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  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614

Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict, to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy, mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant narrative masterly voiced

  • By Philip on 19-04-2018

A wonderfully empathetic insight

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

Reviewed: 01-05-2019

I adored this book. It was not all what I was expecting. Beautifully written, Sarah's willingness to be vulnerable and open results in a wonderful window of insight into the life of Sandra and her clients. It is a book that will stay with me and remind me next time I am tempted to judgement that none of us know what the future might hold and how precarious our tenuous hold on controlling the chaos of our lives might be. I approached this book expecting otherness but what I found was surprisingly familar.

  • Butterfly on a Pin

  • By: Alannah Hill
  • Narrated by: Alannah Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

Alannah Hill, one of Australia’s most successful fashion designers, created an international fashion brand that defied trends with ornamental, sophisticated elegance, beads, bows and vintage florals. But growing up in a milk bar in Tasmania, Alannah’s childhood was one of hardship, fear and abuse. At an early age she ran away from home with eight suitcases of costumes and a fierce determination to succeed, haunted by her mother’s refrain of ‘you’ll never amount to anything, you can’t sew, nobody likes you and you’re going to end up in a shallow grave, dear!’

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not my cup of tea

  • By Amazon Customer on 18-04-2019

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 18-04-2019

I found this account inconjurous at times, poorly written and one dimensional. I think the great strength of memoir as a genre is that it's allows insight into the lives of others. This felt more of a performance than an authentic accounting of life

  • The Binding

  • By: Bridget Collins
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice - but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to handcraft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best love stories, ever.

  • By Susan on 22-01-2019

Thoroughly original.

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

Reviewed: 24-01-2019

devoured this book. the performance is perfect. a powerful idea and language that embroiders the scenes around you. surprising and touching. I have not enjoyed a story so much in a long time.

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  • The Nowhere Child

  • By: Christian White
  • Narrated by: Stef Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

On her lunch break in Melbourne, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home 28 years earlier. He believes Kim is that girl. At first she brushes it off but soon finds herself questioning her family history and begins to unravel an unexpectedly dark past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story

  • By Anonymous User on 28-08-2018

Mildly entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 02-09-2018

I love. good Australian story, but this left me wondering if the.whole.plotline was.not.constructed with a view to trying to capture the lucrative US market. I was drawn in by what I thought was a premise with a lot of interesting potential but in the end the villians were draw from fairly predictable stereotypes. Some of the choices made by the narrator were very odd. laughter in places it did not belong, it really destroyed the.plausability of the central character for me. Mildly entertaining.

  • Terra Nullius

  • By: Claire G. Coleman
  • Narrated by: Mark Coles Smith, Tamala Shelton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Jacky was running. There was no thought in his head, only an intense drive to run. There was no sense he was getting anywhere, no plan, no destination, no future. All he had was a sense of what was behind, what he was running from. Jacky was running. The Natives of the Colony are restless. The Settlers are eager to have a nation of peace, and to bring the savages into line. Families are torn apart, reeducation is enforced. This rich land will provide for all.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too weird for my liking

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-06-2018

Clumsy

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

Reviewed: 02-09-2018


The themes at the core of this work, of cultural displacement, of common humanity, of a failure to value the richness of cultures we view as alien are important. Sadly I found the rendering of characters thin and one dimensional. I like the way if defies generic conventions, but ultimately, I did not believe in any of the characters enough to get emotionally involved in the story. An interesting idea that for me fails in the execution.

  • A Little Life

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success and pride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautifully written tale of four friends

  • By Amanda on 23-02-2016

Steel yourself to mainline misery and despair.

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

Reviewed: 02-09-2018

There are some powerful truths and disturbing questions about the human condition in this story. And I do have to keep reminding myself it is a story. I need to hope that in life there is more compassion, empathy and purposefulness. A work like this surely could only have been produced in a society devoid of spirituality or sense of community. If you are fragile walk away. The dividends this work pays in terms of reflecting truths are not worth skating so close to edge of despair to glimpse. Through it will stay with me for along time, and occupy my thoughts more than it should, I am not sure I would open the door to its demons again.