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Upper Hutt, New Zealand | Member Since 2008

  • 2 reviews
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  • 323 titles in library
  • 50 purchased in 2014

  • Thousand Pieces of Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ruthanne Lum McCunn
    • Narrated By Emily Zeller

    Lalu Nathoy's father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his "thousand pieces of gold," yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a saloonkeeper, and offered as a prize in a poker game. This biographical novel is the extraordinary story of one woman's fight for independence and dignity in the American West.

    toffeepop says: "Worth the Listen"
    "Worth the Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Thousand Pieces of Gold the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was very good and believable.

    What did you like best about this story?

    How real it all sounded

    Which character – as performed by Emily Zeller – was your favorite?

    They were all performed very very well

    Who was the most memorable character of Thousand Pieces of Gold and why?

    Polly....that no matter what, she never gave up making the most of her life

    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book very much, although in places it is sad, but through it all you have the unshakable spirit of the main character.This book is a biography but far from dry.It has been written with compassion, and spirit, and the narrator has managed to convey that perfectly.I can highly recommend this book.Well worth the listen

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

    A User says: "Tops"
    Where does The Passage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would have to be the best book I have ordered in the years I have been an Audio customer, and the very fact I am moved to write my first review should speak volumes.I ordered it, not really knowing too much about it, but I got it, intrigued to find out what these people have in common and I got lucky!.This book has it all.......and more
    After about twelve hours, I felt a little sad, knowing it was coming to an end soon, having forgotten the length.To my delight, when I looked it up, I had another twenty odd hours of it.Excellent!...I thought. And yet I was still...ohhhhhhhh noooooo when it ended.Where did the 36 hours go?

    My only regret is I cant give it more stars.Get the book.I would say its worth two credits at least, and for it to only cost one is a bonus.You wont be disappointed.As for part please.......soon!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Passage?

    This book is filled with so many "moments" I find it hard to choose just one, but the moment Peter and Amy meet for the first time really got me.I literally held my breath for them.

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The main narrator (Scott Brick) felt comfortable with the story, and brought each character so vividly to life that I could see them in my mind.Great choice of narrator.Brilliant.A good narrator can make or break an audiobook and Mr Brick nailed this one good.

    Who was the most memorable character of The Passage and why?

    The character I liked most was Brad Walgast.He was written as a wounded, jaded man, just doing a job who immediately had his heart touched by a little girl, and would do (and did) anything to protect her.

    Any additional comments?

    YES!..........Part two please! I'm in withdrawal.!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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