LISTENER

Dr Sophie Henshaw

Perth
  • 4
  • reviews
  • 1
  • helpful vote
  • 12
  • ratings
The Colour audiobook cover art

I love Rose Tremain but...

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

Reviewed: 06-27-19

I'm a big fan of Rose Tremain's work, I think she's an amazing writer and this is why I chose this book. However, there are many flaws in this story. The main character, Harriet, is interesting, but her husband Joseph Blackstone is about as unpleasant and uninteresting as you can get. The writer hints he has some form of autism and that he is in fact also extremely selfish.

About two thirds of the way through the book, I found hearing about him almost unbearable and at that point seriously considering stopping listening and asking for a refund. It was so miserable and long drawn out.

Also, too many side characters were introduced and details about their lives totally irrelevant to the plot - like what one miner would buy his mother if he found gold.

Overall I would say this is a harrowing tale, at times unbearably so. Not exactly riveting or entertaining.

I far prefer Rose's other books - most notably Restoration, which in my view is near perfect.

Restoration audiobook cover art

Unbelievably excellent

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

Reviewed: 04-29-19

Truly one of the best books I’ve ever heard from Audible. Everything about is superb - highly recommended. I didn’t want it to end.

The Signature of All Things audiobook cover art

An Extraordinary And Exquisite Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Elizabeth Gilbert's book is an absolutely extraordinary novel, with not a word out of place.

This is a masterpiece and also an incredible piece of research. The characterisations are so apt to the era it depicted.

Wonderfully for me, it was long, so I got to enjoy it over many days, savouring its resonance. This novel is full of fascinating characters, twists and turns, empathy, warmth and compassion.

Not only was it so delightful, it was also read incredibly well by the actress, Juliet Stevenson.

I cannot recommend it highly enough and I only wish I could come across novels of such quality more often.

The Secrets of My Life audiobook cover art

An unexpected "page turner"

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

If you could sum up The Secrets of My Life in three words, what would they be?

Unexpected, well written

What did you like best about this story?

Honest, genuine, kind

What about Caitlyn Jenner - exclusive introduction and Erin Bennett ’s performance did you like?

Very well performed, professional and polished

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

It made me feel warm

Any additional comments?

I was expecting not to like this book, since Caitlyn comes across as quite selfish and insensitive in the TV shows - and I got bored with that after a while. However, I was very impressed with this book. It was highly engaging and turned out quite different from what I expected. Her internal life has been very different from what is portrayed on TV. Also - and I don't know if this is equally true - but Kris Jenner's outrage about how the book has portrayed her - is misguided.

She doesn't come across as a "bitch" but rather as a very strong, smart business woman who is exceptionally socially skilled and warm - and with whom Caitlyn established a growing distance over the years. She may or may not have known about the gender issues - and in a sense it doesn't matter. I think the portrayal of her in the book is sensitive and respectful. I hope she comes to see that in time.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful