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Auckland, New Zealand | Member Since 2012

  • 5 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 69 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs

    A. J. Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet: a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind - from his brain to his fingertips to his abs. First, he had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, most which is nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. Second, he had to consult a team of medical advisers. And finally, he had to subject himself, over the course of two years, to a grueling regimen of exercises and a range of diets and nutritional plans.

    Niall says: "A comic tries a little of everything"
    "Love this book - laughed and learnt."
    Would you listen to Drop Dead Healthy again? Why?

    I loved the relaxed conversational style of the author and narrator. There is something special when an author reads his/her own work. AJ Jacobs has a natural delivery and easy going style. I learnt so much - however I will definitely listen again for the gems I missed.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Drop Dead Healthy?

    AJ's account of the conversations with his grandfather, and also the triathlon event.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the account of the 'cave man' work out in Central Park, and the odd characters mentioned throughout the book.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Dont knock it till you've tried it? Check!

    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the authors next work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Is It Just Me?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Miranda Hart
    • Narrated By Miranda Hart

    Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path.

    Lily says: "Cackle Worthy"
    "Just like Miranda"
    If you could sum up Is It Just Me? in three words, what would they be?

    It really is just her! Funny and engaging.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obvious answer here I would think!

    What does Miranda Hart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If I was reading this I would hear it in Miranda's voice, but the reality is better!

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was, but I did it in bite sizes.

    Any additional comments?

    I don't think this is the 'real' Miranda, the book is more fiction feeling than reality - but thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

    Janie says: "Get Gone Girl soon!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Loved the narrators, so engaging. This book interrupted my life as I had to listen at every opportunity.

    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Generally I stick to non fiction, but this book as reignited my enthusiasm for quality fiction.

    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Beautifully written - some colorful language - but in keeping with the characters. Otherwise great writing, and neatly woven together strands of narrative. Kept me on the edge of my seat.

    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Could not fault narrators performances whatsoever.

    Do you have any additional comments?

    Such a great book - surprising twists, even after 19 plus hours I did not want this to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    M. Davis says: "Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    Narrator great - good story, not amazing but definitely enjoyable.

    If you’ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first Nora Roberts book - I will be listening to more!

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

    First performance by this narrator, would be happy to listen to others.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How long can you run?

    Any additional comments?

    Loved it overall - I look forward to hearing other titles by Nora Roberts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marrying the Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joanna Trollope
    • Narrated By Lindsay Duncan

    Merrion Palmer has been Judge Guy Stockdale's mistress for the last seven years and his wife and two grown-up sons know absolutely nothing about her. Up until now, Guy and Merrion have enjoyed a blissfully, uncomplicated relationship in stolen moments in Merrion's flat, and to the rest of the world, Guy has played the part of model husband, father and grandfather. But now the time has come for things to change.

    Jenny says: "My least favorite Joanna Trollope book"
    "My least favorite Joanna Trollope book"
    What would have made Marrying the Mistress better?

    I personally didn't enjoy the narrator of this title - I don't know if it was her inflection, or the writing, but I thought the characters were on the whole awful people.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Joanna Trollope again?

    I've previously really enjoyed all of the previous Trollope books - would consider another one.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator definitely.

    What character would you cut from Marrying the Mistress?

    The daughters Rachel and Emma - horrible girls, spoilt.

    Any additional comments?

    Just overall completely unimpressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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