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NIcole

Chelmsford, United Kingdom | Member Since 2008

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  • Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sarah Macdonald
    • Narrated By Kate Hosking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (174)

    After backpacking her way around India, Sarah Macdonald decides she hates the country with a passion. When a beggar at the airport reads her palm and insists she will one day return, and for love, she screams "Never!" and gives the country, and him, the finger.

    Meredith says: "Inspiring and witty"
    "What a brilliantly named book"
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    If you could sum up Holy Cow! in three words, what would they be?

    Energetic, ambitious, entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character told her tale in a way that someone learning of such things for the first time can cope with. Her sense of lightness, humour and the ridiculous, made some unpalatable moments, readable. And below which lay some moments of serious trauma I think.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The wedding scene where the foreigners ducked under the table, and the first retreat.


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

    No. But it provided me with a snapshot into a mind experiencing a foreign land in a way similar to how I love to embrace new opportunities.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wonderland Creek

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (165)

    Six-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin has won a loyal following for her inspiring historical fiction. In Wonderland Creek, young Chicago-area librarian Alice Grace Ripley is left heartbroken when her fiancé breaks up with her just as the Great Depression forces her out of a job. To escape the local gossip, Alice volunteers to deliver donated books to a library in rural Kentucky. There she discovers that God still has a plan for her after all.

    Sara says: "Depression Era Kentucky as a Librarian"
    "As you can see from the stars - I loved this book"
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    Would you listen to Wonderland Creek again? Why?

    It was fun, different, simple and complicated at the same time. The writer evoked wonderful images in my mind. I would happily return to the time and place where the story was set.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved everyone - that sounds like a lazy response. But I mean it - each character had their own quirks and foibles - keeping them real while the escapades were so fanciful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again hard to pick - what would I do if a gun was pointed at me? But alone in the wilderness at night - holy c....


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

    It was too much to take in all at once - but I did have three sleepless nights in a row not wanting to wait to listen to what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    I have not been asked this review if this book should be a film - I really hope it is - and very soon.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sugar Springs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Kim Law
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Lee Ann London once had big plans…scholarship, college, love. Then she found herself raising her deceased sister’s twin girls when their father disappeared. Now, with her beautiful girls, a community that depends on her, and her photography studio finally taking off, Lee Ann may not have the life she’d imagined, but it’s definitely the one she wants. Until Cody, her bad-boy ex, returns to Sugar Springs…

    Kristin says: "Way good!"
    "Light on content, heavy on dramatics"
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    Would you try another book from Kim Law and/or Natalie Ross?

    No - I found all the making things up in one's head tiresome. And the narrator's emphasis on the wrong words in a sentence distracting


    Has Sugar Springs turned you off from other books in this genre?

    for the moment


    What three words best describe Natalie Ross’s voice?

    Nauseating, unpleasant, patronising


    Could you see Sugar Springs being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Please no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3347)
    Performance
    (2372)
    Story
    (2376)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Clear a whole weekend and bring tissues..."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Potato Factory the most enjoyable?

    Humphrey Bower brought the massive range of characters to life, so you laugh and cry and suffer with them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Potato Factory?

    Ike's lessons to his boys (I am trying not to remember the many harrowing moments - I pray they fade with time!!)


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As good as and better because there were more characters. Each was so uniquely spoken that a film could not have made clearer who was who.


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

    It is too long for that - but oh my did I get quite fit - it is one of the only times I was happy to stay on the treadmill as I listened.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for next book..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2802)
    Performance
    (1614)
    Story
    (1620)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "A must read for all"
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    What did you love best about The Power of One?

    The yarn, the characters, the pace of action...nothing I didn't love....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grandpa Chook - loyal, clever, just wonderful way to tell of hope and willpower.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Humphrey characterises everyone brilliantly. Not fair to choose.


    If you could take any character from The Power of One out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Gideon - then he could stay over!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dirty

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (151)

    Griff Burkett has a multimillion-dollar contract with the Dallas Cowboys. But at the end of his football career, deep in debt, a crime kingpin offers him a chance to resolve his loans by throwing a game. Griff agrees, and walks into an FBI sting. After serving time, he finds only closed doors. Then he is summoned by eccentric millionaire Foster Speakman. Speakman, a recluse since a car accident left him crippled, is impotent. Deadly consequences ensue when he hires Burkett to impregnate his wife.

    Dave says: "Typically satisfying Sandra Brown novel"
    "Loved it. Sandra Brown in fine form"
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    What made the experience of listening to Play Dirty the most enjoyable?

    Story makes you think about some things differently. And it was a most enjoyable yarn - sure it was far-fetched - but that's what makes it entertaining.:-)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Griff - right proper lad!


    Have you listened to any of Victor Slezak’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What choices would you make?


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for the other reviews which helped me choose this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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