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Dutchie88

I love reading, have since I was very little. Reading to me is fun, relaxation, acquiring knowledge and so much more. No particular preference for a genre or writer, I will read anything well written. Once gripped by somebodies style of storytelling & writing, I am likely to read everything he or she has written.

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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5045)
    Performance
    (4265)
    Story
    (4277)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Great story and great writing continued"
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    If you could sum up Winter of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Great story writing


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love history and am especially interested in the history of the WWI and WWII and the interbellum. Already knowing quite a bit about those times, I is obvious Mr Follett didn't slack when researching this novel.I really like the way he tells the story through different characters in different countries under different regimes. It gives it all an extra edge.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    I like the way Daisy's character evolves during the telling of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Almost did too.


    Any additional comments?

    No need to be especially interested in the history of the last century to like this novel. It is a great read any way you look at it and it's performed well by John Lee.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9559)
    Performance
    (8785)
    Story
    (8831)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Still a good story"
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    If you could sum up A Feast for Crows in three words, what would they be?

    Slow, but still interesting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Feast for Crows?

    Spoiler alert: imprisonment of Cersei


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration in itself yes, but what the hell was Roy Dotrice and/or the director thinking? Other reviewers were right about the change in voices! It's downright annoying to say the least!!However, despite reviews to the contrary I decided to brave the voice change and allthough it never got to the point where I liked the new voices for old friends, it was no reason for me to put the book away.


    Any additional comments?

    The story line moved along very slowly in this book. Hope the tempo will pick up in the next one - and yes, I will order the next one.Also hope that some of the characters in the first 3 books will return in book 5. I would really like to know what is happening to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16380)
    Performance
    (12848)
    Story
    (12926)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Caught up again"
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    After listening to book 1 of the series I was sold - or so I thought. During book 2 I off and on had the feeling I was going to finish this installment but not order book 3. Not captivating enough - or so I thought. By the end of book 2 I found myself wondering how the story would continue. Story lines of specific characters had me wanting to know what would happen to them next.

    So now I find myself writing a review for book 3. While listening to Roy Dotrice - who again did an amazing job!! - I once again found myself loosing interest and finding it again: All in all the tale is gripping and I find myself getting ready to order book 4, because I still want to know what will happen next!

    Book 3 had me captivated in the end, but were it not for Roy Dotrice I don't know that I would be so ready as to get book 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17746)
    Performance
    (13855)
    Story
    (13892)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "Gripped once again"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was doubtfull as to whether or not I should read i.e. listen to this second instalment of the GoT series, but after the first book curious too how the story would unfold itself. So after listening to Roy Dotrices reading of the introduction, I found myself downloading it, listening to it and once again being pulled all the way in.So yes, if you have read or listened to the first book, I would definitely recommend listening to this one as well - gripping continuation of the story read by a terrific Roy Dotrice


    What did you like best about this story?

    What is not to like - the different characters are well defined, even though there is a lot of them (and I mean, a lot) it is not too hard to keep track of them all, the pace is good and to top it all, it is well read. I'm not sure if I would keep on going if somebody else than Roy Dotrice did the reading. Kudos to him!!!


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Tomboy Arya is still my favourite, but John Snow has been added to the list.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26241)
    Performance
    (20050)
    Story
    (20130)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "What a read! What a narrator!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    As I haven't read it in the printed version, I find this a hard one to answer. However, Roy Dotrice is absolutely top notch as a narrator and definitely adds a whole lot extra to the experience of getting acquainted with the "Game of Thrones"!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones?

    The whole book is memorable, its cast is superb, the different story lines are many and sometimes confusing, but always interesting. Naming one or more memorable moments would spoil the book for new readers, so I won't mention any.

    I will say however, that I find "A Game of Thrones" a more than worthy successor to that other series I just finished: Robert Jordans "The Wheel of Time"


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    The tomboy Arya Stark


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2877)
    Performance
    (2568)
    Story
    (2554)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Not what I expected"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story was good but told far too slow for my taste. It seems the author felt that the story needed to be told at a pace common for the era of the plot, but at times I felt like falling asleep. TGF the possibility to "wind" forward. I might be laying the blame at the wrong feet though. For all I know it was Mr Ballerine who set the pace.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert McCammon before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Edoardo Ballerini?

    Not if this is his regular pace


    Could you see Speaks the Nightbird being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    N/A


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (198)

    When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

    Carol says: "What a wonderful story!"
    "In more ways then one: a moving story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! The story is well written, poignant and in many ways recognizable. In one way or another (whether young or old(er)), I am sure we can all relate to Harold's situation at the beginning of the book.

    It doesn't matter whether or not his decision to go on a pilgrimage is realistic or not. What matters is, he decides to do something. About his life, about his friends and, as it turns out, much more.

    Good for him! And good for all of us/you who - like Harold - dare to go for the unexpected, the nonconformistic and take our/your lives into our/your own hands!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harold, off course. The way he starts out and slowly evolves; he grew on me more and more.


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

    I love Jim Broadbent's voice and presentation of the book. I especially like the way he gives each character his/her own voice without going overboard with accents, funny diction, etc.


    If you could take any character from The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Maureen and Harold after he - or in a sense they both - finished his pilgrimage. I would love to get to know them both better after they both learned and evolved so much.


    Any additional comments?

    Really recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1916)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (896)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Absolutely fascinating!"
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    I've always been interested in men and women who shaped history. Theodore Roosevelt certainly is one of those. I read David McCulloughs' "Mornings on Horseback" some years back, also fascinating by the way, and found TR as interesting as I had expected, but felt there was probably more to be told about him then McCullough did in his book.

    C. Millard tells of another side of Theodore Roosevelt and does so in the most compelling way. The story drew me in and left me not wanting to put it away. TR must have been an absolutely fascinating man and have left an indelible impression on all those who met him.

    It's not just TR one gets to know better through reading this book. The other characters too are well researched and given their rightful place in the account of the exploration of the River of Doubt.

    The fact that CM also takes time to give us background on exploration of unknown territories in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, evolution of the rain forest and its' peoples makes for an even greater understanding of the incredible journey the exploration of the River of Doubt has been.

    The narrator P. Michael deserves credit too; he did a great job. A pleasure to listen to!

    For anyone interested in Theodore Roosevelt and/or exploration of unknown territories this book is a must!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3341)
    Performance
    (2938)
    Story
    (2946)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Frank, touching and funny - a real page turner"
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    I am an avid mountain hiker, so when browsing Audible.com and spotting a book with a hiking boot on the cover my interest was peaked. Listened to the prologue and actually gasped, then laughed, then listened with mounting interest. I bought the book.

    This is not a book about the Pacific Crest Trail and it is. I know, sounds crazy doesn't it? The PCT is the main thread, it gives the story continuity and a goal. The real story is how and why Cheryl Strayed happens to be on (or strayed onto) the trail. She takes us on her life's journey, along many of the lows, a few of the highs and shows us what lessons she took away from them.

    In the telling CS is absolutely frank and honest. She tells us things most of us probably wouldn't tell our mothers, perhaps not even our best friends and certainly not total strangers. But it makes the telling even better. And she tells the story well! CS has a smooth writing and storytelling style, that drew me in. At times I found myself laughing out loud, while at others I was moved to tears and at all times I wanted to know what would be/happen next!

    Bernadette Dunne does an excellent job. The narrator can add something to a book or absolutely destroy it. I've put probably perfectly good books away, because the narrator annoyed me so much I couldn't go on listening to him/her. Not BD though, she adds to the story!! At no point does she become irritating, annoying or worse. Her pleasant voice and style make reading this book an even better experience.

    Sometimes the language is explicit (i.e. when CS writes about a sexual fantasy or her experiences with drugs), but never abusive, always functional and always with a lesson to be learned. Not forced upon us, but the attentive reader can pick it up easily.

    Like I said before: the book is not about the »PCT« and it is. The part that is, tells us how best to prepare for a long distance hike .... or not ;-). The hiker in me gasped at her description of her first packing of her backpack, then laughed out loud when the image of her lifting it was conjured up in my head, suffered with her when she talks about her hiking boots and was not a little jealous when thinking about making a similar trip myself.

    »Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail« is totally enjoyable. No lessons need to be learned if you don't want to. You can just enjoy a good reading/listening experience. Your money would not be wasted. However, all of us can take something away from this book and take a fresh look at our own lives to see where own particular »PCT« might lead. Then your money definitely won't be wasted.

    So, to everyone - hiker and non-hiker alike - I say: buy this book!!

    35 of 40 people found this review helpful

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