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Eleanor

Sydney, Australia

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  • 47 ratings
  • 133 titles in library
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  • The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (372)

    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
    "Oh McKellen!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    His voice is like honey and thunder and velvet all rolled into one.....studied Homer at school....would have been so much better with Sir Ian reading it to me

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (88)

    When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.

    GinnysHex says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Absolutely adored this book. Erudite, dripping with history, wonderful and funny writing - could not put it down. The whole idea of the book is fascinating - make you look at people and on the street and wonder "Are they........?" Will not spoil it, but her theory could explain why psychiatry does not really work all the time!! The narrator Jennifer Ikeda was excellent....was able to do a variety of accents - a very creditable Australian accent, which so few seem able to manage, French (ancient and modern) and a Glaswegian accent!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war.

    Brodie says: "Astounding!"
    "Wonderful book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was breathtaking in its scope. Kept you wanting more...and thankfully it was a lovely long book. But even so I did not want it to end. Makes you want to read more about this period of history, and also more from Ken Follett - highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rab the Rhymer: The Greatest Poems and Songs of Robert Burns

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Burns
    • Narrated By David Rintoul, Vivien Heilbron, Mhairi Lawson, and others
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Robert Burns is renowned worldwide as Scotland's national poet. To celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth, Rhymescheme is proud to present brand-new recordings of his best-known poems and songs.

    Eleanor says: "Lovely - but needs chapters"
    "Lovely - but needs chapters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Beautiful collection of Burns - and excellent readers and singer - but sometime you just want to listen to one item several times over, and unfortunately there are no chapter divisions that you can back arrow to.....not a real complaint - just a little niggle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 44 Scotland Street

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Blythe Duff
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    First published in 110 episodes in The Scotsman newspaper, 44 Scotland Street revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in the author's home city of Edinburgh. This is vintage McCall Smith, tackling issues of trust and honesty, snobbery and hypocrisy, love and loss, but all with great lightness of touch.

    Eleanor says: "Charming and wittily observed novel."
    "Charming and wittily observed novel."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Charming and wittily observed novel....revealing of human nature and Edinburgh itself. Must now read all the series. Blythe Duff read superbly - nothing against David Rintoul, but I do wish Duff had read them all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nine Tailors

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dorothy L Sayers
    • Narrated By Ian Carmichael
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Storm-bound over the New Year at a Fenland rectory, Lord Peter Wimsey willingly lends a hand in the ringing of a New Year's Eve peal of the church bells. Some months later, a handless, disfigured corpse is discovered in a fresh grave in the churchyard. Lord Peter receives a plea for help from the rector and embarks on one of his most complicated investigations - for this is not the first crime the village has experienced.

    Eleanor says: "One of the Best"
    "One of the Best"
    Overall

    I remember reading that this novel was considered one of the best detective stories every written....a big call I know...but now having read/heard it, I would pretty much agree that it is up there. Sayers writes beautifully and the story is so clever .....you do have to like Lord Peter Whimsey though....if you don't like the between the wars era or that type of seemingly airheaded nobility that apparently only England can produce....avoid this. But the story line is SENSATIONAL

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5382)
    Performance
    (2030)
    Story
    (2058)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Magnificent"
    Overall

    The is is magnificent book but it just tears you heart out....bleak, stark beautifully written - sparse writing but conveys so much. Tom Stechschulte reads is wonderfully.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jonathan Bardon
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    In the wake of its 30th birthday celebrations in 2006, BBC Radio Ulster marked the beginning of a new broadcasting era by embarking on the station's most ambitious project to date: a recounting of the history of Ireland.

    Anne says: "Three and a half?"
    "Needs serious editing"
    Overall

    The information in this audiobook is excellent - well presented - BUT there is a really irritating chapter system (240 episodes in fact) each of which is introduced VERY ANNOYING.....needs to be edited so that it flows from one chapter to the next without interruption

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Monarchy of England: The Beginnings

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Starkey
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    This is the first of three volumes, which, taken together under the over-arching title of Monarchy, will form a new, ground-breaking history of England as told through the lives of its Kings and Queens.

    Andrew says: "Charming and Insightful"
    "David Starkey's Monarchy"
    Overall

    Not a purely factual history but a detailed assessment of the effects changes in monarchy had on the life and times of Britain. Fascinating!! Read by the author himself which gives the audiobook a greater impact.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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