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  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the effort!

  • By lsabelle Blythdvb on 04-04-2017

Tension and Worry

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

Reviewed: 14-10-2018

A very interesting exploration of what it is to be human, and of the smudged line between good and bad. Interesting characters well drawn and believable. A very likeable and real main character whom I worried about. Lots of tension which makes for a very intense read/listen. Also several plot twists. My only criticism was that sometimes it was a bit long-winded during Theo's reveries. I was so involved with this story that I woke up in the middle of the night trying to decide how it might all end.

  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
  • By: Charles Dickens, Simon Callow - introduction
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Exclusively from Audible. 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' So begins Charles Dickens' most famous historical drama: a gripping tale of war, social injustice and the choice between darkness and light. After being unjustly imprisoned for 18 years, French doctor Manette is released from the Bastille jail in Paris and embarks upon a journey to London in the hope of finding the daughter he never met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's been a grand few weeks

  • By Prue Raos on 16-05-2018

Dickens wisdom again

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

Reviewed: 13-09-2018

Not an easy listen - I sometimes became a little lost, but it all came together in the end and was infinitely rewarding - as Dickens always is.

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Ian Holm
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers and determines to solve the mystery of her distress and terror. Inspired by an actual criminal case, this gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity has never been out of print since its publication and brought Collins great fame and success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Your journey will be well rewarded

  • By David on 11-11-2016

Utterly absorbing

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

Reviewed: 01-09-2018

This is an excellent Victorian novel with everything a reader could ever want - good, evil, love and sorrow - all shrouded a web of mystery, lies and deceit, and with more twists and turns than could be imagined.

  • The Choke

  • By: Sofie Laguna
  • Narrated by: Danielle Baynes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

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

Stunning writing

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

Reviewed: 04-06-2018

The writing is brilliant, the main character a completely believable child, and the narration excellent. Love, betrayal, power, revenge - this book is not for the faint-hearted.

  • The Break

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

The story of a relationship that everyone thought was forever and which is now in danger of being for never, The Break is about getting older and staying in love when life, real life, is trying to pull you apart.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Light Hearted Romp

  • By Anna Spencer on 11-10-2017

Drawn out

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

Reviewed: 24-05-2018

The Break kept me interested on the whole, but I found it too full of angst. Perhaps it would suit a younger reader (I'm in my 60s). I also felt that it could have been quite a bit shorter - the main character seemed to take forever and a day to reach a point of her development that seemed to me to be inevitable. It was agonizing. The characters were well drawn. The fairy-tale ending (the epilogue) was incredibly saccharine. I think the novel would have been better without it - or with a much shorter version - perhaps a paragraph.

  • 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 2,966
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,720

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

Memorable

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

Reviewed: 07-05-2018

I loved this book, and I loved Eleanor herself. The novel was funny, intensely moving and more than a little chilling. I highly recommend this book.

  • Music and Freedom

  • By: Zoë Morrison
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Alice Murray learns to play the piano aged three on an orange orchard in rural Australia. Recognising her daughter's gift, her mother sends Alice to boarding school in the bleak north of England, and there Alice stays for the rest of her childhood. Then she's offered a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London, and on a summer school in Oxford she meets Edward, an economics professor who sweeps her off her feet. But Alice soon finds that Edward is damaged.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking

  • By Anonymous User on 21-04-2018

Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 21-04-2018

A very well-written story, and definitely worth listening to, but the main character was terribly frustrating. Perhaps, given her upbringing, and the times, she could have been no other way, but I wanted to slap her - which is rather ironic, given the subject matter. A testament to the tragedy of passivity. The gaps in communication between the characters were a mile wide. I felt the narrator did quite a good job, except that her voice was a bit flat. The ending was possibly too neat.