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Margaret Darley

Maggots

Qld, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • 183 titles in library
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  • Fishing for Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (328)

    Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick.

    Louise says: "Okay Bryce I Just Finished Fishing For Stars"
    "Not my favourite Bryce Courtenay"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found it a bit too pornographic for my taste. The story could have had the same impact without being so explicit.


    If you’ve listened to books by Bryce Courtenay before, how does this one compare?

    Bryce Courtenay is a wonderful story-teller, although I found this one a bit long-winded


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Humphrey Bower is an inspired reader. He portrays the accents of the characters wonderfully well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Years: Cazalet Chronicle, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Jill Balcon
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    The tangled lives of three generations evoke a vanished world in this, the first volume of the Cazalet Chronicle. Home Place, Sussex, 1937. The English family at home.... For two unforgettable summers they gathered together, safe from the advancing storm clouds of war. In the heart of the Sussex countryside these were still sunlit days of childish games, lavish family meals and picnics on the beach.

    Ilana says: "The Age of Innocence"
    "Disappointing"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Light Years to be better than the print version?

    No! I much prefer the print version


    How could the performance have been better?

    There is too much dynamic range - the reader is sometimes whisper quiet, so you turn up the volume and the next paragraph is too loud; this is very disruptive and annoying. The reader does not differentiate between the characters, so it's not easy to tell who is speaking.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the story but had to go to the print version to enjoy it, I have listened to many audio books but have not been so disappointed before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (175)

    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Michael says: "Don't have expectations!"
    "Not my kind of story"
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    Story
    What disappointed you about The Casual Vacancy?

    J.K. Rowling is a top-selling author so I thought a book by her for adults would be good. It was just not my kind of story - I stopped listening after about a third of the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm currently listening to The Persimmon Tree by Bryce Courtenay, and it's brilliant - both the story and the performance by the narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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