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  • Jessica

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a great Australian novel

  • By Anonymous User on 26-09-2017

Absolutely unmissable

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

Reviewed: 03-05-2019

Oh my, the tears. I can't even write a review right now because I am off to read every single one of Bryce Courtenay's books. Best book I've read by far.

  • Hidden Bodies

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

Joe came to Los Angeles to start over, to forget about what happened in New York. But in a darkened room in Soho House, everything suddenly changed. She is like no one he's ever met before. She doesn't know about his past and never can. The problem is, hidden bodies don't always stay that way.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Kepnes should’ve stopped at just “You”

  • By Anonymous User on 25-02-2019

Celeb Crazy

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2019

The first book in this series was so great so I thought I'd try the second. Eh. Not too impressed. It was a bit strange with all the celebrity name drops, so often. It seemed like every few sentences there was a 'dinner with Amy Adams', 'coke with James Franco', 'drinks with Seth Rogan', 'Meryl Streep gave me a hug'. It was odd. It was nice and twisty towards the end though. Did not like that Forty character. And the way that Joe had to keep so many secrets about everything he was doing and thinking, even when it seemed unnecessary and pointless was a bit annoying. Saying all that I would still read another Caroline Kepnes book. This one has to be a one off miss. I just know it.

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  • Where Has Mummy Gone?

  • A Young Girl and a Mother Who No Longer Knows Her
  • By: Cathy Glass
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

When Cathy is told about Melody’s terrible childhood, she is sure she’s heard it all before. But it isn’t long before she feels there is more going on than she or the social services are aware of. Although Melody is angry at having to leave her mother, she also worries about her obsessively - far more than is usual. Amanda, Melody’s mother, is also angry and takes it out on Cathy at contact, which again is something Cathy has experienced before. When Amanda misses contact, it is assumed she has forgotten, but nothing could have been further from the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit uneventful<br />

  • By Christina on 04-12-2018

A bit uneventful<br />

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

Reviewed: 04-12-2018

I have read MANY of C.Glass books but this one was pretty straight forward with not many bumps. I did cry a couple times but there wasn't much else going on. It's just real life going on for noone's entertainment. lol

  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 549

The Hypnotist's Love Story is about the mild craziness that lurks behind the facades we present to the world, especially when it comes to love. Ellen O'Farrell is an expert when it comes to human frailties. She's a hypnotherapist who helps her clients deal with everything from addictions to life-long phobias. So when she falls in love with a man who is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend she's more intrigued than frightened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice listen

  • By Barb on 02-10-2014

Oh I just Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-2018

One of the best...but I love all Liane's books. I can't get enough of them!

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Sophie on 20-05-2015

I'm A New Fan of War Novels

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

Reviewed: 21-09-2018

I've read Crime, Love Stories, Mystery, Life Stories. I never once thought to read a book about a war, or based on a time of war. I've never given War Stories a second thought. This book was absolutely amazing. I got through it quicker than any other book I've listened to. This story wasn't dull at any point. I absolutely loved it.

  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496

Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict, to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy, mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant narrative masterly voiced

  • By Philip on 19-04-2018

I need to meet Sandra Pankhurst!

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

Reviewed: 31-08-2018

Amazingly written but very sad story. It made me upset, angry, shocked. Made me disgusted at the human race. But I cannot imagine not having known this book. Sandra you sound like an impossibly strong woman! I cannot believe what you have gone through. A must hear/read.

  • 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 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665

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

Good but not as good as I was hoping

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

Reviewed: 23-08-2018

The narrator had similar sounding voices for the characters and I was having a hard time keeping track of who was who. Not all his fault. There were a lot of characters and maybe I just wasn't too into the story but it was hard to keep up with all the different people in the book. Towards the end I was pretty lost. The story has a great idea though. I just got a bit bored.

  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Minnie Goode
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting story, great characters

  • By Lori on 26-10-2015

Story: Gripping, Narrator: Horrid

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

Reviewed: 03-05-2018

What made the experience of listening to Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) the most enjoyable?

The story was really good. I kept thinking about it when I wasn't listening.

What did you like best about this story?

The idea was actually pretty original, which is hard to find. I don't think I've read anything close to this type of story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Oh man, the voices that this lady did were so annoying. All the men sounded like cartoon characters. The voice she used for Bernard was just ridiculous. He sounded like some gremlin. It was very strange and I was tempted to attempt reading the book myself but I just had to stick through it, I can't find the time just yet. I will NEVER listen to a book narrated by her again. It actually made me want to become a narrator as it seems they must be in short supply using someone with these silly voices to read such an intense book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. (Except I wanted to read it instead.) It was super gripping and I just kept thinking about it and telling my kids and husband about it when I wasn't listening.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to read the next one...I am HOPING the narrator is better and doesn't do the silly voices that this one did.

  • Before I Go To Sleep

  • By: S J Watson
  • Narrated by: Susannah Harker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...'Memories define us.So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.Welcome to Christine's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many twist, much turns

  • By Kellie on 28-02-2017

Oh My! That was intense!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-2018

I was glued to this book every free second I had. When I wasn't reading it I was thinking about it. The characters were so present. There was some leaf to be unturned right up until the end. I guessed the final twist in the middle of the book but second guessed myself a few times until it was revealed. So amazingly written! Best book I've read this year.

  • A Baby's Cry

  • By: Cathy Glass
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

What could cause a mother to believe that giving away her newborn baby is her only option? Cathy Glass is about to find out. From author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Damaged comes a harrowing and moving memoir about tiny Harrison, left in Cathy's care, and the potentially fatal family secret of his beginnings. When Cathy is first asked to foster one-day old Harrison her only concern is if she will remember how to look after a baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but mainly uneventful

  • By Christina on 11-03-2018

Good but mainly uneventful

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

Reviewed: 11-03-2018

I love Cathy Glass books, however, this one had little in the way of gripping events except when she had a little girl for respite care who was sharing horrible memories from her mom and step dad's home. I am aware Cathy's point of view is limited when it comes to the horrible events going on outside of fostering, the events usually only being shared by the child, so the fact that this was a story of a newborn would obviously leave the story absent of why I love reading Cathy's books. On the other hand it was nice to not put myself under all that heartbreaking torment you usually find in her books. On to the next one. :)