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Cherry

North Bay, ON, Canada | Member Since 2001

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  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (178)

    When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

    Parusski says: "Perfect narrator for one of the best classics."
    "This reading by Mr. Martin Jarvis is astounding!"
    Overall

    Never have I enjoyed an audiobook more! Mr. Jarvis' character voices and reading skill, rendered with gusto and great depth, turn what could have been a mere auditory experience into a rich encounter with high drama, humour, pathos and pure fun. In short - BRAVO!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rottweiler

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    The first girl had a bite mark on her neck, but they traced the DNA to her boyfriend. But the tabloids got hold of the story and called the killer 'The Rottweiler' and the name stuck. The latest murder takes place very near Inez Ferry's antique shop in Marylebone. When the Rottweiler’s trinkets start showing up in the shop, suddenly, everyone Inez knows is a suspect, and the killer feels all too close.

    Sparkly says: "Lots of atmosphere, and a Freudian mystery."
    "Hugely entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Rottweiler?

    The characters were comic/tragic with a twist of pure malice. I took an interest in the fiture of all of them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dream of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Sairey Ellis's father is writing his memoirs. As an ex-security man whose life work has been in Africa, his revelations will be explosive, blowing the lid off British and Kenyan support for Idi Amin, and exposing the degree of unofficial British connivance in Rhodesian sanctions-busting.

    John says: "So, So"
    "One thing wrong, it was too short!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Dream of Darkness?

    Excellent narration by Sean Barrett. This story is fascinating with deep historical points of interest. Very enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4815)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1707)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "You can NOT put this down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The performaces of the narrators is perfectly balanced to create a rich reading experience.This book was devised like an onion: layer upon layer of truths and fabrications that all come back to the center core.. which is not a core at all, but a compressed version of all the layers above and around it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vida Winter was my favourite character due to the rich depth of her history as told to a biographer who knows nothing of her life's truths.


    Which character – as performed by Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner – was your favorite?

    Vida, of course.


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

    You are never alone, in life or death, if you are a twin.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3637)
    Performance
    (2552)
    Story
    (2555)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "formidable reading of a memorable book"
    Overall

    The best! If you have or have not read the print version of A Prayer for Owen Meany by all means get this. This reader, Joe Barrett, gives believable life to the characters. ESPECIALLY OWEN'S. This is a bucket list read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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