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Edna

Brighton, ON, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Lennox

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Craig Russell
    • Narrated By Seán Barrett
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Glasgow, 1953, is a hard city at a hard time. The war may be over but the battle for the streets is just beginning, and shady investigator Lennox is the man in the middle. The McGahern twins were on the way up until Tam, the brains of the outfit, becomes the victim of a vicious contract killing. Tam's brother Frankie turns to Lennox to find out who killed his twin. Lennox refuses. Later that night, Frankie turns up dead, and Lennox finds himself in the frame for murder.

    Edna says: "Fabulous reader telling a gripping story"
    "Fabulous reader telling a gripping story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lennox to be better than the print version?

    Definitely. As a Glaswegian, I relished the accents - each character subtly different - and felt this greatly added to the enjoyment of the tale. Trying to imagine these characters speaking, if reading this book, would be almost impossible. As well, the author's wit is well highlighted in audio.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The description of Glasgow's underworld bosses and how they operated was most interesting but I found the whole book engrossing - everything was interesting to me. It gave a fair description of the Glasgow scene in the 1950s.


    What about Seán Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Sean Barrett is absolutely amazing..one of my favourite readers. He captured the many "classes" of Glasgow accents superbly.


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

    This is not a moving book so this is a strange question. It is gritty, tough and violent,but not moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Would love an audio version of The Long Glasgow Kiss, the sequel to Lennox.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Chinese Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nicole Mones
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers, James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (378)

    When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husbands estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life. Since work is all that will keep her sane, her magazine editor assigns her to profile Sam, a half-Chinese American who is the last in a line of gifted chefs tracing back to the imperial palace. As she watches Sam gear up for Chinas Olympic culinary competition by planning the banquet of a lifetime, she begins to see past the cuisines artistry to glimpse its coherent expression of Chinese civilization.

    Dr. says: "Totally Satisfying - highly recommended"
    "Interesting"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Nicole Mones again?

    Maybe


    What three words best describe Elisabeth Rodgers and James Chen ’s performance?

    Good. Believable.


    Could you see The Last Chinese Chef being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The book was interesting but I did get a bit bored with it. It moves at a slow pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jung Chang
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (242)

    Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.

    Ann Elizabeth Korte says: "Wonderful book and great audio-book!"
    "Read it rather than listen."
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    What did you like best about Wild Swans? What did you like least?

    I did not like it at all because of the narrator. the book is written as a narrative and it comes across like a school teacher reading to her class. I found it hard to connect to the drama of the story. The lack of dialogue requires an exceptional reader to bring this story to life and this reader was far from exceptional. Obviously the book is full of interesting history but her lecturing style was bland and boring.


    What other book might you compare Wild Swans to and why?

    Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy, by Lisa See, These were absolutely spellbinding and provided good depictions of recent Chinese history


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joy Osmanski’s performances?

    Definitely not!! I already wasted a credit on this one.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This was highly recommended to me as a good read and I am sorry I did not buy the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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