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  • Tommo and Hawk

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My hero tomo

  • By Anonymous User on 30-07-18

Fabulous as always

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

Bryce Courtenay writes the most engaging stories and this follows on from his previous novels and is fascinating. The characters are so well portrayed you feel like you know them and the attention to detail regarding their lives as they would have been at that time is excellent. Highly recommended.

  • 11.22.63

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,781

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return to top form

  • By John on 14-12-11

Don’t miss this!

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

Reviewed: 15-10-17

A wonderful book with an intriguing storyline, the narrator is excellent and the weaving of fact and fiction is engaging. Leaves you with a moment or two to reflect on life and how we relate to the passing of time. Loved it!

  • For You

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Liz Thompson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Lieutenant Alexander Colton and February Owens were high-school sweethearts. Everyone in their small town knew from the moment they met they were meant for each other. But something happened, and Feb broke Colt's heart; then she turned wild, and tragedy struck. Colt meted out revenge against the man who brought Feb low, but even though Colt risked it all for her, Feb turned her back on him and left town.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Drivel

  • By debstar on 09-01-17

Drivel

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

What disappointed you about For You?

The story of some horrific murders was totally dismissed in favour of hero worshipping the main characters continuously, quite bizarre.

What was most disappointing about Kristen Ashley’s story?

The insulting terminology in relation to the male/female relationship was unbelievably misogynistic, the frequent references to women as mere sex objects was toe curling.

How could the performance have been better?

Start from scratch!

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not that I can think of.

Any additional comments?

Avoid like the plague

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  • The Letter

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,881

The Number One Kindle best seller guaranteed to break your heart. Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Discover the Number One best seller that has captured thousands of hearts worldwide.... Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Sheila on 19-07-15

Deeply moving portrayal of life and love

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

What made the experience of listening to The Letter the most enjoyable?

There were some harrowing scenes which showed how hard some people's lives can be but the courage showed by the main character was eventually rewarded. She truly deserved and received true love and showed the power that kindness and compassion for others can overcome so much.

What did you like best about this story?

The chance to inspire women to keep striving for better no matter how hard life gets.

Have you listened to any of Rachel Atkins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

N/a

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A chance discovery reveals hidden secrets and true love

Any additional comments?

Will be reading more of Kathryn Hughes in the future!

  • The Kashmir Shawl

  • By: Rosie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Nerys Hughes
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

1939: Nerys Watkins leaves rural Wales to accompany her husband on a missionary posting to India. Travelling from lonely Ladakh, high in the Himalayas, Nerys discovers a new world in the city of Srinagar. Here, in the exquisite heart of Kashmir, the British live on carved wooden houseboats and dance, flirt and gossip as if there is no war. But the battles draw ever closer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By L. J. West on 19-04-15

Atmospheric

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

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

A great listen, the story is interwoven through the generations and all comes together at the end. I reminds us of the importance of history and how it affects our lives and of those who follow, great job by the narrator too.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591

This stunning blend of historical romance and time traveling adventure has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted author Diana Gabaldon to the top of the New York Times best seller list. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First book of a series

  • By L on 01-10-06

Be warned - this series is addictive!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This series of books is the best I have ever read. The stories make you laugh and cry and you get to learn a huge amount about the period. I can't recommend them highly enough!

What other book might you compare Outlander to, and why?

I am not used to reading historical novels but this has everything so think it stands alone.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

The narration is an absolute joy, she has the best style of any narrator I have heard and reads with such conviction it is quite absorbing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to it in my car, doing the housework, gardening, cooking - you name it, it went everywhere with me and I am now on Book 6 and don't know what I will do when it's all over!

Any additional comments?

Love, love love it - could you tell! :>)

  • The Ice Cream Girls

  • By: Dorothy Koomson
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Julie Maisey, Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

As teenagers, Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were the only witnesses to a tragic event. Amid heated public debate, the two seemingly glamorous teens were dubbed 'The Ice Cream Girls' by the press and were dealt with by the courts.Years later, having led very different lives, Poppy is keen to set the record straight about what really happened, while Serena wants no one in her present to find out about her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Cracking Dorothy Koomson Listen

  • By Liz on 18-06-13

Gripping from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 29-09-14

Would you listen to The Ice Cream Girls again? Why?

It's a once only kind of book - once you know the end it's a done deal

Who was your favorite character and why?

Poppy, she had coped incredibly well with her terrible prison sentence and continuing loss of her friends and family - I wanted to hug her!

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not much to laugh about it was too serious and tragic for that, it made me sad to see yet again how women can be subjected to these terrible events.

Any additional comments?

I just can't wait to see the dramatisation now!

  • Expo 58

  • By: Jonathan Coe
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Jonathan Coe's brilliant new comic novel Expo 58, read by the actor Julian Rhind-Tutt. Expo 58 - Good-looking girls and sinister spies: a naive Englishman at loose in Europe in Jonathan Coe's brilliant comic novelLondon, 1958: unassuming civil servant Thomas Foley is plucked from his desk at the Central Office of Information and sent on a six-month trip to Brussels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable comic novel that tries to be poignant

  • By David on 04-04-14

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 29-09-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's a great depiction of life in the 50's and the story is cleverly woven to a fascinating conclusion. The narrator is also excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed getting to understand the main character Thomas and the lessons he learned as a result of his actions.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the drunken night, followed by the secret assignation with the 2 absurd English special agents.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the time yes, however it was also easy to dip in and out of

Any additional comments?

Funny and entertaining but with a darker side too - a bit of everything for everyone!