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Judy

Photographer's Moll, Chicken breeder, school administrator and owned by four dogs. Busy life, Happy life!

Bowna via Albury, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • 9 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    Given the importance of what they do and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five. His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies

    Joseph says: "Hung Jury"
    "His Best Book Ever"
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    Story

    You'll love it. Lots's of twists, turns and a fabulous storyline I was enthralled from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wildflower Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (381)

    In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. In 2009, London, prima ballerina Lydia Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can also have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Lydia returns home to Australia to recuperate.

    David P. McGivern says: "Engaging, believable"
    "Here We Go Again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm sure that this would have been a good book, but once again let down by a narrator that attempted accents that she could not perform. After listening to a strangled version of Scots for an hour - I gave up, had a glass of wine and switched on the radio!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (222)

    When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

    Jane says: "Hopefully this is the first of a series"
    "A Bit Different"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A bit slow to start but well worth the wait. Characters are well portrayed and story was interesting though a little predictable. Ended leaving me wanting a sequel. Well worth a credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3419)
    Performance
    (2357)
    Story
    (2354)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "My favourite book"
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    What a beautiful story. Owen Meany made me laugh out loud in parts (the Nativity Play) and I cried quietly in others. I have no doubt that I will listen to this book again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10551)
    Performance
    (9578)
    Story
    (9598)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "I don't like Science Fiction......................"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So how is it that I loved this book? I couldn't stop listening! A 5 Star story and performance, I urge you to give it a try. I'm going to see if there's anything else by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chamber

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Adam Hill is 26 years old and in his first year at a top Chicago law firm. He volunteers for the toughest assignment any lawyer could ask for. His prospective client doesn't want Adam or his law firm. He is an unrepentent and outspoken racist with a violent past. He is on Death Row for the murder of two Jewish children in a horrific bombing in 1967. Why would he take on Adam, a complete novice, to defend him? And why would Adam want his case so desperately?

    Steven says: "Did Grisham really write this??"
    "Great!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    John Grisham is the master of the legal novel. Always plausible and well put together it describes complex family relationships that have been impacted by the actions of white supremacy advocates in USA.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (253)

    Alexandra Fuller won worldwide attention, popular acclaim, and critical accolades for her memoir of her childhood in Africa, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. This engaging follow-up explores Fuller’s parents’ childhoods and charts the trajectories of their lives through all the British couple’s experiences in war-torn Africa. With the same sharply etched narrative that has earned the author such immense praise, Fuller expands on and offers new insights into her family’s remarkable trials and successes.

    Janet Tarasovic says: "Great by both ear and eye"
    "Just Lovely"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A well written, well narrated story that describes a family history that is at once difficult and heartwarming. Beautiful descriptions of life in a different era of Africa.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War Brides

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Helen Bryan
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (203)

    As war moves ever closer, the sleepy English village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. The nightly German air raids become grimly mundane. Rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge a bond of friendship that will change their lives forever in this engrossing novel of loyalty, loss, and love in the shadow of World War II.With the hardships of war intensifying every day, the women band together to defeat formidable enemies and find remarkable strength within themselves to help one another. It is a war-forged loyalty certain to endure years and distance. When four of the women return for a celebration fifty years later, their mission is not simply to commemorate or remember. They’ve returned to confront a traitor whose actions cost countless lives — and to avenge one of their own at last.

    P. Burdge says: "A Story of the Women and Children on the Homefront"
    "Rubbish"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about War Brides?

    The story was jumbled - I gave up half way through and the narration was awful. The American accents were reasonable (I think she must be American) but the others - English upper class, German jewish and Cockney were absurd.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tavia Gilbert?

    Even Shrek could have done a better job. The cockney was the worst rendition of an easily researched dialect that I've ever heard and the others were impossible to believe.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger - that I had paid for this
    Sadness - that the narration was so lazy
    Disappointment - Nothing like I expected


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Gropes

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tom Sharpe
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Gropes are an old English family based in Northumberland, separated from the rest of society and as eccentric as they come. It is a line dominated by strong-willed and oversexed women, determined to produce more female heirs regardless of whether their desired partners are willing.... At the dawn of the new millennium, timid and gormless teenager Esmond is abducted and lured to Grope Hall by a descendant of the Gropes.

    Judy says: "Great Fun"
    "Great Fun"
    Overall

    Tom Sharpe is still the 'laugh out loud' champion. Fun plot with all of the muddles and misunderstandings that he's famous for and a little twist at the end. GREAT

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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