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Robin

Oconnor, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • The Land of Laughs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Carroll
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (273)

    Thomas Abbey is a man stuck in a rut. To kick-start his life, he takes a sabbatical to work on a biography of his favorite writer, the mysterious Marshall France. Although Abbey has been warned that France's daughter, Anna, has blocked all previous attempts at her father's biography, he is surprised to find her the soul of small-town hospitality and quite excited about Abbey's proposal. Even stranger than Anna's behavior, though, is the town itself. The people seem to know what their future holds - freak accidents and all - down to the hour.

    Acacia says: "It's Not You - It's Me"
    "Written with intelligence and humor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An usual book. It's a page turner and yet you really don't know where the plot is taking you. The characters are original and richly developed. Both enjoyable and intelligent.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Africa

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Isak Dinesen
    • Narrated By Julie Harris
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Danish countess Karen Blixen, known as Isak Dinesen, ran a coffee plantation in Kenya in the years when Africa remained a romantic and formidable continent to most Europeans. Out of Africa is her account of her life there, with stories of her respectful relationships with the Masai, Kikuyu, and Somali natives who work on her land; the European friends who visit her; and the imposing permanence of the wild, high land itself. Stage and television actress Julie Harris delivers a reading that is emotionally charged and reflective, recreating Dinesen's lively appreciation for the land she loved so much.

    Robin says: "American accent compromises authenticity."
    "American accent compromises authenticity."
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    Performance
    Story

    This is an evocatively written story of the pioneering spirit of a Danish woman living on a farm in Africa. However judging by her accent the narrator has never been to either Demark or Kenya, and as the story is in the first person it destroys its credibility.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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