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  • The Stone Sky

  • The Broken Earth, Book 3
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the phenomenal power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter, Nassun, and forge a world in which every outcast child can grow up safe. For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world and accepted what her mother won't: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect narration

  • By A. Kane on 01-11-2017

Good story, sometimes hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 05-10-2018

I really enjoyed concluding the story started with The Fifth Season. I especially liked how all the pieces came together in this book.
At times, however, the story was hard to follow, partly because of the language used and the writing style.
I pushed through and continued listening and was glad to have finished it but felt like I really had to concentrate a lot of the time.
Narration was good.

  • Diary of a Young Girl

  • By: Anne Frank
  • Narrated by: Helena Bonham Carter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a 'secret annexe', fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary.An intimate record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, Anne Frank's diary is one of those unique documents, famed throughout the world.It portrays innocence and humanity, suffering and survival in the starkest and most moving terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Endearing Diary

  • By Anna Spencer on 24-11-2017

Surprisingly good narration

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

Reviewed: 04-09-2017

It took a little while to get into the book but it's a fascinating insight into life with Anne Frank and her family. It is a sophisticated and engaging story.
Being that it is a diary as opposed to a constructed story it's less narrative and goes all over the place. Despite that, I was engaged and enjoyed listening.

Still, very sad story, especially as it puts personality to the many many Jewish men and women murdered as a result of WW2.

  • Ordinary

  • Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World
  • By: Michael Horton
  • Narrated by: Michael Horton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Radical. Crazy. Transformative and restless. Every word we read these days seems to suggest there's a "next-best-thing", if only we would change our comfortable, compromising lives. In fact, the greatest fear most Christians have is boredom - the sense that they are missing out on the radical life Jesus promised. One thing is certain. No one wants to be "ordinary".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Over Generalised and Judgemental

  • By Sally on 19-07-2016

Over Generalised and Judgemental

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

Reviewed: 19-07-2016

What was most disappointing about Michael Horton’s story?

I found the premise and concept really interesting at first. However, as I got into it the author began to move away from the original theme and start just berating culture. He painted complex themes with a broad brush and made sweeping generalisations about technology, culture and generations.
I found this really frustrating as it did not seem to address what the book was supposed to be about and instead turned into one man's highly biased ranting a way that was not particularly thoughtful or engaging but instead made me imagine an old man in a room shouting about how "kids these days" didn't know anything.

As a young adult, I take pleasure in challenging myself, presumptions about my gender and generation and thinking critically about how I can be a better person and Christian. This book was offensive to me in that it assumed I was not informed enough to know that what I was being told was broadly generalised and biased and seemed to be based on opinion coupled with a huge lack of information.

Was really excited about this book. Quite disappointed now.

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

Frustration. Disappointment.

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