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Mike

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Mission, BC, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (460)

    Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

    cristina says: "Plot without characters"
    "Slow starter but worth the wait"
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    What did you love best about Best Kept Secret?

    The central characters in the book mature and younger entirely plausible characters are introduced brilliantly.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely. Never quite sure where it was going to go next.


    What about Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox ’s performance did you like?

    Seamless and engaging. Both very much reading to the Jeffrey Archer intent in the writing.


    If you could take any character from Best Kept Secret out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The landlady of the guest house. Salt of the earth type who would sit and share a newspaper wrapped cod and chips.


    Any additional comments?

    Left hanging on the edge of a clifton. Can't wait for the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7435)
    Performance
    (5667)
    Story
    (5681)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Wonderful from Cover to Cover"
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    Where does The Book Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I have listened to since I subscribed to audible. Top ten.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It really immersed me in second world war Germany and I could feel Himmelstrasse coming alive in my minds eye. The compassion of human beings traverses sides and it was quite evident early that the German people were far from enamoured by Adolph Hitler. The characters were quite vivid to me. It really reminded me that 'the German people' were subjected to a war and oppressed by a madman.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    The narrative was excellent and the saukerl and saumensch regularly used with playful emphasis raised a smile.


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

    It was a moving tale, beautifully written and narrated. A real mix of emotions from humour that made me laugh and then such sadness that did raise a tear. A real rollercoaster.


    Any additional comments?

    Will certainly revisit the book once my vivid memory of the text has faded a little.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (525)

    Detective Carl Morck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

    Sylvia says: "best so far"
    "Cannot wait for Book 4"
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    Would you listen to A Conspiracy of Faith again? Why?

    Absolutely. I'll leave it to one side so that I can allow my vivid recollections to fade somewhat but the story line, the characters, and the clever slotting of each aspect of the story so that it is unclear whether the good guys are going to be in time to thwart the bad guy and save the day.


    What other book might you compare A Conspiracy of Faith to and why?

    The two previous books by Jusse Adler-Olsen are so different and yet just the same. These books don't just have a central character they have a cast of characters each richly contributing to the tales. There are great similarities with the books of Jo Nesbo and to a lesser extent Steig Larsson.


    What about Graeme Malcolm’s performance did you like?

    He has Assad off to a tee, the same character emerges in the narrative and the humour is not lost in translation. His narration is not affected or over done. Very neat performance true to pronunciations Danish throughout. Unrushed and smooth. Excellent, would seek out other books narrated by same.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many, perhaps the most moving the naivety within marginal religeous sects which exposes those groups to abuse and within those groups the abuse meted out in the name of religeon. Terrible and inexcusable behaviour with patriarchs beating their children in the name of God.


    Any additional comments?

    Really looking forward to the next book in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9390)
    Performance
    (8523)
    Story
    (8588)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Five Star Dan Brown Movie Material"
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    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    It was a gripping tale that instantly placed Florence on my must visit list


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Fantastic plot and throughly plausible.


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

    Paul Michael has an even easy tone and his Italian accent brought Firenze to life


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Langdon goes viral to hell and back.


    Any additional comments?

    Just an exceptional tale which already has me trying to second guess who will play Sienna alongside Tom Hanks Robert Langdon.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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