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Janine

Singapore, Singapore

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  • The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    The Mongol queens of the 13th century ruled the largest empire the world has ever known. Yet sometime near the end of the century, censors cut a section from The Secret History of the Mongols, leaving a single tantalizing quote from Genghis Khan: “Let us reward our female offspring.” Only this hint of a father’s legacy for his daughters remained of a much larger story.

    Kimberley says: "Amazing History"
    "An outstanding "read""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret History of the Mongol Queens the most enjoyable?

    Robertson Dean took an excellent story, filled with "strange" names and far off places, and made it come alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret History of the Mongol Queens?

    The part where Queen Manduhai falls off her horse when heavily pregnant and her warriors create a human wall and save her.


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    The insights into an ancient culture and ways was my favourite aspect of the book.


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

    The part where Queen Manduhai falls off her horse when heavily pregnant and her warriors create a human wall and save her.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth listening to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Edmund de Waal
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Winner of the 2010 COSTA Biography Award. A total of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox: potter Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in the Tokyo apartment of his Great Uncle Iggie. Later, when Edmund inherited the ‘netsuke’, they unlocked a story far larger than he could ever have imagined.…

    Neil Chisholm says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful story well told"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Hare with Amber Eyes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in the top 10.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author.


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

    I don't know because I didn't experience the physical book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The addition of the podcast interview at the end was really interesting and a nice touch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war.

    Brodie says: "Astounding!"
    "Engaging, absorbing, difficult to turn off..."
    Overall

    Ken Follett's epic 'sequel' to Pillars of the Earth is engaging, absorbing, magnificently structured and wonderfully read by John Lee.

    The downside of not being able to stop listening is that the repetition (necessary perhaps in a novel of this length) is more glaring than it might be to a reader not listening for hours and hours at a time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By D.H. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Lady Chatterley's Lover was the subject of one of the most infamous trials of the 20th century when Penguin was prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act. However, with expert witnesses for the defence, including E.M. Forster, Penguin was acquitted and permitted to publish in 1960. The book became a best seller largely on account of explicit scenes of a sexual nature and use of four letter words.

    A User says: "Taboo for a reason"
    "Less is not more..."
    Overall

    Although well done and read, the cheat version of DH Lawrence's classic can never stand up to the novel as originally penned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (136)

    The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known... of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul... of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame... and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

    Alan says: "Very very surprised"
    "As good the second time around..."
    Overall

    I read Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth when it was published in 1989 - and the epic is no less engaging the second time around. Follett has woven in all the elements of a top notch tale - good, evil, justice, injustice, ambition, greed, redemption... The addition of Follett's preface adds insights into the creation of the novel and his transition from thrillers to the much more complex structure and story of Pillars.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Haussmann, or the Distinction

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paul LeFarge
    • Narrated By Eric Bauersfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Baron Georges-Eughne Haussmann was the architect of modern Paris. In two decades, from 1853 to 1869, he transformed the cramped, filthy lanes of the medieval city into the airy boulevards and green parks of today. Yet there is a story that, on his deathbed, Haussmann wished to undo everything he'd built. "Would that it had died with me!" he is supposed to have said. What is the secret of the baron's last regret?

    Janine says: "Brings another era alive"
    "Brings another era alive"
    Overall

    "Haussmann, or the Distinction" brings alive, in fabulous detail, another era, set of social codes, and behaviours. Laid over this are eternal tales of love, duty, pain and survival.

    Fact or fiction or a mix of both, the characters are interesting and rounded, and a pleasure to follow.

    As author Paul Lefarge says in his introduction, the questions the novel asks are as valid today as they were 100 or more years ago. "How to build new things without demolishing old ones... How to preserve the past without living in in, which are as worth asking today as they were a century ago".

    Beautifully written and read.. and well worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Caravaggio

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Neil Griffiths
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Under a searing Calabrian sky, detective Daniel Wright is shown the world's most famous stolen painting: Caravaggio's Nativity. As a Caravaggio lover and expert in art recovery, he is determined to rescue it from the Mafia bosses who use it as payment for drug deals and assassinations.

    Janine says: "Interesting idea but..."
    "Interesting idea but..."
    Overall

    Interesting plot, splendid backdrop, characters with potential and the promise of moral dilemma are spoiled by unclever execution, a writing approach that tells, tells and overtells, and the apparent absence of anyone to tell Griffiths that troubled marriages and temptation are not, by themselves, new or interesting. And that if he's going to use them, a lot more time needs to be spent developing a unique approach. As it is, the novel is full of wasted opportunities... this is not one you'll want to rewind and listen to, much less savour, again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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