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  • Scarlet Feather

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    New York Times best-selling author Maeve Binchy has a way of making everyday experiences extraordinary. Scarlet Feather introduces budding entrepreneurs Cathy and Tom who, along with their extended families, meet the trials and rewards of life head on. Scarlet Feather is a new catering company formed by two friends from cooking school, Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather. Their dream is to have the best business in Dublin.

    Jeanne Penney says: "Another Hit on My List"
    "The narrator makes it impossible to listen to"
    Overall

    This is by far the worse narrator I have listened to, and I've been listening to a minumum of two books a month for four years. At times adopts what is meant to be an Irish accent, which isn't sustained. Also does what is supposed to be a Nigerian accent but is nothing like anything I've hear. Also, when she does "adopt" the accent the characters sound old, but they're meant to be young. I will definitely make sure I don't listen to any other books she narrates. This will be the first book I won't be able to finish.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Tandia

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (618)

    Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

    Thomas Andrews says: "Thanks for this wonderful collaboration"
    "Tandia"
    Overall

    I have listened to both "Tonto and Hawk" and "Brother Fish" and thoroughly enjoyed both. In the preface to "Tandia" Courtney says it was a "practice" book (his second book I believe) and he was surprised at the reception, as he was with his first book (featuring one of the main character of "Tandia").

    While I enjoyed the book, I could see why Mr. Courtney thought it a practice book as it was not up to the standard of the previous books of his I listened to. If he had not said it was a practice book, I would have wondered about the difference in quality. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it.

    One problem I did have was with the narration. However, that may be that I found the accents to sound contrived,though they may be authentic to South Africa with which I am not familiar.

    Would I recommend this book? Yes, with the understanding it is not up to the standard of Mr. Courtney's later works but interesting nonetheless.

    In comparison to Mr. Courtney's other books I do not rate this five stars I would ratee this in comparison to to the other works of his I have read and in comparison to other books I have listened to.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful

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