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Andrew

Morrinsville, N/A, New Zealand

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  • 16 titles in library
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  • The Lathe of Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (100)

    George Orr's dreams do change the world. He is the only one who knows it...he and the power-mad psychiatrist who is forcing George to dream a new reality - a better reality that is free from war, disease, overpopulation, and all human misery. But for every man-made dream of utopia, there is a terrifying, unforeseeable consequence...

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Book, Bad Reader"
    "Powerfull"
    Overall

    I approached this audio book with some trepidation, my only experience of LeGiuns work being "The Dispossesed", a book I have read many times, enjoyed as much for its message and thought provoking qualities as for its evocative landscapes. This audio book is in the same league, rich narrative, spare descriptive writting, powerfull message. It would assist the listener to have some understanding of "TAO", this concept being central to the theme. The Audio is a little dated, but the ear soon adjusts and the narrator does a fine job.A great follow on from "The Time Travellers Wife" which had been my previous listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monarchy of England: The Beginnings

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Starkey
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    This is the first of three volumes, which, taken together under the over-arching title of Monarchy, will form a new, ground-breaking history of England as told through the lives of its Kings and Queens.

    Andrew says: "Charming and Insightful"
    "Charming and Insightful"
    Overall

    It's absolutely great when you think you know a little about a subject but then realise you know nothing, your perspective of historical events widens and world appears a little different. This book is about the evolution of the British Monarchy, but it is also as much about the development of the principles of modern parliamentry democracy, the English langauge and so much more. I loved it, and the narration was excellent!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Blind Assassin

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Laura Chase's older sister Iris, married at 18 to a politically prominent industrialist but now poor and 82, is living in Port Ticonderoga, a town dominated by their once-prosperous family before the First War. While bewailing her unreliable body and deriding those who try to help her, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life and her perilous times, but in particular on the events surrounding her sister's tragic early death.

    Andrew says: "Shadows and Memory"
    "Shadows and Memory"
    Overall

    A story of revenge and redemption, multiple storylines weave together in a haunting symphony as Iris, the elderly protagonist recites her small but compelling story. Highly recommended if your taste is skeward toward the slightly unusual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2570)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (345)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Absorbing"
    Overall

    Got off to a slow start, but by the end I really cared about the characters. Good narration, quality writing, unusaual theme which unfolded beautifully. I drive all over over NZ as a sales rep. and audio books fill the long spaces between destinations, this has been my favourite so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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