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barbara

Brookside, Australia | Member Since 2007

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  • The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth L Silver
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Amanda Carlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    At just 25, Noa P. Singleton was confined to death row for the murder of Sarah Dixon. For nearly 10 years she has languished there, and in six months she will be executed. It's a fate she has long resigned herself to. But the victim's mother, Marlene, has other plans.

    With little time remaining, she visits Noa, intent upon invoking a clemency appeal. What can have prompted this change of heart?

    barbara says: "Great concept but I lost interest at some points"
    "Great concept but I lost interest at some points"
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    The concept was good and the twist at the end well thought out. I found Noa tried a bit too hard to be 'cool' and the story lapsed a bit sometimes which was where I lost interest. Characters quite well developed and narration good. I expected a different ending so when I got to the end it was a surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Famous Last Words

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Annie Sanders
    • Narrated By Suzy Aitchison
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Lucy spends her days making flamboyant clothes, which express all the passion and flair that she cannot, and at night sits alone, fretting over her struggling business. Then a beguiling fortune-teller informs her that her future is far from rosy - in fact, she doesn't have one! Naturally she doesn't believe him, but when his other prophecies come scarily true, she starts to wonder if he could be right. His prediction pushes Lucy to finally throw caution to the wind.

    Susan says: "So boring....."
    "Great light hearted entertaining story"
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    This was a lovely, humorous story. It was full of interesting characters, well read and not far fetched as are some funny stories. It wasn't over the top, and had some well-written feel good moments between both Lucy and her son and Lucy and her father. A little formulaic (teenage pregnancy, friend's hottie brother, etc.) but very enjoyable all the same.

    0 of 0 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
    (5067)
    Performance
    (2862)
    Story
    (2900)

    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"
    "Fantastic book. Well read, excellent story."
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    I loved this. Nice long book, I listened to it twice. Story is great, full of little twists and turns, read very well and nicely paced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3555)
    Performance
    (3164)
    Story
    (3158)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Good story but a bit predictable"
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    Well written and read, with believable characters. Was rather slow in parts and the some of it was predictable - the boy who was adopted by a farmer who just wanted him to work on the farm and beat him, etc. Nice ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (329)

    Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat? Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages. The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail.

    Marc-Andr? says: "Detailed, Interesting and Entertaining"
    "Detailed and interesting - history come to life"
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    This was a detailed and interesting book. The scenes were very well described and came alive in my mind as I listened. Very well written and read, with a touch of humour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (496)

    In A Thousand Lives, the New York Times best-selling memoirist Julia Scheeres traces the fates of five individuals who followed Jim Jones to South America as they struggled to first build their paradise, and then survive it. Each went for different reasons - some were drawn to Jones for his progressive attitudes towards racial equality, others were dazzled by his claims to be a faith healer. But once in Guyana, Jones' drug addiction, mental decay, and sexual depredations quickly eroded the idealistic community.

    Rachel says: "Unforgettable"
    "Riveting - sad and scary that this could happen"
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    I found this captivating and listened to it twice to get the full details and story. Very well researched, lots of detail about the people whose lives are followed. Writing style is detailed but not boring, and kept my interest. Initially it is hard to believe people could be conned like this but this book shows how it can happen. Explains the psychology behind cults and charismatic leaders like Jim Jones in a language that is understandable to the layperson. It should serve as a warning to us all. By the end of the book I felt I knew all the characters very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (239)

    When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

    Jane says: "Hopefully this is the first of a series"
    "Excellent - detailed, interesting mystery"
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    This was interesting and detailed. Characters were well developed and believable. The story was easy to follow but not boring, and had enough twists and turns to keep me looking forward to the next chance I got to listen to a few more chapters. Well plotted and quite long which I liked. I will listen to it again as I'm sure there are details I missed the first time round.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (712)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "An informative and well read history"
    Overall
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    This book was informative without being dull. As well as general information, it follows the life of three 'migrants' from the south to the north. I've listened to it twice so far and will probably go back for a third listen as it is quite detailed. The narration is excellent, although sometimes it does swing from one topic to another a little abruptly. The history of how coloured people were treated is dealt with sympathetically and backed by events of actual people. Real life events are well woven with facts and figures so you don't get saturated with data. Would be a great book for students.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Patrick McGrath
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In the summer of 1959, Max Raphael becomes deputy superintendent of a remote hospital for the criminally insane. His wife Stella, beautiful, yet isolated, befriends a patient, Edgar Stark, and the affair between them develops into an obsessive, destructive love.

    Adrian says: "Excellent book"
    "Held my interest - Shutter Island type story"
    Overall
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    This was a good story and well read. Nice and long and held my interest with well developed characters and plot. If you like Shutter Island you'll enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Detour

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James Seigel
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Central Park, New York. It was the small girl chasing a pink balloon that had given Paul and Joanna the idea; to end five years of failing to conceive, and to adopt. Which is why they are travelling to the Santa Regina orphanage in Columbia, to meet their new daughter, Joelle. It is meant to be a new beginning in their lives. But it is not the new beginning they were expecting. Columbia is a dangerous place, particularly for a foreigner with a wife and daughter to protect.

    barbara says: "Fantastic story, riveting and unusual concept"
    "Fantastic story, riveting and unusual concept"
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    I really enjoyed this. It was interesting, believable and well read. Characters were believable as was the actual concept of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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