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C. Whigham

caz

edinburgh uk

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  • 11 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • The End of Your Life Book Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Will Schwalbe
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (352)

    >"What are you reading?" That's the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother.

    Mark says: "A good book, but not really for me."
    "some good book suggestions..."
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    What did you like best about The End of Your Life Book Club? What did you like least?

    i liked the book suggestions but really it was just like listening to a whole lot of book reviews.


    What could Will Schwalbe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    i would have liked to hear more about his mothers life it sounded like she was a very inspirational lady


    What else would you have wanted to know about Will Schwalbe’s life?

    more about his mothers life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Vaddey Ratner
    • Narrated By Greta Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (188)

    For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood - the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father.

    Melinda says: "A Terrible Tale from A Beautiful Storywriter"
    "horryfying and important"
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    Where does In the Shadow of the Banyan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the main characters courage was amazing, esp as it was based on true events


    What about Greta Lee’s performance did you like?

    excellent


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (182)

    When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

    Carol says: "What a wonderful story!"
    "picked up towards the end"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to be better than the print version?

    i havent read it


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rachel Joyce? Why or why not?

    yes


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    at times i thought he was a bit mumbly and i had to go back and listen to what he was saying


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sky is Everywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jandy Nelson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (196)

    Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life — and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent.

    Bitter Girl says: "Wow."
    "surprising!"
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    If you could sum up The Sky is Everywhere in three words, what would they be?

    confused, sad, hopeful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sky is Everywhere?

    all of lennys confusion following the death of her sister was believable and not often conveyed


    Which scene was your favorite?

    lots of scenes but i liked how believable her feelings were. one was when she couldnt wait to tell her sister something then suddenly remembered she was no longer alive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bite of the Mango

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mariatu Kamara, Susan McClelland
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    The astounding story of one girl's journey from war victim to UNICEF Special Representative. As a child in a small rural village in Sierra Leone, Mariatu Kamara lived peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Rumors of rebel attacks were no more than a distant worry. But when 12-year-old Mariatu set out for a neighboring village, she never arrived. Heavily armed rebel soldiers attacked and tortured Mariatu. During this brutal act of senseless violence they cut off both of her hands.

    Jan says: "Sweet Story of Survival, but..."
    "inspring"
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    Would you listen to The Bite of the Mango again? Why?

    yes, it is a lot to take in in one go!


    What did you like best about this story?

    i like this ladies determination even as a young girl after going through so much hardship still had so much ambition for her own life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dinner

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Herman Koch
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    A summer's evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son.

    Ilinca says: "excellent novel, excellent narration"
    "disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Herman Koch and/or Clive Mantle?

    the narrator was ok i would think about listening to him but the story was boring, i did not enjoy it i wouldnt read him again


    What could Herman Koch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    better story faster moving


    What three words best describe Clive Mantle’s voice?

    clear, steady, understandable


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Moggach
    • Narrated By Nina Wadia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, is driven beyond endurance by his disgusting and difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: "Can't we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away." His prayer seems to have been answered when his entrepreneurial cousin, Sonny, sets up a retirement home, recreating a lost corner of England in a converted guesthouse in Bangalore.

    Dona says: "Don't expect the same story as the movie"
    "much better than the movie"
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    Where does The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it would be near the top!


    What did you like best about this story?

    i like all the interlinked stories and i loved that it was about older people


    Which character – as performed by Nina Wadia – was your favorite?

    couldnt pick one


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

    -the hidden stories of your grandparents


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Suzanne Toren, and others
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    The story of a mother, her son, a locked room, and the outside world. It’s Jack’s birthday, and he’s excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside....

    Marcie says: "Like a car crash you cannot look away from"
    "absolutely loved it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    after listening to this version i have chosen this book for my book club to read i could not put it down, it even inspired me to go running so i could keep listening!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    i loved jack such a stoic wee boy!


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

    the narrators were great they made the story really come to life


    If you could rename Room, what would you call it?

    i woudlnt, and i love that its just 'room' and not 'the room' you need to read it to understand why


    Any additional comments?

    fab read it!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kashmir Shawl

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rosie Thomas
    • Narrated By Nerys Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    1939: Nerys Watkins leaves rural Wales to accompany her husband on a missionary posting to India. Travelling from lonely Ladakh, high in the Himalayas, Nerys discovers a new world in the city of Srinagar. Here, in the exquisite heart of Kashmir, the British live on carved wooden houseboats and dance, flirt and gossip as if there is no war. But the battles draw ever closer.

    Constance says: "Panoramic, Beautiful, Smart Historical Drama"
    "nice story, easy listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Kashmir Shawl the most enjoyable?

    i actually enjoyed the grandmothers staory most i think that could have been a book on its own! not sure why the granddaughters story was such a big part, it was a bit of a let down


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

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes but i dont want to spoil it!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tuesday's Child

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    On the eve of her retirement, Georgia attorney Mikala Aulani is as vivacious and vibrant as ever, eagerly anticipating a happy future with her partner, Ben. But if Kala has learned anything in 35 years of practicing law, it’s that the truth can always surprise you. And when Adam Star turns up at her office, confessing to the long-ago murder of his wife, Kala must return to a notorious case that has never stopped haunting her. Ten years have passed since young nurse Sophie Lee was accused of murdering her wealthy patient.

    C. Whigham says: "worst book ever"
    "worst book ever"
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    What would have made Tuesday's Child better?

    better storyline!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Fern Michaels again?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Laural Merlington’s performances?

    yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tuesday's Child?

    all of it, storyline poor, character dialogue tried badly to make up the plot


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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