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  • The Silkworm: Cormoran Strike, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (159)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

    Anne says: "Another great mystery with Cormoran Strike."
    "Marvellous"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Robert Glenister adds a certain something to this reading, his voice fits perfectly with the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend this to everyone! Ripping yarn!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burial Rites

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Kent
    • Narrated By Morven Christie
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the months leading up to her execution on the farm of district officer Jón Jónsson, his wife, and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force everyone to work side by side, the family’s attitude to Agnes starts to change - until one winter night.

    Sharon says: "Icelandic Drama"
    "Utterly compelling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Burial Rites again? Why?

    This book has it all, an excellent story, a compelling narrator and an unfolding story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Burial Rites?

    The story and the narrator made every facet of the day to day life and the country side seem utterly alive.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the rather grim storyline put you off, it is an excellent listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Birdsong

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sebastian Faulks
    • Narrated By Peter Firth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Set before and during the great war, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives, to the unprecedented experiences of the war itself.

    Chrissie says: "YES, this is the audiobook you must pick!"
    "Magnificent"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I commend this book to anyone and everyone. It is magnificently researched, the love interest is a compelling juxtaposition to the brutality of the war, and the constraint of time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Noel Riley Fitch
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Her name is synonymous with the art of cooking. Yet few know the richly varied private life of the legendary Julia Child. Go beyond the kitchen to discover a truly American icon in Appetite for Life.

    Jane Mcdowell says: "More than I wanted to know"
    "Compelling read"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up Appetite for Life in three words, what would they be?

    Every Executive should be compelled to read this book. Even if they don't relate to the marvellous contents, the work ethic it describes, the dedication to beliefs, the altruism, the commitment and the partnership that this book has in bucketsful couldn't help but develop anyone.

    I love the dedication to food, the Childs' dedication to each other, their dedication to work, and their spirit, the biographer captured it all.


    What about Nadia May’s performance did you like?

    Nadia May is always a delight to listen to, her voice is calm and soothing and her pronunciation is always excellent, and none of the French in the book phased her at all.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a read no one will regret.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Loved Children

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Christina Stead
    • Narrated By C. M. Hebert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Sam and Henny Pollit have too many children, too little money, and too much loathing for one another. As Sam uses the children's adoration to feed his own voracious ego, Henny watches in bleak despair, knowing the bitter reality that lies just below his mad visions. A chilling novel of family life, this work is acknowledged as a contemporary classic.

    Kristin says: "psychological torture in the best way"
    "A challenging read"
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    If you could sum up The Man Who Loved Children in three words, what would they be?

    Manipulative, misguided and misplaced were words that kept recurring to me through this read. Manipulative describes the adult chatacters, barely an ounce of humanity between them. Misguided again applies to the adult characters who were flawed in just about every way possible. I also thought the author was misguided in setting the book in the USA. As an Australian reading this, and knowing that the Author was also Australian, though had lived long periods out of Australia, this book would have worked so much better if it had had an Australian setting.


    What three words best describe C. M. Hebert’s performance?

    Trying narration. The flat, almost monotone narration did nothing to enhance a read I found to be trying at the best of times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By D. H. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Veronika Hyks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (97)

    Lady Chatterley's Lover, written in 1928, tells the story of a passionate love affair between an upper class woman and her husband’s gamekeeper, which was thought to be so shocking in its content and its straightforward use of explicit sexual terms, that it was not officially published until 1960.

    Melanie says: "Soooooo much better than 50 shades"
    "Worth listening to over and over again"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, there is something for everyone in it. There is wonderful love, tender and caring, there is passion, there is grief and sadness, and the whole story has withstood the passage of time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and plot are indicative of life at the time.


    What about Veronika Hyks’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's voice is perfect for the story and she reads it with all the inflection it deserves.


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

    I didn't want to stop listening, even though i know the book well, i stoll wanted to immerse myself in this lovely rendition.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prague Cemetery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Umberto Eco
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Nineteenth-century Europe, from Turin to Prague to Paris, abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian priests are strangled with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate black masses by night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres.

    Mario says: "Classic Umberto Eco"
    "Arduous"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The plot was an arduous listen, failed to deliver either a learning or uplifting experience.


    What was most disappointing about Umberto Eco’s story?

    The anti-semetic nature


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Lovely voice


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All of the above, but also a distrust of review recommendations


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pastor's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth von Arnim
    • Narrated By Richard Burnip
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Ingebor Bullivant, the put-upon daughter of the Bishop of Redchester, suddenly rebels and takes a week's tour to Lucerne. Constantly in the company of a ponderous German pastor, she is put into a quandary when he proposes marriage. Faced with her father's wrath on her return, she accepts Herr Dremmel with simple relief. But as a pastor's wife in East Prussia, she finds she merely exchanged one set of rules for another.

    Joanne says: "As relevant today as it was when written in 1914"
    "As relevant today as it was when written in 1914"
    Overall

    A magnificient read/listen. I was most surprised when, after I'd listened to it, I found it was written almost 100 years ago. The themes it covers are as relevant today as they were then, possibly more relevant as women have a great deal more choice now, but the consequences of choice haven't moved a great deal.

    The narration is mesmerising, and I can't help but recommend this book to one and all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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