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Amanda

Literawesome

Parramatta Westfield, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Susan Orlean
    • Narrated By Jennifer Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (33)

    There is something fascinating or funny or truly bizarre on every page of this true tale of floral obsession: the story of how the head of a famous Seminole chief came to be displayed in the front window of a local pharmacy; or how 700 iguanas were smuggled into Florida; or the case of the only known extraterrestrial plant crime.

    Robert says: "Orchids are just the vehicle."
    "Absolutely fascinating"
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    Would you listen to The Orchid Thief again? Why?

    I am a big fan of the movie 'Adaptation' and always wanted to read the book it was based on. While the book is indeed


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  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1726)
    Performance
    (1603)
    Story
    (1596)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    JT says: "Anne Hathaway Shines Throughout This Audio Edition"
    "Wonderful :)"
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    Any additional comments?

    I really really loved the first half of this book, and found it in many ways superior to the movie that I've known and loved since childhood.

    Once the story veered into the unknown however, I found that it dragged, and was almost boring.

    Anne Hathaway's narration was sensational, she actually gave me goosebumps in places. Highly recommended.

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  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (810)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (677)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "An amazing, surprising story..."
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    Any additional comments?

    What an amazing story! I love the slow, meandering way it surfed the story, giving way too much detail in such a delicious way that you forget it has nothing to do with the story, while frustratingly withholding the information you want and need in order to put the story together in a way that makes sense.

    Without being too condescending, it would be a tedious bore for readers who need to be spoon-fed a story in a beginning-middle-end fashion, but thoroughly enjoyable for those who find joy in books like Never Let Me go.

    I will definitely be seeking out more Julian Barnes work in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Emily Bronte
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Wuthering Heights is the name of a rustic old house situated above the Yorkshire moors and dominated by its new master, Heathcliff. It is a famous story of love, passion, and the nature of man.

    Elisa says: "If you want passion..."
    "Dull"
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    What would have made Wuthering Heights better?

    Being 50% shorter. So totally boring. I only listened to half of it.


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2144)
    Performance
    (1644)
    Story
    (1625)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Gorgeous!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I cant believe I didn't read this when I was a kid! Its such a gorgeous story, so warm and funny and smart. That said, I am glad I read it as an adult, as the humour is so sharp and dry, I dont think I would have appreciated it as much when I was younger.

    I listened to it as an Audible file, narrated by Elijah Wood. He is so talented, made the story really come to life.

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