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Nth Mackay, Australia
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  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book i've read in a long time!

  • By Anne on 11-01-2015

What a great book!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-2019

I don’t normally write a review but this book warrants the highest recommendation! The story is beautifully narrated and tells the tale of a grumpy man who lives alone with no family or friends to relate to. By the end of the book he has gathered a family of sorts and is finding a sense of self fulfilment. I liked this as much as Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

  • Three Wishes

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453

Three sisters, one birthday, one little problem... The three Kettle sisters have had a mortifying mishap. Their raucous, champagne-soaked birthday dinner has come to an abrupt end following a violent argument and an emergency dash to the hospital. So who started it this time? Was it angry, hurt Cat, still recovering from the 'night of the spaghetti'? Was it Lyn, so serenely successful, at least on the outside? Or was it quirky, dreamy Gemma, the sister who can't keep a secret except for the most important one of all?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So enjoyable

  • By Teresa on 01-10-2015

Love Liane Moriarty's books!

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

Reviewed: 31-03-2016

Any additional comments?

Have listened or read all Liane Moriarty's books and find them very addictive stories. The characters are all so real and the life is so contemporary and Australian that you can easily identify with the situations and the personalities involved. I often find myself laughing out loud at some parts and feeling pangs of sadness at others. Liane's novels are highly entertaining. Just can't wait for the next!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Thought Provoking Read .

  • By Maggiestampa on 15-07-2017

Out-standing novel!

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

Reviewed: 18-03-2016

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book approximately two years ago ( I have decided to review books since the Aussie site is a little bereft of reviews compared to the USA site which I formerly belonged to) and I have to say that this is my favourite audio book to date. It was highly entertaining and hard to stop listening to.Despite the length, I am going to listen to this again because it made me laugh and it also made me sad in parts and I feel it taught me a lot about life at times.I just loved the narrator's voice also!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward, Robert G Slade
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

The compelling new standalone novel from the Sunday Times number-one best-selling author of Unseen and Cop Town. With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared 20 years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing!

  • By Ranini on 27-08-2015

Story too unrealistic

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

Reviewed: 18-03-2016

Any additional comments?

I have a tendency to give most books I read a five star rating because I genuinely enjoy them . However, the narration of this book drove me to distraction because the narrator really does not excel at this art ( I advise anyone considering purchasing this book to sample it first) and her drawl and men's voices in particular were unpleasant to the ear. The story was so far-fetched that I struggled to finish it. I definitely will not be recommending this book to anyone.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Flesh Wounds

  • By: Richard Glover
  • Narrated by: Richard Glover
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

A mother who invented her past, a father who was often absent, a son who wondered if this could really be his family...Richard Glover's favourite dinner-party game is called 'Who's Got the Weirdest Parents?' It's a game he always thinks he'll win. There was his mother, a deluded snob who made up large swathes of her past and who ran away with Richard's English teacher, a Tolkien devotee, nudist and stuffed toy collector.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So comforting

  • By Gracious on 04-09-2015

Very entertaining life story

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

Reviewed: 18-03-2016

Any additional comments?

Listened to this book a few weeks ago and thoroughly recommend it. The narration is perfect which is to be expected from the person who actually wrote it! I lived in England for a large part of my life and emigrated to Australia so I can identify very easily with Richard's observations of the class system in the UK. He also makes some very poignant and truthful comments about the way in which we raise our children. I laughed out loud at parts of the book. Richard Glover is a very entertaining author and narrator. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I am going to listen to it again one day.