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K. Chong

Melbourne, Australia
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  • Educated

  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 228

Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected. She hadn't been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she'd never set foot in a classroom and no medical records because her father didn't believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn't exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE in this family = loyalty to a bipolar father

  • By Zoonda on 08-11-2018

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 08-06-2018

After hearing Tara Westover speak on radio I very much wanted to understand more about her life. The story is compelling, sad and sometimes unbelievable. Her life experience up to going to college is so far from my own that it felt like fiction, not biography - I was constantly left wondering how ones own family can be so cruel and deluded. The narration is excellent and the whole book is binge-worthy.

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Judd, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Next Big Thing

  • By Hilary on 21-09-2017

A alternate reality

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

Reviewed: 06-04-2018

I listened to this book just as the #metoo wave was beginning to gain momemtum and this book felt like our world had been turned on its head, but not in a way that was any better. The story is compelling, creative, and sometimes a little silly. As much as I couldn't put it down, I also felt that the author couldn't quite decide what to make of her idea, and that half way through it strayed from being 'Handmaid's Tale' like to more straight up fantasy. Adjoa Andoh's narration is excellent and makes the book even more worthwhile.

  • The Shadow in the North

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

An elderly lady loses her money on an investment; a conjuror is pursued by thugs; and a clairvoyant mentions the name of the richest man in Europe and his mysterious company. Seemingly unconnected events set Sally Lockhart on the trail of an evil far more awful than she could ever imagine. This thriller, by the author of The Ruby in the Smoke, evokes its 19th century setting and at the same time remains remarkably contemporary in the originality of its plot and larger-than-life characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Favourite Book

  • By Stephen on 20-06-2018

Brilliant storytelling

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

Reviewed: 04-02-2018

Phillip Pullman’s stories are intelligent, suspenseful and challenge the reader / listener to really keep aware of all the intricate plot threads. Anton Lesser’s narration is exquisite and I can’t imagine anyone else could do the Sally Lockhart books justice. Our whole family, aged from 10-47, loved this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,095
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than completely fine

  • By Bec on 29-10-2017

Compelling story and performance

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

Reviewed: 31-08-2017

If you liked the Rosie Project you'll love this book, which has a troubled female protagonist who you immediately empathise with.

The performance is stunning. Cathleen McCarron's reading is nuanced and subtle and she brings all the characters to life in a very realistic manner.

Easily one of the best audiobooks I've experience.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Wonder

  • By: R J Palacio
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Nick Podehl, Diana Steele
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

Wonder is the funny, sweet and incredibly moving story of Auggie Pullman. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, this shy, bright ten-year-old has been home-schooled by his parents for his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the stares and cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, Auggie is being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. The thing is, Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story an annoying narrator

  • By olimpia on 18-11-2016

Thoughtful and important

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

Reviewed: 24-05-2017

What made the experience of listening to Wonder the most enjoyable?

The 11 and 9 year old enjoyed this story. It's real, thought-provoking and told from different perspectives. Some of the dialogue is clunky (a lot of he said, she said, he said, which becomes repetitive). The voice acting is generally good, although the main character actually sounds less convincing than all the others.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Via

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Most of the voices are very authentic and feel genuine.

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

It's told in sections, by different characters, which creates natural breaks in the story.

  • The Lost Book of the Grail

  • A Novel
  • By: Charlie Lovett
  • Narrated by: Charles Armstrong
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Arthur Prescott is happiest when surrounded by the ancient manuscripts of the Barchester Cathedral library, nurturing his obsession with the Holy Grail and researching his perennially unfinished guidebook to the medieval cathedral. But when Bethany Davis arrives in Barchester to digitize the library's manuscripts, Arthur's tranquility is broken. Appalled by the threat of modern technology, he sets out to thwart Bethany, only to find in her a kindred spirit - and a fellow Grail fanatic.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chick Lit Grail Style

  • By K. Chong on 04-05-2017

Chick Lit Grail Style

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

Reviewed: 04-05-2017

I'm sorry to say this book was a bit silly despite having the bones of a good story. The female American accent makes this book hard to like.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,037

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, pretty good overall

  • By Rod Swift on 16-02-2015

Repetitive storyline

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

Reviewed: 25-01-2017

While the performances were quite good for this book I found the story really repetitive. Which then made it feel like it was too long. And it's one of those "then I" styles of writing.