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Barbara

Johannesburg, South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • Me Before You

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

    Barbara says: "Excellent read"
    "Excellent read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Me Before You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A book that continually is on my mind, and gave me a very different perpective in to a very touchy subject.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Trying to understand two completely opposed views which were so well presented, that at times you weren't sure what your own views were on the subject.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    It was well read with understanding and feeling


    Who was the most memorable character of Me Before You and why?

    All of them in their own way were memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    A book that tests your perceptions of the right to die with dignity, and the effect it has on those close to you, when they have to struggle with loss and face condemnation from others who knew nothing of the person concerned. A reality check.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (274)

    Sarah's grandfather was a horseman of rare talent - only the exceptional are allowed into France's elite riding academy, Le Cadre Noir. But life took an unexpected turn, and now from a council estate in east London, the Captain hopes to train his granddaughter towards a better life.

    Kaelin says: "Wow! Amazing story start to finish"
    "Wonderful story of hope, grace and beauty"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author has a sound knowledge of her subject, and portrays the bond between horse and rider so beautifully. The book covers a wide range of emotions, and preconceived ideas that are exposed and give one reason to reconsider. Hope and understanding and unselfish love come through this book in so many unexpected ways. A great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Irish Country Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (192)

    Barry Laverty, M.B., is looking forward to his first Christmas in the cozy village of Ballybucklebo, at least until he learns that his sweetheart, Patricia, might not be coming home for the holidays. That unhappy prospect dampens his spirits somewhat, but Barry has little time to dwell on his romantic disappointments. Christmas may be drawing nigh, but there is little peace to be found on earth, especially for a young doctor plying his trade in the emerald hills and glens of rural Ireland.

    Sara says: "A wonderful christmas listen"
    "A companionable book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to An Irish Country Christmas the most enjoyable?

    The book was well narrated


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Fairly predicable


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

    The accent and pronunciation of the Irish names and places


    If you could take any character from An Irish Country Christmas out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The old doctor he was brash, had a good dose of common sense mixed with humour and he lived in a time when honour still meant something.


    Any additional comments?

    The book it not a page turner, but if you want something pleasant and undemanding that gives a a warm feeling, then you will enjoy this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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