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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (185)

    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Michael says: "Don't have expectations!"
    "Ordinary Story - exceptionally written!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from J. K. Rowling and/or Tom Hollander?

    Yes, very well written, just a very trivial average story


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Completely.... It was just so detailed about average life!


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

    Vey well narrated


    Do you think The Casual Vacancy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Hope: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1879)
    Performance
    (1656)
    Story
    (1669)

    Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out - with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except, apparently, Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro.... As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be - except for in her love life....

    Maria says: "Perfect Ending!"
    "Normal Nora Roberts -not as good as the first two"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Perfect Hope rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Typical for the author but a bit below par. A little to predictable!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nil


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

    Good narration


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a predictable end to the series.... No surprises!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Within

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By James Wilby
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Graham Greene tells the story of a man who betrayed his fellow smugglers and fears their vengeance. Fleeing from them, with no hope of pity, he takes refuge in a woman's house who persuades him to give evidence against his accomplices.

    Malcolm says: "So Japanese"
    "A Classic/Interest/Enjoyable .. but not inspiring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is an interest book that follows the journey of self doubt and the paraoia of Andrews.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is surprising at every turn and yet every event, and every conversation makes total sense. It's a difficult book to put down, and you'll probably want to read it again


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

    I enjoy the audible experience, the tone and expressiveness of the reader adds an additional dimension.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nothing - good performance all round.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1379)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (715)

    Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists are murdered and Salander's fingerprints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable behaviour makes her the official suspect, but no-one can find her. Salander may be an expert at staying out of sight, but she also has ways of tracking down her most elusive enemies.

    Joe says: "Excellent"
    "Good but far to graphic for me"
    Overall

    The series is great, just a little to believable and graphic. It follows on well from the rpevious books, but I am afraid I did not like many parts due to the depth of voilence and calousness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (48)

    Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends, and generally trying to stay alive. This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.

    Pete says: "Fun, fun and more fun"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    This is a funny and witty book. The only fault is that all of a sudden it is over. There is no real finish, I checked out the audible manager looking for the final part?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emotional Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (403)

    Is IQ destiny? Not nearly as much as we think. This fascinating and persuasive program argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, ignoring a crucial range of abilities - emotional intelligence - that matter immensely in terms of how we do in life.

    Stephanie says: "Good info, hard to listen sometimes"
    "Great Book - Good Audio"
    Overall

    Great content but the topics need to be listened to a few times to truly comprehend. Very good audio, just the topic needs thought - which is the purpose of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Ecological Planet: An Introduction to Earth's Major Ecosystems

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Kricher
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Renowned ornithologist John Kricher presents an absorbing analysis of the diverse ecosystems that exist on Planet Earth. He provides a factual study of the many fragile and threatened portions of our biosphere while describing the interaction between each system and the effect of man's presence in these ecosystems. Professor Kricher also explains the amazing variety of flora and fauna that inhabit the individual ecosystems and addresses current ecological issues facing mankind.

    Kimberly says: "Author is a True Ecologist"
    "Good Scholarly Review"
    Overall

    You need to be either an academic or have a detailed knowledge of the field. A bit dry but a great coverage of the topic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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