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  • The Shepherd's Hut

  • By: Tim Winton
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulvany
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Jaxie Clackton is a brutalized rural youth who flees from the scene of his father's violent death and strikes out for the vast wilds of Western Australia. All he carries with him is a rifle and a waterjug. All he wants is peace and freedom. But surviving in the harsh saltlands alone is a savage business. And once he discovers he's not alone out there, all Jaxie's plans go awry. He meets a fellow exile, the ruined priest Fintan MacGillis, a man he's never certain he can trust, but on whom his life will soon depend.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What is all the fuss about?

  • By Richard Delman on 07-13-18

Kate Mulvany interprets Tim Winton in a spectacular fashion!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Tim Winton has the best way with words, with characters, with plot. What an amazingly beautiful book. “I am in awe,” as Finton would have said.

  • Missing, Presumed

  • A Novel
  • By: Susie Steiner
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,206

At 39, Manon Bradshaw is a devoted and respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, and though she loves her job, what she longs for is a personal life. Single and distant from her family, she wants a husband and children of her own. One night, after yet another disastrous Internet date, she turns on her police radio to help herself fall asleep - and receives an alert that sends her to a puzzling crime scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mystery lover's treat!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-20-16

Wonderful story!

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

Susie Steiner is a master of character. She makes you believe in all the varied people who inhabit this book. Set in Cambridge and London, we are taken into a police investigation, meeting the lovely central character of Manon Bradshaw, with all her 39yr old quirks and idiosyncrasies. The plot is a rich blend of the light and darkness that exists in society and in each one of us.

  • Red Queen

  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,929

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own--an ability she didn't know she had.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Story, Better Writing

  • By FanB14 on 09-04-15

Smirked to death

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

This author is completely enamored with the word, "smirk"! In fact, I found the constant use of this word so irritating that I gave up listening to the book, a reworking of The Hunger Games. I loved the idea of special abilities, but the author has not thought them out properly. A very predictable plot involving shallow characters.

  • The Year of the Flood

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,752

The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived: Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club, and Toby, a God's Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atwood at her very best!

  • By Linda Novak on 10-18-09

Brilliant view of possible future

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

Reviewed: 11-12-12

Margaret Atwood continues to amaze me with her inventiveness, her humanity, her incredibly creative mind, in this well-read, wonderful novel. The two main women are flesh and blood people, their experiences forming their lives, their reactions determining the flow of those lives. The future she draws is so scary and yet so possible, just a continuation of what is going on in these early days of our 21st century. I haven't read Oryx and Crake, so can't compare the two, but this book has piqued my curiosity!

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