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GeorgeSouth Africa | Member Since 2015

  • 3 reviews
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  • 288 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "Bryce Courtenay's characterisation is brilliant"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Four Fires to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I read THE FOUR FIRES years ago and although I thoroughly enjoyed it, the narration made a huge difference in this audio edition. Bryce Courtenay is a master at characterisation, and a talented actor reading the stoy brought the characters to life in an amazing way.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are real, interesting and quirky.

    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    The character of Nancy is a real crowd pleaser, and Humphrey Bower brought her to life brilliantly - as he did with the other characters too. Mrs Rika Rey also deserves a mention. His accents are fantastic and his timing perfect.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The power of family makes it possible to overcome any obstacle.

    Any additional comments?

    Although few books can measure up to Courtenay's THE POWER OF ONE, I think THE FOUR FIRES captures something of the incredible ability this author has to create characters that are real and with whom the reader can sympathise. Some of the characters are larger than life, which makes this book very entertaining. It is funny, touching and well-researched. My only criticism is the epilogue, which I think distracts from the overall work. But since it's right at the end, it's not a big problem.

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  • Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pamela Druckerman
    • Narrated By Abby Craden

    The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children is here. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent". French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. But French children are far better behaved and more in command of themselves than American kids....

    Emily - Audible says: "Inspiring"
    "Entertaining and informative"
    Would you listen to Bringing Up Bebe again? Why?

    Yes. The book is well researched and the author mentions many interesting facts and statistics.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The cultural difference in the way French parents approach parenting is fascinating, and it is interesting that they are so effective in dealing with young children. What concerns me, however, is that the author did not pay attention to the mental and emotional well-being of French adults - seeing that the inevitable outcome of childhood is, in fact, adulthood. If their parenting techniques are superior, I would like to see that portrayed in happier, more well-adjusted adults and not just well-behaved children. This does not seem to be the case.

    Have you listened to any of Abby Craden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


    What did you learn from Bringing Up Bebe that you would use in your daily life?

    Reminding children to greet people - something which is easily overlooked.

    Any additional comments?

    I like the self-effacing style of writing, the humor and personal experience throughout the book.

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  • Ask and It Is Given, Volume 1: The Law of Attraction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
    • Narrated By Jerry Hicks

    Ask and It Is Given, by Esther and Jerry Hicks, which presents the teachings of the nonphysical entity Abraham, will help you learn how to manifest your desires so that you�re living the joyous and fulfilling life you deserve.

    James says: "Important Stuff"
    "Abraham enters the realm of commercialism"

    I was a bit surprised to find that "Ask and it is Given" Vol 1 ended on such a typical, commercial cliff hanger. The book's content is spiritual, and it is claimed that Esther Hicks channels Abraham and other spiritual entities. Towards the end of Vol 1, much is made of the exercises that will follow in order to give a practical application to the largely theoretical matters discussed. I waited in anticipation for the 20 steps that would revolutionize my life, only to have vol 1 end rather bluntly. Of course I will now buy vol 2 in order to put Abraham's wisdom into practice. I never would have thought that these spiritual entities have such a solid grip on commercialism!

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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