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Rosalind

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

North Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • 15 reviews
  • 90 ratings
  • 550 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015
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  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (318)

    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"
    "Tawdry"
    Overall

    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
  • Ruth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    The orphaned heroine Ruth, apprenticed to a dressmaker, is seduced and then abandoned by wealthy Henry Bellingham. Shamed in the eyes of society by her illegitimate son, and yet rejecting the opportunity to marry her seducer, Ruth finds a path that affirms we are not bound to repeat our mistakes.

    akacz says: "Sublime reading by Eve Matheson"
    "Depressing, unrelentingly depressing."
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    i have listened to North and South also by this author numerous times. She must have been having a nervous breakdown to pen such a dreary tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (485)

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

    loix says: "A fun and inspiring civics lesson"
    "Too long"
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    An interesting journey but far too long would have been greatly improved with fewer cooking details. His personal journey was far more intetesting than the ingredients of too many recipes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Before the Rains Come

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Alexandra Fuller
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    As her marriage collapses, the author of the international best-seller Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight relearns the fearless ways of her father to find her own true north. Standing in the wreckage of her marriage, in her adopted country America, Alexandra Fuller revisits the continent she loves and finds in her father's harsh, simple, and uncompromising ways the key to her salvation.

    companyCEO says: "Always thought-provoking"
    "Depressing"
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    Would you try another book from Alexandra Fuller and/or Alexandra Fuller?

    I have read 3 of her books which I thoroughly enjoyed. Can't imagine I would want to read anymore from this author.


    What was most disappointing about Alexandra Fuller’s story?

    All the previous books have been about the adventures with her family in different countries in Africa. This one was mostly about her failing relationship with her husband. It was constant and thoroughly depressing.


    What didn’t you like about Alexandra Fuller’s performance?

    I have listened to her narrate her own books before and she was fine. This time she seemed to have lost all her enthusiasm as she related the failure of her relationship with her husband. It was a joyless experience.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Leaving Before the Rains Come?

    All the parts about her failing marriage. Surely a novel is to entertain or at least inform and educate, this did neither.


    Any additional comments?

    I think my disappointment comes from the fact that I had so enjoyed her stories about her family life in Africa and that there was so little of that in this book. If Ms Fuller has run out of personal stories then she needs to start inventing them. Writers do it all the time.
    It's called fiction.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Martina Cole
    • Narrated By Annie Aldington
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    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."
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    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
    Overall
    (37026)
    Performance
    (27866)
    Story
    (28263)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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 10 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    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"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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    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
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    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"
    Overall
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    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
    Overall
    (3159)
    Performance
    (1750)
    Story
    (1758)

    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"
    Overall
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    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
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    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"
    Overall
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    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
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (696)

    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"
    "Absolutely beautiful "
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    This book is a beautifully written story with all the elements to entertain and pleasure your heart and soul. Drama, heartbreak, romance. Juliet Stephenson is by far the best female narrator there is. I have listened to this book countless times, if you liked Pride and Prejudice you will love this book.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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