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Jennifer

Ivanhoe, Australia | Member Since 2013

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  • Bring Up the Bodies

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (105)

    By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

    Elena says: "As good as the Wolf Hall"
    "Great book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, factually interesting - want to keep reading, sorry it ended. Will read more Mantel books.


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

    No.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Paul Midler
    • Narrated By Paul Midler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (199)

    It was a world gone wrong, one in which manufacturers thought little of manipulating product quality levels in order to save the smallest amounts, where savvy foreign business leaders were made to feel in control while they were taken for a ride by their partners, where entire manufacturing facilities sometimes vanished right into thin air... Welcome to Poorly Made in China!

    John says: "Hours of jaw dropping amazment"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, not that interesting - nothing was really very surprising - fairly standard.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Midler?

    Paul was Ok as narrator


    Do you think Poorly Made in China needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (150)

    The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known... of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul... of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame... and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

    Alan says: "Very very surprised"
    "Quite good, but needed more depth to the character"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if you want an easy read, so interesting history, but characters lack depth and are not very realistic


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Follett again?

    Yes


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Could not say, many started out well, but over time became boring. The female characters were particularly unlikely.


    Did The Pillars of the Earth inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (153)

    Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

    Margaret says: "Wolf Hall"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Wolf Hall the most enjoyable?

    Historical accuracy of the events - facts around Henry's time as king and the events around this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wolf Hall?

    All good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All good


    Who was the most memorable character of Wolf Hall and why?

    Cromwell


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Siegel
    • Narrated By Daniel J. Siegel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (411)

    From everyday stress to severe trauma, many obstacles to a full life can be overcome by developing what Dr. Daniel J. Siegel calls "mindsight," our ability to perceive the mind and literally redirect the flow of energy and information within our brains. Through this powerful capacity for insight and empathy, we can "rewire" crucial connections, create dynamic linkages, and open ourselves to relationships in a new way.

    Annie M. says: "DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!"
    "Really interesting."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Mindsight in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, enjoyable, informative


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mindsight?

    Description of the functional centers of the brain


    What about Daniel J. Siegel’s performance did you like?

    Always like to hear the author read their own work.


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

    NO


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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