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Liane

Allambie Heights, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • Into the Wilderness: Wilderness Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (560)

    Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the very first page.

    Jeanette says: "Love and Adventure"
    "A MUST READ"
    Overall

    This series, INTO THE WILDERNESS, DAWN ON A DISTANT SHORE and LAKE IN THE CLOUDS is one of those sagas you'll never forget. As memorable as Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series the books are well written with loveable characters that you miss when the story is over. Every woman will fall in love with Nathaniel and it's great to see a heroine with such strength of character. I will read these again soon and recommend to everyone I know. The narrator is one of the best I have ever listened to. The series continues so here is hoping there will be more installments soon!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Countess

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eva Ibbotson
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Rupert, the young Earl of Westerholme, returns home from the war - and Anna, a housemaid, falls hopelessly in love with him. But they can never be together - Rupert is engaged to the snobbish and awful Muriel. And anyway, Anna is only a servant. Or so everybody thinks.

    Patricia says: "Magical and Enchanting"
    "A rare gem"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Secret Countess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favourites due to Davina Porter's narration. A nice story which in essence is a light hearted romance piece that is a little cliched and predictable but made outstanding due to the narrators ability to bring the characters to life and give them depth. I read the book some time ago and found the writing style difficult to follow, Eva Ibbotson needs to cull her use of commas! Definitely recommend the audio version over the book and well worth the credit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Boyfriend: The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1936)
    Performance
    (1706)
    Story
    (1726)

    Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist - and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers give him grief for his compulsive list making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery MacTavish... Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a firsthand look at its amazing renovation - and a newfound appreciation for Owen.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Speed up your MP3 Player!"
    "Easy Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If they were looking for something light and entertaining I would, it's an easy listen and entertaining.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    I've read many from Nora Roberts and will read more in the future.


    Did MacLeod Andrews do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I thought he did a good job, have no idea what all the complaints are about, he has a nice relaxed voice and does male characters especially well, not so great on female but not enought to distract you from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes you just want something light and entertaining and this book is just that, the characters are likeable and the story flows well. No its not a literary masterpiece but a light romantic story that takes you away for a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A bewitching tale of heartbreak and hope set in 1920s Alaska. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on making a fresh start for themselves in a homestead 'at the world's edge' in the raw Alaska wilderness. But as the days grow shorter, Jack is losing his battle to clear the land, and Mabel can no longer contain her grief for the baby she lost many years before. The evening the first snow falls, their mood unaccountably changes.

    Liane says: "Masterful"
    "Masterful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Snow Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    While a simple read this book has wonderful depths and leaves you thinking long after you finish it. Unforgetable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dance between reality and fantasy, it was masterfully written.


    Which character – as performed by Debra Monk – was your favorite?

    Mabel, a woman with inner beauty and torment much like the landscape she is trying to adapt to.


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

    A journey of discovery and love.


    Any additional comments?

    Quite a slow book and at times seem longer than it needs to be but you will find yourself immersed in the story. Well worth listening and one of those rare stories that will stay with you forever. The raw setting is beautifully and poetically presented to the reader and you find yourself rising and falling with the tempo of emotions from dark and depressed to hopeful and elated. Some things are never revealed but you find yourself accepting that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sophia's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Carolyn Bonnyman
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    When best-selling author Carrie McClelland visits the stark and beautiful Slains Casle, she decides to use the castle as the setting for her new novel, and one of her own ancestors, Sophia, as her heroine. Then Carrie realises her writing is taking on a life of its own and the lines between fact and fiction become increasingly blurred. As Sophias' memories draw Carrie more deeply into the intrigue of 1708, she discovers a captivating love story lost in time.

    Liz says: "The Winter Sea"
    "A great read"
    Overall

    I disagree with the negative comment on the narration, I loved her voice. When she narrated the historical scenes involving Sophie I thought she had one of the best Scottish accents I've listened to; equally easy to listen to for men and women and when she used her own voice for Carrie I thought her timing and melody was mesmirizing. As far as the story it was a beautifully rendered tapestry of past and future where Carrie's memories pour into a lovely book. This could have been a unbelievable tale but instead was handled with ease and credibilty. The romances of both Sophie and Carrie were realistic and sweet, however this is no "bodice tearing" story, it is more a historical journey and its impact on the current day. A great read and well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens, Juliet Aubrey, Full Cast
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    A lonely stretch of road on Hampstead Heath is the venue for Walter Hartright's midnight first encounter with a mysteriously distressed figure in white. As he helps the woman to escape from unnamed pursuers, he has little understanding of the way she will affect his future.

    Joseph R says: "As Good as the Book, and I Loved the Book"
    "Beautifully done"
    Overall

    A simple but lovely story made richer by the great skill of the narrators, particularly Toby Stephens who has a rich, fruity voice. I will definitely look for more audiobooks narrated by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bombers' Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Iris Gower
    • Narrated By Noni Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Swansea, 1941. When her home is bombed, Meryl Jones is evacuated to Carmarthen, where she is lodged with Mrs Dixon, and her son. George Dixon bullies Meryl mercilessly, until one night she runs away. She is found by half-German Michael, who is working on his Welsh mother's farm, and falls deeply in love with him. But Michael has fallen for Meryl's beautiful older sister Hari and has made her his lover.

    Liane says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    This sounded like the makings of a great story in the hype, inner battles, difficult choices etc etc. However, it read like a teenagers essay with little depth, character development and too many conveniences that made it unrealistic. The narrator was easy to listen to - no annoying qualities but did sound as if she was on a strict time limit to get the book finished. Conclusion; not the worst book, mildly entertaining but a bit of tease because it was just to shallow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jewels of the Sun: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Patricia Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (624)

    Determined to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she immerses herself in the study of Irish Folklore and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the past.

    Marie says: "Reader ruined it for me"
    "Great Story"
    Overall

    Really nice story with lots of great characters. Loved the two main characters and their tug of war into a relationship. Made me want to go to Ireland and live in a cottage by the sea. Highly recommend this for an easy story to help you escape reality.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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