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Debbie McKelvey

Dauphin, Manitoba Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • 5 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 220 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1843)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (922)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Fascinating and Addictive"
    Overall

    I loved this book, although it was long and a bit hard to get into at the beginning. Lisbeth Salander is one of the most unique heroines of modern fiction.

    What I liked about this book was the character development and the many subplots, which created another world. The characters seem real - they aren't perfect and have character flaws and strengths like real people. I really enjoyed Saul Reichlin's narration too.

    Currently on the second book, and just downloaded the third today. Thanks audible, for not waiting for the 'book' to be released in 2010, when it is already available in English in the UK.

    Sorry to say that Stieg Larsson is no longer with us but he left a wonderful legacy to the world of these three novels.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1499)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1359)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Wonderful Engaging Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Call the Midwife to be better than the print version?

    This is a very interesting book, and the narration is fantastic. Nicola Barber really makes the characters come alive.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3248)
    Performance
    (1423)
    Story
    (1422)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Love, Love, Love this book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society again? Why?

    It's a great story but there are lots of characters, I would pick up on things on second listening that I didn't in the first listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society?

    The ending was great but I don't want to spoil it


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    All of the narrators really brought the characters to life and helped you identify them from each other, something that would have been harder to do when reading the book instead of listening to it.


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

    Learning about Elizabeth's story, was very moving, and also how Juliet grew to love all of the Guernsey people, in particular Kit.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good story, and I found the historical aspect of the German occupation of the Channel Islands very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2469)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (503)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a solid story throughout and kept you interested in the main protagonist, Danny Cartwright. I really enjoyed the narrator as well. His different accents and his fine characterizations kept the story interesting for this listener. It has also made me want to read/listen to the Count of Monte Cristo again, as this is what Sir Archer says he based his plot on.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Andrew Morton
    • Narrated By John Hinch
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    In 2006, Forbes magazine ranked Tom Cruise as the most powerful celebrity in the world. With three Golden Globe awards, three Academy Award nominations, and 27 films with an average box office gross of nearly $100 million, People magazine's choice for the "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1990 is unquestionably one of the biggest movie stars of our time.

    Crusader says: "An In-depth Analysis of Tom Cruise & Scientology!"
    "Disapointing"
    Overall

    I am a fan of Andrew Morton's and was looking forward to this book. The whole thing seems strangely uninteresting, and it never made me feel as though I learned anything about Tom Cruise. I thought the writing was disjointed. It doesn't even mention that Tom and Nicole were divorcing, and then all of the sudden mentions that they were divorced? Not worth the time.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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