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Caroline

CrestaSouth Africa | Member Since 2004

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  • In the Frame

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Charles Todd is an English artist who is well known and respected for his renderings of sleek and athletic horses. What he now faces at his cousin Donald's house is also art - the art of a perfectly brutal murderer. Donald's home has been burglarized and his wife, Regina, is lying on her back dead, her face the color of cream. Donald is shattered, shocked, and a prime suspect.

    Mary A. says: "Art and Horses Combined Makes this one Intriguing"
    "Great story!"
    Overall

    I have read every Dick Francis novel and enjoyed the audio presentation of this one very much. I have only 1 complaint, and that is that the reader does not make enough use of 'voices'. He has emotion etc and the book is well read and clear to listen to, but incomparison to some of the other readers he comes over as bland. I would still, however, recommend this to anyone who enjoys mystery without all the huge drama that sometimes comes along with it. It is realistic and the characters are likeable. I will get all the Dick Francis books I can that are available on audio.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Risk

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    As an amateur jockey, Roland Britten was lucky; as an accountant, he was zealous. He knew he was on the hate-list of several fraudsters, but never thought pen-pushers got kidnapped, not from a racecourse, not after winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The identity of the kidnappers unknown, the reason behind Britten's abduction is a mystery. Then, with the help of school headmistress Hilary Pinlock, he escapes and begins to use his accountant's logic to track down his abductors. But they have other ideas.

    Caroline says: "Dick Francis at his best"
    "Dick Francis at his best"
    Overall

    This is one of Dick Francis' better books and he delivers a good tale every time he gives us a new book. I found the action and story to be fast paced and well narrated. The plot revolves around an accountant in the racing world trying to determine why he was kidnapped. This not one of those tales that you can work out who the villain is until almost the end. It also has a suprising conclusion which does not detract from the tale. The reader does well to pass along the suspense and emotion without being over the top. I have listened to this a few times already and enjoyed it every time. I have also read and loved the book. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a light, but satisfying, whodunnit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Doomsday Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sidney Sheldon
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    When Navy Commander Robert Bellamy is assigned to investigate the crash of a NATO weather balloon near an isolated village in Switzerland, he is told that its cargo includes new and highly classified equipment. All witnesses to the accident should therefore be found and questioned.

    Adams says: "Modern day sci-fi thriller"
    "Well read but not a good tale"
    Overall

    When I purchased this I had forgotten that I had not enjoyed the tale. At that stage Sidney Sheldon had last his touch and the story was too superficial and flimsy. I found that the reader did a good job with a mediocre tale at best so for that reason alone I have given it 3 stars. the tale itself deserves only 1 star.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books]

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (508)

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolute literature...and a page turner at that!"
    "Good tale but Too much extraneous information!!"
    Overall

    I have always said that I would always only get unabridged versions of books, but when it came to this one I regretted it as Charles Dickens, in this tale, uses extremely flowery language and goes into raptures of descriptions that seem to have absolutely nothing to do with the tale. If I hadn't already had an idea of the story and knew it was good, I would not have persevered as the reader makes heavy weather of all the verbiage and consequently makes it hard to listen to. For all that I gave it 3 stars as the tale itself is good and merits a listen to. I would, however, recommend an abridged version which hopefully reduces the verbiage. Fortunately not all of Charles Dickens works have the same problem.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword and the Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In the seventh century, at the dawn of Christianity, Bega, a bewitching Irish princess bestowed with miraculous powers, and Padric, a charismatic British prince gifted with the fiery power of the sword, sacrifice themselves for what they believe to be a greater destiny.

    Wallen says: "Romance"
    "Good tale but Too long!!"
    Overall

    I found this story unsatisfactory in the extreme. Too much was repeated too often and i found the ending did not suit what had been come before. The reader also tended to swallow his words and slur to some degree so it made it harder to listen to. I would not recommend this as easily as I would other audio books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Taliesin: The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (137)

    It was a time of legend, the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While, across a vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for 2,000 years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis. This is the remarkable adventure of Charis, the courageous princess from Atlantis who escapes the terrible devastation of her land, and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. It is a story of an incomparable love that joins two astonishing worlds....

    John says: "A Classic interpretation of a Classic tale"
    "Legend comes to life"
    Overall

    I found that this was an interesting read and enjoyed the reader's telling of the tale. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys tales around Atlantis and beyond. Taliesin is a very good start to a version of the legend surrounding Arthur and Merlin.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2587)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (358)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Time travel in a unique way"
    Overall

    I loved this book and found the way that this was presented was brilliant. I loved the 2 readers and found that they imparted personality to the characters well. I would recommend this anyone who enjoys good books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1567)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (721)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone looking for a great listen won’t be able to resist Jane Austen’s delightful classic of love and manners in Regency England. Jane Austen's story of Mrs. Bennet's finding husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature. Commuters Library presents Pride and Prejudice read by Kate Reading.

    Victoria says: "loved it."
    "Essence captured very well"
    Overall

    I found that the reading of this book was excellent as the reader captures the essence of the characters and the times very well. The story comes across well as the reader is English so nothing is lost there too. I have alwasy enjoyed this story and will enjoy it more with this rendition. Well done!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (6252)
    Performance
    (1831)
    Story
    (1857)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "Good Read!"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have both read and listened to it and enjoyed both. The reading brings across the fast pace as the reader is good at changing his tempo. I would heartily recommend this to anyone who enjoys a thriller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timeline

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (2438)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (737)

    Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

    Charles Stembridge says: "Narrator"
    "Wow! What can I say"
    Overall

    I read this book shortly after it came out and really enjoyed it. I have enjoyed this audio edition every bit as much! The reader coveyed all the right emotions and I found that I made every excuse I could to be in the car to listen to this wonderful tale. There is suspense, danger, adventure and plenty of background info. I found I wanted to be one of the students, even though they faced unimaginable dangers. To experience history like that would be interesting to say the least. I would recommend this title to any who enjoy thrilling adventure.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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