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Bronte

Fairy Meadow, Australia | Listener Since 2006

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  • 4 reviews
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  • 204 titles in library
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  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Dennis Olsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (173)

    It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings.

    HDJ says: "Ignore the teen classification!"
    "Beautiful, intriguing and tragic"
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    Where does The Book Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Captivating and eerie The Book Thief grabs your mind making you want to listen to the next chapter. The narration was spooky and chilly as you expect from Death! My first foray into fiction in a while so I am seeking out other good fiction listens.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character who learns to love books so much she risks her life to steal them.


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

    The chilling rendition of Death as a character who is thoroughly tired of the work humans were giving him.


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

    A girl, some stolen books and a world at war.... And Death watches them all.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a great listen that resonates long after the last word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Siegel
    • Narrated By Daniel J. Siegel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (417)

    From everyday stress to severe trauma, many obstacles to a full life can be overcome by developing what Dr. Daniel J. Siegel calls "mindsight," our ability to perceive the mind and literally redirect the flow of energy and information within our brains. Through this powerful capacity for insight and empathy, we can "rewire" crucial connections, create dynamic linkages, and open ourselves to relationships in a new way.

    Annie M. says: "DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!"
    "Insigthful"
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    Would you listen to Mindsight again? Why?

    I am studying psychology and I am a mother so I need as much help with my mind, my children's and my clients (in the future). Listening to this again will clarify some of its many valid points.


    What other book might you compare Mindsight to and why?

    The Brain that Changes itself, because Mindsight expands on the ideas of plasticity that are so important to changing our brains and have better mental health outcomes.


    What does Daniel J. Siegel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An enthusiasm for the material.


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

    There were many "Oh Yes" moments when he made points about left and right intergration but I liked the 'feeling felt' concept.


    Any additional comments?

    A complex listen and reading it as well would help with the anatomy of the brain, I have bought the hardcopy and the textbook so I can go through it more closely. Definitely not one to listen while doing the washing, cleaning or ironing, more an embroidery/coffee listen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (519)

    The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.

    Jane says: "Superb narration of a great romantic classic"
    "Jane Eyre is intriguing"
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    What did you love best about Jane Eyre (Unabridged)?

    A much loved story from young adult reading days, great to revisit in an audio format. Love her stoicism and conviction that she was equal to others.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narration, good use of accents which is so important in an English setting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2127)
    Performance
    (1185)
    Story
    (1191)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Just OK by Follett Standards"
    "Story spoiled by narration"
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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who does not recognise how bad the accents are!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eye of the Needle?

    The ending.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes! Well there are lots of them and they can not


    What character would you cut from Eye of the Needle?

    The narration made many of the minor characters seem ridiculous.


    Any additional comments?

    Let the people at Brilliance Audio know that this one needs re doing with only one narrator that can do all the regional accents convincingly. Also improve the sound quality, as one reviewer said it sounded like it was recorded with a tin can.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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