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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 108 ratings
  • 279 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • The Coroner’s Lunch: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Laos, 1975: The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else: the rest of the educated class have fled.

    Jane says: "a splendid story"
    "Baguettes and murder! Worth a listen."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Coroner’s Lunch to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not a nail biter but engaging enough to keep me interested. Getting to know the characters was the most fun.

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

    Some reviewers have written that they thought Clive was a terrible narrater who distracted from the story. I disagree. His reading voice rather reminded me of Robin Leach (host of the old tv series "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous") which gave the story an amusing sense of importance. He did a spectacular job of creating recognizable and believable voices for all the characters.

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

    Baguettes and murder.

    Any additional comments?

    This is not the most sophisticated listen but utterly enjoyable. The light tone and fun sense of humour just carry the listener along for the ride. Dr, Siri is a wonderful character living in an interesting time and place who is surrounded by likeable cohorts. I look forward to reading more adventures of this reluctant coroner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Magical, funny, sexy...a delicious listen!"
    Would you listen to A Discovery of Witches again? Why?

    This book is worth a second listen. Deborah Harkness tells a delightful tale that successfully suspended my reality. What a pleasure it is to dwell in the imagination, leave this mundane existence behind and accompany these characters on their adventure.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I quite like the main character Diana. She is funny, quirky, down to earth yet out of this world.

    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    Jennifer Ikeda has mastered an amazing number of accents but my favorite character is Isabeau. Jennifers performance just seems to conjure up this petite, feisty, matriarch of a most unusual family. Mais qui!

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

    There is a scene where Diana insists on accompanying Matthew on a hunt. As he pursues a stag, Diana's consciousness connects with that of the animal and stays with it through the chase, the struggle for survival and at last the acceptance and final, inevidable submission to the will of the stronger beast. It is really quite beautiful.

    Any additional comments?

    This book took me by surprise! Witches, Vampires and Demons...oh my! Not my usual fare. If you want to take a break from reality give this book a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By D. H. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Veronika Hyks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lady Chatterley's Lover, written in 1928, tells the story of a passionate love affair between an upper class woman and her husband’s gamekeeper, which was thought to be so shocking in its content and its straightforward use of explicit sexual terms, that it was not officially published until 1960.

    Melanie says: "Soooooo much better than 50 shades"
    "Revisiting a well loved classic"
    What did you love best about Lady Chatterley's Lover?

    I revisit this story once a decade. Giving away my age, this is my forth visit. What I love is the passion between Connie and Mellors which transcends the rigid class system in England at that time, and how this unexpected and forbidden love frees them both from the dreary, lonely lives that circumstance has trapped them in.

    What did you like best about this story?

    What I enjoy the most about this story is how Mellors earthy attitude towards sex shocks Connie yet leads her to discover, accept and ultimately revel in her own sexuality.

    What about Veronika Hyks’s performance did you like?

    Having read this book many times I was nervous that listening to it might not meet my expectations and ruin the story for me. I need not have worried.Veronica Hyks made this story come alive. Lady Chatterly was portrayed perfectly as a young woman in love and Ms Hyks did a wonderful job with Mellors use of vernacular. Even lesser characters took on a life of there own.

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

    I am always moved when Lady Chatterly cries over the baby pheasants lamenting her unfulfilled life and her empty womb.

    Any additional comments?

    If you should choose to listen to this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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