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nancy

I enjoy reading a wide variety of books, from epics to mysteries, some fantasy, and even better written chick lit. NO bodice rippers please!

SACRAMENTO, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1597)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1147)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Another wonderful read by Bryce"
    Overall

    As usual, Bryce has written another interesting novel about a point in history that is fascinating and has allowed another set of characters to survive by their natural intelligence, and kindness to fellow man. I enjoyed learning the history of the Pacific campaign of WWII, also. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5739)
    Performance
    (4966)
    Story
    (4960)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "don't understand the hype"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Beautiful Ruins?

    didn't find the characters engaging. I really didn't care what happened to any of them.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (1708)
    Story
    (1709)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "humerous and mysterious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    absolutely, I already have. Really a creative story line, good characters, and great performance. It was a book that both my husband and I enjoyed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The creativity of the work that Daniel has created.


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

    no I have not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune Cookie

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (219)

    It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.

    Corinne says: "If your a Courtenay Bower fan"
    "fascinating Chinese culture"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Fortune Cookie again? Why?

    I love learning about the Chinese culture of the time and how entertaining Bryce and his team of researchers make the story. I don't often listen or read books twice but this will stay in my library...who knows maybe I will.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "Chairmen Mao", she reminds me of so many matriarchs I have met


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26711)
    Performance
    (13346)
    Story
    (13390)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "historical fiction"
    Overall

    I Can't recommend this book enough. A book that teaches you the lessons of history while being highly entertaining is very rare. This is true historical fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (268)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
    "they rise again"
    Overall

    In keeping with Courtnay's usual style of a downtrodden person who triumphs in the end, this was good but not as good as Brother Fish and Power of One. It was nice to have a female main character for once but I do think he writes better from a male perspective.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Di Morrissey
    • Narrated By Kate Hood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A valley, nestled between rugged peaks, is divided by a magnificent river - and within its peaceful green contours are held the secrets of generations of tribes, families, and loners who have come under its spell.

    Amazon Customer says: "Australian Sagas"
    "not her best"
    Overall

    I read Barra Creek and enjoyed it ever so much more. The characters in this book weren't as interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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