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  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Dennis Olsen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

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
  • Such a beautiful book

  • By Amanda on 08-04-2016

A singular, unforgettable book.

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

Reviewed: 27-11-2018

My main criticism of the audio book is the frequent accordion playing every few minutes - it’s annoying and unnecessary; detracts from the reader’s enjoyment, I think.

  • Letterman

  • The Last Giant of Late Night
  • By: Jason Zinoman
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

In a career spanning more than 30 years, David Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. While he remains one of the most famous stars in America, he is a remote, even reclusive figure whose career is widely misunderstood. In Letterman, Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic in the history of the New York Times, mixes groundbreaking reporting with unprecedented access and probing critical analysis to explain the unique entertainer's titanic legacy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligent, insightful

  • By Booklover on 29-08-2017

Intelligent, insightful

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

Reviewed: 29-08-2017

Very well written by an author who knows his stuff. Fascinating insights into not only Letterman but his teams/colleagues/writers etc, and the evolution of comedy (lots of stars mentioned in this), as well as talk shows in the US in the 1970s to today. Love these types of cultural histories.

  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Australian accent and a tenuous drawn out story

  • By Jack on 06-07-2017

Excellent page turner

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

Reviewed: 25-07-2017

The author is adept in depicting human nature and interaction while taking us through some significant science and multiple dramas (including flashbacks to the past).

My main gripe is the shocking 'Australian'. Sounds South African/a bit British Cockney at best!

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