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Elizabeth M. Nash

Saskatoon | Member Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 356 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2014

  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "This is the best book I've "read" in ages."
    Any additional comments?

    Bryce Courtenay is now on my short list of favorite story tellers, alongside Patrick O'Brian, Isabel Allende, and Larry McMurtry. Lots of people can write, but it takes a special talent to weave and tell a spellbinding story. The Potato Factory is a spellbinding story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • QB VII

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Leon Uris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Queen's Bench Courtroom Number Seven, famous author Abraham Cady stands trial. In his book The Holocaust - born of the terrible revelation that the Jadwiga Concentration camp was the site of his family's extermination - Cady shook the consciousness of the human race. He also named eminent surgeon Sir Adam Kelno as one of Jadwiga's most sadistic inmate/doctors. Kelno has denied this and brought furious charges. Now unfolds Leon Uris' riveting courtroom drama - one of the great fictional trials of the century.

    Craig says: "An Important Revisit to a Dark Era"
    "Did not like this book, nor the narration."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The plot and characters were not sufficiently well developed to make sense, even though plenty of time was spent on them. The author (and main character) was a narcissistic misogynist shit, whose treatment of women amounts to basically using them to make himself look like a big man.

    What was most disappointing about Leon Uris’s story?

    The plot was implausible, with the ending entirely inconsistent with the story. If someone other than Uris had written it, the outcome might have been better explained, rather than just dumped on the reader. There really wasn't evidence of the doctor's participation in any of the alleged procedures, other than communist propaganda, to justify the outcome, which is likely not the case in real life. I suspect, however, that the author was too close to the story to have been the best person to write this. As it was, it came off reading a bit like a kid's self-justification for what really was his own mistake. "Not my fault, etc."

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    I wouldn't waste my favorite narrators on this book. John Lee does not seem capable of handling females characters without making them all sound like brainless sluts. I would recommend him only for books with male characters only.

    Did QB VII inspire you to do anything?

    Return it, and remove Leon Uris and John Lee from my wish list.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • From Here to Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Jones
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander

    Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler. But when he refuses to join the company's boxing team, he gets "the treatment" that may break him or kill him. First Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden knows how to soldier better than almost anyone, yet he's risking his career to have an affair with the commanding officer's wife. Both Warden and Prewitt are bound by a common bond: the Army is their heart and blood...and, possibly, their death.

    aaron says: "Genius on Every Level"
    "Stinks. Can't finish it."
    Would you try another book from James Jones and/or Elijah Alexander?

    Neither. Don't like the story, don't like the narrator. The narrator is very disrespectful of some of the characters, and gives them voices and vocal ticks I've never heard, and are very irritating.

    What could James Jones have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Don't write any more books

    Would you be willing to try another one of Elijah Alexander’s performances?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    I gave it one star, because negative stars wasn't an option.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Letter of Marque: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull

    In The Letter of Marque, Jack is once again aboard his beloved Surprise but stripped of his post captaincy for a crime he did not commit. Bought by Stephen, the Surprise has become a privateer. Sailing into French waters, the two concoct a desperate mission which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from his state of disgrace.

    Farlow says: "Two Patricks"
    "I much prefer the Simon Vance"
    If you could sum up The Letter of Marque in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant books, I've listened to them through at least 4 times. I got the first one, because of the movie, but it and the next 12 were read by Simon Vance. I dislike the other readers, as I'd gotten to "know" the characters in a different voice, and their character seemed to change with Patrick Tull and Tim Pigott Smith, to almost cartoonish. The Vance interpretation is more dignified, whereas the other readers make Stephen too "Irish" which is incongruous with his education, his travel, the fact that he speaks as many languages as he does, and with the fact that at dinners etc., strangers will comment on the Irish in a way that they would not if they knew he was Irish, which they would if he had such a thick accent. As well, he speaks so many languages, and is such a cool, shrewd spy, he should not be made to sound like such a buffoon as Tull makes him sound. He should sound as cool and suave, as Vance makes him sound. As well, Vance is such a master at all the different voices, accents, dialects, even languages, it is effortless to know who is talking, indeed you forget that the story is being read by one man. He even reads the female and child parts convincingly. Even though I have books 13-16 by Tull and Pigott Smith, when they come available by Vance, I will buy them again, and listen to them again. Vance makes Stephen and Jack each cool and sexy in their own way, while the other readers turn them into cartoon characters.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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