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Marjan

Dunedin, New Zealand | Member Since 2006

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  • 8 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 175 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • Regeneration: The Regeneration Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Pat Barker
    • Narrated By Peter Firth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    In Craiglockhart war hospital, Dr William Rivers attempts to restore the sanity of officers from World War I. When Siegfried Sassoon publishes his declaration of protest against the war, the authorities decide to have him declared mentally defective and send him to Craiglockhart.

    Cariola says: "Don't Miss This One!"
    "A great book"
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    This book is a real pleasure to listen to. I have also purchased part 2 and 3 because I want more. I have meanwhile purchased the printed books as well, so that I can dip into them from time to time. The narrator reads very well, although it took me a little time to get used to the style - a little vague sometimes. But overall listening to this book was a really great experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (30)

    The first authorized, unabridged release of this timeless classic and exclusively available from Recorded Books. Ulysses records the events of a single day, June 16, 1904, in Dublin, Ireland.

    GUY says: "Outstanding reading of Ulysses by James Joyce"
    "A masterly performance"
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    Ulysses is one of those books of which you tend to feel you should read it, if you're at all interested in literature. But many of us readers fail to get very far. I tried several times. Encouraged myself by going to a (fantastic) course, which helped a lot. But it was this audiobook that really got me right into Ulysses, loving it, admiring it and then returning with much better understanding to the written word. I am now a total fan of Ulysses, intend to read other works by Joyce (Portrait of the Artist, As a Young Man and The Dubliners) and I also intend to read this book and listen to the audiobook over and over again. In fact, I will start my own Bloomsday tradition and start from the beginning once a year on June 16.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of the Dancing Master

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (253)

    Stefan Lindman, a young police officer recently diagnosed with mouth cancer, decides to investigate the murder of his former colleague, but is soon enmeshed in a mystifying case with no witnesses and no apparent motives. Terrified of the disease that could take his life, Lindman becomes more and more reckless as he unearths the chilling links between Molin's death and an underground neo-Nazi network that runs further and deeper than he could ever have imagined.

    Richard Delman says: "Plodding. Ponderous. Heavy. Slow."
    "boring"
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    The book is twice as long as it needs to be, full of useless repetition. The story itself is not all that interesting or intriguing. Maybe the translation is partly to blame. I did not enjoy the voice of the narrator - too much of a drone and a little whiney sometimes. I can't really recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Tricks

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (896)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (429)

    Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want.It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara.

    John says: "New Tricks"
    "A fun who dun-nit"
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    This is a nice little who dun-nit. Well read with a variety of voices. The story keeps a good pace and makes sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1966)
    Performance
    (756)
    Story
    (772)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "Very interesting, beautifully read"
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    Here is one book that works better in audio format than on paper. The narrator is able to read just about any language well and clearly and therefore manages to help the listener understand where the examples in foreign languages fit in the English language. The book itself is informative and at the same time quite entertaining. Highly recommended if you are at all interested in the English language and the origin of words. I learned many things I did not know.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2487)
    Performance
    (1182)
    Story
    (1199)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "A well told exciting book"
    Overall

    This is very well narrated. I will be looking for other books told by this narrator. The story is exciting, interesting, informative and well worth investing in. I got hours and hours of enjoyment out of it, although I do not usually go for the 'easy' reads, this one was superb holiday listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret’d) is not interested in the frivolity of the modern world. Since his wife Nancy’s death, he has tried to avoid the constant bother of nosy village women, his grasping, ambitious son, and the ever spreading suburbanisation of the English countryside, preferring to lead a quiet life upholding the values that people have lived by for generations - respectability, duty, and a properly brewed cup of tea.

    Cynthea Wellings says: "Excellent little book"
    "A fun light listen"
    Overall

    This is a fun book to listen to, quite light weight, but well written and very well narrated. I enjoyed it very much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don Quixote

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes, Tobias Smollett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (220)

    Don Quixote, the world's first novel and by far the best-known book in Spanish literature, was originally intended by Cervantes as a satire on traditional popular ballads, yet he also parodied the romances of chivalry. By happy coincidence he produced one of the most entertaining adventure stories of all time and, in Don Quixote and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, two of the greatest characters in fiction.

    James says: "Excellent"
    "Very amusing; well read"
    Overall

    I am pleased the reader is English, but for Americans this may not be as pleasing. I really enjoyed the interpretation and characterisation of the voices. It added much to the humour of the story. I never managed to read the book, but now dip back into it to read back favourite passages. This was my first foray into audio books and I declare it a huge success.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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