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midrandSouth Africa | Member Since 2007

  • 7 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 483 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2015

  • Split Image

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The body in the trunk was just the beginning.
    Turns out the stiff was a foot soldier for local tough guy Reggie Galen, now enjoying a comfortable “retirement” with his beautiful wife, Rebecca, in the nicest part of Paradise. Living next door are Knocko Moynihan and his wife, Robbie, who also happens to be Rebecca’s twin. But what initially appears to be a low-level mob hit takes on new meaning when a high-ranking crime figure is found dead on Paradise Beach.
    Stressed by the case, his failed relationship with his ex-wife, and his ongoing battle with the bottle, Jesse needs something to keep him from spinning out of control. When private investigator Sunny Randall comes into town on a case, she asks for Jesse’s help. As their professional and personal relationships become intertwined, both Jesse and Sunny realize that they have much in common with both their victims and their suspects—and with each other.

    From the Compact Disc edition.

    Carolyn says: "Mourning"
    "I want my money back, what rubbish."

    This is the worst book I have ever bought, in fact so bad that I am demanding my money back. Utter Rubish, I mean it.

    Sonny said blah blah blah jessie said oh, sonny said yes jessie said yes.

    Utter Crap

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Good Morning, Mr. Mandela: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Zelda la Grange
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh, Zelda la Grange
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A white Afrikaner, Zelda la Grange grew up in segregated South Africa, supporting the regime and the rules of apartheid. Her conservative family referred to the imprisoned Nelson Mandela as "a terrorist". Yet just a few years after his release and the end of apartheid, she would be traveling the world by Mr. Mandela’s side, having grown to respect and cherish the man she would come to call "Khulu", or "Grandfather".

    "This is a must read for anyone who loved Madiba"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Good Morning, Mr. Mandela to be better than the print version?

    Sadly the audio version sounded a little false, although I appreciate the attempt at trying to give the narration an authentic feel, I did not enjoy the false accent used and in places I noticed that the voice did not hold true to the true accent of Zelda, Madiba and others. I could clearly hear that this book was not narrated by an Afrikaans speaking person, but once I accepted this fact I chose to ignore the voice and listen to the words.

    What other book might you compare Good Morning, Mr. Mandela to and why?

    Goodbye Bafana and Tomorrow is another Country

    What aspect of Adjoa Andoh and Zelda la Grange ’s performance would you have changed?

    The Accent

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

    The book is well written, it depicts a great man and an honest account of a person who served him for so long. Moments in the book are very touching and those of us who lived through the transformation can attest to the feelings Zelda had. The bitterness shown towards Zelda towards the end, was sad but also a clear indication of a family trying to reclaim their Father and Grandfather. It must have been hard on the family who had to sacrifice Madiba to an apartheid jail and then once released to the world. Get out the tissues this account is a roller coaster

    Any additional comments?

    Zelda, you served Tata well. Your background was not conducive to the job, but you transformed and became part of history. Our late President would have been proud of you. Criticism will come, but your account is beautifully told and anyone who offers criticism on you, is doing so, out of jealousy and spite. I heard about the book on Christmas day and hey presto I finished it today. Great book, Jy is regtig waar n opregte Suid Afrikaaner. Jy hoef geensins terug te staan vir niemand hie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nella Last's War: The Second World War Diaries of 'Housewife 49'

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Nella Last
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd

    In September 1939 housewife and mother Nella Last began a regular diary that lasted for 30 years. The account that she left of life during the Second World War is moving, fascinating, and unique. While Nella's younger son joined the army, she and the rest of the family tried to adapt to the transformed rhythms of life in Barrow-in-Furness, which suffered terribly from enemy bombing raids. Writing each day for the "Mass-Observation" project, Nella's diary entries tell a powerful story about the war years.

    Patricia says: "The world needs more Nella Lasts!"
    "Great Listen"

    If you ever wanted to feel what living through the second war felt like, this book is for you. Nella Last lets you feel and understand her world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    They're out there...waiting...watching. Unseen by normal eyes, but all too visible to Slim MacKenzie, a young man blessed - or cursed - by Twilight Eyes.

    Joe says: "Highly Entertaining"
    "A really Great book"

    I am not into this kind book. I bought it as I haed heard Dean Koonz is a great author. I can confirm this he truly is, I enjoyed the book and look forward to getting more of his works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: Shakespeare Appreciated: (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, Phil Viner
    • Narrated By Joan Walker, Nick Murchie, Coralyn Sheldon

    Experience Macbeth as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world.

    Amelia says: "I Love the Commentary"

    Eureka, after 25 years i decided to re-read Macbeth, my confused understanding of the play was transformed into an understanding i will never forget. The narration was exquisit i have finally conquored MacBeth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "One Second After"

    In a time of extreme uncertainty, coupled with our need for all things digital, the scenarion painted is spine chillingly posible. As the human condition grows more agressive fueled by greed, all men are pushing the world to armageddon.

    This work should be read by all, oneday this knowledge may give you true power,

    My world changed, I see another future.

    William, your knowledge of this subject is phernominal, keep on writing, we will read.

    Good luck for the future

    Venn South Africa

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Vincent Marzello

    The Office of the Public Defender is not known as a training ground for bright young litigators. Clay Carter has been there for too long and dreams of a better job in a real firm. When he reluctantly takes the case of a young man charged with a random street killing, he assumes it is just another senseless murder. But as he investigates, Clay stumbles upon a conspiracy.

    Venn says: "king of torts"
    "king of torts"

    if you are a john grisham fan, like me, then this book is for you. Fast paced and exciting, the book outlines the rise, fall, torment and final peace of a small time lawyer misused by large corporations to fulfil their own goals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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