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Robyn

FRANKSTON SOUTH, Australia | Member Since 2014

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  • Gone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (396)

    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!"
    "A little different and clever story"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The story is a little different to my usual read. It got my attention and kept my attention.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the characters that were so well described and their behaviours so well related I could see them. I enjoyed the much less than obvious ending.


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

    This book was my first experience. I enjoyed both very much.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I became frustrated by some of the behaviours of the characters which Is the reaction I think most would have. While I felt frustrated it reflected the emotional connection I had to the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    A good experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rusty Nailed: Cocktail, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alice Clayton
    • Narrated By Heather Smith
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (248)

    Playing house was never so much fun - or so confusing. With her boss on an extended honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy-long hours to keep the interior design company running - especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel. And with Simon, her hotshot photographer boyfriend, gallivanting all over the world for his job, the couple is heavy-duty into "absence makes the heart grow fonder" mode. No complaints about the great reunion sex, though!

    Troublez4u says: "first walled now nailed?!?!?"
    "Not Wallbanger standard"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not that great. I found my mind drifting as I listened as not a strong enough story to hold my interest in the same way thr first book of the series.


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

    Not in the same class as Wallbanger, just not as good.


    What aspect of Heather Smith’s performance would you have changed?

    I found the voices of the characters annoying, just a bit silly this time.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A re-write. Loved the first of the series, disappointed with this one, not sure I'll bother with any more.


    Any additional comments?

    Read Wallbanger then move on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Women

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Jonathan Frakes, Janis Ian, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (363)

    All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by 12 New York Times best sellers, and seven stories set in the authors’ best-selling continuities - including a new "Outlander" story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden’s world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones.

    Hassan says: "To All Men Out There, Women Are Dangerous"
    "Disappointing, disappointrding, disappointing."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Completely different stories, with mostly different authors and other narrators.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Could be anything from any genre.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Multiple narrators for this one, I would pick carefully though as nothing great from any of these.


    What character would you cut from Dangerous Women?

    Too many to list.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credit. Author Diana Galbaldon attracted me to this book, but she is but one responsible for the writing, the rest are not in her league.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Touch of Crimson: Renegade Angels Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (541)

    An angel with immense power and insatiable desire, Adrian Mitchell leads an elite Special Ops unit of the seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen - angels who have become vampires - and command a restless pack of indentured lycans. But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals - losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly 200 years, he has found her: Shadoe, her soul once more inhabiting a new body that doesn’t remember him. This time he won’t let her go.

    CAROLYN says: "A HEAVENLY PARANORMAL LISTEN"
    "Not what I expected from Sylvia Day"
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    Would you try another book from Sylvia Day and/or Luke Daniels?

    I have read the Crossfire series but this book is nowhere in the same league. Narration was fine, the story a bit silly.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not decided yet.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Luke Daniels?

    The narrator was fine.


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

    Disappointed, very disappointed, I expected so much more from this author.


    Any additional comments?

    I will choose Sylvia Day books more carefully in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11556)
    Performance
    (10487)
    Story
    (10514)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Unique, layered, depth"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    Never quite sure where the story was going. I enjoyed the detail, the characters flaws and gifts. Not your everyday story, kept my interest very easily.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters responses to love, friendships, stress, happiness, greed, generosity, addiction, illness in fact all things the impact the human spirit.


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

    The accents, age of characters were brought to life for me.


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

    Yes, but not possible as a lengthy book which to me was a good thing as the story never lost my interest.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the author, the detail made me !see' the characterso, the buildings, the environment, everything. I felt like I was there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Less Than a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (189)

    RITA Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney is justly celebrated as a master of the Regency romance. Here Alexander Randall is the last heir to the Earl of Daventry and he must find himself a bride. His prayers are answered in the form of distressed midwife Julia Bancroft. But though their union would benefit both parties, Julia is reluctant to surrender her heart.

    Joki says: "Avoids the Cliches of the Genre"
    "Nice little romance but lacks depth and colour."
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    Would you try another book from Mary Jo Putney and/or Simon Prebble?

    If Never Less than a Lady is typical storyline and writing style of this author, then no I would not try another of her books.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I may listen to A discovery of Witches again, I've been spoiled by Deborah Harkness.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Prebble’s performances?

    No. I found this narrator disappointing. His voice droned through much of the story and barely stopped between one sentence to the next. Thus far the worst narration I have experienced.


    What character would you cut from Never Less Than a Lady?

    No. Subtracting anyone from the story could leave it even drier. None of the characters caused an emotional response for me to either want them out of the story or enjoy how they were portrayed.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy a book that has layers. This book did not get my attention let alone keep,it. The narration style only added to my disappointment.

    0 of 1 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
    (6419)
    Performance
    (5560)
    Story
    (5550)

    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.

    Michele says: "The Perfect Summer Read"
    "Nice read / listen"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Ruins the most enjoyable?

    Again a book with layers and characters that were a little surprising. The description of the surroundings painted a picture in which the characters moved about creating the story. The humour shone through.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Ruins?

    There were several moments which were not expected. To tell may spoil the story for a reader/listener.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    The narrator brought the characters to life making them real expressing their personality traits and behaviours which again made me 'see' the players.


    Who was the most memorable character of Beautiful Ruins and why?

    The Italian Innkeeper


    Any additional comments?

    The book was a little surprising for me, I didn't think it would be my type of book but it was and I'm very glad I took the opportunity of the thoroughly enjoyable experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (187)

    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Michael says: "Don't have expectations!"
    "Interesting with many layers"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Casual Vacancy the most enjoyable?

    The various interwoven stories of the lives of the numerous characters.


    What other book might you compare The Casual Vacancy to and why?

    Nothing I can think of to compare.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Hollander – was your favorite?

    The character of Terry was very good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, towards the end. The unnecessary loss.


    Any additional comments?

    The story starts out a little slow and I wasn't sure about the standard of writing, but it builds into great reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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