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Nikki

bayswater north, Australia | Member Since 2014

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  • Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (559)

    The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.

    Jane says: "Superb narration of a great romantic classic"
    "A Classic brought to life by excellent narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a fantastic story. Its well paced and with good detail without being flowery and Jane herself is likeable and not overtly emotional as many heroines of her era were. I remember reading this book for school and having to analyse it line by line which does nothing to endear the classics to students, but now listening to it as an adult, and having it so beautifully narrated was such joy. I found myself driving around the block snd walking for an extra half hour just to listen to it more.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Born with Teeth: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kate Mulgrew
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil", Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred.

    Dorin Alexander says: "Wow, a magnificent life."
    "Kate falls in love a few times"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book seems more like a collection of Mills and Boon love stories than a biography. Major life events like the deaths of siblings and getting divorced are summarised into a few lines yet you get hour after hour of word for word detail about every date. There's about 15mins dedicated to her time in Startrek but you get 30mins on her over analyzing the meaning of a card and flowers and falling apart over that.

    I was hoping for a story about a strong woman struggling with life in the tough world of acting but instead it's the story of the love affairs if a self absorbed sometimes mother, sometimes actor.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23674)
    Performance
    (19671)
    Story
    (19658)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Loved it. Great premise and an easy listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is book a great listen. It's well written with a good pace and the multiple narrators make it simple to follow. The main protagonist is quite weak and flawed but it makes her interesting and works for the story. It's not overly predictable and the ending is done well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Untamed State

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Roxane Gay
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom.

    Jen says: "Not for the Faint of Heart"
    "Feels like a badly written lifetime movie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The premise is good and the main storyline has some interesting points but the characters aren't terribly likable. The story just seems to lack detail and character development and the main points aren't really dealt with or explained.

    The narration came across as rather gushy and overly dramatic but it's hard to tell whether that was the narrator, the direction or the quality of writing .

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Year of No Sugar: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Eve O. Schaub
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, John Lee
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (169)

    With her eyes open by the work of obesity expert Dr. Robert Lustig and others, Eve challenged her husband and two school-age daughters to join her on a quest to eat no added sugar for an entire year. Along the way, Eve uncovered the real costs of our sugar-heavy American diet including diabetes, obesity, and increased incidences of health problems such as heart disease and cancer.

    Virginia says: "Too obsessed with sugar, too free with exceptions"
    "It's a blog turned into a book"
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    Performance
    Story

    This isn't a great book. It's easy enough to listen too but I didn't learn anything about health or nutrition that is not possible to learn from 5mins on wiki. There is no science in the book, there's not even very many benefits given from the experience of giving up sugar. It's the rantings of a Mum who took up a cause obsessively and bullied and made life difficult for her family for 12 months. Half the book seems to be her being outraged at all the things with sugar in it and the other half justifying her behaviour for every choice she made.

    By the end of this book I didn't even really like the mother very much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (339)

    When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

    Jane says: "Hopefully this is the first of a series"
    "A story writer is not necessarily a crime writer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. It’s well written and performed and it’s easy and compelling to listen to. The character development is pretty good and it’s well paced. It’s not a book you will regret purchasing


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

    Well no..... Okay so the book follows a linear timeline and you follow the movements of the protagonist and his sidekick. Theres heaps of detail so you basically see everything as it unfolds so when it comes to the ending... well it all sort of fails. Theres the predictable "twist" but while it fits into what you learnt along the way its all a bit lame. Theres no cleverness, no anticipation, no wow moments. With most crime and thriller type books theres always some cloak and mirror type writing to conceal things from the reader to tease us and this lacks that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13294)
    Performance
    (12069)
    Story
    (12101)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "Fantastic book - completely unpredictable !"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Definitely. Like all good mystery novels, you want to go back and read the story again and appreciate the setup, the clues and the characters. With my first listen I just wanted to find out what happened next, now I want to enjoy it for the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked it when they were exploring the rooms as I could imagine myself doing exactly the same thing.


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

    I wasn't expecting the end of this book and I was also completely surprised by apartment 14. All of the surprises were welcome and while theres a few plot holes and way out stuff happening, i found that if I didn't overthink things and just went with it, I really had a fun listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky Man: A Memoir

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael J. Fox
    • Narrated By Michael J. Fox
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease: a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself.

    Patti says: "Not Bad for a Celebrity Story"
    "Great story of his inspirational journey."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the abridged audio book as it was read by Michael himself and it was lovely listening to him telling his own story. I didn't find it as emotional or as touching as i was expecting and moments that i was expecting to be teary just weren't. Not sure if this was it due to it being an abridged version and parts had been left out, as i found the story to jump around a bit and the poignant moment at the end with the walnut tree just seemed a bit lost.

    Still a great story about an inspirational man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much - not because she's not pretty - she's a very cute bubbly blonde - or not interested in a social life. She really is . . . but Sookie's got a bit of a disability. She can read minds.

    A User says: "Fangtastic!"
    "A fun holiday read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Dead Until Dark? What did you like least?

    There was a little humour there which was good, and it was a quick and easy listen. It lacked detail and character depth and Sookie was needy and a bit pathetic.


    Could you see Dead Until Dark being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This is the series that True Blood is based on and for once the series is better. The series is edgy, visually appealing and actually better written than the book. It also explores the characters a little more and Sookie is a more independent woman.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (438)

    When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of "Gothic novels" by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn.

    Johnny says: "Awesome"
    "Unlikely heroine"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Northanger Abbey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its a great classic and I'm loving revisiting the classics through the medium of audio books. Northanger was a favorite as a young girl as I shared Catherine's love of old buildings. Its not as polished as Austens other novels but i love the rawness and the hurried ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Catherine explores her room her imagination takes over. Its relatable and the emotions experienced shared by many a teenage girl in the 18th and the 21st Century.


    Any additional comments?

    Juliet Stevenson reads flawlessly yet again. Shes my favorite narrator and brings life to every charachter

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend, and quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a compulsively readable, irresistibly written, deeply touching novel.

    valerie says: "If you like the genre, this is first rate"
    "Entertaining read"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Where'd You Go, Bernadette to be better than the print version?

    Yes, its an entertaining book with lots of drama and humour that i think benefits from an audio performance like this narrator gives. Different voices, inflections and emphasis gives depth and body to this colourful story. Also Kathleen the narrator can sing !


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Other than the obvious heroine Bernadette i loved Audrey. Good development and story arc and we all know someone like her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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