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Ursula

Cape Town, South Africa

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  • Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
    • Narrated By Quincy Dunn-Baker
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (618)

    A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

    Heidi says: "If you liked "Born to Run"...get this book!!!"
    "Great next step after "Born to Run""
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    This is a wonderful book, a very personal account of life and running by Scott Jurek. Having read Born to Run I was keen to know more about what running, and what something as extreme as an ultramarathon meant to those who participated and were passionate. Scott gives an intimate account of what running has brought him, how the physical challenge stretched his mind and touched his soul, this I really appreciated. He also gives plenty of practical information; running tips, training guidance and then his food philosophy and recipes making for a very wholesome read. Highly recommended! The only aspect that I found a little jarring was the narrator, it took me time to adapt to his narration, which at times I found quite aggressive. Having said this it was not a poor performance and just took some getting used to.

    4 of 4 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
    (3295)
    Performance
    (2329)
    Story
    (2330)

    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.

    Jan says: "Powerfully told story... but a warning"
    "Another great Bryce Courtenay"
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    Bryce Courtenay creates another vivid and rich world of characters who face the most awful circumstances with an iron will not to be defeated and come out on top! A tapestry of history, intrigue and art superbly woven together into an engaging novel narrated by narrator extraordinaire! I will continue with the next 2 parts of the trilogy and have no doubt they will make for as entertaining listening as this part 1!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sartaj Garewal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Moving from the 1940s to the present, from a convent in India to a cargo ship bound for the Yemen, from a tiny operating theatre in Ethiopia to a hospital in the Bronx, Cutting for Stone is a thrilling epic of conjoined twins, doctors and patients, temptation and redemption, home and exile - and a riveting family story, irresistibly charged with strange happenings, humour and pathos.

    Charmaine says: "RICH, DEEP, LAYERED, ABSORBING"
    "A beautiful story"
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    This is a rich story spanning many years in the lives of characters, a family of blood or love, who lived in Ethiopia but were not from there. It's a beautiful journey through the deep pathways of their lives, very authentically and sincerely written and narrated. I so enjoyed having this story as my companion these last couple of weeks. Well worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3314)
    Performance
    (2941)
    Story
    (2951)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "What a fun book!"
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    I was intrigued by the title but could never have imagined how much fun I would have listening to a story about phone companies, 1's and 0's, software, source code, and all the other computer techno-talk. Kevin Mitnick's story was so incredulous and conveyed in such an entertaining way that I enjoyed every minute, often laughing out loud and having to tell my colleague at work what crazy thing I'd read Kevin getting up to that day. Read this book, it will give you an unexpected appreciation for the working of technology, the vulnerabilities of systems (the hard wired and human components) and a worthwhile insight into the mind of a man driven and enslaved by his love to solve a puzzle - and satisfied with just that, solving it! Ray Porter did a fantastic job narrating, I don't think I would have had as much fun reading the book myself!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (342)
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    (156)
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    (159)

    The Fountainhead studies the conflict between artistic genius and social convention, a theme Ayn Rand later developed into the idealistic philosophy knows as Objectivism. Rand's hero is Howard Roark, a brilliant young architect who won't compromise his integrity, especially in the unconventional buildings he designs.

    MD says: "One of the great books, but long."
    "An excellent book that challenges"
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    I have not rate this book as 5 star not because I don't believe it is excellent, but because it is challenging and many of the ideas that Ayn Rand suggests are controversial. This is a book that will really make you think, question, reflect, debate, and think again. There are several powerful themes in the book and I imagine that different themes will grab different people or even the same person at different times. This isn't the kind of book you read once and forget, it stays with you and likely only has justice done by rereading it, several times at different life stages. I highly recommend the book to readers keen on having their ideas stretched a bit. The narrator Edward Herrmann is just superb, I felt he was a true actor and conveyed the characters and complex emotions and ideas masterfully!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1916)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1270)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    russell says: "Endurance"
    "Wow, what an incredible story!"
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    I have a great interest in Antarctica and the early exploration that took place there. This was one of the most enjoyable books I have read/listened to so far on the subject. Alfred Lansing has crafted a masterful story from the records and diaries available to provide a very vivid, very personal and heart wrenching tale of what this group of early explorers endured during their time in the Antarctic Ocean. And what a story of endurance it was! Enough to take one's breath away! The story was sensitively and beautifully narrated by Simon Prebble who's voice seemed to embody the struggle, the turmoil, the hope and the glory of this exceptional adventure! Most enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1064)
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    (728)
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    (720)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "Superb!"
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    Another fantastic story by the awesome Courtenay-Bower couple! I didn't think I could fall in love with another cast of characters the way I did with those from The Power of One and Tandia, but Four Fires proved me pleasantly wrong! This is the story of a most amazing family as they journey through a challenging life and face it head on unashamedly. This is a long book that is such a delight to listen to. There are some difficult sections, difficult because of the account of Australian POW's during the 2nd World War not because of the writing, but this I found educational. Courtenay's attention to detail is astounding and I truly enjoyed a book about a different land, history and people which is written with depth, feeling and insight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Suitable Boy (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Vikram Seth
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    A Suitable Boy is Vikram Seth's epic love story set in India. Funny and tragic, with engaging, brilliantly observed characters, it is as close as you can get to Dickens for the twentieth century. The story unfolds through four middle class families: the Mehras, Kappoors, Khans, and Chatterjis. Lata Mehra, a university student, is under pressure from her mother to get married. But not to just anyone she happens to fall in love with.

    Devi says: "A wonderful drama"
    "Unfortunately, dramatised"
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    I have reservations writing this review. I could not listen to this book for very long so I can not comment on the story or the writing craft of Vikram Seth (although I believe both are said to be very good). But for those fellow listeners who would not like a dramatised book, do not choose this version of this story to listen to. It is more like a movie without the screen, music and background noise, various people narrating the parts of the different characters. Although the idea is promising it did not work for me, I was so distracted by all the background sounds that I could not hear the character's speech properly, and their acting out of the characters rather than narration of the story made it hard to follow. I had to give up sadly. I shall look out for an undramatised version.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10420)
    Performance
    (5675)
    Story
    (5712)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Exquisite!"
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    This was the book that made me fall in love with audiobooks! It was the first audiobook and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have started with one of the Rolls Royce of stories and narrations. The Life of Pi is a story that will touch your soul and speak to you in a way that you will never forget, and Jeff Woodman brings that all to life with his incredible narration. To say too much is to spoil the story, experience this journey with Pi and Richard Parker, it is one you will never forget!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tandia

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1138)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (602)

    Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

    Thomas Andrews says: "Thanks for this wonderful collaboration"
    "Magnificent!"
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    My review for The Power of One is echoed here. Bryce Courtenay continues to enthrall his readers with the magnificence of this South African story in this sequel to The Power of One. Tandia is long but finished too quickly, and I am still sad that it is over! I urge all lovers of The Power of One, of PK and his vivid cast of friends and foes, to read Tandia - I can not think why this book did not have the same international success as its prequel. Once again Humphrey Bower is just superb! As a critical South African listener even I was impressed with his accents. This author and narrator are indeed the most perfect match!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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