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Chris

60, Working Class autodidact Slow reader but well read. Audio Books have taken me from 25 books a years to 125 a year and has also allowed me to listen to many books that I would perhaps not have ever read. e'g Don Quixote, Uysses etc.

Felixstowe, United Kingdom | Member Since 2010

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  • A Possible Life

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sebastian Faulks
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas, Samuel West, Christian Rodska, and others
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Terrified, a young prisoner in the Second World War closes his eyes and pictures himself going out to bat on a sunlit cricket ground in Hampshire. Across the courtyard in a Victorian workhouse, a father too ashamed to acknowledge his son. A skinny girl steps out of a Chevy with a guitar; her voice sends shivers through the skull. Soldiers and lovers, parents and children, scientists and musicians risk their bodies and hearts in search of connection.

    Chris says: "For me it was not up to Faulk,s high standard"
    "For me it was not up to Faulk,s high standard"
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    Story
    What did you like best about A Possible Life? What did you like least?

    Having read nearly all his works, and really enjoyed 90% particularly On Green Dolphin Street and Charlotte Grey I sadly found this one off the pace.

    No real complaint, 90% complete satisfaction is a target few author hit.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Teeth

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (199)

    Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

    Susan says: "Superb narration"
    "It says so much about how we live now."
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    Would you listen to White Teeth again? Why?

    Yes because its range of character from all corner of our current cultural mix here in the UK throws much light on to the fact we all share the same human condition and just respond to it in different ways.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It deals with many layered multicultural and intragenerational relationships which allows one to see so many thing from so many points of view without ever taking sides and saying this is right and that is wrong.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    For just 1 reader she got she got so many accents right. This increased my enjoyment.


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

    Welcome to a world where the old certainties have gone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of the Flood: MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, the preservation of all species and the tending of the Earth - has long predicted the Waterless Flood. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have avoided it: the young trapeze-dancer, Ren, locked into the high-end sex club; and former SecretBurgers meat-slinger turned Gardener, Toby, barricaded into a luxurious spa. Have others survived?

    Jennifer says: "Strange and ponderous"
    "Margret Atwood at her best"
    Overall

    In my opinion this book " The Year of the Flood" returns Margret Atwood to the genius level she achive in " The Handmaidens Tale" in which she so closely foresaw some of the dangers of the Religious Right long before they became a reality. Here she pose so many Eco question and how they may be handled in an increasingly fratured sociaty. A sociaty we and the finacial crisse are fast building. Much food for thought.

    On a pracial level, the destion to have the contents of the "Oral Hymnbook" done in song on the reading/recording adds an aditional level of enjoyment, Thanks to, whoever thought of that.

    Great Book great recording.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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