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Pretty predictable

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

Reviewed: 12-06-2018

An interesting enough tale, but no real plot twists or surprises. From the description you could pretty much predict the entire novel. Pretty depressing with very few moments of joy or hope to balance out the endless bad luck the girls encounter. Australian accents were a tad grating.

I didn' want it to end (I know that seems ghastly)

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

Reviewed: 30-04-2018

Would you consider the audio edition of The Tattooist of Auschwitz to be better than the print version?

As the subject matter was so harrowing there was something very reassuring about the calm, gentle voice of Lale telling his journey. It made it somehow easier to get through.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tattooist of Auschwitz?

The story of liberation for the two of them. While we know only a tiny percentage of those who were sent to the death camps survived, it seems extraordinary that anyone did - let alone surviving for three years.

What about Richard Armitage’s performance did you like?

Lale's voice was so gentle and calm and it really helped with the horror of the story. The german and other accents were very good. However - the female voices always seems overly breathy and weak (these were women who were enduring untold horror sure, but they seemed too feeble at times). Also there seems to be a huge section where Lale's name has been edited in. Its very distracting. Its like it was pronounced wrong in the original recording and had to be edited over.

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

Yes and no. I had to break it up (car journeys) and was always frustrated I couldn't keep listening. On the other hand the story was so harrowing you needed time for parts of it to sink in before you could progress.

Any additional comments?

By the end you were so committed to the characters you wanted to hear about the rest of their lives.

26 people found this helpful

Not just a kids book

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

Reviewed: 30-04-2018

What other book might you compare The Graveyard Book to, and why?

The Harry Potter series

Any additional comments?

Just a lovely lyrical tale with really juicy descriptives. Love Gaimans colourful characters. Great light easy going listening. Love Gaimans warm narration and distinctive characters and accents. He does women characters really well.

Wish I'd done more research

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

Reviewed: 18-04-2018

What did you like best about Bring Up the Bodies? What did you like least?

The language and prose is outstanding. The voice characterisation by the one reader is very very clever. However - I had not read Wolf Hall first (which was not clear to me this was a sequel) and without in depth knowledge of English history it was confusing straight off the bat. A torrent of historical character names thrown at you assuming you have some prior understanding. For this reason it got a bit much and as a result - a bit dull. I would have rather been reading it rather than listening to it as I kept having to rewind as it wasn't keeping my attention (not easy when its a listen in the car). Im giving up 1/3 of the way through. I will find Wolf Hall and read a hard copy and then come back to it. Wonderful stuff for history and politics buffs no doubt but if you are new to the subject - a bit of hard work. PS. Having said that - even when I was a bit lost on the subtleties of the plot, the writing brought the era to life in a really magical way. You could almost smell it!

Did Bring Up the Bodies inspire you to do anything?

Read Wolf Hall first!

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My first audio book - brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2018

What did you like most about The Storyteller?

The integration of the different characters and at different ages kept me captivated. I hadnt realised what an indepth look at the holocaust it was - which was harrowing, but yet from such a human perspective that it felt OK to be there with her. Some of the modern day plot is a little bit of a grasp - but it is fiction! Great for the long drive I had to do and now I am addicted to audio novels!

Great companion for learning the play

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2018

What made the experience of listening to Shirley Valentine the most enjoyable?

What a treat to hear this play read by the man who wrote it. Willy is a delightful reader and brings life to the characters with unique voices for each. It is no problem at all that Willy is not a woman yet reads in Shirleys voice. I listened to this many times over as I was also learning the script (there must have been updates as it varies in places). A treasure.