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Robin

Donnybrook, Western Australia, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Peaches for Monsieur le Curé: Chocolat, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joanne Harris
    • Narrated By Rula Lenska, Gareth Armstrong
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    It isn't often you receive a letter from the dead. When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to follow the wind that blows her back to Lansquenet, the village in south-west France where, eight years ago, she opened up a chocolate shop.

    Deb says: "Vianne Never Stays Long Enough"
    "A wonderful further chapter in the Chocolat saga"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Peaches for Monsieur le Curé in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, riveting, familiar


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Joanne Harris had maintained the same familiar characters but brought it up to date by introducing a whole load of immigrants with very familiar culture and how that culture was received by the small remote French village.


    Have you listened to any of Rula Lenska and Gareth Armstrong ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I had not listened to others of their performances but I was very impressed with their rendition of this book. Both gave remarkable performances.


    If you could rename Peaches for Monsieur le Curé, what would you call it?

    I would never attempt to rename an author's work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Color of Destiny: The Color of Heaven Series, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka, Jennifer O'Donnell, Paul L. Coffey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Eighteen years ago a teenage pregnancy changed Kate Worthington's life forever. Faced with many difficult decisions, she chose to follow her heart and embrace an uncertain future with Glenn Ferguson, her devoted first love...and the father of her baby. At the same time, in another part of the world, sixteen-year-old Ryan Hamilton makes his own share of mistakes, but learns important lessons along the way.

    Robin says: "These colours are about family relationships."
    "These colours are about family relationships."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend not only this book but the series. So interesting and draws the listener right into the continually unfolding plot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Color of Destiny?

    to suddenly realise how these people were all connected.


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

    There's a timbre in her voice that draws me in.


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

    No, I find the whole plot moving.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Bill Bryson's hilarious memoir of growing up in middle America in the Fifties, complete, unabridged and read by the author. Born in 1951 in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, Bill Bryson is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24 carat memoir gold.

    Robin says: "I just loved it!"
    "I just loved it!"
    Overall

    This is such a funny autobiography and brings to life the minds of small and not so small boys! Having Bill Bryson read his own biography is an added bonus as he brings it to life. I laughed out loud so often. A wonderful listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3152)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1366)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "She always delivers"
    Overall

    As usual with Jodi Picoult this book is well researched, brilliantly written and gripping in the issues it explores as it progresses through its story. I love listening to her thoroughly explore a contemporary theme. This book, like her others, gripped me so thoroughly that I found myself tining in to listen at every available opportunity.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (559)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "I was glued to this audiobook!"
    Overall

    I love Jodi Picoult's work. She never baulks at tackling the difficult conundrums in our society. This book sure plunged me into an ethic about single sex parents versus non- biological parents. It was so interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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