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Kathy

i love reading historical novels, and family sagas. I'm a nurse manager, and a marriage celebrant and adore my family!!!

Sale, Australia

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  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (1039)
    Story
    (1034)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Solomon's song"
    Overall

    Loved the story, loved the accents. I couldn't stop listening to it. I enjoyed the weaving of the story between Australian and New Zealand and in particular the history of the Gallipoli invasion. A great read/listen!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2840)
    Performance
    (2405)
    Story
    (2414)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Wonderful!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book and the following book War and Remembrance (i mixed up the titles in my review on War and Remembrance)I loved the historical side of the books and became very involved with the characters. I lived and breathed nothing else for weeks as i listened to them both.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pug!! Understated, earthy, old fashioned and loveable.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favorite?

    Pug .... I loved his voice


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for a great many hours of enjoyment, long to be remembered!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1995)
    Performance
    (1696)
    Story
    (1683)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "What a listen!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does War and Remembrance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was enthralling, riveting and had me totally absorbed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail was excellent, I learned a lot. I felt very involved with the family and had lots of discussions with family and friends regarding the story. I walked many kilometres walking and walking and listening and listening!!!


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favorite?

    Pug!!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved it all.


    Any additional comments?

    I was devastated when it finished, but delighted to find the sequel!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hummingbird's Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Narrated By Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream, a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with the power to heal, but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the "Saint of Cabora".

    Steph says: "My New Favorite Book"
    "The Hummingbirds daughter"
    Overall

    This book is fantastic. I loved the fact that the author was the narrator and i thought he read it beautifully with colourful insightful language and emotion. I have become so interested in Teresita it has inspired me to do my own research. I give this book full marks and would thoroughly recommend!!!! Thanks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thorn Birds

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (202)

    The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early part of the 20th century, when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their 7 children to Drogheda, the vast Australian sheep station owned by his autocratic and childless older sister. It ends more than half a century later, when the only survivor of the third generation, the brilliant actress Justine O'Neill, embarks on a course of life and love halfway around the world from her roots.

    Anne says: "disappointing"
    "The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the novel. I found the Australian and New Zealand accents and pronounciation disappointing. In particular the prononciation of the maori word pakeha was totally incorrect.
    The french and italian and irish accents on the other hand were very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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