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West Kempsey, Australia

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  • The Snowman: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    The night the first snow falls a young boy wakes to find his mother gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet footprints on the stairs. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the bedroom windows. Round its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.Inspector Harry Hole is convinced there is a link between the disappearance and a menacing letter he received some months earlier.

    Lia says: "Gripping - Practically a horror novel"
    "Fabulous"
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    As I have written 2 disparaging reviews in a row I thought I'd better write a positive one. This is a beautifully crafted, story with credible characters. A good rip-along yarn.
    The narrator was a joy to listen to and he certainly made the book most exciting. Mr Barrett gave a performance so skilful that I didn't notice it... I was ' living in the story' rather than being told a story. I wish there were more readers like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Butterfly Swords

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jeannie Lin
    • Narrated By Sarah Lam
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Winner of the 2009 Golden Heart Award, a sweeping romantic adventure set in the golden age of China. Journey to the very edge of honour, loyalty... and love. During China's infamous Tang Dynasty, a time awash with luxury yet littered with deadly intrigues and fallen royalty, betrayed Princess Ai Li flees before her wedding.

    Pin says: "Dills & Hoon bodice ripper in Chinese disguise"
    "Dills & Hoon bodice ripper in Chinese disguise"
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    To explain my heading to non Australians, in Oz we call fools Dills and tearaways Hoons.I was SO disappointed. I thought I was buying historical fiction but found it more hysterical than anything to do with ANY dynasty in China. If you like to pick up a bit of history with your fiction, don't bother with this one. The writing was immature. The plot was simple and predictable. The factual content was zilch. Lord above knows how it won an award - the Golden Heart award is unknown to me and I guess it must be equivalent to the Mills & Boon style. The performance was OK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ransom Riggs
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (641)

    A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

    FanB14 says: "Just Missed the Mark"
    "Great story - Woeful performance"
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    Why do Americans assume they can do a British accent just because they've watched 1940 style movies supposedly set in England?
    Jesse Bernstein read with ease and with meaning WHEN he was being American, but his accents were laughable. He needs to do far more research before he attempts this sort of work again.
    The British (and I say this very loosely because they were occasionally Scottish, sometimes the American version of Cockney London, but mostly just plain unrecognisable) accents were delivered so slowly it sounded like the characters were all imbeciles.
    It really spoilt a good story for me. Random house usually do better. Shame on them for letting this one get through to the buying public.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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