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  • The Diary of a Bookseller

  • By: Shaun Bythell
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • slow and steady

  • By Anonymous User on 07-03-2019

slow and steady

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-2019

struggled to finish, not a compelling book....but sweet observations of a world and trade I imagine is a dying art.

  • Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this!

  • By bridget Huolohan on 28-11-2018

History comes to life!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-2019

Great to find a free, fun and informative book that's such a pleasure to listen to, a blast from the past!

  • Boy Swallows Universe

  • By: Trent Dalton
  • Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052

Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious criminal for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. He's just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way - not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer. But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love. And oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Al on 01-07-2018

Extraordinary Modern Australian novel!

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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: 01-02-2019

A pleasure to listen to, with Stig Wemyss most enthralling voice. Boy swallows universe brought tears, smiles, laughs and perspective to my world. A must read for all Australians. I was hooked instantly and cannot recommend it enough! ADD TO SHOPPING CART, YES YOU!