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Jenny

Woodlands, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Bring Up the Bodies

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (110)
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    (94)
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    (98)

    By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

    Elena says: "As good as the Wolf Hall"
    "Who am I to criticise?"
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    Would you listen to Bring Up the Bodies again? Why?

    I would most definitely listen to this book again. It was clearly written to be read silently, but both this, the 2nd in the trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, and 'Wolf Hall', the 1st book of the trilogy, are excellent when read aloud.A good narrator, and in this instance I refer to Simon Vance, brings the characters alive in your ears. I expect to listen to this book many times again.The prose is magnificent. Written mainly in the present tense, it is vivid and living. I found myself understanding the choices and foibles of Thomas Cromwell, sympathising with Anne Boleyn who is far from a sympathetic character, and wishing Bluff King Hal had more balls!!Mantel's gift for bringing her characters to life, especially given that there has been much written on the main characters in 'Bring Up the Bodies', is very, very good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the immediacy of the narrative. I was swept along in the events of the era and the decisions made and the atrocities committed, just as if I were a member of the Royal Court surrounding Henry VIII. Hilary Mantel has chosen to use dialogue a great deal of the time. Long descriptive passages are kept to a minimum and as a reader I was right there, watching and listening.These events of Tudor history are so well known that it is easy to forget the drama and anxiety that Henry would have felt knowing that he was aging and had no son to inherit his throne. Henry could not know that the greatest of his children would be his younger daughter. Indeed he could not imagine a woman reigning in her own right. He HAD to find a legal wife who would bear him at least ONE living son.I guess Henry was also driven by his own carnal needs and lusts. Anne Boleyn certainly had it all over him for years.So it is the way in which Mantel has been able to show me, her reader, how desperate Henry felt about the circumstances in which he found himself without legitimate male issue, that has drawn me to this trilogy of books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As the book closes, Anne is beheaded and Thomas Cromwell realises that he must move on to befriend Jane Seymour. He realises that Henry will want to visit Wolf Hall, the seat of the Seymours sooner rather than later.The last Queen is dead. Let her lie. Forget her, forget she ever was. Move swiftly to the new Queen and get ready for a new marriage, for new possibilities, for a son, please God. Clear the way for His Majesty, make it easy and discreet for him to find his new love and to wed her.The pragmatism of Thomas Cromwell is so well demonstrated.


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

    The moment when Anne Boleyn realises that there is no option but her death for Henry and thus the Tudor line. She will not be allowed to live out her life discreetly in a convent. The only way that Henry can be certain that his next marriage is legal in the eyes of God and men - is for his current wife to be dead.Anne has no power left.


    Any additional comments?

    So who am I to criticise the 2012 Man Booker prize winner? A delighted reader who has enjoyed every one of the many minutes it took to read the story to me. Whenever I look at my freshly painted bathroom walls, I think of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Catharine of Aragon (more so in 'Wolf Hall') and the other sundry players in this wonderful book!

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  • The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
    Overall
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    The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is an incredibly quirky, humorous, and warm-hearted story about growing old disgracefully - and breaking all the rules along the way! 79-year-old Martha Andersson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank. She has no intention of spending the rest of her days in an armchair and is determined to fund her way to a much more exciting lifestyle. Along with her four oldest friends - otherwise known as the League of Pensioners - Martha decides to rebel against all of the rules imposed upon them.

    Jenny says: "The Winner Takes It All; or Practise Makes Perfect"
    "The Winner Takes It All; or Practise Makes Perfect"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It is a long book. Within it there are 3 sections in each of which a significant crime is committed. This is a great structure. But the book is filled with back story and explanation of character's observations and responses. Personally I think it needs a very severe edit in order to bring the focus much more clearly onto the crimes and their intentions and results.


    What could Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less words. Too many descriptions and backstories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None of the scenes was particularly memorable to me. In spite of all the explanations and descriptions, the characters did not come alive to me. Having said that, I still think the concept in the book is terrific - that of elderly people grabbing life by the throat and shaking the gold from it.


    Did The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules inspire you to do anything?

    I haven't started planning a crime spree, but I think I will be very vigorous in editing my own writing.


    Any additional comments?

    So - I think - listen to this story when you need a long and meandering tale that has excellent concepts in it - grey power and the Zimmer Frame Gang standing up against the inequalities in their world - and told in a slightly amused, slightly ironic voice. But don't expect anything profound.

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  • Light Shining in the Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Paul Torday
    • Narrated By David Timson
    Overall
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    Norman Stokoe has just been appointed Children's Czar by the new government. He sells his flat and moves up north to take up the position. However before his first salary cheque has even hit his bank account, new priorities are set for the government department for which he works. The Children's Czar network is put on hold but it is too late to reverse the decision to employ Norman. So he is given a P.A. and a spacious office in a new business park on the banks of the Tyne. He settles down in his new leather chair behind his new desk, to wait for the green light to begin his mission.

    Jenny says: "The Public Service vs The Individual"
    "The Public Service vs The Individual"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Light Shining in the Forest to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read this book, I have only listened to it.


    Has Light Shining in the Forest turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't think it is very easy to slip this book into a genre.The story is horrible, macabre, bizarre - in the class of weird that I put M J Hayder - but it is not only that. It is more; and more important.The motif of unaccompained children being taken by someone that they know, rather than a stranger is very, very unsettling. All the more so when the listener realises the reason behind the kidnappings. What happens to the children is not dealt with in any detail, and if it were, it would be unbearable. BUT - This book is written by a man who clearly understands the machinations of the Public Service, in particular, its awful failings and bureaucracies. He very cleverly juxtaposes these with what is happening to the kidnapped children and how The System fails them. And fails them very badly.He also shows how the system, being amoral, can never be changed nor overcome by an individual; and so, in the greatest irony of all, the listener discovers that Norman, the Children's Czar without a job but who cannot be removed from his public service post until he transgresses the public service codes, Norman then enters that other massive and amoral bureaucracy - the Roman Catholic Church!


    Which character – as performed by David Timson – was your favorite?

    No favourites, I just found it very easy to follow the book because of the clarity of David Timson's characterisations


    If you could rename Light Shining in the Forest, what would you call it?

    No Picnic For Teddy Bears


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  • Gone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (299)
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    (300)

    Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

    Janie says: "Get Gone Girl soon!"
    "Too long by half"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only to a friend who a) really liked drawn out mystery/thrillers; b) needed an audio book that lasted a long time - ie someone who was travelling a long distance/time; c) had a lot of patience and d) is very open-minded about sexual dysphemisms.This is because this story, although filled with murderous and ghoulish twists and turns, moves remarkably slowly - and this is different from your average thriller book. There is a lot of backstory in it, which is interesting and to some extent useful, but it seriously interrupts the flow of the front story.Amy, the female protagonist is a particularly nasty woman with a sweet affect and a pitch black soul. Her various sexual images is disturbing and, was for me, unpleasant.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Amy's plot(s) were ingenious. Amy's back story was almost irrelevant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The interview that Nick does with Rebecca in the pub.


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

    Not without a lot of editing and shortening of the story. I don't think it has enough to carry a TV series, other than a 2 or 3 parter that tells the story in some detail.I am not very au fait with current stars, so am not able to comment on who would be good currently. From yesteryear - I think Amy was almost written for Joan Crawford and the hapless Nick could be played by James Stewart or Kevin Spacey.


    Any additional comments?

    The essence of this story is excellent. The twists and turns were not easily predicted, usually, and there were a lot of them. My difficulty was that it went on and on, and much of what was told did not take the actual tale any further forward. It was a lot of reflecting by one unreliable character about the other, equally, unreliable character. The opinion of one of them about the other was not often helpful.
    The format, of Nick and Amy speaking in the first person was very good. Neither of them are reliable narrators, both of them lying frequently but undetectably.The readers were very good. They brought the characters to life vividly.If you have a long time to fill in, or simply enjoy an almost neverending story - then this would be an excellent choice.

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  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Susan Cain’s groundbreaking book Quiet, brilliantly read by Kathe Mazur. In Quiet, the international best seller, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, Quiet will permanently change how we see introverts - and how you see yourself.

    rebecca says: "Ssshhhh"
    "What if you are different?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Quiet to be better than the print version?

    Using the audio edition meant that I could have the programme running more than I would be if I were reading. However, when using audio, it is much more complicated to turn back/go back to something that is referred to in an earlier chapter.

    I think that the listener/reader will have to choose according to their personal situation.


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

    There is no story - this is a book about psychology.


    What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    I thought that she read very well. Her voice was clear, her pauses were enough to allow me to absorb the information.


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

    This could only be made into a documentary and as such it would be terrific with the name and tag line that it already has.


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  • Joseph Anton

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Salman Rushdie, Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
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    On 14 February 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran". So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team.

    Jenny says: "Beware the Ayatollah!"
    "Beware the Ayatollah!"
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    What did you love best about Joseph Anton?

    It's immediacy.And it's sadness.In doing what was his passion and his purpose, Salman Rushdie was condemned, not just by the fatwa, but by many colleagues and countrymen who accused him of doing it for the publicity!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Joseph Anton?

    The decision to have a baby and then the birth of that baby - Milan. It spoke of hope in a very hopeless place. A place that then grew more hopeless as the marriage that produced Milan broke down. Yet Rushdie expresses an eternal hope in the love that he bears for both his sons.


    Which character – as performed by Salman Rushdie and Sam Dastor – was your favorite?

    Salman Rushdie himself. Resenting being called Joseph Anton and yet thinking how clever he was to have devised it- too clever for his minders, who then called him Jim!

    His patience with his situation and the occasional outbreak of frustration. His bewilderment as other people seemed to misunderstand and to resent what was happening to him and how much it was costing to maintain 24 hour protection for him.

    His personality glows softly in every word.


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

    Both. But neither in an extreme way.

    I certainly felt outrage towards those who condemned him for The Satanic Verses without reading it - and that included Ayatollah Khomeini.

    I was also very annoyed by the attitude of the Iranian government who prevaricated about removing the fatwa, even going so far as to say that because Khomeini was dead, it could never be removed. It reinforced my opinion of that regime.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a long and very interesting book.

    It has to be as the fatwa lasted from 14 February 1989 to a nominal withdrawal 24 September 1998.

    Rushdie still receives cards on the 14 February every year from hardliners who declare their intention to carry out the fatwa. He describes this rhetoric rather than a real threat.

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  • Midnight's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Lyndam Gregory
    Overall
    (13)
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    Born at the stroke of midnight at the exact moment of India’s independence, Saleem Sinai is a special child. However, this coincidence of birth has consequences he is not prepared for: telepathic powers connect him with 1,000 other 'midnight's children' all of whom are endowed with unusual gifts.

    Linda says: "Briliant on all fronts!"
    "India's Magic, India's Mystery"
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    What did you love best about Midnight's Children?

    The prose, the prose, the prose. Salman Rushdie has a poetic style throughout this book that is fable and mystery and historical novel in every sentence.


    What other book might you compare Midnight's Children to and why?

    Yann Martel's Life of Pi. Maybe because they both encompass something of the subcontinent that as a Western raised Anglo, I cannot quite hold, but which enthrals me.

    Myth of any culture is a fascination to me, and both these books have a quality of myth and parable. They demand that I look deeper into everything I know.


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

    I have never listened to this narrator,and I thought he was excellent in portraying the various characters so that they were instantly recognisable each time they appeared.


    If you could take any character from Midnight's Children out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    If I had a choice, I would like to eat a meal with all the characters and to watch the interplat amongst them. I didn't feel drawn to one in particular.


    Any additional comments?

    I may read/listen to this Booker of Bookers another 199 times, and always there will be another layer to peel back. I will not live long enough to know that I have grasped it.

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  • Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Jane Wymark
    Overall
    (5)
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    Opening with "A Second Home", in which Mantel describes the death of her stepfather, Giving Up the Ghost is a wry, shocking, and beautifully written memoir of childhood, ghosts (real and metaphorical), illness, and family. Finally, at the memoir's conclusion, Mantel explains how a series of medical misunderstandings and neglect left her childless, and how the ghosts of the unborn have come to haunt her life as a writer.

    Jenny says: "Her Grief Observed"
    "Her Grief Observed"
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    What made the experience of listening to Giving Up the Ghost the most enjoyable?

    The anecdotes from the life of Hilary Mantel that are then reflected upon by the author and placed into the context of her whole life. It is a complex book, but there is a simplicity about it that is very graceful.


    What other book might you compare Giving Up the Ghost to and why?

    Clearly, by my plagiarism of his title, C S Lewis' book, ' a Grief Observed'. Although Lewis is writing about the death of his wife, and his responses to it; and Mantel is writing about her never-born child, to me they are very synchronistic in their integrity and openness.

    I did not think either wrote of raw pain, but rather of observed pain. They were able to experience and then describe an internal feeling.


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

    No, I have watched innumerable 'Midsomer Murders' though.

    In this book, I found her voice sympathetic and expressive. It told the story without being in any way obtrusive to it.


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

    I do not think this could be made into a film. It is too intimate and inward looking. The actual story of the author's life is not remarkable and would not really make for good watching.

    What is remarkable is how Hilary Mantel focusses on her emotional responses to the events of her life - and that is something that can only be presented in words, not pictures.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is complex and rewarding. It is short and beautifully crafted.

    I think it speaks to all of us, as each one of us has had a deep loss at sometime in our lives.

    It is important to say that such a complex book will not satisfy in a single listening/reading. There is too much in it to take in. However given its brevity it is easy to listen to a 2nd and even a 3rd time with as much interest in it as was there the 1st time.

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  • The Testament of Mary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Colm Toibin
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
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    The incomparable, multi-award-winning Meryl Streep reads this spellbinding novel from acclaimed author Cólm Toibín. 'I remember everything. Memory fills my body. As much as blood and bones.' This is Mary. A mother whose son was taken from her and lost to the world. A woman who lives now in exile, watched by those who seek to preserve the sanctity of her son's memory. But Mary's recollections of his difficult life and tragic death are a truth that few who knew her son now recognize.

    Jenny says: "The Anger of His Mother"
    "The Anger of His Mother"
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    If you could sum up The Testament of Mary in three words, what would they be?

    Raw, real and succinct


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Testament of Mary?

    Without any doubt, it was Mary's description of the crucifixion of her son.


    What about Meryl Streep’s performance did you like?

    Meryl Streep has a soft and deep voice that is very easy to listen to. She is also a consummate performer and uses her skills to bring this suffering woman to vivid life.


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

    ...suffering so great that even speaking the name of her loved one is unbearable...


    Any additional comments?

    Many.

    Don't listen to this book if you do not have some idea of the life of Jesus and, to a lesser extent, his mother, Mary. Most of the events referred to in the story are not explained, clearly it is assumed that the reader knows them.

    Don't listen to this book if you want to find a kindly mother who is coming to terms with the death and loss of a son - that is not the Mary of this Testament. This Mary is truly suffering, not only the loss of her son, but from her own actions, her own responses to him in life and death.

    Don't expect to understand the characters, or even to know who they are, when you listen for the first time. I have listened to it and also read it three times, and each time I uncover more. I am still not sure of whom Mary is speaking at times.

    This is a gut wrenching, heart tearing book; but it is so alive, so real, so beautiful.

    Don't be afraid to listen to it.

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  • A Place of Greater Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    A tour-de-force of historical imagination, this is the story of three young men at the dawn of the French Revolution. Georges-Jacques Danton: zealous, energetic, debt-ridden. Maximilien Robespierre: small, diligent, and terrified of violence. And Camille Desmoulins: a genius of rhetoric, charming, handsome, but erratic and untrustworthy. As these key figures of the French Revolution taste the addictive delights of power, they must also come to face the horror that follows.

    Emily says: "No cast of characters available"
    "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose -"
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    If you could sum up A Place of Greater Safety in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed, very detailed


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Place of Greater Safety?

    One, and I stress only one, of the most memorable descriptions is that of the execution of Marie Antoinette. Little snippets, like having had her hair dressed up and off her neck because she anticipated that it would be necessary, the executioner hacks it off to the required length anyway - and burns it, so that it will never become a relic.

    This may be how it was for Madame Guillotine, or it may be the author's detailing, but this happens over and over again.


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

    I don't think I could read the book. It is, like Hilary Mantel's two and soon to be three historical books on the Tudors, a meandering tale that moves from past to present tense; in and out of dialogue; with many characters, each of whom Jonathan Keeble brings to life using a different voice/ accent.It is the narration that gives life and colour to this edition; and helps to sort out the very many characters along the way.


    If you could take any character from A Place of Greater Safety out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Lucile Desmoulins, wife of Camille Desmoulins - a clever and observant woman, much underrated initially, as Desmoulins' first love was her mother and he only married Lucile because Annette/Anne would not consider divorcing her husband. Lucile was in the midst of the group - Robespierre, Danton, Desmoulins, Marat and the many other men who drove the French Revolution with their commitment and foresight.

    If she was not available - and she was executed before him - I would invite Maximilien Robespierre. Mind you, I doubt if he would accept - he wasn't quite a recluse, but he was not a social adept. Kept his energies focussed on the task in hand, which for him, was to improve the wellbeing and lives of the poor people of France. I liked his gentility and kindness.


    Any additional comments?

    4 sections and almost 34 hours - the book takes some commitment to read/listen to. And that is one of its remarkable virtues - imagine having written it! It is very detailed and the point of view changes a lot, making it a challenge to keep up with the characters and scene, never mind picking up the thread if you have to stop listening for any length of time.

    The writing is so very good. Very Hilary Mantel. It is worth bearing in mind that this was her first - that's right - first novel and was written when she was 22 years old! In the interview that she does at the end of the Kindle version, she tells the interviewer that it nearly killed her; that she put it onto a shelf for decades before it was resurrected by new circumstances in her writing career.

    In a word of warning, if you know nothing about the French Revolution, this is not the best book from which to increase your knowledge. It helped that I had some idea of dates and times and events and, to a lesser degree, persons from that cataclysmic time in the history of France. Get out your encyclopaedias, your Baroness Orczy and Jean Plaidy, and there is always good old Google.

    Then come to Hilary Mantel, for an entirely new, and surprisingly intimate, perspective on The French Revolution.

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  • Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Hazel Rowley
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
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    Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt’s marriage is one of the most celebrated and scrutinized partnerships in presidential history. It raised eyebrows in their lifetimes and has only become more controversial since their deaths. From FDR’s lifelong romance with Lucy Mercer to Eleanor’s purported lesbianism - and many scandals in between - the American public has never tired of speculating about the ties that bound these two headstrong individuals.

    Millie says: "My favorite!"
    "An amazing partnership"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would certainly recommend this book as an audiobook. It is very well written and read. It is detailed without dragging, and is also very human in the way it talks about these two giants of mid 20th Century America.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In a biography I do not find it possible to choose a favourite character, as there are no 'characters'. Each person written about existed and contributed to the story of Franklin and Eleanor.


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

    I have not heard Tavia Gilbert before, but she did not intrude into the reading in any way and I would be happy to listen to her again.


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

    I was always reluctant to stop the reading when the time came to go and do something else. I had it loaded to my iPod and so was able to take it with me most places and during most activities. Listening as continuously as I did, made the people in the book much more real.


    Any additional comments?

    What a remarkable pair these two were! And how little I knew of them - I am not American, and so am not as familiar with the folk who peopled and contributed to the history of the USA.

    I was engrossed in their story, and very impressed with the work they did, both of them, their commitment to the things they believed in and, not to make them into angels - their foibles and faults.

    They became so human.

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