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Singapore, Singapore

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  • Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    A portrait of the residents of an English country town in the mid-19th century, Cranford relates the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances.

    Carl Smith says: "throughly enjoyed this"
    "Slow but beautiful"
    Overall

    This is a slow moving novel that beautifully portrays life in a Victorian small town, where delicacy is the order of the day despite poverty. It isn't tragic, but there is a sense of gentle sadness about the stifled lives of the ladies of Cranford and their lost chances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Return to Longbourn: The Next Chapter in the Continuing Story of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Shannon Winslow
    • Narrated By Marian Hussey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    What will happen to the Bennet females now that Mr. Bennet has died? With Mr. Tristan Collins on his way from America to claim his property, Mrs. Bennet hatches her plan. The new heir to Longbourn simply must marry one of her daughters. Nothing else will do. Will it be Mary or Kitty singled out for this dubious honor? When the gentleman in question turns out to be quite a catch after all, the contest between the sisters is on. Which one will be the next mistress of Longbourn?

    Regina says: "A wonderful continuation to Pride and Prejudice"
    "Not Quite Mary"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An overlooked character in the original story, Mary becomes the centre of the new story, and in the process, the reader gets to see other aspects of her personality. It all seems quite fine premises to have a new story on, except that this Mary isn’t quite the Mary of Pride and Prejudice. That Mary was foolish, shallow and given to much self-importance and pomposity. It is hard to believe that in a few years’ time, she would become a stoic, sensible lady respected for her wisdom and learning. Time may change the amount of one’s knowledge, but would it add so much to one’s intelligence and strength of character?

    It also appears that plot had to make several logical leaps, and these decreased its plausibility. Still, it is satisfying to arrive at a happy ending, even if it comes across as contrived. By the way, as the story focuses on Mary’s plight and adventures, fans of the other characters, like Elizabeth, would find that they have been reduced to bland, functional roles who merely keep the story going.

    Hussey's performance helped to lift the story out of its mediocrity though. It was a delight to hear how her rich, warm voice conveyed all the different moods and emotions of the various scenes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Room With a View

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (72)

    Set in Italy and England, this is a rich and romantic story of Lucy Honeychurch and the choice she must make between love and convention.

    Jefferson says: "More Funny, Beautiful, and Moving than the Movie"
    "Good book, curiously poor recording"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story isn't fast paced, but it is lively and witty enough to keep me engaged. I feel let down by the quality of the recording though. It isn't even the fault of the narrator, simply that the recording has a tin-like echo to it even though I downloaded Audio 4. It doesn't feel like a professionally produced work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Perkins
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1951)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (523)

    "Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

    Robert P. says: "Excellent Story for people have traveled"
    "Self-indulgent autobiography"
    Overall

    I hadn't realised that this is really an autobiography. The writer makes vague references to the economy and world events, but most of the time dwells extensively on his personal and emotional thoughts and struggles, his achievements and his life story. Just try counting the number of 'I', 'me' and 'my'.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • After the Funeral

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extraordinary remark she made the previous day at her brother Richard's funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. In desperation, the family solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery.

    ng says: "Nice twist"
    "Nice twist"
    Overall

    It's amazing how, after writing so many detective stories, Christie still manages to surprise the reader/listerner with an unexpected solution to the mystery. Impeccable reading by Hugh Fraser as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit from the Economic Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter D. Schiff
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (117)

    The economic and monetary disaster, which seasoned Wall Street prognosticator Peter Schiff warned of in the bestselling first edition of Crash Proof, is no longer hypothetical - it is here today. And while most people believe that the economic collapse is over, the reality is that it has only just begun. That's why he's returned with Crash Proof 2.0.

    Michael says: "Eye opening look into the future of the US economy"
    "Naked political agenda"
    Overall

    This book comes with naked personal agenda. Basically, it bashes all the the current government gets wrong, or so the writer claims. Full of soundbites and clever lines. Makes me feel like i'm listening to a very long election campaign speech. I could only bear 2 hours of the book before i decided to give the rest up.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man's Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fête, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery. In good faith, Ariadne Oliver, the well known crime writer, agrees to organise their murder hunt. Despite weeks of meticulous planning, at the last minute Ariadne calls her friend Hercule Poirot for his expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses that something sinister is about to happen. Beware: nobody is quite what they seem!

    ng says: "Surprisingly predictable"
    "Surprisingly predictable"
    Overall

    There was supposed to be a fake murder, it becomes real. How much more predictable does it need to get? Throw in also the murder mystery writer. With such cliched premises, it is hard to save the plot after that, no matter what twists there are.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Untold History of the Potato

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Reader
    • Narrated By Martin Hyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    The potato - humble, lumpy, bland, familiar - is a decidedly unglamorous staple of the dinner table. Or is it? John Reader's narrative on the role of the potato in world history suggests we may be underestimating this remarkable tuber. From domestication in Peru 8,000 years ago to its status today as the world's fourth largest food crop, the potato has played a starring - or at least supporting - role in many chapters of human history.

    Andy says: "better than fries"
    "Boring as a potato"
    Overall

    Potato is a boring root vegetable and this book is as boring as its subject. I should have guessed from the title. I thought it would be intriguing to see how this book can make a dry subject interesting, but no, it didn't.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Way We Live Now

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (194)

    In this world of bribes, vendettas and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel... a bloated swindler... a vile city ruffian'.

    Nardia says: "Long, but well worth it."
    "30 hours of enjoyment"
    Overall

    I was a little hesistant about getting this book as it is so long! I wasn't sure that I had the patience to sit through it all, but I can now say, I've enjoyed every minute of it. Apart from the wonderful writing of Trollope, I must say that Timothy West did a marvellous job reading the tome. It wasn't reading, in fact. It was acting. I feel like I was listening to a very well-performed audio play.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Fool's Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Gillian Tett
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    A best seller on both sides of the Atlantic, Fool's Gold is a key commentary on the causes of the recent financial crisis. Taking readers back to the invention of credit-derivative obligations (CDOs) at J. P. Morgan in 1994, and the subsequent exponential growth of that market, Tett explains how credit derivatives seemed a win-win for the financial world, freeing up capital, increasing profits, and diversifying risk.

    Karin says: "Excellent but with one criticism...."
    "Now I can explain derivatives"
    Overall

    Does a remarkable job of helping me to understand more about the financial world without being overly technical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    From the author of the phenomenal number one bestseller Tuesdays With Morrie comes this enchanting, beautifully written novel that explores a mystery only heaven can unfold. Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in the toil of his father before him, fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. Then he dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart.

    ng says: "Doesn't always make sense"
    "Doesn't always make sense"
    Overall

    There are some intriguing questions and observations in the book, but at points, I get really impatient with mysterious, pseudo philosophical statements like 'strangers are just the family you don't know'. It would have been a compelling story without such intellectual pretension.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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