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  • Eggshell Skull

  • By: Bri Lee
  • Narrated by: Bri Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must 'take their victim as they find them'. If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim's weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime. But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his 'victim' as she comes: a strong, determined accuser who knows the legal system, who will not back down until justice is done? Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge's associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A moving listen

  • By Kindle Customer on 16-09-2018

Hard to hear but a must

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

Reviewed: 25-06-2019

I had to steel myself each time I listened to this - as anger, frustration and despair at the sheer unfairness of the legal system and the difficulties that abuse victims have to endure piled on page after page. And yet it is also a story of courage and the triumph of one incredible strong young woman. The scale of the issue will mean that so many people will benefit from Bri's experience - Im glad I persevered.

  • Blood Orange

  • By: Harriet Tyce
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

An electrifying debut thriller for fans of Anatomy of a Scandal, Apple Tree Yard and Gone Girl. Alison has it all. A doting husband, an adorable daughter, and a career on the rise - she's just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems.... Alison's client doesn't deny that she stabbed her husband - she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A riveting listen!

  • By Sarah Hall on 27-03-2019

Ho Hum... write by numbers.

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

Reviewed: 25-05-2019

The plot and writers style were almost taken from a "How to write a novel" handbook. There was little originality, and the ending was so predictable that I almost did not believe it when I read it. Detail upon detail was added that rarely advanced either character or plot. The characters were flat and lacked any redeeming or interesting characteristics. I listened to the end in the futile hope that something would engage me - but no such luck.

  • The Rip

  • By: Mark Brandi
  • Narrated by: Tamala Shelton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

It's funny how quick it happens and without you really noticing. Anton said once that it's like walking out into the sea, and you think everything's fine and the water's warm, but when you turn back you're suddenly miles from shore. I've never been much of a swimmer, but I get what he means. Like being caught in a current or something. A rip.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty raw eye opening

  • By respect on 14-06-2019

Gritty underbelly given a face

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

Reviewed: 07-04-2019

While I found the narration annoying - in particular the very low ,husky reading of the male characters - I was equally aghast and drawn to the very real and brutal perspective of life on the streets. The inability of the protagonist to take action made me want to scream for her but I understood that that state of mind is due to so many factors. This is rather nit picky - but I wondered how the dog (certainly one of the main characters) was being fed... and how she could afford to feed him. AS the novel was so real the omission of that detail jarred a bit. I'm glad I read this book - I thought the writing in particular how Mark Brandi captured her narrative voice and the setting was excellent .

  • Unsheltered

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

2016 Vineland. Meet Willa Knox, a woman who stands braced against the vicissitudes of her shattered life and family - and the crumbling house that contains her. 1871 Vineland. Thatcher Greenwood, the new science teacher, is a fervent advocate of the work of Charles Darwin, and he is keen to communicate his ideas to his students. But those in power in Thatcher's small town have no desire for a new world order. Thatcher and his teachings are not welcome. Both Willa and Thatcher resist the prevailing logic. Both are asked to pay a high price for their courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gently narrated wake-up for sustainability now!

  • By Jennifer on 22-12-2018

The past and the now and the future.

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

Reviewed: 29-03-2019

Long after I had finished this wonderful book, so many ideas, thoughts, connections and questions continue to come to me. I loved the narration (which is rather rare when an author reads their own work) and the voices of Nick,Willa and Thatcher and Mary were perfect. As a person of Willa's generation I so understood that fear, that love for family and never once judged any of them harshly. The narrative is written with so much compassion and tenderness ever for the most difficult of characters.

  • Juror No. 3

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Megan Tusing
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Ruby Bozarth, a newcomer to Rosedale, Mississippi, is also fresh to the Mississippi Bar - and she faces an impossible task defending a college football star accused of murder. The victim is a young woman from one of the town's oldest families, and Rosedale's upper crust are howling for blood. Then news breaks of a second murder, and lurid, intertwining investigations unfold. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • number three

  • By Patrick on 10-12-2018

Ho Hum

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

Reviewed: 07-01-2019

It is a shame when an author runs out of ideas and writes what is obviously a potboiler. Patterson has conflated two poorly connected narratives with little depth of character or challenge. It is predictable and boring. I would not even recommend this for light holiday reading.

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  • Less

  • By: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

Who says you can't run away from your problems? Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years who is engaged to someone else. Arthur can't say yes - it would be too awkward; he can't say no - it would look like defeat. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world. From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Book Of The Year

  • By Linda Marea on 25-09-2018

Narrator and novel wonderful

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

Reviewed: 06-11-2018

Much has been said about 'Less' - so I will only add to it by saying that the narration was brilliant. I felt like I was in a play or watching a movie so perfectly were the characters given life and realised. Despite myself I found my heart going out to Less and despite myself developed a stake in his life and hope for the outcome. I loved it!

  • Boy Swallows Universe

  • By: Trent Dalton
  • Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730

Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious criminal for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. He's just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way - not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer. But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love. And oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to press stop!

  • By Anonymous User on 08-10-2018

Boy amazes

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

Reviewed: 24-10-2018

There were times that I had to stop listening... when things got so hard for Eli. I loved the characters and the writing seriously took my breath away. There were times that I could see the people in the car stopped next to me looking alarmed as I was laughing so much. What an extraordinary read!

  • 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 265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

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

Delightful - so many moments of recognition.

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

Reviewed: 08-09-2018

I often startled myself by laughing so loudly as I recognised similar responses to eating (other people not me) , sharing plane seats, tidiness and washing. At the end I felt as if Kitty Flanagan was a personal friend - she shares with a generosity of spirit and honestly that made the 5 hours and 10 minutes rush by far too quickly

  • The Mars Room

  • By: Rachel Kushner
  • Narrated by: Rachel Kushner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognition. The Mars Room strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living. And her seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in the care of Romy’s estranged mother. Inside is a new reality to adapt to: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gritty great read

  • By dr on 17-06-2019

Pity or blame

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

Reviewed: 18-08-2018

Rachel Kushner gives you an insight into the world of women - women who commit crimes - some unspeakable. Women who are incarcerated or on death row and yet the brutality of the system that these woman enter is awful. They don't stand a chance in life and American culture and "justice" receives a lambasting. I still felt pity for "Romy" and for others in that prison. The different narrators also provided insights and perspectives. My only small criticism is that the reader had a very flat and at times monotonous voice that possible did not suit all of the subjects. I would recommend this book - I for one always like to read about experiences I would never enter and the book always held my interest and I found it fascinating.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

  • By: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: Daniela Nardini
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Edinburgh in the 1930s. The Lennox family is having trouble with its youngest daughter. Esme is outspoken, unconventional, and repeatedly embarrasses them in polite society. Even Kitty, Esme's beloved sister, is beginning to lose patience. Something will have to be done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching, gut-wrenching read

  • By Bianca Coleman on 28-04-2016

Sadness, wasted life

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

Reviewed: 19-07-2018

Beautifully read. Switching from character to character so seamlessly. I was so moved by the wasted lives and while I felt rage at some of the actions I felt compassion too. Creating characters who act so heartlessly and yet you cannot judge or condemn is not easy and Maggie O Farrell does this so well.