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Sharon

I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

Brisbane, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (280)

    Retrieval Artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a Retrieval Artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "Sprint finish.."
    "A good story and well read"
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    Story

    This story has a few surprises in it that you do not expect. A few twists and turns that keep you interested throughout. I like the way in which the story unfolds, slowly but, without boredom becoming an issue. So the plot is a good one, and it is well written without the plodding unimaginative prose that so often goes along with this genre. The narrator does a fine job with only one of the voices that does not quite fit the character in my humble opinion. That being said, the character only plays a minor part, so this isn’t a huge issue. Hence if you like this genre I would certainly recommend you buy this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Landing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cannon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Síle is a stylish citizen of the new Dublin, a veteran flight attendant who's travelled the world. Jude is a 25-year-old archivist, stubbornly attached to the tiny town of Ireland, Ontario, in which she was born and raised. On her first plane trip, Jude's and Síle's worlds touch and snag at Heathrow Airport. In the course of the next year, their lives, and those of their friends and families, will be drawn into a new, shaky orbit. This sparkling, lively story explores age-old questions: Does where you live matter more than who you live with?

    Sharon says: "Fairly mundane love story with good characters"
    "Fairly mundane love story with good characters"
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    I enjoyed this book. But it is a bit of fluff.

    Story - So two girls meet and fall in love. Nice, sweet, the world needs more love, but why is it worth my time? Answer: It isn't really, this is a book that I will forget very quickly. I liked the characters, I felt that they are well drawn. I have to be honest here, romances are not "my thing" but I will read the good ones. This wasn't one I would recommend. The only thing I was glad about is that it wasn't a "bodice ripper", no steamy sex scenes here just knowing that the characters enjoy their sex life is enough. Thankyou for that. I hate those sorts of sloppy paragraphs that some authors feel obliged to write.

    Narrator - The narrator is ok, takes a while to get into the Irish accent and can at times sound more Caribbean than anything else, but is otherwise competent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Suzanne Toren, and others
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    The story of a mother, her son, a locked room, and the outside world. It’s Jack’s birthday, and he’s excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside....

    Marcie says: "Like a car crash you cannot look away from"
    "A great listen!"
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    This is one of very few audiobooks that I have given five stars. I am so glad I listened to it. It was one of those sorts of books that you can't wait to get back to and then when it is over feel very sorry indeed, as if a friend just moved away.

    Story - A great story and very interesting. It was consistent and believable. Seriously sad but also joyous in the resilience of the characters. I liked all of the characters and they behaved in ways that were believable which is great.

    Narrators - I usually run a mile from books that are narrated by lots of people, but this one was certainly an exception. These narrators added to the story and I think that without them the story would have lacked "a certain something".

    I thoroughly enjoyed this even though it was well outside my usual genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2116)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1446)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "A little predictable and a few problems..."
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    This was an OK story. I felt that it could have been done so much better.

    Story - The story was alright. I felt that it was a little bit formulaic in a way. I was never in any doubt at all about the ending. I never really cared about the characters and I felt that the main character responded in such a way that she would never have done with her training and the time she came from. I also fail to see why if time travel is possible why are there still archaeologists and to a lesser extent historians?

    The Narrator - Connie Willis does a pretty good job here. The only problem that I have is that I could see her face throughout the entire thing. Her character definitely intruded onto the telling of this story. For me that was not a bad thing because if it hadn't I probably would have given up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (150)

    Book two of the Stormlight Archive. From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters, and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

    Sally Howes says: "Great books are the ones that make you THINK"
    "You need to read the first one!!!"
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    This is definitely not a stand alone book. It is better than the first one in my opinion. This review is similar to the first book review.

    Story - This does not start off slowly as all of the groundwork has been set in the first book. I liked that not everything was explained. If the characters see a creature then they see it as it is to them, perfectly normal, if the creature needs explanation then the author uses very clever devices to describe them.

    Narrator - Tells the story in a good way. He neither detracts nor adds to the story which is great because this story is good enough to stand on it's own. He uses inflection and accents that a not over the top to distinguish between characters. It seems that with this new book he was looking forward to it too. I liked the way he really "got into" the story here.

    I enjoyed this very much and am looking forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (274)

    According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

    Carmen says: "Epic"
    "If you liked Game of Thrones..."
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    or if you like a good story filled with wonderful creatures then this is for you!

    Story - Starts off slow and deliberate but after a while it really grabs you. I liked that not everything was explained. If the characters see a creature then they see it as it is to them, perfectly normal, if the creature needs explanation then the author uses very clever devices to describe them.

    Narrator - Tells the story in a good way. He neither detracts nor adds to the story which is great because this story is good enough to stand on it's own. He uses inflection and accents that a not over the top to distinguish between characters.

    I enjoyed this very much and am looking forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escape to Witch Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alexander Key
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    With renewed interest in Alexander Key's extraordinary 1968 novel, fans can dive into Escape to Witch Mountain as it was meant to be listened to. The powerful, thrilling story of Tony and Tia - twins joined by their paranormal gifts, on the run from evil forces that seek to suppress their forgotten pasts - is more gripping and relevant than ever.

    Susan says: "Better than Disney"
    "Wishing for 3.5 stars again"
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    An interesting story for tweens

    Narrator - The narrator does a good job. Not the greatest and not the worst. A few mispronunciations were irritating. But that may have been the "Americanisation" of the language, who knows.

    The Story - I just didn't care. These kids could have dropped off the face of the earth for all I care and the priest was just annoying. Talking about the priest, his views were certainly very out of the ordinary for a devout catholic. In fact many of the characters were just odd, like fish out of water. I do not like it when an author uses character in such obvious plot devices. Having said all of that; this book is for tweens and they may enjoy it, but it wouldn't be the first book I would give them simply because of the clumsy literature that it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am David

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anne Holm
    • Narrated By Struan Rodger
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    David escapes from a concentration camp and flees across Europe. Who is David and what is the terrible past that drives him on to travel alone?

    Nicolette says: "David stole my heart"
    "A Great Story but so incomplete"
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    I enjoyed this story immensely and the only reason it has four stars is that it was incomplete, meaning the author should have written more.

    Narrator - This story was told with a voice filled with compassion without being saccharine. I enjoyed the mellow tones and I felt that the accents were well done without being over the top. It was done with typical British reserve. I loved this narration.

    The Story - A terrific story that I enjoyed very much indeed. But there were simply too many gaps. It was like the author had a great idea and was working to a deadline to get it finished. Very sad that a great story was, not ruined, but "a little spoiled" by the lack of filling in the gaps. Having said that it is still well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7914)
    Performance
    (7526)
    Story
    (7535)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Absolutely Gripping!!"
    Overall
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    This is a great story and very well told.

    Narrator - This story is very well read and the narrator added to the story itself by maintaining an obvious interest even through some pretty heavy science.

    The Story - When this first started off I thought it was going to be a bit boring. But as it went on I felt that the story only got better. What a story. Some of the science may have been a bit "off" I don't know, but it sounded plausible to me. I just wish it hadn't ended where it did. I felt that there was so much more to tell.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Plague: The Origin Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (742)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (681)

    In Marbella, Spain, Dr. Kate Warner awakens to a horrifying reality: the human race stands on the brink of extinction. A pandemic unlike any before it has swept the globe. Nearly a billion people are dead--and those the Atlantis Plague doesn't kill, it transforms at the genetic level. A few rapidly evolve. The remainder devolve. As the world slips into chaos, radical solutions emerge. Industrialized nations offer a miracle drug, Orchid, which they mass produce and distribute to refugee camps around the world. But Orchid is merely a way to buy time. It treats the symptoms of the plague but never actually cures the disease.

    Emily Wright says: "Take it for what it's worth and enjoy it!"
    "Might be better read than listened to"
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    I found myself getting a little confused at times. But I enjoyed this book nonetheless.

    Narrator - He does a pretty good job. The accents are at times high camp (particularly the German and British ones) but this can be overlooked. There are also the occasions when he seems to get very bored with the scientific explanations and he sounds it!

    Story - The story is complicated at times but interesting. The Atlantis thing really seemed a little secondary to a great story at times and was a distraction in my opinion. I think it could have been done without the Atlantis issue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Jolly Roger: Bloody Jack #3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (377)

    In the third book of the "Bloody Jack" series, unlikely heroine Jacky Faber, a pirate at heart, returns to the sea in a truly swashbuckling tale filled with good humour, wit, and courage. After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston--under dire circumstances, of course - Jacky boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy. But things don't go as planned, and she is off on a wild misadventure at sea.

    Eileen says: "Best book in the series (so far!)"
    "It is for teenagers!! Don't be fooled."
    Overall
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    Apart from the fact that Audible does not have the complete series and you will have to buy some in CD format from Amazon or somewhere similar the books are written for teenagers.

    Narrator - The narrator did a reasonable job with some seriously infantile storyline and writing.

    Story - The author seems to lack a real understanding of history. This could be excused if the books were not set with an historical backdrop. This distracts from the stories. I know that these books are written for teenagers but from the reviews I was left with the impression that they were "bridging" books ie. books that could be read by any age (Harry Potter for instance). But they are not. They are strictly for the early teen years.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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