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Susannah

Adelaide, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Burial Rites

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Kent
    • Narrated By Morven Christie
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the months leading up to her execution on the farm of district officer Jón Jónsson, his wife, and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force everyone to work side by side, the family’s attitude to Agnes starts to change - until one winter night.

    Sharon says: "Icelandic Drama"
    "Favourite audio book so far...I mean it this time!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Burial Rites the most enjoyable?

    Everything.....I love the narration, the story, the dialogue, the description of feelings, scenes ...it is the best book I have listened to for a long time.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes...and even though the reader knows the outcome before commencing the book, you cannot but help hoping for a miracle.


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

    Her voice made the story for me...the way she brings Agnes into the room with you, the use of the Icelandic accent, she is very very good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cry. Over and over again at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't hesitate, just listen to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Music

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (44)

    The Spanish House is a mixture of designs, Georgian, Gothic and Moorish, as if whoever started it had simply got bored. It has long been known as an architectural folly to locals, and is now nearly derelict to boot. When its reclusive owner dies intestate, the Spanish House is left to his city-dwelling niece. For Isabel, recently widowed, the house is a potential lifeline - the only hope she has of providing for her two children without having to sell her most treasured possession.

    Delah says: "I enjoyed this story"
    "A good book but not a great book"
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    What did you love best about Night Music?

    Picturing the scene where the house was set - the village and characters.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was ok I think. I listened to this book about 4 weeks ago and I cannot actually remember the ending...so I guess it wasn't very memorable!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Clare Corbett?

    Yes.


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

    Not really, it was a bit predictable. I liked the Byron character, so I think his relationship with the young boy would be the most compelling relationship of the story - therefore a bit moving I guess.


    Any additional comments?

    An easy listen...not overly memorable or anything...but 'nice'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1634)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (803)

    Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10 year-old girl, is arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

    Benson says: "Important subject and plot, pedestrian execution"
    "The movie is better!"
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    Where does Sarah's Key rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Down the bottom of the list :(


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Underwhelmed. Really underwhelmed.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was fine, it was the writing style that was so annoying. Polly Stone is very good at the accents and inflections.


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

    Everything about the first half of the story that related to the child and her circumstances. Horrific to think that the round up and distribution of the Jews happened so recently in our history and even more horrific to think that the 'story' could be based on an actual event..


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, good narration, but very annoying writing style - I just want to poke the author in the eye!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Skin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michel Faber
    • Narrated By Gerri Halligan
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Isserley spends most of her time driving. But why is she so interested in picking up hitchhikers? And why are they always male, well-built, and alone? An utterly unpredictable and macabre mystery, Michel Faber's debut is an outstanding piece of fiction that will stay with you long after you have finished listening.

    Susannah says: "Enthralling macabre story...unexpectedly good read"
    "Enthralling macabre story...unexpectedly good read"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I have recommended it to my book club to stretch us out of our usual comfort zone. The subject matter is macabre and unsavoury, but it's a bit like a road accident...you know you don't want to look but find yourself rubbernecking anyway.


    What other book might you compare Under the Skin to and why?

    Cannot compare as it is the first I have read of this style


    What three words best describe Gerri Halligan’s performance?

    Competent, engaging, clear.


    Could you see Under the Skin being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Scarlett Johanssen is already being cast in the lead of the movie I think.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth stepping outside your normal reading comfort zone for this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Meet Don. Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not .Rosie, meanwhile, isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you...

    Charlene says: "Delightfully different!"
    "Fabulous book...don't hesitate, just buy it."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Rosie Project the most enjoyable?

    Storyline, characters, narrator...the whole package.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humour - laugh out loud moments. Very Australian humour though, so be warned if you are not an Aussie as it may be a bit parochial.


    What does Dan O'Grady bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is perfect for the character Don. I wish I could find more books narrated by him.


    If you could take any character from The Rosie Project out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Don. He's an absolute gem...read it and see why!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was chosen for our bookclub and I was dubious about it when I read the blurb...but it is right up there in my top book selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbour

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Hugh Lee
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad's star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself.

    Maxine Griffiths says: "Best thriller for ages"
    "I really liked this book!"
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    What did you love best about Broken Harbour?

    The story was most unusual and I could really picture the suburban environment and characters as the narrator was very consistent with his voices and characterisations.
    I like all the loose ends to be tied up in a book, and in this case there were a few left 'hanging' however that has given me food for thought...so not such a bad thing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?


    Richie Curran - empathy empathy empathy...read it and find out why!


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

    His Irish accents were really spot on...I particularly liked the voice of the nosey neighbour.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyable all round.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Day You Saved My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Louise Candlish
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Her whole world hinged on the moment one man jumped.... On a perfect summer's day in Paris, tourists on a river trip watch in horror as drama unfolds. A small boy has fallen overboard and disappeared below the surface of the water. As his mother stands frozen to the spot, another passenger jumps....

    This is the story of how a single act of courage transforms the lives of all those involved. Louise Candlish returns with her most page-turning and emotional story to date.

    Jan says: "Well worth your credit"
    "Great story - great narrator."
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    Where does The Day You Saved My Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of the story and the exploration of the characters - I looked forward to getting into my car and listening to the next chapter...


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

    I love her voice...she is very talented and I often choose a book simply because she is the narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction...more of a prolonged enjoyment of the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oh Dear Silvia

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dawn French
    • Narrated By Dawn French, James Fleet, Llewella Gideon, and others
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Who is in Coma Suite Number 5? A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife? All of these. For this is Silvia Shute, who has always done exactly what she wants. Until now, when her life suddenly, shockingly stops. Her past holds a terrible secret, and now that she is unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are set to uncover the mystery of her broken life. Meanwhile she must lie there, victim of the beloveds, the borings, the babblings and the plain bonkers. Like it or not, the truth is about to pay Silvia a visit. Again, and again and again...

    Mrs. J. A. Garratt says: "Can't get into it. Rather slow."
    "Favourite audio book so far..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Oh Dear Silvia to be better than the print version?

    Yes...we studied this book for our Book Club. I was the only one to listen to it...everyone else read it. The narrators bring each character to life in such a way that I felt I knew them all personally. At our Book Club meeting I played some of the audio so that my fellow readers could enjoy some of the characters for themselves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration was wonderful.


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


    See above.


    Who was the most memorable character of Oh Dear Silvia and why?

    Each character was memorable in this book...no-one stood out more than another...they were all fabulous.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tiny Bit Marvellous

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dawn French
    • Narrated By Dawn French
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Everyone hates the perfect family. So you’ll love the Battles. Mo is about to hit the big 50, and some uncomfortable truths are becoming quite apparent: She doesn’t understand either of her teenage kids, which as a child psychologist, is fairly embarrassing. She has become entirely grey, inside, and out. Her face has surrendered and is frightening children....

    rosie says: "A big bit marvellous."
    "Dawn French is a great author."
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    Where does A Tiny Bit Marvellous rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top five!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything - narration, story, characters...Loved it!


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

    She IS the book...her narration is wonderful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The scene when the daughter meets her internet friend...extreme reaction! Not saying why...it would spoil it...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

    Chrissie says: "A puzzle - is it worth the effort?"
    "Hurry up and write a new book please Kate..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but I am biased...I love any book by Kate Atkinson.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life After Life?

    The bomb scene in the London townhouse when the baby is found...


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

    Audible books come to life with a brilliant narrator...


    If you could take any character from Life After Life out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Silvie - as long as we could have dinner at Fox Corner as I would love to visit that house.


    Any additional comments?

    LIke I said, please write another book soon Kate Atkinson.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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