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JOHN

Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • 12 ratings
  • 193 titles in library
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  • Decline and Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Sent down in outrageous circumstances, Paul Pennyfeather is the new schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools. Sports day arrives, and as the farce unfolds and the young run riot, no one is safe.

    Sarah says: "Don't know what the fuss is about"
    "Great read"
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    I recently finished "A Dance To The Music Of Time" read by Simon Vance & thought that reading skills could not get much higher.Now I pick up this.This is not a marathon read as Vance's was but this is a superb reading of this great short comic novel.It is a 'laugh out loud' book & reading so do not read in church.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (420)

    Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

    Chrissie says: "Pay attention!"
    "truth more gripping than fiction"
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    Story

    The reader is caught up in the folly, inevitability and tension of this march to war from the first page when the dramatis personae of the conflict to come parade in seeming unity at the funeral of the English king. The emotions are held through to the wonderful Afterword that concludes the book and which captures in a few paragraphs the tragic 4 years that followed these 30 days of August and the aftermath of those 4 years.What a fine achievement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2600)
    Performance
    (1904)
    Story
    (1911)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "Better than any thriller"
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    An engrossing unfolding of an almost unbelievable story of human ability to cope and deal with what hard nature served up.I heard the last part of the story on a plane & my not silent weeping may have disconcerted my fellow passengers.The reading was just completely in accord with the story being narrated.Thanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    September 1919: 21-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver some letters to Marian Bancroft. Tristan fought alongside Marian’s brother Will during the Great War, but in 1917 Will laid down his guns on the battlefield, declared himself a conscientious objector and was shot as a traitor, an act which has brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan’s visit. He holds a secret deep in his soul. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage.

    JOHN says: "Just good"
    "Just good"
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    Michael Maloney is fine reader & he & the author keep interest up through all this good but not very good book. Do not approach expecting another " Birdsong" but those who are taken by novels of the Great War will want to read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Member of the Wedding

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By June Angela, John Cothran Jr, Ruby Dee, and others
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Gangly, outspoken 12-year-old Frankie Addams yearns to belong to the “we of me,” and in a Southern kitchen, pours her heart out to the family cook, Berenice. One of the most beautiful plays ever written about loneliness and love.

    JOHN says: "beautiful & heart rending"
    "beautiful & heart rending"
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    The story is heart rending,not a word out of place McCullers; beautifully realised by the readers for all characters but especially Frankie, Berenice( Ruby Dee) & John Henry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: Third Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    Jennifer says: "Masterpiece of Modern Literature"
    "great dance"
    Overall

    It is hard to imagine a better or more appropriate reading of this extraordinary timeless book.Powell's seemingly endless line of colourful people are all invested with their own voice by Vance.What a dance to share!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus for the Non-Religious

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Shelby Spong
    • Narrated By John Shelby Spong, Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    Writing from his prison cell in Nazi Germany in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian, sketched a vision of what he called "Religionless Christianity". In this book, John Shelby Spong puts flesh onto the bare bones of Bonhoeffer's radical thought. The result is a strikingly new and different portrait of Jesus of Nazareth, a Jesus for the non-religious.

    Robert says: "Compelling but ultimately disappointing"
    "Where is Selby?"
    Overall

    Provocative & absorbing.Why didn't Selby do the reading? he is the one to read his work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (294)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    Jennifer says: "A Masterpiece on All Counts"
    "simon vance - gifted narrator."
    Overall

    Superb reading of great book.So many characters, so many voices , how does Simon Vance do it?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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