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Janice

Perth, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Gone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (287)

    Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

    Janie says: "Get Gone Girl soon!"
    "Started book, became more gripped by audiobook"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, twisting, dark


    What did you like best about this story?

    So many unexpected turns


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    They really brought the characters to life


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

    End of Part One


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Your Life Book Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Will Schwalbe
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (352)

    >"What are you reading?" That's the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother.

    Mark says: "A good book, but not really for me."
    "Makes mortality both mundane and meanighful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The End of Your Life Book Club the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed their distraction from the painful unfolding events by sharing their respective experiences in the wider context of favourite literary pieces.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's very human touch


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fact that they also loved some of my favourite books, and were able to navigate their experience through their shared love of great books


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    Overall
    (3010)
    Performance
    (2626)
    Story
    (2631)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Fabulous Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    I loved everything, a great story, terrific narration


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storyteller?

    The interweaving of different stories


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The fact that the characters were clearly recognisable by the different narrators


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

    I was very moved by the eternal themes of the darkness within all of us and the possibility of redemption


    Any additional comments?

    Can't recommend it highly enough, I was left bereft that it had finished

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (357)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    Peter says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
    "Exhilarating"
    Overall

    I could never have read this classic, but as a spoken book with the amazing narration it was achievable. At times it was excruciating, at times exhilarating, like plunging into cold water, or ripping off a band aid, some sections I could only do a minute at a time, I felt a great sense of achievement when I got to the end. If you ever felt compelled to explore this infamous book, this is a great way to do it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3682)
    Performance
    (2012)
    Story
    (2061)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Great way to enjoy a classic"
    Overall

    Loved it, a very enjoyable way to experience a classic I would otherwise have missed, gripping narration, a perfect on the go companion, with so many twists and turns. A wonderful journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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