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Bronwyn

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  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2793)
    Performance
    (1575)
    Story
    (1568)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Amelia super sleuth!"
    Overall

    This is the second book in this series that I have listened to and found it to be very similar to the first.
    I found the story and archaelogical references interesting.
    As other reviewers have said it was somewhat predictable but in my opinion this made it a comfortable read, like putting on a favourite pair of slippers.
    The 19th century English used by Amelia is quaint and a little annoying at times but it became more familiar as the book went on.
    The narrator became a little distracted a couple of times confusing her voices. Background noise was distracting for the listener on more than one occasion also. I found her extremely 'proper' accent became a little irritating at times. This may be misleading though as, on the whole, she did a very good job of it.
    The author successfully blends the plot with humour, wit, mystery and suspense. All in all an enjoyable book.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5173)
    Performance
    (1402)
    Story
    (1405)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Wonderful,Wonderful!!"
    Overall

    How do you describe the experience which is this book?
    I enjoyed Kite Runner and found that I could not compare these two books as they are so vastly different.
    As the lives of these women intertwined I too was being pulled into the pages. I found myself transported to Mariam's dingy kitchen and to the bedroom that was Laila's prison.
    The narration was brilliant with all pronunciation so perfect and carrying such authenticity and empathy.
    I highly recommend this book to anyone with a conscience and open to some tough education.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robinson Crusoe Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The marvel of this timeless tale of adventure and utiltity verges on the inexpressible. The book begins with the restless longings of young Robinson Crusoe for travel and adventure and climaxes with the ultimate fusion of man's resourcefulness with the agents of nature. The remarkably realistic account of the marooned Crusoe's ability to make himself an endurable existence in his solitude bespeaks Defoe's genius for life-like fiction. Its message argues a strong case for the concept of individualism.

    Matthew says: "Great classic"
    "Fascinating classic"
    Overall

    I quite enjoyed Robinson Crusoe. I found the narrator easy to listen to. He dealt with the dated and sometimes repetitive text very well and kept my interest.
    I was enthralled with Robinson's lengthy isolation and adaptation to his situation and environment and what is more I found it completely believable.
    I would recommend this book to anyone with an adventurous spirit and a secret longing to get away from it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rococo

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Adam Gruper
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Bartolomeo Di Crespi is the acclaimed interior decorator of Our Lady of Fatima, New Jersey. So when the renovation of the town cathedral is up for grabs, he hopes there is only one man for the job. Bartolomeo is on a mission to bring talent and the aesthetic absolute to his hometown.

    Bronwyn says: "Interior Decoration from go to woe!"
    "Interior Decoration from go to woe!"
    Overall

    I was surprised at how many references there are to interior decoration, design, fashion, style etc., etc. The storyteller continuously describes everything he sees, sometimes in excruciating detail. This includes everything from interior of an ancient Italian Church to his mother's favourite recipes, which are read out for you to cook for yourself.
    If you are a fan of interior design this is probably a must read but beware because this book is set in the 60's so all references are completely out of date and most of the rooms and clothes he describes as divine or perfect are now quite amusing, or perhaps retro and back in fashion again.
    I found the story and the characters quite likeable; even his squeaky 'Bronksey' sister.
    His references to the institution of the Catholic Church were wonderful fun, as were most of his relationships.
    Much to my surprise he declared himself straight, which after reading about his sexual encounters and his rapturous descriptions of the sumptuous decor of some lady's kitchen I doubted very much.
    The end was a little disappointing for me and results in the loss of one star. We never got a really good 'look' at his finished work. I wanted to be able to see it but alas I could not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Family and Other Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gerald Durrell
    • Narrated By Nigel Davenport
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    This memoir is soaked in the sunshine of Corfu, where Gerald Durrell lived as a boy, surrounded by his eccentric family - as well as puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies.

    T.K. says: "A thoroughly delightful book!"
    "The original dysfunctional family"
    Overall

    Having first read this book over 30 years ago I was eager to relive the experience. The audio book did not disappoint. Durrell writes one anecdote after another and all of them are a delight. This book is light, witty, wonderful entertainment.
    His writing is deliciously descriptive and makes Corfu sound completely irresistible. It also makes his family sound gloriously insane. I loved every minute of it just as I did the first time around. This book made me an instant Durrell convert who then went on to read every book of his that I could find.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Stormy Weather

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (320)

    Stormy Weather centers on the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The devastation of the storm has attracted crowds of voyeurs and impostors to Florida. Drawn by the chance to prey on Andrew's victims, misfits like the murderous ex-con Snapper and the dangerously seductive Edie find easy targets for their insurance scams. They're not prepared, though, when they meet their opposition, led by a hoary ex-governor who smokes toads.

    Both hilariously funny and deadly accurate, Carl Hiaasen's novel will take you into a Florida that is far from the frilly palms and pink flamingos of its post cards.

    Edmund says: "You love it or hate it...."
    "Boring and unfunny"
    Overall

    I was disappointed with this book. I was expecting a lively romp but was bored to tears.
    There were so many unpleasant characters that I normally wouldn't give 5 minutes to let alone the hours and hours spent with them in this book.
    I found it very hard to concentrate on the whole book as it was way too long.
    I kept reading thinking that it had to get better, more exciting or even funny but alas this was not to be.
    It was not to my taste at all.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart of a Goof

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    It was a morning when all nature shouted "Fore!" P.G. Wodehouse leads the listener out on to this little nine-hole course with a collection of nine Golf stories, as observed by the Oldest Member. The stories included are: "The Heart of a Goof", "High Stakes", "Keeping in with Vosper", "Chester Forgets Himself", "The Magic Plus Fours", "The Awakening of Rollo Podmarsh", "Rodney Fails to Qualify", "Jane Gets Off the Fairway" and "The Purification of Rodney Spelvin".

    Bronwyn says: "Gloriously English"
    "Gloriously English"
    Overall

    I am the wife of a golfer of 30 years experience and enjoyed these stories considerably although some of the golf language is very dated.
    I love the subtlety and quaintness of Wodehouse and the wonderful accent of the narrator.
    The length of the stories was convenient for listening to one at a time.
    Most of all I love the 'Englishness' of these stories.
    Any old or young golfer or observer of the game should get a good giggle or two out of this collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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