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Mark

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  • 122 titles in library
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  • Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (153)

    Alexandra Fuller tells the idiosyncratic story of her life growing up white in rural Rhodesia as it was becoming Zimbabwe. The daughter of hardworking, yet strikingly unconventional English-bred immigrants, Alexandra arrives in Africa at the tender age of two. She moves through life with a hardy resilience, even as a bloody war approaches. Narrator Lisette Lecat reads this remarkable memoir of a family clinging to a harsh landscape and the dying tenets of colonialism.

    Cynthia says: "Captivating"
    "Moving echos from history"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful book. Touching and tragic covering a pivotal point in Rhodesia?s history. It tracks the life of a white family trying to cling on in Africa. They defended themselves from armed insurgents (terrorists or freedom fighters depending on your viewpoint) in a typically British way.

    What gives it its power is that it is viewed through the eyes of a young girl with one foot in the colonial past and one in the future, whatever that was to become. Her powerlessness to control events but being forced to watch sums up much of the fate of Southern Africa and it?s people. There are also plenty of poignant moments where her life reaches out across the racial divide showing that everyone involved in those turbulent times were just human beings trying to survive.

    Having been born in Rhodesia I am emotionally involved but nevertheless would recommend this title for its honest portrayal of a small part of this now forgotten conflict.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    It is the greatest bounty hunt in history. Fifteen names. There are 15 targets, the finest warriors in the world - commandos, spies, terrorists. And they must all be dead by 12 noon, today. The price on their heads: almost $20 million each.

    Mark says: "Good but could be better"
    "Good but could be better"
    Overall

    Well written, fast paced an enjoyable read, but... My only complaint is the incredible escapes that the Scarecrow has from danger. Once in a novel is OK but repeatedly the Scarecrow makes his escape in feats that defy basic physics. They make James Bond novels/films tame. I believe this diminishes the books in a way that is unnecessary.

    Worth a listen? I would say yes but what could have been a great book at times becomes ludicrous which is a shame.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    When Alexandra ("Bo") Fuller was home in Zambia a few years ago, visiting her parents for Christmas, she asked her father about a nearby banana farmer who was known for being a "tough bugger". Her father's response was a warning to steer clear of him; he told Bo: "Curiosity scribbled the cat." Nonetheless, Fuller began her strange friendship with the man she calls K, a white African and veteran of the Rhodesian war.

    G. Robinson says: "Astonishing"
    "What a disappointment."
    Overall

    I expected far more from this book after "Don?t Lets ....Tonight". I found K unbelievable and a complete contrast to Rhodesian War veterans I have known.

    Scribbling the Cat dwells on atrocities from one side only and is steeped with guilt. It would have done a better service to be more balanced and to reflect the War from all sides of the conflict.

    Having been so impressed with the first book I went into this one expecting something special and did not find it.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Beth McDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    Tami Hoag, author of Dust to Dust, returns with "a definite winner," says Booklist. In a trailer in a Florida swamp, time is running out for Erin Seabright. A pawn in a kidnapper's terrifying game for a ransom no one can pay, her last hope is a washed-up ex-cop who has already lost it all - not once, but twice.

    Robert says: "Wow!"
    "Gripping stuff."
    Overall

    A story that grabs you from the off and keeps going all the way. The narration was good and the almost 14 hours of the story seemed far too short.

    This sort of story justifies the ?430 spent on my ipod.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19855)
    Performance
    (11460)
    Story
    (11575)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Divided by two languages."
    Overall

    I am sure it is a great book but obviously the word 'bugger' lacks the meaning in the US it has here in the UK. I cannot take the book seriously nor can I have my children listen to it.

    Shame really. Perhaps the book description should give a warning.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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