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FRANKSTON SOUTH, Australia | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 207 titles in library
  • 40 purchased in 2014

  • Gone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne

    Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

    Janie says: "Get Gone Girl soon!"
    "A little different and clever story"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The story is a little different to my usual read. It got my attention and kept my attention.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the characters that were so well described and their behaviours so well related I could see them. I enjoyed the much less than obvious ending.

    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This book was my first experience. I enjoyed both very much.

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

    I became frustrated by some of the behaviours of the characters which Is the reaction I think most would have. While I felt frustrated it reflected the emotional connection I had to the characters.

    Any additional comments?

    A good experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Less Than a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble

    RITA Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney is justly celebrated as a master of the Regency romance. Here Alexander Randall is the last heir to the Earl of Daventry and he must find himself a bride. His prayers are answered in the form of distressed midwife Julia Bancroft. But though their union would benefit both parties, Julia is reluctant to surrender her heart.

    Joki says: "Avoids the Cliches of the Genre"
    "Nice little romance but lacks depth and colour."
    Would you try another book from Mary Jo Putney and/or Simon Prebble?

    If Never Less than a Lady is typical storyline and writing style of this author, then no I would not try another of her books.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I may listen to A discovery of Witches again, I've been spoiled by Deborah Harkness.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Prebble’s performances?

    No. I found this narrator disappointing. His voice droned through much of the story and barely stopped between one sentence to the next. Thus far the worst narration I have experienced.

    What character would you cut from Never Less Than a Lady?

    No. Subtracting anyone from the story could leave it even drier. None of the characters caused an emotional response for me to either want them out of the story or enjoy how they were portrayed.

    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy a book that has layers. This book did not get my attention let alone keep,it. The narration style only added to my disappointment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Nice read / listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Ruins the most enjoyable?

    Again a book with layers and characters that were a little surprising. The description of the surroundings painted a picture in which the characters moved about creating the story. The humour shone through.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Ruins?

    There were several moments which were not expected. To tell may spoil the story for a reader/listener.

    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    The narrator brought the characters to life making them real expressing their personality traits and behaviours which again made me 'see' the players.

    Who was the most memorable character of Beautiful Ruins and why?

    The Italian Innkeeper

    Any additional comments?

    The book was a little surprising for me, I didn't think it would be my type of book but it was and I'm very glad I took the opportunity of the thoroughly enjoyable experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Michael says: "Don't have expectations!"
    "Interesting with many layers"
    What made the experience of listening to The Casual Vacancy the most enjoyable?

    The various interwoven stories of the lives of the numerous characters.

    What other book might you compare The Casual Vacancy to and why?

    Nothing I can think of to compare.

    Which character – as performed by Tom Hollander – was your favorite?

    The character of Terry was very good.

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

    Yes, towards the end. The unnecessary loss.

    Any additional comments?

    The story starts out a little slow and I wasn't sure about the standard of writing, but it builds into great reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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