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  • The Reckoning

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45

Pete Banning was Clanton's favourite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbour and a faithful member of the Methodist Church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder wasn't shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it - to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends and to the people of Clanton - was 'I have nothing to say'. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time <br />

  • By Mark on 03-24-19

Don't waste your time <br />

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-19

What a disappointment. Three rambling short stories rolled into one with the most anticlimactic ending of all his books. Annoyed that I wasted my time

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 77

For years, rumors of the 'Marsh Girl' have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story and well read

  • By Sandie on 11-25-18

A wonderful story beautifully performed

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

I cannot recommend this book more highly as I was glued to every word. I listen to a book every week or so and this one stands out as one of my favourites.

  • Bridge of Clay

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Markus Zusak
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy - their mother is dead, their father has fled - they love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world. It is Clay, the quiet one, who will build a bridge - for his family, for his past, for his sins. He's building a bridge to transcend humanness. To survive. A miracle and nothing less.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece by a master storyteller <br />

  • By Mark on 01-19-19

A masterpiece by a master storyteller <br />

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I struggle for about 20 mins to get into it but thank god I persisted as this is a wonderful story read brilliantly by the author. my favourite book of 2018 (and I read it in the last days of that year). Please dont take as long to write your next masterpiece

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  • The Lovely Bones

  • By: Alice Sebold
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer. This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected

  • By Lia on 10-09-14

Moving and comforting

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

An awful event provides insights and suspense as well as an honest view of how tragedy can change us for good

  • Then She Was Gone

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

A missing girl. A buried secret. From the acclaimed author of I Found You and the Richard & Judy best seller The Girls comes a compulsively twisty psychological thriller that will keep you gripped to the very last moment. She was 15, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the characters

  • By Tania on 11-11-18

Cracking read!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I loved this book. It is intriguing, heartfelt, well performed and the ending is very satisfying. highly recommended

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  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,334

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Incredibly well written moving story about the forgotten history of Italy's war. excellent performance too x

  • Reckoning

  • A Memoir
  • By: Magda Szubanski
  • Narrated by: Magda Szubanski
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most beloved performers, tells her story. In this extraordinary memoir, Magda describes her journey of self-discovery from a suburban childhood, haunted by the demons of her father’s espionage activities in wartime Poland and by her secret awareness of her sexuality, to the complex dramas of adulthood and her need to find out the truth about herself and her family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Incredibly moving. One of the best

  • By Louise on 04-12-17

Magda is a gifted story teller

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

what a wonderful and harrowing story. thank you Magda for articulating things that I have never been able to put into words. This is not just a moving and worthy book it is a ripping good yarn. I love you more now and I didn't think that possible x

  • Britt-Marie Was Here

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,142

Britt-Marie can't stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at 63, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless 40-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem

  • By Sara on 05-12-16

Another beautiful novel by Backman

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

As good as A Man Called Ove - full of heart and truth about a life lived in fear.

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,494

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book by Hurwitz

  • By Nancy Chilton-Kendrick on 07-25-16

Well paced thriller

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

Reviewed: 04-22-17

Very entertaining read with a great protagonist. worth a read and well performed and read

  • Hidden Figures

  • The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,667

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. Among these problem solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Black Herstory

  • By Morgana on 10-09-16

God make it stop

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

I made the mistake of buying this as I liked the look of the film and often like to read the book first. What a mistake. Incredible women without doubt but this book is like the most boring math and history class combined. Full of irrelevant detail and science and totally missing any emotion or heart. This is the first time I nearly didn't finish a book (I did because I can't leave things half done but I wish I hadn't bothered). Heartless and dull