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Esther

Robina, Australia

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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3432)
    Performance
    (2368)
    Story
    (2366)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "The Best ever audio book"
    Overall

    I have listened to many books in the past but this has to be the best in my estimation. John Irving is a genius and Joe Barrett reads this book to perfection. A totally mesmerising story that has weaved its magic into my soul; I will be thinking about these complex characters for years to come. I will be downloading more of this author and will look for other books by this reader. Thank you John Irving

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Flashforward

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (549)

    A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??"
    "Extremely enjoyable"
    Overall

    I really loved this book. It’s extremely interesting about a weird experience. Everyone in the world looses consciousness for a short period of time and sees their own future. I am now watching the TV series of the same name and its quite good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (495)

    Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

    paul says: "Skeptical at 1st, Enjoyed every moment"
    "Loved this"
    Overall

    I see this book has been made into a movie. I can't imagine how the complex characters and emotion could possibly be portrayed in a movie - although I will be tempted to go and see it. Loved the book – loved everything about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exclusive Interview: James Atlas with John Irving

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By James Atlas
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (335)

    James Atlas interviews John Irving about his life and works.

    John Lane says: "A Little Dull"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    John Irving explains the characters in this riveting explanation of The Prayer for Owen Meany

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Absolutely the best"
    Overall

    What a book - what a reader. I am completely and totally entranced by this wonderful book. Not finished yet and I never want it to finish. I will certainy download the rest of this Authors books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Smiled: An Inspector Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Crestfallen, dejected, and spiralling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Kurt Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good. When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help to investigate the suspicious circumstances in which his father has died, Kurt doesn't want to know. But when the solicitor also turns up dead, shot three times, Wallander realises that he was wrong not to listen.

    Lia says: "Classic Wallander"
    "Good Listen"
    Overall

    I can never get enough of Henning Mankell and usually download a book by him after a dissappointing listen as I'm guaranteed to enjoy listening to anything my this author and great reader too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born in Fire: Born In Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (910)

    Maggie Concannon is a glassmaker whose exquisite works are more than mere objects of beauty: they are reflections of her own true nature. One man has seen the soul in her art, and vows to help this complex woman build a lucrative career.

    Robbie says: "Ho hum"
    "Not bad"
    Overall

    After listening to one Nora Roberts book and enjoying it, I thought this would be the same. Its not bad I guess, buit a bit annoying listening to such a strong accent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before the Frost: An Inspector Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The leader of a religious cult in Guyana instigates a mass suicide. He succeeds in killing himself and his whole flock of worshippers, save one. One man escapes. In the wood in the country land outside Ystad, the police make an horrific discovery: a severed head, and hands locked together in an attitude of prayer. A Bible lies at the victim's side, handwritten corrections and amendments on every page.

    Lia says: "Gripping Story"
    "Always a pleasure"
    Overall

    Listening to Henning Mankell stories are always a pleasure and always guaranteed a great listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (824)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "The Woodcutter"
    Overall

    Loving every second of this story. Its different, so interesting and well read. Thanks to the write and the reader for a job well done

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4958)
    Performance
    (2069)
    Story
    (2061)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "The Company"
    Overall

    I don't think I've ever been this bored. Each time I start to listen, my mind wonders away with the fairies. I seriously doubt I'll finish this - only up to chapter 8 and its a real battle

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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