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Claudia

Paddington, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Gone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (350)

    Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

    Janie says: "Get Gone Girl soon!"
    "Fantastic!!!"
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    This is the second book I have listened to narrated by Julia Whelan and again she didn't disappoint, neither did Kirby Heyborne. Both did a fantastic job with their respective characters. The story itself was extremely unbelievable and twisted, but that's what made it such a good read. I love all the twists and turns, it kept you guessing every step of the way, especially at the very end.

    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
    (12085)
    Performance
    (10976)
    Story
    (11003)

    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.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Not what I expected...."
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    I read the reviews about this book and they seemed so good, but I have to say I was quite disappointed. It took me a little while to get used to Ray's narration, as I found he spoke too quickly, but I got used to it by the end. However, by the time I actually got to the end the story was so unreal and uninspiring I was counting down minutes for it to finish. The beginning was interesting, and so was the journey the characters took on their mission of discovery, but once they opened number 14, it all kind of went downhill in my mind. It was not all bad though, despite my initial dislike of the narration, I did find that Ray did a great job with the characters - each had such a distinct personality, and he managed to pull if off very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7610)
    Performance
    (6629)
    Story
    (6620)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyed it!!!"
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    This was my first Nora Roberts book, and I thought it was a fantastic read. I bought it based on previous reviews, and they were not wrong. I found myself intrigued by the story and what would happen next. The characters were all great and Julia did an amazing job narrating with a clear distinction between the characters - even the male voices. It's only a shame it had to come to an end at some point. Highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6208)
    Performance
    (5376)
    Story
    (5369)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Just blown away"
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    This was my first audio book, and I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, and to be honest had quite low expectations as I love holding a book and sitting on the sofa. I was absolutely speechless after the first chapter. The story is just wonderful, with the past and present woven together so beautifully. The characters are all so interesting and different, and I love how they all have their time in the book, so you really get to know them and all their flaws. The narration by Edoardo was spot on, he really brought all the characters to life, and made the whole experience unforgettable. I read most of it on my long drives to work, and for the first time, I actually didn't want to get out of the car as I wanted to keep on listening. Well done Jess on an amazing book, and Edoardo for narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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