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Narelle

Narrabundah, Australia
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  • Thorn on the Rose

  • Woody Creek, Book 2
  • By: Joy Dettman
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

When Jenny Morrison fled Woody Creek for a new life in Melbourne she left behind a dysfunctional family, a town of small-minded gossips, and, most tragically, a newborn baby. Mustering all her strength, she resolved to put her past behind her, reclaim her identity, and pursue her dream of becoming a famous singer.... Yet just months later she is back - wiser and with an expensive new wardrobe - but with a second child growing in her belly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second in this Series and not disappointed

  • By Narelle on 02-11-19

Second in this Series and not disappointed

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

This is a great series and as I said it should be made into a TV series. Can't wait to keep going.

  • Pearl in a Cage

  • By: Joy Dettman
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

On a balmy midsummer's evening in 1923, a young woman - foreign, dishevelled and heavily pregnant - is found unconscious just off the railway tracks in the tiny logging community of Woody Creek. The town midwife, Gertrude Foote, is roused from her bed when the woman is brought to her door. Try as she might, Gertrude is unable to save her, but the baby lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pearl in a Cage

  • By Verita on 06-16-17

Would make an amazing TV series

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

Absolutely loved this and can't wait to get into the others in the series. It's addictive. The storyline is great with a few twists and turns. Very Aussie.

  • The Favourite Sister

  • By: Jessica Knoll
  • Narrated by: Ashlie Atkinson, Aja Naomi King, Jenni Barber
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Brett and Kelly Courtney are the shining jewels in a New York-based reality TV show called Goal Diggers. Vicious backstabbing, scathing social media attacks and finely tuned scripting draw in the viewing public every week, all orchestrated by the show's omnipotent producers. But even they don't know that season four will end in murder....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disjointed

  • By Narelle on 08-03-18

Disjointed

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I found this very hard to follow. It bounced from one thing and person to another. Was not organised into chapters as such. Very confusing. Hard work to keep up with who was talking about who. Not enjoyable

  • The Edge of Never

  • By: J. A. Redmerski
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,103

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone - including herself - when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I never give reviews but WOW.....

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 04-18-13

Narrator put me off. Story so so

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

The Narrator needs to learn how to speak at the same volume. She'd fade out to nearly a whisper then come in loud again. I was constantly adjusting my volume. Otherwise her narration was good but annoying. Story was okay.

  • Ladies' Night

  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,072

Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly "divorce recovery" therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday "Ladies' Night" sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Riot!

  • By Judith D. Collins on 06-10-13

Fantastic. 17hrs and entertainment + Loved it!!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Great story. Covered so many aspects of relationships. I can't really explain. If you want a book that you can just relax and get in to this is it!! Doesn't go on about sex or anything. A real holiday "listen". Narration was great also.

  • The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Jane Gilman
  • Narrated by: Susan Jane Gilman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 310

In 1913, little Malka Treynovsky flees Russia with her family. Bedazzled by tales of gold and movie stardom, she tricks them into buying tickets for America. Yet no sooner do they land on the squalid Lower East Side of Manhattan, than Malka is crippled and abandoned in the street. Taken in by a tough-loving Italian ices peddler, she manages to survive through cunning and inventiveness. As she learns the secrets of his trade, she begins to shape her own destiny. She falls in love with a gorgeous, illiterate radical named Albert, and they set off across America in an ice cream truck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Story, Questionable Narrator

  • By Linda on 12-02-14

I really enjoyed this one

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

I loved the way the story was written for the listener. She keeps saying things like "Now listen Darlings....." or "Darlings you probably know this so I won't go into it". You feel she's talking directly to you. A likeable strong narcissistic woman. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. It's about a jealous wife obsessed with her replacement. It's about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves. The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. You will be wrong.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Shitty book

  • By Maria Teresa Arnaboldi on 02-19-18

Wow! Lots of twists

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

There are a few twists and turns but easy listening. I nearly missed out on the epilogue which was another twist. Loved it. My daughter recommended it. Thanks Zoe

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Faking Friends

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Faking Friends by Jane Fallon, read by Sally Scott and Kristin Atherton. Best friend. Soulmate. Confidante. Backstabber. Amy thought she knew who Melissa was - then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé. When her career begins to unravel, she pays a surprise trip home to London. Her boyfriend Jack is out, but another woman has been making herself at home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Schadenfreude to the max

  • By Jenn on 01-15-18

Easy Listenig

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

If you'll looking for an easy relaxing story this is one. It's a real chic story but keeps you interested. I enjoyed it without having to figure out who's who.

  • Bared to You

  • A Crossfire Novel, Book 1
  • By: Sylvia Day
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,865

"Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 12-02-12

No story just sex. Fifty Shades wannabe

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

How many ways can you write about the sex act? This book does not go one chapter without the repetitive description of the sex act. You get a 'glimpse' of a story then.... their eyes meet and off we go again. I had to keep fast forwarding and would get 10 minutes before it all starts again. Wish I'd read the reviews before purchase.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sanctuary

  • By: Judy Nunn
  • Narrated by: John Derum
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

A stunning portrait of love, hope and survival on an isolated island off Western Australia. In Judy Nunn's latest compelling novel, compassion meets bigotry, hatred meets love, and ultimately despair meets hope on the windswept shores of Australia. On a barren island off the coast of Western Australia, a rickety wooden dinghy runs aground. Aboard are nine people who have no idea where they are. Strangers before the violent storm that tore their vessel apart, the instinct to survive has seen them bond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Read

  • By Narelle on 01-30-18

Fantastic Read

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

I always enjoy Judy's books. The topics, the research, the stories. This one is no exception. She introduces the characters so well that you don't have to scratch your head as to who's who. You really feel as though you know these people. This book makes you think about the refugee problem and gets you involved. Thanks Judy.. NEXT PLEASE!!