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  • The Wind and the Void

  • Nightblade, Book 3
  • By: Ryan Kirk
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

In the midst of the chaos, the actions and choices of a select few will shape the future of the land. Akira prepares to give up his Lordship. Ryuu wanders the Southern Kingdom, searching for a reason to fight. Moriko sits quietly, biding her time before she leaves the Three Kingdoms for good. Finally, across the Three Sisters, Nameless fight to keep his fragile alliance of clans together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as the previous two

  • By JBO on 29-01-2019

As good as the previous two

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

Reviewed: 29-01-2019

Good finish to a great trilogy. Good action and story flowed. I may have to give Kirk's other books a shot.

  • World's Edge

  • Nightblade, Book 2
  • By: Ryan Kirk
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Two cycles have passed since Ryuu lost his adopted father, and he dares to hope that he's found peace at last. But nightblades live by the sword, and when a new breed of warrior threatens the Southern Kingdom, Ryuu and Moriko are pulled to opposite edges of the known world to uncover mysteries that have lain dormant for hundreds of cycles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good follow on from the 1st

  • By JBO on 17-01-2019

Good follow on from the 1st

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

Reviewed: 17-01-2019

I read the 1st book and listened to this 2nd audio book. I loved the 1st and was sceptical that the audio book would not live up. I was hooked very quickly and enjoyed it thoroughly.
The narration was a little weird. I thought it might be a computer generated voice but I was pleased with the overall performance.
Onto the 3rd.

  • The Happiest Refugee

  • By: Anh Do
  • Narrated by: Anh Do
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 646

The laugh-out-loud, reach-for-your-hanky story of one of Australia's best-loved comedians. Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing - not murderous pirates nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days - could quench their desire to make a better life in a country where freedom existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Anonymous User on 09-04-2018

As happy as the title suggests

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

Reviewed: 26-09-2018

Ahn has a glass half full outlook on everything. Life ain't that bad. A good reminder to enjoy what you have.

  • American Gods

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Liam Edwards on 12-08-2017

Interesting.

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

Reviewed: 28-08-2018

I feel this will be one of those books that I will think about for a long time. Not sure how I feel about it. I feel I should wait a while before reviewing.
I loved it in parts and not loved it in others. I found my mind wondering at times and had to rewind and listen again.
All up I have given it 5 stars because it was original, imaginative and thought provoking. The narration was excellent and I would read/listen to another. The characters are wonderful. I love the idea of old Gods still hanging around.

  • Jasper Jones

  • By: Craig Silvey
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of 13, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race, and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator was Amazing! !

  • By Michael on 01-11-2015

Beautifully written

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

Reviewed: 15-08-2018

Great story. Wonderfully written. I really enjoyed the witty banter between Jeffrey and Charlie. Had me laughing out loud. The cricket match was the highlight.
Well narrated.

  • Last King of the Cross

  • By: John Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Alan King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

John Ibrahim's incredible life story told in his own words. Last King of the Cross lays bare Australia's most notorious underworld figure. In the mongrel tongue of the streets, John writes of fleeing war-torn Tripoli with his family and growing up in Sydney's rough and tumble west - before establishing himself as a tough guy and teen delinquent, then a bouncer, enforcer and nightclub king on the Golden Mile. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed it a lot.

  • By JBO on 09-08-2018

Enjoyed it a lot.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-2018

I spent every Saturday night of my youth in the Cross frequenting joints like The Cauldron, Jet Black, Sugar Reef and Mansions. All the time aware of the underbelly but never really paying attention.
This book bought back incredible memories and it was great to experience it all again with a different lense.
I thought the narrator was excellent and the voice was well suited.
Well done.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fry's English Delight (Series 1)

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

National treasure and renowned wit Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language in these celebrated programmes. In each episode, Fry explores the oddities and celebrates the curiosities of the language we use. His love of words is indulged with infectious enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity at all times. From puns and metaphors to clichés and gibberish, this famously witty, incisive and engaging series explores the joys of the English language.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and interesting

  • By JBO on 06-08-2018

Fun and interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-08-2018

The magic behind the English language which we all take for granted. Particularly liked the chapter on Metaphors.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • High Noon in Nimbin

  • By: Robert G. Barrett
  • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Arranging the hit on Fabio was a low act, and Les knew it. And when you get Sydney's deadliest killer to do the hit, there's always a quid pro quo. In this case, Les had to take a trip to Nimbin to help an old army mate of Eddie Salita's open a bar, the Double L Ranch. Which suited Les, since he had to take his friend Tony Nathan to the waxhead wedding of the year at Bluey's Beach, and it was on the way. The waxhead wedding of the year turned into the ethnic brawl of the decade.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3 stars. Voice too deep.

  • By JBO on 27-07-2018

3 stars. Voice too deep.

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

Reviewed: 27-07-2018

I have read most of the Les Norton books and this was my first audio book. Unfortunately I did not like the narrators voice. It was too deep for Les and too deep for the female characters.
All respect to late and great RGB. RIP.

  • The Rooster Bar

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

Law students Mark, Todd and Zola wanted to change the world - to make it a better place. But these days these three disillusioned friends spend a lot of time hanging out in The Rooster Bar, the place where Todd serves drinks. As third-year students, they realise they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A ripping good yarn

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-10-2017

Not his best but they are all good.

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

Reviewed: 25-07-2018

Totally worth the spend and time. Fun story of likeable characters. There are better Grisham books out there but I am yet to find a bad one.
Very good narrator.

  • The Hunter

  • Victor the Assassin, Book 1
  • By: Tom Wood
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 268

Forget James Bond. Forget Jason Bourne. Forget Jack Bauer. Meet Victor. He's an assassin - a man with no past and no surname. But when a Paris job goes spectacularly wrong, Victor finds himself running for his life across four continents, accompanied by a woman too beautiful to trust, pursued by enemies too powerful to escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great detail, great story: couldn't stop listening

  • By Michael Cox on 19-08-2014

Good narrator.

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

Reviewed: 17-07-2018

Great spy story. Great characters. Excellent narration.
Lots of detailed action that is not over the top.