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Phillip

Lilyfield, Australia

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  • Parrot and Olivier in America

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Olivier is a young aristocrat, one of an endangered species born in France just after the Revolution. Parrot, the son of an itinerant English printer, wanted to be an artist but has ended up in middle age as a servant. When Olivier sets sail for the New World - ostensibly to study its prisons, but in reality to avoid yet another revolution - Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil.

    Phillip says: "A grand story, full of great characters"
    "A grand story, full of great characters"
    Overall

    I loved it so much that when my ipod said that I only had 20 mins left of the story I could not bring myself to finish it, and it took a full week before I could bring myself to have it ended.

    The narrator does a terrific job, and it very well produced. It is a rich and dazzling story - highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Herzog

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Saul Bellow
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    Winner of the National Book Award when it was first published in 1964, Herzog traces five days in the life of a failed academic whose wife has recently left him for his best friend. Through the device of letter writing, Herzog movingly portrays both the internal life of its eponymous hero and the complexity of modern consciousness.

    Chris Reich says: "Grows Within You"
    "Dull dull dull"
    Overall

    So I really tried.....I got through about 5 hours but I just couldn't continue - nothing happens

    I liked the idea of a main character who spends most of his time writing letters, the style and narration are good but don't say you were not warned. It is so incredibly dull.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Equal Affections

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Leavitt
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    An elaboration of some of David Leavitt's early stories, Equal Affections - his second novel - is about the family of a woman, Louise Cooper, who is dying of cancer. The family has other problems: Nat, Louise's husband, is having an affair; her daughter April, a lesbian with a thriving career as a singer, finds herself pregnant; and her son, Danny, also gay, is worried about his lover's commitment to him.

    Phillip says: "Touching and poignant"
    "Touching and poignant"
    Overall

    This novel follows the four members of the Cooper family through the mother's illness. The narrator is very good, and really adds to the experience giving each character a unique voice. This is helped by Leavitt's perfectly targeted style and each character is so perfectly realised that you feel like you could recognise them. The book leaves a long-lasting afterglow. Highly recommended, along with all of Leavitt's other work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of too much liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's intensely realized characters, as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

    Thom says: "Great Portrait of Liberal America Today"
    "Try The Corrections Instead"
    Overall

    So I am a huge fan of Jonathan Franzen, I like the audio book format and the narrator (as other reviewers have noted) is excellent. However, this was an ordeal to finish. The book and the characters are angry, bitter and I didn't want to spend any more time with them. Give this a miss and try the corrections instead.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alias Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Shelley Thompson
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Sixteen years have passed since Grace was locked up for the cold-blooded murder of her employer and his housekeeper. She now claims to have no memory of the murders, so an amnesia expert tries to find out if she is innocent.

    Rowan Mangan says: "Let down by recording quality"
    "Captivating, disturbing, but ultimately satisfying"
    Overall

    This is an audiobook which is done very well. The accent of the reader adds to the drama and this title is very much recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Life of Unlearning: One Man's Journey to Find the Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anthony Venn-Brown
    • Narrated By David Tredinnick
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    This is a story about living your truth, embracing who you are and living the life you were meant to live. Whether you're gay or straight, a Christian or a non believer, you'll find relevance in Anthony's tale.

    Floyd says: "It wasn't easy, but I'm still here!"
    "an honest, gutsy and very personal autobiography"
    Overall

    Hats of to Anthony for doing this book and there is much to be commended in this story. Overall I appreciate the book but I didn't finish it. I felt a little bit like I was listening to a speech and found it hard to connect with it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Children's Book

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Nicolette McKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Olive Wellwood is a famous writer, interviewed with her children at her side. For each of them she writes a separate private book. In their rambling house near Romney Marsh they play in a story-book world - but their lives, those of their rich cousins and of their friends are already inscribed with mystery.

    Phillip says: "Adult book about the pleasures of knowledge"
    "Adult book about the pleasures of knowledge"
    Overall

    I am a huge fan of A.S. Byatt's Posession, and there are many similarities in this latest book. As an audiobook, the Narrator does a wonderful job with many different characters and story threads.

    However, be warned, this is long - over 31 hours, and follows the lives of two generations of a constellation of families living in the English countryside at the turn of the 20th century. This is a very English novel, full of cups of tea, letters and London's museums.

    Byatt is brilliant on the gathering forces of England and Germany at the beginning of the 20th century and despite the many different story threads and length I very much enjoyed the time I spend with this book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Remembrance of Things Past: Swann's Way, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    In this first part, Proust paints an unforgettable, scathing and, at times, comic portrait of French society at the close of the19th century, and reveals a profound vision of obsessive love.

    Maggie says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "Perfect for walking"
    Overall

    One of the things I love about audiobooks is listening to them as I walk. I think this audiobook is perfectly suited to walking, as Proust is often describing his thoughts as he walks. I have downloaded other versions of Swan's way, but this one is the best. The narrator is a little fast sometimes, however given the length - this is not much of a problem. Overall, this is highly recommended and I have totally enjoyed it!

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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