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Carolyn

Australian, love being read to, love a good story, characters and great writing. Classics are favourites but prepared to be adventurous.

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  • The Signature of All Things

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Elizabeth Gilbert’s first novel in twelve years is an extraordinary story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the 19th century. This audiobook follows the fortunes of the brilliant Alma Whittaker (daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer) as she comes into her own within the world of plants and science. As Alma’s careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she loves draws her in the opposite direction into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical.

    Jane says: "Superb"
    "Classic story, Alma's journey held me close"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the people and story are so well drawn and researched, one starts to wonder whether Alma Whittaker had been left out of the pages of botanical history. With links to the discovers of the age, this story delves into evolutionary theory and botanical wonder.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eucalyptus

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Murray Bail
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    On a country property a man named Holland lives with his daughter Ellen. Over the years, as she grows into a beautiful young woman, he plants hundreds of different gum trees on his land. When Ellen is nineteen her father announces his decision: she will marry the man who can name all the species of eucalypt, down to the last tree. Suitors emerge from all corners, including the formidable, straight-backed Mr Cave, world expert on the varieties of eucalypt.

    Leela says: "The narrator ruined this book for me."
    "A speckled maiden and many trees"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Eucalyptus the most enjoyable?

    The lyrical, poetic and very Australian story has a magic to it. It is layered with stories that gently unfold and tell about the history of people and eucalypts.

    There is a reverence for beauty and no nonsense truth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bring Up the Bodies

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind Tutt
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    The sequel to the Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall. ‘My boy Thomas, give him a dirty look and he’ll gouge your eye out. Trip him, and he’ll cut off your leg,’ says Walter Cromwell in the year 1500. ‘But if you don’t cut across him he’s a very gentleman. And he’ll stand anyone a drink.’ By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith’s son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church.

    Peter Slade says: "Hard to fault"
    "Thomas Cromwell brought to life again"
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    Would you listen to Bring Up the Bodies again? Why?

    Yes, over and over again. Hilary Mantell's writing is masterly and is a joy to revisit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Human faults are timeless, human strengths are timeless. This is a story about both strength and frailty, told with elegance, wit and skill.


    What does Julian Rhind Tutt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration is sublime, we are not read to but are listening to the characters dice and duel with each other.


    Who was the most memorable character of Bring Up the Bodies and why?

    There is only one character and that is Thomas Cromwell.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen once, listen twice and maybe more. You will be rewarded!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bereft

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chris Womersley
    • Narrated By Dan Wyllie
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    It is 1919. The Great War has ended, but the Spanish flu epidemic is raging across Australia. Schools are closed, state borders are guarded by armed men, and train travel is severely restricted. There are rumours it is the end of the world. In the NSW town of Flint, Quinn Walker returns to the home he fled ten years earlier when he was accused of an unspeakable crime.

    Dhaj says: "I think I would buy anything read by Dan Wyllie."
    "Bereft is rich in language and story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Bereft in three words, what would they be?

    deep, wise and courageous


    What other book might you compare Bereft to and why?

    A little like Tim Winton's Breath as it takes you to the dark places of what it means to be alive.


    What about Dan Wyllie’s performance did you like?

    Dan Wyllie gives voices to the ordinary people, to the unpretentious raw Australian voice.


    If you could rename Bereft, what would you call it?

    Just a little alive


    Any additional comments?

    Chris Womersley has written a classic, the writing is luminous, it shimmers and sparkles as the narrative unfolds. Listen with patience and you will be rewarded

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winnie the Pooh (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, Geoffrey Palmer, and others
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (75)

    Here is an award-winning production with an all-star cast, bringing to life one of the best loved and recognised children's books of all time. This is a full dramatisation with specially composed music.

    Jefferson says: "A Great Dramatization with a Perfect Piglet"
    "Loving it all over again"
    Overall

    These narrators take me back to the magic of AA Milne's beloved characters and stories.
    Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer are sublime, Stephen Fry and Jane Horrocks are perfect.
    At 5 years old or 50 (like me), there is much love and fun in these stories about the silly old bear.
    I adored being read to as a child and still do.
    Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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