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Sandra

Indented Head, Australia | Member Since 2013

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  • Eyrie

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tim Winton
    • Narrated By Michael Veitch
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    Tom Keely's reputation is in ruins. And that's the upside. Divorced and unemployed, he's lost faith in everything precious to him. Holed up in a grim high-rise, cultivating his newfound isolation, Keely looks down at a society from which he's retired, hurt, and angry. He's done fighting the good fight, and well past caring. But even in his seedy flat, ducking the neighbours, he's not safe from entanglement. All it takes is an awkward encounter in the lobby.

    Hugh says: "Frustrating"
    "Tired - tired author and tired listener"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Eyrie better?

    While there were interesting parts to the story, it seemed to go on forever - appearing to build up to a climax, but then fizzing out to perhaps yet another build up. I found myself wishing the author would just get on with it. A disappointing end to the story too.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Kate Atkinson "Started Early, Took my Dog"


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was poor. One could almost imagine the author at his desk proof reading.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    This could have been a good book - just too long and difficult to believe that the characters would allow the child to suffer through not having police involvement. I really felt for the child and his grandmother and their situation.


    Any additional comments?

    A fan of Tim Winton's earlier books, I think I will give him a miss for a while.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Paddy

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Steven McCarthy
    • Narrated By Steven McCarthy
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Filmmaker Steve McCarthy explores the meaning of heroism by discovering the life of his friend, Captain Paddy Brown, New York's most decorated fireman who died on 9/11. McCarthy starts with Brown's incredible acts of heroism, saving people from flames, breathing life into fire victims. Eventually, McCarthy finds a more complicated subtext: Brown's childhood in an alcoholic home, his abuse by priests, his rape at age 13, his traumatic tour of duty as a Marine in Vietnam, his string of lovers.

    Sandra says: "An Inspiring Life"
    "An Inspiring Life"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Finding Paddy to be better than the print version?

    Have not read print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paddy Brown. From difficult beginnings, and although stumbling along the way it would seem that Paddy Brown's life was one of self discovery and awareness of his place in the world.


    What about Steven McCarthy’s performance did you like?

    Steven McCarthy told a moving story well but without being over sentimental.


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

    Right from the beginning, and punctuated through the story, the listener becomes aware of how valued is the man Paddy Brown through actual messages left by his friends, lovers, neighbours and colleagues on his phone answering machine as they become concerned for his safety.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a story well told of a man whose life had such a positive impact on those who knew him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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