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Judy Pereira

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  • Pavilion of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (79)

    On her 40th birthday, Madame Wu carries out a decision she has been planning for a long time: she tells her husband that after 24 years their physical life together is now over and she wishes him to take a second wife. The House of Wu, one of the oldest and most revered in China, is thrown into an uproar by her decision, but Madame Wu will not be dissuaded and arranges for a young country girl to come take her place in bed.

    Lorna says: "Flawlessly beautiful!"
    "Pavilion of Women"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A fairly interesting story about the perceived role and status of men and women in Chinese society in the early part of the 20th C. The struggle between duty and desire runs through the course of the novel. Having listened to Peony earlier, I couldn't help comparing the two. I found Peony more engaging and better crafted as a story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Portrait of a Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    For Gabriel and his beautiful wife, Chiara, it was supposed to be the start of a pleasant weekend in London - a visit to an art gallery in St. James’s to authenticate a newly discovered painting by Titian, followed by a quiet lunch at an Italian restaurant along the Strand. But a pair of deadly bombings in Paris and Hamburg has already marred this sparkling autumn day. And while walking along Wellington Street, the ever-vigilant Gabriel notices a man whom he believes is about to carry out a third attack.

    Judy Pereira says: "Not so riveting"
    "Not so riveting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a bit of a let down...not as captivating overall as the others in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (20)

    When an al-Qaeda suspect is killed in London, photographs on his computer lead Israeli intelligence to suspect that al-Qaeda is planning its most audacious attack so far. To former spy Gabriel Allon, there is something terribly familiar about the information, something horrifyingly close. But even he does not realise how close. Urgently, he throws himself into the hunt, but there simply may not be enough of anything - enough time, enough facts, enough luck.

    Liz says: "Disappointing"
    "Captivating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is well read. It is a gripping story that holds you in suspense. Most enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The English Girl: Gabriel Allon, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1065)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (921)

    Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon, The English Girl. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.…

    Janels says: "Gabriel's story takes huge strides"
    "Intriguing story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It has a rather slow start and there are so many names and characters introduced that it's hard to keep track of whose who. However, the story itself is compelling and a very good one to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (7273)
    Performance
    (6337)
    Story
    (6320)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Keeps you hooked !"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well developed story...good balance of suspense and romance. Good development of character and personalities. The story is intriguing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dai Sijie
    • Narrated By B.D. Wong
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    From within the hopelessness and terror of China's Cultural Revolution, Dai Sijie has fashioned a beguiling and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit, the wonder of romantic awakening, and the magical power of storytelling. "An unexpected miracle," raves the Los Angeles Times Book Review, "a delicate, and often hilarious, tale."

    Yicheng says: "Excellent!"
    "Chinese Seamstress"
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    Performance
    Story

    A lovely short story that gives a great insight into the impact of the cultural revolution on real people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peony: A Novel of China

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Young Peony is sold into a rich Chinese household as a bondmaid - an awkward role in which she is more a servant, but less a daughter. As she grows into a lovely, provocative young woman, Peony falls in love with the family's only son. However, tradition forbids them to wed. How she resolves her love for him and her devotion to her adoptive family unfolds in this profound tale, based on true events in China over a century ago.

    Amazon Customer says: "This was as good as "The Good Earth" by Pearl Buck"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Peony to be better than the print version?

    I'm not familiar with the print version but I found this audiobook to be excellent. The story was riveting. I had found the first chapter rather slow going, but once the story moved into the second and subsequent chapters I found myself hooked. The themes of loyalty, religiosity, power and love were interestingly interwoven in the story. It was very well read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Peony?

    Perhaps the point where Leah killed herself. I never saw that coming and it was certainly a critical turning point.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one that saw David and his father spending the night out on a boat for dinner with their friends.


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

    Yes...but I think it is best heard in short sittings as there is much to ponder upon as the story unfolds.


    Any additional comments?

    You've done a super job with this version !

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mao's Last Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Li Cunxin
    • Narrated By Paul English
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (95)

    This is the true story of how one moment in time, by the thinnest thread of a chance, changed the course of a small boy's life in ways that are beyond description. One day he would dance with some of the greatest ballet companies of the world. One day he would be a friend to a president and first lady, movie stars, and the most influential people in America. One day he would become a star: Mao's last dancer, and the darling of the West.

    Pamela says: "Life in perspective"
    "A compelling story"
    Overall

    This story gives an excellent insight into life in China in the 70s and 80s experienced though the life of a peasant boy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The White Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By Bindya Solanki
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - the smartest boy in his village. Too poor to finish school, he has to work in a teashop until the day a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi. The city is a revelation. Balram becomes aware of immense wealth all around him, and realizes the only way he can become part of it is by murdering his master. The White Tiger presents a raw and unromanticized India, both thrilling and shocking.

    EM says: "Brilliant"
    "White Tiger"
    Overall

    The story is captivating as it reflects on the struggles of the poor in India and the arrogance and debauchery of the rich. It is provactive in parts and disturbing in others. I expected a stronger Indian accent to be apparent in the reading of the narrative and was a little disappointed that this was not so - but I got used to it after the first half hour and grew more intrigued by the story thereafter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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