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Suzanne

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  • The Day Of The Triffids

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Wyndham
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    The Triffids are a monstrous species of stinging plant; they walk, they talk, they dominate the world. The narrator of this novel wakes up in hospital to find that, by missing the end of the world as he knew it, he has survived to witness a new one. But the new world that awaits him is fantastic, horrific - and entirely plausible.

    Emily says: "Classic British sci-fi, well read and engrossing"
    "I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end"
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    What did you love best about The Day Of The Triffids?

    This story was like putting on a special pair of lenses which showed you the world you currently live in, after humanity implodes on itself.

    Through this story you also view yourself differently - how capable and resilient are you when it's important? And when significant pressure is applied what kind of human being would you be?

    Curiously, although written in the 50's, Wyndham has told a story which really hasn't aged, in fact it seems potently relevant for recent times. Our collective ingenuity has a seedy underbelly which could adversely affect our very existence if not managed correctly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wyndham grabbed me from the get-go and I was in this story, alongside Bill, all the way.


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

    What a fabulous voice! I can't imagine Bill sounding any other way. I was 100% satisfied with his intonation/pace/sound. Loved listening to him.


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

    Who will survive.. and how???


    Any additional comments?

    This story has a place in my personal top 5!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

    Chrissie says: "A puzzle - is it worth the effort?"
    "I REALLY enjoyed this"
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    What did you love best about Life After Life?

    It's such a creative story! The characters were so easy to attach to and the reader has such talent for telling the story, not just reading.


    What other book might you compare Life After Life to and why?

    It's such a creative story. I can't compare it to anything because I've never read/listened to another story quite like it.


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

    I had not listened to Fenella before but her voice is so fantastic for audio books that I will definately be looking out for more of her books.


    If you could take any character from Life After Life out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    This is a hard one. I'm tossing up between Ursula and Izzy. Izzy would be highly entertaining, but Ursula would the character I would be most interested in chatting to.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you to the author for such an entertaining story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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