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Sarah

Denver, CO, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3436)
    Performance
    (2441)
    Story
    (2446)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Not for the faint of heart..."
    Overall

    Let me start with what I liked about this book. It was real, in a sense. If you are sick of books where the likeable petty criminal escapes with a clever move, or the blushing virgin escapes a would-be rapist with virginity intact, you might appreciate his style.

    Also - I liked that the author agrees with the true and oft-overlooked concept that women who are victims of rape can still be functioning members of society...even successful and self-assured.

    What I couldn't take was the gratuitous cruelty he inflicts upon his characters. If you enjoy getting emotionally involved in a character's progress through the plot, then having to sit through a graphic description of gang rape after gang rape, well, so be it.

    I listen to audiobooks while I drift off to sleep, and this one gave me some pretty traumatic middle-of-the-night kicks to the head.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Virgin's Lover

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen. But one woman hears the tidings with utter dread. Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, knows that the peal of bells she hears will summon her husband once more to power, intrigue, and a passionate love affair with the young queen.

    Sarah says: "Interesting new twist on the"
    "Interesting new twist on the"
    Overall

    This book is extremely well written, while bringing to the table an entirely new point of view - that of Leicester's wife, Amy Robsart Dudley. I have always wondered about her, and this was a fascinating journey into her experiences, based on historical fact. Elizabeth appears in this novel in all of her sparkling glory, but very human as well. Phillipa Gregory injects the wild ride of political intrigue into the story, as we jump back an forth between Amy and the court. I wish I could read it again. My only complaint is the length - I would have read twice the length!

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Tara Road

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (269)

    When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

    Monica says: "Great Story - Terrible Recording"
    "I was so sad the book finally ended..."
    Overall

    By the end of the book I was very attached to the characters, the places, the stories - I highly recommend this audiobook! I wish I could "read" it again right away!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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