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Brenda

Gauteng, South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • The Secrets of Body Language in 30 Minutes (Unabridged)

    • ORIGINAL (30 mins)
    • By Tony Wrighton
    • Narrated By Tony Wrighton
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Would you like to use body language to get a payrise at work? Would you like to know exactly when someone is lying, just by looking at them? Would you like to know how the best sportsmen and women use simple body language to help them win? Well now you can! Best-selling self development author Tony Wrighton presents his incredible Seven Secrets of Body Language...

    Steve says: "Body Language"
    "A great quick guide"
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    What did you love best about The Secrets of Body Language in 30 Minutes (Unabridged)?

    It's a great quick guide for a crash course in Body Language.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is fun and I would happily listen to it again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I giggled at some cute comments.


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

    No. I would prefer a longer book with more detail.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great quick guide. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a crash course. It’s insightful and fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    Studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems. Her own security is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms.

    Wayne says: "Male bias"
    "A Tightly Wrapped Cliché !"
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    So this girl is not only beautiful and stinking rich, but she also has a gorgeous body, is highly intelligent, speaks numerous languages, has an eidetic memory (but of course), cooks like a master chef and is a ninja with a gun and thus shoots with flawless grouping. Oh come on!!

    This kind of teenage fantasy plot is nauseating!

    The narration by Julia Whelan however is good. Give her a decent story to narrate and it will be a sure success.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Two Minute Rule

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    When an ex-con gets out of jail, freedom doesn't taste sweet. His son is gunned down in a shooting. When the hit is exposed as a revenge killing, and the question of police corruption is raised, it is a father's duty to clear his son's name.

    Brenda says: "Predictable but still pleasing"
    "Predictable but still pleasing"
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    Somewhat predictable, but nevertheless a good read. Robert Crais is very good at building his characters, making you feel like you are inside the protagonist’s head, and making you feel sorrow for him and anger towards his enemies.

    William Roberts’ narration made this book a winner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4161)
    Performance
    (3710)
    Story
    (3706)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Couldn’t get enough!"
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    I can sum this book up in one word – Triumph. The prologue is so riveting, I literally gasped with the intensity as my eyes welled up with tears. Ok, so I’m a sissy and my heart breaks in two when it comes to animals and soldiers, but still. The prologue is mind blowingly brilliant.

    And then there’s the rest of the book. I could almost feel Maggie’s doggie breath on my face and touch her fur with the palm of my hand. I fell in love with her from the very first second and the moment the book came to an end, it left an empty hole behind.

    My only complaint is that the book is too short. Robert Crais and MacLeod Andrews, for goodness sake please make a sequel together, I’m having withdrawal symptoms!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving the World

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Douglas Kennedy
    • Narrated By Kate Harper
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    On the night of her 13th birthday, Jane Howard made a vow to her warring parents – she would never get married and she would never have children. But life, as Jane comes to discover, is a profoundly random business. Many years and many lives later, she is a professor in Boston, in love with a brilliant, erratic man named Theo....

    Brenda says: "Seriously? This book got published?"
    "Seriously? This book got published?"
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    A genuinely bad story with an equally bad narrator.

    To use Douglas Kennedy’s repetitive reference to the word “narrative”, this one is exceptionally weak. It’s basically just two different stories lumped together. It’s as though he desperately needed to get a book out so he blabbered on and on through one meaningless story, trying to find a path for it. Then completely out of the blue, he had a bright idea for a better storyline, so to avoid having to re-write the entire thing, he just shoved the two stories together so that it might sound interesting and not be kicked clean out the door by the publishers. He didn’t even have the decency to bother to try and find a link between the two stories. And then to add insult to injury, he ended the book with an unfinished plot and a lame cliché.

    The first three quarters of the book are so pointless that I would suggest to any listener that they completely skip past both Parts 1 and 2, and start listening from one hour into Part 3. This is the only section of the entire book that contains any semblance of a real plot and has some guts to it. Everything else prior to this point makes the main protagonist look weak, directionless and pathetically gullible. Part 1 and Part 2 are simply there to pass the time.

    Then there’s the false notion that Douglas Kennedy has about his ability to convincingly pull off a lead female protagonist. How many women do you know who repeatedly use phrases like “dropping money” on buying a sports car or renting a flat, or “chasing down” pills with Vodka? Seriously? He really imagines women talk like this?

    And finally we get to the narrator. Kate Harper’s manly voice is so gruff, it sounds like she’s smoked way too many boxes of Marlboro’s in her time. On top of this, she is not adept at changing her voice for different characters, so it becomes a task to distinguish between which character is speaking and whether it’s a male or a female.

    There are way too many good books in the world to waste your time reading this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Caroline Quentin
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The day her children leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. She's had enough - of her kids' carelessness, her husband's thoughtlessness and of the world's general indifference. Brian can't believe his wife is doing this. Who is going to make dinner? But Eva won't budge; and soon she realises to her horror that everyone has been taking her for granted - including herself.

    S. Brown says: "Unbearable"
    "Quite Wonderful!"
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    I have never laughed so much during any book - ever. At times, I hit rewind just so that I could re-listen and laugh out loud again.

    I listened while I was driving, I listened while I was cooking, I listened at every possible opportunity I could because I just couldn’t get enough of this intriguingly hilarious story.

    Not to mention how absolutely perfect Caroline Quentin is as a narrator!

    A true WINNER, if I could rate this book 7 out of 5, I would.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Post-Mortem

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Richmond, Virginia: a serial killer is on the loose. Dr Kay Scarpetta is called in to help track the killer.

    Book lover says: "It held my attention"
    "An Interesting Twist"
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    Story

    It kept me guessing “who dunnit” through to the end. The plot would be good for a movie thriller.

    A missing piece to the overall performance is that the narrator’s voice was a bit bland which unfortunately didn’t help to build the tension.

    Not a must read, but a good way to pass the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5587)
    Performance
    (4797)
    Story
    (4808)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "A charming short story"
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    Jam packed with an entwining plot, it was fun and cute. Quite an enchanting 'read'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystery of Mercy Close

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Niamh Daly
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Meet Helen - youngest of the Walsh sisters and a law unto herself. She’s easily bored, has an inability to filter her thoughts and was fired from every job she ever had before she found her true calling as a private investigator. But times are tough for PIs, and Helen’s had no choice but to take on the search for AWOL boyband has-been Wayne Diffney: The Wacky One.

    Brenda says: "Dark, Light and Altogether Wonderful"
    "Dark, Light and Altogether Wonderful"
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    I literally laughed out loud. Wonderfully entertaining, I enjoyed every minute of it.

    There couldn’t have been a more perfect choice of narrator for this book. Niamh Daly did a remarkable job.

    I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (212)

    Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, the Fifty Shades trilogy will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever... Daunted by the dark secrets of the tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Ana Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a US publishing house. But desire for Grey still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, she cannot resist.

    Natalie says: "Oh Boring...."
    "Awful and then some more awful"
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    I bought book two because I thought it couldn't possibly get worse than the first one - and Wow.

    I am now more certain than ever that I will need to have left my brain outside in the rain for a fortnight, for me to ever be stupid enough to allow book three to become part of my library.

    Even the sex scenes became so tedious that I regularly hit fast forward to get back to the story - to see if there actually was a story! This book was so utterly dismal that it sucked in every possible way. I found myself feeling thoroughly gob smacked and embarrassed for E.L. James.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plain Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1179)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (423)

    The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

    Susan says: "Plain good!"
    "Entertaining Enough"
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    I really enjoyed the educational aspect and getting such a deep insight into Amish life. What I liked least about the book though was that the story was so transparent and predictable.

    Christina Moore and Suzanne Toren did a fine job. I don't know which one was which, but the main narrator was the best of the two. Compared to 50 Shades' highly irritating narrator, these ladies were perfect.

    The ending was quite disappointing - I had already predicted it halfway through the book. In fact, every twist there was came as no surprise. I felt a bit let down and expected more from the author.

    On the whole however, it was entertaining enough and worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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