Warleggan is the fourth novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall 1792. Ross plunges into a highly speculative mining venture which threatens not only his family's financial security but also his turbulent marriage to Demelza. When Ross and Elizabeth's old attraction rekindles itself, Demelza retaliates by becoming dangerously involved with a handsome Scottish cavalry officer. With bankruptcy an increasingly real possibility, the Poldarks seem to be facing disaster on all fronts.
The story and the performance just get better with every new book. Recommend to all.
When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
I began reading this series simply because I like Robert Glenister's voice, but I am hooked.
The story lines are fast paced and well crafted, and the reading by Glenister is sensational.
Anyone who enjoys a thriller will love this, but if some naughty words concern you this may not be the book for you.
Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
Great reading of an unputdownabke book. Will anxious,y await the next book from this author. The narration is excellent, and adds to the enjoyment of this book.
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.
Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?
Robert Glenister adds a certain something to this reading, his voice fits perfectly with the characters.
Any additional comments?
Recommend this to everyone! Ripping yarn!
In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the months leading up to her execution on the farm of district officer Jón Jónsson, his wife, and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force everyone to work side by side, the family’s attitude to Agnes starts to change - until one winter night.
Would you listen to Burial Rites again? Why?
This book has it all, an excellent story, a compelling narrator and an unfolding story.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Burial Rites?
The story and the narrator made every facet of the day to day life and the country side seem utterly alive.
Any additional comments?
Don't let the rather grim storyline put you off, it is an excellent listen.
Set before and during the great war, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives, to the unprecedented experiences of the war itself.
Any additional comments?
I commend this book to anyone and everyone. It is magnificently researched, the love interest is a compelling juxtaposition to the brutality of the war, and the constraint of time.
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Her name is synonymous with the art of cooking. Yet few know the richly varied private life of the legendary Julia Child. Go beyond the kitchen to discover a truly American icon in Appetite for Life.
If you could sum up Appetite for Life in three words, what would they be?
Every Executive should be compelled to read this book. Even if they don't relate to the marvellous contents, the work ethic it describes, the dedication to beliefs, the altruism, the commitment and the partnership that this book has in bucketsful couldn't help but develop anyone.
I love the dedication to food, the Childs' dedication to each other, their dedication to work, and their spirit, the biographer captured it all.
What about Nadia May’s performance did you like?
Nadia May is always a delight to listen to, her voice is calm and soothing and her pronunciation is always excellent, and none of the French in the book phased her at all.
Any additional comments?
This is a read no one will regret.
Sam and Henny Pollit have too many children, too little money, and too much loathing for one another. As Sam uses the children's adoration to feed his own voracious ego, Henny watches in bleak despair, knowing the bitter reality that lies just below his mad visions. A chilling novel of family life, this work is acknowledged as a contemporary classic.
If you could sum up The Man Who Loved Children in three words, what would they be?
Manipulative, misguided and misplaced were words that kept recurring to me through this read. Manipulative describes the adult chatacters, barely an ounce of humanity between them. Misguided again applies to the adult characters who were flawed in just about every way possible. I also thought the author was misguided in setting the book in the USA. As an Australian reading this, and knowing that the Author was also Australian, though had lived long periods out of Australia, this book would have worked so much better if it had had an Australian setting.
What three words best describe C. M. Hebert’s performance?
Trying narration. The flat, almost monotone narration did nothing to enhance a read I found to be trying at the best of times.
Lady Chatterley's Lover, written in 1928, tells the story of a passionate love affair between an upper class woman and her husband’s gamekeeper, which was thought to be so shocking in its content and its straightforward use of explicit sexual terms, that it was not officially published until 1960.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, there is something for everyone in it. There is wonderful love, tender and caring, there is passion, there is grief and sadness, and the whole story has withstood the passage of time.
What did you like best about this story?
The characters and plot are indicative of life at the time.
What about Veronika Hyks’s performance did you like?
The narrator's voice is perfect for the story and she reads it with all the inflection it deserves.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I didn't want to stop listening, even though i know the book well, i stoll wanted to immerse myself in this lovely rendition.
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Nineteenth-century Europe, from Turin to Prague to Paris, abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian priests are strangled with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate black masses by night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The plot was an arduous listen, failed to deliver either a learning or uplifting experience.
What was most disappointing about Umberto Eco’s story?
The anti-semetic nature
What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
All of the above, but also a distrust of review recommendations