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Mulgrave, Australia
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  • The Danish Girl

  • By: David Ebershoff
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Loosely inspired by a true story, this tender portrait of marriage asks: what do you do when the person you love has to change? It starts with a question, a simple favour asked by a wife of her husband while both are painting in their studio, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The mark of a good story

  • By sheila on 01-26-16

The mark of a good story

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

I am not sure I really liked this. But they say that the mark of a good book is when you think about it after reading, and I am now about to look further into this.....so?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Time Keeper

  • By: Mitch Albom
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,114

From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper--a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing and thought provoking story

  • By Karen F on 10-04-12

Entertaining and a light read

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

Reviewed: 02-27-13

Knowing nothing of the author or book I found this to be most entertaining and light hearted. And I liked the reader too.

  • The Aviator's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Melanie Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,291

For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Megalomaniac's Wife

  • By Audrey on 01-19-13

Searched for History after reading

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

I chose this book, knowing nothing about its contents, and what a spendid read.
If time had allowed I would have read in one sitting.
As the author says at the end. Judge a good book by the research you do after reading. well from only knowing that Charles Lindberg flew an aircraft I now know what made the man who he was, Ihave searched and am looking for more books by this author and others on the subject.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • In the Land of Invisible Women

  • A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom
  • By: Qanta A. Ahmed MD
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

Unexpectedly denied a visa to remain in the United States, Qanta Ahmed, a young British Muslim doctor, becomes an outcast in motion. On a whim, she accepts an exciting position in Saudi Arabia. This is not just a new job; this is a chance at adventure in an exotic land she thinks she understands, a place she hopes she will belong. What she discovers is vastly different. The Kingdom is a world apart, a land of unparalleled contrast. She finds rejection and scorn in the places she believed would most embrace her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been so much more

  • By Claire on 04-21-13

MORE THAN I EXPECTED

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

Not know anything about this book, I was pleasantly surprised. I just had to know what this was about. I leant a lot about the women of The Kingdom and the menfolk.
I found the discussion with the writer, at the conclusion, to be a surprise and a well received time of listening. Will definitely look for more of Qanta A. Ahmed's book. She writes excelently.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tallgrass

  • By: Sandra Dallas
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 363

During World War II, a family's life is turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes (and suspicions) turn to the newcomers, the "interlopers", the "strangers". Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned 13 and, until this time, life has pretty much been what her father told her it should be: predictable and fair.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Little gem

  • By Maria Adkins on 10-08-07

Another Winner for Me

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

Reviewed: 10-31-12

Its so good to find books without all the explicit sex murder etc.
This is all left to the reader. I love Sandra Dallas books and I also learn a lot about the history of America. I hadn't heard of the Camps before but she aways leaves me having to find out more. I loved the ending and the reading was excellent.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Call the Midwife

  • A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,083

At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I've listened to this year

  • By Richard on 06-12-13

Keep the Tissues Close

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

Reviewed: 10-30-12

Coming to this book from the TV series, I found it most compelling. Terribly sad at times and horribly stark but true. A remarkable woman a must read, and I hope to find her other books on Audible.

13 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The House at Riverton [recorded under the alternate title The Shifting Fog]

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,108

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superbly written mystery

  • By Cathy on 03-18-07

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 10-30-12

Having enjoyed a previous book by this Author I was disappointed. I found the plot rather confusing and it often took me a while to realise where we were in the book. But having said that I found that I had to read to the end because I wanted to know the outcome.
Will try another by this Author but hope I like it more.

  • New Mercies

  • By: Sandra Dallas
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Sandra Dallas, best-selling author of The Persian Pickle Club, weaves an intricate and sophisticated tale in New Mercies. Nora Bondurant is divorced— unfathomable for a woman in 1933—and has inherited a house from a dead aunt she never even knew existed. But when she travels to Mississippi to claim her inheritance, she finds her eccentric neighbors would rather help her acquire a new husband than reveal the secrets surrounding her aunt’s death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Sharon Brown on 01-01-11

Couldn't put it down

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

Reviewed: 08-01-12

Typical Sandra Dallas story. Just had to keep going to see what would happen. Loved the last chapter which rounded up the story but left much to the imagination, Great Read

  • Chili Queen

  • By: Sandra Dallas
  • Narrated by: Barbara McCulloh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Life may have been hard on Addie French, but when she meets friendless Emma Roby on a train, all her protective instincts emerge. Emma's brother is seeing her off to Nalgitas to marry a man she has never met. And Emma seems like a lost soul to Addie-someone who needs Addie's savvy and wary eye. It isn't often that Addie is drawn to anyone as a friend, but Emma seems different somehow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent experience

  • By sheila on 08-01-12

excellent experience

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

Reviewed: 08-01-12

I thought I had it sussed at the beginning. But such wonderful twists and turns. Excellent Reading.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 12
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794

This 12th entry from Alexander McCall Smith’s New York Times best-selling series showcases the humanity and matchless wit that define Precious Ramotswe. While both Precious and Grace Makutsi are puzzled by prophetic dreams, life goes on at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Precious finds herself investigating a case of rural jealousy, while Grace inches closer to her wedding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The End?

  • By Johnnie Walker on 03-29-11

At last she Married

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

Reviewed: 07-09-12

As anticipated ... excellent as we travel with Precious and Grace Makutsi in their endeavours to keep Boswana as it should be.
Lisette Lecat as usual performs to perfection. I hope there are many many more stories.