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  • 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 4,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,685

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

A delightful book with meaning

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

Reviewed: 14-08-2018

A well written book that is humorous but relates meaningful messages about life, love & death!

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  • Moriarty

  • Sherlock Holmes, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Internationally best-selling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - dubbed the "Napoleon of crime" by Holmes - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls. Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting & well written crime novel

  • By Sharon on 13-07-2018

Very interesting & well written crime novel

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

Reviewed: 13-07-2018

Another tale based on Sherlock Holmes & Moriarty. Well written with multiple twists & turns! Very enjoyable listen from a crime master writer!

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

  • By: Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Kevin Khatchadourian killed several of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a teacher, shortly before his 16th birthday. He is visited in prison by his mother, Eva, who narrates in a series of letters to her estranged husband, Franklin, the story of Kevin's upbringing. A successsful career woman, Eva is reluctant to forgo her independence and the life she shares with Franklin to become a mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The audiobook is so much easier to take in...

  • By Sarah on 13-04-2017

A Grim Story

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

Reviewed: 12-07-2018

This was a very well written book that led the reader to an unexpected climax. The story, although difficult to listen to at times, was well worth writing and reading. It is a story attempting to bring forth underlying factors leading to contemporary but incomprehensible issues that are appearing in the news at regular intervals.

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, not sure about the choice of narrator

  • By Anna on 12-04-2017

A grim tale

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

Reviewed: 26-06-2017

The story is a grim tale to listen to. Set in the future a possible society is brought to life! The book is well written and has a hopeful conclusion.

  • Sleeper's Castle

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 19 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Hay-on-Wye, 1400. War is brewing in the Welsh borders. Catrin is on the brink of womanhood and falling in love for the first time. Her father is a soothsayer playing a dangerous game, playing on the mixed loyalties and furious rivalries between Welsh princes and English lords. For 200 years the Welsh people have lain under the English yoke, dreaming of independence. And finally it looks as though the charismatic Owain Glyndwr may be the man legend talks of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Susan Thomas on 04-04-2017

Another well written book

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

Reviewed: 05-11-2016

Sleeper's Castle, like all of Barbara Erskine books, is an enjoyable romp between modern & historical times. There is mystery, intrigue and romance, and is probably more appealing to ladies!

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  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Julia Barrie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief, and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite what the synopsis leads you to believe

  • By Karen on 20-04-2017

A worthwhile but grim story

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

Reviewed: 21-10-2016

A well written story about domestic violence. Gives sensitive insights & the story comes together in a satisfying ending. Some surprises but also becomes predictable at times.

  • Academy Street

  • By: Mary Costello
  • Narrated by: Melanie McHugh
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Academy Street is the heart-breaking and evocative story of one woman’s life spanning six decades. Tess’s childhood in 1940’s rural Ireland is defined by the sudden death of her mother. Later, in New York, she encounters the ferocious power and calamity of love, and the effects of catastrophic fate. The novel resonates with the rhythms of memory and home as well as those of America’s greatest city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Expressed Emotions of Life

  • By Sharon on 04-10-2016

Expressed Emotions of Life

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

Reviewed: 04-10-2016

This was an enjoyable listen, well written & beautifully read. The story covered a life span & expressed the different stages with tenderness.

  • The Paying Guests

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Frances had been picturing her lodgers in purely mercenary terms - as something like two great waddling shillings. But this, she thought, was what it really meant to have paying guests: this odd, unintimate proximity, this rather peeled-back moment, where the only thing between herself and a naked Mrs Barber was a few feet of kitchen and a thin scullery door. An image sprang into her head: that round flesh, crimsoning in the heat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sarah Waters does it again...

  • By Diana on 07-10-2014

A story about love

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

Reviewed: 04-03-2016

This was a very long & somewhat difficult story about the difficulties and perils of relationships on many levels!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reckoning

  • A Memoir
  • By: Magda Szubanski
  • Narrated by: Magda Szubanski
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011

Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most beloved performers, tells her story. In this extraordinary memoir, Magda describes her journey of self-discovery from a suburban childhood, haunted by the demons of her father’s espionage activities in wartime Poland and by her secret awareness of her sexuality, to the complex dramas of adulthood and her need to find out the truth about herself and her family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving and powerful

  • By Stan on 11-01-2016

Interesting and Informative

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

Reviewed: 25-01-2016

It was interesting to learn more about Magda. She writes very well & is obviously intelligent!

  • Purity

  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker, Jenna Lamia, Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 24 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

A magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of Freedom and The Corrections. Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother has always concealed her own real name, or how she can ever have a normal life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but

  • By sophiek on 05-12-2018

A well written comment of relationships today

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

Reviewed: 18-11-2015

Purity is an engaging story written from multiple viewpoints giving a personal voice to each character. The story revolves around a young woman seeking personal truth. Her name Purity implies youthful innocence but she isn't innocent & betrays adults twice her age. Yet, there is a goodness to her actions & the reader comes to understand that truth in life isn't about little pockets of purity but about the greater areas of grey complete with lies & betrayals!

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