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Claremont Meadows, Australia
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  • The White Earth

  • By: Andrew McGahan
  • Narrated by: Edwin Hodgeman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

William is eight-years-old when his father is killed in a farming accident and he is invited, along with his psychologically fragile mother, to live with his great-uncle John McIvor at the decaying homestead of Kuran House. The property is the original station of the Darling Downs and the imminent Native Title Act is of great concern to the local landowners. McIvor, a hard and driven man, is organising a rally against the Act, whilst at the same time testing William as a potential heir of Kuran House.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Won the Myles Franklin Award??

  • By Michael on 01-12-19

Won the Myles Franklin Award??

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

Tedious story that could’ve been condensed. Story writing was ponderous, strange descriptions of things not connected to the story.
Music added at each chapter to simulate drama that wasn’t there.
If this won the Myles Franklin in 2005, I wonder about the rest of the entrants.
Listen as you go to sleep, set the app to 8 minutes and you’ll go off to sleep easily.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she might one day marry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator and funny story

  • By Mandajanex on 08-08-18

Trite soap opera

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

The reader was disappointing, the overall story rubbish and over the top in cliched drama.

  • The Tomb

  • Repairman Jack #1
  • By: F. Paul Wilson
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 850

Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Gia, Repairman Jack doesn't deal with electronic appliances. He fixes situations for people, often putting himself in deadly danger. His latest project is recovering a stolen necklace, which carries with it an ancient curse that may unleash a horde of Bengali demons. Jack is used to danger, but this time Gia's daughter Vicky is threatened. Can Jack overcome the curse of the yellow necklace and bring Vicky safely back home?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good story

  • By Elena on 07-15-09

He’s no Raymond Chandler

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Rubbish story line, don’t waste your time. I love 1950s cheap detective novels but this tries hard but misses badly.

  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3

  • Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
  • By: William Manchester, Paul Reid
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
  • Length: 53 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,647
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,646

Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy final volume in a great biography

  • By Mike From Mesa on 11-27-12

Incredible

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

A great bio of a great man. Easily listened to, not dry history.
Will make you smile and laugh.
Thoroughly recommended.

  • King's Captain

  • Alan Lewrie Series, Book 9
  • By: Dewey Lambdin
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

In this adventure, Lewrie is promoted for his quick action in the Battle of Cape St. Vincent, but before he's even had a chance to settle into his new role, a mutiny rages through the fleet, and the sudden reappearance of an old enemy has Lewrie fighting not just for his command, but for his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • this one,s is wow

  • By michael on 02-06-15

Way too long

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

Must've been paid by the word, far too long, skipped much without missing the story line.

  • Sons of Fortune

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

In Hartford, Connecticut, in the late 1940's a set of twins is parted at birth - not by accident. During the 1950s and 1960s, the two brothers grow up apart, following similar paths that take them in different directions. At various times in their lives, both men are confronted with challenges and obstacles, tragedy and betrayal, loss and hardship, before they both decide to run for governor, unaware they are brothers...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Total Disappointment

  • By Margaret Campbell on 06-08-03

Bit predictable

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Many ideas rehashed from the Clifton Chronicles
Still enjoyable but not as gripping as Kane & Abel.

  • Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

A guttersnipe who has risen through the ranks of the British army, Ensign Sharpe is sailing home to England from his latest campaign against Napoleon. Anticipating an uneventful voyage, the dashing young maverick discovers the intriguing and very married Lady Grace Hale on board the Calliope. But just as he wins his way into her heart, the ship is fired upon and, suddenly, he finds himself in the thick of one of history's most spectacular incidents: the Battle of Trafalgar.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • No more Tull, PLEASE

  • By Randall on 11-30-10

Good story unfortunate reader

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

The story was great but the reader was uninspiring and the accents he used particularly Sharpe, he made Sharpe sound unconvincing.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Separation of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,935
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,252

Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator turns Rapp into a snooty, cranky man

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-02-11

Good story poor reader

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The reader, his voice is far too high pitched to fully enjoy the story. When Mitch and Reilly are talking he sounds as if every sentance is ended by an exclamation mark, altogether unbelievable.
Why don't you get George (who read the first books) to complete the entire series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Separation of Power?

The final pulling it altogether.

What didn’t you like about Ken Kliban’s performance?

His high pitched voice and the style he applied particularly between Mitch and Reilly.
He also has a strange way of pronouncing "lived" as "lieved.

Did Separation of Power inspire you to do anything?

It made me get the next instalment.

Any additional comments?

No

  • Lords of the Sky

  • Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16
  • By: Dan Hampton
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

The New York Times best-selling author of Viper Pilot and retired USAF F-16 legend Dan Hampton offers the first comprehensive popular history of combat aviation - a unique, entertaining, and action-packed look at the aces of the air and their machines, from the Red Baron and his triplane in World War I to today's technologically expert flying warriors in supersonic jets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great history, but ending goes off-topic

  • By Znapel on 07-31-14

Holds your interest

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

A good detailed easy to listen to the history of aviation fighters and the development of them from WW1 to Iraq.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Farewell My Lovely

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,443

Eight years ago Moose Malloy and cute little redhead Velma were getting married - until someone framed Malloy for armed robbery. Now his stretch is up and he wants Velma back. PI Philip Marlow meets Malloy one hot day in Hollywood and, out of the generosity of his jaded heart, agrees to help him. Dragged from one smoky bar to another, Marlowe's search for Velma turns up plenty of dangerous gangsters with a nasty habit of shooting first and talking later.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fond Farewell

  • By Ian C Robertson on 10-21-15

Gotta love the dialogue

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

Trashy detective novels aren't they great, they don't write like that anymore.
Marlowe is tougher than a 40c steak.
The picture paints as Marlowe describes the scene is right out of America in the 1940d and early 50s.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful