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Rina

Durbanville, South Africa | Member Since 2011

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  • Gone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (280)

    Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

    Janie says: "Get Gone Girl soon!"
    "Absolutely a must hear!!"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Intellectually stimulating entertainment. Excellent plot/story. Many twists and turns keeping you at the edge of your seat and wishing for more at the end! Highly recommended!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    The suspense...ie I cannot reveal.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    It made me think.... and it will make all people think that went through some relationship crisis (as you should).


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant understanding of relationships and the human phyche. Not for the emotional/intelectual virgin, but rather for people ready to challenge conventional norms!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2861)
    Performance
    (2674)
    Story
    (2684)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Teddy says: "Hooked!"
    "Married with children with a twist!"
    Overall
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    Where does Zombie Fallout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Killed myself laughing at some of the hilarious descriptions in this "horror" story. Excellent mindless escape from reality!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The humour


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1545)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1051)

    Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

    M. Davis says: "Another winner by Roberts!"
    "Relaxing entertainment"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Chasing Fire the most enjoyable?

    The setting for this love/adventure story is fresh and interesting. A winning recipe with a few delightful twists.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Maybe tone the hero worshipping of the main characters down a little, but then again, who does not love a superhuman!


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

    Great performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent entertainment on a mini break from reality. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (368)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

    Masha says: "Frustratingly bad read"
    "Soft porn twilight mix"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    no


    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The initial "blase teen" imitation of the heroine was OTT and made me cringe.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    All the sulky teen Cinderella parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Best enjoyed while slightly tipsy. Not for the sober reader looking for something with substance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (2683)
    Performance
    (1211)
    Story
    (1224)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Clever humour"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or David Aaron Baker?

    Interesting idea. Enjoyed the sense of humour, but would not remember the book in a year's time (and I don't have Alzheimers!). Would make for good movie material ie I'd be happy only to see the compact movie version.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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