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  • Doctor Thorne

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    Doctor Thorne adopts his niece Mary, keeping secret her illegitimate birth as he introduces her to the best local social circles. There she meets and falls in love with Frank Gresham - the heir to a vastly mortgaged estate and obliged to find a wealthy wife. Only Doctor Thorne knows that Mary is to inherit a large legacy that will make her acceptable to the otherwise disapproving middle-class society to which Frank belongs.

    Connie says: "balm for the soul"
    "Funny social commentary on Victorian England"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they like an acerbic version of an English romance


    What other book might you compare Doctor Thorne to and why?

    Any Jane Austn, because of the funny class descriptions threading through a serious romance


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

    Yes and he is terrific in this. He does the women's voices very well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1452)
    Performance
    (1329)
    Story
    (1342)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "I really LOVED this book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Elephant Whisperer the most enjoyable?

    I loved the elephants. It was fascinating and moving. I cried sometimes. I told my friends the stories. I enlarged my conception of the animal world that I am part of. The author was sometimes a little too perfect but he was passionate so I forgave him. The Simon Vance is
    one of my favorite readers, really good at accents and emotions without shouting at you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the elephants


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Telegraph Avenue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Clarke Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (260)

    As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there - longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth-Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of semi-legendary midwives who have welcomed, between them, more than a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart - half tavern, half temple - stands Brokeland Records.

    Darwin8u says: "26,784 sq in (and 4.5 miles) surrounded by REALITY"
    "Awful!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Chabon again?

    I adored Cavelier and Clay. I was so disappointed. I love Michael Chabon but not this time. I found the story tediously boastful. So much hipness that means nothing in the story. Pretentiously over written, one extreme simile after another. And the reader was awful. I don't think a good reader puts lots of emphasis and irony into the reading.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Clarke Peters’s performances?

    No


    Do you think Telegraph Avenue needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Never!


    0 of 0 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
    (1674)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1220)

    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"
    "Beginning well but then dives"
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    What disappointed you about The Persimmon Tree?

    The writing is okay except the sex scenes are so boyish and dull.
    The characters become increasingly ridiculous and the ending is so unbelievable as to be pathetic.
    Too much to slog through for a plot that could have been good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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