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Not Guildford! NYC, and damn proud of it. My mother's tongue used to cleave to the roof of her mouth from reading to me, now i pay others.

Guildford, United Kingdom | Member Since 2006

  • 8 reviews
  • 65 ratings
  • 323 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014

  • InterWorld

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Joey Harker isn't a hero. In fact, he's the kind of guy who gets lost in his own house. But then one day, Joey gets really lost. He walks straight out of his world and into another dimension. Joey's walk between the worlds makes him prey to two terrible forces: armies of magic and science who will do anything to harness his power to travel between dimensions.

    Gurmukh says: "A good listen"
    "A pleasant kid's book"

    We are being set up here for a sequel, I can feel it in my multidimensional bones. Well written, well read, there is a clean line between good and evil that makes this pleasant fiction, but not up to Gaiman's usual level of ingenuity. It would make a great animated movie. Would I listen to the sequel? Probably not. But keeping the attention of a 52 year old woman with this type of story is worth some kind of kudos.
    Kudos to youdos Mr. Gaiman, Mr. Reaves

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Suzanne Toren, and others

    The story of a mother, her son, a locked room, and the outside world. It’s Jack’s birthday, and he’s excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside....

    Marcie says: "Like a car crash you cannot look away from"
    "Like a car crash you cannot look away from"

    I have rarely heard a better production made with more care. This book is an excellent narrative told from the viewpoint of a child born into the captivity of a 12 x 12 room. It also makes us look at the superficiality of our culture and the extraordinary things that ordinary people can achieve if beset by hardship. In this case a woman who is kidnapped and forced to live in captivity for 7 years. If I get snowed into my house for 2 days I start freaking out, so I do not really want to imagine what this character has had to endure before we end up meeting her and her wonderful son Jack.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The night the first snow falls a young boy wakes to find his mother gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet footprints on the stairs. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the bedroom windows. Round its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.Inspector Harry Hole is convinced there is a link between the disappearance and a menacing letter he received some months earlier.

    Lia says: "Gripping - Practically a horror novel"
    "Twirling whirling plot twists"

    Jo Nesbo rides the waves created by poor dead Steig Larsson. Norway is not Sweden, but close enough for the publishers to hope that the magic of one trilogy will stick to another set of crime novels. Nesbo writes improbable and convoluted plot twists I cannot help but think are meant to appeal to the throngs of jaded thriller junkies who need a constant stream of fiction in their lives but can no longer be surprised to a straight forward good read. Harry Hole (pronounced Huy-youler, not HOLE) is a drunk and I cannot fathom why his girlfriend Raquel puts up with him excepting underneath her competence she must be just as damaged as he is. Why does the murderer compulsively build snow people at every scene? Perhaps a more appropriate question is why would I care? One thing I will say is that with a Nesbo book it is impossible to figure out prior to the end of the novel who done it. Because there is such a mesmerizing array of twirling red herrings so as to confuse even the most seasoned fiction reader. There is a disjointed quality to Nesbo's narrative that keeps one reading until the end, but ultimately when you finish the last page and finally know who did what to whom, you can only snort to yourself, turn off the itty bitty book light and punch your bed mate in the kidneys until they scootch over to their side of the bed. I enjoyed the Larsson books but will definitely give the rest of the Nesbo books a miss.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    He is Dexter Mayhew, tall, dark and (she can't deny it) handsome. She is Emma Morley, bottled red hair, wilfully badly dressed, all principles and no action. Could this be the dawn of the rest of their lives? Or are Dex and Em living proof that - despite an unlikely beginning - men and women really can be just good friends?

    Phillip says: "Funny and moving story of friendship"
    "Unappealing people in an unappealing story"

    The theme of this story could be that there is no justice and what happens to us is not a consequence of how good or ill we live our lives. Emma and Dexter meet at university and then for the next 20 years while they are best friends, do not manage to forge the romantic link we are meant to hope they will make. Dexter is shallow, pretty and a drunk. Emma is wet though principled and alternatively feisty and wimpy. Why would Emma yearn so for Dexter when he is so shallow? Dexter just floats along taking the advantages life throws in front of the attractive.
    It's an easy read and no one in my book club shared my annoyance at this book, but if I'm going to read about people I want to read about characters I can identify with, love or hate. Not people that drift along. The writing is competant and the sense of time and place realistic, but ultimately why would anyone care about reading this book? Well, they are making it into a film so perhaps i am wrong...

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Larry's Kidney

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Daniel Asa Rose
    • Narrated By Daniel Asa Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Larry Feldman desperately needed a kidney. After two god-awful years on dialysis, watching his life ebb away while waiting on a transplant list behind 74,000 other Americans, the gun-toting couch potato decided to risk everything and travel to China, the controversial kingdom of organ transplants.

    Marcie says: "Modern Quest"
    "Modern Quest"

    I purchased this book after hearing the author interviewed on NPR by Leonard Lopate. There was something about him that intrigued me. And the book did not disppoint, though it was different to what I expected. This is a story about an intriguing character, Larry, his cousin, the author and how they take control of the situation to save Larry's life.
    It's an account of their journey and the people they meet along the way. It's also about some of the ways that the people of China differ from the people of the West, and also how connections are made in spite of the differences. Often funny, I would recommend this book if just because Larrys are rare these days. He so reminds me of my father's generation, absolutely untouched by "political correctness" or deference. Larry makes no apologies for being who he is, and he is in many ways reprehensible. But why do I like him so much? Why did I root for him to succeed and survive? Please, listen to it and tell me!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    If his rotter of an estranged father hadn't gone and dropped dead at a karaoke night, Fat Charlie Nancy would still be blissfully unaware that his dad was Anansi the spider god. He would also have no idea that he has a brother (called Spider) who is also a god. And now this brother is trying to take over his life, and is generally doing a much better job of being him.

    Lesley says: "Neil Gaiman is awesome as usual"
    "Unequivocal Delight"

    I would like to congratulate the producer of this excellent audio book who thought of paring the unique style of Neil Gaiman with the talent of Lenny Henry. The sum of the parts is truly greater than the whole, the book written with charm and wit, but Henry’s execution brings it to a whole other level. I just did not want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 19th Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David Ebershoff
    • Narrated By Daniel Passer, Kimberley Farr, Rebecca Lowman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For the first time in six years, Jordan returns from California to Utah, to visit his mother in jail. As a young boy he was expelled from his family's secretive polygamous Mormon sect. Now his father has been found shot dead in front of his computer, and one of his many wives Jordan's mother is accused of the crime.

    Alex says: "Solidly written novel but no page turner"
    "Thoughtful book yet deeply weird"

    I must admit I have always been fascinated by the human facility to shape truth into whatever form we need to affirm our lives. Where is the line between faith and blind stupidity? How can the deeply sad delude themselves into remaining in desperate situations for a lifetime? How can you take a concept as majestic as God and use it to fulfil personal desires? You can approach this unusual novel on this level, but it is also a gripping read where 2 stories are juxtaposed against one another. A contemporary story of such outlandishness the modern reader might question the reality of the framework upon which it is written. Surely such things do not exist in modern America? And yet, research reveals, they do. The 19th Wife is an excellent novel as well as being a satisfying diversion. It has made me question the certainty of my own life, which to me is the mark of true art. But this book is also excellent craft, with realistic characters and a pair of interesting plots. I definitely recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Who Tamed Her

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ophelia Reid is an incomparable beauty with a reputation for starting rumors and spreading them. Having purposely wrecked her engagement to Duncan MacTavish, a future marquis, which her social-climbing father arranged, Ophelia wants to return to London's marriage mart and make her own choice of a wealthy husband. But on her journey home, something unexpected happens.

    Celia says: "The Devil Who Tamed Her"
    "Wooden Twaddle"

    I enjoy a good yarn and joyfully anticipated listening to this historical recobble of the Pygmalian tale.
    Phooee. Stinks like yesterday's diapers.
    You are plunked into the middle of a purposeless mess where wooden characters bang randomly off eachother like a pinball game.
    It's boring. It trite. The plot is predictible only because we've read this 100 times before. The characters do not behave like people. They behave like automatons going through the motions.
    And the ultimate thing I can say about this experience is WHO CARES. You want to care about at least one of the characters. I am putting my money on the ancient retainer of the widowed aunt. He's got the most vim of the lot of them.
    Would that they had an audio version of the 2 books Kathryn Harvey wrote.
    Oh, yes. Finally. The woman they hired to do the reading. Her upper class English accent is punctuated by a New Jersey twang that sneaks through ever so often. That takes the biscuit.
    Leave this one alone.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful

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