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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
    (174)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    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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    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
  • The Silkworm: Cormoran Strike, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (252)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

    Anne says: "Another great mystery with Cormoran Strike."
    "Dont hire this detective!"
    Overall
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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The softer side of Cormoran came through reluctantly.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book, in particular the complexity of the lead character. His ability to mismanage himself, hiss relationships and his disability was frustrating and also endearing, but he was certainly able to think creatively to solve crimes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (213)

    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 stubborn man"
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    Where does The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was easy to follow the story of this man who set out on what appeared to be quite a ridiculous walk to prove a point.


    If you could take any character from The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think the women in this story deserved attention - the long suffering, confused wife and the 'friend' who prompted the walk.


    Any additional comments?

    The various characters that Fry meets on his travels were interesting - at times almost ridiculous especially the large group he attracted. However, the encounters were unexpected and had a certain simplicity and honesty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5618)
    Performance
    (3342)
    Story
    (3388)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    Robert says: "Six stars if I could"
    "A mystery of identity"
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    Would you listen to The Forgotten Garden again? Why?

    Be good to listen to it again as there were quite a lot of characters in it which was sometimes difficult to keep track of (but worth the effort). Keeping tabs on the various relationships was important.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eliza would have to be my favourite - such a survivor.


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought the characters to life by changing her voice to represent each of them


    Any additional comments?

    Great plot, with twists and turns. Loved the development of the characters who were complex but believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behaviour

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    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
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    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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    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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