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Louise

Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom | Listener Since 2004

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  • 8 reviews
  • 135 ratings
  • 362 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2143)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1266)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "GAVE UP"
    Overall

    Oh my goodness, so many people liked this book - I really wanted to like it too! However I found it painfully slow! The choice of an Australian narrator ruined this book for me. It is set in England, the characters should be English!
    I hoped this book would be engaging, instead listening it was a chore, my mind wandered and became easily distracted. I managed to listen to it and rewind and listen to it again, for 4 hours. I hate to waste my audible credits; each one is precious so I wish I had not bought this book.
    Looking over previous reviews people seem to love it or hate it. I hope you love it but I didn’t.

    45 of 49 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Conjuror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Derren Brown
    • Narrated By Derren Brown
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In Confessions of a Conjuror, Derren Brown invites you on a whimsical journey through his unusual mind. Structured around the various stages of a conjuring trick, performed by his younger self in a crowded restaurant, Derren's endlessly engaging narrative takes you from the history of magic, to speculations on the manufacturing of Monster Munch and the correct way to poach an egg, via discussions about psychology, what he hums while cleaning his teeth, and more.

    Louise says: "Smiled the whole way through"
    "Smiled the whole way through"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    if you like Derren you will like this book.
    it is witty and enjoyable.
    Smiled the whole way through this book.
    he is a great narrator and delivery of the book was really well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Bill Rancic
    • Narrated By Bill Rancic
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Being on The Apprentice made Bill Rancic an overnight celebrity. But his winning strategies were developed long before that, and in You're Hired, he uses examples from his own life to prove that the secrets of success can be found within us all.

    Kade Dworkin says: "A good listen missing that little bit extra"
    "interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Enjoyed listening to this book. its an easy going microbiography from a nice guy. Enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Road to Fotheringay

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    At just six days old, Mary Stuart became Queen of Scots. At just six years old, she was betrothed to the Dauphin Francois, the future King of France. Reluctantly leaving Scotland, Mary is raised in the decadent French court in preparation for becoming the Queen of France. But her reign with Francois is short-lived. Widowed at 18 years old, Mary is once again forced to leave her home to return to Scotland. Now a Catholic queen in a Protestant country, Mary must rule with caution and choose her next husband prudently.

    Louise says: "Really Enjoyed it"
    "Really Enjoyed it"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. however i wish i had read this one first, then the "Captive Queen of Scots" which follows on straight away.
    the naration is great, very easy and engaging way to learn about history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Loved Dog: The Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tamar Geller, Andrea Cagan
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (35)

    More than 15 years ago, Tamar Geller began her career as a dog trainer by observing a scientific study of wolves in the wild. She realized that the socialization and parenting techniques they used to raise their cubs were rooted in bonding, communication, and play: not in aggression, dominance, or punishment. If people used these techniques when training their dogs, she realized, there would be no need for prong collars, choke chains, or any kind of physical or verbal aggression.

    Leslie says: "Maybe better read but a terrible listen"
    "Wonderful Method, very clear instructions"
    Overall

    As we have just got a new puppy we got this audio book to listen to in the car on the long drive to take her to the beach - it is wonderful and gives you all you need to know teach your dog good manners in a way that you both enjoy. It does contain difficult subject matter to listen to when she describes the cruelty that she has witnessed, but the positive message of the book shines through. It teaches you all you need to know to manage your dog with Sit, stay etc but goes a lot further than that. There are descriptions of how to stop barking, heal dog anxieties and phobias and good lead walking. She uses treats and clear communication to help the dog learn best. We looked at the paper version of this book and realised that the audio version contains everything the book has. Wonderful book, well worth a purchase.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • On the Edge

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Richard Hammond
    • Narrated By Richard Hammond, Mindy Hammond
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (73)

    Richard Hammond describes his childhood and adolescence and the emergence of the adrenalin junkie, the first ridiculous stunts on his tricycle, and an increasing and near obsessive attraction to speed and the smell of petrol. He finds an attractive girl, Mindy, who shares his interests and helps him organise his high-speed life.

    Cindy says: "A bit disappointing!"
    "Wonderful, funny, heart felt account of difficulty"
    Overall

    Richard Hammond is a well loved British face and this open account of his recent accident was so touching. His wife, Mindy's account of the experience moved me to tears. It is also an uplifting book, highly recommended for anyone who has suffered a brain injury or anyone who is just a fan of cars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Johnny Stange, John Randolph Jones
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Here are four unforgettable stories by Yann Martel, the New York Times best-selling author of Life of Pi. In the exquisite title novella, a very young man dying of AIDS joins his friend in fashioning a story of the Roccamatio family of Helsinki, set against the yearly march of the 20th century.

    Douglas says: "Tedious and disappointing"
    "Well worth listening to"
    Overall

    I Listened to these short stories a while ago and had to write a review when I read the previous 3 opinions! I find Yann Martels subject matter challenging to listen to - these short stories are also challenging subjects but wonderfully written and well worth a listen. They are thought provoking and a welcome change to much of the happy ever after literature that we have access too. Please give them a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dr. David R. Hawkins
    • Narrated By Dr. David R. Hawkins
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (171)

    The publication of Power vs. Force by Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., reveals to the general public secret information heretofore only shared by the author with certain Nobelists and world leaders. Analyzing the basic nature of human thought and consciousness itself, the author makes available to everyone the key to penetrating the last barrier to the advancement of civilization and science and resolving the most crucial of all human dilemmas.

    Greg says: "Good book – poor narrator"
    "buy the book instead"
    Overall

    This is a very important book, recommended by many influential teachers of our time. HOWEVER this is a prime example of when it would be best to get a professional narrator to read this text not the author.

    The Author is not doing any justice to this text by attempting to read it. I have tried many times, only to turn it off a few minutes later.
    It is a real shame that the author’s delivery is so bad his message will be lost in this format.
    Buy the book instead.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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