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Elizabeth

Book are life enriching

Ottawa, ON, Canada

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  • A Fine Day for a Hanging

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Carol Ann Lee
    • Narrated By Maggie Ollerenshaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In 1955, former nightclub manageress Ruth Ellis shot dead her lover, David Blakely. Following a trial that lasted less than two days, she was found guilty and sentenced to death. She became the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and her execution is the most notorious of hangman Albert Pierrepoint's 'duties'. Despite Ruth's infamy, the story of her life has never been fully told. Often wilfully misinterpreted, the reality behind the headlines was buried by an avalanche of hearsay.

    Elizabeth says: "writer digs for deeper meaning than film version"
    "writer digs for deeper meaning than film version"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Fine Day for a Hanging to be better than the print version?

    both were very good


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Fine Day for a Hanging?

    In todays world the woman would be viewed as a victim of [domestic] violence


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    fairly well


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

    I was deeply moved by the book


    Any additional comments?

    it gave a very good overview of the time period in Britain

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Road Between Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nigel Farndale
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    June 1939. In a hotel room overlooking Piccadilly Circus, two young men are arrested. One is court-martialled for "conduct unbecoming"; the other is deported home to Germany for "re-education" in a brutal labour camp. They must each make a difficult choice, and then live with the consequences.

    Elizabeth says: "simply excellent on all levels"
    "simply excellent on all levels"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Road Between Us to be better than the print version?

    I simply can't say, being a biblio-vore my preferred method of any book is that of being read to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As the story developed I had more than one favourite character as the novel offered the reader a plethora of values with which the reader could align or identify him or herself with.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to several of Jonathan Keeble's narrations as he is one of my favourite readers but he simply excelled in his faultless narration of this wonderful book


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

    indeed I did just that very thing as I couldn't stop listening..... and I was sad when the book ended a sure way of judging a personal winner


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone who loves a well developed story-line coupled with faultlessly researched details then Nigel Farndale is the writer for you. Farndale also manages to present the reader / listeners with their personal inner dialogues concerning value judgements. I actually sent an email via this writers web page in praise of his writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (982)
    Story
    (984)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "I loved the imperfections of the characters"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book because it was about lives created from one the most basic human conditions, that of loneliness.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book for me was about human frailty and I particularly loved the very large, older male character, Arthur; his gentlemanly intellect, his insightfullness and kindness toward's others despite his own debilitating loneliness. I loved the way the book ended on a note of hopeful expection for all.


    What does Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration of this book was wonderful, but the voice given to the older man was absolutely outstanding.


    Who was the most memorable character of Heft and why?

    The most memorable character Arthur, I was left thinking about him long after I'd finished the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Heft was a book with extraordinary insight into loneliness and survival. I wish audible had more books by the same author

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sheltering Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Paul Bowles
    • Narrated By Jennifer Connelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (188)

    The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of 20th-century literature, a novel of existential despair that examines the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness of the desert. Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream) gives masterful voice to this American classic.

    Melinda says: "A Teacup Full of Sand on the Highest Dune"
    "A flawless narration of Paul Bowles finest books"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sheltering Sky to be better than the print version?

    I consider Jennifer Connelly narration of this book to be the highest honour one could give to the genius of writer Paul Bowles


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both of the main characters of the book were well so well portrayed each were equally believable


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Connelly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I would read anything Jennifer Connelly narrates she is one of the finest female narraters I have listened to


    If you could take any character from The Sheltering Sky out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would rather go to on a trip to the desert [than out to dinner] with either of the main characters


    Any additional comments?

    Jennifer Connellys narration of this book was like pouring honey over the sophisticated prose of Paul Bowles to make the passages sound as smooth as silk

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2903)
    Performance
    (2583)
    Story
    (2585)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "you just keep routing for Harold no matter what"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because it is about an ordinary man who did something extraordinary.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think many readers can relate to Harold's journey and if not - are intrigued by it.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Broadbent – was your favorite?

    I really liked the main character


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

    I'd perhaps like to go on a walking trip with the main character as opposed to having dinner.


    Any additional comments?

    Just that it was a tale about an ordinary person who did an extraordinary thing and that we are all of us capable of something extraordinary....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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