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Linda

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  • A River Runs Through It

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Norman Maclean
    • Narrated By Ivan Doig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    A River Runs Through It is a universal story of family love and a lyrical masterpiece, as beautiful as the great trout rivers of western Montana upon which it is set. Its beauty is especially evident through the "near-perfect match" of reader Ivan Doig and author Norman MacLean.

    John says: "Lyrical - wonderfully done"
    "A River Runs Through it"
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    Story
    What did you like best about A River Runs Through It? What did you like least?

    The very last section where there was some action. The connection with the river and the lives of the brothers felt strained and a bit laboured. It would have been a more enjoyable read if I had experience of fly fishing and also if I were male. Making assumptions here!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Norman Maclean? Why or why not?

    Unlikely on the basis of this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behaviour

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    On the Appalachian Mountains above her home, a young mother discovers a beautiful and terrible marvel of nature. As the world around her is suddenly transformed by a seeming miracle, can the old certainties people have lived by for centuries remain unchallenged? Flight Behaviour is a captivating, topical and deeply human story touching on class, poverty and climate change. It is Barbara Kingsolver's most accessible novel yet, and explores the truths we live by, and the complexities that lie behind them.

    Lia says: "Beautifully written and narrated"
    "Flight behaviour"
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    What did you love best about Flight Behaviour?

    Great story -very engaging. The author /reader had a great sensitivity for the characters.
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    What other book might you compare Flight Behaviour to and why?

    Her other books. She has an ability to develop a character and slowly but surely draw the reader into his/her world.


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

    No, it was long but I savoured it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bittersweet

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Bittersweet follows the lives of four sisters - two pairs of twins. Edda, Grace, Kitty, and Tufts are about to become the first batch of nurses to be professionally trained in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. For Edda, it is the closest she can come to her dream of being a doctor. For Grace, the hospital is a terrifying place of sickness and mess, while Tufts discovers her hidden talents. For Kitty, it is a way to escape the suffocating love of her mother, who can see nothing beyond Kitty's astonishing beauty.

    Lyn McQuade says: "This was awful"
    "Bittersweet"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you like best about Bittersweet? What did you like least?

    The story line was reasonable but it felt ver drawn out


    What was most disappointing about Colleen McCullough’s story?

    The reader was distracting. Her volume fluctuated which meant I missed quite a bit.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Kitty could have been less irritating as a character. The story could have been shorter and the reader more relaxed


    Was Bittersweet worth the listening time?

    Not really. I was irritated by this story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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