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NIcole

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  • 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
    (3034)
    Performance
    (2094)
    Story
    (2092)

    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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    Performance
    Story
    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..

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  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2488)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1335)

    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
    (663)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    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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    Story
    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.

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