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  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (1039)
    Story
    (1034)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Let Down a Little"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes- If they have read the previous 2 books "The Potato Factory" & "Tommo & Hawk" this is essential to round out the story


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It was good to see how the Solomon dynasty ended however i felt it was a bit clipped and rushed


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Humphrey's narration was excellent he is by far one of my favorites. Throughout the trilogy his narration rarely waivered and the characters were easily identifiable.


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

    The ending was terrible for me and made me feel like it had all been for nothing, this may have been the point, however i would have been just as happy if Bryce has taken some licence


    Any additional comments?

    The Potato Factory and Tommo & Hawk were great. I did feel coming to the last third of this book like the writer had got bored of his own story and rushed the ending to finish it. In my view i would still recommend the trilogy as a whole and Solomons song as rounding out the first two books

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  • Winter of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (183)

    Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-20th century. Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil step her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.

    A User says: "History with a good story"
    "Wow - Fantastic the best book Ken has written!"
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    Would you listen to Winter of the World again? Why?

    Absolutely i will read this book again when the next instalment is getting close to release. i have really enjoyed all of Ken work and this was no disappointment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development and attention to detail for the period was superb, i really can’t wait for the final instalment in the millennium series and i am sure i will be left feeling hollow and wanting more when it is finished as I have with Ken’s other great series.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    They were all great and i have enjopyed all of Johns work on Ken's books, John kept the characters voices consistent throughout the book, if i had to pick a faviourite it would be Ethel Leckwith


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

    Not really the whole book was emotional up and down


    Any additional comments?

    Cetainly a must read

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35967)
    Performance
    (26965)
    Story
    (27349)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "A nice easy read with decent story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    For my friends into scifi this is a nice easy read that has a decent story. Whilst it was written for teens at 40 i got enjoyment out of the story. Some of the concepts may not be appropriate for just teens.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was as expected with a little twist


    Which scene was your favorite?

    by far the best part was the actual "Hunger Games"


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It has been made into a movie and i have watched it. As with most movies made from novels it was not as good. If i have not read the book yet i like to watch the trailer of a movie so i can visulaise the characters a little more.


    Any additional comments?

    The next two books in the series were also pretty good

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