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  • Redemption Point

  • Crimson Lake, Book 2
  • By: Candice Fox
  • Narrated by: Lani Tupu
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

From the Sunday Times number one best-selling author comes the thrilling second instalment in the Crimson Lake series. In a dark roadside hovel called the Barking Fog Inn, the bodies of two young bartenders lie on a beer-sodden floor. Only the nighttime animals in the surrounding forest were close enough to hear their screams. Crimson Lake's resident private detectives are hired to take on the case.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Redemption Point

  • By Kitty on 31-01-2019

Redemption Point

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

Reviewed: 31-01-2019

On the plus side, Fox uses Americanisms rarely, during her 2nd Crimson Lake book. And overall the language seems more natural.

However it’s a repetitive read, continuously rehashing the previous installation of the “Crimson Lake “ Series.

But once you have waded through all the “previously on” material, you are left with a short novella, in which a couple of plot lines interconnect.

Not much more than a rainy day read. A shame, really… as one of the protagonists, Amanda Pharrell, is such an interesting character. She’s under-utilised, yet could have been an absolute standout. She’s well-written, quite well developed as a character, with unique idiosyncrasies, not usually seen in this type of book.
There was definitely more of a tale for her.
The wily Forensic Pathologist, Dr Val, is also a strong female character. Witty, and compassionate. She deserved more attention.
My last critique is a
SPOILER ALERT 🚨 !
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TRIGGER WARNING LGBTQIA
➡️This is extremely frustrating! We once again have a cis/het writer, writing a “kill your gays” Trope plot line!
Why???????!!!!!!!!
DI Pip Sweeney was hard working, complex, complicated, and enjoyed working with, and problem solving with Amanda. What a fascinating relationship to explore … Record Scratch! NOPE! It seemed a really lazy way to end this story line.

  • Crimson Lake

  • By: Candice Fox
  • Narrated by: Lani Tupu
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Six minutes - that's all it took to ruin Detective Ted Conkaffey's life. Accused but not convicted of Claire's abduction, he escapes north, to the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake. Amanda Pharrell knows what it's like to be public enemy number one. Maybe it's her murderous past that makes her so good as a private investigator, tracking lost souls in the wilderness. But the residents of Crimson Lake are watching the pair's every move. And for Ted, this town is offering no place to hide....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crimson Lake, Cairns, Via Florida

  • By Kitty on 29-01-2019

Crimson Lake, Cairns, Via Florida

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

Reviewed: 29-01-2019

Candice Fox Australian Author
A note to the author…Wow! Even the end ‘thankyou’ starts off with a condescending address to readers… “You know words don’t just appear on the page from my fingers, and into the book to you…
Oh, so many more people than *you* (innocent reader) could imagine are involved in *such* a complex process… etc…
My god! Just give thanks, & be done with it - give your audience a modicum of credit, or you may find that you’ve *dumbed yourself down* out of a writing career.
And by the way, if you were writing for a commercial audience- you succeeded. Though why you felt it necessary to pepper your writing with Americanisms - when the story was *Very* *Clearly* , *Obviously*, & *Deliberately* set in the FNQueensland town of Cairns (AUSTRALIA) - is so completely beyond me…
I really can’t tell if this just poor writing, or it’s writing for a U.S. audience? (With the hope of a Netflix series?)
It has the grubby feeling that you actually mean for the setting to be transferred to Florida for a Netflix series… (where the crocs will be transmogrified into alligators?); But you do know they have screen writers for that, right?!
Or is it so that “Australianisms” (that weren’t used) i.e. “car park” don’t have to be translated in book form, for the U.S. audience? My guess is that your editor is American (?) - An Australian editor may wonder *why* there are so many “parking lots” in Cairns, where we *actually* have “car parks” (?!)
Whatever the case, I *did* enjoy the story aspect, (despite the dei ex machina - Yup there’s more than one!) However the constant American ejaculations were excruciating!
I kept waiting for the wonderfully proficient narrator, Lani Tupu (in his broad Australian accent), to read a line of text that included the phrase, “gas station”!
The following are just a few of the “nails down the blackboard”, “record scratches”, “will definitely take you out of the story”, unnecessary American phrases.
➡️🇺🇸“…filled his prescription…” WTF(?!)
An Australian 🇦🇺would say,
“…gone to the chemist to get/pick up a new ‘script.” (!!!)

➡️🇺🇸”If the ball goes into the glove…” A baseball expression
An 🇦🇺 would say “Hit one for 6,” if one wants to continue the sporting metaphor.

➡️🇺🇸”…some kind of *BEEF*with your Dad?”
🇦🇺Arjee-Barjee would be the equivalent Australian term that an “older” person *might* say to a kid, but it’s out-dated.
A normal 🇦🇺conversation would *actually* be: “… some kind of fight/argument/disagreement with your Dad/Old Man?”

➡️🇺🇸Constant use of “Parking Lot”

➡️🇺🇸 “Curse words”
🇦🇺Swearing

➡️🇺🇸Comparisons to “America”; “Americanisms; for no reason whatsoever!

➡️🇺🇸“Flashlight” ; 🇦🇺Torch

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  • Mountain Man: Prequel

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

After a long day of prepping a house for painting, all Gus Berry wanted was the night off to spend some time with his girlfriend and relax before having to return to work the next morning. But that isn’t going to happen. Because Gus’s co-worker Benny has found a one-night job at the local Mollymart East, a job that has to be done by morning. If Gus and his paint crew can complete the work by then, it could mean huge business with a respected, established grocery store chain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gus is back!

  • By ben seymore on 24-05-2018

Mountain Man: Prequel

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

Reviewed: 17-01-2019

Narration by R.C. Bray
Need I say more… ?
The Dulcet tones of MR Bray could make his narration of the telephone book come to life!
Alas, instead, we have been given this fantastic new insight into how Gus ‘became’ the “Mountain Man” of Keith Blackmore’s brilliant Zombie Apocalypse Series.
We have been so spoiled already, dare we be like Oliver, and ask for more?

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

For more than 10 years, a mysterious and violent predator committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated 10 sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website True Crime Diary, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called the Golden State Killer. Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’ll be gone in the dark

  • By Kitty on 24-11-2018

I’ll be gone in the dark

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

Reviewed: 24-11-2018

A bittersweet, beautifully written detective book. Michelle McNamara’s words run more like prose through your brain. An unforgettable turn of phrase here, a “spot-on”, perfect description there… Makes her work unique.
I’ve followed this case for years- fascinated by a monster that nobody could catch.
True Crime Podcasts, too numerous to count, have covered this case, in varying degrees of depth for years. I was hooked!
I was excited to buy the hard copy of “I’ll be gone in the dark”, when it first came out, in January 2018, and waited patiently for Audible Australia to release the audiobook here, many months later.
The absolute travesty of Michelle’s unexpected death, before she finished her story was made a little more sadder by knowing that, just weeks after her book was published, her Golden State Killer, was unmasked, through one of her suggested techniques, searching a DNA databank (i.e. GED Match), as Joseph James DeAngelo.
Know that your unbelievably hard work paid off. You got him, Michelle!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347

The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it. With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched, but Trump is a boring topic.

  • By Maria S. on 26-10-2018

Review: Fear; Trump in the White House

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

Reviewed: 15-09-2018

Woodward is such an important
Political author. He has captured a truly unique, very quick moment in time, with consequences that will last more than a lifetime. If you think you’re not interested in politics, let alone, US politics- you need to read this book even more. It is so relevant; To EVERYONE. Its contents affect everyone’s lives, and could do so for decades to come.


SPOILERS!!!!! …………………………

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“You’re a Fu¢king Liar!” Is such a beautiful quote to have echo through the book, and then finally end on.
Woodward has masterfully woven a tale of the *Trainwreck that is 45*, through the eyes of those closest to the collision, and not able to look away.

The audiobook is slightly off putting because of the narrator’s way of pronouncing some names e.g. Cohen & Jared. (A small gripe) AND Mueller (A VERY large one!) Think closer to Myueller; NEVER the “MULL-ler” of TV Journalists & pundits… German speakers just know that it’s Müller!
However, HUGE Bonus points for correctly pronouncing *Moscow*! (Note for others: The second syllable *DOES NOT* rhyme with a female bovine! EVER! Please STOP IT! Thankyou!)

Those interviewed *are* those running interference; taking ‘important documents to be signed’ from view of 45, so that he could not scratch his “authority” on them. Trump is so dangerous; this brave group of staffers and insiders are literally stopping the next World War.

I applaud Woodward, and all his sources, for screaming more loudly to the world, (Something that we all deep down already knew, even if we hadn’t admitted it just to ourselves, yet…) that *Donald Trump is a Fu¢king Liar*

Thankyou MR Woodward, may you continue to write the truth.


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  • Mermaids Singing

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

Up until now the only serial killers Tony Hill had encountered were safely behind bars. This one’s different - this one’s on the loose. Four men have been found mutilated and tortured. As fear grips the city, the police turn to clinical psychologist Tony Hill for a profile of the killer. But soon Tony becomes the unsuspecting target in a battle of wits and wills, where he has to use every ounce of his professional nerve to survive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too disturbing

  • By Su on 08-01-2018

*SHOULD* come with a great big TRIGGER WARNING ⚠️

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

Reviewed: 10-09-2018

Although *Not* written in this Century… *SHOULD* come with a great big TRIGGER WARNING ⚠️

So, here goes… TRIGGER WARNING ⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️

A so-so whodunnit; written late last Century… with some fairly glaring editorial errors; i.e. using *hung* in the sentence, “The man hung himself today, and died.”
Left me screaming, “Hanged! Hanged!, He *hanged* himself!!”

Also, if you’re annoyed by anyone’s misuse of nauseous …(When they *clearly* mean nauseated!), you too will be screaming; “No, she *Felt Nauseated*!!!”. These are two *very* different things & don’t worry, you’ll have multiple opportunities to yell about this one.

The most egregious horror, that, perhaps an edit and Re-launch might help is the DISGUSTING TRANSPHOBIC language and sentiments speckled throughout the book. The MISGENDERING, the DEAD-NAMING, (the appalling use of he/she/it… when I nearly threw up in my mouth! And the casual “Link” between ‘Mental Issues’ (sic) and ‘Transexuals’ (sic) & ‘Transvestites’ (sic).

I mean the characters were *So* OK with “Teh gays”, as they were seen as normal and non-threatening when they stayed in their own enclaves.

I look forward to better material in future books. If there’s no improvement, this is one author who can happily be banished to the past.

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  • Sharp Objects

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Liza Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family's mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half sister she barely knows - a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbingly wonderful

  • By Broxgirl on 09-03-2016

Another highly predictable popular crime story

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

Reviewed: 31-07-2018

The narration didn’t do this fairly predictable, however reasonable entertaining story any favours.

Not being from the US, but with an understanding that there are many an varied regional accents; And though people come to Missouri from different parts of the country - *everybody* sounds the same!

A more sophisticated, better paced, well-written, more creative book than Gone Girl, (albeit with less notice until now, when it’s being presented as a FOXTEL-tie-in), it still falls short in the *sculpting*. So that, when the twists that you are expecting, *do* come, they don’t feel like any “shock” or “surprise” at all, and not just to the very attentive readers!

I have three positive comments:
I wanted to like this more;

I *Did Not* throw my listening device across the room, after finishing this book, as I did with Gone Girl;

It improves on subsequent readings, and you find the complexities. Give it a go.


  • Inside the Mind of BTK

  • The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer
  • By: John Douglas, Johnny Dodd
  • Narrated by: Jason Klav
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

This incredible story shows how John Douglas tracked and participated in the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history. For 31 years a man who called himself BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) terrorized the city of Wichita, Kansas, sexually assaulting and strangling a series of women, taunting the police with frequent communications, and bragging about his crimes to local newspapers and TV stations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is not great

  • By Anonymous User on 12-10-2018

Somewhat disappointing

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

Reviewed: 26-03-2018

A pretty disappointing book, based merely on writing style alone…
The content wasn’t anything that had been divulged by other sources before. Definitely *not* an exclusive!

The narration was absolutely abysmal! Right off the bat, he pronounces, “Quantico” as
Kwan-TEA-co !
The list of other pronunciation atrocities was so long, I cannot even be bothered listing it here… I mean, this guy is *meant* to be a
‘voice actor’ ! Part of the job description should be * Look up unfamiliar words to be comfortable pronouncing them correctly!
If you’ve heard two or more good podcasts on BTK - I’d give this a miss…

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 194

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing story of Bunny-hopping

  • By Yicheng on 19-03-2018

John Oliver is a genius

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

Reviewed: 26-03-2018

This was the *best* $3- ever spent!
John Oliver is one clever little bunny! I hope this book is bought by schools and libraries all across Australia, but more importantly, across America- where the message of tolerance really needs to be embraced!
An amazing way to teach the next generation inclusiveness, whilst heaping on a huge pile of satire.
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A must read!

  • Green River, Running Red

  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women. Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry -- of who these young women were and who they might have become.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This story was all over the place

  • By Anonymous User on 23-10-2017

An amazing story told over more than two decades

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

Reviewed: 14-02-2018

Ann Rule is truly the Queen of True Crime Writing! This story was told with the utmost sensitivity to the victims (& their families); by detailing victimologies, and giving us a greater sense of why, and how these poor women ended up becoming chosen by Gary Ridgeway in his brutal reign of terror.

➡️ (NB/ and this is *NOT* rambling on about unnecessary details, as one insensitive reviewer summed up their review… ?!)
Hot Tip: if you’re looking for gore, rent a horror movie.

If you’re interested in sophisticated TrueCrime, then this is *definitely* for you!