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  • The Nowhere Child

  • By: Christian White
  • Narrated by: Stef Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

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.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 719
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 658

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.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Need to speed up vocals!

  • By Prue Walker on 22-09-2018

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 644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Small northern town low budget police melodrama

  • By Philip on 28-08-2018

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 500
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 442

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 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

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.

  • The Paris Seamstress

  • By: Natasha Lester
  • Narrated by: Anthea Greco
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

1940. Parisian seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee France as the Germans advance. She is bound for Manhattan with a few francs, one suitcase, her sewing machine and a dream: to have her own atelier. 2015. Australian curator Fabienne Bissette journeys to the annual Met Gala for an exhibition of her beloved grandmother's work - one of the world's leading designers of ready-to-wear. But as Fabienne learns more about her grandmother's past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and secrets - and the sacrifices made for love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerising

  • By Jennie McKern on 04-06-2018

Mills and boonish

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

Reviewed: 14-06-2018

While this is an interesting story I felt it became bogged down in the Mills and Boon style which made me loose interest, I wasn't able to finish this book

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bono: The Rescue Cat Who Helped Me Find My Way Home

  • By: Helen Brown
  • Narrated by: Heather Bolton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

From New York Times best-selling author Helen Brown comes a funny and moving account of her life-changing month as a foster mother - to a homeless cat named Bono. After a brush with cancer, Helen Brown, happily married for 22 years and with three grown children, took stock of her comfortable suburban life and found it wanting. Seizing the day, she headed to New York, the city that never sleeps, where she was talked into fostering Bono, a rescue cat in need of a forever home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Andrea on 16-07-2018

A reminder of living for the now

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

Reviewed: 14-06-2018

What a lovely story this is, reminding us yet again of the power of the pet and how they can enrich your life and teach you much more than you could ever teach them. Well done Helen

  • No Safe Place

  • Detective Lottie Parker, Book 4
  • By: Patricia Gibney
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

As funeral mourners stand in silence at Ragmullin cemetery, a deafening cry cuts through the air. Lying crumpled at the bottom of an open grave is the bloodied body of a young woman, and Detective Lottie Parker is called in to investigate. Knowing the body can’t have been there long, Lottie wonders if it could be Elizabeth Bryne, a young woman who vanished without trace just days earlier. And with a new boss who seems to have it in for her, Lottie is under pressure to solve both cases quickly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a perfect 4th book

  • By jessica driver on 05-07-2018

Ah Lottie, you've done it again!

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

Reviewed: 13-04-2018

We can all relate to Lottie Parker trying to fit work, family and romance into a busy life, Patricia Gibney writes a human story and manages to put a few twists in there just to keep us guessing.