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Nicola Ferguson

"This teacher says listening to the book is just as good as reading it!"

North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 250 titles in library
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  • Rod: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rod Stewart
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (99)

    Rod Stewart was born the working class son of a Scottish plumber in north London. Despite some early close shaves with a number of diverse career paths ranging from gravedigging to professional soccer, it was music that truly captured his heart - and he never looked back. Rod’s is an incredible life, and here - thrillingly and for the first time - he tells the entire thing, leaving no knickers under the bed. A rollicking rock ’n’ roll adventure that is at times deeply moving, this is the remarkable journey of a guy with one hell of a voice - and one hell of a head of hair.

    Ninotchka says: "If you think he's sexy - or not - give it a go!"
    "Worth listening to"
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    If you could sum up Rod in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, entertaining, fast-paced


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rod is an interesting person with more to him than I'd anticipated.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hearing about his relationship with Britt Eckland


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

    It made me laugh


    Any additional comments?

    Great narration - Simon Vance nailed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Peter Evans, Ava Gardner
    • Narrated By William Hope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    This wickedly candid memoir that Ava Gardner dared not publish during her lifetime offers a revealing self-portrait of the film legend's life and loves in Hollywood's golden age. Ava Gardner was one of Hollywood's great stars during the 1940s and '50s, an Oscar-nominated leading lady who co-starred with Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, and Humphrey Bogart, among others. But this riveting account of her storied life and career had to wait for publication until after her death, so concerned was Gardner with its frankness.

    Larry says: "Ava and Author Joust"
    "A book about an Interview!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's just too long and dull. I was hoping for an interesting biography about this fascinating woman, but after 4 hours I gave up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (259)

    Bridget Jones, the iconic character who sold 15 million books worldwide, inspired a major motion picture franchise, and became beloved as a Chardonnay-swilling everywoman, is back in this hotly anticipated third installment.

    Marci says: "Love this book for exactly what it is"
    "Fun, lighthearted story"
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    Would you listen to Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy again? Why?

    I would because it was such fun to listen to: just silly escapism.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy?

    The happy ending was a 'feel-good' moment.


    What about Samantha Bond’s performance did you like?

    She encapsulated the essence of Bridget! Her accent was spot on.


    If you could rename Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, what would you call it?

    Bridget Jones' Toy Boy Adventure


    Any additional comments?

    Don't expect anything thought provoking or cerebral - this is just fluff, but refreshing nevertheless!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is 47 years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories. Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems.

    jennifer says: "Fabulous book"
    "Painful Reading"
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    Where does Before I Go to Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this book, but concur with other reviewers that it took a long time to play out.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make it shorter!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Orlagh Cassidy?

    From an English person's perspective, Ms Cassidy's English accent was so erratic that it was difficult to listen to. She continually used American pronunciations for words like 'shone' and 'fast' which threw me off. Any native English reader would have been better.


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

    I found the protagonist's condition very moving - an interesting book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hanging Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    One morning in picture-perfect Bath, England, a teenage girl's body is found on the towpath of a canal: Lorne Woods - beautiful, popular, and apparently the victim of a disturbingly brutal murder. Zoe Benedict - Harley-riding police detective, independent to a fault - is convinced the department head needs to look beyond the usual domestic motives to solve the case.

    Dorothy says: "Enjoyed it"
    "Gripping!"
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    If you could sum up Hanging Hill in three words, what would they be?

    Thriller, twisting plot


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Unexpected and novel twists in the plot kept my interest. It was definitely unpredictable (in true Mo Hayder style!)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Final scene - definitely unexpected!


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    It took me a while to warm up to this reader, but I did enjoy her performance by the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poppet: A Jack Caffery Thriller, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Everything goes according to procedure when a patient, Isaac, is released into the community from a high-security mental health ward. But when the staff realizes that he was connected to a series of unexplained episodes of self-harm among the ward's patients, and furthermore that he was released in error, they call on Detective Jack Caffery to investigate and to track Isaac down before he can kill again.

    Blenda says: "Not for me"
    "An uncharacteristic happy ending!"
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    Where does Poppet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in the top 10


    What other book might you compare Poppet to and why?

    Mo Hayder's books are gory crime thrillers similar to those of Ruth Rendell or Thomas Harris


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

    No, I haven't


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and the reading - it was a pleasure listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel's Holiday

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Gerri Halligan
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Rachel Walsh is twenty-seven and the miserable owner of size 8 feet. She has regular congress with Luke Costello, a man who wears his leather trousers tight. And she's fond - some might say too fond - of recreational drugs.

    Aimee says: "Great story"
    "Not funny"
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    Would you try another book from Marian Keyes and/or Gerri Halligan?

    Not another Marian Keyes book, but the reading was excellent.


    Would you recommend Rachel's Holiday to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I would not because I found it a weird mix of chick lit humour and a serious look at addiction.


    Which character – as performed by Gerri Halligan – was your favorite?

    Rachel


    Did Rachel's Holiday inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to stop listening - repeatedly! But I did eventually hear the whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    Based on this book (supposedly one of her best) I cannot understand Keyes' popularity.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf: A Jack Caffery Thriller, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    When a vagrant - the Walking Man - finds a dog wandering alone with the words Help Us written on its collar, he's sure it's a desperate plea from someone in trouble and calls on Detective Inspector Jack Caffery to investigate. Caffery has no idea who or what he is searching for, but one thing he is sure of: it's a race against time. Meanwhile, the Anchor-Ferrers, a wealthy local family, are fighting for their lives in their remote home 10 miles away. Two men have tricked their way into the house and are holding the family for ransom.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery and Suspense"
    "Gripping!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Wolf?

    Very exciting with numerous plot twists


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wolf?

    The surprising ending!


    What about Jot Davies’s performance did you like?

    Phenomenal voice - every character was different and authentic


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No one is bright enough to escape fate


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Painted Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Cathy Marie Buchanan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Julia Whelan, Danny Cambell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (179)

    Paris, 1878: Following the death of their father from overwork, the three van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without their father’s wages, and with what little their mother earns as a laundress disappearing down the absinthe bottle, eviction from their single boarding room seems imminent. With few options for work available for a girl, bookish 14-year-old Marie and her younger sister Charlotte are dispatched to the Paris Opera, where for a scant seven francs a week, the girls will be trained to enter its famous ballet. Their older sister, stubborn and insolent 17-year-old Antoinette, finds herself launched into the orbit of Émile Zola....

    Tango says: "Great concept does not realize its full potential"
    "Terrifically Researched - A Great Read"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Painted Girls?

    I really enjoyed this fact-based back story to Degas' famous sculpture "The little dancer of fourteen years". The two main characters: Antoinette and Marie, were very appealing and engaging. The subject matter, of the difficult lives of the 'petit rats' who barely lived above the poverty line and hoped for deliverance from the Paris Opera was also fascinating and enlightening. The fact that these ballet girls' lives were intertwined with a number of murders that scandalised 1880's Paris all made for a gripping tale.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Painted Girls?

    There were numerous memorable moments, but Marie's audition for the cadre was a lovely moment.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    It was fine, but (unlike The Poisonwood Bible) the voices were not individual enough to separate the characters easily.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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