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Marian Hortal

Marian

Madrid, Spain | Member Since 2010

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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3386)
    Performance
    (2400)
    Story
    (2406)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Best audibook (the complete Trilogy) ever read"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Potato Factory the most enjoyable?

    The story is amazing, and so are all the characters of the book. Writen with a rithym you can never stop.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personality of all the characters. All of them are different and address life according to their vision of the world


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

    I have read/heard many audiobooks, but I find this narrator the best I've ever heard. I really don't know if I would have liked the three books better, if read by myself


    Who was the most memorable character of The Potato Factory and why?

    Mary Abacus. Her strenght and sense of justice. She never gives up!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Julia Fox
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (82)

    Looking through the lens of their Spanish origins, Fox reveals these queens as flesh-and-blood women—equipped with character, intelligence, and conviction—who are worthy historical figures in their own right. Sister Queens is a gripping tale of love, duty, and sacrifice—a remarkable reflection on the conflict between ambition and loyalty during an age when the greatest sin, it seems, was to have been born a woman.

    Cariola says: "Sad but Fascinating Lives"
    "Incredible lifes"
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    What did you love best about Sister Queens?

    You sometimes think that being a queen was the best option in the 16th century, but after learnig about the lifes of these two queens, you can be sure that their lifes were as unhappy as anyone struggling for survival


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's very well documented, and reveals facts that have been misbelieved for so long, such as the madness of Juana I de Castilla


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Very nice pronunciation, easy to understand for a non-native. Well performanced


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The realization that a magnificent woman such as Juana I was incarcerated so unfairly.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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