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    • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    • By: Heather Morris
    • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
    • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2,532
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,330
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2,330

    The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I didn' want it to end (I know that seems ghastly)

    • By Sarah on 30-04-2018

    Non-member price: $54.63

    • The Paris Seamstress

    • By: Natasha Lester
    • Narrated by: Anthea Greco
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    1940. Parisian seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee France as the Germans advance. She is bound for Manhattan with a few francs, one suitcase, her sewing machine and a dream: to have her own atelier. 2015. Australian curator Fabienne Bissette journeys to the annual Met Gala for an exhibition of her beloved grandmother's work - one of the world's leading designers of ready-to-wear. But as Fabienne learns more about her grandmother's past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and secrets - and the sacrifices made for love.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mesmerising

    • By Jennie McKern on 04-06-2018

    Non-member price: $34.95

    • Norse Mythology

    • By: Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359

    The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, best-selling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Yes!!!

    • By Charles on 15-03-2017

    Non-member price: $23.41

    • Circe

    • By: Madeline Miller
    • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 340
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 315
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 315

    From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally best-selling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey. In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An absorbing book beautifully read

    • By Helen Wilson on 26-12-2018

    Non-member price: $29.65

    • All the Light We Cannot See

    • By: Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated by: Julie Teal
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261

    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

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • The Alice Network

    • A Novel
    • By: Kate Quinn
    • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
    • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201

    In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic

    • By Anonymous User on 14-08-2017

    Non-member price: $46.77

    • The Pearl Thief

    • By: Fiona McIntosh
    • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
    • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    Severine Kassel is asked by the Louvre in 1963 to aid the British Museum with curating its antique jewellery, her speciality. Her London colleagues find her distant and mysterious, her cool beauty the topic of conversations around its quiet halls. No one could imagine that she is a desperately damaged woman, hiding her trauma behind her chic French image. It is only when some dramatic Byzantine pearls are loaned to the museum that Severine's poise is dashed and the tightly controlled life she's built around herself is shattered....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • lovely

    • By Anonymous User on 06-11-2018

    Non-member price: $26.95

    • Dragonfly in Amber

    • By: Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 38 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 848
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 776
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 774

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not a sappy romance, a great adventure!

    • By Samuel on 25-05-2015

    Non-member price: $61.50

    • Voyager

    • By: Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 43 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 605
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 552
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 549

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Magical journey in history!

    • By Janeen Hicks on 19-08-2014

    Non-member price: $61.50

    • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • Outlander, Book 6
    • By: Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 324
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 288
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 290

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • And on and on it goes...

    • By Kate on 31-08-2016

    Non-member price: $71.76

    • The Pillars of the Earth

    • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 1
    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 578
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 527
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 529

    The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known... of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul... of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame... and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • my favourite book!

    • By Matt on 09-01-2016

    Non-member price: $62.44

    • The Clan of the Cave Bear

    • Earth's Children 1
    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
    • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 261
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 245

    Clan of the Cave Bear is the first novel in Jean M. Auel's magnificent best-selling epic of life 35,000 years ago. Leave the 21st century and go back to Ice Age Europe. Follow Ayla, a Cro-Magnon child who loses her parents in an earthquake and is adopted by a tribe of Neanderthal, the Clan. See how the Clan's wary suspicion is gradually transformed into acceptance of this girl, so different from them, under the guidance of its medicine woman, Iza, and its wise holy man, Creb. Immerse yourself in a world dictated by the demands of survival in a hostile environment, and be swept away in an epic tale of love, identity and struggle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Clan of the cave bear while at work

    • By Jo-Ann on 04-01-2017

    Non-member price: $39.02

    • The Fiery Cross

    • Outlander, Book 5
    • By: Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 55 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 562
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 508
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 504

    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great read if you have the time and patience

    • By col40h on 01-12-2016

    Non-member price: $71.76

    • 11.22.63

    • By: Stephen King
    • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
    • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 357
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 341
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336

    What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The voice performances!

    • By Emma on 08-10-2016

    Non-member price: $31.20

    • The Secret River

    • By: Kate Grenville
    • Narrated by: Paul Blackwell
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143

    In 1806 William Thornhill, a man of quick temper and deep feelings, is transported from the slums of London to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. With his wife, Sal, and their children he arrives in a harsh land he cannot understand. But the colony can turn a convict into a free man. Eight years later Thornhill sails up the Hawkesbury to claim 100 acres for himself. Aboriginal people already live on that river. And other recent arrivals - Thomas Blackwood, Smasher Sullivan, and Mrs Herring - are finding their own ways to respond to them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful vivid story telling!

    • By Margaret on 10-10-2016

    Non-member price: $25.59

    • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

    • A Novel
    • By: Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Will Damron
    • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spellbinding!

    • By john on 30-01-2019

    Non-member price: $35.14

    • World Without End

    • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 2
    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 45 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 375
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 335
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336

    On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful follow up

    • By Michelle on 29-06-2017

    Non-member price: $62.44

    • Written in My Own Heart's Blood

    • Outlander, Book 8
    • By: Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 44 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 446
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 414
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 408

    It is June 1778, and the world seems to be turning upside down. The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even more tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodated. Her former husband, Jamie, has returned from the dead, demanding to know why in his absence she married his best friend, Lord John Grey.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent on all accounts

    • By Monique M. on 19-02-2015

    Non-member price: $32.77

    • Territory

    • By: Judy Nunn
    • Narrated by: John Gregg
    • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Territory is the story of Henrietta Southern, a young Englishwoman who trades her war-torn homeland for a place of wild tropical storms and searing heat, crocodile-infested rivers and barren red wilderness. Six months after the bombing of Darwin, she joins her new husband, Spitfire pilot Terence Galloway, for a new life on his Northern Territory cattle station. It is also the story of their sons. Of Malcolm and Kit, two brothers who grow up in the harsh but beautiful environment and share a baptism of fire as young men in the jungles of Vietnam. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Judy's best.

    • By Bert on 24-03-2019

    Non-member price: $53.17

    • Tears of the Moon

    • By: Di Morrissey
    • Narrated by: Kate Hood
    • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    Broome, Australia, 1893. It's the wild and passionate heyday of the pearling industry, and when young English bride Olivia Hennessy meets the dashing pearling master, Captain Tyndall, their lives are destined to be linked by the mysterious power of the pearl. Sydney, Australia, 1995. Lily Barton embarks on a search for her family roots which leads her to Broome. But her quest for identity reveals more than she could have ever imagined.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent read

    • By Anonymous User on 26-04-2018

    Non-member price: $32.77

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