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Donna

New Lambton, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3885)
    Performance
    (2863)
    Story
    (2866)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "The characters became family to me!"
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    Where does Alas, Babylon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my top two!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all of them. The author created real people and the narrator brought them to life. I cared for them, worried for them and cried with them. I never expected to enjoy this book as much as I did. I could not wait to get home from work to meet up with them all again and find out how they were doing!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but it wasn't possible. I exercise and do my housework whilst listening to my books and with 'Alas, Babylon' my house was never cleaner, nor my execise regime better. I couldn't stop.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for a beautiful book. It is a epic story of courage, hope and love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crossing to Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (206)

    One of the finest American authors of the 20th century, Wallace Stegner compiled an impressive collection of accolades during his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a National Book Award, and three O. Henry Awards. His final novel, Crossing to Safety is the quiet yet stirring tale of two couples that meet during the Great Depression and form a lifelong bond.

    Barbara says: "Real characters dealing with life & death."
    "A great experience."
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    What made the experience of listening to Crossing to Safety the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was definitely the most enjoyable experience. He was so suited to the period of this novel He had a warmth and humanity whilst maintaining that American, masculine intellectual persona.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have never read anything by this author. It was a book club choice and I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I grew to love the book and care about the characters. I loved the honest portrayal of the flawed, all too human characters, and of course the setting. The author did a great job recreating, with his vivid descriptions of academia and academic life, that long gone period of American history.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favorite?

    I really can't choose. He did a great job with all of them. Perhaps Charity? She was such a vibrant person and he managed to portray her with honesty even though he has that masculine voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Of course! Everyone will cry in this book!


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for a wonderful experience. I'm sure I got more out of this as an audible book than I would have simply by reading it. When I think about the story it is always with Richard Poe's melancholy, sonorous voice in my mind. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

    Chrissie says: "A puzzle - is it worth the effort?"
    "Can I give this book six stars?"
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    Where does Life After Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life After Life?

    Every moment described in beautiful detail by Kate Atkinson becomes memorable. I am literally IN the rooms, the gardens, the wars and the hearts of the characters. The story is compelling, funny, poignant and mesmerising.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The novel involves the retelling of stories multiple times so this is tricky to answer. The whole novel, with it's changing and retelling of scenes and the switching of time and place is just overall, fabulously, deliciously enchanting.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot imagine this story without the voice of the superb narrator. I loved her portrayal of the various characters and accents, but she does a particularly wonderful job of creating believable voices for the children. The author is fabulous but the narrator is simply divine

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nicholas Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Andy Larkham is late. He is due at the funeral of his favourite school teacher. When the funeral leads to unexpected consequences, Andy has to ask himself: how far will he go to change his life? In Inheritance, Nicholas Shakespeare takes us on an extraordinary journey that explores the temptations of unexpected wealth, the secrets of damaged families, and the price of being true to oneself.

    Donna says: "Great Story, Brilliant Narrator"
    "Great Story, Brilliant Narrator"
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    If you could sum up Inheritance in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, tragic, insightful


    What did you like best about this story?

    Inheritance has many twists and turns and manages to weave humour, tragedy and a great deal of history into a thoroughly interesting novel. After many years of listening to Audible books, this is my favourite to date.


    What about Rupert Farley’s performance did you like?

    Rupert Farley is THE best narrator I have heard. His many accents, from the heavy Armenian accents of the nanny and Madigan to the Australian bogan Cheryl and the various cultured English accents, were simply superb! Very realistic and hysterically funny. I actually laughed out loud many times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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