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Anna

O'Connell, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • The Eustace Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (109)

    Who owns the Eustace Diamonds? Lizzie Eustace claims that Sir Florian Eustace, her late husband, gave them to her. But Mr Camperdown, the family solicitor, insists that they are an heirloom, to be passed down from generation to generation. Lizzie is both beautiful and clever, yet Mr Camperdown believes her to be a scheming liar. And Mr Camperdown is right! The battle for the diamonds rages until a robbery intervenes and they disappear. Or do they...?

    Natalie says: "Becky Sharp Revisited"
    "A Real Treasure!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the Eustace Diamonds immensely.A little more light hearted the some other of Trollope's works, and as such a highly entertaining companion over a period of grim weather.Timothy west is as always the perfect reader.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Barracuda

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Christos Tsiolkas
    • Narrated By Grant Cartwright
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    He asked the water to lift him, to carry him, to avenge him. He made his muscles shape his fury, made every stroke declare his hate. And the water obeyed; the water would give him his revenge. No one could beat him, no one came close. His whole life Danny Kelly's only wanted one thing: to win Olympic gold. Everything he's ever done, every thought, every dream, every action takes him closer to that moment of glory, of vindication, when the world will see him for what he is: the fastest, the strongest and the best.

    Can't listen enough says: "Loved it"
    "IT WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The themes are universal, the feel,suburban Melbourne.
    Barracuda is about finding a place in the world and a meaning for one's life. The reader experiences Danny's torment and his battle with the world as he struggles to become someone of worth.
    Not for the faint-hearted, it is often harsh and confronting. It is also tender and compassionate. It's a very moving book and the pain and sadness of it all linger long in ones heart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14582)
    Performance
    (8986)
    Story
    (8856)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "yuck!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Listening to Davina Porter narrate this tale of a time traveling saucy wench makes me cringe! The romantic (read 'sexy' ) bits, always trying in audio, sound ridiculous coming from her perfectly enunciated mouth. I know, I'm getting old, and I'm way past this kind of book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (153)

    Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

    John says: "Engrossing, Rich and Powerful"
    "BORING IN EXTREME"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I optimistically used a large slab of my downloading capacity to hear this lengthy book (I usually love lengthy books). A complete waste of computer space and my time. My worst ever purchase on audible. Needless to say I only listened to the first section till I could stand no more. A long, drawn out period of nothingness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2921)
    Performance
    (1750)
    Story
    (1762)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "A really good writer in her own genre."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Barbara Kingsolver is an excellent writer. Sometimes a little slow to get into, but always worth the effort. A good story, thoughtful, and very well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5696)
    Performance
    (4928)
    Story
    (4922)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "What a peculiar book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found the Beautiful Ruins to be such a mixed bag. Some parts seemed quite tacky while others could be so moving to bring a tear to the eye! The extremes of location, Hollywood and Italy in the 60's,are an unlikely combination and I often didn't know what to think. Yet, when it was all over I missed it, so on the whole, despite the weirdness, I'm giving it thumbs up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isabella: The She-Wolf of France

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (99)

    Here is the first full-length biography of a much maligned but astonishingly colourful Queen of England. In Newgate Street, in the city of London, stand the meagre ruins of Christ Church. On the same site once stood a royal mausoleum set to rival Westminster Abbey in the 14th century. Among the many crowned heads buried there was Isabella of France, Edward II's queen - one of the most notorious femme fatales in history. But how did she acquire her evil reputation? And is it justified?

    Wallen says: "Excellent"
    "When audio really shows its worth!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Having recently had to make a very long car trip at short notice, I was very lucky to have Isabella on my Ipod. A great story, well read, beautifully enunciated, it was an excellent companion, and helped make my journey less tedious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Cloud

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Fred Hoyle
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff, Richard Dawkins
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    As an immense cloud of gas enters the solar system, it blocks the sun, threatening to wipe out most of life on Earth. In Britain, a team of scientists gathers at a secret location to deal with the crisis. But as the months pass, what they learn will challenge everything they believe about the nature of life and the universe.

    Mark says: "Exceptional old-school British Sci-fi!"
    "A classic of sci fi"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about The Black Cloud?

    Like the reader of the introduction, Richard Dawkins, I first read The Black Cloud many years ago. I was fascinated then by the debate over the universe...Steady State (the Hoyle thesis) or the Big Bang, which is now widely accepted. Even today, while the Steady State theory might be out of favour, I still prefer a variation on this, rather than the Big Bang. Its still a fascinating question! Thus the novel is about what might be going on out there in the vastness, and Hoyle's description of how the human race might respond to something quite different to us dropping by is amusing. The book is quaintly dated in some ways, but still worth it, especially if you were around at the time when it was written.


    What three words best describe Jack Klaff and Richard Dawkins (Introduction) ’s performance?

    Dawkins' introduction was interesting and established the time frame and scientific context in which the novel was written. It would be very useful for those who are not familiar with the book.The reader ,Jack Klaff, was a bit "prim", that Tony Blair type of British accent, and the accents he gave his non British characters were at times excruciating. (I'm sure his Australian listeners would wince at the Aussie scientist, but perhaps that's just being petty!) Apart from that, it was well done.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Worlds at War: The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anthony Pagden
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (178)

    In the tradition of Jared Diamond and Jacques Barzun, prize-winning historian Anthony Pagden presents a sweeping history of the long struggle between East and West, from the Greeks to the present day.

    The relationship between East and West has always been one of turmoil. In this historical tour de force, a renowned historian leads us from the world of classical antiquity, through the Dark Ages, to the Crusades, Europe's resurgence, and the dominance of the Ottoman Empire, which almost shattered Europe entirely. Pagden travels from Napoleon in Egypt to Europe's carving up of the finally moribund Ottomans - creating the modern Middle East along the way - and on to the present struggles in Iraq.

    Tad Davis says: "Great story, with a lot of unfamiliar names"
    "The beat goes on."
    Overall

    This book was fascinating to listen to at a time,rather later than some earlier reviews, when a new wave of unrest sweeps through middle eastern muslim countries.Just what is behind it all is something of a mystery, but the persisting differences in world views that Pagden discusses continue with undiminished potency today. The book illuminates so many salient points in the long and everlasting socio- religious history of the human race.One muslim belief I share: history does repeats itself, on and on and on.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Remains of the Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Nigel Hawthorne
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    It is 1956. Stevens, the ageing butler of Dalington Hall, has just embarked on a motoring trip through the west of England that will become a journey deep into his past. As he winds his way through the English countryside, from the medieval charm of Salisbury, through Dorset and Devon and on to Cornwall, Stevens reflects on a life in which professionalism and service have been the guiding principles, and personal relations have been kept in their proper place.

    HEELS says: "Enjoyable Experience"
    "The Voice"
    Overall

    I am only partway through this novel and feel that, given the right conditions, it could be an enjoyable experience. However each time I go back to it I am put off by that dreadful voice the narrator, Nigel Hawthorne, gives to the poor old butler! Why in heavens name doesn't he use a normal voice? I'm not sure if I can listen to the end with this awful narration. It certainly undermines the book as an audio experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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