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Erin

Richmond VICAustralia

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  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dai Sijie
    • Narrated By B.D. Wong
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (83)

    From within the hopelessness and terror of China's Cultural Revolution, Dai Sijie has fashioned a beguiling and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit, the wonder of romantic awakening, and the magical power of storytelling. "An unexpected miracle," raves the Los Angeles Times Book Review, "a delicate, and often hilarious, tale."

    Yicheng says: "Excellent!"
    "A lovely tale"
    Overall

    I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the narrator was none other than one of my favourite characters from 'Law and Order - SVU'; Dr Wong. The narration of this story was clear, impelling and full of energy as BD Wong gave life to each of the characters in this story. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is a lovely tale, despite being set in the harsh world of the Chinese revolution and re-education of the bourgoise. The characters are witty and endearing and have inspired me to read a number of other classic tales (including the Count of Monte Cristo!). Whilst I wish I could have learnt more about the characters at the story's end, I was not disappointed and enjoyed every minute of this audiobook.

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  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13477)
    Performance
    (5884)
    Story
    (5961)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Absolutely delightful"
    Overall

    This book had me captivated from the first chapter. It reels you with a dramatic prologue and keeps you spellbound for the rest of the story. Two voices are used to protray our prtagonist at different ages, making the transition seemless and enchanting. The story is told with flair and dramatics and the actors give life to each different character. 'Water for Elephants' is a magical circus story, spinning a love story with colourful characters and charasmatic animals. I would recommend this story to young and old, male and female. I loved it!

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