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Chris Dunn

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  • The Binding

  • By: Bridget Collins
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

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

Grrr

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

Reviewed: 13-05-2019

Excessively long and detailed. Taking what first appeared an interesting concept and plot then reducing the story to a predictable and apparently simplistic storyline. I cannot do justice as I gave up 2/3 of the way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Commonwealth of Thieves 

  • By: Thomas Keneally
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

A lively history of the 'First Fleet' which took convicts from Britain to Australia in 1787; Sydney's early years as 'an open-air prison'; and the colonisation of New South Wales. 

The story of modern Australia begins in 18th-century Britain, where people were hanged for petty offences but crime was rife and the gaols were bursting. From this situation was born the Sydney experiment, with criminals perceived to be damaging British society transported to Sydney, an 'open air prison with walls 14,000 miles thick'.  

Eleven ships were dispatched in 1781 and arrived in Australia after eight hellish months at sea. Tom Keneally describes the first four years of the 'thief colony' and how, despite the escapes, the floggings, the murders and the rebellions, it survived against the odds to create a culture which would never have been tolerated in its homeland but which, in Australia, became part of the identity of a new and audacious nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • history but not history

  • By David on 20-07-2019

Australia Early Settlement

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

Reviewed: 08-02-2019

An excellent account based on the stories by and about the people involved. A sympathetic representation of Arthur Phillip as possibly the unlikely yet ideal governor whose relationship with convicts and aboriginal people promised much understanding and possible reconciliation. Insight into the transformation of rogues and lives in difficult times. Much appreciated.

  • Snap

  • By: Belinda Bauer
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

On a stifling summer's day, 11-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. 'Jack's in charge,' she said. 'I won't be long.' But she never comes back. Three years later, mum-to-be Catherine wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note that says: 'I could have killed you'. Meanwhile Jack is still in charge - of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they're alone in the house, and - quite suddenly - of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother. But the truth can be a dangerous thing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Emma Thomas on 23-06-2019

Not snappy enough?

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

Reviewed: 22-01-2019

A good crisp concept, well told. I lost patience with protracted reveries indulged for main actor, drawn out unnecessarily. Otherwise great believable characters

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  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding - translator
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 260

The girl with the dragon tattoo is not given to forgiveness. Lisbeth Salander has been forged by a brutal childhood and horrific abuse. And repeated attempts on her life. The ink embedded in her skin is a constant reminder of her pledge to fight against the injustice she finds on every side. Confinement to the secure unit of a women's prison is intended as a punishment. Instead, Lisbeth finds herself in relative safety. Flodberga is a failing prison, effectively controlled by the inmates, and for a computer hacker of her exceptional gifts there are no boundaries.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Should never have been written

  • By John on 30-12-2017

Stop!

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

Reviewed: 25-07-2018

Lagercrantz struggles to reproduce Larsen’s story writing techniques such as repetitive chapter scene changes and depth of detail that becomes tedious and boring. Lost the plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Moskva

  • By: Jack Grimwood
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Red Square, 1985. The naked body of a young man is left outside the walls of the Kremlin: frozen solid - like marble to the touch - and missing the little finger from his right hand. A week later Alex Marston, the headstrong 15-year-old daughter of the British ambassador, disappears. Army intelligence officer Tom Fox, posted to Moscow to keep him from telling the truth to a government committee, is asked to help find her. It's a shot at redemption. But Russia is reluctant to give up the worst of her secrets.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Like waiting for paint to dry, for excitement

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-08-2018

Moskova

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

Reviewed: 22-05-2018

Well written. Interesting character development. Intriguing. Maybe too descriptive in parts, but a deep enough storyline to sustain .

  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

  • By: Joël Dicker
  • Narrated by: Robert Slade
  • Length: 20 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

August 30, 1975: the day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence. That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with 15-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that secured his lasting fame. Quebert is the only suspect. Marcus Goldman - Quebert’s most gifted protégé - throws off his writer’s block to clear his mentor’s name. Solving the case and penning a new best seller soon merge into one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding book, loved it.

  • By Jutta Zotz on 12-04-2019

The Truth

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

Reviewed: 11-06-2017

I did not enjoy this book.
The character stereotypes are annoying
The plot line is simplistic as is the central problem. All Harry had to do was go back to New York or anywhere till his girlfriend was 16. Not pursued
The relentlessness 'loving' dialogue was not digestible.