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  • Restless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1096)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (267)

    It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

    Susianna says: "Favorite Book of 2007"
    "Compelling"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Restless to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print, but the audio was enthralling. The performance was fantastic.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I wanted to see how the two threads--daughter and mother--would connect in the present.


    Which character – as performed by Rosamund Pike – was your favorite?

    Eva, although they were all interesting.


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

    I looked forward to listening and was fascinated to hear about the events in the past, although fictional.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a fantastic, suspenseful listen. Loved the performance. Thoroughly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3222)
    Performance
    (2019)
    Story
    (2035)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Favourite book, but narrator lets it down"
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    What did you love best about The Poisonwood Bible?

    This is one of my favourite novels of all time. I've experienced a lot of what the family did in rural village life in Africa and it all rings true. The story is like being home for me. Politics aside, village life is like that all over Africa. It describes it better than any guide book I've ever read. I've read the book numerous times but just listened to the audio book for the first time. I was so excited to see it as an audio book but the narrator does not do justice to the story or the voices.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Capturing the essence of what village life in Africa is still like today. If you've read this, you'd know what it's like to live in a place with no running water, electricity or services. To understand the evolution of perception of what you think is going on in a different culture when you're living in it, to actually understanding what's going on some months or years later...being able to capture that is brilliant. The relationships the girls develop with the village children. Exposing the ugly truth of what colonialism and in some cases missionary work did to parts of Africa. Exposing the assumptions and arrogance of colonisers over the colonised.


    What three words best describe Dean Robertson’s voice?

    Not right for this book.


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

    When I read it as a book, yes, but not the audio version.


    Any additional comments?

    One saving grace is that I heard the story differently, and heard parts of the story I'd not noticed before when I'd read it, which is multiple times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11.22.63

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (284)

    What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

    keith says: "Excellent!!! sai King"
    "Brilliant--what more can anyone ask for?"
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    Where does 11.22.63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I now have two favourites: 11 22 63 and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. I thought nothing would ever equal Fry, but it has. This.


    What other book might you compare 11.22.63 to and why?

    I have no idea. I don't normally read King, but am so pleased I read this. It truly was brilliant. Probably better as an audio book as the narrator truly performed the characters and I felt like I was listening to a play with dozens of actors, not one actor alone.


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    All of them, but I'd have to say Jake, obviously. Also loved the bookies, Mimi, JFK himself, Sadie, Deek, the school kids in the play.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The past is belligerent.


    Any additional comments?

    King fan or not, this is a brilliant story, wonderfully researched and constructed. It seems like one of those novels a writer waits their whole life to write--and everyone, author and readers are like, are truly rewarded for the wait. A bit like Kingslover with the Poisonwood Bible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (568)

    The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

    F. DesBouillons says: "Great Book!!!"
    "Enjoyable YA romance adventure"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tiger's Curse to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print, but I liked the narration of the audio version and I felt the narrator did a great job capturing the voices of various characters without missing a beat.


    What other book might you compare Tiger's Curse to and why?

    Not really sure. Another YA romance adventure?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes in the jungle most of all.


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

    Not really. I broke it up as it was a little slow going at times, but I enjoyed returning to it.


    Any additional comments?

    The character, Kelsey, is a refreshing change. I enjoyed it being in India and not another YA dystopian. I found the romance a bit much as I'm not a romance reader, but I think it would be popular among teenage girls. I also think the mythology is fascinating and is also a refreshing change. I like Mr Kadam (spell?).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scorpio Races

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Steve West, Fiona Hardingham
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (414)

    With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff—with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.

    Staaj says: "Stiefvater at Her Best"
    "Enthralling and different"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Scorpio Races to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I enjoyed the audible version immensely, especially the narrators and the surprise at the end!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The two main characters, the setting of the island its history, and the frightening and fascinating water horses.


    Which character – as performed by Steve West and Fiona Hardingham – was your favorite?

    All, but particularly Sean, Puck and the American fellow.


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

    Both at different points, but I loved it and will listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Maggie Stiefvater's writing is wonderful. The story is a refreshing change from the usual YA fantasy fiction and well worth reading.

    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
    (222)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (196)

    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!"
    "A Likely Wonderful Story"
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    If you could sum up The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry in three words, what would they be?

    Wondrous, Emotional, Charming


    What did you like best about this story?

    Harold reminds me of my grandfather who passed away some years ago. My grandfather had the same quiet, non-judgmental approach to others that Harold adapts as he meets strangers along the way, and I could imagine my grandfather in Harold's shoes--no pun intended.Like any great piece of literature, it shows us human truths and frailties in all their ugliness and beauty, through a new voice. It lets us filter our own experiences through the story. And it begs the question, would I do that if in the same situation?It has moved me more than any piece of writing for a long time. I believe that it's a story to "listen" to. Jim Broadbent is brilliant. I feel privileged to have listened.


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

    All of them. He is faultless.


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

    Yes! But I split it up as much as possible to savour it. About four sittings as I couldn't wait.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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