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Liz

Adelaide, South Australia | Member Since 2014

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  • 19 reviews
  • 36 ratings
  • 737 titles in library
  • 43 purchased in 2014
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  • The Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (21)

    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"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    The narrator is excellent; however the story is disappointing, very formulaic with cliched characters - a Mossad agent able to have free access to the Pope? All old Israeli and Christian characters very wise and forgiving, the women blond or with dark hair 'like a raven's wing' - I just found it more and more exasperating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • See No Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Ridpath
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When an old college friend pays Alex Calder an unexpected visit, he is drawn once more into the City's shady underbelly. For Kim is married to Todd, son of South African newspaper tycoon Cornelius van Zyl. Todd wants Alex's help to investigate the mystery of his mother's murder 18 years previously. It was assumed Martha was shot by guerrillas, but the recent discovery of a letter sent shortly before her death now suggests a crime far closer to home.

    Liz says: "Excellent narration, disappointing story"
    "Excellent narration, disappointing story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Sean Barrett as always is an outstanding narrator. Despite the obviously well-researched South African background, I found the writing to be cliche-ridden and the characters two-dimensional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calling Out for You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karin Fossum
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Gunder Jomann, a quiet, middle-aged man from a peaceful Norwegian community, thinks his life has been made complete when he returns from a trip to India a married man. But on the day his Indian bride is due to join him, he is called to the hospital to his sister's bedside. The local taxi driver sent instead to meet the bride at the airport returns without her. Then the town is shocked by the news of an Indian woman found bludgeoned to death in a nearby meadow.

    Liz says: "No ending!"
    "No ending!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This novel is so disappointing - there is no ending. It's as if the author suddenly stopped writing. There is no resolution, no gathering together of the various strands of the story. One feels cheated, have invested the time in listening to it. The narration however is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flashman in the Great Game

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    What caused the Indian Mutiny - the insurrection which was the watershed of the British Empire? Flashman, in his role as secret agent, saw far more of the Great Mutiny than he wanted to - Russian spies in Queen Victoria's drawing-room, the first explosion of revolt, the heroic defence at Cawnpore and the vital message out of Lucknow...

    Liz says: "Hugely enjoyable!"
    "Hugely enjoyable!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the first Flashman book I've read or listened to, and I was entranced! Flashy is totally over the top, a name-dropping, boasting Casanova, yet beguiles you with his charm. Timothy West's narration would be impossible to improve upon - he completely captures Flashy's mixture of self-deprecation and supreme confidence. I'm so disappointed Audible has only three Flashman titles, I do hope you can prevail upon Timothy West to do them all!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Crispin Redman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    Joseph O'Loughlin appears to have the perfect life: a beautiful wife, a loving daughter, and a successful career as a clinical psychologist. But nothing can be taken for granted. Even the most flawless existence is only one loose thread away from unravelling. All it takes is a murdered girl, a troubled young patient - and the biggest lie of his life.

    Alan T Alcock says: "Top of the class"
    "High expectations, but a bit of a let-down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Michael Rowbotham has been extravagantly praised, so I approached this novel with eagerness. However it seemed to unravel for me as it went along, especially after a strong beginning. I found the protagonist more and more irritating, and the motives of the killer not credible. The introduction of a second 'baddie' just before the end was a cop out. The performance, apart from a few idiosyncracies, was excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Smiley's People: The Karla Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (67)

    George Smiley was summoned from his dubious retirement by two seemingly unconnected events - an old woman in Paris is promised the return of a daughter she will never see, and a handover is to take place on a steamer in Hamburg.

    Liz says: "Superb narration"
    "Superb narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Michael Jayston gives such a wonderful performance, you can't imagine anyone else reading Le Carré. He is George Smiley to perfection.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • An Experiment in Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Jane Collingwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    It is London, 1970. Carmel McBain, in her first term at university, has cut free of her childhood roots in the north. Among the gossiping, flirtatious girls of Tonbridge Hall, she begins her experiments in life and love. But the year turns. The mini-skirt falls out of style and an era of concealment begins. Carmel's world darkens, and tragedy waits in the wings.

    Julie says: "Return to your student youth if you dare"
    "Immersed in the 60s"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Story and writing are amazing, my only gripe is with the narrator. Her accent is anachronistic - people in the 1960s and 1970s (and up until the late 90s for that matter) didn't pronounce words like look, book, could as 'lerk' 'berk' and 'kerd'. For anyone over 30 this jars. It's a pity, as she does the regional accents well, so you wonder why she couldn't get this right as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way We Live Now

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (204)

    In this world of bribes, vendettas and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel... a bloated swindler... a vile city ruffian'.

    Nardia says: "Long, but well worth it."
    "Superlative"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I absolutely agree with Larry (reviewer from San Antonio); Trollope couldn't find a better narrator than Timothy West.

    Trollope constantly surprises us, he never takes the easy option - none of his characters is totally good or totally bad. For instance, one starts off wanting Mrs Hurtle to be a villain and Paul Montague a hero, but neither turns out to be either. Even Melmotte himself is not the devil incarnate.

    My only problem is that I have read most of Trollope! However, if Timothy West is the narrator, I will listen again to books I have already read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prime Minister

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (110)

    Plantaganet Palliser, Prime Minister of England - a man of power and prestige, with all the breeding and inherited wealth that goes with it - is appalled at the inexorable rise of Ferdinand Lopez. An exotic impostor, seemingly from nowhere, Lopez has society at his feet, while well-connected ladies vie with each other to exert influence on his behalf - even Palliser’s own wife, Lady Glencora.

    Liz says: "Wonderful!"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The problem alluded to by other reviews appears to've been corrected, as I heard the complete novel. The incomparable Timothy West illuminates Trollope's prose in such a way that makes the experience of listening to it far more rewarding than silent reading ever could.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ian Kershaw
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (112)

    From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II. Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost World War II, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital question of how and why it was able to hold out as long as it did.

    Liz says: "Engrossing yet horrifying"
    "Engrossing yet horrifying"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Exploding the myth of the 'professional' Wehrmacht, standing aloof from Nazi politics, this book investigates why Germany followed Hitler into the abyss. As in Ian Kershaw's other books on WW2, his research is meticulous, and the narrative is logical and enlivened by extracts from contemporary diaries. It is a truly horrifying story. I liked Sean Pratt's narration though I found his pronunciation occasionally idiosyncratic.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2123)
    Performance
    (1103)
    Story
    (1124)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Boring and pretentious"
    Overall

    I persisted with this book for about a third of its length as I thought it MUST surely improve and engage me, but it didn't. The reviewer who said that it's like being trapped in a corner with a first-year philosophy student hit the nail on the head. I just wanted to escape!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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