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ratna

Northam, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman, George Guidall
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in apparently adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr. Wednesday, claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god, and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town.

    Ian says: "A Benchmark Title"
    "Brilliant Listen"
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Tight plot, great characters, very Neil Gaiman, some are definitely warped and disgusting, the bad guys/good guys interplay is clever, the spiritual journey personified, America is mocked in an offbeat way and as always Mr Gaiman, thank you for the magic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    Overall
    (1540)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (841)

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Melinda says: "Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies.."
    "Insightful, cultural and sexy"
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    What did you love best about Kafka on the Shore?

    The rich layering of relationships, Kafka and his journey- the symbolism of the sanctuary of the library and the fluid transistions across time and space; the gender bender osimo, and characterisations of all. Sweetly and clearly narrated. A great Listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5088)
    Performance
    (2878)
    Story
    (2916)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Wonderful, magical listening."
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    Where does The Forgotten Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Don't really like the ranking thing. Can only really comment on this book. Does it remind me of other books? Yes. In similar style of cleverly woven stories which travel across time, secrets and cross generation mysteries.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forgotten Garden?

    The Garden lives in the narrator's voice, the descriptions, the colour, the textures brought alive with the author's words.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not so much a scene, but the stories within stories....Eliza Makepeace's fairytales are stand alone fairy tales but the skill with which Kate Morgan has woven them into the present and past is commendable. I loved the fairy tales which show a depth of insight into the spiritual and the exploration of human frailties.


    If you could rename The Forgotten Garden, what would you call it?

    Why rename it?


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book, each hour a joy to listen to. I did the dishes, polished furniture, had afternoon naps, painted my hall and Caroline Lee read me to sleep at night. Perhaps more of a woman's listen but hey.....some men would love this book too. Its gentle, yet raw in parts. The characters are well developed, perhaps some sections are not as tightly written as could be. But........worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Sing, Some Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (198)

    Audible presents the multigenerational epic Some Sing, Some Cry. Created by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza, this audiobook takes listeners on a journey through Reconstruction, two world wars, the Harlem renaissance, and Vietnam to modern day America.Some Sing, Some Cry begins at the threshold of one family’s freedom. We meet Betty Mayfield, newly emancipated from Sweet Tamarind, a lush and haunted rice plantation off the Carolina coast.

    Barbara says: "Southern Soul"
    "Excellent Narration"
    Overall

    Robin Miles has pulled off a coup with this read. She has handled the many colourful characters
    in this audio book with an impressive array of accents and interpretations, sometimes including 3 or 4 characters in a conversation. As a relatively new Brit-aussie listener, I have found some of the American Narrators difficult to listen to...personal taste. But Robin Miles I would look for again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9260)
    Performance
    (5908)
    Story
    (5927)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Daniel says: "Finally! The unabridged version is here!"
    "Took me a while to get thru this"
    Overall

    I'd listened to Outlander and was quite captured by Diana Gabaldon's descriptions of Jamie Fraser whose "hair catches the sun and looks like flames" as he rides. In other more risque scenes which are frequent through Dragonfly in Amber, we spend long moments considering the golden hairs on the back of his wrist. At times rather an enjoyable thought. I must be a middle aged single woman! I like it that she is explicit and honest in her writing. I enjoyed the Herbal Lore, the Magik and History, both Scots and French. She somehow made a romp with King Louis sound like a normal event!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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