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Chantelle

Georgetown, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1102)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (756)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "Almost Perfect"
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    This is the second book I've listened to by this author and like the first I was surprised at how easily I was pulled into the lives of the characters. If I read a summary which gives barely a clue, or if I hear it's about 'one family's struggle' - I usually pass but this writer truly makes it worth the read. Also not usually a fan of war writing but this is done so well (as it was in Brother Fish) and its only a portion of the lives of the Maloney's. Mr. Courtenay turned a genre I avoided into something I enjoyed and learned from. The rest of their lives in a small town was very entertaining and inspiring. The only drawback for me was the ending which felt rushed. The narrator was just fantastic and great with different voices - just perfect.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Fold: Sword of Truth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2067)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1131)

    In a fantasy world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World - forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

    Donald says: "Finally!!!"
    "Sadistic and repetative"
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    I didn't find a problem with the narration as others have, but I'm just about done with reading/listening to anymore of this author because of his relentless sadism. He has a real problem! The torture involved in these books is unhealthy and revolting. Three books in and I dont think I can hear anymore, but to be honest, I'm pretty sure I can predict the rest of the series because the books follow a pretty lame repetition. I did like the first book - aside from the violence and torture, but they have gotten worse and I'm almost afraid to hear anymore.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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