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elly

heemstede, Netherlands | Member Since 2008

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  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (887)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "Not really an evergreen"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, not really. I admire the currage of the writer to write such a story in that time frame but it would have been better to publish it on audible in an abriged version. The whole story endlessly dragged on.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The mail narrator was rather ok but the woman I didn't like.


    Could you see The Woman in White being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. But if you find the best scenario writer maybe.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joël Dicker
    • Narrated By Robert Slade
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence. That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that secured his lasting fame. Quebert is the only suspect.

    elly says: "No bestseller in my opinion"
    "No bestseller in my opinion"
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    Would you listen to The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair again? Why?

    No. I'm half way and sit it out but never again.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I'm hoping it will get better but up till now it is a drag. Over sentimental and nothing really happens.


    What three words best describe Robert Slade’s performance?

    Not too bad but there are better narrators.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    My husband read it and told me about it. So I got interested, also because it was a nr one on the bestsellers list here in Holland. But I'm disappointed. I'm afraid it was a waist of time, so far. I still hope it will get better, but I'm afraid it won't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Edmund de Waal
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (316)

    The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who “burned like a comet” in 19th-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox. The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection.

    Amazon Customer says: "A vagabond through history, clutching a tiny carvi"
    "Fantastic!!!"
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    If you could sum up The Hare with Amber Eyes in three words, what would they be?

    Caring, Intelligent, History


    What other book might you compare The Hare with Amber Eyes to and why?

    I can't remember any other book at its sort.


    What about Michael Maloney’s performance did you like?

    Very well done, although he is a fast narrator. Sometimes he speaks too quick.


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

    No. I did it in parts because there is so much to listen to. In fact it's three stories in one book.First the search of the netsukes, then the whole of the family history and then the way Edmund de Waal did his research.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so lucky to have seen him in person giving his talk about the book. And then I was so impressed that I bought the book for my husband and I searched for this audible book. And I was lucky to find it.There will be a time that I will read it agian because reading with your ears is quite different than with your eyes. Can't wait to see the film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (459)

    As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

    Lauren says: "Classic Wolfe"
    "Not worth the money"
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    Would you try another book from Tom Wolfe and/or Lou Diamond Phillips?

    Not for Tom Wolfe but maybe one where Lou Diamond Philips is the narrator


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Wolfe again?

    I'm afraid not.


    Did Lou Diamond Phillips do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, that was good enough.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Maybe the melting pot in Miami.


    Any additional comments?

    No not realy. I just didn't like it and throwed it away when I was half way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (2727)
    Performance
    (1790)
    Story
    (1787)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Not as good as...."
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    Where does The House at Riverton rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In a sort of a middle class.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    In this book I have no high lights or low lights.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I haven't got one


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

    Neither.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book because I had read 'the Forgotten Garden'. But the house at Riverton is not as good. Not by a longshot. After reading another book I had forgotten what it was all about while I could remember almost everything from the Forgotten garden.I must say that the narrator was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5272)
    Performance
    (3038)
    Story
    (3081)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Beautiful and mysterius"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It depends on who I will recommend it to. But in general, Yes.


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I didn't. But she is a very skilful narrator. I loved her rather decent Aussie accent.


    If you could rename The Forgotten Garden, what would you call it?

    The Hidden Garden.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a well written, romantic and mysterius story. During the story I thought how it would end but Mrs Morton was able to delay my thoughts almost un till the end. I liked it very much and have now ordered the House of Riverton.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4188)
    Performance
    (3531)
    Story
    (3525)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ron says: "Very Enjoyable Grisham"
    "An old fashioned John Grisham"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's an intreging story written with humor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You think you know what it is all about, just for a moment but then you're wrong, as usual.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (98)

    The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war’. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?

    Jane says: "A ripping yarn"
    "Not his best ever"
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    What did you like best about Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1? What did you like least?

    The story is about an old theme of his in a new coat.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not his follow up from this series.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    So, so. Little bit dull.


    Do you think Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It will be much of the same.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Corrections: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (473)

    The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

    Cindy says: "A satisfying listen"
    "didn't like it"
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    What would have made The Corrections better?

    The first time I listened I didn't like it very much so I left it.Then I thought I try again but the second time was just the same.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Room with a View

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    A Room with a View portrays the love of a British woman for an expatriate living in Italy, a country which to Forster represents the forces of true passion. Caught up in a world of social snobbery, Forster's heroine, Lucy Honeychurch, finds herself constrained by the claustrophobic influence of her British guardians, who encourage her to take up with a well-connected boor.

    Isabelle says: "Horrendous Reader Stifles the Story"
    "A beautiful story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I've seen the movie and was entchanted. It's a pity to say but the narrater of this book spoiled the whole story. So in this case the movie was better than the book. I have to try again with another narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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