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Gauteng, South Africa
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  • Changeling

  • A Novel of Sorcery and Society
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,523

If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-18

Harry Potter meets Cinderella

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

Reviewed: 06-20-19

It's basically just a rip off of Harry Potter in Cinderella form. A pleasant enough book, but I'd recommend only buying it if it were on sale.

  • Worst. Person. Ever.

  • By: Douglas Coupland
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

A razor-sharp portrait of a morally bankrupt and gleefully wicked modern man, Worst. Person. Ever. is Douglas Coupland's gloriously filthy, side-splittingly funny and unforgettable novel. Meet Raymond Gunt. A decent chap who tries to do the right thing. Or, to put it another way, the worst person ever: a foul-mouthed, misanthropic cameraman, trailing creditors, ex-wives and unhappy homeless people in his wake. Men dislike him, women flee from him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilariously brilliant!

  • By Brenda on 06-13-19

Hilariously brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. It's my second time now, I read it years ago and then bought it recently on audible. It literally made me laugh out loud every time.

  • The Break

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

The story of a relationship that everyone thought was forever and which is now in danger of being for never, The Break is about getting older and staying in love when life, real life, is trying to pull you apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Perfect

  • By Brenda on 06-08-19

Simply Perfect

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

Reviewed: 06-08-19

I never imagined it would be possible to put down in words, the Exact description of human emotions. The tragic rollercoaster ride that heartbreak brings. But here, Marian has done it. Perfectly. Like only she could.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,675
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,679

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT.

  • By Ilia on 03-07-18

Somewhat Interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-07-19

I really don't think it's necessary for the authors to remind you in Every. Single. Chapter. who they are. It felt more like a book just to market themselves. But I guess the story was ok so not everything was lost in spending my audible credit.

  • Crosstalk

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 754

In a not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure that has been promised to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. So when Briddey Flannigan's fiancé proposes that he and Briddey undergo the procedure, she is delighted! Only, the results aren't quite as expected. Instead of gaining an increased empathetic link with her fiancé, Briddey finds herself hearing the actual thoughts of one of the nerdiest techs in her office. And that's the least of her problems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Learn when to say no

  • By Mozershmozer on 01-21-17

Exciting from beginning to end!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

Connie Willis is officially one of my favourite authors. I've never read one of her books that I didn't love. She can keep the suspens going like none other.

  • Boy's Life

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,062

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to like this book.

  • By Adele Beeman on 06-18-15

A bit too drawn out

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

Not his best but still a good listen. There were parts that were long winded so I just listened to them in double time. Overall McCammon still has a beautiful way with words.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • If I Can't Have You:

  • Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children
  • By: Gregg Olsen, Rebecca Morris
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington, Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605

The tragic story of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden, is the only case that rivals the Jon Benet Ramsey saga in the annals of true crime. When the pretty, blonde Utah mother went missing in December of 2009 the media was swept up in the story - with lenses and microphones trained on Susan's husband, Josh. He said he had no idea what happened to his young wife, and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Coward and the Angels

  • By Pulplife on 05-20-14

Drawn Out

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

It's a very long book for a not so intricate story. I get why all the court cases etc were included but a lot of it could have been wrapped up a bit quicker.

  • 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 28,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,143

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
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Simply Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

I'm a sucker for stories drawn from true events and the performance was spectacular. I laughed, I cried, and my mouth sometimes hung open in horror. I loved every single minute of this book and plan on buying copies for all the woman in my family to read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • We're Going to Need More Wine

  • Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
  • By: Gabrielle Union
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Union
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,643

In this moving collection of thought-provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union tells astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Latoya on 11-16-17

Couldn't bare to listen

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I struggled through 70% of the First chapter and couldn't bare to listen any further. It's a whine fest riddled with the need to be pitied.

  • How to Be Married

  • By: Polly Williams
  • Narrated by: Suzy Aitchison
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Sadie Drew thinks she must be the world's worst wife. She only needs to walk into a room to make it untidy. She wears flannel pyjamas in bed. Furry things breed in her fridge. But she's a busy working mother, not a wifebot, and husband Tom loves her as she is. Until he gets a hot new job and things change. There are alpha-wives to entertain. Nuclear rows. Unsettling secrets. And the smell of another woman's perfume on his suit. Sadie risks losing everything if she can't transform herself into the perfect wife.... But what is a perfect wife anyway?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculous story and it sucks when you just can't

  • By F. on 06-16-19

Lovely and Funny

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

A funny yet deep look into the struggles of marriage and hearts longing. A thoroughly enjoyable story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful