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Adelaide, Australia

  • 4 reviews
  • 38 ratings
  • 73 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Way We Live Now

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this world of bribes, vendettas and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel... a bloated swindler... a vile city ruffian'.

    Nardia says: "Long, but well worth it."
    "Long, but well worth it."

    I have to admit to buying this audiobook solely for the reason that I wanted an author I'd never read before, and a story that would last a while. At 32 hours it did that, BUT, I really enjoyed it. It took a few chapters to get into the scenery as there was a plethora of character's names to remember, but Timothy West convinced me that there was treasure to come. He does an awesome job with the accents and different voices for each character. It really seemed like a a full cast performing a perfectly timed dialogue. As for the storyline, I'll leave that to the publisher's description because my review would go way over the 2000 letters allowed. Put it this way, - hearing this book made me look up and watch the entire new BBC film version on youTube at 10 min intervals because the DVD was unavailable in my area. I look forward to more Anthony Trollope, and definately more Timothy West.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Alistair Maydon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Published in 1854, the story describes class conflict in Victorian England and serves as a powerful critique of the social injustices that plagued the Industrial Revolution. Charles Dickens (1812 - 9 June 1870) is arguably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life - along with his memorable characters - have made him beloved by readers the world over.

    Hazel says: "mediocre story brilliantly read"
    "Surprisingly good!"

    This is the third Dickens in a row that I've experienced, and was admittedly hesitant about the quality of this version because of the price. But, Alistair Maydon did a very reasonable job of the characters and gave excellent feeling to the story. He did in fact, a much better job of the female character's voices than some narrators in much more expensive audiobooks- (eg. John Bolen- kill me now!).
    However the recording quality is definately inferior and occasionally you can hear a page turn or a few minor reading errors.
    The story is a little slow to start and slightly depressing, but like most of the Dickens that I've listened to, the worse the predicament- the better the eventuality.
    Overall, this version of Hard Times is value for money and I plan to listen to it again.
    Very Enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Malefactor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By E. Phillips Oppenheim
    • Narrated By John Bolen

    Sir Wingrave Seton allowed himself to be imprisoned for nine years rather than betraying a lady's honor. He seeks revenge by acquiring immense wealth for the sole purpose of destroying the lives of others. But a new young lover slowly starts to thaw the Malefactor's icy heart, prompting him to abandon his misanthropic plans. Is it too late?

    Nardia says: "New Ears Please."
    "New Ears Please."

    The Malefactor, is an intriguing story that I almost didn't get to hear the end of. John Bolen has almost destroyed the only E. Phillips Oppenheim story on Audible's current list. I found it painful to listen to, especially his attempts at any female voice (which all sounded the same), and at one point had resolved to turn it off and buy the text instead as my own imagination could hardly have been worse. My two stars rating are both for the story, - about a man wrongly sent to prison for ten years to save the honour of the woman he loved. Once his sentence is served, he emerges a different creature, sworn to create as much hurt and wreak as much destruction on society as he has suffered in his life to date. Can human nature really be so permanently warped by injustice, or is healing possible for Sir Wingrave Seaton? My advice is to find a good copy of the book, read it, and enjoy finding out. Hopefully more Oppenheim titles are added to Audible one day, but please find a better narrator, - it shouldn't be hard!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mao's Last Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Li Cunxin
    • Narrated By Paul English
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is the true story of how one moment in time, by the thinnest thread of a chance, changed the course of a small boy's life in ways that are beyond description. One day he would dance with some of the greatest ballet companies of the world. One day he would be a friend to a president and first lady, movie stars, and the most influential people in America. One day he would become a star: Mao's last dancer, and the darling of the West.

    Pamela says: "Life in perspective"

    Thoroughly enjoyable! The first part relating Cunxin's childhood especially touched me in the way it revealed the love, humour and even small moments of happiness possible in such a desperate situation. I have to agree with other comments that an asian narrator probably would have sounded more authentic, but Paul English did a wonderful job none the less. If you have seen the movie and think you know the story, think again! The book is definately worth the listen, as the movie probably only contained 10-15% of the original story (as most movies often do, understandably because of time restraints) and most of my favourite parts weren't there! Get the book - You wont regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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