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Sarah

Auckland, New Zealand | Member Since 2011

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  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3399)
    Performance
    (2967)
    Story
    (2982)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "A classic Jodi Picoult story"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I found myself listening to it in smaller bites than I normally would in the same way you'll sneak a few pages during the day in a printed book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Northern Lights

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Gary Littman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (861)

    Lunacy was Nate Burke's last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he'd watched his partner die on the street - and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepts the job as chief of police in this tiny, remote Alaskan town. Aside from sorting out a run-in between a couple of motor vehicles and a moose, he finds his first few weeks on the job are relatively quiet. But that's about to change.

    Michele says: "Makes you want to see Alaska for yourself"
    "I don't often listen to a book twice"
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    but this one was just gorgeous and there was enough of a plot to make the second time round enjoyable just picking up on the clues that were left along the way.

    Gary Littman does a great job and made me go all Charlene and want to head up to Alaska to find Nate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Dance with a Duke: The Stud Club Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (515)

    In One Dance with a Duke, the first novel in Tessa Dare's delightful new trilogy, secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love.

    Jone says: "Strong characters, clever dialogue"
    "A fun diversion"
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    A light and fun story, not to be taken seriously. There were some serious flaws in how life was depicted but I doubt historical accuracy was the point.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Paul Midler
    • Narrated By Paul Midler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (201)

    It was a world gone wrong, one in which manufacturers thought little of manipulating product quality levels in order to save the smallest amounts, where savvy foreign business leaders were made to feel in control while they were taken for a ride by their partners, where entire manufacturing facilities sometimes vanished right into thin air... Welcome to Poorly Made in China!

    John says: "Hours of jaw dropping amazment"
    "Can't stop talking about it"
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    What made the experience of listening to Poorly Made in China the most enjoyable?

    The case studies being given in the first person


    What about Paul Midler’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to and it's great when it's the author.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Quality fade!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Sian Thomas
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers - normal, at least, for identical 'mirror' twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn't know existed has died and left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London.

    juliet says: "Worst ending ever!"
    "Loved the Narrator, a perfect choice"
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    If you could sum up Her Fearful Symmetry in three words, what would they be?

    A lovely yarn


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Julia's final scene but I don't want to drop a spoiler


    Any additional comments?

    Once crucial aspect of the story irritated because of the real world logistical problems but the after life that Audrey Niffenegger created was whimsical and lovely. I loved the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11001)
    Performance
    (6194)
    Story
    (6243)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Buy the abridged version!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I'd forgotten how slowly the story develops in this book and it took two very long car rides to get through it. I haven't listened to the abridged version but suspect it may be a better buy.

    Great narrator though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2396)
    Performance
    (2002)
    Story
    (1975)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "OMG, a self help book that actually works"
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    Would you listen to The Willpower Instinct again? Why?

    I'll be listening to it regularly to get a top up of the logic about why will power is hard and how to outthink your internal saboteur. So easy to digest as an audiobook and so sensible. Has changed my week since I started listening.


    Which character – as performed by Walter Dixon – was your favorite?

    He has a lovely voice and makes the book seem conversational.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8492)
    Performance
    (4922)
    Story
    (4979)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Loved it, great book for young teens"
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    Where does Speaker for the Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    After buying and devouring this audio book I read the negative reviews and feel they are a bit unfair. This is a book for children and is not meant to be an analyses of all philosophical debates. I felt the book introduced some very relevant themes and covered multiple angles. I'm surprised there wasn't more of religious backlash but those characters who kept their faith were respected.

    I'm in NZ and our children are taught that the settler's (Waitangi) treaty was unjust and hasn't been honoured. No history is taught to them about how society was for both the settlers and the Maori people and therefore what they are taught is without context and means little. I can imagine this book being used as a school text to open up debate on how colonialisation was achieved and how, with hindsight, it might have been done better.


    What about David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ’s performance did you like?

    We found the jumping between narrators unhelpful. The woman's voice was a bit drippy and didn't seem appropriate for Valentine who was strong.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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