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Margaret

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  • April Fool's Day

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    This is Bryce Courtenay's moving tribute to his son, Damon, a hemophiliac who died from medically acquired AIDS on April 1, 1991, at the age of 24. April Fool's Day is controversial, painful and heartbreaking, yet has a gentle humor. It is also life-affirming, and, above all, a testimony to the incredible regenerative strength of love: how when we confront our worst, we can become our best. This tragic yet uplifting story will change the way you think.

    Louise says: "This is A Love Story"
    "Informative"
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    What did you like best about April Fool's Day? What did you like least?

    Very informative. Need to know informative about AIDS told in a compationate way.
    Drawn out. Could have been condensed in many ways. I felt it came straight from the heart. I would have preferred Bryce to have taken more time to write this book. Even so I really enjoyed it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Celest. Her patience and love for her man.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    A story that needed to be told.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Bryce Courtenay’s life?

    He was obviously stretched to the limit mentally at the time of the writing of 'April Fool's day'. I would have prefered him to have taken more time.


    Any additional comments?

    A great story that need telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (312)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
    "Bryce Courtenay. Fantastic as always"
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    What did you love best about Jessica?

    The easy to read and listen to story line. You really feel like you are living in Jessica's shoes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jessica by far but the legal advisor was good too.


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

    Excellent as usual. His voice was made to read Bryce's work.


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

    Most definately a film not to miss.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book years ago. Listening to it again now was great. I picked up on little things I had previously skipped over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Act of Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3035)
    Performance
    (1528)
    Story
    (1522)

    It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice-president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national-security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.

    Stevon says: "My first Flynn"
    "A good easy to listen to story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. The story holds the listener's interest from the beginning to the end. While I wouldn't give it 5 stars it is still a good book to buy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Act of Treason?

    The relatively unexpected ending.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    His voice is easy to listen to.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Definately


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2927)
    Performance
    (1727)
    Story
    (1734)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Fantastic"
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    Would you try another book from Bryce Courtenay and/or Humphrey Bower?

    Yes, I have now read or listened to them all.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of One?

    Peekay meeting the witch doctor.


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

    Yes, I loved them all. Great


    Was The Power of One worth the listening time?

    Yes definately.


    Any additional comments?

    It's such a pity there will be no more Bryce Courtenay. A fantastic story teller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4224)
    Performance
    (3759)
    Story
    (3755)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Refreshing little story"
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    If you could sum up Suspect in three words, what would they be?

    A feel good story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it switches from Maggie's thoughts back to the human beings.


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

    No I haven't. But I loved every minute of this beautiful little story.


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

    Yes I had tears running down my cheeks when Scot was shot. Maggie's reaction was just tragic.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a great story told well. Service dogs do deserve medals for the way they protect their handlers. Great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5646)
    Performance
    (4847)
    Story
    (4857)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Entertaining and fun"
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    If you could sum up The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle in three words, what would they be?

    A great little story that has you thinking right till the end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle?

    Discovering the crime that was committed.


    Which character – as performed by Alan Cumming – was your favorite?

    Holmes. The way he explains the crime is entertaining right till the end.


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

    The discovery.


    Any additional comments?

    A great, entertaining short story told beautifully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jack of Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (579)

    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"
    "Fantastic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Jack of Diamonds to be better than the print version?

    Definately. Humphrey Bower really makes the characters come to life. Bryce Courtenay writes such big books it's hard to read them in bed at night. Listening is much more fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jack of Diamonds?

    When Jack was stuck in the laundry truck.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Jack would have to be the favorite.


    Who was the most memorable character of Jack of Diamonds and why?

    Jack. He went through so much in his life.


    Any additional comments?

    A fantastic read. So sorry that Bryce is gone. I have read all his books and loved them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Danced

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Susan Wilson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (105)

    If there’s been a theme in Justine Meade’s life, it’s loss. Her mother, her home, even her son. The one bright spot in her loss-filled life, the partner she could always count on, has always been Mack, her gray and black Sheltie - that is, until she is summoned back to her childhood home after more than 20 years away. Fiercely loyal, acutely perceptive and guided by a herd dog’s instinct, Mack has a way of bringing out the best in his humans.

    M. McClure says: "Great Road Trip Entertainment"
    "Dogs have feelings too"
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    Where does The Dog Who Danced rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top of the list.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story being told through the eyes of the the different characters. The dog included.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman and Christina Delaine – was your favorite?

    Buddy the dog. Dogs do think and feel.


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

    It made me both laugh and cry. It was sad that the jounrey took it's time coming to an end. But happy when the little things happened that made it all worth while.


    Any additional comments?

    I could relate to the experience of losing a beloved pet. I lost a dog once, 'Doc'. I never did find him. This book made me think about the possibility of a whole new live he may have lived. Perhaps he made somebody's life happy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1522)
    Performance
    (1009)
    Story
    (1004)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "A great read"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Solomon's Song in three words, what would they be?

    a great ending


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Solomon's Song?

    David not getting his own way


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hawk confronting David


    If you could take any character from Solomon's Song out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hawk


    Any additional comments?

    A really great read. A great ending to a long runjning saga

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2010)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1371)

    Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

    Angie says: "Brillant Narration"
    "Great follow up to The Potato Factory"
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    Would you listen to Tommo and Hawk again? Why?

    Yes definately. Humphrey Bower really brings the story to life


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary. She turned her life around completely. She's smart and controlling of every situation that crosses her path. Her whole life seems jinxed. She handles everything in style.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Humphrey Bower does all the characters well. Sparrow and Billy gone queer were exceptionaly well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. That caused problems for me because I sat up most of the night two nights in a row trying to keep my eyes open.


    Any additional comments?

    I love to read every night before going to sleep. Bryce Courtenay's books are so heavy to hold while reading in bed. Audible books are a really great way to go. Humphrey Bower really brings them to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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