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Billy

Bellingen, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Jack of Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (569)

    Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. After being taken under the wing of "Miss Frostbite", the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. Fame and the allure of gambling takes him to Vegas, and prospects of fortune take him to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines.

    Brodie says: "On the Day we lost Bryce"
    "Great read"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Jack of Diamonds again? Why?

    Loved it and yes it's a hell of a fantasy and that fantasy world Courtney wove for me to fall into is just what I needed. Loved It.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack, loved his resolve and focus.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time and he did good


    If you could take any character from Jack of Diamonds out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    His girl freind in Las Vegas


    Any additional comments?

    Looking ford to more Bryce Courtney.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Women in Love

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By D.H. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Vanessa Benjamin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    Lawrence explores love, sex, passion, and marriage through the eyes of two sisters. Gudrun and Ursula Brangwen are the two intelligent, incisive, and observant sisters whose temperamental differences spark an ongoing debate regarding their society and their inner lives. The two very different sisters pursue thrilling, torrid affairs, but their search for more mature emotional relationships reveals some startling information about themselves as well as their lovers, Rupert Birkin and Gerald Crich.

    V. T. Carson says: "Facinating unsettling view male and female"
    "Compelling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Women in Love the most enjoyable?

    I am a poor reader so I love being read to


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Women in Love?

    All of it


    Which character – as performed by Vanessa Benjamin – was your favorite?

    The sisters


    Who was the most memorable character of Women in Love and why?

    The sisters


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mowat: Never Cry Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Farley Mowat
    • Narrated By Adam Sims
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    More than half a century ago, the naturalist Farley Mowat accepted an assignment to investigate why wolves were killing Arctic caribou. Mowat’s account of the summer he lived in the frozen tundra alone – studying the wolf population and developing a deep affection for these wild creatures (who were no threat to caribou or man) – is today celebrated as a classic of nature writing, at once a tale of remarkable adventure and an indelible record of the myths and magic of wolves.

    Billy says: "wonderful"
    "wonderful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    loved MOWAT'S curiously deep connection to self, with other persons, other creatures and his envirionment that has, ultimatly, brought about a change in the way we (human beings) make sense of the natural world. a wonderfully inspiring, humbling and thought provoking a book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    it's humanity


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

    Sims was Mowat, great stuff!!


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

    an extraordinary accout of one man's capacity for connection much much deeper than 'ordinary humanity'


    Any additional comments?

    sublime

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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