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Esther

Mannum, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Witches Abroad: Discworld, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (80)

    What could be easier than preventing a servant girl from marrying a prince, especially for 3 clever witches? But Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick face more than they bargained for when they journey to the distant city of Genua. For one thing, their power is limited to Mrs. Gogol's weak voodoo spells, a one-eyed cat, and a second-hand magic wand that only works on pumpkins.

    Esther says: "Difficult task for Magrat. Good job for friends?"
    "Difficult task for Magrat. Good job for friends?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Terry Pratchett weaves his usual "magic" and makes it hard to stop listening. You are engaged right from the start with a wealth of interesting and frequently unusual characters. This third book in this series is the first one I have listened to and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is full of humour and complications with nothing dull or ordinary to spoil your enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Jenny Agutter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Emma, by many considered the best English novel, can be read as a charming love story, a detective story, and a comic and lively picture of English life 200 years ago.

    Elizabeth says: "pure pleasure"
    "Matchmaker thy name is Folly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This age old favourite by Jane Austin is always pleasing. The characters are well drawn and interesting. The main character, Emma may be, " handsome, clever and rich" and have an exceptionally pleasant lot in life but she has some important lessons to learn.
    Humility and being less judgmental of those around her are two for a start and then there is her profound belief that she is a matchmaker without exception!
    Many of her views on those she believes beneath her station or attention might be held to be unacceptable today. However, at the time the book was written her views would have been considered quite correct and "proper" for a young lady born in her circumstances. For all her failings it must be said that she has a good heart and luckily for her she has Mr Knightly as her conscience and guardian angel so all ends happily.
    I like Jenny Agguter but in this instance the speed at which she read the book was disappointing and had I not known the story so well I might have had to re-listen in some sections. Hence the 4 stars for performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Shall Wear Midnight: Discworld Book 38, (Discworld Childrens Book 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (110)

    Tiffany Aching, the young witch from The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, and Wintersmith is back in a new adventure featuring Discworld characters both familiar to fans (such as Tiffany, the Wee Free Men, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg) and new (meet Wee Mad Arthur, the Nac Mac Feegle on the City Watch whose only previous appearance was a brief cameo in Feet of Clay, and city witch Mrs Proust - a fabulous Pratchett creation).

    Esther says: "A captivating tale with lots of surprises."
    "A captivating tale with lots of surprises."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Tiffany undertakes numerous tasks in her own quiet and efficient way while facing an unseen enemy. New friends and old favorites are to be found in this intriguing and delightful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maid for the Single Dad

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Susan Meier
    • Narrated By Kate Turnbull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    To: LizHarper@HappyMaids.com From: EllieSwanson@HappyMaids.com As my boss and best friend, could we have a chat when you’re next in the office? I’ve got a dilemma …My newest client is single dad Mac Carmichael, and he’s really hot, but very difficult to figure out. I think I’m falling for him! That’s not all. He’s asked me to be a live-in nanny as well as a maid! I don’t know much about family life—especially the ultrawealthy type. Help! Ellie x

    Esther says: "Maid for a single Dad. A good easy listen"
    "Maid for a single Dad. A good easy listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was an easy book to listen to. The plot was fairly predictable but none the less enjoyable. Did not stretch the intellect but good to listen to after a hard day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1947)
    Performance
    (1340)
    Story
    (1353)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Calculating GOD. Excellent Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Calculating God again? Why?

    The narrators had a pleasant voices that were easy to listen to. The story was intricate and a second listen would help to understand some of the points more clearly. Also enjoyed listening so hearing it again would not be a problem.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole plot was intricate and thought provoking.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer – was your favorite?

    The main alien character was fascinating.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There are Aliens and they believe GOD exists. He's just not the all benevolent being we think he is!


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend this book to others to read and certainly to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7368)
    Performance
    (6417)
    Story
    (6405)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Great.Thriller"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Witness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10 so far. Excellent. Just a bit long to listen to!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the reality of the situation faced by someone in this situation was portraid.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    The main character.


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

    This was a completely absorbing story.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend this book to anyone. Loved this audible version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (17258)
    Performance
    (15617)
    Story
    (15742)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Well narrated by Emma Galvin"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    Well written story that flowed well. Interesting characters. Excellent narrator made listening easy and enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and their development throughout the story.


    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not listened to before


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

    Probably if I had the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Could not wait to get to the sequel. Decided to read it on Kindle it was quicker to read it myself and enabled me to download other audible material to enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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