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Natalie

An audio book loving Aucklander.

Auckland, New Zealand | Member Since 2011

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  • Mick Jagger

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Philip Norman
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (7)
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    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Bestselling biographer Philip Norman offers an unparalleled account of the life of a living legend, Mick Jagger. From Home Counties schoolboy, to rebel without a cause, to Sixties sensation and global idol, Norman unravels the myth of the inimitable frontman of The Rolling Stones.

    Natalie says: "Would even listen this one over again...Loved it!"
    "Would even listen this one over again...Loved it!"
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    I am a huge Stones fan, though Jagger is not really my fav. However, the story is so well written and so so funny; hearing all about the "Tyranny of cool". The things he did-just to appear cool and keep 'current'. What a laugh. Some stuff not so funny of course, like the way he controlled and treated the women in his life; from his mother, to his various partners and wives. However, I felt the way the book was written was excellent in that it covered his positive side and attributes, also the not so flattering aspects of his personality. So it felt balanced. The story also gave lots of info, unlike some bios that are way too guarded. You really had a sense of what it must have been like to be around this incredibly talented; though narcissistic man.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Keith Richards
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley, Keith Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics and the songs that roused the world, and over four decades he lived the original rock-and-roll life: taking the chances he wanted, speaking his mind, and making it all work in a way that no one before him had ever done. Now, at last, the man himself tells us the story of life in the crossfire hurricane. And what a life....

    David says: "A rare insight into a rock legend"
    "I just loved it! Am now in the Richards fan club.."
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    What an amazing guy. What I loved most about this book, was the fact that you discovered how incredibly talented Keith was/is, but you also learned he is a good, kind hearted and giving man, despite his flaws. He was so different in so many ways to Mick it would seem, no wonder they each brought something so different to their writing partnership, as The Glimmer Twins. I wasn't so fond of the first narrator (ie Joe Hurley), I think it wold have been better to have just had one narrator throughout. This book has really opened my eyes up to The Stones and what makes them so bloody great. They certainly know how to work hard!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Me, I'm Dr Ozzy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ozzy Osbourne
    • Narrated By Frank Skinner
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    By rights, Ozzy Osbourne should not be alive. He spent forty years on a hell-raising, bat-biting, ant-snorting*, drink and drug-fuelled bender. He broke his neck going two miles an hour on a quad bike and died twice in a chemically induced coma. And yet - at 62 years old - he is healthier and happier than ever. He is a walking medical miracle. So who better to offer the public medical advice and support?

    Natalie says: "Good for a lighthearted listen and laugh..."
    "Good for a lighthearted listen and laugh..."
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    If you are after something lightweight, and looking for a laugh, then this will deliver. I chuckled to myself many times over when listening to this. Hearing all about Ozzy now, ie he's a vegetarian who is open to Plastic Surgery, just cracked me up. I'm a Black Sabbath fan, so just had to listen to it. Certainly learned about a few crazy antics from this one. Enjoyable, in a casual kind of way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tony Iommi
    • Narrated By Bev Bevan
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Iron Man chronicles the story of both pioneering guitarist Tony Iommi and legendary band Black Sabbath, dubbed "The Beatles of heavy metal" by Rolling Stone. Iron Man reveals the man behind the icon yet still captures Iommi's humor, intelligence, and warmth. He speaks honestly and unflinchingly about his rough-and-tumble childhood, the accident that almost ended his career, his failed marriages, personal tragedies, battles with addiction, bandmates, famous friends, newfound daughter, and the ups and downs of his life as an artist.

    david says: "The complete life of heavy metal's true father"
    "The story: interesting; The narration-terrible."
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    I am a HUGE Black Sabbath fan, and this book did deliver some excellent behind the scenes stuff for me, however I found it a tad guarded, compared to some other rock bios. I also think Tony's sense of humour was lacking, perhaps it was just the way the story was written (or the ghost writer's work), so it was a bit dry. Although I've read other Black Sabbath books, this gave me a different take on the rise of the band, also the band members diverse personalities and contributions etc. So I enjoyed that a great deal. The narration was terrible though, I didn't appreciate hearing the narrator swallow and shuffle in his seat constantly. Perhaps it needs to be performed again with a better narrator to make it more enjoyable to listen to?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (290)

    Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out onto the floor when he caught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug's left eye. He was only pretending to be sleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance! Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

    Stephen says: "Enchanting children's tale, beautifully read"
    "Enjoyable, but...."
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    Having previously read The Lord of the Rings I found this story lacking somewhat. Perhaps as I read them in the wrong order that was part of the problem. I just found The Hobbit a little boring in comparison. But still enjoyable to listen to, as a result of the excellent narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spring Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (312)

    Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless. They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history. She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia. But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance.

    Sharon says: "Still funny, interesting characters, laughs"
    "What a well written story...what a nice change!"
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    When I first started to listen, I was a little worried that I'd made a wrong choice, never having read any of Mary Kay's books before. However, as I got into it I realised what a clever writer she is and that I'd made a great choice. She has a keen sense of humour and knows how to tell an inhernantly female story, without it being stereotypical and 'chic lit' like. The narrator is very talented too. I think she may be one of the best narrators I've listened to, and I've listened to hundreds of audio books! The way she is able to tell the story so smoothly, all the while keeping the voices, characteristics and varied accents of each character in place; that is surely a real art. I have just downloaded 'my next listen' from this author. Maybe I've found a new author to add to my favourties list. They are not easy to come by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eighty Days Yellow

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Vina Jackson
    • Narrated By Roxy Isles
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Caught in a frustrating relationship with a man who can't accept her for who she is, passionate, flame-haired violinist Summer finds release in her music. She spends her afternoons busking on the underground, lost in the works of Vivaldi or Mendelssohn. When her violin is damaged beyond repair, Summer receives a surprising proposition from Dominik, a university professor with powerful desires, who has been captivated by Summer ever since he heard her perform.

    Ann Hawkins says: "A grubby tale with no literary merit."
    "Pretty tragic..."
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    I made it to the end of the story-just! Fairly pathetic in general. '50 Shades Grey' is badly written and so is this. After two titles in this genre, I'm not going to waste any more credits. The main female character is made out to be a sap, which I didn't appreciate.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (212)

    Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, the Fifty Shades trilogy will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever... Daunted by the dark secrets of the tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Ana Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a US publishing house. But desire for Grey still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, she cannot resist.

    Natalie says: "Oh Boring...."
    "Oh Boring...."
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    "I gape at him"..."Oh Christian"...
    "Oh my 50 shades" . Save me now. I grew so tired of hearing the same lines repeated over and over, so I gave up on it. Poorly written. Why is this so popular? Don't waste your precious credit on it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2995)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (1005)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "Totally engrossing..."
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    As with all Dan Brown novels, this starts at a pace and doesn't slow down. I enjoyed this story much more than Digital Fortress, perhaps it was the uniquie setting where the story really begins, ie in the Arctic. As always there are so cheesy bits, where Dan weaves in a love theme and some awful lines, where you want to cringe like you're listening to Young and the Restless. HOWEVER, these are fairly brief and one can tolerate these, as the rest of the story is of the 'don't want to stop listening' type. A worthy choice for a credit, if you are looking for some lightweight action fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Murray Englehart
    • Narrated By Stig Wemyss
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Over three decades and more than 150 million albums, AC/DC has established itself as much more than just a great rock band. For millions of fans spanning several generations across the world, they are an ear-bleedingly loud, sweat-soaked religion, courtesy of such classic albums as Highway to Hell and Back in Black. Now, in a book of astonishing breadth and scope, comes, for the very first time, the complete story of AC/DC.

    Phil says: "Long but worth it."
    "What a fan-bloody-tastic listen..."
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    I have just finished this title and am very glad I purchased it. Having to date been an 'on the fence' ACDC fan, not an obsessive one, I wasn't sure if I should listen to this or not. So glad I did! I didn't realise how much the boys were 'before their time'. How driven and focused (Malcolm and Angus) had been from their youth towards their goal of creating 'real rock'. The behind the scenes info and background on their ups and downs, only makes you realise how incredibly hard they worked for their sucess, with many losses on the way. RIP Bon Scott! What a talent you were (and remain). I have been busy buying up a few more of the back cataloge albums that I didn't have, and enjoying the tracks with a new appreciation, knowing the the stories behind the songs now. If you like rock music, you need to hear this one!! You will only increase your respect for this fan-bloody-tastic band.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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