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Karin

Warriewood, Australia | Member Since 2005

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  • Whitethorn

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (287)

    From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany.

    Karin says: "Whitethorn"
    "Whitethorn"
    Overall

    At the beginning of this book I nearly stoped listening because of the harsh circumstances, but just in time things looked brighter. From then on the book becomes a wonderful experience and the whole plot is fascinating right to the end.
    The reader is absolutely ingenious and makes the whole book so much more enjoyable to listen to than you could ever imagine if you were merely reading it.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4328)
    Performance
    (1689)
    Story
    (1713)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Story Great, narration by Phoebe Strole not"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed the book but Phoebe Strole's narration was quite confusing to work out who was speaking. A little deeper voice for Henry would have been great.
    Fred Berman was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Naxos Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Amanda Root
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (63)

    One of the greatest love stories ever written, Jane Eyre is the tale of a young woman entangled with the powerful Mr. Rochester. What lurks in the attic at Thornfield, the ancestral home of the surly Mr. Rochester? Will the governess Jane Eyre discover his secret, and having discovered it, live to regret that knowledge? Battling inside Jane are passion and prudence; she struggles to survive the turmoil they cause.

    Joseph R says: "The Governess, Beast, Love, Mad Woman, Missionary"
    "Absolutely magnificent"
    Overall

    It must become one of my favourites now. Beautifully written prose and a marvellous story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Jane Gilman
    • Narrated By Susan Jane Gilman
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    They were young, brilliant, and bold. They set out to conquer the world. But the world had other plans for them. Best-selling author Susan Jane Gilman's new memoir is a hilarious and harrowing journey, a modern heart of darkness filled with Communist operatives, backpackers, and pancakes. In 1986, fresh out of college, Gilman and her friend Claire yearned to do something daring and original that did not involve getting a job.

    Toby says: "If only this book had NOT been abridged!"
    "excellent"
    Overall

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Would have loved to hear the unabridged version though. I thought the author's reading was excellent. She even managed some of the accents.
    I would recommend this book to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wisdom of Your Cells: How Your Beliefs Control Your Biology

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bruce H. Lipton
    • Narrated By Bruce H. Lipton
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (191)

    In the tradition of Carl Sagan, Rachel Carson, and Stephen Hawking, a new voice has emerged with the unique gift of translating cutting-edge science into clear, accessible language: Dr. Bruce Lipton. With The Wisdom of Your Cells, this internationally recognized authority on cellular biology takes listeners on an in-depth exploration into the microscopic world, where new discoveries and research are revolutionizing the way we understand life, evolution, and consciousness.

    Alexandre says: "A Masterpiece"
    "passionate"
    Overall

    I just read the above reviews and obviously Lipton was right that conventional mainstream doctors and scientist are stuck in their dogma.
    I am only part of the way through this book and find it compelling. Lipton is so passionate about what he speaks I have not doubt that there is a lot of truth in what he says, probably more truth than what we are fed by mainstream mentallity everyday. I thoroughly enjoy his captivating ideas.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (650)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "truly heartwarming story"
    Overall

    Towards the beginning I was wondering why I am listening to a story about the Korean war, but the characters and events were so real and interesting that I found myself totally absorbed.
    As most of Mr Courtenay's books the stories have a harsh beginning but then reveal what the human spirit is capable of under great adversity.
    Many tear renching, heart warming moments to fill the emotions as well as interesting facts and details about our racism and history.
    Quite a page turner or in this audio version I found it very difficult to turn my mp3 player off to get some sleep and occassionally talk to my husband.
    The reader is also excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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