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Liesl Biddell

Lavington, NSW, AU

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  • The Drowning Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Caitlin R. Kiernan
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (193)

    India Morgan Phelps - Imp to her friends - is schizophrenic. Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth - or from something far, far stranger....

    Diane says: "A Modern Haunting"
    "A challenge for those who like linear structure"
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    I found this to be a challenging story to follow. I enjoyed the narration immensely but needed to relax into the non linear structure. The one thing I can recommend when listening to this is just to go with it. Don't try to figure out what is real, what is truth or what is fact; just follow IMP on her journey.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4205)
    Performance
    (1897)
    Story
    (1920)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Whole new perspective"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wicked the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the narrator. He did a brilliant job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I adored the character of Elphaba. What an incredibly passionate, committed and strong woman and what heartbreak comes from ignorance.


    Which character – as performed by John McDonough – was your favorite?

    John did a brilliant job narrating the Nanny character. So few narrators get the voice right for the opposite gender.


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

    I was moved by the scene when Elphaba is being oiled by her lover. So intimate and touching as we have always seen her as evil and ugly but he sees her as exotic and wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    I really struggled to read the hard copy of this book so found that the audio version gave me access to a story I really wanted to hear but would have otherwise missed out on. Perfect for audio format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Is It Just Me?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Miranda Hart
    • Narrated By Miranda Hart
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path.

    Lily says: "Cackle Worthy"
    "No, It's not just you"
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    If you could sum up Is It Just Me? in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, delightful, clever


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miranda - present day
    Who doesn't find teenagers a little trying??? (sorry teens)


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

    I loved listening to Miranda do her own narration but it was a little hard to listen to her doing the voice of little Miranda especially listening with ear bud headphones


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

    I certainly had a number of laugh out loud moments and cringed at times when the stories came a little too close to home


    Any additional comments?

    I just adore Miranda

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unwed: Queen Betsy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1724)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (737)

    Waking up in a tacky coffin and wearing off-brand shoes, Betsy Taylor can't believe the horrible turn her life has taken; then she discovers she's a vampire. Soon, Betsy becomes a participant in a power struggle between the forces of darkness. With only her friend Jessica and the hunky vampire Sinclair to help her, this new "Queen of Vampires" will have a tough time getting her afterlife straight.

    Vanessa says: "Great Concept / Annoying Character"
    "What a laugh!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book ... in fact I already have. It is sassy and takes the dramatic vampire story and lightens it up with the great attitude


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Betsy of course


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

    I love hearing the intonations and attitude that Nancy brings. My only complaint is her male character voices ... not so good but I tried not to let it bother me too much.


    If you could rename Undead and Unwed, what would you call it?

    Undead in Style???


    Any additional comments?

    Searching for the audio version of book 2 now

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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