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Sab_sunrise

Rosebank, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • 5 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 85 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • The Saint Zita Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Dex works as a gardener for Dr Jefferson at his home on Hexam Place in Pimlico: an exclusive street inhabited by the rich, and serviced by the not so rich. The hired help, a motley assortment of au pairs, drivers and cleaners, decide to form the St Zita Society (Zita was the patron saint of domestic servants) as an excuse to meet at the pub and air their grievances. When Dex is invited to one of these meetings, the others find that he is a strange man, ill at ease with human beings....

    Sab_sunrise says: "disappointing...."
    "disappointing...."
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    I am a Ruth Rendell fan and i was looking forward to this book. It left me disappointed and I am not even entirely sure why. She introduced lots of colorful characters and yet they did remain remote and inaccessible. There are no surprises in the plot, no mystery, no unexpected turn of events - what happens is predictable.
    I have recently read an earlier Ruth Rendell book : Adam and Eve and Pinch Me. I enjoyed it. It was clever, interesting, and full of colorful characters who you became to know intimately. In many ways the Saint Zita Society seems to be a less successful remake of this earlier book - just a handful of new people, a new location....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam and Eve Pinch Me

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Jan Francis
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Jock was supposed to have died in the Paddington train crash. Minty had received a letter from the railway company. But, curiously, the police hadn't been in touch. And Jock had gone off with all her savings. Then Jock's ghost starts reappearing to Minty: at home, at work, even in the cinema. He even touches her. Minty started to carry a knife. If he wasn't made of shadows, would he bleed?

    Sab_sunrise says: "entertaining"
    "entertaining"
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    an clever crime story, that for a change is not focused on sinister darkness and violence. it kept me engaged from the first word to the last.

    0 of 0 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
    (5752)
    Performance
    (4978)
    Story
    (4972)

    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"
    "depressing...."
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    another book that I almost did not finish. hope made me listen to the end. hope that maybe things will turn around. they never did. if you like to follow the broken and depressed lives of people this book will do the trick - people haunted by missed opportunities, broken dreams, regrets, addiction, abortion etc. The last 15 min are a bit more uplifting then the rest....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Dennis Olsen
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (151)

    It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings.

    HDJ says: "Ignore the teen classification!"
    "interesting and engaging"
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    the story captured me right from the start. it is touching, engaging , intelligent and an excellent piece of writing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Straight Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (166)

    Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

    Jeffrey A. Sherman says: "Shockingly good"
    "the lives of mediocre people...."
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    this is my first richard russo book. tempted by raving reviews I was so looking forward to this read and I was so disappointed. I found no pleasure or interest in following the lives of mediocre people. Every details of their uninteresting lives was revealed to me but I cant get why anybody would like to spend their time to follow them. the humour did not match my humour and I did not find it funny. so after 5 hours of trying to find something worth listening I had to give up....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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