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eva

Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Little Dorrit

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    Little Dorrit is Amy, born in debtor’s prison, the youngest child of debtor William Dorrit, an inmate of the Marshalsea. The two are befriended by a man whose wife hires Little Dorrit as a seamstress. When William Dorrit inherits a fortune, he escapes the Marshalsea. The family, assuming a station befitting their wealth, travel to Italy.

    eva says: "Gripping"
    "Gripping"
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    If you could sum up Little Dorrit in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, fluent, beautiful.


    What other book might you compare Little Dorrit to and why?

    Nicholas Nickelby. Both have characterisations that are descriptively magnificent and story lines that 'race' along in a linguistically serpentine adventure.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    William Dorrit ( little Dorrit's father).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Funny .......but yes if the truth must be known I have taken to extra long walks just to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Charles Dickens is my penchant at the moment. Simon Vance has made the journey just that much more colorful.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Citadel

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kate Mosse
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    From the No.1 internationally bestselling author comes the third heart-stopping adventure exploring the incredible history, legends and hidden secrets of Carcassonne and the Languedoc. Set during World War II in the far south of France, Citadel is a powerful, action-packed mystery that reveals the secrets of the resistance under Nazi occupation. While war blazed in the trenches at the front, back at home a different battle is waged, full of clandestine bravery, treachery and secrets.

    eva says: "Moving and interesting"
    "Moving and interesting"
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    What made the experience of listening to Citadel the most enjoyable?

    The historic background and the credible characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I wanted to read and think and then read some more.


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting historic and geographical points in the book that made me research a little further. The underlying love story was poignant and added to the edginess of the characters wartime experiences

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A naked woman in red, high-heeled shoes is poised on the edge of Clifton Suspension Bridge with her back pressed to the safety fence, weeping into a mobile phone. Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin is only feet away, desperately trying to talk her down. She whispers "You don't understand" ¿ and jumps.

    eva says: "Oh My Goodness what a ride"
    "Oh My Goodness what a ride"
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    Would you listen to Shatter again? Why?

    Hmmm not for a long while... I love the buzz that the anticipation gives me and now that I know where the plot takes me.. well I will read another of his novels and go for another ride.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great and gripping plot.


    What does Tim Pigott-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Somehow he fleshes the characters out.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Indeed!


    Any additional comments?

    Once again a great ride and terrific entertainment that takes me away from the academic literature which I need to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: Mickey Haller, Book 2

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael Brandon
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    When down-at-heel lawyer Mickey Haller gets the news that his old colleague Jerry Vincent has died, he also gets an unexpected windfall. Jerry had left instructions that Mickey should inherit all of his clients - putting Mickey's stalled career back on track at a stroke. Not only that, but Vincent was about to go to bat for Walter Elliot, the Hollywood mogul accused of brutally slaying his wife and her lover, in a trial that promises big fees and an even bigger place in the media spotlight.

    eva says: "Ah Connelly is a winner. A ripping read!"
    "Ah Connelly is a winner. A ripping read!"
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    What did you love best about The Brass Verdict?

    It's was riveting, touching, aweful and compelling. Well researched and a great read. It just ended somewhat abruptly with what I felt were a few loose ends. Highly recommended.


    What about Michael Brandon’s performance did you like?

    Had to giggle at his feminine voices. But great reader.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The pain that Bosch felt when he first came out of the "death house" having viewed all the trophies.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (263)

    This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

    AnnaH says: "Even Better Aloud"
    "What a read!"
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    Where does Anna Karenina rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, I have to rate it near to the top in the Classical Category.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anna Karenina?

    When I realised that Anna was losing her mind.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Great


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The disconnect between Anna and Vronsky...he loved her and she was just so self absorbed that her jealousy rendered her irrational.


    Any additional comments?

    Oh what a great literary journey with Tolstoy's 'succulent' characters couched in history, politics, economic, agriculture, philosophy, culinary delight,s sex, drugs, royalty and fippary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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