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Louise

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  • Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1950)
    Performance
    (1318)
    Story
    (1321)

    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.

    Angie says: "Brillant Narration"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Can't get any better than a Bryce Courtenay novel narrated by Humphrey Bower. The characters are already colorful and unique and Humphrey gives each their voice. Hated to see this one end but I suspect a third is on its way. Hope it's soon.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2781)
    Performance
    (1690)
    Story
    (1698)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Tedious and Boring"
    Overall

    I was truly hooked at the opening when Cassie was called to a murder scene to find the victim looked amazingly like her. And not only does the murdered woman look like her but also has the name of gal dreamed up by Cassie based on her past. Great!! What follows is a lot and lots more talking and more talking. All this gabbing and nothing ever happens.
    Perhaps I've been spoiled with author's I've read/listened to in the past.
    Finally my decision to cease listening after 8 hours I feel to be my best.
    Sorry Tana

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Derek Landy
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (81)

    Meet Skulduggery Pleasant, ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented 12-year-old. These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil. The end of the world? Over his dead body.

    Mark says: "Well written, fast paced ... but extremely violent"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall

    Rupert Degas is the very best narrator in the business. He has hundreds of voices which he uses to give voice to every character. No one sounds like the other.

    This novel is about vampires and their tiffs. Yes there is violence but it can hardly be taken seriously especially in one scene the boyfriend thought he had killed her. Very soon after this ugly scene she pops out from bushes and let him know that he had killed her shadow.

    I recommend this book to anyone 12yrs and over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Belfast Confidential

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Colin Bateman
    • Narrated By Adam Moore
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    They say moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do. Well, as far as Dan Starkey's concerned, "they" can stick it where the sun don't shine because right now helping his wife with the unpacking is the least of his worries. No sooner than Dan has moved into his new Belfast home, his best mate, Mouse, is murdered, leaving him to catch a killer, become editor of the obscenely successful scandal magazine, "Belfast Confidential", and compile the much-coveted Power List.

    Dennis says: "unique characters, good turn of phrase"
    "Awesome Listen"
    Overall

    Lots of fun, murder mystery plus surprises.
    Also enjoyed the narration of Adam Moore.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fishing for Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (315)

    Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick.

    Louise says: "Okay Bryce I Just Finished Fishing For Stars"
    "Okay Bryce I Just Finished Fishing For Stars"
    Overall

    There is so much within this book that I know I will listen again this summer.
    You know when I listen to a Bryce Courtenay novel they really don't seem to be stories. I feel as though I've sort of moved in with the characters. Humphrey Bower I'm sure plays a strong part in that feeling.
    Yes there is mention of sex and violence but it's all done in good taste. And these subjects are not dwelt upon at any length at any rate.
    And finally I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting better than just a good listen. I'm now in the position of yearning for his next penning. While waiting though I will absolutely take Fishing For Stars out again this summer. And enjoy the experience all over again. And it'll be like the first time.
    I tend to relisten to all of Bryce Courtenay novels. The experience is usually better than the first time.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Rich are Different

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Susan Howatch
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (30)

    The Rich Are Different is the story of Dinah Slade, a young Englishwoman of immense vitality and great sensual power, whose life, loves, and fierce ambition become entangled with the fate of an American banking family. When Paul Van Zale, a handsome patrician and powerful American banker, meets Dinah in London, he commits the imprudence of falling in love with her. When Dinah follows him to his world, she is caught up in the currents of Paul's life. And among her new acquaintances is Paul's wife.

    Linda Lou says: "Excellent!"
    "Dissapointed"
    Overall

    I believe that I would have enjoyed this novel with a narrator that could give voice to each character. Pretty much every character has the same manner of speech in this novel. Many times I had no idea who was speaking.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I Predict a Riot: Murder, Extortion & Carrot Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Colin Bateman
    • Narrated By Adam Moore
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Walter has a rubbish job, so has Margaret. But when they meet through a dating agency, neither is who they seem. Margaret's married for a start, and Walter's encounter with her husband, Billy, leaves him black and blue. Billy's a dodgy accountant for politician and racketeer Pink Harrison, who is about to come unstuck.

    Louise says: "PICK ME PLEASE PICK ME WE'LL HAVE LOTS OF FUN"
    "PICK ME PLEASE PICK ME WE'LL HAVE LOTS OF FUN"
    Overall

    Writing is great, narrator good, and character development meticulous.
    Aside from all this within this novel you will find:
    Love, Romance, Politics and Crime, Friendship, Deceit, Treachery and Intrigue must I not forget Crucial Decision Making,and Simple and direct Language.
    I totally enjoyed this novel hated for it to end I had so much fun listening. I even learned something of Ireland. Do you have any idea what a Gravy Ring is? I do, got curious and looked it up online. You may find other things that pique your curiosity.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4333)
    Performance
    (1692)
    Story
    (1718)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Simply Wonderful"
    Overall

    I almost passed on this novel and glad I did not. Henry is married to Claire and he visits her at different stages of her life.
    Within this novel there is humor,sensitive love and tenderness. Most of all the experience is beautiful within this story. And you begin to wish you could travel within time. It seems so very possible to attain this talent.
    I found the narrators to be very very good and hope to find other books they narrate and the characters are from the beginning very well developed.
    Come April I'll most likely be revisiting The Time Travelers Wife

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Songs in Ordinary Time

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Mary McGarry Morris
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Songs in Ordinary Time is set in the summer of 1960 - the last of quiet times and America's innocence. It centers on Marie Fermoyle, a strong but vulnerable woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for the dangerous con man Omar Duvall.

    Maggie says: "Don't waste your time."
    "Where Are The Songs?"
    Overall

    This is a pleasant listen. You really don't have to pay much attention because there is no established story line. Characters aren't developed and neither is anything else.
    I could not feel any of the emotions depicted. With other books I either laugh out loud or cry uncontrollably.
    Another and final thing if you lose your place don't fret; you'll never know if you picked the wrong place.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • On Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (122)

    Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.

    Sarah says: "two thumbs up"
    "Very Dissapointed"
    Overall

    I was anxious to get into another Zadie Smith novel. This one just did do anything for me but to wish this done. After 1/3 of part two I quit.
    Personally I feel that the narrator failed miserably
    White Teeth in my mind is a masterpiece all the way around.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4766)
    Performance
    (1651)
    Story
    (1660)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "A Masterpiece"
    Overall

    I first listened to The Thirteenth Tale last spring. Didn't think much of it till the end. Then I vowed to revisit and so glad I did. This novel is quiet and one must listen carefully.
    Storyline is brilliant and narrators excellent. This novel tells of the lives of twins and the unconditional love that is between them. As for development of characters I found it solid and I cared for each one
    I highly recommend this book. Thirteenth Tale will haunt me for a very long time.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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