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Amanda

Sydney NSW, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • The Horse Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (161)

    Sarah's grandfather was a horseman of rare talent - only the exceptional are allowed into France's elite riding academy, Le Cadre Noir. But life took an unexpected turn, and now from a council estate in east London, the Captain hopes to train his granddaughter towards a better life.

    Kaelin says: "Wow! Amazing story start to finish"
    "Great read"
    Overall

    Enjoyed this thoroughly. I'm a horsey person, and was pleased that the equestrian references had been well researched and written. And it's a great story. Although I did have the urge to slap the characters every now and then as they all kept so many secrets, but if there had been open and honest dialogue there would not have been any story to speak of.

    Well read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (159)

    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Michael says: "Don't have expectations!"
    "Wow !"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So what does a person who never need work another day in her life write just for the sheer joy of writing ?

    This book is gritty. It is about death, drug addiction, poverty and the fears of the middle class.

    I loved it, so well written and gripping.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Horse Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By Shelley Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Many astonishing and affecting things happen at the racetrack, and the mysterious universe of horse racing, passionate, cold-hearted, pure, corrupt, is woven into a marvelous tapestry of joy and love, chicanery, folly, greed, and reckless courage. Spanning two years on the circuit, from Kentucky and California to New York and Paris, Horse Heaven, puts us among trainers, nervey jockeys, billionaire breeders, and restless track wives.

    Julie Delio says: "I wish I could review book and narrator separately"
    "Was put off by previous reviews but loved it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was put off by previous reviews where they stated that the narrator mispronounced a lot of the words. As I am not an America, I didn't know what the real pronunciation should be of various place names so it did not bother me. I found the narrator lively and easy to listen to.

    I loved the story immensely, particularly how the animals were included as characters bit not overly anthropomorphised.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Prestige

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christopher Priest
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (998)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (442)

    In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences.

    Andrew says: "One of a Kind."
    "I haven't been able to finish this one"
    Overall

    I like Victorian Era literature, and though this would fit the bill, but gave up on it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer’s Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (760)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Karen says: "Written book translates to excellent audio book"
    "I don't know"
    Overall

    Bought these as I was off on a vacation and wanted a long book. It's good, but I found it soporific, I was failing to remember parts of it and having to play it over and over again.

    How many times does she say 'I don't know ?' It must be hundreds..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jump!

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jilly Cooper
    • Narrated By Gerri Halligan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Following the death of her bullying husband, Etta Bancroft's selfish children move her to a village in the Cotswolds. One night, she discovers a filly, left to die in the snow. With help, Etta rescues the horse, and she and her friends form a syndicate to pay for her upkeep. As the horse recovers, she begins to show racing pedigree, so the syndicate enters her into a maiden hurdle - and are shocked at the result.

    Raoul says: "Jumping over the top!"
    "I stand corrected"
    Overall

    After years of refusing to read Jilly Cooper after having friends reccomend it to me, I was suprised at how much I enjoyed this. Well narrated, and what a bunch of characters. But I particularly liked how the animals were bought to life in this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dry: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (154)

    At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. When Augusten is forced to examine himself, he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life - and live it sober. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power

    Heidi says: "Sobriety with a sense of style...."
    "Thanks Augusten"
    Overall

    Reading this book one month into abstinence was a great experience. Augusten put into words so many emotions I was feeling but could not describe. And very funny too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Seven: 44 Scotland Street Series, Volume 6

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Despite inhabiting a great city renowned for its impeccable restraint, the extended family of 44 Scotland Street is trembling on the brink of reckless self-indulgence. Matthew and Elspeth receive startling – and expensive – news on a visit to the Infirmary, Angus and Domenica are contemplating an Italian ménage a trois, and even Big Lou is overheard discussing cosmetic surgery.

    Amanda says: "Overly Abridged"
    "Overly Abridged"
    Overall

    I have really enjoyed listening to the 44 Scotland St Series, and enjoyed this one too. I did find it overly abridged though, there were obvious gaps in the story where things had been cut out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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