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anne

Sale, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2279)
    Performance
    (2025)
    Story
    (2013)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "The best audio book I have listened to."
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    What an spectacular listening experience. This would have to be one of the best audio books I have listened to...
    Great value 30hrs of listening for only 1 credit.
    The narrator added another dimension to the riveting plot..beautifully written by Mccammon..
    I have downloaded the next book in the series and am looking forward to another great listen.. so glad that Ballerini is again narrating.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Suttree

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (151)

    No discussion of great modern authors is complete without mention of Cormac McCarthy, whose rare and blazing talent makes his every work a true literary event. A grand addition to the American literary canon, Suttree introduces readers to Cornelius Suttree, a man who abandons his affluent family to live among a dissolute array of vagabonds along the Tennessee river.

    Darwin8u says: "Absurd Gout of Hallelucinationatory Crazy"
    "Depressing..."
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    This must be the most Dark book I have ever listened to.... I only got to chapter 10 ..and only reached that chapter as my hard drive had died and I had nothing else on my i pod to listen to .
    Decidedly unimpressed and would not recommend that you purchase this book unless you are on some type of antidepressant !!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Providence Rider: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (535)

    The Providence Rider is the fourth installment in the extraordinary series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver. The narrative begins in the winter of 1703, with Matthew still haunted by his lethal encounter with notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter. When an unexplained series of explosions rocks his Manhattan neighborhood, Matthew finds himself forced to confront a new and unexpected problem. Someone is trying - and trying very hard - to get his attention.

    bionichands says: "This is a fun series"
    "What a wonderful absorbing series...."
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    Having listened to all four books in the series I must ask the question..

    WHERE IS BOOK FIVE ?

    Beautifully written, every word fits into the intricate puzzle that keeps you on edge until the last paragraph.

    Again, Ballerini narrates with passion, bringing the characters to life with an intensity that surpasses all others .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Butterfly's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lee Langley
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    In a Japan still rigid with tradition, an apprehensive 15-year-old tea-house girl prepares to welcome her first client. In his gleaming white uniform, Lieutenant Pinkerton walks up the hill to a house in Nagasaki to find the female he has purchased for a few weeks. When he sails away, she waits, aching for his return. It is one of the world’s great love stories. And, as the curtain falls on Madame Butterfly, Cho-Cho hands over her son to his American father, before killing herself...

    R. J. Melton says: "You'll Need to Hug Mom when you finish this book!"
    "An easy listen.."
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    An easy listen with minor historical input woven into the storyline.

    Touching and endearing characters which you feel you know personally by the end of the book.

    I would definitely have a look at other books by this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Karen Thompson Walker
    • Narrated By Laurence Bouvard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    What if our 24-hour day grew longer, first in minutes, then in hours, until day becomes night and night becomes day? What effect would this slowing have on the world? On the birds in the sky, the whales in the sea, the astronauts in space, and on an 11-year-old girl grappling with emotional changes in her own life? One morning, Julia and her parents wake up to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth is noticeably slowing....

    anne says: "Dissapointing.."
    "Dissapointing.."
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    This was my first listen to one of Karen Walker's books and I was quite disappointed ..
    The narrator, Bouvard, came across badly and her attempts at different vocals were inadequate to say the least.
    I kept on waiting for the story line to take off....
    Walker seemed to run out of steam towards the finish of the book and the ending was inconclusive and rather amateurish.
    I will not be purchasing any more books from this author or narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Sheff
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (166)

    David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view, a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

    Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Painful and honest account"
    "A Must Listen for parents today."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this audio book to a friend. This story is every parents worst nightmare.The issues raised .. re. meth amphetamine.. are an education giving real insight into the hard, nigh impossible road that anyone ..parent or addict..has to live and deal with .in this situation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was impressed with the overwhelming parental love that flowed throughout the story.Would that I would be able to provide the same love and understanding given the same set of circumstances.The parents raw courage was inspirational.


    Which character – as performed by Anthony Heald – was your favorite?

    The Father


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Journey into Hell and Halfway Back.....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2194)
    Performance
    (1560)
    Story
    (1593)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "Thought Provoking"
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    Would you listen to Heaven Is for Real again? Why?

    Yes I would . I found the book rather challenging and would listen again to iron out some issues that did not seem to gel in the first listening.

    I would have to query the parents lack of initiative as their child's illness progressed into a life threatening situation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heaven Is for Real?

    The absolute honesty of the three year old in situations that could not have been manipulated or influenced by his parents or outside influences.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Heaven is for Real........????


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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