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Linda

Ceylon, Saskatchewan, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • Firefly Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Kate Binchy
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    Firefly Summer is the story of four fateful years in the life of a small, sleepy Irish town, beginning in the summer of 1962, when American millionaire Patrick O'Neill comes to town. In particular, this is the story of the family who run the local pub. It tells interlocking stories of love lost and won, hopes raised and dashed, ambitions nurtured, and secrets betrayed.

    Linda says: "Inviting"
    "Inviting"
    Overall

    Maeve Binchy pulled me right in from the opening paragraph. I couldn't help but feel that the characters were my own neighbours and friends. It was a delightful story and one which I would highly recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Crowded Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Catherine Alliott
    • Narrated By Suzy Aitchison
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A family in dire financial straights is offered a rent-free cottage on the estate of the husband's ex-wife. A Crowded Marriage is the latest novel from Catherine Alliott.

    Heather says: "I'm Still Laughing"
    "Refreshing"
    Overall

    I loved this book. At times I was laughing out loud. It was so refreshing and the main character was so down-to-earth. It was a wonderful listen. I think I've found another author to watch for AND another narrator too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1845)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (924)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "What a wonderful find"
    Overall

    This book had been recommended to me numerous times by both my Kindle device and Audible, so I took a chance and am happy to report that I've found another wonderful author. This book was fantastic - right up my alley.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Portia de Rossi
    • Narrated By Portia de Rossi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (222)

    In this searing, unflinchingly honest book, Portia de Rossi captures the complex emotional truth of what it is like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action. She recounts the elaborate rituals around eating that came to dominate hours of every day, from keeping her daily calorie intake below 300 to eating precisely measured amounts of food out of specific bowls and only with certain utensils. When this wasn’t enough, she resorted to purging and compulsive physical exercise, driving her body and spirit to the breaking point.

    Dawn says: "Beautifully Sad"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    This book was wonderfully brave. I love Porta as an actress but I respect and admire her as an author for this book. I wish it was a mandatory read for all young women in high school or college. Simply fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman Who Walked into Doors

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Paula O'Leary is hugely popular with the boys from her working-class Dublin neighbourhood. But it is the charming Charlo Spencer who finally gets her. Yet after their honeymoon, everything changes. When Charlo first strikes her, she is stunned. But as his violent outbursts develop from slaps and bruises to broken fingers and knocked-out teeth, she gradually loses all self-respect, denying how bleak things are and drinking heavily.

    Linda says: "More Roddy Doyle Titles Please!!"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    This book is nothing short of wonderful. Not only did I fall in love with the characters, but I also loved the way it was written. This coming of age story set in Ireland made me laugh out loud, gave me chills, and made me cry too. It also made Caroline Lennon my favourite narrator. My only complaint is that it ended. It was one of those books that I wished I could unread just to re-experience it again for the first time. I've since bought the actual book and have relistened to this novel numerous times. Definitely worth your time!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3669)
    Performance
    (993)
    Story
    (1003)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Loved it, loved it, loved it"
    Overall

    This narration made me want to go and read my copy of the book again. I found every excuse to listen to the book. The story grabbed me when I read it, and the audio was no disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2820)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1183)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Horror?"
    Overall

    I couldn't even finish the book, I was so bored. Horror? Not quite. I was nearly to the end and just couldn't stand to listen to any more. Why a rather sick pitched man's voice for the lead adult female when a female's voice was sufficient for the lead young female? I guess the narrators just never convinced me. I was pretty disappointed.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3360)
    Performance
    (1350)
    Story
    (1354)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "a long tale"
    Overall

    I wasn't on the edge of my seat, but enjoyed the book very much.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Children's Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marcia Willett
    • Narrated By June Barrie
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    In the big old house overlooking the sea, five small children listened as their mother read them a story. Theirs was an idyllic childhood, as they played on the beach, in the gardens and the woods, before the war and other tragedies disrupted their lives. Now, many years later, Nest and Mina still live at their beautiful childhood home, surrounded by the glorious Devon country side. But, when their sister Georgie comes to stay at Ottercombe, memories of their past start to revisit them.

    Faith says: "Wonderful Read"
    "a well read tale"
    Overall

    At first I was a bit disappointed in my purchase thinking this book nothing more than fluff, but then suddenly I found myself invested in the characters and curiously caring about their circumstances. For me the narration made the story - fluff or not. I doubt anyone else could have drawn me in. Before I knew it, I was extending my walks just a little further . . . I may just chance another book by this author provided the same narrator is on board.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2574)
    Performance
    (1357)
    Story
    (1362)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "matter of fact"
    Overall

    I found myself laughing out loud, gasping, muttering etc. while I listened to this book. It was truly the story of a courageous young boy. To endure the sadness, the poverty and the weight of religious guilt like none I've ever known is a feat in itself. I loved this story very much and looked forward to every moment spent listening to the author tell his tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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