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Wanda

Wandah Panda

Pretoria, South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • 51 reviews
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  • The New Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By S. L. Grey
    • Narrated By Ingeborg Riedmaier, Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Don't mess with the creepy new girl. Ryan Devlin, a predator with a past, has been forced to take a job as a handyman at an exclusive private school, Crossley College. He's losing his battle to suppress his growing fascination with a new girl who seems to have a strange effect on the children around her. Tara Marais fills her empty days by volunteering at Crossley's library. Tara is desperate, but unable, to have a baby of her own, so she makes Reborns - eerily lifelike newborn dolls. She's delighted when she receives a commission from the mysterious 'Vader Batiss', but horrified when she sees the photograph of the baby she's been asked to create....

    Wanda says: "Ahm ok!"
    "Ahm ok!"
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    The male narrator sounds like a South African which is fine if your target market is South Africans' unfortunately I think the voice will grate on international listeners.

    I first saw this book in a book store. It looked awesome. So when I found it on audible I was delighted.I immediately bought it. Then I kept it as a special treat.

    I should not have bothered. With professional editing, the removal of the first person voice in 99% of the story and the fractured sentences which this author adores, I think the book would do well. The plot is unique if a bit ...no not a bit very gruesome and depraved.

    The editing is my major complaint. Using too much SA vernacular will put this book outside the grasp of international buyers and that is always the aim. Every author wants as many people as possible to read and enjoy their work. Somehow I doubt if this book in this form will get a wide readership.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (401)

    What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

    Amazon Customer says: "There was trepidation ..."
    "Brilliant start to a new series!"
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    I am unsure where my initial review went but in short. This is worth the listen!
    The narrator, the plot etc is really well executed and if this is a genre you like then you will probably love this book.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Catherine Pelonero
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Written in a flowing narrative style, Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences presents the story of the horrific and infamous murder of Kitty Genovese, a young woman stalked and stabbed on the street where she lived in Queens, New York in 1964. The case sparked national outrage when the New York Times revealed that dozens of witnesses had seen or heard the attacks on Kitty Genovese and her struggle to reach safety but had failed to come to her aid or even call police until after the killer had fled.

    Wanda says: "Wow, read this only if details does not annoy you."
    "Wow, read this only if details does not annoy you."
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    Kitty Genovese: A True ..By Catherine Pelon narrated by Dina Pearlman.

    A research, crime narration of the true story of the murder of Kitty Genovese this book was fascinating even though a lot of repetition was present due to the nature of the story line. The book chronicles the Kitty Genovese case from start to finish. Detailing her life and personality to a degree. Focusing on her murder and the complete disdain people in the neighborhood showed when she was murdered in front of their eyes.

    I loved the fact that 911 was a result of this murder and how it was dealt with. The psychological research that went into to disinterested bystander etc kept me riveted. Like I said, this is not a novel. It is a chronological look at as many facets as the author could regarding Kitty's life.

    With this type of journalism repetition to prove a point etc or to go from hearsay to semi-proven fact is a given and it does get to be a bit much but I understood the reasoning behind it and if true life stories is your cup of tea then I am sure you will really enjoy this book and the look into the reasoning behind events.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Mark Troy
    • Narrated By Julie Hoverson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Personal Protection specialist Ava Rome follows three rules: A professional never calls attention to herself or her principal; a professional never leaves her principal; and, the most important rule, a professional never gets involved with her principal. To break the rules is to die.

    Wanda says: "Double tap horror is not for me."
    "Double tap horror is not for me."
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    The Rules by Mark Troy narrated by Julie Hoverson.

    Ok, so the more I read or listen to books with the double tap horror / surprise endings the less I personally like it. This is a short read at a bit over an hour and although the narrator did a very good job with the main protagonists voice and even to a degree with the second main protagonists she does not have the range to pull off more voices and a lot of the story got lost due to my irritation with the narrators inability to make the surprise guest to the house sound anything else other than a person not good at imitating voices. Then the surprise double horror tap ending showing nothing is as it appears…the first such a surprise would have done fine.

    The second one simply annoyed. Well it annoyed me personally. I would have preferred if these double tap endings were replaced by a truly surprising twist.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Ink: A Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Nancy Fulda
    • Narrated By J. R. Mangels
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Six-year-old Jason doesn't want to be cloned, even if his parents think it's a good financial investment. Concerned that his second self may not be happy, he secretly plans to violate the rules of his society... with unexpected results.

    Wanda says: "Awh, with a weird twist."
    "Awh, with a weird twist."
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    Blue Ink: A short story by Nancy Fulda narrated by J.R Mangels
    A short story with heart.
    This short story on audible was a surprise. I did not know how well a short story would do on audible so when I started with this 20 min listen I was surprised at how well the short story is fitted to audible.
    The story, of a boy who wants to make sure his clone is happy is far deeper than I expected from such a short short. It's implication on our world view etc is quite something and the author and the narrator made every offer to make the story come to life.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Almost Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Julie Ortolon
    • Narrated By Jane Cramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (50)

    Maddy, Christine, and Amy, friends since college, are thrilled to learn their old suitemate's self-help book, How to Have a Perfect Life, has become a smashing bestseller - until they realize she used them as negative examples of how women let fear mess up their lives. The worst part is…it's sort of true. So, the three friends make a pact: They each have one year to face down their fears - and prove Miss Perfect wrong!

    Amazon Customer says: "Nice Surprise!"
    "Almost perfect indeed!"
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    This is a feel good, old fashioned type of romance.
    Some steamy scenes which is never crude or over the top. The tension between the two main protagonists were enough to make me want to listen more and more.

    The Momma character was a hoot as well as a very wise woman who basically served to explain the theme of the book while the two main protagonists served to advance the plot of love lost, misunderstaning etc.

    The narrator, Jane Cramer did a brilliant job in giving a voice to a very loveable cast of characters.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sick: A Project Eden Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (126)

    Daniel Ash wakes after midnight to the cry of his daughter. Just a bad dream, he thinks. She's had them before. Yet he can't help but worry when she cries out again as he pads down the hallway. Stepping through her doorway, he expects to find her sitting up in bed, frightened by a nightmare. But the nightmare is his. It's real. And it's just beginning....

    Amanda says: "Enjoyably addictive story!"
    "The narrator did a brilliant job!"
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    In a fast moving plot I felt the narrator of this audiobook did an amazing job in keeping the tone of the plot current.

    World buiding is very realistic, the plot although not unique per se is presented well enough to entertain and that is what I want from my reading material, I want to be entertained.

    If you like a good read, love this gemre? Then I can say with no doubt that this book, be it on audio or print, is an excellent choice!

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bread of Fools: The Spiral Dance, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Duncan McGonall
    • Narrated By Maxine Lennon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Bruce is a mess, a snarled tangle of old memories and denied truth and he's caught between life as he's made it and life as it really is. He has to figure things out and time, unknown to him, is perilously short. He stubbornly refuses to face a reality he never, before now, knew existed. He isn't alone in his obsession with bending reality to his whims.

    Wanda says: "A very intricate plot."
    "A very intricate plot."
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    I have read and reviewed this book prior to listening to the audible edition.
    For that reason I will not go into the intricacies of the story and trust me, it is a complicated plot.

    Instead I am going to focus on the narrator Maxine Lennon. This woman has a stunning voice, her Scottish lilt is extremely appropriate for many of the characters. I love how she at times used the Scottish lilt to give more or less character to various characters. It is a joy to listen to this woman read a book.

    I do however think that the vast array of characters in this book might have been a bit more than she can pull off. That said, I might be wrong in this since I noticed new "scenes" etc due to her narration and the emphasis she places on some things vs others.

    All in all, a good listen.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breathless: Blue Fire Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Scott Prussing
    • Narrated By Anne Marie Susan Silvey
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Weston College freshman Leesa Nyland has been fascinated by vampires since she was three years old. That's when her mom started acting strange, insisting that sunlight hurt her skin because she'd been bitten by a one-fanged vampire. But fascinated doesn't mean Leesa believes. Any more than she believes in blue fire, people who live for centuries, and kisses that can kill. But when her beloved older brother suddenly disappears, she is forced to consider all these and more. She also has to figure out what to do about her mysterious new boyfriend.

    Wanda says: "Silvey sure can make a characters come to life!"
    "Silvey sure can make a characters come to life!"
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    A really fresh take on Vampires.

    Regarding the audio narrator, the woman did a brilliant job in giving our heroin a playful tone which I am not 100% sure would not have sounded childish if I read the book. Good job. Now for the story.


    First of all, I applaud the author for having a heroin that is perfectly imperfect. Having a limp added more to this story than any fresh or new story line ever could.
    I loved the fact that our heroin is not perfect.

    The one fanged vampire and the general vampire nemesis and the love of our heroin's life was fresh, new and exciting.

    My complaints, the again insta-love that we all go through with all YA and NA books. Also our heroin forgets about her mom and brother awfully quick once she meets the HOT - physically, sexually and his blood is boiling - love of her life.

    The story is however saved by the fresh approach, the limp present and good writing.

    As far as NA vampire stories go....this one is well worth the read.
    Get your copy today.
    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Homeland: Phantom Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Glenn Gers
    • Narrated By Damian Lewis
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (427)

    Picking up at the end of Season Two after he has parted from Carrie at the border, Brody relates, in the form of a letter to Carrie, his desperate escape by sea and land as the world's most-hunted fugitive. Guided off the grid by a former CIA analyst and a battle-scarred French mercenary, he stays in the shadows...both physically and emotionally. But wherever he goes and whoever he meets, he cannot stop thinking about Carrie.

    elise says: "Great addition to the series!"
    "Maybe if I watched the show!"
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    Although well written and narrated by an expert this book out of context lacked the hook to motivate me to read more.
    Only now that I have signed on do I realize it is part of a tv show I have not watched.

    I suspect followers of the show will get far more from this I did.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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