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  • Sarah Thornhill

  • By: Kate Grenville
  • Narrated by: Emma Fielding
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Sarah Thornhill is the youngest child of William Thornhill, convict-turned-landowner on the Hawkesbury River. Her stepmother calls her wilful, but handsome Jack Langland loves her and she loves him. 'Me and Jack', she thinks. 'How could it go wrong?' But there's an ugly secret in Sarah's family. That secret takes her into the darkness of the past, and across the ocean to the wild coasts of New Zealand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A moving story from start to finish

  • By Susan Dunn on 03-05-2019

A moving story from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 03-05-2019

Kate Grenville's ability to create a story as real as life itself is unswerving.
Each character is as though I had known them, and each setting, each place is alive as if it were a character.

Sarah Thornhill's story will stay with me for a long time.

  • One Life

  • My Mother's Story
  • By: Kate Grenville
  • Narrated by: Kate Grenville
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Nance was a week short of her sixth birthday when she and Frank were roused out of bed in the dark and lifted into the buggy, squashed in with bedding, the cooking pots rattling around in the back, and her mother shouting back towards the house, 'Good-bye, Rothsay, I hope I never see you again!' When Kate Grenville’s mother died, she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not your usual tale of your mother

  • By Stan on 07-09-2015

Insightful and inspiring

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

Reviewed: 26-03-2019

Grenville's story about her mother is inspiring: how her mother managed a marriage and her desire to work in a time where it was considered inappropriate for a woman to do both provides insights into a challenging time period for women.
Grenville's reading of her own writing adds a positive touch and depth.

  • The Scholar

  • Cormac Reilly, Book 2
  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

 

When Dr. Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit-and-run outside Galway University late one evening, she calls her partner, Detective Cormac Reilly, bringing him first to the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. A security card in the dead woman's pocket identifies her as Carline Darcy, a gifted student and heir apparent to Irish pharmaceutical giant Darcy Therapeutics. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT

  • By Anonymous User on 07-03-2019

Another excellent crime story

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

Reviewed: 12-03-2019

Dervla McTiernan' s style keeps you enthralled from beginning to end. Brilliantly detailed characters and settings explode into realistic scenes. The story unfolds at a measured pace, with comprehensive insights into how police matters are managed in Ireland.
McMahon's reading is well- paced and heightens the Irish context.
Highly recommended.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,822
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,510

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than completely fine

  • By Bec on 29-10-2017

A fascinating exploration of loneliness

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-2019

A great story, read beautifully. Highly recommended for the definitive delineation of characters. Look forward to more from this author.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,318
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,988
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,976

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very thought provoking

  • By Anonymous User on 11-01-2019

An amazing, inspiring story

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

Reviewed: 04-02-2019

Michelle Obama's story is honest, compelling and inspiring. I'm her own words and narration we learn about her upbringing, her heritage and her path in life and how she channelled her every challenge with strength of character, resilience and an optimistic outlook. I was deeply moved by this story and thoroughly recommend it.

  • No Turning Back

  • Cat Connolly, Book 3
  • By: Sam Blake
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

Niamh and Conor Ryan are the perfect power couple: smart, successful and beautiful, they have an enviable relationship and an idyllic family life. But then the unthinkable happens. Their oldest son, Tom, is the victim of a hit-and-run. What was Tom doing out walking so late at night? Did he really have problems sleeping, or was he secretly meeting someone? Is it a coincidence that his friend, Lauren, committed suicide nearby - or is there something more sinister going on? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book

  • By Deborah on 06-06-2018

Great story that had me binge listening!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-2019

A superb story filled with complex twists and turns that kept me guessing to the end. Great reading by Aoife McMahon.

  • Frieda

  • A Novel of the Real Lady Chatterley
  • By: Annabel Abbs
  • Narrated by: Leith McPherson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Germany, 1907. Frieda, daughter of aristocrat Baron von Richthofen, has rashly married English professor Ernest Weekley. Visiting her family in Munich, a city alive with new ideas of revolution and free love, and goaded by a toxic sibling rivalry with her sisters, Frieda embarks on a passionate affair that is her sensual and intellectual awakening. England, 1912. Trapped in her marriage to Ernest, Frieda meets the penniless but ambitious young writer D. H. Lawrence, a man whose creative energy answers her own needs. Their scandalous affair and tempestuous relationship unleashes a creative outpouring that will change the course of literature - and society - forever. But for Frieda, this fulfilment comes at a terrible personal cost.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Understanding D H Lawrence

  • By Philip on 28-10-2018

An amazing story

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

Reviewed: 11-10-2018

I loved this story from the beginning. Annabel Abbs has an amazing skill with detail that brings the characters, scenes and story to life.
Beautifully read by Leith McPherson.

  • The Ruin

  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383

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

superb story well read

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

Reviewed: 30-03-2018

McTiernan's debut novel is a superbly read by McMahon. Brilliantly written, McTiernan's style is detailed and comprehensive. I couldn't wait for opportunities to listen and hear the story unfold. I thoroughly recommend both writer and reader.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Demelza

  • Poldark, Book 2
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68

Demelza Carne, the impoverished miner's daughter Ross Poldark rescued from a fairground rabble, is now his wife. But the events of these turbulent years test their marriage and their love. Demelza's efforts to adapt to the ways of the gentry - and her husband - bring her confusion and heartache despite her joy in the birth of their first child. Ross begins a bitter struggle for the rights of the mining communities - and sows the seed of an enduring enmity with powerful George Warleggan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series of books

  • By MISS on 03-05-2016

Loving this series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-2017

Loved it. Great story well read. Can't wait to start listening to the next book!

  • The Autumn Throne

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine, Book 3
  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

England, 1176. Imprisoned by her husband, King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of England, refuses to let her powerful husband bully her into submission, even as he forces her away from her children and her birthright. Freed only by Henry's death, Eleanor becomes dowager Queen of England. But the competition for land and power that Henry stirred up among his sons has intensified to a dangerous rivalry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Gem

  • By Anonymous User on 04-10-2018

Absorbing

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

Reviewed: 06-06-2017

Engaging from beginning to end. Superb reading. Thoroughly enjoyed following the story to its conclusion.