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Shirley

altrincham, United Kingdom

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  • 30 titles in library
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  • Fall of Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (290)

    A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

    S. R. Gibb says: "Disapointing"
    "A bit overambitious1"
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    This is an enormous book. It tells the story of 5 different families in the years from 1910 to 1924. The research involved must have been immense and the book is almost successful. Perhaps this should be two books because I felt that the different stories all lost dynamism in cutting from one to the other. Nonetheless this is what might be called a 'jolly good read'.

    I felt that the writing about the fighting on the Somme, the leading up to it and the reasons for it's dreadful body count were among the best I have read.

    The audible version was rather spoilt for me by the reader who attempted numerous accents with varying degrees of success. I also cannot see why a German or Russian needs to speak with a strong German or Russian accent if he is speaking in his native tongue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go To Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By S J Watson
    • Narrated By Susannah Harker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (75)

    As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...'Memories define us.So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.Welcome to Christine's life.

    Nicole says: "Well read, intelligent, psychological thriller!"
    "The central idea is positively scary!"
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    The idea that everything is erased from your memory each time you go to sleep is a frightening one and one that is totally new to me.
    The book is beautifully read and is a very taut psychological thriller. I found it impossible to work out the full denouement so it kept me in suspense up to the very end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (714)

    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'..."
    "A very fine and intelligent book."
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    How much of what we remember of ourselves and our past is actually the way we remember it?

    This book wont't answer that question but it will certainly make you think about your past and the friends you used to know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2908)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1087)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "A very enjoyable book."
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character suffers the loss of his much loved sister and of his parents in the space of a few days and unable to handle his grief he rides away from it on his ancient bicycle. He decides to ride across the United States from the East Coast to the West to collect his sister's body.

    On the ride he meets some fascinating characters and he also discovers the strength of character to become the person he always wanted to be.

    It may not be the most original story but I enjoyed the telling of it here very much and the writer interprets his story beautifully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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