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Tomewin, NSW, Australia
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  • Purity

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Dylan Baker, Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 25 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,623

Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent novel from Franzen

  • By kurdis teed on 01-02-18

Funny, deep, sad, annoying, contemporary,historical, wonderfully moving story

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

Reviewed: 09-23-15

This book made me laugh and cry, feel disgusted and frustrated, made me think, consider, dream and wonder.

A cast of characters that fit so well into our global community, reminding us of the struggle we all have to be human, to do the right thing even when our inner selves plead for something other.

Like Jonathan Franzens other books, i was compelled to plough through 'Purity' while being totally absorbed in the characters and story lines.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17,318

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Sequel

  • By Lia on 09-21-17

Can't fail to impress

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

Reviewed: 09-15-15

If you liked the phenomenon of Lisbeth Salander in the first 3 of this series, I doubt you'll be disappointed in her galant and inspiring escapades in ' the spiders web'.

Loved every minute of it.....

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Never Let Me Go

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,435

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be patient; it will pay off

  • By Kc on 05-23-05

Startlingly wonderful surprise

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

I didn't really have any idea what the storyline would be but decided to listen because of good reviews.

All I can say now is I downloaded this beautifully written novel 16 hours ago and I'm finished it. I just couldn't stop listening.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Thornwood House

  • By: Anna Romer
  • Narrated by: Eloise Oxer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,704

When you're all that stands between the murderous past and the fate of those you love, how far would you go to save them? When Audrey Kepler inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland, she jumps at the chance to escape her loveless existence in the city and make a fresh start. In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War II medic - Samuel Riordan, the homestead's former occupant - and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars With a Caution

  • By Nancy F. on 08-08-15

Superb mystery, brilliant narration

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

Reviewed: 08-19-15

I'm just sad it's over...
I haven't been so engrossed in a story for a long while. THANKYOU Audrey !

  • Under Different Stars

  • The Kricket, Book 1
  • By: Amy A. Bartol
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,324

Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago's foster care system. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, she now eagerly anticipates the day she'll stop running and finally find her place in the world. That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • YA books are always a gamble. I lost on this one.

  • By AudioAddict on 10-04-15

Not suitable for adults

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

This is a twightlight type story with lots of unrealistic love interest and very basic good versus evil stuff. My daughter would have loved it when she was 13.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,980
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,834
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,910

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

no doubt a moving rendering of the madnes of war

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

I've read it before though, seen it on TV, talked about it with friends and family.
At times (many of them) I wondered if I'd read this book before.
please....no disrespect to those who endured stories like these.

  • The Lives of Others

  • By: Neel Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Raj Ghatak
  • Length: 21 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

The aging patriarch and matriarch of the Ghosh family preside over their large household, made up of their five adult children and their respective children, unaware that beneath the barely ruffled surface of their lives the sands are shifting. Each set of family members occupies a floor of the home, in accordance to their standing within the family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • extraordinary insights

  • By Susan on 07-13-15

extraordinary insights

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

the juxtaposition of lives in one home... a bit like comparing the west with developing nations.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,842

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
  • A Feast for the Senses!

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-13-14

Delightful escape into innocence and wonder, change and challenge

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

I was worried about the narration initially, the broad American South accent was difficult on my Australian ear, but soon, George Newbern lulled me to the place called 'Zephyr' and I was travelling with Cory on his adventures into adulthood

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Tree

  • A Novel
  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 32 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,620

Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fiancee, reporter and publisher Caitlin Masters, have barely escaped with their lives after being attacked by wealthy businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with ties to some of Mississippi's most powerful men. But the real danger has only begun as FBI Special Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody isn't the true leader of the Double Eagles.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but definitely could put it down.

  • By R. Ford on 06-24-15

Wouldn't it be wonderful

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

If real life could reflect the ideal of justice and no one had to resort to violence in order to feel compensated for wrong doings?

Not that "the Bone Tree" does either!

However this book kept me listening and engaged, wanting to know.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Clocks

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,944
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,956

Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a masterful writer, an uneven narration

  • By S. Weaver on 11-13-14

This is a wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

Worth every moment of the listen. I'm off to download another David Mitchell, a Highly recommended writer and story teller.