LISTENER

Lorna

Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 91
  • reviews
  • 65
  • helpful votes
  • 91
  • ratings
  • Me Before You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply beautiful

  • By Roberto on 06-29-12

Heart wrenchingly beautiful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-14

I have just discovered Jojo Moyes and this is my third book of hers. She writes beautifully and so far Me Before You is the best! The story line is about a girl who has been retrenched from the little village's café and takes a 6 month contract with a wealthy family to care for their 35 year old quadriplegic son. The story unfolds of two very different lives, upbringings, points of view and the eventual friendship.. which is not what you think it will be boy meets girl, girl hates boy, partings and falling in love.. This is no typical love story and I spent a fair amount of time swallowing the lump in my throat.

  • Little Beach Street Bakery

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Anne-Marie Piazza
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop. And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Narration ... not so much

  • By Ian on 05-08-15

Feelgood love story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-14

I love a feel good love story that also involves food.. I'm a sucker for the cook, eat, love, live type stories and this is one of those with all the ingredients for the perfect storyline. Broken marriage, broken heart, move to another town, a new fling, a new job, a new business built on little money, then a broken heart and a rekindling of a new love.. Ooh yes! Put on your swimsuit, grab a towel, sun cream, hat and a deck chair.. Holiday listening couldn't get better than this.

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby – she's pregnant with her first child, and she's desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her.But Alice isn't pregnant. And Nick isn't worried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful reshreshing honest and beautiful book.

  • By suzanne on 05-30-13

Life as we know it..

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-14

A good story of a marriage that has gone wrong and how there's simplicity in fixing it if only we could forget the past.... Which Alice did! A story of a normal life, the climb up the corporate ladder and how material things get in the way of love and life. A lovely read!

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The second in this series did not disappoint

  • By Jane on 07-10-14

Enjoyable, like a filling good meal..

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-14

A good enjoyable series! Sometimes a little complicated with names and references and I wished I could rewind and pick up what I had missed or forgotten. but overall a good mystery detective series.

  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood

  • Outlander, Book 8
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 44 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

It is June 1778, and the world seems to be turning upside down. The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even more tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodated. Her former husband, Jamie, has returned from the dead, demanding to know why in his absence she married his best friend, Lord John Grey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's everything I wished for!

  • By Angel Claire on 06-16-14

Brilliant...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-14

I waited with baited breathe for the new book and as usual was not disappointed..
I just love this series and historically the facts are as true as they can get given that it is fiction. I love the accents and the narrator is fabulous. But start the series at the beginning so that you can follow the story line properly because Diana does not spend any time recapping in the first chapter. She picks up the flow and runs..
I love this series... I can't wait for another one!

  • The One Plus One

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to.... Jess’ gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’ teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking.... Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful. Excellent Narration

  • By Kathryn @theBookDate on 01-10-15

Delightful....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-14

I have never read a Jojo Moyes book before, I'm not sure why, but I suppose I haven't stumbled across one.. But now I have.. I will read more of her books. This was one of the most delightful books that I have read in a long time.
The fact that the narration was done from 4 different character's perspectives and drew the story into real life. The narrators were believable, not forced and honestly good.
I loved Jess, Ed, Nicky and Tansy.. They were all delightfully real, with their own flaws that related a story of tanacity, never gicing up and looking at the positive.
And of course there was Norman, I'm a complete sucker for a dog in a story.. And this is a DOG.. a big, black, hairy, floppy, drooling, disobedieent dog.
have a listen.. you wont waste yor money... ENJOY!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Hundred Pieces of Me

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Gina is starting her life again, after a difficult few years she'd rather forget. But the belongings she's treasured for so long just don't seem to fit who she is now. So Gina makes a resolution. She'll keep just a hundred items - the rest can go. But that means coming to terms with her past and learning to embrace the future, whatever it might bring…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable but sweet

  • By Bjerkana on 08-28-14

Oh.. sooo. boring... YAWN!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-14

I didn't finish this book, even though I tried a dozen times. The narrator is far too old to be depicting a young woman who is going through a divorce. Her voice is gravely like she has smoked 40 fags a day for 40 years.. I just couldn't get into this very boring book!

  • The Invention of Wings

  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

From the celebrated author of the international bes tseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women. Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimke is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Those Ahead Of Their Time

  • By Sara on 03-29-14

Beautiful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-14

Would you listen to The Invention of Wings again? Why?

I would listen again.. it was a beautiful story

What other book might you compare The Invention of Wings to and why?

The Housemaid's Daughter, 12 Years a slave. The book leads us on a tale of slavery and "below stairs" that is overlooked.

What does Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The two different stories of the "above stairs" and "below stairs". The different perspectives that each young woman has on life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It had a languid poignancy to it that led you into a well woven story.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. IT was well written and very well narrated.. Makes me want to quilt a story of my own..

  • The Collector

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,974

From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want to like it--but couldn't stop!

  • By Janels on 05-02-14

FABULOUS!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-14

Would you listen to The Collector again? Why?

I'm not a twice listening person, but if I didn't have anything else to read I would.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved all the characters.. Nora blrought them to life with their personalities

Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

As said, I enjoyed all of them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I travel a lot, so I never get to listen all at once. But I certainly looked forward to alone travel time to switch on and listen.

Any additional comments?

This was one of Nora Roberts' best books I've read to date.
You wont be dissapointed.

  • The Rescue

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117

When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: He can't fall in love...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't put down story!

  • By Cmg on 03-04-03

A feel good story!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-14

I love Nicholas Sparks' books... So I'm always biased when rating. I must say I have a little trouble with male narrators. The story was great but towards the end it went a little flat..
Not the best Nicholas Sparks. I enjoyed The Long Ride much better than this book.