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  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

Fight them, Mr Brigance. To the bitter end. We must prevail. In the long-awaited successor to the novel that launched his phenomenal career, John Grisham brings us the powerful sequel to A Time to Kill. As filled with twists as it is with legal mastery, Sycamore Row proves beyond doubt that John Grisham is in a league of his own. Jake Brigance has never met Seth Hubbard, or even heard of him, until the old man's suicide note names him attorney for his estate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham is all about the craft

  • By Madeleine on 12-04-13

started promising... dull middle... dramatic end

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

When I pay money for a book I hope that I will find a gem that will keep drawing me back to the story..if not...minimally I hope for a story engaging enough for me to listen to while I get the house work done. If I hadn't paid money for this one, I would have left it go way before the end. The first chapter or so was very promising but after that it was hours and hours and hours of a slow story line that just didn't take off. Finally , just as it became interesting it was over. Was this time well spent? ........my house is cleaner............

Has Sycamore Row turned you off from other books in this genre?

Almost...will be a while before I dip my toe in that water again.....

Which scene was your favorite?

Don't want to say because it is a spoiler

Did Sycamore Row inspire you to do anything?

clean the house so I could get my money's worth and move onto the next book

Any additional comments?

Maybe it's just me..looking back I don't know how the writer filled up so much time with words that didn't seem to say too much except the end.Perhaps I missed the point- if the book is boring it makes the dramatic ending more dramatic

  • Eyrie

  • By: Tim Winton
  • Narrated by: Michael Veitch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 69

Tom Keely's reputation is in ruins. And that's the upside. Divorced and unemployed, he's lost faith in everything precious to him. Holed up in a grim high-rise, cultivating his newfound isolation, Keely looks down at a society from which he's retired, hurt, and angry. He's done fighting the good fight, and well past caring. But even in his seedy flat, ducking the neighbours, he's not safe from entanglement. All it takes is an awkward encounter in the lobby.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating

  • By Hugh on 11-14-13

There is something special about Tim Winton

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

Reviewed: 11-21-13

What made the experience of listening to Eyrie the most enjoyable?

Tim Winton is an extraordinary writer who has the ability to bring characters to life to the degree that I always feel a touch of grief when I finish one of his books. This book was no exception- I will miss the characters.

Michael Veitch brought the dialogue to life with such skill I could imagine some of the scenes being used in Actors workshops. There were times that his intonation was truly captivating- so natural yet so compelling- a great resource for linguists interested in the Australian accent.

It's not the type of book that has a rip roaring story line to keep you on the edge of your seat. But it does have captivating language that makes it a worthwhile book to read if you enjoy relishing well written novels. I don't know what else to write without giving away the story so I will leave it here. Lovely

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Dennis Olsen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the teen classification!

  • By HDJ on 11-13-12

Wow ! Very powerful

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

What did you love best about The Book Thief?

It took me a while to get used to the style of the writing and the narration but once I did I really appreciated listening to something quite different to anything else I had listened to. I loved the fact that sometimes it was so powerful I had to just stop what I was doing and just listen.

Have you listened to any of Dennis Olsen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to Dennis Olsen before but I will definitely look into it ! He was very theatrical and once I got used to it, I fell in love with him. He added so much to the listening-his last line sent shivers down my spine and I couldn't stop thinking about it all day.

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

Lots of extreme reactions the whole way through the book.

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  • Breath

  • By: Tim Winton
  • Narrated by: Dan Wyllie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Breath opens with Bruce Pike, now a paramedic, arriving too late to save a teenage boy's life. Pike's partner wonders why the boy killed himself. Pike knows he didn't. He doesn't know the boy, but he knows the story. He still lives with the legacy of his own adolescence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful coming-of-age story

  • By Maura on 09-17-08

For those that love surfing and the sea.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

Would you try another book from Tim Winton and/or Dan Wyllie?

I purchased this book because I had just finished Tim Winton's Cloudstreet which I absolutely adored. Maybe this is why I was a bit disappointed as I was looking for something like Cloudstreet but it was very different.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

For those who love surfing and the thrill of riding waves this book captures that beautifully. I liked the story inbetween these scenes but not enough to enjoy this book as much as others.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cloudstreet

  • By: Tim Winton
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

Two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives from scratch. For 20 years they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic for my city

  • By Matilda on 01-18-12

Lovely !

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

Would you listen to Cloudstreet again? Why?

As soon as I finished I had to go back and listen to the very first scene again...with tears running down my cheeks. Yes, I will listen to the whole thing again one day because I think it is one of those books where it's not just the story that is wonderful to listen to, it's revisiting "old friends" that will be fun.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't really have a favourite character because the whole book is full of interesting and wonderful characters. This is definitely the book for those who love books about people. I was sad when the book finished because I felt that I had gotten to know the characters so well that I knew them and will miss them terribly.

What does Peter Hosking bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings life to the story and characters. He did a terrific job.

If you could take any character from Cloudstreet out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I wouldn't want to take anyone out for dinner from Cloudstreet- I would invite myself over for dinner. I would be content to be a fly on the wall !

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book while I was renovating my house so now the characters and stories are embedded in my house too. I feel very sentimental about this book - so much so the first thing I did after I finished listening was purchase another Tim Winton book in the hope of finding another book just like it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 231

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reality - and exceptional insight

  • By debra on 10-05-12

worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 01-27-13

Any additional comments?

It look me a few goes to get into this book but not sure why. After a few "starts" I got to know the characters and then I was totally hooked. I think it helped to have heard the interviews that JK Rowlings made to promote the book because it helps to understand the background and the reason why the book was written.

  • The Mind and the Brain

  • Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
  • By: Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Sharon Begley
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 308

Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley's groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite: that the mind has a life of its own. Dr Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book has it all

  • By Dacia on 03-27-12

Heavy at times but fabulous !

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

Reviewed: 02-16-12

If you could sum up The Mind and the Brain in three words, what would they be?

Brilliant, thought provoking, a bit wafty

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

no

Any additional comments?

A wonderful book that will change the way you look at the world both inner and outer. It is heavy going at times and the writer sometimes seems to go on and on a bit, but overall I really loved it and have recommended it to my friends. If it gets a bit boring, stick with it because there are some really fabulous chapters.
I love books that change me- this did
I learnt a lot

18 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Learn Japanese with Innovative Language's Proven Language System - Level 05: Advanced

  • By: Innovative Language Learning
  • Narrated by: Peter Galante, Naomi Kambe
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 25

Congratulations! You have just discovered the fastest and most fun way to learn a language! Are you ready to discover the secret to language learning success? Simply use our program and you will find it. Hundreds of thousands of language learners just like you have already discovered the power of our system. This program offers you a brand new way to learn a language. You'll be speaking from your very first lesson with our fun, easy to use, and innovative method.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Big claims- lesson disappointing

  • By nerida on 02-16-12

Big claims- lesson disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-16-12

What would have made Learn Japanese with Innovative Language's Proven Language System - Level 05: Advanced better?

Take away the HUGE long ad in the beginning for a start. Very big claims, repetitive and boring.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

As a language teacher and as a language student I don't understand how anyone can learn Japanese from this system. This opinion is based only on the sample lesson that I just listened to so the main lessons might be different. I didn't hear any grammar or sufficient explanations. The long winded ad at the beginning put me off as well. By the time they got to the lesson I was sick of listening to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful