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Deb

Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.

West Pennant Hills, Australia

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  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (635)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "Voluntary Listener and How"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Involuntary Witness to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book but Sean Barrett is my favourite Narrator and I couldn't stop listening to this exciting book. I loved every minute of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who want to hear one of the best stories told.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (430)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "Janis Ian lives again"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Society's Child to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book but Janis Ian takes you on a journey into the world of Entertainment and it's darker side.


    What other book might you compare Society's Child to and why?

    I can't compare this book to any I have heard before


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed Janis giving us introductions to chapters with her own singing and guitar prowess


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

    Janis Ian was in a brutal relationship with a man and despite her knowing it was wrong she couldn't break free from this scumbag for many years. I found this part of her story very moving and heartbreaking.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is full of all the emotions that you can experience. I am glad that Janis Ian is back, I grew up with her music. I am happy she is in a stable relationship and is having a good life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (254)

    When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

    Jane says: "Hopefully this is the first of a series"
    "Wow What a Story"
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    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    I am getting ready to listen to this book again and I have only just finished it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The way this book has been structured there isn't one moment that isn't memorable


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Robert Glenister gives a superb performance of this book. He is now my second favourite reader on Audible.com


    If you could take any character from The Cuckoo's Calling out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Definitely Robyn and Cormoran Strike.


    Any additional comments?

    I am aware who has written this book under a different name now and I am absolutely of the opinion that the books to come from this series, and I hope there will be more, will be as much awaited as those this writer has penned before. With the exception of the last book under the writer's real name that I didn't enjoy. I don't want to spoil it for those who don't know who it is but there is so much detail in The Cuckoos Calling combined with the research and style in which the book is written makes it impossible to put it down. I can't wait for more to come.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (202)

    Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world."

    Garry says: "Dan Brown at his best"
    "Dan Brown has been fired up again for Inferno"
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    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    As with all of Dan Brown's book he has done his research and the books are full of historical facts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character is Robert Langdon. His character is well rounded. I would love to have him at one of my dinner parties.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sometimes I felt the narration lacked passion as far as the characters were concerned. The anger and some of the interpretation of the dialogue were lacking.


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

    When Sienna reveals who and what she really is.


    Any additional comments?

    Many times during the story I felt a little let down by the narration. Having said that though, I did enjoy Inferno and am looking forward to it being made into a film with Tom Hanks again as Robert and directed by Ron Howard. Am looking forward to seeing who is cast as Sienna.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iris and Ruby

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Rosie Thomas
    • Narrated By Rula Lenska
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    A story of love, loss, and the distance between three generations of one family, this novel centres on Iris and Ruby, a grandmother and her granddaughter, as they try and make sense of their respective lives.

    A User says: "Tender, heart-felt and beautifully narrated"
    "LONG LONG AND LONG"
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    Would you listen to Iris and Ruby again? Why?

    No, I wouldn't listen again. I found this book very long and it didn't go anywhere. I am struggling to finish the 2nd part.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Maybe I won't get there


    What about Rula Lenska’s performance did you like?

    I like Rula's reading but in this book I found it inconsistent. Ruby was part London Goth and part Toffee Tart


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

    Have yet to get there.


    Any additional comments?

    I like stories that take me away and this book put me to sleep.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1657)
    Performance
    (1213)
    Story
    (1203)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "The Persimmon Tree - A Bloody good story mate"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a must read. Bryce Courtney does the Australian Servicemen and Women proud in this epic novel of what it means to be young, Aussie and flung into a war only to have to cope with the consequences of the decisions made during that war. I am so proud to be able to say this book was written and researched thoroughly because there isn't one thing I could fault. Bryce Courtney is no longer with us but I will be sure to read the prequel to this story next. Love it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Each part of this engrossing tale is as gripping and enjoyable as the last. So Australian. Some of the Aussie sayings are brought to life by Humphrey Bower and said exactly as my parents used to all the time. I particularly liked the one "After the matinee, you still have to go home and mow the lawn." The writing is wonderful and many memories of how my mother and father survived during the war came to life in this book as both of them served as officers in the Australian Army.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    His accents are spot on. I like all of his characters especially the Japanese and Javanese characters. The women too. Anna, Marg etc. all delivered with a slightly gentler tone. He is my favourite reader thus far.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Persimmon Tree and why?

    Anna because she reminds me a little of myself. I love her bravery in the most frightening of situations.


    Any additional comments?

    I generally don't like Bryce Courtney's writing but this one has whet my appetite for more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Redeemer: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    One freezing night in Oslo Christmas shoppers gather to listen to a Salvation Army street concert. An explosion cuts through the music, and a man in uniform falls to the ground, shot in the head at point-blank range.Harry Hole and his team have little to work with: no immediate suspect, no weapon and no motive. But when the assassin discovers he has shot the wrong man, Harry Hole’s troubles have only just begun.

    Lia says: "Another Good Jo Nesbo Book"
    "Great Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Sean Barrett delivers a terrific performance of all the characters, even the female ones. I could listen to him any time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Hole


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    He has a great delivery and even performs the females well. I like the quality in his voice.


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

    Harry Hole books don't really move you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10637)
    Performance
    (5869)
    Story
    (5912)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Life of Pi for the second time"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Life of Pi to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pi of course


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The island with the meer cats


    If you could take any character from Life of Pi out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Pi because his story is amazing and I would want to hear it from him.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should hear this book. I read the book years ago but listening to it was a real treat. I can't wait for the movie to come out now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Playroom

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Frances Fyfield
    • Narrated By Rula Lenska
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Kathryn and David are the ideal couple. But unseen by their envious or admiring friends, splinters are beginning to form. David suspects one of their two children is not his own and Kathryn struggles to iron out family confrontations to maintain the calm of their lives together. But slowly things start to slip from her control. David's mood swings become more irrational and violent.

    Delah says: "Good Story"
    "Creepy and sad at the same time"
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    Would you listen to The Playroom again? Why?

    Probably not because of the story content. It was very sad


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought it was a well written story


    Which character – as performed by Rula Lenska – was your favorite?

    Rula is very good at all the characters.


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

    It made me cry because of the child in it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not for everyone as it deals with a very disturbing subject matter. Any cruelty of any form on another human being especially a child is so sad and, even though it should be told, I found myself gripped with fear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doc: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (357)

    The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

    Dennis says: "Great writing and narration"
    "This is one for our American friends"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed listening to this book but it was so full of American history that it lost me a few times.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Quite sad


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The accent was a bit hard to take sometimes.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (174)

    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Michael says: "Don't have expectations!"
    "There was a Big Casual Vacancy left"
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    Would you try another book from J. K. Rowling and/or Tom Hollander?

    I didn't enjoy this book because I was waiting for something to happen and it never did. It was boring and I lost interest. The Characters were too detailed by J.K Rowling for me. I loved the Potter books but this one didn't do a thing for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. K. Rowling again?

    Yes the Potter books maybe


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Hollander?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Casual Vacancy?

    Too many to mention


    Any additional comments?

    This book was about awful people in an awful place. The language was not necessary and although the beginning started off with someone dying the story for me never really went anywhere and I lost interest in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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