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Fish Hoek, South Africa | Member Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Abandoned Prayers: Murder, the Amish, and Little Boy Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On Christmas Eve in 1985, a hunter found a young boy's body along an icy corn field in Nebraska. The residents of Chester, Nebraska, buried him as "Little Boy Blue", unclaimed and unidentified-- until a phone call from Ohio two years later led authorities to Eli Stutzman, the boy's father.Eli Stutzman, the son of an Amish bishop, was by all appearances a dedicated farmer and family man in the country's strictest religious sect.

    Eagle's says: "YUK, Don't waste your time or your money!!"
    "Uncomfortable listening at times"

    A detailed account of a true crime incident, and the events that led up to it, but the graphic details of homosexual encounters made for uncomfortable listening at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    "A disappointment after fabulous Press reviews"
    What did you like best about Into the Darkest Corner? What did you like least?

    A great opening couple of chapters, but then ......
    I had read glowing reviews of this novel, but did not enjoy this audio book I’m afraid (or, rather, I’m NOT afraid enough!). It probably didn’t help that I disliked all of the main characters, and the overdetailed description of the symptoms of OCD became boring. And I found Elizabeth Haynes’ writing style very weak – perhaps because I’d just experienced the unparalleled Kate Atkinson’s wonderful prose, so the comparison was probably unfair! I think I was just too irritated by these aspects of the book to find the “edge of the seat” tension, and the chilling terror that some reviews mentioned, but I seem to be in the minority on that score. I should mention too that there is some pretty explicit language during the descriptions of the heroine’s sex life, but some of these descriptions are also quite humorous too (unlike the disturbing descriptions of the domestic violence).

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My next listen will be the latest Nicci French story because I have enjoyed all of the previous books.

    What didn’t you like about David Thorpe and Karen Cass ’s performance?

    David Thorpe doesn't have a huge amount of narration in this book, but when he did appear he was excellent.
    The narrator, Karen Cass, has a wonderful voice & has brought to life many other readings, but her Lancashire accent during “Into The Darkest Corner” soon grated (my family origins are in that part of England, so perhaps I’m hypercritical !).

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

    I would probably go & see a movie of this book, because the plot has great potential for "suspense".

    Any additional comments?

    Not a winner with me, but try it for yourself and see if you are as gripped by it as many other readers have been – it is such an uncomfortable topic that opinions on it will obviously be very personal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret’d) is not interested in the frivolity of the modern world. Since his wife Nancy’s death, he has tried to avoid the constant bother of nosy village women, his grasping, ambitious son, and the ever spreading suburbanisation of the English countryside, preferring to lead a quiet life upholding the values that people have lived by for generations - respectability, duty, and a properly brewed cup of tea.

    Cynthea Wellings says: "Excellent little book"
    "An absolute delight"

    As an expatriate Brit, living in Africa, I LOVED this book for the beautiful descriptions of English village life, the countryside, and the quirky eccentricities of the older generation of English society. A gentle story of love in life’s “Autumn years”, interwoven with the harsher elements of family greed, racial prejudice & snobbery – but with deft touches of humour to lighten the gloom of humanity behaving badly. Beautifully written & a perfect choice of reader – I immediately looked on for books featuring the author (none) & narrator (lots – hurray!). Heartily recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Ordinary Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lesley Moreland
    • Narrated By Cori Samuel

    Lesley Moreland tells the painful story of what happened to her and her family in the weeks and months that followed the murder of her daughter Ruth. She reveals her struggle to find ways of continuing to live positively while accepting Ruth's death. This is a courageous and compassionate book of an unforgettable story. That first knock on the door from the Police is what all parents dread. Lesley takes us through the pain and anger in great detail and explores society's attitude to punishment and redemption.

    Bruce says: "Not an ordinary tale"
    "A moving story of a senseless murder"

    An engrossing story of a true crime and its aftermath in the family of the murdered girl. Beautifully read, and a moving tribute to a beloved daughter. I enjoyed every minute of this book - even though it sometimes made me weep.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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