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Aline

Durban, South Africa

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  • Port Mortuary

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Kay Scarpetta has been training at the Dover Port Mortuary, mastering the art of ‘virtual autopsy’ - a groundbreaking procedure that could soon revolutionise forensic science. And it is not too long before these new skills urgently need to be put into practice. A young man drops dead, apparently from a heart condition, eerily close to Scarpetta’s home.

    Lia says: "Good book"
    "Gave me a headache"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Recited in such a grim expressionless monotone it's hard to tell if there's a worthwhile book in there.
    First chapter sounded like a lot of acronyms and internal politics.
    Couldn't take any more after that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When God Was a Rabbit

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sarah Winman
    • Narrated By Sarah Winman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    This is a story about a brother and a sister. It's a story about childhood and growing up, friendships and families, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. More than anything, it's a story about love in all its forms.

    FanB14 says: "Poorly Executed"
    "Good read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well written, absorbing and touching. A gentle story of people resolving the past and how their lives have intersected to make their worlds what they are.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Second Son: A Jack Reacher Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Ever wondered what early experiences shaped Reacher's explosive career as butt-kicker supreme, the one-man guided-missile battler for justice? In this original new short story, Lee Child looks back on an incident in his hero Jack Reacher's teenage years as the younger son of a tough career US Marine, on a faraway military base in the Pacific.

    Chris says: "Good to learn about Reachers childhood"
    "Backgrounder"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Interesting backgrounder to at least some of the influences that supposedly caused Reacher to be the kind of person he is. Ridiculously short for one credit though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For the Love of Norton: The Cat Who Taught His Human to Live

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Peter Gethers
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    There are only three things a cat needs for a fine life - good food, a comfortable bed, and universal praise and love. Luckily - after converting his human, Peter, from cat hater to cat lover - Norton has plenty of all three. And they're about to get better, as his Peter and girlfriend Janice decide to up sticks and spend a year in rural France. Norton in Provence is like - well - the cat who got the cream, whether he is hunting for mice in the rambling garden, hanging out with the local stray cats in the sun-drenched town square or being treated to delicacies in fine restaurants.

    Aline says: "Another good read"
    "Another good read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's also a good read but not as charming as the first one. Then again, Norton is a exceptional cat. Once you know that, nothing is quite so surprising any more. Also a bit more showbiz narcissism from the author. Still good for a lot of feline humour, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cat Called Norton: The True Story of an Extraordinary Cat and his Imperfect Human

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Peter Gethers
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Peter was a confirmed loner and cat hater, until he was given a small, grey (and impeccably handsome) kitten with folded ears by his then girlfriend. The girlfriend went but Norton stayed - in fact, he and Peter became inseparable. Trotting along beside him down the street, having his own chair in restaurants or sitting on Peter’s lap on plane journeys, Norton made his presence felt and Peter was a loner no more. But, after learning how to love his cat, would Peter now learn how to love another human too?

    Aline says: "Delightful"
    "Delightful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A delightful read for anyone who understands cats. Funny and touching. If you're indifferent about cats it's entertaining anyway. I was afraid it would be adolescent. It's not, it's written for adults and should hold anyone's interest. Jeff Harding's narration has exactly the right tone and hint of sarcasm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Visitor

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Hayward Morse
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Highflying Army career women Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cook are both victims of sexual harassment by their superiors. And now they're both dead. Jack Reacher, former US military cop, is a smart guy, a loner, and a drifter. He knew both the victims. For FBI Agent-in-Charge Nelson Blake, he's the perfect match. He's sure only Reacher has the answers to their burning questions: how did these women die? And why?

    David says: "Jack Reacher"
    "disappointing, badly read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Visitor?

    Did Lee Child really write this? It was long winded and implausible


    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less irrelevant, repetitive dialogue. A plot that makes sense


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Hayward Morse?

    Jeff Harding


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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