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  • The Secret Runners of New York

  • By: Matthew Reilly
  • Narrated by: Jacqui Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

When Skye Rogers and her twin brother, Red, move to Manhattan, rumours of a coming global apocalypse are building. But this does not stop the young elite of New York from partying without a care. And then suddenly Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang known as the Secret Runners of New York. But this is no ordinary clique - they have access to an underground portal that can transport them into the future. And what Skye discovers in the future is horrifying.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Okay..

  • By Anonymous User on 12-06-2019

cliche

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-2019

Shallow stereotyped high school drama, so annoying i nearly didn't finish the book.
Doesn't really go anywhere until about half way.
None of the characters are likeable, complex or deep so it's very hard to get invested.
If you like spoilt cheesy American high school drama, then this book is for you.
it may make a good apocalyptic film one day.... if only for the visuals.
(the narrator only makes it worse)
Recommended for teens.

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  • Castaway

  • By: Robert Macklin
  • Narrated by: Michael Carman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

In 1858, 14-year-old Narcisse Pelletier sailed from Marseilles in the French trader Saint-Paul. With a cargo of Bordeaux wine, they stopped in Bombay, then Hong Kong, and from there they set sail with more than 300 Chinese prospectors bound for the goldfields of Ballarat and Bendigo. Around the eastern tip of New Guinea, however, the ship became engulfed in fog, struck reefs and ran aground. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • incredible true story

  • By Emma on 07-08-2019

incredible true story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-2019

This book is thoroughly well researched, with an incredible insight into indigenous culture and history.
I would of given 5 stars, but it's very light on dialogue, and at times sounds like a long list of journal entries.
If you love honest Australian history then you wont mind!


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  • Boy Swallows Universe

  • By: Trent Dalton
  • Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,133
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973

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

A strange tale of nostalgic Australian poverty

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-2019

This book was a real mix of humour and struggle. Be warned there’s so much bad language.
Beautifully told through the eyes of Eli and his mute brother.

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  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660

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

This book was not what I expected.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-2019

This book was not what I expected, I thought it would be more about behind the scene forensics.... but it’s a story about compassion.
The parts of life some of us are privileged never to experience.

This is a tragic story about an abused child and their struggle to become a transgender adult.
Its not for the faint hearted, it was tough going. I don’t regret reading it.

An incredibly brave and honest story.

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Moss, Bradley Whitford, Amy Landecker, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of 21st-century America gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's devastating irony, wit and astute perception.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Feels like it moves slower than the tv series

  • By Anonymous User on 15-07-2019

So slow

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

Reviewed: 20-06-2019

A fascinating near future scenario under extreme religious rule. Thoroughly descriptive and slow paced.

I am still looking forward to the sequel and will read it.

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  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352

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

If you love historical fiction.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-2019

Just beautifully written, perfect amount of complexity and layers. Cleverly balanced story telling, from both sides of the war.