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Jonathan

DUBLIN, Ireland | Member Since 2007

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  • Andrew Carnegie

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Nasaw
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    The Scottish-born son of a failed weaver and a mother who supported the family by binding shoes, Andrew Carnegie was the embodiment of the American dream. In his rise from a job as a bobbin boy in a cotton factory to being the richest man in the world, he was single-minded, relentless and a major player in some of the most violent and notorious labor strikes of the time. The prototype of today's billionaire, he was a visionary in the way he earned his money and in the way he gave it away.

    Peggie says: "Andrew Carnegie"
    "Everything you ever wanted to know about..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Andrew Carnegie in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting and detailed


    Would you recommend Andrew Carnegie to your friends? Why or why not?

    Very interesting insight into 19th Century capitalism through the life of its greatest success story.


    4 of 4 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
    (3006)
    Performance
    (2641)
    Story
    (2668)

    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"
    "A Truly Wonderful Audiobook"
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    Where does The Casual Vacancy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None of the characters could be described as favorites because they all have the faults that we can too easily recognise in ourselves


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

    I had not but I will seek them out in future.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really amazing book. I had never read any of JK Rowling's children's books so I had no particular expectations. I certainly did not expect to come across one of the best books I have ever encountered.I can imagine that this book could be a bit of a battle to read, as it depends heavily on detail to bring out the grittiness of the stories. However as an audiobook it works wonderfully.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Any Human Heart: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    Best-selling author William Boyd—the novelist who has been called a “master storyteller” (Chicago Tribune) and “a gutsy writer who is good company to keep” (Time)—here gives us his most entertaining, sly, and compelling novel to date. The novel evokes the tumult, events, and iconic faces of our time as it tells the story of Logan Mountstuart—writer, lover, and man of the world—through his intimate journals. It is the “riotous and disorganized reality” of Mountstuart’s 85 years in all their extraordinary, tragic, and humorous aspects.

    connie says: "very satisfying story-telling"
    "Wonderful story"
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    Would you listen to Any Human Heart again? Why?

    Really amazing and intricate story which walks you through the twentieth century


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Any Human Heart?

    So many it is hard to pick any particular moment. It seemed that each chapter brought new insights into the authors world view


    Any additional comments?

    A really wonderful audiobook

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Restless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (277)

    It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

    Susianna says: "Favorite Book of 2007"
    "Fantastic book"
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    Performance
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    Would you listen to Restless again? Why?

    Such an exciting novel. Within minutes you are completely immersed in the story.


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

    The voices and accents are so true to life that you feel the narrator is in the room.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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