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Beverley Zabow

Neve Poleg, Netanya Israel | Member Since 2005

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  • City of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David R. Gillham
    • Narrated By Suzanne Bertish
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (247)

    It is 1943 - the height of the Second World War. With the men taken by the army, Berlin has become a city of women. And while her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model soldier's wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime. But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former Jewish lover.

    Susianna says: "Just Fine But My High Expectations? Foiled Again!"
    "The Best Book I have read this year"
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    What made the experience of listening to City of Women the most enjoyable?

    First of all kudo's to the narrator. Wonderful! The accents... the feeling, the atmosphere were all created flawlessly by her. I have read many, many books about this period but none like this. None that made me identify so closely with the protagonist. None that made me understand the complex motivations of the various characters for the things they did. It was such a complicated time and this book really made it come alive and made me appreciate the complexity.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I guess my favorite character, besides the protagonist, was her young friend - the young idealistic rebel - who knows what is right and does it.


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

    This book did not make me laugh or cry, even though it has very humorous dialogs, interpreted wonderfully by the narrator and very sad scenes. It did make me wonder how I would have reacted in the various situations. It made me hope that I would have been courageous and selfless and fight for my ideals - but it made me realize that in me also, is the potential for the ultimate betrayal if presented with particular sets of circumstances.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely my book of the year... and my read of the year!!! Cannot recommend enough.

    12 of 13 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
    (2077)
    Performance
    (1686)
    Story
    (1701)

    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"
    "Page turner"
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    As a lawyer that recently left "Biglaw" I could really identify with the protagonist and the pressure on a lawyer in a big firm. Yes it is actually like that!!! This is an "intelligent" thriller, which explains the procedures and creates tension without the need to add blood and guts. Highly recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1310)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1128)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Wonderful!"
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    This book took me on a trip to Ireland - to places I would be too scared to visit in my "real life" and to meet people I would never meet. The reading was fantastic - and I would never have felt so at home in Ireland without the guiding voice of Gerard Doyle.

    I enjoyed the excellent story, which ended as it should - though not as I expected, identified with certain qualities of the lead character who was suitably complex, and learned a little about the IRA and internal Irish politics, forensics and classical music.

    Just downloaded another book by the duo McKinty /Doyle. Hope I won't be disappointed.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2930)
    Performance
    (1664)
    Story
    (1674)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    A User says: "Not very exciting"
    "Pleasant but a bit slow..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book for the interesting information on a dog trainer..


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    I might... but not sure, as a bit predictable.


    What about Tanya Eby???s performance did you like?

    The reading did not interfere with the story


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

    No... in fact I didn't listen to parts of the second book... just breezed through till the end. It was a bit slow.


    Any additional comments?

    Started off well... but was on the whole was disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
    Overall
    (1293)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1120)

    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
    "Entertaining, challenging, moving,"
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    Entertaining - Steve Jobs had an eventful life, he experimented, challenged convention, succeeded, failed, annoyed...and was anything but boring.

    Challenging - this book challenged my views of good and evil, of the end justifying or not justifying the means .. of the liberties that are and should be granted to genius.

    Moving - under everything is a a man, a child rejected by a mother and put up for adoption, and insecure adult, a manipulator and a person struggling with his own mortality.

    This book describes one individuals journey through life. A unique journey but a universal one too as we have all suffered success and failure, rejection, been manipulated and manipulated others.. the human experience! The book teaches you about Steve Jobs but also about yourself, if you monitor your gut responses' to his behaviour.


    I am still not sure what I think of Steve Jobs but I understand what a complex and extreme example he is of a human being. This book gives a window into how he thought and the importance he placed on his legacy - his products and his company.

    Well done Walter Isaacson. Excellent narration by Dylan Baker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26984)
    Performance
    (13611)
    Story
    (13657)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Outstanding"
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    Outstanding book. A universal tale of growing up with a nanny. I grew up in South Africa in the 60's and not in Mississippi but found myself identifying with the the situation. Gives an insight into what it looks like from the side of nanny as well as how the situation ill serves the privileged class. Read beautifully. Waiting for her next book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Predator

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Park
    • Narrated By Mark Davis
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Here's the first of best-selling author Tony Park's gripping thrillers to be published in audio by Bolinda."In a luxury private safari lodge in Kruger National Park, Detective Sergeant Tom Furey has just woken to a protection officer's worst nightmare. The VIP in his charge, British government minister, Robert Greeves, has been abducted. Knowing his career is on the line, Furey vows not to stop searching until Greeves is found - dead or alive.

    Lia says: "Outstanding"
    "Great book, enjoyable, despite the poor reading"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the book... but the reading unfortunately was not good. The accents were a disaster! The "afrikaner" accent was not convincing (to an ex-South African)and many afrikaans words, place names, etc. were not correctly pronounced. Also the fact that black africans had the same accent as afrikaners shows a completely lack of understanding...
    Despite all of this, I really enjoyed the book and would have probably given it a rare 5 if the reader had not detracted and distracted. Pity they could not have found a reader familiar with the various South African accents.

    (By the way his Scottish accent was not convincing either...and he mispronounced certain regular english words too..)
    Tony Park if you want me to listen to another of your books please change readers, though I am not sorry I listed to this one.



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The 8th Confession: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (398)

    When a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless is found brutally executed, reporter Cindy Thomas knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been as saintly as everyone thought...

    JO A MORTON says: "Another Great Read by Patterson!"
    "Reader Disappointing"
    Overall

    I had a lot of trouble getting used to the reader - who reads mechanically, putting the same amount of emphasis on each word - mechanical.
    A good reader enhances my enjoyment of a book - in this case I had to make an effort to persevere in order to get through a pleasant story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (388)

    Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

    Lily says: "Amazing!"
    "The Best"
    Overall

    No one writes like Barbara Kingsolver...loved it. She also has a great reading voice. Wish they had more of her books on Audible.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Slumdog Millionaire

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Kati Nicholl, Kerry Shale
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Now an award winning film, 'Slumdog Millionaire' is based on Vikas Swarup's bestseller 'Q and A', which only took Swarup two months to write!

    Allan says: "Q & A review"
    "bevzab"
    Overall

    Loved this. Really got swept away in the atmosphere of India and the "Bollywood" drama of the narrative. Beautifully narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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