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  • Lost Roses

  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

It is 1914, and New York socialite Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be travelling to St Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and now Eliza is embarking on the trip of a lifetime to see the splendours of Russia. But when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia's imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortune-teller's daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A thoughtful book

  • By stephen on 02-06-2019

A thoughtful book

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

Reviewed: 02-06-2019

Having already listened to Lilac Girls which was one of the most amazing books I have ever read/listened to, I wondered if this book would be confusing given it precedes the era of Lilac Girls but it is a stand alone story that gives the reader an insight into one of the main characters in Lilac Girls, Caroline Ferraday.
The narration is very good.

  • The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village

  • By: Joanna Nell
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

The life of 79-year-old pensioner Peggy Smart is as beige as the décor in her retirement village. Her week revolves around aqua aerobics and appointments with her doctor. Following a very minor traffic accident, things have turned frosty with her grown-up children, and she is afraid they are trying to take away her independence. Noticing her memory isn't what it used to be, Peggy is taking ever more inventive steps to cover up her dwindling faculties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best books I’ve listened to in an age . A close friend recommended it!

  • By nelly dean on 13-01-2019

Hmmm

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

Reviewed: 19-04-2019

Must admit I almost returned this book after 3 chapters but decided to plow on. It wasn't a bad read, certainly relatable when I remembered my own mothers demise.

  • Believe Me

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers, Lorelei King, John Chancer, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Claire Wright likes to play other people. A struggling British actress, in New York without a green card, Claire needs work. She takes the only part she's offered: as a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers, hired to entrap straying husbands, catching them on tape with their seductive propositions. The rules? Never hit on them directly. Make it clear you're available, but they have to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not entrapment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Variation on a theme with literary twist

  • By Philip on 18-08-2018

Bewildering

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2019

I almost gave up on this book about half way through but it is worth staying on, even when it ends you aren't sure it is over!

  • The Nowhere Child

  • By: Christian White
  • Narrated by: Stef Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

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

A narration makes or breaks a book

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

Reviewed: 23-12-2018

While this was quite an interesting story, the narration made it impossible to listen for any length of time as it was a strange mix of slow-mo interspersed with a kind of chuckle! I had to work hard to finish this book and almost gave up several times.

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  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 892

Could 10 days at a health resort really change you forever? Nine perfect strangers are about to find out.... The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By srouch on 30-09-2018

Oh dear Liane!

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

Reviewed: 20-10-2018

I have loved all of Liane's books, listened to them multiple times but this one? I didn't care at all about any of the characters whereas other books have had such relatable and endearing (though sometimes frustrating) characters. I don't think the narration had anything to do with my lack of response, Marsha is so annoying a character that her voice just ends up grating. Waiting on the next book...no pressure Liane!

  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Performance By Richard Armitage

  • By Kim Davenport on 20-06-2018

Great narrator!

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

Reviewed: 30-09-2018

This is a terrific story along with Richard Armitage's performance makes for a great book. Found it very visual, like watching an episode of Shetland!

  • Murder at the Grand Raj Palace

  • Baby Ganesh Agency, Book 4
  • By: Vaseem Khan
  • Narrated by: Madhav Sharma
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In the enchanting new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick go undercover to investigate a murder at Mumbai's grandest hotel. For a century the iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world's elite. From film stars to foreign dignitaries, anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj. The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murder....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ah Ganesh!

  • By stephen on 08-09-2018

Ah Ganesh!

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

Reviewed: 08-09-2018

These books are so entertaining, having been to India the descriptions of the surrounds, smells and quirks take me right back there and Ganesh is such a star. More please Vaseem!

  • Bad Blood

  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 800

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar start-up, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up ‘unicorn’ promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating - unbelievable that this is a true story

  • By Glenn Gillan on 29-06-2018

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 08-09-2018

While I sometimes found myself a little lost, this is a fascinating tale and well worth the listen.

  • My Girls

  • A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie
  • By: Todd Fisher
  • Narrated by: Todd Fisher
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

In December 2016, the world was shaken by the sudden deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, two unspeakable losses. The stunned public turned for solace to Debbie’s only remaining child, Todd Fisher. The son of "America’s Sweethearts" Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Todd grew up amid the glamorous wealth and pretense of Hollywood. Thanks to his mother, Todd remained down to earth, his own man, but always close to his cherished mom, and to his sister through her meteoric rise to stardom and her struggle with demons that never diminished her humor, talent, or spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By stephen on 08-09-2018

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 08-09-2018

I have listened to both Carrie and Debbie's books but it was a joy to hear Todd's account of their lives. He is a great narrator, I felt as though I was in the room lounging around listening to his story. An amazing family.

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  • The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Power of Meow

  • By: David Michie
  • Narrated by: David Michie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

In the latest installment of the Dalai Lama's Cat series, His Holiness' Cat ('HHC') is on a mission: to think less, to experience more, to live in the moment. She soon learns the proper phrase for this: being mindful, or a concept better known to her as the power of meow. What ensues is a journey to discover her own true nature, to gain a deeper understanding of her mind, and to experience life's greatest joy: the here and now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Sharon on 14-09-2018

I am a wiser person!

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

Reviewed: 14-06-2018

Having now listened to all three of HHC's books,I must say I feel a little wiser and will endeavour to follow her philosophy on the joy of the now and the giving to others.