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Lesley

West Kempsey, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • Warlock

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Hidden away in the deserts of North Africa, Taita has passed the years since the death of his beloved Queen Lostris in prayer and study. He has become the Warlock, wise in the lore of the gods, an adept of magic and the supernatural. Now Taita answers the summons from the beyond. He returns to the world of men to find himself plunged into a conflict against the forces of evil that threaten to overwhelm the throne of Egypt, and to destroy the young prince Nefer, who is the grandson of Queen Lostris.

    Lesley says: "Dull"
    "Dull"
    Overall

    I remember reading this years ago and being enthralled. Either my tastes have changed radically or somehow the narration let me down. I was bored. The language was good, the story was gripping, but overall I found it dull.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Flinder's Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (233)

    The story of a drunk, a boy, and a cat. Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a 10-year-old, a near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. The two form an unlikely bond.

    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH says: "Extraordinary Story"
    "Great yarn"
    Overall

    Bryce Courtenay should have been an Irishman... he can certainly tell a good yarn. I cared for his characters, but found the devise of the cat a bit unnecessary. It intruded, in my opinion, into the real story of an alcoholic and a sad, unsupported child.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady in the Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Judith Boyd
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The imprisonment and execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, in 1536 was unprecedented in English history, and never before has there been a book devoted entirely to her fall. But here Alison Weir has reassessed the evidence and created a richly researched and detailed portrait of the last days of one of the most influential and important figures in English history.

    Lesley says: "Informative, enjoyable, but a bit repetitive"
    "Informative, enjoyable, but a bit repetitive"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed listening to this book and admired the depth of research that went into it. Mention of other texts and arguments why these should/should not be relied on was most interesting. There was just a little too much repetition of information for me. I was jarred out of concentration quite a few times by a sense of de ja vu. Glad I bought this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stonecutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Camilla Läckberg
    • Narrated By Eamonn Riley
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    The remote resort of Fjällbacka has seen its share of tragedy, though perhaps none worse than that of the little girl found in a fisherman's net. But the post-mortem reveals that this is no case of accidental drowning…. Local detective Patrik Hedström has just become a father. It is his grim task to discover who could be behind the methodical murder of a child both he and his partner, Erica, knew well. He knows the real question - and answer - lies with why.

    jacqueline says: "Bad writing and bad narration"
    "Fabulous, believable plot ... Worth a look !"
    Overall

    A fast moving story well told and well narrated. A pleasure to listen to. Believable and humanly flawed characters who were going somewhere in a strong plot. More please !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (296)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    Jennifer says: "A Masterpiece on All Counts"
    "I Should have paid attention to previous reviews !"
    Overall

    If only I had read the reviews already listed I would have save myself credits/$. A previous reviewer said the cast of thousands was confusing and another review mentioned the dullness. I haven't finished listening to this audio as I agree with both of these reviewers. Dull... believe me.... dull... tedious... nothing much happening to too many people (who all seem so very similar anyway). I coudn't risk death by boredom, so I abandoned it... Sorry Mr Powell... not to my taste.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl of China

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anchee Min
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    An internationally best-selling author, Anchee Min draws upon her Chinese heritage to pen lush historical epics. Here she transports listeners to the Far East for a fictionalized account of acclaimed author Pearl Buck’s youth. Arriving in late 19th-century China with her missionary parents, Buck is soon fascinated by her new home and strikes up a friendship with a young Chinese girl named Willow. The two become inseparable, even as civil war, failed relationships, and world conflicts threaten all they hold dear.

    Lesley says: "Utterly Fascinating"
    "Utterly Fascinating"
    Overall

    Anchee Min allows the reader to step right into the world of these 2 young women from different cultures. The reader is flooded with sensory information as well as temporal events. There is no criticism of either way of life which is refreshing... merely an acceptance of difference. Elegant and Evocative. I was dismayed when I finished the book. Highly recommended reading.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of the White Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Chadwick
    • Narrated By Christopher Scott
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Westminster, 1184. As a reward for loyalty to the crown, Fulke FitzWarin becomes companion to Prince John. But the FitzWarins are as proud as they are true, so when John accuses Fulke of cheating at chess, his response is inevitable - and disastrous. Thus begins a bitter and life-long personal rivalry. The FitzWarins dream of returning to their family home, Whittington, taken from them during a war.

    Lesley says: "Historical fiction / bodice ripper"
    "Historical fiction / bodice ripper"
    Overall

    Good frolicking romp through the Norman times. Very predictable but then if you are looking for an easy listen this will suit you just fine. There were times when I wanted to say 'Oh get on with it will you' to the author. In my opinion it would be well placed published in episodes in a womens magazine. Personally I prefer the legend of Robin Hood and Maid Marion if we're going the road of the wealthy landowner dispossesed by wicked King John, turned outlaw, living in the forests and making forays into the outside world to be 'loved by the good' and 'feared by the bad'.
    4 stars for a light hearted story which held together because the characters were interesting and the reader was allowed to get to know them well... and no stars for the historical content.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • ABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Richard E. Grant
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed, and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war. One boy will travel the world but come home in the end; the other will be a powerful, corrupt nobleman.

    Colin says: "A brilliant work"
    "Clumsy Abridgement"
    Overall

    Normally I only download unabridged recordings. I Really wanted to hear this one so I broke my habit.... derrrrrr.... unsmart move. At random and unexpected moments the abridgement lurched into the future, leaving story threads dangling unsatisfatisfyingly and then slamming up against new situations and characters quite out of the blue. It was possible to work out what was going on, but rather irritating to be dragged out of the fluid magic of a storyteller to sort out a tangle not created by the author.
    Don't recommend the abridgement but gave 4 stars for Mr Follett's storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brightest Star in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Gerri Halligan
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Fate is on its way to the tenants of 66 Star Street, bringing with it love and tragedy, friendship and heartbreak, and the power to change lives... One of them is falling in love; another is torn between two lovers. For some, secrets they want to stay buried will come to light, and for others, the unveiling of those secrets will have tragic consequences.

    Kelly says: "Not quite typical"
    "Chick Lit and Proudly Irish"
    Overall

    Marian Keyes is always entertaining. I always really care about her characters. She certainly has the knack of bring people alive and making them individuals. In The Brightest Star, her plot is not 'deep and meaningful' and as 'easy reading' this is a treasure for a cold winter afternoon on the sofa with a wine and a box of chocolates. Gerri Halligan reads with fun and vitality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphodite

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Beatrice Colin
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The debauched celebration of the cabaret era. The magical ascent of cinema. The deprivations of World War I and the build up to World War II. Set against the rise and fall of Berlin and the innovations in art that accompanied it, The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite brilliantly weaves together the story of orphan girl Lilly Nelly Aphrodite's remarkable journey from poverty to film stardom.

    Lesley says: "The Angela's Ashes of between wars Berlin"
    "The Angela's Ashes of between wars Berlin"
    Overall

    A MUST READ book.
    A fabulous look at film, cabaret and porn as infant industries in Pre WW2 Berlin.
    Once in a while a book comes along which immerses the reader in REAL people, REAL circumstances and a REAL environment and leaves the reader richer or the experience. This is one of them. In my opinion, Beatrice Colin had done for Berlin what Frank McCourt did for Limerick.
    Lilly's life is absolutely fascinating and a full, vivid, colourful picture of 'between the wars' Berlin. By the time I'd finished this book I really had a better understanding of some of the elements which brought about WW2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrong Kind of Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Declan Hughes
    • Narrated By Stanley Townsend
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Ed Loy hasn't been back to Dublin for 20 years. Now his mother is dead and he has returned home to bury her. He soon realises that the world waiting for him is very different from the one he left behind all those years ago. An old classmate, Linda Dawson, pleads with him to find her missing husband, Peter. She doesn't want the police involved.

    Lesley says: "Rough, Pacy, Sharp and Entertainingly Irish"
    "Rough, Pacy, Sharp and Entertainingly Irish"
    Overall

    What Stuart MacBride is doing for the Scottish voice, Declan Hughes does for the Irish.
    The Irish really love language and use it with style. Declan Hughes has the Irish Storyteller's talent. He kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Many times I laughed, stopped and re-listened to witty, well crafted sayings or descriptions. The dialogue was magnificent. Each character had their own voice and were so very Irish in style.
    A complicated web of family, neighbours and childhood friends hopscotch their way through drug and property deals, alongside yacht clubees and corrupt councillors. All very fast and violent.
    Stanley Townsend gives a great performance. He obviously enjoyed telling the story as much as I enjoyed listening to it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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