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Renske

Pierre van Ryneveld, South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 mins)
    • By Bill Martin, Eric Carle
    • Narrated By Gwyneth Paltrow
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    With more than 7 million copies in print in various formats and languages, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Is one of the most treasured children's books of all time. Now, more than 40 years after its first printing, this classic is finally available as an audiobook. The narration, provided by Academy Award winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, comes from a Grammy-nominated recording, which is sure to bring warmth and humor to children and parents alike.

    allegra says: "Can't turn the pages, only hear Gwyneth's voice"
    "A perfect first audiobook for kids1-5"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See??

    the repetitive story is easy to remember for older kids and younger ones enjoy the voice.
    Gwyneth reads beautifully!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See??

    The way the reader expressed the different animals


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Right at the end when it all comes together


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

    No but we kept smiling and listening...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sartaj Garewal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Moving from the 1940s to the present, from a convent in India to a cargo ship bound for the Yemen, from a tiny operating theatre in Ethiopia to a hospital in the Bronx, Cutting for Stone is a thrilling epic of conjoined twins, doctors and patients, temptation and redemption, home and exile - and a riveting family story, irresistibly charged with strange happenings, humour and pathos.

    Charmaine says: "RICH, DEEP, LAYERED, ABSORBING"
    "Beautifully detailed novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cutting for Stone to be better than the print version?

    Yes! I struggled to get going with the print version...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cutting for Stone?

    Whenever the twins connected. Usually without words!


    If you could rename Cutting for Stone, what would you call it?

    Hemma


    Any additional comments?

    This book really takes you all the way around the world with such a sense of integrity and no pretense. I really enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Moggach
    • Narrated By Nina Wadia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, is driven beyond endurance by his disgusting and difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: "Can't we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away." His prayer seems to have been answered when his entrepreneurial cousin, Sonny, sets up a retirement home, recreating a lost corner of England in a converted guesthouse in Bangalore.

    Dona says: "Don't expect the same story as the movie"
    "Great story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel again? Why?

    Yes, the characters were so rich, that I'm sure a second time around you'll find and hear even more interesting bits.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It was so much more than I expected and I laughed and cried with the characters. I was blown away by Nina's performance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (240)

    Carson McCullers was all of 23 when she published her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. She became an overnight literary sensation, and soon such authors as Tennessee Williams were calling her "the greatest prose writer that the South [has] produced." The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells an unforgettable tale of moral isolation in a small southern mill town in the 1930s.

    Connie says: "Cherry Jones - 10"
    "Heart felt"
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    Where does The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm afraid it was my first full book listen, and it was well worth it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are well explored and rather amazing in their sadness


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The kids going off to the picnic


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

    Yup whenever Singer went to visit his friend. He made such a fine effort to make his friend feel loved!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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