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Chris

Christchurch, New Zealand

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  • With No One as Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (16)
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    (11)
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    (11)

    When the Metropolitan Police fail to realise a serial killer is at work, London ignites over the fact that the killer's victims are young black and mixed race boys. Institutionalised racism is claimed by the community's activists and tabloids alike. Acting Superintendent Thomas Lynley is given the case, and his Scotland Yard task force is soon handling more killings and a looming tragedy.

    Chris says: "Great Listening"
    "Great Listening"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of With No One as Witness to be better than the print version?

    I had the print version available when I was listening to the audio edition. When I read, rather than listened I could hear Diana's voice giving expression and intonation to the characters. Her reading of the book enhanced the experience. I enjoyed her beautiful pronunciation of some of the words that were unfamiliar to me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of With No One as Witness?

    The characterisation of Kimmo was a great start to the novel. Engagement with this character created interest in the police procedure that followed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is very difficult to choose one, there were many. So as not to spoil later compelling scenes I would choose the scene where Barbara Havers takes Hadiyyah to the market.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lynley's responses late in the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (193)

    When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

    Carol says: "What a wonderful story!"
    "A Gradual Revelation"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry the most enjoyable?

    I absolutely loved Jim Broadbent's narration. I thought that I might visualise him as the protagonist because he has such a distinctive voice and face, but I didn't. The story captivated and allowed me to forget who the actor/narrator was


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    The novel was full of images. The slow revelation of the reason for Harold's pilgrimage drew me in.


    What does Jim Broadbent bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The warmth of being read to by an excellent narrator is one of the treats of listening to books, rather than reading them. Jim Broadbent's narration is one of the best.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (303)

    When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

    Tim says: "Wonderful story, brilliant writing and narration"
    "Wonderful story"
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    Where does The Graveyard Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to this audiobook several times. I love the layers of complexity that are revealed through repeated listens. Definitely one of my favourites.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the plays on words amusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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