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  • Arcadia

  • By: Di Morrissey
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In the 1930s, in an isolated and beautiful corner of southern Tasmania, a young wife arrives at her husband's secluded property - Arcadia. Stella, an artist, falls in love with Arcadia's wild, ancient forest. But when an unknown predator strikes, she is saved by an unusual protector.... Two generations later, Stella's granddaughter, Sally, and her best friend, Jessica, stumble over Stella's secret life in the forest and find themselves threatened in turn. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Arcadia what a great place.

  • By Brian on 20-03-19

Arcadia what a great place.

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

Reviewed: 20-03-19

As always Di Morrissey has described the surroundings and people in her books so beautifully.
She did Tasmania proud.
The story is real, informative and you are there with Stella, Molly, Sally and Jessica.
My only thing was the screechy, at times too loud, voice of Katie, but otherwise the performance was spot on.
Thanks Di for another great book to escape daily life.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,663

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

Slow start

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

It took about 35 chapters to pick up the pace and revealed a surprising turn of events.
It was well read by Joanne Froggatt.

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110

January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey, who has found her name written inside a book. As they exchange letters, she is drawn into the eccentric world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Christina O'Brien on 30-07-18

It took a while to get used to the style

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

Reviewed: 22-12-18

It is people writing letters to eachother, with one character leading, interesting war and island background. Identifiable characters.

  • Balga Boy Jackson

  • By: Mudrooroo
  • Narrated by: Kirk Page
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

The long-awaited novel from Mudrooroo, who returns to his roots to give us the striking and evocative story of an Australian Black Boy...a boy born long ago in 1938 who was named Balga or Black Boy. He had an Aboriginal mother and an African American father who bequeathed to him the spiky mop of hair which gave him his name. So it is said. Now listen on.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • struggle because of narrator

  • By Brian on 10-11-18

struggle because of narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I could not finish this book, out of 300 plus books this is the second one I returned.
The narrator sounded like he was only just learning to read. Incredibly distracting.
Been looking forward to this book but the first 11 chapters are about being Catholic, nothing worth remembering.

  • Jillaroo

  • By: Rachael Treasure
  • Narrated by: Miranda Nation
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

After a terrible argument with her father over their family property, 'Waters Meeting', Rebecca Saunders throws her swag in the ute and heads north with her three dogs. A job as a jillaroo takes her into the rowdy world of B&S balls, Bundy rum and boys. When she at last settles down to a bit of study at agricultural college, her life is turned upside down by the very handsome but very drunken party animal Charlie Lewis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • predictable but enjoyable

  • By Brian on 04-09-18

predictable but enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

predictable but enjoyable, well written, easy listening.
the Voice of the narrator suited the story although a little too high pitched with some female characters.

  • The Red Coast

  • By: Di Morrissey
  • Narrated by: Kate Hosking
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

A new story in an ancient landscape from Australia's favourite storyteller. In The Red Coast, Di Morrissey returns to the red earth of the Kimberley with a passionate story of resistance and resilience under its soaring blue skies. After the upheaval which separated Jacqui Bouchard from her beloved son, she has finally settled in Broome, a magical remote town on the northwest coast of Australia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning description of the Kimberley's

  • By Brian on 29-12-17

Stunning description of the Kimberley's

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

Reviewed: 29-12-17

Like spending time with friends who include you in their lives.
So familiar to people who have been to the Kimberley's and making people who haven't appreciate the beauty.
Very likeable characters.
Di's books are a real treat every time.

  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 954

What if they hadn't gone? That's the question Clementine can't stop asking herself. It was just a backyard barbeque. They didn't know their hosts that well. They were friends of friends. They could so easily have said no. But she and her husband, Sam, said yes, and now they can never change what they did and didn't do that beautiful winter's day. Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One yapping dog. It's a normal weekend in the suburbs. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book the authors best work

  • By Mrs on 30-07-16

long winded

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

Reviewed: 15-03-17

i usually enjoy Liane's books immensely and am sad when it is finished but this one just got on and on. I even listened on higher speed. As usual the characters where well written, it really could be your neighbours.

  • A Distant Journey

  • By: Di Morrissey
  • Narrated by: Kate Hosking
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

In 1962 Cindy drops out of college to impulsively marry an Australian grazier, moving from the glamorous world of Palm Springs, California, to an isolated sheep station on the sweeping plains of the Riverina in New South Wales. Cindy's new life at Kingsley Downs station is not what she'd imagined, as she is flung into a strange and challenging world. Natural disasters and the caprices of the wool industry shape her destiny and though she tries hard to fit in, she finds she is always the outsider.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great narrative

  • By Brian on 28-11-16

Another great narrative

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

Reviewed: 28-11-16

I'm so glad it was a woman reading the story, it suits Di's books so much better.
As always the description of the land and the people are magnificent.
Despite the hardships it is still a feel good story and I was so disappointed it had finished.
Until the next one, thanks Di!

  • Watching You

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344

Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched. Nothing she can quite put her finger on - a whisper of breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye - and now her life is frozen. Her husband Daniel has been missing for more than a year. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin. Joe is concerned by Marnie's reluctance to talk about the past, but then she discovers a book packed with pictures, interviews with friends, former teachers, old flames and workmates Daniel was preparing for her birthday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First class thriller

  • By Kirstine on 13-09-13

open ending

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

Reviewed: 19-11-16

At first I had trouble with the narrator and almost gave up but wanted to know how the story would evolve.
It is a sick man defending his offspring, some parts are reeling you in, other disgust you.
It all comes together quite satisfactorily but then one sentence turns everything and makes you question what has happened. Clever writing but sort of makes it an open ending which I personally do not like.

  • The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

  • By: Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 376

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is an incredibly quirky, humorous, and warm-hearted story about growing old disgracefully - and breaking all the rules along the way! 79-year-old Martha Andersson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank. She has no intention of spending the rest of her days in an armchair and is determined to fund her way to a much more exciting lifestyle. Along with her four oldest friends - otherwise known as the League of Pensioners - Martha decides to rebel against all of the rules imposed upon them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great for the first two hours...

  • By ElizabethLovick on 31-12-14

Funny in parts

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

Reviewed: 13-11-16

Funny in parts but dragged out a bit too much.
Not a book I would listen to again.