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Sheila

Auckland, New Zealand | Member Since 2011

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2975)
    Performance
    (2657)
    Story
    (2640)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "A great listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story keeps one guessing as to who actually committed the crimes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matthew as he was the only one who could see through all the superstitions of the people and his belief in the accused never wavered. His character is great as he thoughtfully worked out who was the criminal.


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

    No, but I must say that he is an excellent narrator and this made the book so much more interesting as he brought each character to life as a result of his talent, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was sorry when it came to an end.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


    I found the end of the story about the magistrate very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    A good listen. The story takes place in an era when people were superstitious, uneducated and cruel and were easily aroused to violence. The belief in sorcery forms the background of the story The the storyline is very good and there were times when I was sitting on the edge of my seat and found it difficult to stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1387)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (695)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "A Story of Bravery and Camaraderie"
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    What made the experience of listening to Brother Fish the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, Humphrey Bower, once more surpassed himself. The different character voices, is amazing. A truly gifted narrator.


    What other book might you compare Brother Fish to and why?

    The Story of Danny Dunn who was a POW, but of the Japanese, although the story was quite different and the ending sad I enjoyed it. I found Brother Fish riveting reading


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    I was intrigued by the effortless way he changed his voice to suit the characters, and there are many.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    If there is one film you should not miss. This is it!


    Any additional comments?

    Bryce Courtenay once again wrote a truly great book. I enjoyed the way the storyline moved from the past to the present throughout the book. Except for one sad episode, the story ends on a happy note. If you are looking for an interesting an entertaining book, then you should read Brother Fish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2168)
    Performance
    (1763)
    Story
    (1778)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "A Riveting Legal Plot"
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    What did you love best about A Conflict of Interest?

    The court scenes are excellent and easy to imagine that I was attending the trial.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot is great. Unravelling of the story very good. The reader or listener will not find it easy to put down the book or to stop listening. The author has a great insight of legal procedures. Great courtroom scenes. Excellent storyline. Highly recommended.


    What about David LeDoux’s performance did you like?

    I found him to be a very competent narrator, who brought the story to life. Well done.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    A book worth buying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2969)
    Performance
    (1767)
    Story
    (1773)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "A Factual Story Worth Reading"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    I lived In Johannesburg as a child in the same era it brought back memories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Peekay could overcome so many obstacles and grow up to be such a successful man.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Peekay had to pray to The Lord to supply the clothes for boarding school. ,


    Who was the most memorable character of The Power of One and why?

    Doc, he took Peekay under his wing and passed on his knowledge out of the kindness of his heart.


    Any additional comments?

    I found some of the scenes very amusing as I understand the culture of the ethnic groups. A very enjoyable book, which I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (888)

    . Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

    Cheryl says: "Fantastic series!"
    "Unusual Storyline"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A clever plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Indian, who did his best to guide Matthew to safety, even though badly wounded.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene at the well. The Indians were so laidback, but set out to do the job and carried it out with, which seemed, no great effort whatsoever..


    If you could take any character from Mister Slaughter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Matthew. He impresses me because he never acts without thinking before he makes his move..


    Any additional comments?

    Eldoardo Ballerini's performance is great. He is very talented, he has the gift of bringing the characters to life. Channging his voice for so many charaters is outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of Bedlam: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1284)
    Performance
    (1166)
    Story
    (1156)

    Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

    The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

    Kathy says: "Addicting"
    "Another Excellent Listen"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Queen of Bedlam to be better than the print version?

    Yes, due to the talent of the narrator, Edoardo Ballerini.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Queen of Bedlam?

    The sword-fighting episode, this had me sitting on the edge of my chair.


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

    Yes, "Speaks the Night Bird", his narration is excellent.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Queen of Bedlam and why?

    Definitely Matthew Corbett, who is so good at unravelling the mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    Robert McCammon's books are very well worthwhile purchasing. His description of the times is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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