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  • Big Sky

  • Jackson Brodie, Book 5
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village in North Yorkshire, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son Nathan and ageing Labrador Dido, both at the discretion of his former partner Julia. It’s a picturesque setting, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes. Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, seems straightforward, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network - and back into the path of someone from his past. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great story but needs a serious editor

  • By Dudley on 10-07-2019

A great story but needs a serious editor

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

Reviewed: 10-07-2019

I really enjoyed this story but was very frustrated with the story plot. It jumped all over the place - at one stage I thought it had been recorded out of sequence.

This lack of appropriate plot sequences diminished what could have been a great story.

Instead of being great it was good.

  • The Liar

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions.... The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn't just dead. He never really existed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasure to listen to

  • By Michele on 19-05-2015

This book was disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-05-2019

The plot was excellent but could have been achieved in 2/3rds the time. The story opened well but almost disappeared for at least 2/3rds the length of book to a strong finish.
I also found the Southern accent, customs etc grating - but I think that is because I’m Australian. Is life in the South really that peaches & cream?, where men are men & women are women? Perhaps it was a parody that I missed.
I suppose that writers as great as Nora Roberts every now & then turn out a turkey. An abridged version would save the day.

  • The General’s Women

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Wittig Albert
  • Narrated by: Christine Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Set during the chaotic years of World War II, The General's Women tells the story of the conflicted relationship between General Dwight Eisenhower and Kay Summersby, his Irish driver/aide, and the impact of that relationship on Mamie Eisenhower and her life in Washington during the war. Told from three alternating points of view (Kay's, Ike's, and Mamie's), the novel charts the deepening of the relationship as Ike and Kay move from England to North Africa to England, France, and Germany before and after the Normandy landing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great story

  • By Dudley on 27-04-2019

A great story

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

Reviewed: 27-04-2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this story - the author has captured the times so well. I particularly enjoyed the authors historic notes at the end. It is so frustrating that we will never know the true story.

  • Arcadia

  • By: Di Morrissey
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

In the 1930s, in an isolated and beautiful corner of southern Tasmania, a new young wife arrives at her husband's secluded property - Arcadia. Stella, an artist, falls in love with Arcadia's wild, ancient forest. And when an unknown predator strikes, she is saved by an unusual protector.... Two generations later, Stella's granddaughter, Sally, and her best friend, Jessica, stumble over Stella's secret life in the forest and find themselves threatened in turn. What starts as a girls' adventurous road trip becomes a hunt for the story of the past....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Jennifer on 22-12-2018

A fantastic story

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

Reviewed: 25-04-2019

Thank you Di Morrissey for a wonderful story. I couldn’t put the book down. A masterful plot and writing.

  • The Dark Angel

  • Ruth Galloway, Book 10
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives a letter from Italian archaeologist Dr Angelo Morelli, asking for her help. He's discovered a group of bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn't know what to make of them. It's years since Ruth has had a holiday, and even a working holiday to Italy is very welcome!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This Needs to End

  • By Jeanette NORMAN on 11-02-2018

This was another great Ruth Galloway

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

Reviewed: 22-03-2019

I thoroughly enjoyed Book 10. In Elly Griffiths trademark style a well written story with some absolutely fantastic twists and turns.

The characters have become a family to me - congratulations to the author for maintaining continuity by constantly enriching the lives of the character, thereby creating a grippping story line.

Bravo

  • 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

This is a wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 10-02-2019

Kitty Flanagan no wonder we love you. Thank you so much for sharing your story. There were parts I couldn’t stop laughing & parts that reminded me of my own childhood/adolescent.
Please write more.

  • Public Secrets

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Emma McAvoy may have grown up in the limelight, but some secrets are hidden in a darkness no light can reach. Now on the verge of a successful career, and having fallen in love with the man of her dreams, Emma is looking to the future. Yet it’s the past that is about to catch up with her. For Emma, her childhood had been almost like a rags-to-riches fairy tale - until the tragic night that changed her family forever. But what Emma thinks she knows about that terrible night and the man she’s about to marry is only half the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, unbelievably awful accents

  • By May on 24-03-2015

Interesting story

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

Reviewed: 30-01-2019

This is worth the listen - there is a real problem with narrators cockney accent - truly terrible.

  • Monash's Masterpiece

  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Michael Carman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 153

The Battle of Le Hamel on 4 July 1918 was an Allied triumph and strategically very important in the closing stages of WWI. A largely Australian force, commanded by the brilliant Sir John Monash, fought what has been described as the first modern battle - where infantry, tanks, artillery and planes operated together as a coordinated force. Monash planned every detail meticulously, with nothing left to chance. Peter FitzSimons brings this Allied triumph to life and tells this magnificent story as it should be told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.

  • By Ian Martin on 08-07-2018

We all should know the story of General Monash

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

Reviewed: 26-01-2019

Peter has provided us with the most elegant account of the work of the greatest general of the modern era - General Monash. I have read other authors biographies but this is the best by a country mile.

My lower rating is because the manuscript requires major editing. There is repetition, throughout the text. I am not certain if this is deliberate. The problem it makes the book too long & takes the reader back to a place to start again.

I am a great admirer of the authors work this problem is not evident in all his books but certainly a problem in Monash & Kokoda but not in Mutiny.

  • Past Tense

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 441

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Past Tense by Lee Child. From number one best seller Lee Child, the thrilling new blockbuster featuring hero Jack Reacher. Reacher, the eternal drifter, happens by chance on the small New Hampshire town he remembers his father was supposed to have come from. But when he starts looking for his dad's old home, he finds there's no record of anyone named Reacher ever having lived there.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reacher, the Good Ol Boy? Bring back Tom.

  • By peter foley on 19-12-2018

I am certain this is a good I will never know

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

Reviewed: 21-01-2019

It way be that my problem with the narrator is that I’m Australian - but really terrible - can’t listen.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 996
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 919

Could 10 days at a health resort really change you forever? Nine perfect strangers are about to find out.... The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By srouch on 30-09-2018

Another masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 18-01-2019

Thank you Liane for another masterful story - filled with twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. The writer is quite brilliant in the way she takes us - people living ordinary lives -and turns us into the most important people in the world.

The book also described youth suicide in such a real and compassionate way.

Thank you