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Kerri

Moolap, Australia

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  • The Widow and Her Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tom Keneally
    • Narrated By Beverley Dunn, David Tredinnick
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    When Grace married Captain Leo Waterhouse in Australia in 1943, they were young, in love - and at war. Like many other young men and women, they were ready, willing and able to put the war effort first. They never seriously doubted that they would come through unscathed. But Leo never returned from a commando mission masterminded by his own hero figure, an eccentric and charismatic man who inspired total loyalty from those under his command.

    Jan says: "Summary misleading."
    "Such a beautiful story"
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    Would you listen to The Widow and Her Hero again? Why?

    Would definitely listen to this again. There are so many layers to the story once does not do it justice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Widow and Her Hero?

    Memorable is the way The Widow copes with the disclosures of others about Leo's deeds. Leo is not the only hero.


    What does Beverley Dunn and David Tredinnick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Beverley and David make the characters real and personable. It's like listening to your Grandma talk about your Granddad. The wistful way Beverley remembers her beautiful man and the anguish in her voice at not being able to touch him is palpable. David as Leo is truly what you would imagine a young man would sound like, as he describes his mates and their adventures.


    If you could rename The Widow and Her Hero, what would you call it?

    I couldn't rename it, it's just right.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (148)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course, "The Edge" of the planet.

    Matthias says: "poorest audio quality ever"
    "Rincewind to the rescue - maybe?"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Colour of Magic the most enjoyable?

    I loved the characters. Nigel Planer's performance gave real life to the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Luggage takes no prisoners.


    What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The performance gave depth and personality to the characters. Reading would have been words without humour.


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

    Poor Rincewind tries so hard but just can't make it happen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (2762)
    Performance
    (2076)
    Story
    (2090)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Bunnies galore"
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    If you could sum up Watership Down in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic, absorbing and rewarding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story had the perfect ending.


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

    Can't compare, but I will say he did the rabbits justice.


    If you could take any character from Watership Down out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'd pick Fiver. He is such an interest character and full of nervous energy, I reckon he probably needs a good silflay.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Story, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. She edits the Review of Applied Ethics and hosts The Sunday Philosophy Club at her house in Edinburgh. Behind the city's Georgian facades its moral compasses are spinning with greed, dishonesty and murderous intent. Instinct tells Isabel that the young man who tumbled to his death in front of her eyes at a concert didn't fall. He was pushed.

    Sandy says: "Not too light, not too heavy,easy listening."
    "Review of Ethics"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Unfortunately I did not find this one of Mr McCall Smith's best works. The main character seemed pretentious and spent a lot of time questioning the ethical ramifications of others speech, actions and behaviours. While some time might have been spent on this more could have been done with the actual investigation and subsequent consequences.


    Has The Sunday Philosophy Club turned you off from other books in this genre?

    While this book didn't grab me, I will treat this as an anomaly and still listen to the next one in the series before making that determination.


    Which character – as performed by Hilary Neville – was your favorite?

    Ms Neville is a good reader but her performance did not generate any feelings towards any of the characters.


    Do you think The Sunday Philosophy Club needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Most certainly this novel needs a follow up. McCall Smith has put a lot of effort into fleshing out the characters another novel might show them with some spunk.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angel Puss

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Kellie Jones
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    From the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds and The First Man in Rome comes an exhilarating new novel. Colleen McCullough takes us back to 1960 and Sydney's notorious Kings Cross, and the story of a young woman determined to defy convention. Twenty-one year-old Harriet, a newly qualified X-ray technician earning a coveted male wage, ignores her father's warning that "only fools, Bohemians and tarts live in Kings Cross" and moves into Mrs. Delvecchio Schwartz's rooming house.

    Kerri says: "Absolutely brilliant"
    "Absolutely brilliant"
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    If you could sum up Angel Puss in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, fantastic, interesting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Angel Puss?

    One of the stand out moments was when mild, meek, Harriet walloped a man in the face.


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

    I would listen to Ms Jones again, anytime.


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

    The anguish a friend feels when they are powerless to help another.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Down Under

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.

    A User says: "A safe bet!"
    "Surprise! It's Australia"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Down Under to be better than the print version?

    I spend as much time as I can reading or knitting. The audio version of the book allows me to do both.


    Which character – as performed by William Roberts – was your favorite?

    Although only a very small part, the ranger from the Alpine National Park and his observation of how lucky he is, was my favourite.


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

    If I could have sat and listened all at one I would have. I love the observations, anecdotes and historic references the author uses to tie it all together.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a great book. Bryson loves lists, there are lots of lists. He likes characters, Australia is full of them. He has a great sense of humour, Australians love to laugh (although sometimes at the expense of others). His observations of the behaviour, language and ritual made me (an Australian) nod and agree. There is so much information and Bryson visits a lot of places but his pattern of travel often makes no sense. You can't get from Adelaide to the Mornington Peninsula without going through Melbourne. And he missed Geelong!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agnes Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anne Brontë
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Drawing on her own experiences, Anne Brontë wrote her first novel out of an urgent need to inform her contemporaries about the desperate position of unmarried, educated women driven to take up the only "respectable" career open to them - that of a governess. Struggling with the monstrous Bloomfield children and then disdained in the superior Murray household, Agnes tells a story that is a compelling inside view of Victorian chauvinism and ruthless materialism.

    David says: "Wonderful book, but missing pages"
    "Jolly good read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An old fashioned story but beautifully written and wonderfully read. Agnes is such a sensible young woman in a world of vain, unhappy creatures, you can't help but cheer at her decisions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Agnes Grey?

    The ending, though predictable, was perfect.


    What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

    Emilia's very proper English accent made the main character come alive. I'm sure Agnes would sound just like this.


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

    Agnes Grey - A proper heroine.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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