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Daniela

Monza, Italy
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  • Before I Go To Sleep

  • By: S J Watson
  • Narrated by: Susannah Harker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...'Memories define us.So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.Welcome to Christine's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well read, intelligent, psychological thriller!

  • By Nicole on 06-20-11

Incredibly boring

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

Well..."this novel is a saddening bore, 'cause she's lived it ten times or more" Bowie could have told.
The start is fascinating, but it soon becomes so dull and repetitive! The style is so plain that I wonder how this book could have such a great success.
The reader doesn't help, but I surely don't envy her.
First time I am so disappointed by an Audible audiobook.

  • L'amica geniale

  • volume primo
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Anna Bonaiuto
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Lila è scomparsa. Esagerata, come sempre, ha cancellato ogni traccia. Ed Elena, l'amica di tutta la vita, inizia a raccontare la storia del legame viscerale che le ha unite per sei decenni. Tra inconfessata rivalità e profondo affidamento, la ragazzina geniale e ribelle e l'amica studiosa attraversano gli anni dell'adolescenza, sullo sfondo di un rione della Napoli anni Cinquanta ritratta nella sua cruda epicità. Prima parte della tetralogia "L'amica geniale".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mi ha convinto. Appassionante.

  • By Daniela on 10-10-15

Mi ha convinto. Appassionante.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-15

La bravissima Anna Bonaiuto ci prende per mano e conduce nel mondo vischioso e un po' magico del rione. Personaggi vivi e sgargianti, ricreati dal ricordo della protagonista che rivede la sua infanzia ed adolescenza con gli occhi del presente. Ben scritto e benissimo raccontato.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Oaxaca Journal

  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Oliver Sacks is well known as an explorer of the human mind - a neurologist with a gift for complex, insightful portrayals of people and their conditions. However, he is also a card-carrying member of the American Fern Society, and since childhood has been fascinated by these primitive plants and their ability to survive and adapt in many climates. Oaxaca Journal is Sacks' spellbinding account of his trip with a group of fellow fern enthusiasts to the beautiful, history-steeped province of Oaxaca, Mexico.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gem

  • By Daniela on 06-04-15

A gem

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

Oliver Sacks at his best: intelligent, compassionate, mind-opening.
Wonderfully written and read, a delightful diary of a trip to Mexico: ferns, carpets, history, food and plants and much more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Il porto delle nebbie

  • Maigret 1
  • By: Georges Simenon
  • Narrated by: Giuseppe Battiston
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Il piccolo porto di Ouistreham, Bassa Normandia, è immerso nella nebbia, una nebbia silenziosa che sembra invadere tutto: le strade, le case, perfino i caffè in cui si muovono ormai quasi invisibili i suoi abitanti. Maigret vi arriva per accompagnare un uomo che ha perso la memoria e che subito dopo vi perderà la vita... un caso memorabile per il commissario.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Giuseppe Bttiston

  • By daniela on 03-26-17

Nebbia e atmosfera

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

Reviewed: 05-13-15

Il grande Giuseppe Battiston dà voce e corpo a un classico di Simenon, una piccola sordida storia che si consuma in un paesino della Normandia dove tutti si conoscono e i panni sporchi si lavano in casa. Nebbia, umidità, belle case borghesi e piccoli caffè fumosi dove si passano le ore di morta tra una marea e l'altra. Non delude.

  • The Children Act

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Duncan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of 30 years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful 17-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Packs a memorable and rewarding punch

  • By Jane on 09-08-14

A fascinating read, a bit disappointing in the end

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

Great reader. Wonderful incipit. Just a bit disappointing in its ending, but surely worth listening to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • H Is for Hawk

  • By: Helen Macdonald
  • Narrated by: Helen Macdonald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,633
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,622

When Helen MacDonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer captivated by hawks since childhood, she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators: the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral anger mirrored her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mabel The Hawk--The Fire That Burned The Hurts Away

  • By Sara on 04-09-15

H for Heartful, Harrowing, Hopeful

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

This is an outstanding memoir and very well read too (I wasn't very confident about this, because the reader is the author herself, but well! Helen, you got it right!).
Grief and falconery, literature and biography.....
Deeply original. A gem.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Wild

  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe and built her back up again. At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. After her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than an idea: vague, outlandish, and full of promise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very nice

  • By Kim on 01-06-15

Powerful

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

Reviewed: 03-14-15

I feared the narration of such a journey could be not up to the task of capturing the beauty, emotion and challenges that such an endeavour must have been for ms. Strayed.
Well I was pleasantly surprised.
It is totally captivating and a great read!

(....makes me want to put on my backback and head out of the door NOW).

  • Being Mortal

  • Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,178

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading!

  • By Jeffrey on 10-13-14

You must read this book

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

Because you - like me - are going to die one day. Because maybe you - and maybe I too - will become one day old and frail.
Because maybe you too - like me - have an old parent to care for. Maybe you too - like me - have lost a parent to a terminal illness.
And we have a lot of doubts, and hopes, and fears. This author helps us a bit, with his compassionate interest for unpleasant and important questions that concern us all.
Don't miss this book, it's important.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Hypothermia

  • By: Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam at her holiday cottage. At first sight, it appears like a straightforward case of suicide; María had never recovered from the death of her mother two years previously and she had a history of depression. But then the friend who found her body approaches Detective Erlendur with a tape of a séance that María attended before her death and his curiosity is aroused. Driven by a need to find answers, Erlendur begins an unofficial investigation into María's death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling. What else?

  • By Daniela on 11-14-14

Chilling. What else?

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

Reviewed: 11-14-14

Let the gloomy world of Idridason chill you. Life can be bleak, it seems. Thankfully, we have good books and terrific readers. Like this one.

  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Bruce Locke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 911
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 911

The new novel - a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan - from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since IQ84. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, brooding book, terrible reading

  • By Elias F Ponvert on 06-12-15

A bit colourless indeed.

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

Reviewed: 10-24-14

Being a huge Murakami fan, I expected the best.
This book disappointed me a little. A quiet story, some plot twists left unresolved, not much energy overall.
What I enjoyed the most though, was Bruce Locke's excellent reading. It really makes the difference and gives true colour to the colourless Tsukuru.