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Judith

Kiama, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: The Karla Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (92)

    Mr George Smiley is small, podgy, and at best, middle-aged. He is disillusioned, wrestles with idleness, and has been deserted by his beautiful wife. He is also compassionate, ruthless and a senior British intelligence officer in short-lived retirement from the Circus the British Secret Service organisation situated in London. But Moscow centre has infiltrated a mole into the Circus and it’s more than likely that the perpetrator is Karla Smiley’s old adversary and his opposite number in Moscow.

    Geoff says: "Top Narration"
    "The Essential John le Carre' Novel"
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    John leCarre' writes political fiction, powerful and timeless. 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy' is complex and compelling. In beautiful prose the author takes the reader into a maze of intrigue, power, politics and deception. Made into a TV series by the BBC in 1974 and starred Alec Guinness as George Smiley. It was made into a movie again in 2011, this book is essential for lovers of espionage.

    Michael Jayston is perfect as the narrator for leCarre' novels. His rich, beautiful voice seems well matched for the genre. I have listened to this book several times noticed immediately that Mr Jayston seemed to be channeling Alec Guinness when reading the character George Smiley. I was pleased to discover (when re-watching the BBC video version) that Michael Jayston had a major role in the production, playing Smiley's colleague Peter Guilliam.

    This is a great book and an amazing performance. It is the book I go to when I am lying awake at night just need something to listen to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1024)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (828)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "Early Mystery in Classic English Fiction"
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    As a fan of the detective genre, I enjoy reading the early fiction tracing the development from Poe to the present and on both sides of the Atlantic. This is considered to be one of the earliest examples of British detective fiction.

    To put this into a time line, Edgar Allen Poe wrote 'Murders at the Rue Morgue' (considered to be the first detective story) in 1841 in the United States. Sherlock Holmes didn't show up in London in 1887. In 1860, in England, Charles Dickens began the serial publication of 'Great Expectations' and Wilkie Collins wrote "The Woman in White'.

    Written in the tradition of British romantic fiction, this book is full of love and loss, evil and retribution and it takes a detective to bring it all together. I loved the book, it is a literary treasure, long and lovely and full of twists and turns, reversals that are typical of the era.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (114)

    In tough times, crime is one of the few things that still pay, but if defence attorney Mickey Haller was expecting an uptick in business during the economic downturn, the reality is a different story. Even people needing legal representation to keep them out of jail have to make cut-backs, it seems.

    Lia says: "Good but not great"
    "Connelly's Mickey Haller is a "comeback-to" hero!"
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    The successful Harry Bosch series is a hard act to follow. Mickey Haller has become the new star in Connelly's constellation of police/legal contemporary fiction. I am such a fan of Harry that there were doubts the new guy would win my heart. Connelly is a clever and market conscious writer. He knows how to bridge the gap. Mickey Haller is a character that is easy to like, one you can read and reread. I remain one of those fanatic fans who snaps up the New Connelly the minute it is off the press.

    Don't expect profound literature...this is fun, a great read, a good way to spend a weekend with your feet up and a box of chocolates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (254)

    When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

    Jane says: "Hopefully this is the first of a series"
    "Robert Galbraith Does Not Disappoint!"
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    Beautiful prose, well woven plot, compelling character development. I am waiting for #2 in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peril at End House

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Nick Buckley was an unusual name for a pretty young woman. But then she had led an unusual life. First, on a treacherous Cornish hillside, the brakes on her car failed. Then, on a coastal path, a falling boulder missed her by inches. Later, an oil painting fell and almost crushed her in bed. Upon discovering a bullet-hole in Nick's sun hat, Hercule Poirot decides the girl needs his protection. At the same time, he begins to unravel the mystery of a murder that hasn't been committed. Yet.

    Anne says: "Very enjoyable listen, Narrator excellent,"
    "A Sting in the Tale!"
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    What other book might you compare Peril at End House to and why?

    This is Agatha Christie at her very best! A wonderful mind bender that keeps one guessing!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Poirot's final summing up, always surprising, this time he outdid himself.


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

    In book full of twists, turns, liars and cheats, I was more manipulated than moved. Great fun. This is a wonderful story, well read by Hugh Fraser.


    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (959)
    Story
    (962)

    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.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "Psychological journey into the Darkest Corner"
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    Where does Into the Darkest Corner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up near the top.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Darkest Corner?

    The ending ... a relief!


    Have you listened to any of David Thorpe and Karen Cass ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not familiar with the narrators.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was captivated, completely involved and ultimately relieved.


    Any additional comments?

    Very different from my usual choice of books, but excellent!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Descendants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state's largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control: 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude, and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict. His thrill-seeking and high-maintenance wife, Joanie, lies in a coma.

    Aline says: "Very good book."
    "Compelling from the first paragraph!"
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    Where does The Descendants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best! I could not stop listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Descendants?

    It is filled with both funny tender moments, a story of a a family finding each other.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    The narrator is amazing, manages gender and age differences with amazing skill. This narration is a treasure.


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

    The ending is very tender and sweet.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this book three times in the three weeks since I downloaded it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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