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Hilde-Gunn

AULI, Norway | Member Since 2010

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  • Reached: Matched, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Jack Riccobono
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (666)

    After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. In this gripping conclusion to the Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

    Anastasia says: "Disappointed ..most likely will return this book"
    "Yawn!!"
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    What would have made Reached better?

    What wouldn't? Some action maybe. For better parts of the book nothing happens at all. I was just waiting for something to happen, but no. The outcome was as predicted as well, no news there. She chose the one I knew she'd choose, and all was well in the world. I can't believe that a trilogy with such a promising start had such an incredibly boring ending. The entire book lacks inspiration.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ally Condie again?

    Hmm.. maybe? I loved the first book in this trilogy, so why not?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    All the narrators read in monotone voices, so that the already boring story got even more boring and tedious.


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

    Disappointment.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • It's Raining Men

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Milly Johnson
    • Narrated By Colleen Prendergast
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Best friends May, Lara, and Clare are desperate for a holiday. But when they arrive in Ren Dullem, it seems it is not the place they thought it was.… May can't wait to get away from men after being cruelly deceived. Then in Dullem she falls for one of the inhabitants…. Lara walks in to find her boyfriend, James, in bed with his ex. She needs the sea air to heal her. Clare's kind boyfriend Lud wants her to live abroad with him, but she's just been offered a promotion. It gives her the excuse she needs to end the relationship and find some excitement. Will this holiday be the break they all need?

    Jan says: "Not up to Milly Johnson's usual standard."
    "This is such a silly story"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't really know. Noone? People who like stories about mermaids?


    What was most disappointing about Milly Johnson’s story?

    That I have enjoyed so many of her other books, and this one was just so silly. I couldn't tell the main characters from each other, and the men they fell in love with, yuk and yuk!


    What about Colleen Prendergast’s performance did you like?

    She was the only good thing aboyt this book


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

    boredom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Princess: Arcana Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (676)

    She could save the world - or destroy it. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline 'Evie' Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future - and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. But she can't do either alone.

    Katheryne says: "I have a crush on YA books"
    "Original"
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    What made the experience of listening to Poison Princess the most enjoyable?

    The originality of the plot. It is something different from the other young adult dystopian books I've read recently.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the new and interesting twists that showed up along the way.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin and Keith Nobbs – was your favorite?

    Jack, without a doubt. I found Evie to be a bit silly and boring in the beginning, but she got better as the story progressed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Wayward daughters. Missing husbands. Philandering partners. Curious con men. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Mma Ramotswe, Botswana's only female private detective. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple's, but she's got warmth, wit, and canny intuition on her side - not to mention Mr J.L.B. Maketoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors.

    Hilde-Gunn says: "Good story, but..."
    "Good story, but..."
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    Okay, so I love Precious and her little detective agency. I never thought I would. THe reason why I've given this such a low score is because it is abrigded. By doing this, they totally wreck the book. The good thing about the story is all of Mma Ramotswe's own thoughts and the way she herself tells the story. By just summing it up for the reader, well, let's put it this way: I will never buy an abrigded version again. I don't even know why they would do that to good books....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Lavender

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Kate Hood
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    Simone Fleurier is wrenched from her home on a Provencal lavender farm at the age of 14 after the accidental death of her father. Forced to become a maid at the boarding house of her Aunt Augustine in Marseilles, Simone's life is hard and impoverished. But one of her aunt's boarders, the beautiful Camille Casal, a star at the local music hall, gives Simone a dream: that one day she too will be a famous singer and dancer.

    Wade says: "An Extrodinary Story"
    "Disappointing!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know. People who like to listen to a bad French accent?


    What was most disappointing about Belinda Alexandra’s story?

    I couldn't get into it. The start dragged and dragged. I tried several times, but I just didn't like the story. And the really bad narration didn't help.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Hood?

    Caroline Lee who does the other Belinda Alexandra books. She is really good!


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

    Disappointment, boredom


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tuscan Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (243)

    A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.

    Ashley says: "Such a beautiful listen...."
    "A well told story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course! I really loved it. I think it is interesting to read a book that is set in Mussolini's Italy and the characters and their relationships between them is beautifully described. I was sad when the book ended.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was set in Italy before and during the war. I am a history teacher, and thus very interested in history. This story told about an era that has been described in many books, but I have never read one from Mussolini's Italy.


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

    Yes! More than one, but I can't reveal them because it would reveal too much of the story and parts of the ending. But this is a story set in times of war, and many of the main characters are partisans. It goes without saying that they experience both dramatic and sad moments.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Golden Earrings

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    Catalina, grand-daughter of Spanish refugees, is a disciplined student with the School of the Paris Opera Ballet. Little gets inthe way of her career until the visit of an otherworldly being, who leaves her a mysterious pair of golden earrings. Given a quest, Catalina realises she must explore her own Spanish heritage and makes the connection between the visitor and ‘La Rusa’, a young Andalusian flamenco star. La Rusa died in exile in Paris in 1952, her death ruled as suicide. But as Catalina begins to discover, there were those in the community, who had good reason for wanting La Rusa dead.

    Paddington says: "Fabulous story"
    "Enchanting!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would because it is a good story about a time and place in history few of my friends know little about. I loved how we get carried into te history of the Spanish civil war in all its grusomeness.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's formidable knowledge of history, and her ability to tell it in an interesting way. I also loved her way of describing the family relations, and I loved how all the little mysteries all comes together in the end.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    I like that she manages to keep the story interesting!


    If you could take any character from Golden Earrings out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    La Rusa! She is an interesting woman with an interesting history, and maybe she could have finished off the meal with a little dance?


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anne Fortier
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (156)

    Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.

    Glory says: "Excellent! Merits 20 hours"
    "Catchy and well-written"
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    What made the experience of listening to Juliet the most enjoyable?

    It reminds me a lot of Dan Brown's novels, especially "The Da Vinci Code" as it takes a story that already exists and weaves it into a new setting. In "The Da-Vinci Code" it was the Bible and in this book it is Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. I really liked how the author has created this whole new story based om the original one.


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

    A lot of bad Italian accent.


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

    The real story behind Romeo and Juliet


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House on Willow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Cathy Kelly
    • Narrated By Amy Creighton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The warm and wonderful new novel from the natural heir to Maeve Binchy.... Tess used to be happy with her lot: she lives in the idyllic Irish coastal village, Avalon, with her teenage son, Zach, and nine-year-old Kitty, and works in the local antiques shop. Her only regret in life is that everything went so horribly wrong with her first love. Then her marriage falls apart and her first love returns to Avalon.

    Hilde-Gunn says: "Extremely light and predictable"
    "Extremely light and predictable"
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    Would you try another book from Cathy Kelly and/or Amy Creighton?

    No, I don't think so. This was my first Cathy Kelly book and it was too light for my taste. The characters were not given any space to truly evolve, and they came out flat and boring. The story was predictable and a bit hard to engage in.


    Has The House on Willow Street turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not at all, but the thing about this light chicklit books is that they have to be well-written and hva interesting, loveable characters, something this book is sorely missing.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It is OK as a light read, as background noise to make housework more enjoyable, but don't expect too much of the story or the characters.


    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
    (473)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (401)

    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.

    Sara says: "Story telling at its best!"
    "Beautiful, wonderful story! Horrible narrator!"
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    I really enjoyed this story, especially the bits about Beattie. It reminds me a lot of Tamara McKinley's book, of whoch I have read quite a few and enjoyed every one of them. I love how the author manages to capture the time and the enviroment in the Australian outback. Tha narrator does a decent job in some parts of the book. But she really can't speak Scottish. She manages to make all the Scottish-speaking people sound retarded and slow. Why bother? If you can't make it properly, don't try at all! This ruins part of the experience for me since my favourite part of the book is about the Scottish Beattie. So to sum it up: Good story, beautifully written, but I wasn't too pleased with the narrator.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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