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Say something about yourself!Bayview N.S.W. AUSTRALIA

North Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2011

  • 12 reviews
  • 40 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014

  • Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Steven Tyler
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson

    The son of a classical pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick and his beloved Janis Joplin, Tyler began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his "mutant twin" and legendary partner, Joe Perry. In this addictively listenable memoir, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning.

    Damian says: "Reads true to the man and true to music"

    Very disappointing, endless justification for a life spent with "rap" interpretation. Constant repetition of sexual excesses, drug induced writing, boring , boring, boring.
    Pap for the masses.

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Martina Cole
    • Narrated By Annie Aldington

    Michael Flynn is untouchable in a world of power, money, and violence. He fights for what he wants and he takes it, whatever the cost. He learns the rules of the Life from the best and when his mentor, legendary Face Patrick Costello, is taken out, no one questions that Michael Flynn is his natural successor. For Michael, loyalty - and crime - pay. Michael Flynn rises to heights beyond anything the criminal underworld has seen. He owns everyone and he rules his empire with an even but fierce hand. No one would dare challenge him. Then the unthinkable happens. Perhaps Michael Flynn is not so untouchable after all.

    Rosalind says: "This book is a very long drawn out soap opera."
    "This book is a very long drawn out soap opera."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who hasn't read real crime books. The plot was never developed, it just droned on with banal language and shallow characters.

    What could Martina Cole have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Reconsider the lack of any real plot, rewrite it. Fundamentally a serial soap opera.

    How could the performance have been better?

    . There are so many good crime writers out there. For those of us who enjoy well written crime stories this was dreadful. The narrators voice was like chalk being drawn across a board. The accent horrible.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, it made me realise how patient I am to have kept listening to it.

    Any additional comments?

    Save your credit for one of the other crime writers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Not a fan"
    What did you like best about The Hunger Games? What did you like least?

    At best, an entertaining concept. However, the storyline had an inevitable climax.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The characters seemed to lack any real passion.

    What aspect of Carolyn McCormick’s performance would you have changed?

    I think the narration was adequate

    Do you think The Hunger Games needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I am pleased that I only ordered the first book, even though the 2nd and 3rd were on sale at the time. I wouldn't care to continue pursuing the fate of these characters, there was no real depth to them.

    Any additional comments?

    I see that they are about to make a series of films of these books.
    They may capture the interest of the teen market, but I think these books have no maturity in character development or plot development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Constant Gardener

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston

    The beautiful Tessa Quayle is murdered near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. And her putative African lover and travelling companion has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa’s husband, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. On his way he meets terror, violence and conspiracy, but his greatest discovery is the woman he barely had time to love.

    Rosalind says: "Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I found it interesting, particularly because it took part in a country which is dear to my heart.
    I find le Carre books quite difficult to follow at times. Even though they don't adopt the now popular editing method of jumping ahead in time then back again, which adds pace and anticipation to a novel, but can also be confusing.

    If you’ve listened to books by John le Carré before, how does this one compare?

    This is only the second book of his that I have listened to, and I did enjoy it.

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

    No, but I thought he did a splendid job of the narration,

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

    Not at all. I paced it over about 4 days, which was just fine.

    Any additional comments?

    I found it a little drawn out and it probably took a little too long to reach the vital moment of exposing the full plot and motivation. I feel that clever editing could have improved it, but that was fundamentally the old school of writing. Or perhaps thats just the way le Carre wanted it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sartaj Garewal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Moving from the 1940s to the present, from a convent in India to a cargo ship bound for the Yemen, from a tiny operating theatre in Ethiopia to a hospital in the Bronx, Cutting for Stone is a thrilling epic of conjoined twins, doctors and patients, temptation and redemption, home and exile - and a riveting family story, irresistibly charged with strange happenings, humour and pathos.

    Charmaine says: "RICH, DEEP, LAYERED, ABSORBING"
    "A brilliant book"
    Where does Cutting for Stone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably in the top 5 books that I have listened to and I think I've listened to over 100.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marion was my favourite character. Although this book was so brilliantly written, so detailed in description of childhood, heartache, loneliness, disappointment,hope, loss, deception,ambition, achievement, It will hold you spellbound.

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

    Emotion of each character. His voices are brilliant. His descriptions are so rich and full of heart, I will listen to this book again, maybe in a few weeks.

    Who was the most memorable character of Cutting for Stone and why?

    Just about all the main characters were memorable, they each played a part in the overall journey of Marion and his brother.

    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favour, get this book. This is more than a book. It is a journey.
    There is a certain amount of medical jargon that could prove a little more than enough, however I think it is important to the description of their accomplishments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "Exciting novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fever Dream to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, although I have bought it for a friend. However the audio version was fantastic.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The diversity, the intrigue.

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

    I found Rene Auberjonois' reading of this book was captivating. His ability to distinguish between the characters was amazing.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I thought the entire book was exciting. It kept a tremendous pace, I could hardly stop listening.

    Any additional comments?

    You won't be disappointed. It is a great story. Right to the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dreaming in English: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Laura Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Knowing she could never be happy in Iran, Tamila Soroush took her mother’s advice to “Go and wake up your luck” and joined her sister in the United States, where amazing freedoms awaited her. Now, after a spur-of-the-moment exchange of “I do’s” with her true love, Ike Hanson, Tami is eager to start her new life. But not everyone is pleased with their marriage, and Tami’s happily-ever-after is no sure thing.

    Linda Hensens says: "Wow, what a book this turned out to be!"
    "delightful story"
    What made the experience of listening to Dreaming in English the most enjoyable?

    The characters were so genuine. The story really enveloped you. It was mesmerising. She created people which you could empathise with.

    What other book might you compare Dreaming in English to and why?

    In some ways it was like a Thousand Splendid Suns. Not in content, but in plight of human spirit.

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

    The reader has a fantastic talent with accents and voices. Unlike too many other audio books, this reader had the absolute ability to switch you from character to character, it was seamless.

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

    A book of prejudice, fear, hope and heartbreaking love.

    Any additional comments?

    This book makes audio listeners wanting more. If only they were all so beautiful. And all audio readers this talented. So many good stories are spoilt by the reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Set in the context of Victorian social and medical debate, this novel is about rebellion, posing fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. This revised edition draws on recent theoretical work on gender and class.

    Sally says: "Delightful"

    For so long did I endure. Over and over did I go back, checking that I had not fallen asleep and missed some small moment to encourage me to move forward.
    And...the reward, after 18 hours of dedication, a paltry moment, when these two tortured souls, finally whispered, and I mean whispered, a brief encouraging moment of hearfelt intimacy. Oh, be still my beating heart. Thank goodness we have moved along a little since the author penned this work.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Caleb's Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Caleb Cheeshateaumauk was the first native American to graduate from Harvard College back in 1665. Caleb's Crossing gives voice to his little known story. Caleb, a Wampanoag from the island of Martha's Vineyard, seven miles off the coast of Massachusetts, comes of age just as the first generation of Indians come into contact with English settlers, who have fled there, desperate to escape the brutal and doctrinaire Puritanism of the Massachusetts Bay colony.

    Marion says: "Caleb's Crossing a Challenge"

    I don't know how to describe my disappointment with this book. It was so hard to understand the story line. The audio was DREADFUL. I love Jennifer Ehle, in so many roles she has played, however she just couldn't get into any of the characters she was reading. Her voice was so monotone, her pronounciation was appalling, the entire book was just awful. I have re-listened to it, in the hope that I was not interpreting it correctly. Alas, no better. Sorry Jennifer, but this was certainly not one of your better performances,

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "One of the best"

    I have listened to this book twice now, sometimes, when I really enjoy a book, a second listening, after a few weeks, brings new feelings towards characters, even things which I feel I have missed. Possibly loss of concentration. This book is stunning. The evolution of the main characters from childhood through their teen years and adult years was so beautifully crafted.
    How wonderful that someone with such a talent can bring such joy, such laughter, such sorrow to their audience. I will now have to buy the book in hard copy. Only once before did I need to physically own the hardcopy and that was The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. Lets have more stories like these, please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "One of the best"

    This is without doubt one of the most beautifully written stories one could possibly listen to. The narration is superb. His voice is almost mystical. I have listened to it twice, I have now purchased the book. I felt a need to read the passages which were so wonderfully narrated. I have recommended it to friends, one who had already read it and herself passed it on to her dearest friend. You will love this incredible tale, it is enchanting, and sad and I can't find the words to express what this author has achieved, in this his first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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