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Elena

Christchurch, New Zealand | Member Since 2011

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  • Bring Up the Bodies

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (93)

    By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

    Elena says: "As good as the Wolf Hall"
    "As good as the Wolf Hall"
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    Having absolutely loved the 'Wolf Hall', I have expected this book with a mix of excitement and trepidation, and must say that it is absolutely fantastic. I love the way the story is told as perceived by Cromwell and I also loved some original twists in what has now become a very familiar tale (thanks to Philippa Gregory and 'The Tudors').

    The narrator is perfect. I've enjoyed every minute of listening to this book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Artists in Crime

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model's pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been re-enacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed for ever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It's a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn. How can he believe that the woman he loves is a murderess? And yet no one can be above suspicion.

    Charles says: "Aii! Abridged"
    "A good old-fashioned detective story"
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    I've been wanting to get acquainted with Ngaio Marsh's books for some time, but kept postponing it. In the end, this was the book I've decided to start with. And I've really enjoyed it.

    It is a good old-fashioned detective story along the lines of Agatha Christie. A big house, a bunch of people come there for a short stay, and a murder. There is also a piquant bit of New Zealand flavour, as in all the books by Ngaio Marsh, I believe. I literally fell in love with the character of the gentleman detective Roderick Allein. (I am planning to dig up the old BBC series on the topic). And I definitely liked a bit of romance going on in the midst and despite all the grisly happenings.

    Because this is an abridged version, some episodes and conclusions seem a bit abrupt, but cannot be helped, I suppose.

    The narration by Benedict Cumberbatch is simply fantastic. The number of accents and voices he puts on here is really impressive, and I am definitely listening to the other two Ngaio Marsh's books read by him.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Taylor
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (136)

    An Inscrutable Masquerade', 'The Conundrum of Coach 13', 'The Trinity Vicarage Larceny' and 'The 10.59 Assassin'. Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories, John Taylor has written four more mysteries featuring the world’s greatest detective. Read by acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch, these new adventures share all the suspense of the original tales.

    Janette says: "Cumberbatch is a great Sherlock Holmes"
    "A pleasure for the fans"
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    I have enjoyed the book. Mostly, I have to admit, because Benedict Cumberbatch has one of those voices, which can turn a phone book into an exciting story.

    The stories themselves are nothing special, but still a pleasurable way to spend an afternoon.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a 17-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.

    Jodie says: "Original story idea, not enough chemistry"
    "A magical fantasy world"
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    I've chosen this book on a whim and was very happy I did so. It is a magical story, somewhat different from the typical fantasy set-up: you won't find the was of angels and chimerae in many books. I was starting to feel a bit bored when getting to the middle of the book, but then it was as if the whole new world has suddenly opened before me and I became totally engrossed again.

    I am pretty sure, it is mostly meant for teenagers, but still it was refreshing to find a fantasy book without mountains of gore and pages of love-making.

    It is also very well narrated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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