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Leonora

Montreal, QC, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • The Voyage of Their Lives: The Story of the SS Derna and Its Passengers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Diane Armstrong
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In August 1948, 545 passengers boarded an overcrowded, clapped-out vessel in Marseilles to face an uncertain future in Australia and New Zealand. They came from displaced persons camps in Germany, death camps in Poland, labour camps in Hungary, gulags in Siberia, and stony Agean islands. There were those who had been hunted by the Nazis and those who had welcomed them; those who had followed the Communists and those who had fled them.

    karen says: "Could have been magnificent; still pretty good"
    "Powerfully written, riveting narration"
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    What did you love best about The Voyage of Their Lives?

    The Voyage of Their Lives gives a compassionate view of refugees from the aftermath of WWII board an unseaworthy ship bound for Australia to rebuild their lives and futures in that far-off land. We hear personal and poignant stories of individuals we come to admire for their resilience after unimaginable suffering as we see them struggle to rebuild their lives.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mark Mathabane
    • Narrated By Mark Mathabane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (16)

    Mark Mathabane was weaned on devastating poverty and schooled in the cruel streets of South Africa’s most desperate ghetto, where bloody gang wars and midnight police raids were his rites of passage. Like every other child born in the hopelessness of apartheid, he learned to measure his life in days, not years. Yet Mark Mathabane, armed only with the courage of his family and a hard-won education, raised himself up from the squalor and humiliation to win a scholarship to an American university.

    Cynthia says: "Enlightening"
    "Misses the mark"
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    Would you try another book from Mark Mathabane and/or Mark Mathabane?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Mathabane again?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book gives a terrifying portrayal of life for the blacks of South Africa under Apartheid that has rarely been exposed by the media.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Allison
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (274)

    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

    D. says: "Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!"
    "Glorious, funny"
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    If you could sum up Whatever You Do, Don't Run in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious poignant engaging


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Whatever You Do, Don't Run?

    One of the most memorable moments of the book is when Peter forgets a cardinal rule: don't drive into water without first checking how deep it is. Forced to abandon his clients perched on the only part of the jeep not immersed in the deep channel inhabited by crocodiles to seek help, he ran back to camp, running into a herd of water buffalo, one of Africa's most dangerous animals, on the way. Peter returns to the scene with his unhappy boss, who wraps him in the steel tow chain to


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

    This is my first time listening to Antony Ferguson.


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

    I laughed so hard it ached!


    Any additional comments?

    I have lived and worked in Africa, and have enjoyed several safaris. Those who have never had the experience find it hard to believe that you can pass within feet of a huge bull elephant without seeing him in the bush, but Peter brings this home with poignancy and high good humour. He is my kind of wildlife guide.

    Anyone who loves nature and wildlife will enjoy this delectable account of life as a young wildlife guide in Botswana.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4269)
    Performance
    (3731)
    Story
    (3700)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Lost in translation?"
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    I shall not likely try another work by this author or one read by the narrators of this book.
    Poor writing - or was it possibly well written but tragically lost in translation?, poor, repetitive dialogue together with mediocre narration rendered the characters unbelievable and kept this listener struggling to remain interested in the story.


    Would you recommend 1Q84 to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The story idea has merit but not enough for me to recommend the work without a major re-write, a more careful translation and relentless editing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The lack of inflection in the female narrator's reading made it difficult to listen to, while the male narrators were simply not credible.


    Any additional comments?

    Over-writing, liberal use of weary clichés and severe under-editing mar what could potentially have been a good story. Definitely not a book I shall be listening to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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