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Jennifer

Waterloo, Australia
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  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 292

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook in ages

  • By Antonia on 18-02-2014

Not impressed!

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

Reviewed: 13-03-2018

I started and restarted this book many times, until I finally made myself persist and finish it. Finally, three years after I purchased this audiobook, I have come to the end. I just don't get the astral references and the pre-setting of the scenes. The narrator was great but the structure of the story really did irritate me at times. And though it was well written, did not entertain me as much as I think it should have. I know it won the Booker Prize but I was not impressed.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! A fantastic book

  • By DarkFish on 31-05-2016

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-2016

This was a very entertaining audiobook. The story itself was engaging and the narrator was clear and had a very easy voice to listen to. I will be reading the rest of the series. A well written and well delivered fantasy, crime fiction. Loved it!!!

  • Sarong Party Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
  • Narrated by: Angela Lin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

On the edge of 27, Jazzy hatches a plan for her and her best girlfriends, Sher, Imo, and Fann. Before the year is out, these Sarong Party Girls will all have spectacular weddings to rich ang moh - Western expat - husbands, with Chanel babies (the cutest status symbols of all) quickly to follow. Razor-sharp, spunky, and vulgarly brand-obsessed, Jazzy is a determined woman who doesn't lose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cannot be compared to Emma

  • By Jennifer on 10-10-2016

Cannot be compared to Emma

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

Reviewed: 10-10-2016

I downloaded this book as an audiobook and the performance by Angela Lin did justice to the story. Its not a book you can compare to Emma because it is a book that stands alone and should be considered on its own merits.
I found it very interesting, because I understood the culture and the language. I think it would be a bit difficult to "get it" if you did not have some prior knowledge or experience of the way of life in Singapore in particular and Asia in general.
It was brilliantly written and very insightful although a little bit sad. If only more women felt empowered to think and value more about themselves.
Overall, recommended reading and maybe some research beforehand into the culture, you will be very entertained.

  • The Last of the Bowmans

  • By: J. Paul Henderson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

After an absence of seven years, Greg Bowman returns home from America to find his father lying in a bamboo coffin, his estranged brother, Billy, stalking a woman with no feet, and his 79-year-old uncle, Frank, planning to rob a bank. While renovating the family house, he is unexpectedly visited by the presence of his dead father and charged with the task of 'fixing' the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Jennifer on 08-06-2016

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-06-2016

I enjoyed this audiobook. The narration was great and the book was well written and funny.

  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199

One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny!

  • By tatiana on 13-03-2016

Great

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

Reviewed: 08-06-2016

Stephen Fry's narration does credit to a wonderful book, and brings it to life. Great audiobook.

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  • The Shadow of the Wind

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out 'La Sombra del Viento' by Julian Carax. But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous story

  • By Jean on 12-01-2019

Totally engrossing!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-2015

Did not expect to be as entertained by this book. Fully recommend it, in its audio version, it was a good listen!!!

  • The Chopin Manuscript

  • A Serial Thriller
  • By: Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, and others
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller! Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, within it's handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to the U.S. to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An entertaining listen

  • By Jennifer on 08-03-2015

An entertaining listen

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

Reviewed: 08-03-2015

I usually try not to listen to thrillers on audiobook simply by personal choice but this one is good. Nicely narrated and with enough action to keep me interested. Enjoyed it!

  • My Brilliant Career

  • By: Miles Franklin
  • Narrated by: Carrie Bickmore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 140

Miles Franklin began the candid, passionate, and contrary My Brilliant Career when she was only 16, intending for it to be the Australian answer to Jane Eyre. This thinly veiled autobiographical tale of a young girl hungering for life and love in the outback was so beyond its years when first released in 1901 that Franklin insisted it not be published again until 10 years after her death. My Brilliant Career is a coming of age story for all of the ages.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible performance, unfortunate for the book!!!

  • By Jennifer on 30-11-2014

Terrible performance, unfortunate for the book!!!

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

Reviewed: 30-11-2014

I was looking forward to listening to this book until Carrie Bickmore started her narration... then I couldn't get past the annoyance of listening to her. So, that was that for the book. I will probably have to read it for myself to do it justice.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful