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Castlecrag, Australia | Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 299 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • Cocaine Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "A series that just gets better"
    "Good Story, Disappointing Reader"

    I should start by saying that I'm a big fan of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher mysteries. Cocaine Blues is the first of these and I was looking forward to experiencing it as an audiobook. I have to say that it was a disappointing experience. Stephanie Daniel fails to relay the liveliness of either the story or of the main character. Some of the accents were slightly suspect, too. Why on earth would Lydia, daughter of the well-to-do Colonel, speak like a cockney? Her accent ought to have cut glass. Small details like this, combined with Daniel's failure to engage with the story, failed to engage this listener. A good story, spoiled in the telling.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Caitlin Moran
    • Narrated By Caitlin Moran

    1913 - Suffragette throws herself under the King's horse. 1969 - Feminists storm Miss World. Now - Caitlin Moran rewrites "The Female Eunuch" from a bar stool and demands to know why pants are getting smaller. There's never been a better time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain...Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina?

    Sara says: "Stirring Stuff!"
    "Stirring Stuff!"

    This book should probably come with a an explicit language warning, but once you get past that, Ms Moran writes with clarity, honesty and humour. Her reading feels like having a clever, funny friend sitting on your sofa.

    This is the sort of writing that gives feminism a good name.

    I shall be giving a copy to my teenage daughter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • St. Peter's Fair

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward

    St. Peter's Fair is a grand, festive event, attracting merchants from across England and beyond. There is a pause in the civil war racking the country in the summer of 1139, and the fair promises to bring some much-needed gaiety to the town of Shrewsbury. Until, that is, the body of a wealthy merchant is found murdered in the river Severn. Was Thomas of Bristol the victim of murderous thieves? And, if so, why were his valuables abandoned nearby?

    Karen says: "Narration not good"
    "Poor Choice of Narrator"

    Unfortunately, this is a great story, let down by poor narration. Ms. Ward's accents wander around all over the place and her pronunciation of Welsh words and place names is often just plain wrong. She even has Brother Cadfael pronounce his own name wrongly on several occasions! I would have thought a familiarity with Welsh pronunciation would have been essential for at least one of the production team, but apparently not. . .

    The narration also failed to convey the dynamism of Cadfael's character. Yes, he's a middle-aged monk, but the whole point of the character is that he's actually the least-likely monk you'd ever come across.

    I shall be checking out the versions of Stephen Thorne.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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