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  • Juror No. 3

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Megan Tusing
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

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 gowman 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 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

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
  • Genuine greatness

  • By John Alsop on 20-09-2018

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 791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736

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
  • Exceptional

  • By Al on 01-07-2018

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 193
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

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 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It’s was ok.

  • By Anonymous User on 19-12-2018

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.

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  • 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 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

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.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent read

  • By AndrewH on 28-06-2017

Who knew?

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

Reviewed: 06-05-2018

Like most people my knowledge of Hillbillies was based on stereotypes with little understanding of this community.
I was fascinated and totally absorbed by the journey of J.D. Vance as it also applied to disadvantaged communities everywhere. I had new insights insight and so appreciated the honest and not self pitying tone of the author.

  • The Shepherd's Hut

  • By: Tim Winton
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulvany
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504

Jaxie dreads going home. His mum’s dead. The old man bashes him without mercy, and he wishes he was an orphan. And then, in one terrible moment, his life is stripped to little more than what he can carry and how he can keep himself alive. There’s just one person left in the world who understands him and what he still dares to hope for. But to reach her he’ll have to cross the vast saltlands on a trek that only a dreamer or a fugitive would attempt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody ripper!

  • By Jan on 02-04-2018

Damage and land.

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

Reviewed: 25-04-2018

What made the experience of listening to The Shepherd's Hut the most enjoyable?

The landscape comes to life through his language... I feel it see it and the vision of the salt lakes was extraordinary. How does Tim Winton know about characters who are so damaged and yet somehow you care what happens to them. Brilliant

What did you like best about this story?

I love Time Winton's style... his images are so rooted in the experiences of his characters and their words ring so true to them.

What does Kate Mulvany bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I found her narration of both characters perfect and her accent for the hermit wonderful. Actually I was almost brought to tears for both...

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

NA

Any additional comments?

NONE

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great book. reader was a little annoying.

  • By jess on 05-02-2018

At last I can sleep

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

Reviewed: 07-04-2018

Once more I have been held captive by the twists and plot turns of the secrets she keeps. As usual Michael robotham has been able to create a sense of extreme anxiety in me and finally I can breathe again. A top read

  • A Trick I Learned from Dead Men

  • By: Kitty Aldridge
  • Narrated by: Kristopher Milnes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

After the disappearance of their father and the sudden death of their mother, Lee Hart and his deaf brother, Ned, imagine all is lost until Lee lands a traineeship at their local funeral home and discovers there is life after death. Here, in the company of a crooning ex-publican, a closet pole vaulter, a terminally-ill hearse driver, and the dead of their local town, old wounds begin to heal and love arrives as a beautiful florist aboard a 'Fleurtations' delivery van.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Undertaker wisdom with a dash of humour

  • By Layla Sacker on 04-08-2017

Undertaker wisdom with a dash of humour

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

Reviewed: 04-08-2017

What made the experience of listening to A Trick I Learned from Dead Men the most enjoyable?

I found the humour simply irresistible. It was a tender and touching novel and yet despite its topic in a morgue so funny too. I had not read any of Kitty Aldridge's books and by chance stumbled on this one in a book show on TV. I will most certainly read more of her writing.

What did you like best about this story?

Her dialogue is so true and the narrator is just perfect!

What does Kristopher Milnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

HIs self effacing tone in this narration made the character live for me. Seldom do you find such a perfect synchronicity

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found the characters so delightful and quirky and sad too. I found myself drawn into the world and feelings of this family.