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Wendy

COFFS HARBOURAustralia | Member Since 2007

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  • 34 titles in library
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  • Alan Bennett: Talking Heads 2

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Alan Bennett
    • Narrated By various
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    In these six new pieces Alan Bennett retains the gripping stories, intensity of delivery, and masterly style of his original monologues. The suburban normality of the world his characters inhabit once again belies their lives of secrets, revelations, fears, crimes, and passions. They tell their stories, and in doing so reveal more than they know of the humour, passion, and sadness of their lives.

    Die Falknerin says: "Outstanding performances"
    "wendygai"
    Overall

    Excellent, engaging, entertaining.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6571)
    Performance
    (1890)
    Story
    (1911)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "wendygai"
    Overall

    this listening experince needs 10 stars. such a moving story and very well written and beautifully narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Wayward daughters. Missing husbands. Philandering partners. Curious con men. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Mma Ramotswe, Botswana's only female private detective. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple's, but she's got warmth, wit, and canny intuition on her side - not to mention Mr J.L.B. Maketoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors.

    Hilde-Gunn says: "Good story, but..."
    "wendygai"
    Overall

    this was a good book, but I struggled to get to the end

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secrets of a Fire King: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kim Edwards
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Showcasing the intensity and preception of a truly gifted writer, this collection of stories by the author of the number-one New York Times best-seller The Memory Keeper's Daughter transports us to exotic locations as it follows the lives of those on the fringes of society: a fire-eater, an American and his Korean war bride, a juggler and a trapeze artist, and a cleaning woman whose life is interwoven with Marie Curie's.

    Marci says: "awful"
    "wendygai"
    Overall

    enjoyed this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2826)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1055)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "wendygai"
    Overall

    good story, thought provoking and well writen

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tara Moss
    • Narrated By Tara Moss
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    She's beautiful, street-smart, and hoping to leave her troubled past behind her. Makedde Vanderwall has finished her studies and is ready to start practising as a forensic psychologist. She's also starting a new life in Australia with her detective boyfriend Andy Flynn. Hoping to scrape together some extra cash, Mak begins doing part-time work for an infamous Sydney PI.

    Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker says: "boring"
    "wendygai"
    Overall

    Just didn't like this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Marina Lewycka
    • Narrated By Sian Thomas
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    For years, Nadezhda and Vera, two Ukrainian sisters raised in England by their refugee parents, have had as little as possible to do with each other, and they have their reasons. But now they find they'd better learn how to get along, because since their mother's death their aging father has been sliding into his second childhood, and an alarming new woman has just entered his life.

    Wendy says: "wendygai"
    "wendygai"
    Overall

    an engaging story, sadley familiar to all enjoying an ageing parent, well written

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talking Heads

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Alan Bennett
    • Narrated By Alan Bennett, Full Cast
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    Performed by the author and five of Britain's leading actresses, Alan Bennett's tales are full of quirky, insightful detail that bring the characters vividly to life. From Julie Walters' portrayal of an actress seeking fame to Anna Massey's alcoholic vicar's wife, these individuals are linked by their self-delusion, desperation, and vulnerability.

    hh says: "classic"
    "wendygai"
    Overall

    Excellent!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Suite Francaise

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Irene Nemirovsky
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    In 1941, Irène Némirovsky sat down to write a book that would convey the magnitude of what she was living through, not in terms of battles and politicians, but by evoking the domestic lives and personal trials of the ordinary citizens of France. She did not live to see her ambition fulfilled, or to know that 65 years later, Suite Française would be published for the first time, and hailed as a masterpiece.

    Richard says: "A bit disappointing"
    "wendygai"
    Overall

    A huge human story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13275)
    Performance
    (5705)
    Story
    (5777)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "wendygai"
    Overall

    a great story, beautifully written and narrated

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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