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Cheryl

Castlereagh, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    It is a troublesome fact on which even Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi agree: there are things that men know and ladies do not, and vice versa. It is unfortunate, for example, when Mma Ramotswe's newest client is the owner of the ailing Kalahari Swoopers, that one thing lady detectives know little about is football.

    Cheryl says: "The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series!"
    "The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series!"
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    Alexander McCall Smith writes in such a way he creates images in your mind that bring the story to full life as the characters play out their parts in your minds eye as you listen. The narrator does a fantastic job! I bought this series for my daughter to listen to, she has a brain injury and has a vision impairment (Thank you Audible for having so many great books!) and yet the whole house seems to stand still and just listen when these books are playing. With such strong female lead characters that bare their inner most thoughts feelings and beliefs these books are a must read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ustinov at Eighty

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Peter Ustinov
    • Narrated By John Bird
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In this much-praised interview, octogenarian Peter Ustinov talks to John Bird. The man of many talents has an astonishing range of accomplishments behind him as an Oscar-winning film and theatre actor, author of novels, plays, and screenplays. He is also a raconteur, graphic artist, photographer, stage director, and designer and the recipient of many humanitarian awards for his work with UNICEF and UNESCO.

    Cheryl says: "Peter Ustinov"
    "Peter Ustinov"
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    What an incredibly insightful man! I thoroughly enjoyed this interview. Peter Ustinov also wrote a fabulous book called The Old Man & Mr Smith. It is well worth a read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • IF

    • UNABRIDGED (1 min)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Michael Caine
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    "IF", a poem by Rudyard Kipling, is a timeless gem that recently reemerged in popular culture when it was put to music in a 2007 Joni Mitchell release. In the poem, a father gives advice to his son.

    Cheryl says: "If. Poem by Rudyard Kipling"
    "If. Poem by Rudyard Kipling"
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    Rudyard Kipling plainly and with great insight describes what masculinity really is, He has a skill at succinctness and plain talking. I printed this poem up and gave it to my son when he was young. He still has the poem.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Woman of No Importance

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Miriam Margolyes, Samantha Mathis, Rosalind Ayres, and others
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the "best" houses, while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion. In this devastating drawing-room comedy, Oscar Wilde uses his celebrated wit to expose English society's narrow view of everything from sexual mores to Americans.

    Cheryl says: "Pitch Perfect Performance"
    "Pitch Perfect Performance"
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    This dramatised version of Oscar WIldes' A Woman of No Importance is stunning. I listened to this three times over enjoying the visions that danced so easily in my head as the performers each carried their part to nth degree of perfection.
    This play is rich in cultural pearls of wisdom and highlights divide between male and female, between the rich and the poor and working class and it explores the ties that bind people in society and what strengthens and weakens the ties. Love of course triumphs and in a way only the wit and wisdom of Oscar Wilde could produce.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Leave Me This Way: Or When I Get Back on My Feet You'll Be Sorry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Julia Fox Garrison
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Julia Fox Garrison refused to listen to the professionals she called Dr. Jerk and Dr. Panic, who - after she suffered a massive, debilitating stroke at age thirty-seven - told her she’d probably die, or to Nurse Doom, who ignored her emergency call button. Instead she heeded the advice of kind, gifted Dr. Neuro, who promised her he would “treat your mind as well as your body.” Julia figured if she could somehow manage to get herself into a wheelchair, at least she’d always find parking. But after many, many months of hospitalization and rehab, Julia not only got into a wheelchair, but she got back out.

    glamazon says: "Heroic Story"
    "No One Could Dare Leave Julia This Way!!"
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    I stopped in my tracks when the story reached the part where the Neuro registrar is testing Julia's brain function and he asks her to count backwards from 100 by sevens. Her husband's response was brilliant. "Don't write that down" "Why not?." "Because Julia couldn't do that before the stroke"
    How well this and so many other moments in the book articulate the difficulties involved for patients in a medical world.
    My daughter who has a brain injury and I listened to this book together. We laughed, we related, we cried along with Julia.
    A powerful story of a woman with guts and determination.
    Joyce Bean's narration is wonderful. She articulates so well this story of courage and triumph. I am not sure how she could have narrated this book except through a veil of tears and laughter and admiration.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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