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Nicola Ferguson

Save the print book from extinction!

West Van, B.C. Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • Hanging Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (121)

    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
  • A Perfect Proposal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Katie Fforde
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Sophie Apperly has spent her whole life pleasing others - but when she realises her family see her less as indispensable treasure and more as general dogsbody, she decides she's had enough. So when an old friend offers her the chance of a lifetime, she decides to swap Little England for the Big Apple, and heads off to the land of opportunity.

    From the moment Sophie hits the bright lights of Manhattan she's determined to enjoy every minute of her big adventure.

    Leisha says: "Extremely Enjoyable"
    "Not Austen, but great fun!"
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    Would you listen to A Perfect Proposal again? Why?

    This book is like a bowl of ice cream on a summer's day - not the greatest or most nutritional meal, but enjoyable and refreshing. Fforde does not write books that will appear on high school syllabuses, but they are great fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sophie is a great character, likable and warm.


    What about Jilly Bond’s performance did you like?

    Terrific - faultless.


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

    Love will find you


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed watching 'Love Actually' or 'Bridget Jones's Diary' and need something light and enjoyable, that is well-read, this is the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (291)

    On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever....On a dark night 30 years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound.

    Richard says: "Kate Atkinson pleases again."
    "Accent was too irritating"
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    What did you like best about When Will There Be Good News?? What did you like least?

    Great story, but horrible English accent that I could barely stand


    What didn’t you like about Ellen Archer’s performance?

    Her English accent was not good - lots of weird vowels and mispronunciations that were very irritating


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rod: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rod Stewart
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (116)

    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
    (57)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    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.

    Grandspud 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.


    1 of 1 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
    (388)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (354)

    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
    (154)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    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
  • 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
    (64)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    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
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    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
    (110)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    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.

    Mary Katherine Moore says: "Different narrator than the other novels"
    "Gripping!"
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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

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