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Oz Pom

OzPom

WA, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Night Watch: Discworld, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (121)

    Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a hard-boiled egg! Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past, without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck. Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive; he has a job to do.

    Oz Pom says: "Pratchett at his best."
    "Pratchett at his best."
    Overall

    In pursuit of a criminal, Commander Samuel Vimes is thrown back in time to become John Keel, the mentor to his younger self. The twists, turns and political intrigue are inter-mingled with the usual blend of Pratchett humour and wit. This is Pratchett at his very best and, through the excellent story-telling and vocal characterisations of Stephen Briggs, is a pleasure to listen to or to revisit for anyone who has already read the novel. Five star rating!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Sonia says: "Imagine if you were a character within a book..."
    "Revisiting this novel was a real pleasure."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to 1Q84 the most enjoyable?

    The magnitude of Murakami's work and his attention to detail made this a pleasurable experience. I first read the novel - Books 1 to 3 - when it was released as one volume in 2010. To revisit it now as an audio novel was like hearing an old friend's voice once more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complexity of the story, its story-within-a-story concept and the wonderful way the two protagonists were narrated by Alison and Marc, were the highlights for me rather than one specific point. The subtle references and repeated themes were cleverly woven into the story and you couldn't help but become filled with hope for Tengo and Aomame as they seek out one another.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators were magnificent and the use, towards of end, of both protagonists' 'voices' made their final union all the more special.


    Any additional comments?

    Long, complex, unforgettable and real value for money. This is an excellent audio book and I highly recommend '1Q84' to the Audible audience.

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