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  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924

When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby – she's pregnant with her first child, and she's desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her.But Alice isn't pregnant. And Nick isn't worried.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story

  • By Mari on 19-08-2014

Classic Moriaty

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

Reviewed: 14-03-2019

Interesting plot, which had me wondering how I would cope in a similar situation. Great characters, well written enjoyable listening.

  • The Other Wife

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969

 

Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for 60 years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong. This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed this book

  • By Joan on 23-06-2018

Classic Robotham

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

Reviewed: 14-03-2019

Catch up with characters revealed in Robotham’s other offerings.
Verbose in some areas, infuriating in others. It’s always a good title if I finish the audiobook; and this one I did.

  • Nineteen Minutes

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens - until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence. Josie Cormier, the teenage daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened before her very own eyes - or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show - destroying the closest of friendships and families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Wendy Berry on 12-11-2017

Difficult subject

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

Reviewed: 14-03-2019

I really struggled with this title; I guess I’m really not into this type of story.
I was not able to finish this audiobook.

  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The truth is out there! Really out there... No, really, really out there!

  • By Lawrence on 20-01-2016

Just a bit too silly

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

Reviewed: 14-03-2019

This was quite difficult for me to listen to; I guess it wouldn’t be if I was into conspiracy theories.
I was unable to finish this audiobook.

  • Three Wishes

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

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

Stock Standard Moriarty

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

Reviewed: 30-01-2019

I love the Australian-ness of this novel, however it feels like other Moriarty titles I've listened to.

Moriarty knows how to unfold a story, and how to join the beginning to the end so her plots are somewhat predictable.

Fans will love this title.

  • Homegoing

  • By: Yaa Gyasi
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, narrated by Dominic Hoffman.

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery, one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - a little long

  • By Carol on 30-01-2019

Great story - a little long

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

Reviewed: 30-01-2019

This is a great story, if not a little too long. I could not finish it, though I'm keen to know how the story ends.

My interest was held until the novel shifts to characters in the USA, after that I had difficulty listening to the telling of man's inhumanity to man.

The narration is superb - though I did not finish this title, I would certainly recommend it.

  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 197

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid story and main character.

  • By Adrian Panow on 12-10-2015

Why is this not a Hollywood blockbuster?

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

Reviewed: 30-01-2019

The story was so completely implausible which obviously makes for a Hollywood blockbuster; so why am I not seeing this franchise at my local CinemaPlex???

I had aches and pains everywhere listening to The Gray Man, the second title I've downloaded now.

This title is a somewhat easy listen if you're looking for mindful distraction. The narration was quite good too!

  • This Is How It Always Is

  • By: Laurie Frankel
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

 This is Claude. He's five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They're just not sure they're ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude's secret. Until one day it explodes. Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written and performed

  • By Jennifer on 10-12-2018

Tooooo long

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

Reviewed: 30-01-2019

I did not finish this title. The story is an interesting one, and the way a child's life can change the lives of those who love them can be remarkable. Unfortunately, the writing was so overly verbose I found myself fast forwarding too much and eventually I had to give up.

I found the narrator read the mother Rose with flat affect and it really bothered me.

  • Smoke Gets in your Eyes

  • And Other Lessons from the Crematorium
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

From her first day at Westwind Cremation & Burial, 23-year-old Caitlin Doughty threw herself into her curious new profession. Coming face-to-face with the very thing we go to great lengths to avoid thinking about, she started to wonder about the lives of those she cremated and the mourning families they left behind, and found herself confounded by people's erratic reactions to death. Exploring our death rituals - and those of other cultures - she pleads the case for healthier attitudes around death and dying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So insightful and genuine

  • By Anonymous User on 13-03-2019

Interesting behind the scenes peek at death

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

Reviewed: 30-01-2019

I could not finish this title. The narration was excellent, and the story of what happens after death and the honest look at the business was quite interesting, but it was really done at about the 5 hour mark.

  • Stars Across the Ocean

  • By: Kimberley Freeman
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

An enthralling story about love, motherhood and choosing who you belong to in the world by best-selling author Kimberley Freeman. 1874: only days before she is to leave the foundling home where she grew up, Agnes Resolute discovers that, as a baby, she had been abandoned with a small token of her mother: a unicorn button. Agnes always believed her mother had been too poor to keep her, but after working as a laundress in the home she recognises the button as belonging the daughter of a local noble.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A little slow

  • By jill cavanagh flowers on 10-10-2017

A little slow, but quite epic

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

Reviewed: 30-01-2019

Some interesting aspects to this story, and I was somewhat thankful that I didn't see the twist coming!
Great narration, it was a little slow and in some parts quite verbose.