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Cheryl

Cape Town South Africa | Member Since 2009

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  • The Redbreast: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Harry Hole, drunkard, loner and brilliant detective is reassigned to surveillance after a high profile mistake. He’s bored by his new job until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest because of its possible links to Neo Nazi activity. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. Next Harry’s former partner is murdered. Why had she been trying to reach Harry on the night her head was smashed in?

    Lia says: "Good Harry Hole Book"
    "Narrative!"
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    Performance
    Story

    After reading the other Jo Nesbo books I thought I would try the above title in audio format. What a disappointment - the narrator is just not suited to the diverse characters in the book. More than one narrator was definitely needed. The story was great and very informative, but I would have preferred to read this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 7 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Deon Meyer
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    I'll shoot a policeman every day until you arrest the murderer of Hanneke Sloet. Shortly after the South African Police Services receive this threatening email, a policeman is shot by a sniper and recovering alcoholic Benny Griessel is ordered to reopen the Sloet case. Hanneke Sloet was a sensual and ambitious lawyer. At the time of her murder she was working on one of the biggest Black Empowerment deals in South African history. She was found dead in her luxury Cape Town apartment.

    Cheryl says: "Deon Meyer at his best"
    "Deon Meyer at his best"
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    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to 7 Days the most enjoyable?

    Another winner from Deon Meyer.
    Good narration, and a great cast of characters make this an enjoyable read.


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

    Fast paced story.


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

    Great convincing narration, he is able to deliver the various accents of South Africa.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope the next book is not too far away from completion!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Caroline Quentin
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The day her children leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. She's had enough - of her kids' carelessness, her husband's thoughtlessness and of the world's general indifference. Brian can't believe his wife is doing this. Who is going to make dinner? But Eva won't budge; and soon she realises to her horror that everyone has been taking her for granted - including herself.

    S. Brown says: "Unbearable"
    "Masterful Narration of a great book"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year the most enjoyable?

    I absolutely adored this book, with its gallery of colourful characters, and laugh out loud humour.The narration was superb. Caroline Quentin is fantastic, and just has to narrate a lot more books for Audible!..


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that Eva, got away with staying in bed, and how the story evolved around the situation is great story-telling. Most married mothers will relate to all of Eva's decisions.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Quentin – was your favorite?

    Ruby


    Who was the most memorable character of The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year and why?

    Eva


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward, as always, to the next Sue Townsend Audible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Tyler, David Dalton
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson, Steven Tyler
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    WITH AN INTERVIEW RECORDING OF STEVEN TYLER. The no-holds-barred memoir from the legendary Aerosmith frontman has arrived. Tales of debauchery, sex, drugs and rock n' roll are read for the audiobook. The Demon of Screamin' describes the highs and lows as lead singer of the biggest rock band in the world.

    Cheryl says: "A self indulgent story."
    "A self indulgent story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was expecting quite a shocking autobiography, and Steven Tyler's book was all that and more. I found the whole story rather self indulgent, in some places hard to believe, and the relentless story of drugs and excess became quite tedious after a while. There were more tales of over indulgence than a truly interesting story of his life. The narrator was spot on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (121)

    The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known... of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul... of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame... and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

    Alan says: "Very very surprised"
    "Wonderful Narration"
    Overall

    A rich absorbing book with a spellbinding narration. I loved the change of pace and subtlety of the narrator.
    Another Ken Follett masterpiece!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (788)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "Superb Narration"
    Overall

    Fantastic book, enhanced by a highly skilled narrator. I felt every emotion throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where Are You Now?: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (26)

    It has been ten years since 21-year-old Kevin MacKenzie, Jr. ("Mac"), has been missing. A Columbia University senior, about to graduate and already enrolled in Duke University Law School, he walked out of his room in Manhattan's Upper West Side without a word to his college roommate and has never been seen again. However, he does make three ritual phone calls to his mother every year: on her birthday, on his birthday, and on Mother's Day.

    Russell says: "Where are you now?"
    "Narrator"
    Overall

    Good story, but the narrator certainly could not cope with the large cast of characters, and was unable to adapt her voice to suit the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Private Patient

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    When notorious investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn booked into an exclusive clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring facial scar, she had every prospect of a successful operation by a distinguished surgeon, followed by a week's peaceful convalescence in one of Dorset's most beautiful manor houses and the beginning of a new life. She was never to leave Cheverell Manor alive.

    Traci says: "The Private Patient"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    A real "curl up in an armchair on a cold rainy day" kind of book. Thoroughly enjoyable - and Michael Jayston has a comfortable rich voice that adds to the story. Another remarkable PD James book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1768)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (853)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Hooked on Stieg Larsson"
    Overall

    I have just finished Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. What an unexpectedly delightful book, and what a relief there are two more books after this one. Lisbeth Salander is an unusual, but believable heroine. Saul Reichlin is a master narrator, and I will be searching for any other books he narrates.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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