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Kerry Muir

Retired book tragic - audio or written word!

Yallingup, WA, Au | Member Since 2012

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  • 115 titles in library
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  • The Caller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Karin Fossum
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    One mild summer evening Lily and her husband are enjoying a meal while their baby daughter sleeps peacefully in her pram beneath a maple tree. But when Lily steps outside she is paralysed with terror. The child is bathed in blood. Inspector Sejer is called to the hospital to meet the family. Mercifully, the baby is unharmed, but her parents are deeply shaken, and Sejer spends the evening trying to comprehend why anyone would carry out such a sinister prank.

    Paul says: "Good listen!"
    "Really different crime story"
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    None of the characters were stereotypical. The policemen, the instigator/criminal, the victims and even the crimes themselves were all unexpected. Karin Fossum's stories are always a wonderful way to spend your time - either reading or listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13309)
    Performance
    (5732)
    Story
    (5806)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "A wonderful experience"
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    The two stories - Jacob old and young - were both narrated beautifully, The story was heart-rending and so graphically written, it was so easy to see the circus in your mind. For those who like a happy ending ... this is it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bliss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By O.Z. Livaneli
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    In rural Turkey, Meryem is raped by her uncle. Outcast for shaming her family, she is expected to kill herself. Her commando cousin instead tells her he will take her to Istanbul. By chance, they meet Irfan, a celebrity professor who has left his wife, and the three embark on a journey that shows what unexpected things can happen in the space between wounded people.

    Kathleen says: "A fascinating journey"
    "A Window into Turkey"
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    I really enjoyed this book especially as it introduced me to a country I know very little about. The differences in the lives of the 3 main characters was amazing. The professor from the city with his worldly ways, the young ex-soldier fresh from the battlefields in the war with the Kurds and his 15 year old cousin, a rape victim under a death sentence. Their individual journeys, and then their time together made this a wonderful experience.

    A very sad postscipt was that I discovered when looking for other books she had narrated, that the wonderful narrator died in a freak drowning accident in 2006.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lion of Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Davis Bunn
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Marc Royce works for the State Department on special assignments, most of them rather routine, until two CIA operatives go missing in Iraq--kidnapped by Taliban forces bent on generating chaos in the region. Two others also drop out of sight--a high-placed Iraqi civilian and an American woman providing humanitarian aid. Are the disappearances linked?

    Susan Fryman says: "Lion of Babylon"
    "Optimism Overload"
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    I should have realised when I heard that this had been published by a Christian publishing organisation that this book would be a bit too much for an agnostic. I found the story very one dimensional where all the "good" characters were so "good", it was painful. There was some very interesting background into the history of Iraq and the makeup of the religious populatons. The descriiptions of the Green Zone and life outside it were also informative. The simplistic idea that a group of dedicated Christians could bring peace and unity to the crisis in Iraq was disappointing.
    The reader, however, did an excellent job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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