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  • Adnan's Story

  • The Case That Inspired the Podcast Phenomenon Serial
  • By: Rabia Chaudry
  • Narrated by: Rabia Chaudry
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

On February 28, 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus 30 years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. From the moment of his arrest, Syed has consistently maintained his innocence. Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, always believed him and has never given up the hope that he might someday be released. By 2013, however, after almost all appeals had been exhausted, things looked bleak. That was when Rabia contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!!!

  • By Jennifer Wilkinson on 18-08-2016

A good read

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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: 31-05-2019

Whilst I had listened to Serial and Undisclosed, I thought I knew the case and investigation. This books adds another side to the case, the human side, you get a real sense of the American justice system.

  • Stasiland

  • Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
  • By: Anna Funder
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police could become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their fellow citizens, there are thousands of captivating stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling

  • By Anonymous User on 13-06-2019

Interesting Approach to East Germany before unification

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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: 05-05-2019

Interesting book I didn’t know a lot about the Stasi therefore I found this really interesting. The humans stories are compelling and heart wrenching. Anna Finders research style is interesting I found the book an easy read with some personal humour thrown in. I recommend if you want to know more about Berlin before and after the wall came down.

  • 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 4,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,685

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

Great story LOL

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-2019

A really good read, you will find yourself laughing out loud. The book does have a serious side. A very good insight into modern culture. Great characters you feel like you know them. Performance is fantastic.

  • Any Ordinary Day

  • Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life
  • By: Leigh Sales
  • Narrated by: Leigh Sales
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality - sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next? In this wise and layered audiobook, Leigh talks intimately with people who've faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Mrs. J. C. Bodnarchuk on 06-10-2018

A great book

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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: 17-02-2019

I started listening and finished in two days, very interesting topic. Leigh tells these stories beautifully, this book made me laugh and cry. The mix of research analysis and people’s stories is just wonderful. It restored my faith in society, and made we think about a number of friends. Highly recommended.

  • The God of Small Things

  • By: Arundhati Roy
  • Narrated by: Aysha Kala
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Set against a background of political turbulence in Kerala, Southern India, The God of Small Things tells the story of twins Esthappen and Rahel. Amongst the vats of banana jam and heaps of peppercorns in their grandmother's factory, they try to craft a childhood for themselves amidst what constitutes their family - their lonely, lovely mother; their beloved uncle Chacko (pickle baron, radical Marxist and bottom pincher); and their avowed enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grand-aunt).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.

  • By Georgia on 05-03-2018

This book stands the test of time

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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: 15-02-2019

Having read this book years ago, it was just as enjoyable as I remember. Great characters and the performances are brilliant. The story invoked The sites and smells of India, the story gives an insight into the complexities of life in India. I recommend this book it’s up there with Rohan Mistry’s A Fine Balance.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,827
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,431
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,422

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As you’d expect

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-11-2018

Fantastic read

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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: 26-12-2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the insight into life in the White House, is compelling. Michelle Obamas life story will make you laugh, make you cry, make you angry however through it all she shows real integrity. Best book I have read in a long time. Her performance is brilliant.

  • The Paris Wife

  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a shy 28-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness when she meets Ernest Hemingway and is captivated by his energy, intensity and burning ambition to write. After a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for France. But glamorous Jazz Age Paris, full of artists and writers, fuelled by alcohol and gossip, is no place for family life and fidelity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an interesting view...

  • By krystyna on 06-03-2017

A Great Read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-12-2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Historically interesting. The audio performances are very well done. I would recommend.

  • Force of Nature

  • Aaron Falk Series, Book 2
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 792

Five women reluctantly leave the city for a challenging hike across the rugged Giralang Ranges as part of a corporate retreat. Only four come out the other side. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case - and Alice knew secrets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't quite live up to The Dry

  • By sarah on 16-10-2017

Great Aaron Falk book 2

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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: 04-12-2018

Great story telling weaves the elements of the story together in a very cleaver way. Performance is very good. Once you start you cannot put this one down.

  • Quarterly Essay 71: Follow the Leader

  • Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman
  • By: Laura Tingle
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

What has gone wrong with political leadership in Australia? And are things likely to change with a change of leader or government? In this crisp and timely essay, Laura Tingle examines political leadership in general - some profiles in courage and cunning - as well as styles of leadership. She looks at Macron and Merkel, Keating and Obama. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well argued essay

  • By Anonymous User on 19-11-2018

Great Essay

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-2018

Well written and very informative. Historically accurate and well researched. A good read given the current political climate.

  • Swing Time

  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Pippa Bennett-Warner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and true identity, how they shape us and how we can survive them. Moving from Northwest London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time. Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe or makes a person truly free.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings

  • By Fiona O'Connell on 29-01-2017

Wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 30-09-2018

I really enjoyed Swing Time, great performance. Three stories woven together to create all interrelated.

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