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Jane

West Gosford, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2767)
    Performance
    (2470)
    Story
    (2456)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "unusual and interesting"
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    a bit slow at times but a good period piece, some really great moments. It was well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2774)
    Performance
    (1297)
    Story
    (1308)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "uninteresting (yawn)"
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    This is the first Odd book I have read/listened to and if this is an indication of the others I will not be wasting my credits. I expected more from Dean Koontz! :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Belfast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (481)

    Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

    David P. McGivern says: "What an unexpected good read!"
    "scary but riveting"
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    opened my eyes to another world, I really enjoyed it though very violent at times

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unnatural Habits

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (261)

    1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden-haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting nervous. Polly Kettle, a pushy, self-important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self-preservation, decides to investigate - and promptly goes missing herself. It's time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them. It's all piracy and dark cellars, convents and plots, murder and mystery...and Phryne finally finds out if it's true that blondes have more fun.

    Kate says: "Nothing Unnatural about Phryne"
    "fun"
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    I liked it because I live in Australia though not in Melbourne where the story was set. It gave me a lot of laughs, was lighthearted and easy to listen to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4R2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    Summer. Massachusetts. An old Silver Wraith with a frightening history. A story about one serial killer and his lingering, unfinished business.Anyone could be next. We're going to Christmasland . . .NOS4A2 is an old-fashioned horror novel in the best sense. Claustrophobic, gripping and terrifying, this is a story that will have you on the edge of the seat while you read, and leaving the lights on while you sleep.

    Fredrik Pettersen says: "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree..."
    "Scary but riveting"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes but only if I knew they liked thrillers


    What was one of the most memorable moments of NOS4R2?

    The bridge scenes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    cant name a favourite


    Who was the most memorable character of NOS4R2 and why?

    The car


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was very good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (500)

    Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

    paul says: "Skeptical at 1st, Enjoyed every moment"
    "riveting"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Help to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the book but the audio was absolutely magnificent


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved them all, some because they were so good and some because they were so bad


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

    The narration brought, depth of feeling, great southern accents that truly matched the book and story


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

    Both, I laughed and I cried.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (161)

    Oscar Wilde’s classic story of a young man who sells his soul in exchange for eternal beauty and youth continues to thrill generations of readers. Written by a man who was every bit as flamboyant and unconventional as its hero, The Picture of Dorian Gray is as haunting today as when it first shocked the British public in 1891. Dorian Gray, young, intelligent, sophisticated, gazes on his freshly painted portrait.

    Cynthia says: "Fifty Shades of Wilde & Gray"
    "poor Dorian"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because the message behind the story is such a good one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dorian of course.


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

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end where he stabbed the portrait ending his life


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book many many years ago so was happy to be able to listen to it, very well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marching Powder

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rusty Young
    • Narrated By Adrian Mulraney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    Rusty Young was backpacking in South America when he heard about Thomas McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia's notorious San Pedro prison. Intrigued, the twenty-something Australian law graduate travelled to La Paz and joined one of Thomas's illegal tours. What followed took both men by surprise: they formed a strong and instant friendship and then became partners in an attempt to record Thomas's experiences in the jail.

    Susannah says: "Step into a world you could not ever imagine ..."
    "Frightening, awesome and scary"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Marching Powder to be better than the print version?

    Havent read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Marching Powder?

    Too many to list.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The friendships that were made.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the book because my daughter visited San Pedro prison, 2 years ago, then aged 21 whilst backpacking through South America with a friend. She didn't tell me about the prison visit until her return, thank goodness. She has a hand drawn a4 size pencil drawing that an inmate did of her, she has it framed as a reminder of her 2 hour tour of the prison. She had a great guide but admits that relinquishing her passport and bribing her way in was a bit scary, what an experience. Whilst listening to the audio all I could think of was my very tiny 21yr old by herself on a guided tour. What a fascinating place, really well worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • ABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Geraldine James
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (344)

    With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife, Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence, with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie's death, along with his kin.

    Theresa says: "disappointing"
    "An epic saga"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Breath of Snow and Ashes the most enjoyable?

    I have listened to all the other previous books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I still like Jamie & Clare. They have endured a lot together as well as a lot apart.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I prefer Davina Porter, she narrated all the others and you get used to the same voice.


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

    Come back with me!


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable series, sometimes a bit repetitive but I still look forward to listening and finding out what is happening in their lives, makes doing the housework more bearable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (4340)
    Performance
    (3836)
    Story
    (3827)

    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    Lorrie says: "LOVE THIS"
    "addictive"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am listening to the whole series as I go about my free time, I feel I know the characters and really enjoy the escapism, will keep listening.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    All of them, especially the male characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many.....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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