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Ilse

Grembergen, Belgium | Member Since 2011

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  • 18 reviews
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  • 94 titles in library
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  • Breaking Dawn: Twilight Series, Book 4: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Twilight tempted the imagination . . . New Moon made readers thirsty for more . . . Eclipse turned the saga into a worldwide phenomenon . . . And now - the book that everyone has been waiting for . . . Breaking Dawn. In the much anticipated fourth book in Stephenie Meyer's love story, questions will be answered and the fate of Bella and Edward will be revealed.

    Ilse says: "It was just great fun listening to this story"
    "It was just great fun listening to this story"
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    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would first excuse me for how much of fiction this story is and than tell them that I read one book after another!


    Would you recommend Breaking Dawn to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would.


    Any additional comments?

    It is very well read, this makes already half the pleasure. And it is a very romantic story, very much a chick-lit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Angel's Game

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martín, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books, and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

    Ilse says: "I've read it twice and still I'm struggling ..."
    "I've read it twice and still I'm struggling ..."
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    Performance
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    If you could sum up The Angel's Game in three words, what would they be?

    complicated - fascinating - charming


    If you’ve listened to books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón before, how does this one compare?

    I got more into Shadows of the Wind than this one


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

    It's very nice to listen to him telling the story


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

    the very end


    Any additional comments?

    It's complicated with the many characters. I got lost in the many characters and therefor I am still trying to figure out the story. It wasn't bad at all, just a bit complicated to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (684)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    Jean says: "worth a listen"
    "Smart but bit long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Thérèse Raquin? What did you like least?

    That it was read by Kate Winslet


    Would you recommend Thérèse Raquin to your friends? Why or why not?

    not really, don't feel enriched or touched by the story


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

    Not yet


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, I would be afraid I would get bored


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, could only have been told in half of the time, pages and words

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7092)
    Performance
    (2541)
    Story
    (2595)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "This time I can understand why all the fuzz!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What made the experience of listening to Twilight the most enjoyable?

    The way it is told: beautiful voice and well narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    I can understand why so many people read these books. the story is a bit absurd but very entertaining and captivating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Home at the End of the World

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Michael Cunningham
    • Narrated By Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Blair Brown, and others
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Michael Cunningham's celebrated novel is the story of two boyhood friends: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and unsure of himself; and Bobby, hip, dark, and inarticulate. In New York after college, Bobby moves in with Jonathan and his roommate, Clare, a veteran of the city's erotic wars. Bobby and Clare fall in love, scuttling the plans of Jonathan, who is gay, to father Clare's child.

    Robert says: "I hated for it to end"
    "It takes some time to grasp you, but it does!"
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    What did you love best about A Home at the End of the World?

    The complexity and simpleness of the troubles the characters are struggling with.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the sarcasm of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tiger's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tea Obreht
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden, Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (493)

    In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her. Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself.

    Michele says: "Not entirely hype"
    "I don't understand why it's recommended"
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    What would have made The Tiger's Wife better?

    First of all the reading. And make it shorter!!


    Has The Tiger's Wife turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes!


    What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden and Robin Sachs ’s performance?

    The man isn't very well understandable.


    Any additional comments?

    It's just too long a story. I had to struggle my way through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5568)
    Performance
    (2015)
    Story
    (2048)

    As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

    Kirsty says: "Continues to Please"
    "Still very good. This should have been the ending."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Eclipse in three words, what would they be?

    Best ending, entertaining


    Would you recommend Eclipse to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would


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

    She makes it even better


    Any additional comments?

    This should have been the last book. The fourth was disappointing, the whole time the story is very careful in enfolding and in the fourth it's just getting too crazy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5600)
    Performance
    (2020)
    Story
    (2061)

    For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning.

    cmclien says: "Emotionally Painful..."
    "I couldn't stop listening even if it's very silly"
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    Where does New Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites, even though it's a silly story


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it was read and how much fun it was to get lost in this fairy tale.


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

    She made it even better!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (1046)
    Story
    (1049)

    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
    "Interesting to get the whole story about SJ"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    I am glad to have listened to it, but it is too long a story to listen to it again.


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

    A brilliant but complicated man.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book while making a beautiful walk, I imagine this would be the way Steve Jobs would have listened to it. It's a good way to get inspiration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diary of a Young Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anne Frank
    • Narrated By Helena Bonham Carter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a 'secret annexe', fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary.An intimate record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, Anne Frank's diary is one of those unique documents, famed throughout the world.It portrays innocence and humanity, suffering and survival in the starkest and most moving terms.

    Terry says: "A powerful book"
    "Now I understand why this is a must-read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Diary of a Young Girl the most enjoyable?

    I could experience what Anna must have felt and get a better picture of the girl with tragic, well-known history.


    Which character – as performed by Helena Bonham Carter – was your favorite?

    Anna of course.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It got me very quiet and I listened to it with little pauses in between!


    Any additional comments?

    Must-read!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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