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ratna

Not a literary buff but enjoy classics to Neal Stephenson,Diana Gabaldon, John Irving, Haruki Marukami. Make me think. Apprec. your reviews.

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  • Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (182)

    Alexandra Fuller tells the idiosyncratic story of her life growing up white in rural Rhodesia as it was becoming Zimbabwe. The daughter of hardworking, yet strikingly unconventional English-bred immigrants, Alexandra arrives in Africa at the tender age of two. She moves through life with a hardy resilience, even as a bloody war approaches. Narrator Lisette Lecat reads this remarkable memoir of a family clinging to a harsh landscape and the dying tenets of colonialism.

    Cynthia says: "Captivating"
    "Great insight to family, dispossession, culture"
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    Would you listen to Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight again? Why?

    Wonderfully written, generous, courageous and heartfelt.......I haven't finished this yet but thank audible for offering Alexandra's sequel to this story for $5. Otherwise i wouldn't have known of this beautiful narrative or author. A powerful account of an amazing english family forced into a nomadic life by the ever changing politics of the African nations they live in.


    Which character – as performed by Lisette Lecat – was your favorite?

    Mum-her ecstasy, her madness, her remoteness and at other times her almost too intense engagement in life. A beautiful, vulnerable, strong woman who at times shocked me with her passionate beliefs and actions and disliked at others when her grief dealt cruel disregard for her daughters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf's Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    Michael Gallatin is a British spy with a peculiar talent: the ability to transform himself into a wolf. Although his work in North Africa helped the Allies win the continent in the early days of World War II, he quit the service when a German spy shot his lover in her bed. Now, three years later, the army asks him to end his retirement and parachute into occupied Paris. A mysterious German plan called the Iron Fist threatens the D-Day invasion, and the Nazi in charge is the spy who betrayed Michael’s lover. The werewolf goes to France for king and country, hoping for a chance at bloody vengeance.

    ratna says: "A Must Listen"
    "A Must Listen"
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    Where does The Wolf's Hour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top Ten


    What did you like best about this story?

    Awesome character development, tight plot even if stretching belief at times but researched well and many historical facts are woven into this fast moving tale. Its ironic that i accepted the man-wolf-man mythology but rejected some of the Norway Chemical plant scenes as far fetched!


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    I love simon prebble's voice! His narration is top notch in this- to portray many voices and accents from across Europe during World War 2 and American also is a feat in itself.


    Any additional comments?

    Satisfying Action/fantasy/historical fiction. Satisfyingly long also. Robert Mc Cammon well done! I want more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (261)

    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"
    "A new Jojo Fan!"
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    What did you love best about The Horse Dancer?

    I really have enjoyed listening to several books by Jojo Moyes in the last month. The one you left behind; From me to you and now the Horse Dancer. Overall I am awed by jojo's ability to weave stories within stories and characterise with insight into the human condition. The difficult choices we make, sometimes despite knowing better or with disastrous consequences The Horse Dancer has captured some of the human and daily dilemmas we might face and managed to bring them to life through well developed characters. Zenaphon's words speak through time and reveal the relationship between a young 14 year old girl/woman and a beautiful horse.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Horse Dancer?

    Sarah and Boo's connection an∂ incredible trust Boo has in his rider. Zenaphon's words as I remember; "You must make the Horse do, even if he doesn't understand". The "Air" manoeuvres require this.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think there were several moments particularly in the descriptions of Boo achieving incredible movements in the face of fear and exhaustion- as he will always show his big spirit when he wants to shine. The French Capriole (?} scene inspires.


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

    The character of Natasha made me cringe at times, Her negativity and I think her inability to drop her defences. Why do human beings have to be "right" all the time. Justify themselves and be blind to what is before them?
    And I know I've talked about the horse alot...but there are many other issues explored in the sub plots: class; the issues for child protection services trying to find placements for children; infidelity, family connections and parenting.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done Jojo. Thank you. I'm running out of your titles to listen to though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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