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Knitting Nerd

Melbourne, Australia | Member Since 2007

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  • Nancy Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (324)

    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    Simone says: "Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??"
    "Rose-coloured heroine"
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    Nancy Wake was a woman of extraordinary heroism, and this is a story of a truly fascinating life - at least up to the end of WW2. Her bravery and sheer determination are inspiring. It is interesting and quite sad, however, that the rest of her life seems such an anticlimax after her experiences in the war - reminds me of the David Hare play, "Plenty".

    However, this book is like a hagiography - obviously the author loves his subject, but somehow the portrayal of her lacks depth and feels airbrushed. The narrator also lets the overall impact down with a rather stilted delivery, but I think she is doing the best she can with material that is sometimes fairly clunky.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (720)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "Involving, moving and beautiful"
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    A most wonderful example of social history - looking at the story of the great migration through the eyes of three real people, who are portrayed so realistically and compassionately that I really felt sad as their stories drew to a close. The interweaving of the individual stories with the overall history of the migration was very enriching, and I was inspired by these people who took such risks to make something of their lives. Some of the discussion of racial attitudes even of relatively recent times was quite horrifying and it was encouraging to see how far American and other western cultures have come in our acceptance of people of other races and backgrounds. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (238)

    Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history.

    Jeff says: "DROP JAW AMAZING!!"
    "A must for the politics tragics!"
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    As an Aussie, I knew very little about LBJ but I had heard these Caro books were brilliant. How right that is. I particularly appreciated the depth of the background in the history and working of the US senate and Caro's portrayal of this complex and flawed man is unflinching and compelling. I highly recommend it for anyone, but for any politics tragic, it's an absolute must. Seven stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Glory

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (124)

    Selected from sermons delivered by C. S. Lewis during World War II, these nine addresses show the beloved author and theologian bringing hope and courage in a time of great doubt. "The Weight of Glory", considered by many to be Lewis’s finest sermon of all, is an incomparable explication of virtue, goodness, desire, and glory.

    Dan says: "Amazing"
    "Thought provoking and deeply encouraging"
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    Wonderful selection of Lewis' writings, full of encouragement and deep thought. The title essay is particularly valuable and made me long to know Jesus better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (434)

    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    M Kaner says: "I will listen to anything Juliet Stevenson reads"
    "Extraordinary performance of an extraordinary book"
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    A wonderfully complex and rich book, full of subtle and beautifully portrayed characters, is made even better by Juliet Stevenson's extraordinary performance. She really brings the people to life. This is about as good as an audiobook gets.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: The Meltdown Tour

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Having made the U.S. financial crisis comprehensible for us all in The Big Short, Michael Lewis realised that he hadn't begun to get grips with the full story. How exactly had it come to hit the rest of the world in the face too? Just how broke are we really? Boomerang is a tragi-comic romp across Europe, in which Lewis gives full vent to his storytelling genius.

    P.D.TZEREFOS says: "Europeans and Greeks... take note"
    "Laughing on the other side of our faces?"
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    This book was rivetting - a fascinating, entertaining, horrifying story. Lewis helps us peer into the economic abyss we're falling into with a clever and often very funny blend of travelogue, interesting characters and reporting. The explanations are clear and relatively free of the financial market-speak that obscures the reality - that Wall Street and its Masters of the Universe are nothing more than expensively dressed con-artists, and the rest of us are the greedy, naive easy marks who made it all possible. Lewis looks at a number of nations at the centre of the crisis - Iceland, Greece, Ireland, Germany and the US (California) - and examines how culture contributes to the method of economic suicide chosen by each.

    While the book ends on a strangely optimistic note, it just underlined to me how humanity never, ever learns from its mistakes. Highly recommended - but all the way through, I was wondering if I'll be laughing on the other side of my face in 5 years' time in the midst of the next Great Depression.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inspired By...The Bible Experience: New Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Inspired By Media Group
    • Narrated By Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, and others
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (250)

    Like never before, you can experience the beauty and life-changing power of the Bible. Unique among audio Bible productions, The Bible Experience is a captivating performance of the Bible presented by a stellar ensemble of today's top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers. This historic production also features a cinematic musical score, unparalleled sound design, and the highest production value.The Bible Experience is truly theater of the mind and spirit.

    Kathleen says: "ANGELS not zombies"
    "A mixed blessing"
    Overall

    Generally speaking, this is a good Bible reading; the voice characterisations are accurate and help elucidate the text. However, in the last part, things start getting really odd. Readers change mid-book, with one voice overlapping another, and for some reason, from 2 Corinthians onward, the books are broken up by songs, which generally don't come from the text and don't add anything to it - except sheer annoyance.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Viceroy's Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Anne de Courcy
    • Narrated By Sara Coward
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The sisters saw British fascism from behind the scenes and had an equally intimate view of the arrival of Wallis Simpson and the marriage and life of the Windsors. Based on unpublished letters and diaries, this is a wonderfully revealing portrait of British upper-class life during the first half of the 20th century.

    Knitting Nerd says: "Less interesting than it should be"
    "Less interesting than it should be"
    Overall

    The Curzon sisters lived in very interesting times and moved in very interesting circles; however this book is far less interesting than it should be. We are told that their father was a truly great man, yet from this book it is hard to know what that reputation was based on.

    The most interesting section involves Cimmie, her infatuation for the revolting Oswald Moseley, her loss of him to Diana Mitford and her tragic death.

    Irene comes across as a failure - an alcoholic who never found true love. Her life was far more than that, yet we only see her in this dimension.

    Essentially, this is where I was disappointed with this book. The private lives of people who achieve much in the public sphere may be less than perfect, but without a good treatment of their achievements, you cannot understand the full person and they become far less interesting.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Waste Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Piper
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (51)

    This work is a passionate call for this generation to make their lives count for eternity. John Piper acknowledges that the risks for those who seek to accomplish something in life - risks in relationships for the sake of righteousness and authenticity, risks with money for the cause of the Gospel, and risks in witnessing to the truth and beauty of Christ. Readers will find their passion for the cross of Christ enlarged as a result of listening to this title.

    Daniel says: "Piper is Passionate about an unwasted life"
    "Inspiring listen"
    Overall

    A truly inspiring book. Helped me to focus on the fact that life is all about preparing for eternity, and that true purpose and meaning in this life can only come from that preparation.

    For any serious Christian who really wants to focus their life on serving Jesus.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (589)

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "If this is living..."
    Overall

    A middle aged spinster hangs out for the day with the 1938 equivalent of Paris Hilton and a Hollywood stylist, discovers that superficial people really know what life is all about, undergoes a miraculous personality transformation and finds true love. Utterly ridiculous.

    Other notable features are a casual anti-Semitism that is somewhat chilling given what would have been going on on the continent and what was around the corner, and Frances McDormand's miserable failure to do English accents.

    Not recommended.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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