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E. Wright

South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 168 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    With her hotly anticipated third instalment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget's life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous email CC, total lack of twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on. An uproariously funny novel of modern life, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is a triumphant return of our favourite Everywoman.

    E. Wright says: "Slightly Ho-hum"
    "Slightly Ho-hum"
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    I was quite excited to listen to this story having loved the two Bridget Jones movies, but not having read the books.
    I found the story fairly boring with many moments being taken up with boring reading of Twitter comments that made me want to fast forward.
    The story is very similar to the first but without the freshness and surprise that the first story gave us. I generally felt that the author was attempting to make some easy money out of a stock type of story.
    The reader was ok but not wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

    Lorraine says: "The best book bar none!"
    "An absolute Must read."
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    What did you love best about Americanah?

    Being South African - stories about race touch a nerve and I therefore found the descriptions of racism in America so interesting to read. There are so many similarities in what is suffered in our country and in what this story was about that it touched me very deeply.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The 'heroine' Adichie. She is so real and the novel felt like an autobiography. I identified with her continuously and felt every moment she talked about.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A Scene in a hair salon where she is having her hair braided. This is not something that many white people think about, how painful it is having your hair continuously pulled and the descriptions of the people in the hair salon were wonderful.


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

    No, not really. It is a book that touched me deeply and made me feel very emotional so that I sometimes needed space between listening to chapters. But I finished it in four days, so I did not need too much space.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2: Harry Bosch, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2736)
    Performance
    (1631)
    Story
    (1643)

    Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Good Listen"
    "Harry Bosch in top form."
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    If you could sum up The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2 in three words, what would they be?

    A gripping story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2?

    "It felt like the detective bureau had become a fish bowl, and he was the only one in the water". I love Michael Connelly's descriptive writing, it brings the whole story to life.


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

    Dick Hill has a wonderful gruff, detective type of voice and he makes Harry Bosch seem very real.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy this series and would highly recommend it for people that enjoy listening to a story that they want to stay up late to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little White Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Emma Blair
    • Narrated By Jane Macfarlane
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    For 16-year-old Lizzie McDougall, life in Glasgow tenements comes as a culture shock after her sheltered upbringing in the Highlands. But for her father, who has just lost his job, Glasgow offers employment. It also enables Lizzie to work in a factory as a seamstress, and it opens her horizons to new friends as well. Especially Pearl, who introduces Lizzie to her boyfriend, Willie, and her cousin, the handsome, happy-go-lucky Jack. And Jack is a real bobby-dazzler.

    E. Wright says: "Lovely, easy listening."
    "Lovely, easy listening."
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and often simply could not stop listening.

    I loved the regional accents done by the narrator and the novel was easy listening that completely caught my attention.

    This is chick-lit but I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eleven Minutes

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox, Derek Jacoby
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    A chance meeting in Rio takes Maria to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune, yet ends up working the streets as a prostitute. In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love while at the same time developing a fascination with sex. Eventually, Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness or risking everything to find her own 'inner light'.

    Kimberly says: "A fantastic story!!!!!!!"
    "Good start - became boring."
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    I enjoyed the first chapters of this book and rather liked the narrators. I found the concept interesting but it was as if Paulo Coelho ran out of inspiration and decided to write about sexual fantasy. I found some of it fairly nauseating and otherwise was simply bored. I really wanted the book to end. I would not really recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Morning and Evening Meditations

    • ORIGINAL (52 mins)
    • By Louise L. Hay
    • Narrated By Louise L. Hay
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    In this inspirational program, best-selling author and lecturer Louise L. Hay brings you affirmations for morning and evening that will help you start the day with hope, and end the day with joy and contentment.

    Laura says: "Mind Saver"
    "Pleased I bought these"
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    I listen most frequently to the Evening Meditation before going to sleep and have found it a wonderful and calming way to end the day.
    There are only two Meditations which surprised me, from the title I had expected a few different Meditations for both morning and evening but this contains one Morning and one evening meditation.
    I find the content of what Louise Hay says really good, but find her manner somewhat affected - as if she is trying too hard to be calm and centered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Vincent Marzello
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (17)

    Trumble is a minimum security federal prison, home to an assortment of criminals, including three former judges. One of their scams goes awry, it ensnares the wrong victim, an innocent on the outside, a man with dangerous friends.

    E. Wright says: "Interesting concept"
    "Interesting concept"
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    This story was very well read by Vincent Marcello who gave each character a different 'feel' so that the story came alive.
    Having read all of John Grisham's previous novels, this one was slightly disappointing for me as it did not quite grab my attention in the way his stories usually do. I found the concept of the story interesting but it was not quite as captivating as I had hoped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daily Hope for Hurting Hearts: A Devotional

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Greg Laurie
    • Narrated By Bob Souer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Life is fragile. But hope in Christ lasts forever. The Bible calls human life a vapor. A mist. A wisp of fog. A flower that springs up in the morning and fades away by mid-afternoon. We like to think we have years to pursue our goals, raise our families, and make a difference in the world. But we just don’t know. The fact is, our stay on earth is really very brief. And when a loved one unexpectedly steps out of this life into eternity, it shakes us to the core. We ask ourselves: Is heaven real?

    E. Wright says: "Peaceful and uplifting start to the day"
    "Peaceful and uplifting start to the day"
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    I listen daily and will listen again next year. The way this is presented with a daily reading and then short discussion is just long enough for daily encouragement with excellent Biblical references and easily understandable commentary.

    I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for comfort and guidance.

    Bob Souer has an easy voice to listen to with a lovely mellow timbre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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