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Martin

Palm Desert, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3291)
    Performance
    (2325)
    Story
    (2326)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    Jan says: "Powerfully told story... but a warning"
    "An interesting story of Australian history"
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    Would you listen to The Potato Factory again? Why?

    Not sure if I would listen to the story again but I could recommend it as a good book in your library. I certainly will buy the author's next book in this series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary Abacus was my favorite character because she represents a strong willed survivor who was able to adapted to her environment. A true pioneer of Australian's history.She was a woman who paved the way for others.


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

    The story is interesting because it takes the characters and their stories from England to Australia. The author sets the stage for the next generations to carry on in the making of Australian's history. At first is was difficult to understand the narrator's Australian accent
    but that issue disappeared.


    If you could rename The Potato Factory, what would you call it?

    I would not rename the book. The Potato Factory fits the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a fast listen because you don't want to put in down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7491)
    Performance
    (6872)
    Story
    (6878)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Too long and wordy"
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    Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or David Pittu?

    No on the writer but I would listen to David Pittu again.


    If you’ve listened to books by Donna Tartt before, how does this one compare?

    This was the one and only Donna Tartt book I've listened to.


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

    He does bring the different characters alive, especially Boris. An acceptable dope head.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, to much drugs and mental problems.


    Any additional comments?

    There were times I skipped forward because the dialog was to long and boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down Among the Dead Men: A Year in the Life of a Mortuary Technician

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michelle Williams, Keith McCarthy
    • Narrated By Liz Holliss
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Michelle Williams, an attractive young woman with close family ties and an active social life, describes her first extraordinary year in her unusual new job as a mortuary technician. It’s a year in which, with innate good humour, she encounters death at its most tragic, bizarre, and hilarious. Her tale, neither gruesome nor sad, is enlivened by a range of colourful and eccentric characters, from pathologists and coroners to hospital porters and undertakers, giving us a glimpse of life - and death - that few of us will ever experience.

    Bevely says: "Compelling"
    "Things you never wanted to know about a mortuary"
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    What did you love best about Down Among the Dead Men?

    British dialogue


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shelly was my favorite character, her views and insights to the other characters was great!


    Which character – as performed by Liz Holliss – was your favorite?

    Shelly


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

    I found the story very interesting to learn about what goes on in a mortuary


    Any additional comments?

    It is a good read, not bloody or gory but very informative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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