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Jenny

Landsborough, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Blood and Circuses: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (203)

    The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher is feeling dull. But is shebored enough to leave her identity, her home and family behind and join Farrell’s Circus and Wild Beast Show? There have beenstrange things happening at the circus. And when Phryne is asked by her friends – Samson the Strong Man, Alan the carousel operator and Doreen the Snake Woman – to help them, curiosity gets the better of her.

    Nancy J says: "Danger and Joys in the Circus"
    "The Circus is in Town!"
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    I wasn't sure I was going to like this one but the experienced reading by Stephanie Daniel keep me interested. It is a rare artist who can perform male and female voices without irritation. Phryne however irritates me just a little more than she entertains me - and I'm not sure why her social standing allows her not to be called a tramp given her penchant for bedding any male she comes across. I enjoyed my trip back to the country circuses and the insight into the moral world of circus folk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Dennis Olsen
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (150)

    It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings.

    HDJ says: "Ignore the teen classification!"
    "Brilliant book - Frustrating narrator performance"
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    The words and the story of The Book Thief makes this a book I will recommend to many. Markus Zusak's prose is brilliantly crafted.

    BUT THE NARRATION!!

    The large majority of the audio books I have are performed. I get it. But this narrator has interpreted the story according to his mindset rather than allowing me to 'read' it and make up my own mind.

    The 'sotto' voice used for Death is incredibly irritating when you listen to books while travelling as you cannot hear what is said.

    That said I love Dennis Olsen's voice - a voice that is truly a gift. I wish he had chosen to read the book and not interpret it. I have borrowed a hard copy so I can honour the writing better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Case Is Gonna Kill Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Phillipa Bornikova
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (162)

    What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power - our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks”, and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and men. Very lucky humans are selected to join the vampires.

    decembergrit says: "Great Story!"
    "Surprise, surprise!!"
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    I didn't read the blurb and found after 5 minutes of listening this was a story with vampires, werewolves and elves - not my chosen genre. Best mistake I have made with literature to date as I thoroughly enjoyed the story from start to finish. The reading was great to listen to and the story was entertaining and funny.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Standing in Another Man's Grave: A Rebus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (75)

    Its 25 years since John Rebus appeared on the scene, and 5 years since he retired. But 2012 sees his return in Standing in Another Man’s Grave. Not only is Rebus as stubborn and anarchic as ever, but he finds himself in trouble with Rankin's latest creation, Malcolm Fox of Edinburgh's internal affairs unit. Added to which, Rebus may be about to derail the career of his ex-colleague Siobhan Clarke, while himself being permanently derailed by mob boss and old adversary Big Ger Cafferty. But all Rebus wants to do is discover the truth about a series of seemingly unconnected disappearances....

    connie says: "Rankin fans' fantasy fulfilled"
    "A great reading"
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    Thoroughly enjoyed this reading. The pace was perfect and the story entertaining. Off to source another similar title right away!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5740)
    Performance
    (4967)
    Story
    (4961)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "I'll give it one more try"
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    I have jumped onto Audible to see why I am so out of step with the world majority in liking this book. The overdone past/present genre with the added mini novel inside it is is driving me to distraction - which is a problem because I buy audio books to listen to while I drive! I was wondering if it was just the narration but I loved the way he read the war novel pages and he did the female voices well - especially the cranky old Auntie - so I do not think that is the problem.

    The most annoying thing is the treatment given to Pasqualle (sp?) - it seems that the author has contrived to make him simple and dull like his broken English. Not sure at this stage that I'll bother to finish with it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Michael says: "Don't have expectations!"
    "Why was there no warning re graphic content?"
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    This book was so depressing if I had continued listening to it I would have had to go on medication. No likeable characters, no redeeming features for any of the protagonists. I think Rowling's thought process was "What can I write about that's the complete antithesis of Harry Potter" ?

    The writing must be good as I always was feeling the need for a hot shower to scrub clean. I may one day get hold of a paper copy to make sure all the horrible people get their just desserts, but I can no longer listen to it in the car when I cannot fast forward and have to listen to the foul, depressing distasteful things described in this book.

    If I never read another word about adolescent sexual 'awakenings', particularly those of spotty masturbating boys, it will be way too soon. A tired subject that bores me no end and was never worthy of any literary merit.

    Horrible, horrible book. It will be a long time before I spend my money on a JK Rowling book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (182)

    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 gentle story with lasting memories"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to be better than the print version?

    I thorughally enjoyed Jim Broadbent's performance. As a female I find it interesting to listen to the male voice of a novel.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made Harold a bit stronger in the latter stage of the journey. But ultimately I was pleased with his character. I really disliked the pilgrims!


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

    Harold! He was a wonderful Mrs Fry as well.


    If you could rename The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, what would you call it?

    I like the title.


    Any additional comments?

    I did find the third quarter of the book very frustrating and tedious - but I suppose that was how Harold was also feeling. I thought it was wrong of him to expect someone with cancer to wait for him given the terrible pain they are in but that could well be because of my recent experiences.

    The description of grief being like a big hole given by Reg was spot on! A book I would recomend to friends and may well buy the printed version to keep.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Peaches for Monsieur le Curé: Chocolat, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joanne Harris
    • Narrated By Rula Lenska, Gareth Armstrong
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    It isn't often you receive a letter from the dead. When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to follow the wind that blows her back to Lansquenet, the village in south-west France where, eight years ago, she opened up a chocolate shop.

    Deb says: "Vianne Never Stays Long Enough"
    "Delightful and delicious"
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    If you could sum up Peaches for Monsieur le Curé in three words, what would they be?

    Vivid, entertaining and enlightening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Peaches for Monsieur le Curé?

    When they picked the first peaches - I could almost taste them!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the cure was giving confession through his letter box. I also liked spending time in the kitchen with the Muslim women.


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

    I liked having the time to digest each chapter without having to rush through to the next. Having said that I couldn't wait for my journey to continue so I coulod listen to the next bit of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this reading as the two voices brought the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drama: An Actor's Education

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Lithgow
    • Narrated By John Lithgow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (251)

    In this riveting and surprising personal history, John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle, crisis, and discovery, revealing the early life and career that took place out of the public eye. Above all Lithgow’s memoir is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, Arthur Lithgow, who, as an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, brought theater to John’s boyhood. From bedtime stories to Arthur’s illustrious productions, performance and storytelling were constant and cherished parts of family life.

    Diane Havens says: "Superb"
    "Intelligently written and spoken"
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    If you could sum up Drama in three words, what would they be?

    Language to caress the ears


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Drama?

    Finding out that some authors can do justice to their written words


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

    no


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    John Lithgow uses language that takes you into his life story. He reads with pathos and articulation. A pleasure to listen to and an education for my ears.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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