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  • Rod: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rod Stewart
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (108)

    Rod Stewart was born the working class son of a Scottish plumber in north London. Despite some early close shaves with a number of diverse career paths ranging from gravedigging to professional soccer, it was music that truly captured his heart - and he never looked back. Rod’s is an incredible life, and here - thrillingly and for the first time - he tells the entire thing, leaving no knickers under the bed. A rollicking rock ’n’ roll adventure that is at times deeply moving, this is the remarkable journey of a guy with one hell of a voice - and one hell of a head of hair.

    Ninotchka says: "If you think he's sexy - or not - give it a go!"
    "Good book, bad narration"
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    What did you love best about Rod?

    I enjoyed the insights into the origins of Rod Stewart's music and his candor.


    What didn’t you like about Simon Vance’s performance?

    It was a dry and lifeless performance. Rod Stewart is a colorful person and this Simon Vance's narration was completely beige.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3019)
    Performance
    (2652)
    Story
    (2679)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little 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 façade 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 at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "An unexpected foray into small town politics."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Casual Vacancy the most enjoyable?

    Tom Hollander provided an engaging performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Casual Vacancy?

    Not a particular moment, but the convergence of the story lines and the endings which were mostly unanticipated.


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

    This was my first time listening to fiction. I've had one experience of a non-author narrator before and it was a completely bland interpretation of what would have been an interesting autobiography. I was pleasantly surprised by Hollander's interpretation of the characters and ability to give each a distinct voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Having not read the Harry Potter series, I came to the material with no experience of JK Rowling's writing style, although I'm well aware of her reputation. While I initially thought the tale of parish politics would be dry...and in places it was, Rowling wove an engaging tale. The characters were complex and she took the reader on an unpredictable journey. In some ways it reminded me of works by Tom Wolfe, one of my favorite authors.

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