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Lorna

I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!

Johannesburg, South Africa | Member Since 2010

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  • 86 reviews
  • 86 ratings
  • 242 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Three Fates

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (533)

    When the Lusitania sank, more than one 1,000 people died. One passenger, however, survived to become a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief but keeping a small silver statue that would become a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that heirloom, one of a priceless, long-separated set of three, has been snatched away from the Sullivans.

    Barbara says: "Nora at her best!"
    "Nora Roberts usual.."
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    I love Nora Roberts writing and this book was her usual good production. A bit like having a meal at a restaurant and when someone asks you a week later what it was like and you honestly can't remember.. It wasn't bad, it wasn't fantastic, it was acceptably ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One Plus One

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to.... Jess’ gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’ teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking.... Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help....

    Lorna says: "Delightful...."
    "Delightful...."
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    I have never read a Jojo Moyes book before, I'm not sure why, but I suppose I haven't stumbled across one.. But now I have.. I will read more of her books. This was one of the most delightful books that I have read in a long time.
    The fact that the narration was done from 4 different character's perspectives and drew the story into real life. The narrators were believable, not forced and honestly good.
    I loved Jess, Ed, Nicky and Tansy.. They were all delightfully real, with their own flaws that related a story of tanacity, never gicing up and looking at the positive.
    And of course there was Norman, I'm a complete sucker for a dog in a story.. And this is a DOG.. a big, black, hairy, floppy, drooling, disobedieent dog.
    have a listen.. you wont waste yor money... ENJOY!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hundred Pieces of Me

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lucy Dillon
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Gina is starting her life again, after a difficult few years she'd rather forget. But the belongings she's treasured for so long just don't seem to fit who she is now. So Gina makes a resolution. She'll keep just a hundred items - the rest can go. But that means coming to terms with her past and learning to embrace the future, whatever it might bring…

    Lorna says: "Oh.. sooo. boring... YAWN!"
    "Oh.. sooo. boring... YAWN!"
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    I didn't finish this book, even though I tried a dozen times. The narrator is far too old to be depicting a young woman who is going through a divorce. Her voice is gravely like she has smoked 40 fags a day for 40 years.. I just couldn't get into this very boring book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    From the celebrated author of the international bes tseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women. Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimke is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift.

    Sara says: "Those Ahead Of Their Time"
    "Beautiful!"
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    Would you listen to The Invention of Wings again? Why?

    I would listen again.. it was a beautiful story


    What other book might you compare The Invention of Wings to and why?

    The Housemaid's Daughter, 12 Years a slave. The book leads us on a tale of slavery and "below stairs" that is overlooked.


    What does Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The two different stories of the "above stairs" and "below stairs". The different perspectives that each young woman has on life.


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

    It had a languid poignancy to it that led you into a well woven story.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. IT was well written and very well narrated.. Makes me want to quilt a story of my own..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1544)
    Performance
    (1380)
    Story
    (1400)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Elaine says: "One of Nora's best in years"
    "FABULOUS!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Collector again? Why?

    I'm not a twice listening person, but if I didn't have anything else to read I would.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all the characters.. Nora blrought them to life with their personalities


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    As said, I enjoyed all of them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I travel a lot, so I never get to listen all at once. But I certainly looked forward to alone travel time to switch on and listen.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of Nora Roberts' best books I've read to date.
    You wont be dissapointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rescue

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: He can't fall in love...

    Claudine says: "Can't put down story!"
    "A feel good story!"
    Overall
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    I love Nicholas Sparks' books... So I'm always biased when rating. I must say I have a little trouble with male narrators. The story was great but towards the end it went a little flat..
    Not the best Nicholas Sparks. I enjoyed The Long Ride much better than this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies' Night

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (338)

    Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly "divorce recovery" therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday "Ladies' Night" sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

    JenniferandSteveLandeau says: "Man I thought my divorce was the worst!"
    "Hilariously funny!"
    Overall
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    I laughed out loud listeing to this book. it was quirky, funny, good narration and I just love the way the main character bounces back in a kick ass way. I love old houses, house renovations, home decor, cooking and more and also with a good romance thrown into the mix! Oh and did I mention the little dog.. I love romance, animals, food, home decor.. This book had it all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Principia Martindale

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Edward Swift
    • Narrated By Marcie Millard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Principia Martindale, an enormous red-head with a special brand of Christian logic, is assigned to teach the Bible in a pathetic Texas ghost town, where she finds her true calling and her true love.

    Lorna says: "The manipuations of man..."
    "The manipuations of man..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    A young pious school girl getss sucked into the religious world of greed, zealousness and money.. Principia is innocent and remains so throughout the book. This was interesting and I enjoyed each character. It was well written and well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wildflower Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (380)

    In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. In 2009, London, prima ballerina Lydia Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can also have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Lydia returns home to Australia to recuperate.

    David P. McGivern says: "Engaging, believable"
    "Beautifully writtten and narrated"
    Overall
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    This was a beautful book, well written and narrated. It flowed well and I enjoyed the story so much I didn't want it to end. Its about a spoilt young woman with the no worries in the world who has everything she wants and needs and her world comes crashing down. She is a dancer who sustains an injury and her career comes to a sharp end, her boyfirend iis cheating on her and her comfortable affluent world crashes. She takes a sabatical to her family home and her life changes...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    The Husband's Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love, and secrets. When her husband announces he's in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother's house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame. Rachel is a woman in her 60s consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter 20 years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain.

    Moonglotexas says: "Hauntingly beautiful, a story that lingers"
    "Unexpected.. Good!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This story started off a bit on the dreary side and then whipped into an unexpected turn.
    Its written well wth crafty twists and turns that show how humans will do anything to survive, to keep their worlds in tact, to protect their marriages and children. Overall a good rating from me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walking Back to Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lucy Dillon
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Juliet’s been in hiding - from her family, from her broken life, but most of all from the fact that Ben’s not around anymore. Her mother, Diane, has run out of advice. But then she insists Juliet look after her elderly Labrador and it becomes apparent that Coco the dog might actually be the one who can rescue her daughter. Especially when it leads to her walking dogs for a few other locals too, including a spaniel, Damson, who belongs to a very attractive man.... Before she knows it, Juliet realizes she has somehow become the town’s unofficial pet-sitter.

    Leisha says: "Great Read - makes you appreciate what you have"
    "A feel good human story"
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    I'm a sucker for animal stories and I think the Lab on the cover of this book probably sold it to me before I read the review.

    This is a story of loss and heartbreak that adds dogs, pets, family and friends to help heal the loss of a loved one.

    Overall I enjoyed this book, but I did struggle with the Jilly Bond's narration. Jilly sounds sixtyish and her voice is a little too mature for the main character and her male voices sound like Yogi Bear's voice. So this was a little distracting at times.

    But if your'e looking for a feel good story, with a little laugh and a bit of a weep.. you wont waste your money!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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