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K. Garswood

Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Moon Over Soho: Peter Grant, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (647)

    Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body - a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural. Body and soul - they're also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho.

    Tango says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Absolutely brilliant"
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    What made the experience of listening to Moon Over Soho the most enjoyable?

    Kobna Hldbrook-Smith's narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely, Peter! I love the humour, the tenderness, the honesty and cynicism.


    What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

    He has an incredible range of voices and accents - it's a pure joy listening to him.


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

    No, though I would have liked that long to devote to it!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the first book so much - I wasn't sure about the second, because I don't like jazz. It was a comfort that Peter doesn't, really, either. This was just brilliant, though. I can't say enough about much I enjoyed it. I was driving when it finished playing, and I had to wait ten minutes till I parked to order the next one.

    The fourth book has been out for five days. I certainly hope that Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is already lined up to narrate it. As bewildering as it is for me, someone still fairly new to audiobooks, to say - I won't read it. I'll wait for the audiobook.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2381)
    Performance
    (2174)
    Story
    (2200)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "I hated this book"
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    What disappointed you about Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    This is an ugly story. It's just ugly, with rampant, crappy theology and disgusting imagery. I got it because my theatre students wanted to perform Dracula, and I wanted to actually read it to see if it was a possibility - I knew the essence of the story, but hadn't ever read or watched any version.

    It's disgusting, and written like trash.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I guess the worst part was the German doctor. His voice and accent were unbearable.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a hateful, horrible book.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2086)
    Performance
    (1072)
    Story
    (1092)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "It took me time to love this."
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    What did you love best about Elegance of the Hedgehog?

    The language. It was a beautiful story to listen to. It's actually fairly astonishing, for a translation to have been so deftly handled!


    What does Barbara Rosenblat and Cassandra Morris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought Barbara had the absolute best range, ready to carry her character through the terrific transition. She was wonderful. Cassandra Morris drove spikes through my ears.


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

    I really didn't like it - I was frustrated and annoyed - for the first third of the book. I detested all the characters. I was so put off by their judgment and disdain for everyone around them. I really had to battle through that, and was pleased to eventually see the story develop so that I could understand that.

    I never did really like the 13-year-old angst or buy into it, but the rest of the story was terrific.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Rhonda Riley
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    In the waning months of World War II, young Evelyn Roe's life is transformed when she finds what she takes to be a badly burned soldier, all but completely buried in the heavy red-clay soil on her family's farm in North Carolina. When Evelyn rescues the stranger, it quickly becomes clear he is not a simple man. As innocent as a newborn, he recovers at an unnatural speed, and then begins to change - first into Evelyn's mirror image, and then into her complement, a man she comes to know as Adam.

    Beth Anne says: "Amazing!! BEAUTIFUL Writing and Narration."
    "Liked it very much, with reservations"
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    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I don't think they'd make a movie out of it without changing it substantially, because it doesn't go anywhere enough for the screen, I don't think.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved a lot of this book. But I wasn't entirely satisfied with a few things in the story - I didn't like the way the Christian faith was dismissed without ever being really understood - the most trite and useless answers to the big questions drove me crazy. And yet, the characters cling to church and hymns - all for a very shallow experience for people who are so interested in asking questions. "What kind of God is this?" never seemed to be worth asking.

    I also really struggled with the lack of answers about A. It made me feel as though the story was incomplete, without closure. Sometimes life is just like that, but I always felt that it was going somewhere, especially with the voice, and it just...didn't supply enough.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8376)
    Performance
    (6522)
    Story
    (6551)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "I had to get past the narrative quirks."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely - it's a rich and vibrant story of love and loss, and exquisitely told.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mama!


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    He had a wonderful versatility!


    Any additional comments?

    Death as the narrator, who warns you constantly about what's about to happen - that, I struggled with. It was very quirky, very strange. And I wasn't sure I enjoyed the constant series of spoilers. But it was a beautiful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    From its beginning as a weekly column in a British newspaper, Bridget Jones’s Diary quickly became a best-seller in England. After gaining international popularity, it also shot to the top of the New York Times best-seller list. A 30-something single professional, Bridget Jones prefers a diary to a day planner for tracking her life. Each entry is an honest and hilarious step in her endless quest for self-improvement.

    Jill says: "Fun, Fun, Fun"
    "Mediocre storyline that's just great fun anyway"
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    What did you love best about Bridget Jones’s Diary?

    The humorous presentation. The story itself isn't that terrific - it's a weak wandering to get to the conclusion that we all saw coming in the first weeks, but getting there was awfully fun nonetheless.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Well, this is the interesting thing. I'd heard her read The Elegance of the Hedgehog and wanted more of her, and this is what I came up with. I wasn't sure about it, because I hadn't liked the movie at all, but I listened to the preview and was amused.

    I thought Barbara sounded too mature for Bridget, but I got over it and just really had fun with it - she's a terrific narrator and really immerses herself in the role.


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

    I laughed out loud several times - never cried. It was a nicely fluffy bit of escapism.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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