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Lynda

Yarrawonga, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Sweet Tooth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (106)

    Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency.

    Christopher says: "Superb and surprising"
    "Story about a public servant.yawn"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not a title I would recommend. For spy fans there is no mystery or espionage. Would recommend if you like books with no drama, intrigue.


    What could Ian McEwan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Add some drama, add some colour to this grey and drab story. Because the rest of the story was so nondescript, he could have added more believable lovers for this supposedly beautiful woman. Old, gay and physically unattractive seemed to be her preferred choice. The story was OK - but a bit Margaret Drabble like (who by the way I finding boring)


    What three words best describe Juliet Stevenson’s performance?

    Hard to judge with the material she had to work with- yawn.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sweet Tooth?

    I really could not get into this story, I did try, really I did, but I would have vetoed the whole book when it first hit my editors desk.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes it is not about the destination but the journey, this book unfortunately didn't leave the station, you sit on board waiting for the train to move and it never starts. It is hard for me to find a book or genre that I can't get into, but this book despite the good reviews was one I could not get my Sweet Tooth into.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sartaj Garewal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Moving from the 1940s to the present, from a convent in India to a cargo ship bound for the Yemen, from a tiny operating theatre in Ethiopia to a hospital in the Bronx, Cutting for Stone is a thrilling epic of conjoined twins, doctors and patients, temptation and redemption, home and exile - and a riveting family story, irresistibly charged with strange happenings, humour and pathos.

    Charmaine says: "RICH, DEEP, LAYERED, ABSORBING"
    "Gory surgical procedures but a great read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cutting for Stone to be better than the print version?

    Yes, loved the narration


    What did you like best about this story?

    Didn't follow the usual predictable storyline, you had to keep reading.


    Have you listened to any of Sartaj Garewal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but will look forward to reading more of his work.


    Who was the most memorable character of Cutting for Stone and why?

    Marion - this character was the one with the most depth. His father Thomas is quite dislike able as is his childhood love interest.uch empathy can be felt for Marion. But he needed a good shake (or a cold shower) when he met Genet again later in the book. Something at the start of the book had me believing I knew the outcome at an event later in the book. Well done Abraham, you had me duped.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't like graphic surgical descriptions, brace yourself. Only one had me wishing he wasn't quite so graphic, but get through that and it is a good read. Give it a go - for a surgeon, he does a pretty good job as an author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13412)
    Performance
    (5831)
    Story
    (5904)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Run away to the circus for a few hours"
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    Would you listen to Water for Elephants again? Why?

    The story grabs you and holds your attention. This book really entices you to become absorbed and lose track of reality. Loved the narrators, especially as old Jacob.


    What other book might you compare Water for Elephants to and why?

    Haven't read anything like this for a long time. Makes you laugh, makes you cry.


    What does David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Believable narration, you really develop a rapport with the characters they are portraying. Some characters are not very likeable and this also came across with the narration.


    Who was the most memorable character of Water for Elephants and why?

    Jacob, the main character is the most memorable as you would expect. He is a very real character with some faults. Even though you develop a great empathy with Jacob, his weakness placing others at risk for his love (hard on) for a married woman made me want to slap him. Won't give away the story, if you were offended by my use of the description - hard on, do not read this book, it will offend your finer sensibilities. If not- give it a go- you will love the journeyand all the ups and downs on the circus train.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended - a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (500)

    Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

    paul says: "Skeptical at 1st, Enjoyed every moment"
    "A decisive must read!!"
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    What did you love best about The Help?

    The narration was fabulous and the story was well written and kept me hooked the whole time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it was based on recent history. Loved the interaction between characters.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They took on the characters and made them believable, likeable and so very easy to listen to.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Help and why?

    I would get so involved with the character and would be disappointed at the end of the chapter and couldn't wait to get to the next time we would meet. But within a few lines I would be engrossed on the life of the next character. I loved the one I was reading about at the time. All were memorable and will stay with me for a long time.


    Any additional comments?

    No need to dissect the story - just trust me - Get this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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