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Heather

Winston Hills, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of too much liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's intensely realized characters, as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

    Thom says: "Great Portrait of Liberal America Today"
    "didn't want it to finish"
    Overall

    Johnathan Franzen managers to dig deep into the souls of the characters who are, on the surface, just ordinary folk. Like us all there are deep angers, fears and love which he slowly teases out and examines.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Road Home

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rose Tremain
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008, The Road Home is the best-selling story of Lev, a middle-aged migrant from Eastern Europe, who moves to London in search of work after losing his wife and job. Lev's London is awash with money, celebrity and complacency. The world Tremain creates is both convincing and poignant.

    Heather says: "A gentle story"
    "A gentle story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Road Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It made me laugh and cry. It brings the life of those who seek a better life closer, Beautifully read.


    Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favorite?

    Lev


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war.

    Brodie says: "Astounding!"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of World Without End to be better than the print version?

    John Lee is amazing! He does all the accents without fail. I don't normally read or listen to this sort of book but Ken Follet just has such a gift for story telling. I now feel as if I have so much insight into WW1 and the people who lived in that time. He made it come alive.I will read everything else he's written now, especially read by John Lee.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the story about the Russian brothers


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it if you are interested in History.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah Thornhill

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kate Grenville
    • Narrated By Emma Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Sarah Thornhill is the youngest child of William Thornhill, convict-turned-landowner on the Hawkesbury River. Her stepmother calls her wilful, but handsome Jack Langland loves her and she loves him. 'Me and Jack', she thinks. 'How could it go wrong?' But there's an ugly secret in Sarah's family. That secret takes her into the darkness of the past, and across the ocean to the wild coasts of New Zealand.

    Kimberly says: "Absorbing, first-rate historical novel"
    "Very interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sarah was my favourite character, perhaps as she was the main one.


    What about Emma Fielding’s performance did you like?

    She had the accent down pat. She was engaging and interesting to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes. but I didn't like the ending


    Any additional comments?

    Loved listening to this book, especially as it was about the early days of the Hawkesbury river and beyond. The ending was disjointed from the rest of the book though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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