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Ana

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  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (265)

    Alexandra Fuller won worldwide attention, popular acclaim, and critical accolades for her memoir of her childhood in Africa, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. This engaging follow-up explores Fuller’s parents’ childhoods and charts the trajectories of their lives through all the British couple’s experiences in war-torn Africa. With the same sharply etched narrative that has earned the author such immense praise, Fuller expands on and offers new insights into her family’s remarkable trials and successes.

    Janet Tarasovic says: "Great by both ear and eye"
    "Deeply touching."
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness in three words, what would they be?

    Heartwarming
    Heartbreaking
    Dramatic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness?

    The ride to the fancy-dress party in Lucy, the mine-proof Land Rover, with Vanessa as a rose, Olive as Spring, and Bobo in the back suffocating inside a insecticide tub as... I forget what.


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

    No, this is the first one. And it was excellent. The abruptness that fits so well the voice of Nicola Fuller (of Central Africa...) sometimes lingered in the main narration, and that was less suited.


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

    When Violet dies.
    When Adrian dies.
    When Olive dies.
    When "the baby" dies.


    Any additional comments?

    It's an excellent book.
    A very endearing and dramatic account of the life of these astonishingly brave, resilient people that go through the most exciting and most horrific experiences, taking the suffering side by side with joy, and never shirking from living life to its fullest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devices and Desires

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Commander Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard has just published a new book of poems, and has taken a brief respite from publicity on remote Larksoken headland on the Norfolk coast. But he cannot so easily escape murder. A psychopathic strangler of young women is at large in Norfolk, and getting nearer to Larksoken with every killing. When murder reaches the headland one moonlit night, Dalgliesh finds himself involved in a particularly horrible crime, and in the tangled emotions and motives of the suspects.

    Nina says: "keep on tickin'"
    "very disappointing audio quality"
    Overall

    I was very disappointed at the poor quality of the audio on this audiobook. The sound is generally muffled, and there are abrupt changes in the sound conditions from time to time, where it is clear the recording sessions were interrupted. I am also quite sure some parts of the reading are actually missing.
    I have to say this completely spoiled for me the experience of listening to the story.
    My rating therefore reflects foremost the poor quality of the audio and not the story itself, which I am afraid I could not enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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