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Anthony

Anthony Sydney, Australia Member Since 2012

Audible brings wonderful opportunities to read, listen and learn. I'm a lover of stories, cultures, colour, travel, creativity, film, & food

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  • "Migration, racism, identity & viole..."

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    Beautifully written and narrated - the story of a Slovenian unskilled worker, migrating to Tasmania in search of a better future. Against the backdrop of racism, alcohol and violence, we learn of the stories experienced by these migrants, prior to their departure from Europe, and of how the violence recurs to dominate family members in Tasmania.

    Beautifully written and narrated, the violence is as predictable as inevitable, anticipated by the reader in the same way that Sylvia, the daughter, awaits her drunken father's repeated physical abuse.

    It's a story also of resilience by a young woman who exercises her agency to escape and take control of her own life, despite all the adversity, and about the deep bonds exerted by family alongside the hurt.

    The novel informs us also of the post-World War II Europeans who settled in Australia and helped build its infrastructure, and of the systematic racism, exploitation and poverty they faced. The stories and tragedies from their European homelands structure their identities and challenging lives in Tasmania.

    From one generation to the next, prior identity is attenuated and new identities formed. Despite much bleakness, this is also a story of agency and resilience, of overcoming violence and abuse, and of building the future.

    Highly recommended!

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    The Sound of One Hand Clapping

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Richard Flanagan
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
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    In 1954, in a construction camp for a hydroelectric dam in the remote Tasmanian highlands, Bojan Buloh had brought his family to start a new life away from Slovenia, the privations of war, and refugee settlements. One night, Bojan's wife walked off into a blizzard, never to return - leaving Bojan to drink too much to quiet his ghosts, and to care for his three-year-old daughter, Sonja, alone. Thirty-five years later, Sonja returns to Tasmania and a father haunted by memories of the European war and other, more recent horrors.

    Anthony says: "Migration, racism, identity & violence in Tasmania"
  • "Psychotravelogue..."

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    This book explores the desire, pressure and joys of travel - interfaced with self-exploration and a set of relationships with other travelers, random acquaintances and close friends. Traversing a number of settings in Africa - Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania - and others in India, the reflective author explores friendship, love, loneliness, interfacing with experiences of corruption, power, terror, and anxiety. Nicely written and narrated with some beautifully written passages and insights, at times unsettling. Recommended.

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    In a Strange Room

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Damon Galgut
    • Narrated By Damon Galgut
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    A young man takes three journeys, through Greece, India and Africa. He travels lightly, simply. To those who travel with him and those whom he meets on the way - including a handsome, enigmatic stranger, a group of careless backpackers and a woman on the edge - he is the Follower, the Lover and the Guardian. Yet, despite the man's best intentions, each journey ends in disaster. Together, these three journeys will change his whole life.

    Louise says: "Utterly sublime"
  • "Engaging, spirited, beautiful"

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    Wonderfully written and beautifully narrated story based on characters and events in Iceland in the 18th Century. It revolves around a young woman (Agnes) sentenced to death for her supposed involvement, with two co-accused (one fo whom is subsequently released), in arson and the murder of two others. Prior to her death by hanging, Agnes is accommodated by the family of a district official, and counselled by a trainee priest. Through different voices and perspectives we learn of Agnes' life and passions, her relationships with the co-accused and victims, as well as with the family (divided in its response to her) and priest (naive but rises to the occasion). It is compulsive reading/listening, offering great insights into the social structures and norms of life in Iceland at the time - including attitudes to women and to those from lower social classes. The author, a young Australian, first learned of this story while spending time in Iceland, and followed up with much deeper research based on documents and interviews. A fine story, finely written, and finely read.

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    Burial Rites

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Kent
    • Narrated By Morven Christie
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    In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the months leading up to her execution on the farm of district officer Jón Jónsson, his wife, and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force everyone to work side by side, the family's attitude to Agnes starts to change - until one winter night.

    Anthony says: "Engaging, spirited, beautiful"
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  • The Luminaries

    "Ideal choice for listening"

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    Where does The Luminaries rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In length it's number one! I started with the knowledge that this Booker Prize winner is long. People have seen the book & been daunted by its size. Audible is the obvious answer. It's still 29hrs, but life can go on alongside "reading" The Luminaries. Mark Meadows as narrator is excellent. His rendition differentiates the numerous characters to minimise confusion. It's a long and complex story which is well worth persisting with. The chapters start very long until near the end when the pace quickens with very short chapters. The passing of time is handled in an interesting way. Initially it's by the various characters relating their part in the story which centres on the death of an isolated man, the disappearance of another - young and newly successful in the gold rush - and the involvement of a young woman trapped by prostitution and opium. A mysterious fortune in gold and a universally despised sea captain link the characters. We gradually discover events over the past couple of years, whilst moving forward in the present. (19C New Zealand.) Eventually the past meets the present and we find the answer to the mysteries which bind the cast.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complexity, the gentle unfolding and the vision of the life of the times.


    What does Mark Meadows bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Clarifies the complexity by differentiating the characters.


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  • "Choose it at all costs"

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    I'm surprised that I'm only the second person to rate this wonderful audio book as I'm sure it's destined to become a best seller. The story is quite 'Sue Townsendesque' but none the worse for that. A profoundly moving and beautifully narrated story that now probably takes pride of place as being my favourite Audible selection so far. It's a shame I can't give it 6 stars!

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    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
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    When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

    mr says: "Makes for a tired dog"

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  • 4.9 (13 ratings)
    Hangover Square (






ABRIDGED) by Patrick Hamilton Narrated by Julian Rhind Tutt
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    Hangover Square

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Hamilton
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    George Harvey Bone has an obsession with the pretty small-time actress Netta. He also drinks heavily and suffers from "dark" moods, where he enters a trance-like state and can't remember what has happened. Throw Netta's often-cruel treatment of him into the mix, and drama beckons.

    Anthony says: "Absolutely brilliant"
  • 4.8 (13 ratings)
    The Caine Mutiny (






UNABRIDGED) by Herman Wouk Narrated by Kevin Pariseau
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    The Caine Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
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    Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life-and mutiny-on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    G says: "a great story about life in the WWII US Navy"
  • 4.7 (2156 ratings)
    The Help (






UNABRIDGED) by Kathryn Stockett Narrated by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, Cassandra Campbell
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    The Help

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    • By Kathryn Stockett
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    Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

    Sara says: "Relished every minute"
  • 4.3 (899 ratings)
    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (






UNABRIDGED) by Rachel Joyce Narrated by Jim Broadbent
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    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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    When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

    mr says: "Makes for a tired dog"
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  • 4.5 (341 ratings)
    A Thousand Splendid Suns (






UNABRIDGED) by Khaled Hosseini Narrated by Atossa Leoni
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    A Thousand Splendid Suns

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    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
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    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    Jackie says: "A Thousand Splendid Suns"
  • 4.4 (306 ratings)
    The Kite Runner (






UNABRIDGED) by Khaled Hosseini Narrated by Khaled Hosseini
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    The Kite Runner

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    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
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    Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.

    Laura says: "Touching and gripping."
  • 4.3 (273 ratings)
    Middlemarch (






UNABRIDGED) by George Eliot Narrated by Juliet Stevenson
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    Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon's mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    Caroline says: "All consuming"
  • 4.3 (257 ratings)
    A Prayer for Owen Meany (






UNABRIDGED) by John Irving Narrated by Joe Barrett
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    A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys - best friends - are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    B. Dayne says: "A moving masterpiece."
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  • 4.6 (237 ratings)
    The Grapes of Wrath (






UNABRIDGED) by John Steinbeck Narrated by John Chancer
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By John Chancer
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    Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land.

    Crocker says: "A audiobook masterpiece"
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (






UNABRIDGED) by Lisa See Narrated by Janet Song
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    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
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    In 19th-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu ("women's writing"). With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood.

    sarah says: "Girls' have it so easy today!!"
  • The Rehearsal (






UNABRIDGED) by Eleanor Catton Narrated by Nicole Arumugum
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    The Rehearsal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Nicole Arumugum
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    A high-school sex scandal jolts a group of teenage girls into a new awareness of their own potency and power. The sudden and total publicity seems to turn every act into a performance and every platform into a stage. But when the local drama school decides to turn the scandal into a show, the real world and the world of the theatre are forced to meet, and soon the boundaries between private and public begin to dissolve. The Rehearsal is an exhilarating and provocative novel about the unsimple mess of human desire.

    Oldspiceis says: "Why was it written"
  • The Luminaries (






UNABRIDGED) by Eleanor Catton Narrated by Mark Meadows
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    The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
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    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Barbara says: "Ideal choice for listening"
  • The Other Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Tatiana de Rosnay Narrated by Simon Vance
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    The Other Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Vacationing at a luxurious Tuscan island resort, Nicolas Duhamel is hopeful that the ghosts of his past have finally been put to rest...He's now a best-selling author, but when he was 24 years old, he stumbled upon a troubling secret about his family - a secret that was carefully concealed. In shock, Nicholas embarked on a journey to uncover the truth that took him from the Basque coast to St. Petersburg - but the answers wouldn't come easily.

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  • Middlemarch (






UNABRIDGED) by George Eliot Narrated by Juliet Stevenson
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    Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    (273)
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    (82)
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    (80)

    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon's mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    Caroline says: "All consuming"
  • Catch 22 (






UNABRIDGED) by Joseph Heller Narrated by Trevor White
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    Catch 22

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Trevor White
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    At the heart of Joseph Heller's best-selling novel, first published in 1961, is a satirical indictment of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it.

    Keith says: "Wonderful"
  • Of Mice and Men (






UNABRIDGED) by John Steinbeck Narrated by Clarke Peters
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    Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Clarke Peters
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    Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they'll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn't know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss's daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him....

    Toni says: "Evocative"
  • Sweet Tooth (






UNABRIDGED) by Ian McEwan Narrated by Juliet Stevenson
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    Sweet Tooth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency.

    Graeme says: "McEwan Takes Us Back To The Seventies"
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  • Animal Farm (






UNABRIDGED) by George Orwell Narrated by Simon Callow
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    Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
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    Animal Farm is George Orwell's great socio-political allegory set in a farmyard where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours. However, as with all great political plans, some animals see a bigger share of the rewards than others and the animals start to question their supposed utopia.

    Peter says: "A brilliant reading of a classic work"
  • The Help (






UNABRIDGED) by Kathryn Stockett Narrated by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, Cassandra Campbell
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    The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
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    Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

    Sara says: "Relished every minute"
  • The Casual Vacancy (






UNABRIDGED) by J. K. Rowling Narrated by Tom Hollander
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    The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
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    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Ben says: "Stick with it"
  • Cloud Atlas (






UNABRIDGED) by David Mitchell Narrated by Garrick Hagon, Jeff Harding, Steve Hodson, Regina Reagan, Liza Ross, David Thorpe
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    Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Garrick Hagon, Jeff Harding, Steve Hodson, and others
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    Cloud Atlas features six characters in interlocking stories, each interrupting the one before it: a reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified dinery server on death row; and Zachry, a young Pacific islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation.

    T says: "Great book, brought to life better than any movie"
  • This Blue (






UNABRIDGED) by Aurelie Sheehan Narrated by Anne Bates
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    This Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Aurelie Sheehan
    • Narrated By Anne Bates
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    Born in France, Sophie returns to her birthplace on a quest to find not the place where she was a child but her childhood itself. Her poor French and the mistake of a cab driver results in her stepping into the Hotel Placide, an ancient house of blue walls and blue curtains and blue rugs, in which she encounters an aspiring nun, a trigger-happy little boy, and a quiet, enigmatic farmer.

  • The Realm of Last Chances (






UNABRIDGED) by Steve Yarbrough Narrated by James Colby
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    The Realm of Last Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Steve Yarbrough
    • Narrated By James Colby
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    When Kristin Stevens loses her administrative job in California' s university system, she and her husband, Cal, relocate to Massachusetts. Kristin takes a position at a smaller, less prestigious college outside Boston and promptly becomes entangled in its delicate, overheated politics. Cal, whose musical talent is nothing more than a consuming avocation, spends his days alone, fixing up their new home. And as they settle into their early fifties, the two seem to exist in separate spheres entirely.

  • Cracks (






UNABRIDGED) by Sheila Kohler Narrated by Jeri Silverman
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    Cracks

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sheila Kohler
    • Narrated By Jeri Silverman
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    A beautiful schoolgirl mysteriously disappears into the South African veld. Forty years later, 13 members of the missing girl's swimming team gather at their old boarding school for a reunion, and look back to the long, dry weeks leading to Fiamma's disappearance. As teenage memories and emotions resurface, the women relive the horror of a long-buried secret. A stunning and singular tale of the passion and tribalism of adolescence, Cracks lays bare the violence that lurks in the heart of even the most innocent.

  • Tender Is the Night (






UNABRIDGED) by F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrated by Therese Plummer
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    Tender Is the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
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    Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender Is the Night is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick's harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character - lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative.

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  • Trying to Save Piggy Sneed (






UNABRIDGED) by John Irving Narrated by Joe Barrett
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    Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

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    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Trying to Save Piggy Sneed contains a dozen short works by John Irving, beginning with three memoirs, including an account of Mr. Irving's dinner with President Ronald Reagan at the White House. The longest of the memoirs, The Imaginary Girlfriend," is the core of this collection.

  • Follow Me Home (






UNABRIDGED) by Cassandra R. Fowlie Narrated by Cassandra R. Fowlie
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    • By Cassandra R. Fowlie
    • Narrated By Cassandra R. Fowlie
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    There has been an accident. A girl sits inside a car, her behavior seemingly indifferent to the chaos outside. Karle has been there for hours. Her eyes will not focus on what is happening outside. Instead she remembers the hours before she came to be there. She and her mother had been in the airport waiting for her brother Benjamin to come home. Karle's brother was a soldier who had just come home for shore leave. They had always been close.

  • Bliss, Psychology, and Her First Ball (






UNABRIDGED) by Katherine Mansfield Narrated by Elizabeth Ryder
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    Bliss, Psychology, and Her First Ball

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    • By Katherine Mansfield
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Ryder
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    Three delightfully intriguing short stories from the pen of Katherine Mansfield (born Wellington, New Zealand, 1888 - died Fontainebleau, France, 1923). In "Bliss" the listener is introduced to 30-year-old Mrs Bertha Young. She has everything.... The nameless He and She in "Psychology": He is 31; she is 30. She has invited him to tea. Their discourse turns to the future of the psychological novel.... Exactly when the ball began 18-year old Leila would have found it hard to say. This, "Her First Ball", is an enthralling experience but, at the same time, quite terrifying.