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  • Preservation

  • By: Jock Serong
  • Narrated by: Conrad Coleby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Preservation, based on the true story of the wreck of the Sydney Cove, sees master storyteller Jock Serong turn his talents to historical narrative. On a beach not far from the isolated settlement of Sydney in 1797, a fishing boat picks up three shipwreck survivors, distressed and terribly injured. They have walked hundreds of miles across a landscape whose features - and inhabitants - they have no way of comprehending. They have lost 14 companions along the way. Their accounts of the ordeal are evasive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • By Rodney McNamara on 04-02-2019

Amazing telling of first indigenous encounters

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Reviewed: 08-01-2019

I loved how the narrators have described the encounters with the indigenous peoples. The accounts of cultivations, settlements, fire techniques, etc. Stories not often told in Shipwreck novels. Great job Jock!

  • The Rules of Backyard Cricket

  • By: Jock Serong
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Darren has two big talents: cricket and trouble. It is no surprise, then, that he becomes an Australian sporting star of the bad-boy variety - one of those men who's always got away with things and just keeps going...until the day we meet him, middle aged and in the boot of a car, and everything pointing towards a shallow grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Stephan on 26-07-2018

Wow!

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Reviewed: 26-07-2018

I loved it! The story is incredibly vivid, I wish there was more of it.

  • Laurinda

  • By: Alice Pung
  • Narrated by: Aileen Huynh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

When my dad dropped us off at the front gate, the first things I saw were the rose garden spreading out on either side of the main driveway and the enormous sign in iron cursive letters spelling out Laurinda. No "Ladies College" after it, of course; the name was meant to speak for itself. Laurinda is an exclusive school for girls. At its secret core is the Cabinet, a trio of girls who wield power over their classmates - and some of their teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Stephan on 17-07-2018

Loved it!

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Reviewed: 17-07-2018

As both a former teacher in both disadvantaged area schools as well as private schools this book touched upon many recognisable elements. I am currently also a recent immigrant to Australia and many societal aspects are addressed in this book too. Great read!!

  • Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 3

  • Spanish Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

Learn Spanish with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.     

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great progression

  • By Stephan on 21-03-2017

Great progression

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Reviewed: 21-03-2017

Paul takes you through Spanish and you really feel like you are progressing. Some bits a a bit hard, but then again you are learning a new language. I do not feel I'm am fluent in Spanish by the end of part 3, but certainly feel I have a basic understanding to support my travel and learn more.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful