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Auckland New Zealand | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 73 ratings
  • 263 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015

  • Bring Up the Bodies

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

    Elena says: "As good as the Wolf Hall"
    "Thomas Cromwell serving the court of Henry VIII"

    Very well written, great story. The characters are well developed and believable.
    The story picks up from where wolf hall ends, so it is worth reading both in sequence to enjoy the context.
    However, by the end of the book I was ready for something lighter.
    I would have liked the book to end with a final note on how life ended for Thomas Cromwell and his family but I guess that will likely be the next book.
    Rich in detail and imagery, a good historical hit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Other People's Money

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Justin Cartwright
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The venerable bank of Tubal & Co is in trouble. It’s not the first time in its 300-year history, but this time will be the last. A sale is under way, and a number of rather important facts need to be kept hidden, especially from any potential buyer. Hundreds of millions of pounds are being diverted - temporarily - to shore it up, masterminded by the bank’s chairman, Julian Trevelyan-Tubal. His aging father Sir Henry would be horrified, but fortunately he is in the early stages of dementia.

    Alka says: "Good story, well constructed characters"
    "Good story, well constructed characters"
    Where does Other People's Money rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top ten

    If you could rename Other People's Money, what would you call it?

    the title is very fitting for this book and for the times.

    Any additional comments?

    A solid book, nicely developed. Kept me interested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 15 Seconds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Christian Hoff

    Henry Steadman is a successful surgeon with a thriving cosmetic practice in South Florida. He's divorced but on good terms with his ex-wife and remains very active in his daughter's life. But you never know what's just around the corner. An out-of-town traffic stop goes violently wrong as the cop who was about to arrest Henry is shot repeatedly, and the killer escapes the scene. Henry is shell-shocked. To all the witness’s eyes, he had the perfect motive to murder the cop....

    Alka says: "Disappointed"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like more detailed explanations to their storyand prefer slower paced books than the average thriller might enjoy this book more than I did.

    Has 15 Seconds turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, thrillers are usually really well crafted and with a good author you know you are in good hands. You know they will deliver a caliber of writing and a book that you can expect will satisfy.

    Have you listened to any of Christian Hoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not listened to this performers books before is one, but he was fine.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 15 Seconds?

    The book explained the story too far, well beyond the necessary, and this went on through the whole book. It was an effort to persevere. It also spelled out the obvious, often enough to get annoying. As a thriller, it should have been tight and clean in the writing and it wasn't.

    Any additional comments?

    I tried this author hoping to discover a new source of books in this genre, which is a favourite. before I try another book, I will look for reviews.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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