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Kathryn

Killara, Australia | Member Since 2014

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  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Dennis Olsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (179)

    It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings.

    HDJ says: "Ignore the teen classification!"
    "Gripping audible book read in a weekend!"
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    Where does The Book Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audio book. I wasted a lot of time before finally downloading it to my ipod but it was worth it. I read the book while ironing, making rumballs, and other mindless household tasks. I have never read a book in a weekend but as I was doing household tasks felt justified to read it hours at a time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The adopted mother, Rosa was a strange one and difficult to fathom, brutal yet unwavering in her role as mother. Yet as the story unfolded she demonstrated some of her good sense.


    What about Dennis Olsen’s performance did you like?

    Easy listening with short German passages translated put the reader in the time and place.


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

    War in Nazi Germany is a very emotional subject, the author in presenting life at that time cerainly evoked emotion in parts.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't mastered the technology of an audible book. There are parts of the book I would like to go back and re read however it is hard to flick back. I made an effort to concentrate because I couldn't go back.
    Overall I really enjoyed the audible book experience and will select another soon.

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  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1623)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (899)

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "Good book not accurately read due to sensorship."
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    What did you like best about For Whom the Bell Tolls? What did you like least?

    It tells a story of war, determination and willingness to die for a cause.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ernest Hemingway? Why or why not?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Campbell Scott’s performances?

    Yes


    Was For Whom the Bell Tolls worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I don't feel I could appreciate the real and rawness of the book because all swearing was replaced with the word "obscenity" .

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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