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  • The Throwaway Children

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage. It is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them, without their family's consent or knowledge, are Rita and Rosie, the throwaway children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful novel, beautifully narrated.

  • By Elizabeth on 28-02-17

Almost unbearably sad but brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-19

The narrator was superb - a few wobbles with the Oz accent but all is forgiven as she was wonderful! The story was heartbreaking and the truth is worse as this scandal carried on into the 70's. The author was brilliant in that she portrayed the cunning malevolence of some women so well. I am sure everyone has met people like this in the workplace but the accuracy of the razorlike choice of words to selfserve was almost scary. One of the best books I have read but heartrending.

  • The Lost Man

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart. They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost man

  • By P.W.Ainsworth on 28-10-18

Quite a depressing depiction of the outback

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

The Dry was so good that it would be a difficult novel to match. However I found this interesting and it described the loneliness of these huge spaces very well.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,520
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,508

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

Moving and life affirming

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Beautifully and sympathetically narrated. A tale of courage and hope. Hopefully the author will write many more books.

  • The Memory Chamber

  • By: Holly Cave
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 187

The perfect afterlife or a never-ending nightmare? Isobel has it all: a steady relationship, the immaculate home and her dream job. Life, and even death, is completely under her control. For Isobel's generation death no longer means oblivion, thanks to firms like her employer, Oakley Associates. Isobel is their top Heaven Architect, crafting perfect afterlives for her clients: artificial paradises of the mind built from the memories they treasure most. Then Isobel meets handsome client Jarek....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but drags on a bit

  • By Natallie on 10-03-18

Interesting premise but maudlin and too long

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-18

The narrator somehow really annoyed me. There was a quaver in her voice for drama and the male voices didn't work. Sorry to be so negative but the main protagonist couldn't decide whether she was a powerful woman or a simpering martyr. It was such an interesting idea that I persisted but really wish I had returned it. The end was sooooooo drawn out!

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 659
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    4 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 612

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Did not like this book at all

  • By sabine on 21-10-18

Lacking the humour and subtlety of past books

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-18

About half way through I was getting tired of the heavily accented Russian (although the narrator was very good). Also - about half way through I was getting bored with the clients trippy trips! A bit like having to hear about someones boring dreams. I did feel disappointed having loved many of her other books.

  • Small Great Things

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406

The new audiobook from number one best-selling author Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility. When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First but not last

  • By TinaàRaven on 12-01-17

Thought provoking, powerful and wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-18

This is a book for interesting debates. It was a very good story but was so much more than that. It was so powerfully written from so many points of view that it made one question everything one had said, done, thought. Jod Picoult has achieved a spectacular achievement in writing "fiction" that is a page turner but also leaves the reader pondering many, many issues.

  • Don't Make a Sound

  • Nathan Cody, Book 3
  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762

You can't choose your family. Or can you? Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy. There's just one problem. Daisy doesn't belong to the Bensons. They stole her. And now they've decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister. DS Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jackson Makes it a Hat Trick!

  • By Simon on 08-05-18

Soooo good

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-18

The narrator was wonderful! This was beautifully constructed and I enjoyed all the little side stories too. The twist right at the end was astounding. Thoroughly recommend it. I hope the next one comes out soon
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  • Love Is Blind

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Love Is Blind by William Boyd. Love Is Blind is William Boyd's sweeping, heart-stopping new novel. Set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boyd on Top Form

  • By Mark on 27-09-18

Faultless narration. Amazing story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-18

Wow! I love this author anyway but this was astoundingly good, well researched, fascinating and at times hilarious. There was a passage where the language was so foul it made one blush (said inside the swearer's head) followed by such a gentlemanly reply to the object of the profaner. Excellent! A perfect package for me really. The narrator was empathetic to the story and with so many accurate accents. I think I would like a prequel to this and find out more about Brody's awful father. The details of the nuances of piano tuning were wonderful - who knew?? I am so sorry to have fininished this - please get to work immediately Mr Boyd.

  • All the Hidden Truths

  • By: Claire Askew
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron, Angus King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

This is a fact: Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers College and killed 13 women, then himself. But no one can say why. The question is one that cries out to be answered - by Ryan's mother, Moira; by Ishbel, the mother of Abigail, the first victim; and by DI Helen Birch, put in charge of the case on her first day at her new job. But as the tabloids and the media swarm, as the families' secrets come out, as the world searches for someone to blame...the truth seems to vanish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really quite stunning

  • By Dom on 10-08-18

Brilliantly enabling empathy for all characters

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-18

Well done to the narrator. Every single one of the characters evoked a strong feeling of sadness - even the perpetrator. The construction of the tale was masterly and only towards the end did I understand the beginning. How does a parent live with the repercussions of such an act? A very good and thoughtful book. Highly recommended

  • The Photographer

  • By: Craig Robertson
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

A dawn raid on the home of a suspected rapist leads to a chilling discovery, a disturbing collection hidden under floorboards. Narey is terrified at the potential scale of what they've found and of what brutalities it may signal. When the photographs are ruled inadmissible as evidence and the man walks free from court, Narey knows she's let down the victim she'd promised to protect and a monster is back on the streets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not one wasted word here & David Monteath is fab!

  • By Ann D on 21-02-18

Thought provoking and worrying

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I can't spoil the storyline but the subject of internet trolls is key to the plot. I may be naive and know there are "keyboard warriors" out there but the extent of the nastiness and crowd bullying mentality is horrifying. If nothing else this book highlights a need for more transparency, policing and investigation into this 21st century phenomenon.