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T. Ellam

Australia
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  • Educated

  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,084

Tara Westover and her family grew up preparing for the End of Days but, according to the government, she didn’t exist. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in hospitals. As she grew older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent. At 16, Tara knew she had to leave home. In doing so she discovered both the transformative power of education, and the price she had to pay for it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE in this family = loyalty to a bipolar father

  • By Zoonda on 08-11-2018

Riveting. Shocking. An excellent read.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-2019

An excellent reflection on family and identity. A shockingly different , and concerning family upbringing. A completely riveting read.

  • Twilight

  • The Twilight Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story bad audio

  • By michelle dijkstra on 16-01-2019

Satisfactory

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

Reviewed: 15-10-2018

Firstly I do like the Twilight novel having read it years ago. The story is good considering and keeping in mind it is Young Adult /teen fiction.

The audio book was decent. The narrator was good but not great. Voice work could have been a bit better to differentiate characters. She read clearly and pleasantly enough though. Although at times I found her Bella voice a bit meh.

  • Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies

  • By: Kitty Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Kitty Flanagan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

One of Australia’s favourite and most multitalented entertainers provides hilarious and honest life advice in this candid collection of cautionary tales. Kitty Flanagan has been locked in an industrial freezer in Western Australia and insulted about the size of her lady parts in Singapore and borne witness to the world’s most successful wife swap in suburban Sydney. It’s these valuable lessons from The University of Life that have taught her so many things, including the fact that cliches like ‘The University of Life’ are reeeally annoying. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitty, You Are A Hoot

  • By Grohlpatrol on 04-11-2018

Thoroughly enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 14-10-2018

It was great to hear Kitty read her own book and obviously not only as the author, but a performer, she reads it well. I found the anecdotes of her life interesting and amusing, often giggling aloud on public transport.
I will never use a spa in a hotel or B&B!

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass cover art
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

  • By: Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by: Christopher Plummer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Since the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 and Through the Looking Glass six years later, Lewis Carroll’s nonsensical tales have delighted the world with wildly imaginative and unforgettable journeys. While charming children with a heroine who represents their own feelings about growing up, the Alice stories are also appreciated by adults as a gentle satire on education, politics, literature, and Victorian life in general.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alice knocked my socks off

  • By Kirsty on 17-05-2015

Excellent narration and voice acting

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

Reviewed: 11-10-2018

I was pleasantly surprised and amazed at Plummers excellent voice narration. I’m not big on audio books and the voice actor narrator is always key for me. I can honestly say he’s the best reader I’ve heard.

I’d never read Alice but am familiar through the Disney movie. I found it quite a fun listen especially due to Plummers great ability to change his voice and accent so effectively to create different characters.

I liked Alice more than Looking Glass though. Not sure why. I might have to re listen to Looking Glass in future.

I wholeheartedly recommend this version to anyone looking for an audio version of Alice!

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  • A Discovery of Witches

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. Diana Bishop, a young scholar and descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she must navigate with a vampire, Matthew Clairmont. This manuscript, Ashmole 782, holds the secrets of their past...and the key to their future. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically captivating

  • By Monique M. on 28-03-2015

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 21-08-2018

I’ve read the book so this audiobook was a second ‘read’/listen. I enjoyed it the second time round in no small part due to the narration.

Narration can make or break a book and this book is one with a plethora of accents in any one Conversation so props to the narrator for creating clearly distinct voices in the story.

  • 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 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

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

Recommended

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

Reviewed: 22-12-2016

Excellent narration. She superbly characterised the direct characters in distinct manner. I had read the book before and found it hard reading. This was an enjoyable second foray into the story.