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Leslie

Chilliwack, BC, Canada

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  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1393)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1292)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Beyond gripping!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wool to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. I have a vivid imagination and don't think I could have imagined it any better than it was presented!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the unexpectedness of this story. It kept me off my guard- I couldn't put it down.


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

    I haven't listened to her before but will make a point of searching other performances now.


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

    The suspense was gripping. I was listening during Hallowe'en night and my husband kept interrupting me to say how cute the little trick and treaters were. I just wanted it all to go away so I wouldn't have to stop listening to the story. My pulse was racing for a lot of the time and the twists and turns of the story line were really unexpected. I raged, and cheered and planned with them all the way through the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm still thinking about the story - how it could or should continue. What would I have done - how is it similar in some ways to the way things are currently done in the word today? If the mark of a good book is that it makes you look around and question or at least examine things then this is a great book. I also loved that the mayor knits, I knit most of the way through this book and it gave me an extra little tie to her character!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1496)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (966)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Top notch story!"
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    If you could sum up The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie in three words, what would they be?

    Clever twisting adventure!


    What other book might you compare The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie to and why?

    I'm not usually a fan of murder mysteries, mostly sci-fi and fantasy, but I loved this one! Bright heroine, clever plot and well narrated! I could jsut see things happening in my minds eye. The narrations were as vivid as Rowlings descriptions in the Harry Potter books.


    What about Jayne Entwistle’s performance did you like?

    I loved her voice. I could really see this cheeky little chemist and loved how you could hear the "smile" in her voice when she succeeded ins something that she took delight in.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An adventure to take you from pillage to post!


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this story - I've downloaded the second book already. I'm not sure at this time if it was written for an adult or young adult audience. The references to movie stars and personalities of the 50's might be lost on today's youth - I on the other hand, in my 50's, recognized them all. I loved the reference to "Enquire within, upon everything" - it so happens I have a copy of that venerable tome myself, much battered but still readable! The descriptions were vivid and colourful. The characterizations were fascinating. I grew up reading and watching British books and TV, so it was easy to imagine the quaint little village, the old rectory, and the manor house! I'm off to enjoy book 2!

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