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  • The Woman Who Died a lot

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Kruger

    The BookWorld's leading enforcement officer Thursday Next is four months into an enforced semi-retirement following an assassination attempt. She returns home to Swindon for what you'd expect to be a time of recuperation. If only life were that simple.

    Sandra says: "Another brilliant Thursday Next book"
    "Another brilliant Thursday Next book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman Who Died a lot to be better than the print version?

    I have visual problems now, so Audible has given me the gift of books again. The narrator is good and a most enjoyable read.

    What other book might you compare The Woman Who Died a lot to and why?

    The Jasper Fforde books are 'one out of the box'! They have a great deal of literary knowledge in them, are a lot of fun with some wonderful plays on words.

    What about Gabrielle Kruger’s performance did you like?

    Gabrielle Kruger has a great, laid back approach to reading Thursday Next that enhances the character and story.

    Any additional comments?

    A most enjoyable listen/read. Thank You!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Michael says: "Don't have expectations!"
    "Sadly disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If this book had been written without every sentence containing negative sexual content, and instead kept to a story base, it would have been an OK read, a book like many others. I do not think it lived up to her previous writings at all.

    What could J. K. Rowling have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    J K Rowling has a supreme gift of word use which comes through at times. However, this is so overlayered by the negatives that her gifts unfortunately do not shine.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    As above, I did not enjoy much about this book. My least favourite from Audible.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not much

    Any additional comments?

    Having seen a book written by J K Rowling was at last available on Audible I was delighted. Unfortunately, this did not measure up to my expectations. I found the book unpleasant and not worth the credit nor the time I spent listening to it. Out of the 19 hours this book takes to read, I listened to two and three quarter hours, waiting to see if it would improve. It didn't. In my opinion it was a sad waste of talent.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Morbid Taste for Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne

    In the 12th-century Benedictine monastery of Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael has settled down to a quiet life in charge of the herbarium after an adventurous, and far from monastic, youth. But when his prior determines to acquire the bones of a saint from a remote Welsh village, Cadfael's worldly experience becomes vitally important. It is fortunate indeed that his skills as a herbalist are matched by his prowess as a detective, since the obstacles to the expedition include murder.

    Erin says: "Classic Mystery"
    "I thoroughly enjoyed it!"

    I have enjoyed Ellis Peter's Cadfael series for many years, but this was my first Audible listen. In this book there is the sense of the Monastry, calm, considered, concise and the reality of the times mingled together with Cadfael as a bridge into both sides. I have found that Stephen Thorne was able to read this book well, giving the essence and atmosphere the book deserves. I strongly recomend it. Sandra

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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