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That's no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad.

Ballajura, Australia | Member Since 2010

  • 8 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 200 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Emperor's Tomb

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why? That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address.

    Jackie says: "Fascinating Ride!"
    "I loved this historical , modern day novel"

    Do yourself a favour and listen to this book it is filled with accurate Historical data, and great characters. If you can ignore the obligatory romance between the hero and heroine and just listen to the story minus the in grating self reflection these two characters go through , this book is awesome. I love historical novels, I love thrillers, and in this book I have both. Well done and Kudo's to Steve Berry. Just leave out the romance as I can buy mills and boon novels if that is what I am after. However your historical references to this book, and various references to aboitic Oil are cutting edge writing. I did enjoy this book, and the story of the Ba too :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bleed for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A teenage girl - Sienna, a troubled friend of his daughter - comes to Joe O'Loughlin's door one night. She is terrorized, incoherent-and covered in blood. The police find Sienna's father, a celebrated former cop, murdered in the home he shared with Sienna. Tests confirm that it's his blood on Sienna. She says she remembers nothing....

    Beverly says: "Outstanding Thriller"
    "Joe O'Loughlin lovable father, physiologist"
    What made the experience of listening to Bleed for Me the most enjoyable?

    I was slowly drawn into the life of this family, disfunctional, sad and trying to find its way amidst the turmoil called LIFE!!!

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked Joe O'Loughlin and Ruiz alot great strong male characters who you grow to like.

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

    I think listening to this book gave me time to image the scenery, the village where Joe lived. His home, his daughters while listening to Sean's reading

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

    The moving moment would be when you realise that this predator has been preying on young women for a long long time

    Any additional comments?

    well worth the credits I used to buy this book, and a well written story. It is more English in writing styles than what I am used to listening too i.e American authors write in a more common style. If that even makes sense???

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Tuscan Sun

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Frances Mayes
    • Narrated By Frances Mayes

    Frances Mayes - widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer - opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. In sensuous and evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. Also available: Bella Tuscany.

    Alicia says: "Under the Tuscan Sun"
    "A great book"

    I loved reading this book , I loved watching this book as a movie , I however dislike the voice of Frances Mayes. The content is wonderful, the story is inspiring , the VOICE IS grating. A more vocal lyrical reader would have transported me to Italy and sent me into raptures. Some writers are not meant to be readers. Keep to what you know best and that is writing and get someone with a voice to read your words. This was a terrible attempt, hence the other Frances Mayes books will be left un-listened, as I could not put my ears through another onslaught of Frances reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Namesake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Sarita Choudhury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

    Diana - Audible says: "My favorite book - in print and audio"
    "Out of all my downloaded Audible books"

    Out of all my downloaded Audible books, this one was the biggest disappointment, I have persevered with this audible book, but if I can describe this book as a colour, I would give this book a grey palate. The Character of Ashima is so Grey, that what else would her offspring be but a duller shade of grey, who despises his Grey Ancestry, and Name. It promises so much more , a melodic story with colorful characters , strong, vibrant however I am more than 1/2 way through and I would like to poke my eardrums out with a skewer as this book is boring me to tears. Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdi, Abraham Vergehese. Don't waste your money seriously

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets to the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Marissa is found brutally murdered, with her young daughter, Haley, resting her head on her mother's bloody breast, she sends the idyllic California town of Oak Knoll into a tailspin. Already on edge with the upcoming trial of the See- No-Evil killer, residents are shocked by reports of the crime scene, which might not have been discovered for days had it not been for a chilling 911 call: a small child's voice saying, "My daddy hurt my mommy."

    Judy Ford says: "Totally superior!!"
    "I do love Tami Hoag as an Author"

    At first I was thinking Did I purchase a book I have already "READ", however this book is a follow up book from an earlier novel, with some of the character's now moving along. I do love the way she writes, and I enjoy Tami's gift of suspense and character development. Well done and I will buy the next book that she publishes.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "It was better than expected"

    This book brings about a change in your thinking towards the death penalty, as the story slowly develops. I must say by the end of the book I was hooked , and did not want it to end. A great well told story and a horrible topic to be confronted by. However maybe in listening too this , some readers will consider the harsh realities of the Death Penalty. Bravo John Grisham

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn Richardson says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "The Best Book I have read in 2010"

    This book is a beautiful, well written books, with a melodiousness in it's writing. I always listen to my books by my walks in the morning and evenings. I swear I would walk a more circulatory route home just to listen to one more chapter. There were a few occasions in this book, where I had to bury my head in my large hat, while walking so no one could see me, sobbing hysterically. It was such a pleasure to have it read to me by Sunil Malhotra, and I did not want it too end. The purchased after this , palled into mediocrity after having feasted at Abraham Verghese's table of beautiful words. Honestly do your self a favor and get this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Perserver with it"

    For the first part of this book, I was ambivalent towards the two main characters neither could draw me into a spark of interest in their rather picture book stereotypical heroine, and hero cookie cutter moulds. It was only when i continues to listen to this book, and make it to part 2, when they travel to France that a small fint and spark was ignited into me wanting to actually hear more. By the time the third part came along I was caught up in this world of intrigue, witches, vampires and demons and was throughly engrossed. Till I suddenly find I have to wait for the 2nd book. So it was a myriad emotions or lack thereof from ambivalence, to slight interest , to engross thrall, to anger that I will now have to wait.

    If you can see your way past the Rowing, Yoga loving, tea sipping, voracious appetite for food heroine Diana Bishop and her insistence of trying to mimic us mere mortal might just grow to like this book. Though her character, in the last part should have succumbed to Juliette for all her hesitation and pontification on killing another person. Diana can be an irritating character, however the story is worth listening too :) good luck

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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