then it ended ... abruptly!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-2018

The ending was so abrupt. Is there a sequel? I hope so because I was so disappointed that I didn't know what became of any of the characters. (sad face)