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rosie

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  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6932)
    Performance
    (2221)
    Story
    (2243)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Haunting"
    Overall

    A well told story of a man's journey through life and the deeds of the past that haunt him. Thoroughly engaging.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Tiny Bit Marvellous

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dawn French
    • Narrated By Dawn French
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Everyone hates the perfect family. So you’ll love the Battles. Mo is about to hit the big 50, and some uncomfortable truths are becoming quite apparent: She doesn’t understand either of her teenage kids, which as a child psychologist, is fairly embarrassing. She has become entirely grey, inside, and out. Her face has surrendered and is frightening children....

    rosie says: "A big bit marvellous."
    "A big bit marvellous."
    Overall

    This audio book is absolutely delightful. Centred on three members of the Buttle family, they each take turns giving us snippets from their diaries, revealing extraordinary tales of everyday life. The emotions, journeys and revelations are beautifully written and superbly narrated by Dawn French. You will become wrapped up in the characters eccentricities and learn to love them, faults and all. I laughed, cried and laughed a lot more. Well done Dawn; you certainly have given us a marvellous book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Vanessa Maroney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (149)

    This is the story of Mary and her friends and a garden which had been locked away for 10 years.

    Penny says: "Magical Storytelling"
    "Delightful"
    Overall

    An absolutely beautifully read classic. Even with it's quirkiness and older story telling technique, it is a hard one to stop listening too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Basic Human Anatomy: The Beauty of Form and Function

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John K. Young
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The structures that lie beneath our skin represent a remarkable and beautiful assortment of biological mechanisms that are essential for our lives. However, we often take these structures for granted. In these 14 fascinating lectures, a basic overview of the human body, its physical features, biological systems, and general functioning will be presented for the benefit of anyone from budding medical students to curious laymen.

    Bennett says: "Well organized!"
    "Fascinating from head to toe."
    Overall

    A superb read covering the basics of our body in an easy to follow format. Worth listening to twice to fully grasp some of the concepts. Professor Young is an engaging speaker.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Maybe it was a grandparent or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you?

    Rosemary says: "How to live... and how to die"
    "Life changing"
    Overall

    This story will have you thinking about your own life. Inspiring and thought provoking. You will not resist feeling sorry for Morrie yet you know he had a wonderfully full and exciting life. A tear will be shed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mao's Last Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Li Cunxin
    • Narrated By Paul English
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (97)

    This is the true story of how one moment in time, by the thinnest thread of a chance, changed the course of a small boy's life in ways that are beyond description. One day he would dance with some of the greatest ballet companies of the world. One day he would be a friend to a president and first lady, movie stars, and the most influential people in America. One day he would become a star: Mao's last dancer, and the darling of the West.

    Pamela says: "Life in perspective"
    "Loved it."
    Overall

    An intoxicating story that you will not be willing to stop listening to. Brilliant story telling about a life torn by the love of a country and a love of dancing. The narration is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bud: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles Bud Tingwell
    • Narrated By Charles Bud Tingwell
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Charles 'Bud' Tingwell is one of Australia's most popular and respected actors. Read by Bud himself, this is a moving account of a life well lived. His career has spanned over 50 years, from glamorous post-war Hollywood, to London in the swinging 60s, to some of Australia's favourite film and stage productions.

    rosie says: "A great Aussie"
    "A great Aussie"
    Overall

    This a a good story read by a Aussie acting icon who has had a fascinating life. He talks of many old actors that could be lost on under 30s or those unfamiliar with early Australian TV. Otherwise well read in the brilliant famous voice of Bud.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Every Living Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    When Herriot is called out on a spring morning, it feels like vetting at its best: an easy, trouble-free case, a nice farmer and a docile patient who is a picture of equine beauty. But within seconds of administering a new drug, the horse crashes to the ground in front of a shocked owner and vet.

    Kevin says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Absolutely charming"
    Overall

    A fantastic collection of tales. A real delight to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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