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Venetia

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6316)
    Performance
    (5471)
    Story
    (5462)

    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.

    Michele says: "The Perfect Summer Read"
    "Hated the accents"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't know how Irish, Scottish and English accents should sound.


    Has Beautiful Ruins turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance?

    He read it beautifully until the British and Irish accents became part of it.


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

    Irritation.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry to the reader for this critique. It was, otherwise, beautifully read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philomena

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By John Curless
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Falling pregnant as a teenager in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. She spent the next 50 years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.

    Robyn says: "Title should be Anthony/Michael, NOT Philomena"
    "Narration terrible"
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    What would have made Philomena better?

    A different narrator. This reader just managed to pinpoint the book's weak areas after five hours of misery from him and the self-pity from the characters I couldn't go any further. Perhaps a different narrator would have improved the whole atmosphere. I just couldn't continue.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Martin Sixsmith again?

    I would listen to this again with a different narrator. The book is supposed to be wonderful. I did find it a bit heavy as there was absolutely no humour at all and some of the poignancy was lost to me because of the endless misery.


    What didn’t you like about John Curless’s performance?

    Pretty much everything.


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

    Irritation and ultimately disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5227)
    Performance
    (3234)
    Story
    (3235)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Gripping thriller"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended to friends. It is a raw and totally enthralling.


    What other book might you compare In the Woods to and why?

    I think it's an original.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to mention.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully written and narrated.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13374)
    Performance
    (12238)
    Story
    (12307)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Beautiful book"
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    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful words, beautifully read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's honesty


    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She reads beautifully


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

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this book to many of my friends - to read and listen to. Even though it is aimed at young adults I think all adults should read it too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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