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Fiona

Buderim, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Brideshead Revisited

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    Written at the end of the World War II, this work mourns the passing of the aristocratic world which Waugh knew in his youth and recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by the austerities of war.

    Sam says: "Perfect"
    "Just as good as I remembered"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is such a lovely story of love and passion. Evelyn Waugh has captured the time and place so eloquently. Jeromy Irons is of course a great narrator as well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brideshead Revisited?

    The romance with Julia


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Lord Marchman came home and ordered the Chinese room to be made up


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

    There is a film


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3637)
    Performance
    (2552)
    Story
    (2555)

    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"
    "Great story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to A Prayer for Owen Meany again? Why?

    Absolutely… such a great story and very enjoyable to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Owen…


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't want the story to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Charming Man

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (28)

    Lola has every reason to be interested in who Paddy de Courcy is marrying - because although she's his girlfriend, she definitely isn't the bride. Heartbroken, she flees the city for a cottage by the sea. But will her retreat prove as idyllic as she hopes? Not if journalist Grace has anything to do with it. Grace knew Paddy a long time ago. But why can't she forget him?

    Monica Raven says: "Amazing, thoroughly brilliant."
    "Loved this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to This Charming Man again? Why?

    Yes - I loved the characters and story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Charming Man?

    When Chloe turned up on Lola's doorstep


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

    I love Caroline's delivery - she brings the quirkiness to light and is able to really bring the characters to life.


    Who was the most memorable character of This Charming Man and why?

    Lola - hilarious


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anybody Out There?

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Anna Walsh is officially a wreck. Physically broken and emotionally shattered, she lies on her parents' Dublin sofa with only one thing on her mind: getting back to New York. New York means her best friends, the most fabulous job in the world, and, above all, it means her husband, Aidan. But nothing in Anna's life is that simple. Not only is her return to Manhattan complicated by her physical and emotional scars, but also Aidan seems to have vanished. Is it time for Anna to move on?

    Susan says: "Good for laughs"
    "Fabulous"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Anybody Out There? the most enjoyable?

    I loved this story. It was funny and of course sad at the same time. Caroline Lennon has a wonderful story voice and truly kept me entertained throughout.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    So many... but loved Helen, Jacquie and of course Anna


    What about Caroline Lennon’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful...


    Who was the most memorable character of Anybody Out There? and why?

    For me - it was Anna. I loved her thought process and humour through her adversity. Very human and real


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (552)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "Great story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Sing You Home again? Why?

    A great story with a different approach. Introducing the various stages of the story with a song was intriguing. I didn't realise it was a story about gay rights and enjoyed listening to the trials and tribulations of all the characters. A good listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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