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Michelle

Gold Coast, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • 11 reviews
  • 142 ratings
  • 243 titles in library
  • 35 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35879)
    Performance
    (26883)
    Story
    (27267)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Crazy not to read it"
    Overall

    I LOVED IT.

    Note: I thought this was a kids book? I wouldn't really think a book about kids killing each other was suitable for children. Teenagers I guess is ok. I don't have kids..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2666)
    Performance
    (1696)
    Story
    (1677)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Inspired"
    Overall

    At last something that doesn't focus on weight loss as the only benefit to exercise but instead all the mental benefits. The first few chapters were a bit slow but after that it was great. Just what I needed to hear to get me exercising again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4318)
    Performance
    (3282)
    Story
    (3260)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Michael says: "High Energy Ride!"
    "Good action book"
    Overall

    Easy to read. Lots of action. A bit immature but good all the same. Worth a credit. :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    He is Dexter Mayhew, tall, dark and (she can't deny it) handsome. She is Emma Morley, bottled red hair, wilfully badly dressed, all principles and no action. Could this be the dawn of the rest of their lives? Or are Dex and Em living proof that - despite an unlikely beginning - men and women really can be just good friends?

    Phillip says: "Funny and moving story of friendship"
    "Ok"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book. But I didn't take anything from it and it did get quite dull in parts.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1372)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (710)

    Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists are murdered and Salander's fingerprints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable behaviour makes her the official suspect, but no-one can find her. Salander may be an expert at staying out of sight, but she also has ways of tracking down her most elusive enemies.

    Joe says: "Excellent"
    "Buy Abridged Version"
    Overall

    Buy the abridged version as this is a bit too detailed for an audio book. First time I have said to buy Abridged version, as I travel a lot so usually for me the longer a book the better. However an Abridged version of this book would probably have had me it a 5 star.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2613)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (382)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Not Brilliant. But worth the read anyway."
    Overall

    Not a bad book. I don't like the ending it was a bit bland. There was so much the author could have written to make a brilliant ending.

    Worth the read but not a book to rave about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (716)

    Lisbeth Salander lies in Intensive Care with a bullet lodged in her head. She will face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Salander is now ready to fight back.

    Olga says: "A Fabulous Finale"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    If you liked the first book - you will love this one all the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Smart: Find the One You Want - Fix the One You Got

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Phil McGraw
    • Narrated By Phil McGraw
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    If you are sleeping single in a double bed or walking down the street thinking, "How do I meet that guy?"; if you're on your 20th date and he's no more committed than when you first exchanged cell phone numbers; if everyone you know is getting married for the second time and you can't even get a first date; if you love the one you're with but the relationship needs some spark...then this book is for you.

    Stephen says: "It's great, but..."
    "You've probably heard it all before"
    Overall

    This isn't a bad book but it really isn't anything new. It covers some really basic stuff...Not bad if you haven't read or listened to anything like this before...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (940)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Not overrated a must read for all!!!"
    Overall

    I would definitely recommend this book even if you don't usually read mystery novels. The author does a great job of setting the scene and the characters for which there are many. But even with so many characters the author has the ability to ensure that you can remember the most important.

    The very main characters Norwegian Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Bloomkvists are brilliantly miles apart in appearance and age but a wonderful duo for characters so intriguing and likeable that you just keep you wanting to know more about them.
    Lizbeth is an intriguing 25 year old and is a private detective of sorts. However her life will fascinate you as much as the mystery trying to be solved. Mikael a financial journalist and editor of a magazine, is also a fantastic main character, and also addictive in the sense that the author only lets you know so much about him. Mikael is very blunt and straightforward. He is characterised very male in his life style. Never fully settled yet has the life that many other males would dream off and the type of man that send some women nuts over.

    The mystery itself starts almost like a who done it novel, with the exception that the suspects are on a island instead of house. But it is so much more then that. The main characters Mikael and Lizbeth really make this book what it is and the questioning psychology and interest in people's personality that the author demonstrates in the book is what sets this book apart.

    This book is the first of a trilogy. I loved every moment of the book and cannot wait to read the next two...

    Oh and just a quick note on the author. He wrote this book as a hobby each night after work and the author's books are not overrated and are addictive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Have a Little Faith: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    'Will you do my eulogy?' With those words, Mitch Albom begins his long-awaited return to non-fiction. His journey to honour the last request of a beloved clergyman ultimately leads him to rekindle his own long-ignored faith.

    A User says: "Educational"
    "Basic"
    Overall

    I found this book basic. Mitch's experience does not surprise me. It's nothing new as many Rabi's or church Pasteur's are somewhat inspiring. The book is short and not a terrible read. Mitch is a good writer of course, You just have to read Tuesday's with Morrie to know that and if you haven't read Tuesday's with Morrie, this book is no where near as good. The books is Just very simple. Great for teenage kids or new church goers. The book donates a certain percentage of it's revenue to a charity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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