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  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Moss, Bradley Whitford, Amy Landecker, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of 21st-century America gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's devastating irony, wit and astute perception.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Handmaid’s Tale

  • By Kitty on 10-06-2019

The Handmaid’s Tale

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

Reviewed: 10-06-2019

I tried to read this 20 years ago in uni, and hated it. With all the “hype” - I tried really hard to give it another go.
With a lot more maturity behind me, a pretty good grasp on Intersectional Feminism, some domestic and international politics, degrees in Education, Chemistry and Biology …

I can’t say I didn’t try… I’ve read dystopian novels before; and just read the daily paper, or your Twitter feed for a healthy dose of misogyny … but gee - this just hurt to read. (Too close to home now?) I couldn’t finish it. I made it *just* past “June’s” first Ceremonial Rape with Serena Joy.
Good luck; (or rather, Under His Eye)
Atwood’s writing is just not my cup of tea.

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  • The Wee Free Men

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 124

Up on the chalk downs they call The Wold, witches are banned - ever since the Baron's son vanished in the woods. Anyway, as all witches know, chalk's no good for magic. Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching thinks her Granny Aching - a wise shepherd

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is a great listen.

  • By Anonymous User on 17-04-2017

The wee free men

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

Reviewed: 10-06-2019

Another lovely little YA Tiffany Aching story by TPratchett! Full of magic and jokes and “the little mysteries” we’ve come to expect. A charming and quaint little read. Perfect for the pre-teens in all of us!

  • I Shall Wear Midnight

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 88

Tiffany Aching, the young witch from The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, and Wintersmith is back in a new adventure featuring Discworld characters both familiar to fans (such as Tiffany, the Wee Free Men, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg) and new (meet Wee Mad Arthur, the Nac Mac Feegle on the City Watch whose only previous appearance was a brief cameo in Feet of Clay, and city witch Mrs Proust - a fabulous Pratchett creation).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Shall Wear Midnight

  • By Kitty on 06-06-2019

I Shall Wear Midnight

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

Reviewed: 06-06-2019

What an absolutely charming book! After setting my task to devour all or TPratchett’s Discworld series; I, by misfortune came to Tiffany Aching and her adventures, only after I’d read nearly all of the rest of the Series.
I Shall Wear Midnight was my first Tiffany Aching book- accidentally read out of order… but *Such* an enjoyable little tale, that a) I only wish I’d met her sooner; & b) I can’t wait to go back to “her” beginning, and start reading!
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It’s TPratchett at his best. A YA book; with all the smartest bits for adults. And a cast of new and you very oldest favourites!
And what a beautifully gorgeous title, just to “show off” his lovely cleverness!

  • The Lost Girls

  • By: Ava Benny-Morrison
  • Narrated by: Fiona Macleod
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

The chilling true story of the heinous murder of Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and daughter Khandalyce and how the case was cracked. How did two girls go missing for seven years and nobody noticed? In August 2010, dirt bike riders discovered human bones in the notorious Belanglo State Forest, where Ivan Milat had so cruelly tortured and slain seven young backpackers. The remains were those of a young woman, who the police dubbed 'Angel' after a T-shirt emblazoned with the word 'Angelic' that was found near the body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent True Crime Story

  • By Anonymous User on 21-05-2019

The Lost Girls

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

Reviewed: 22-05-2019

In memory of Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and Khandalyce Pearce; May you RIP, you sweet, baby angels.

Thankyou to MR Povey, for his help to the author, for allowing her to bring Karlie and Kandles alive on the page;

And Thankyou to the author. This *is* a story that should be remembered.

  • Ep. 6: Home, Then Home Home (Slaving Away Series 2)

  • By: Miranda Kane
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

It’s time for Miranda to face the music. Despite putting it off for weeks, it’s time to face her family after her drunken revelations. On the drive back, they muse over the good, the bad and the ugly of sex-work, before Laveen has a booking of her own. However, when they get back to London, Miranda realises their tour has put more of a strain on Dan and Laveen’s relationship than she knew, and takes drastic action to help put them on the right track.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly outrageous, witty and performed!

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-05-2019

Slaving Away - Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 31-03-2019

Season 3 please?!
Season 3 please?!
Season 3 please?!
Season 3 please?!
Season 3 please?!
Season 3 please?!
Congratulations Miranda Kane! Thankyou for such an enjoyable first 2 series. Here’s to many more.

  • Redemption Point

  • Crimson Lake, Book 2
  • By: Candice Fox
  • Narrated by: Lani Tupu
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping.

  • By Meg on 16-04-2019

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 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

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....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Annie6525 on 22-08-2018

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 174
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

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 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

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!

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  • 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 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

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.


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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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