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  • A Game of Thrones (Part One): Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (523)

    This is Part One of Book 1 of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series. This first volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE is unabridged and split into two parts. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

    Darrell says: "Great story and performance."
    "Enthralling"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones (Part One) to be better than the print version?

    I think that the audio gives it more life - Roy Dotrice is a phenomenal narrator - his many voices brought the book to life for me. The only reason for buying the book as well, was to be able to read when I lay in bed. I started believing these were real people, because of Roy's narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are complex and realistic - I wondered at times if this was fact or fiction. The descriptions of scene and character enables one to create strong visual images of the text.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Tyrion Lannister by far - he is the most charming character of all. Love his determination, courage and wicked sense of humour.


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

    Most definitely - but of course we can't always have what we want.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a "read" you will never regret!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Favoured Child

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Liz Hollis
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    The Wideacre estate is bankrupt. The villagers are living in poverty and Wideacre Hall is a smoke-blackened ruin. But in the Dower House two children are being raised in protected innocence. Equal claimants to the inheritance of the Wideacre, rivals for the love of the village. Only one can be the favoured child and inherit the magical understanding between the land and the Lacey family. Only one can be Beatrice Lacey' true heir.

    Lesley says: "Oh dear ! Rampant bodice ripping !"
    "Never a dull moment"
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    Would you listen to The Favoured Child again? Why?

    No, I never read a book twice, so I will not listen to it again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ralph Megson - he was strong, compassionate and he stood by what he believed.


    What does Liz Hollis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought the characters to life by using interesting accents.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Favoured Child and why?

    Richard McAndrew - for all the wrong reasons - he made me want to throttle him for his cruel ways.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the book, but was disappointed that I had started this trilogy in the middle - so now I am going to read the first and then the third.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shoemaker's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Eva Alexander
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Like threads of delicate gold, the lives of two young Italian lovers, Enza Ravanelli, a practical girl born into poverty, and Ciro Amadei, a dreamer raised in a convent orphanage, are woven together in this lush, epic novel set against the landscape of world events in the first half of the twentieth century. Like the times they were born into, Enza and Ciro's story is filled with surprising twists and turns. Together, they embrace the promise of a new and better life as they attempt to survive by the labour of their own hands.

    Kathy says: "A charming, story"
    "A charming, story"
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    Would you listen to The Shoemaker's Wife again? Why?

    No, I would rather read it because I found the narrator annoying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the characters and the descriptions of the settings - I was transported into the Italian Alps and I loved it!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her Italian accents were annoying. She mispronounced quite a few words which I thought was really irritating.


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

    I cried in quite a few of the sad bits - I had fallen in love with the main character, Ciro.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend the book as it is a really lovely story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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