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Astrid

Kensington, Australia | Member Since 2007

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  • 91 titles in library
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  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (276)

    When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables send for a boy orphan to help them out at their farm, they mistakenly get Anne Shirley, a feisty, independent but warm-hearted 11 year-old girl. Fortunately her sunny nature and quirky imagination win the hearts of her reluctant foster parents and everyone in the community. But not a day goes by without some memorable adventure or prank in the tragicomedy of her life.

    David says: "Magical"
    "Charming"
    Overall

    I absolutely adored this reading of anne of green gables. it was like sharing one of my favourite childhood books with a friend. I thought the narrator was excellent- (the male characters voices pretty good which I have found difficult with other readers)- good characterisations, and the tone met the mood of the book beautifully.
    Audible- when are you going to get Shelley Frazier's reading of Anne of Avonlea?!?!? PLEASE!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Touch of Dead: Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1621)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (764)

    New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has re-imagined the supernatural world with her "spunky" (Tampa Tribune) Southern Vampire novels, starring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Now, for the first time, here is every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written - together in one volume. The stories include "Fairy Dust", "One Word Answer", "Dracula Night", "Lucky" and "Giftwrap".

    A User says: "Good read after Sookie's series"
    "A touch of fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator adopts different voices for each character, bringing the book to life. Her Sookie voice puts me well south of the Mason Dixon line. She brings out the joy and cheeky humour of this short story collection.


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

    I laughed out loud listening to this book in my car driving back from a stressful couple of days dealing with an issue off site.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of these stories slot nicely between the sookie novels, so best if you wait until at least book 8 lest you spoil the ending of the novels. Some of these stories have been rewritten into novels, and I enjoyed this insight into Charmaine Harris's writing process.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sunday Philosophy Club

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Phyllis Logan
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. She edits the Review of Applied Ethics, addressing such questions as "Truth telling in sexual relationships", and she also hosts The Sunday Philosophy Club at her house in Edinburgh. Behind the city's Georgian facades, its moral compasses are spinning with greed, dishonesty, and murderous intent.

    Needles says: "Not McCall Smith's best"
    "Slow food for the brain"
    Overall

    This is a really gorgeous audible book, reveling in WH Auden and the great philosophers, with a gentle mystery to keep it moving along. The pace of this book could be described as unhurried, and I would not recommend it to listeners who only like their fiction at a cracking pace. The narration suited the pace, and I found the voicing of the different characters to be well pitched, enabling the distinction of the characters without sounding like overacting.

    For me it was perfectly enjoyable for a rainy Saturday afternoon, stuck on the couch with the flu.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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