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Kylie Abecca

Port Albany
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Had so much potential

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

Reviewed: 29-03-2019

This book on its own would have been brilliant. It was very well written, detailed and narrative that is realistic for the characters.
The first two hours of the audiobook was spent describing the author, his knowledge on the subject, his reasoning for writing the manuscript and the authors opinion on changes made to the manuscript. An hour of that was purely in regards to the title being changed and the authors opinion on this change.
Then another hour is spent after the story with a dragging ‘appendix’ that yet again talks of changes in the manuscript.
Personally I feel this is way overdone and completely unnecessary for the story. If this were a study on the original manuscript, this information would be quite handy, but as a story/book for enjoyment, it becomes boring and takes away the majority of the enjoyment of the story. Without this, I would have given this five stars.

Worst Audiobook I’ve listened to

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

Reviewed: 03-02-2019

This audiobook was absolutely terrible! I find it hard to believe it was edited at all. The sound fluctuates so dramatically, I had to keep my finger on the volume to save my eardrums. The narrator coughs, clears her throat and clicks throughout. You can hear the mouse clicking, computer sounds , breathing and the microphone is tapped or bumped numerous times (which is very painful to the ears). There are LOADS of repeated words, sentences and entire paragraphs (making the book probably about 10 hours longer than it should have been), as well as sentences where words have been cut out, making it difficult to follow the storyline. The narrator mixes up accents, changing vocal tones and sounds for the wrong characters and there are long gaps of silence mid sentence.
I had to finish listening as I was doing a project on this tale, but I will be returning this audiobook, as I have never heard such a terrible performance.
From a very dissatisfied list.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Brilliantly written and narrated.

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

Reviewed: 18-09-2018

I listened to this book on Audible and it was amazing!

Brilliantly written and narrated. As someone who is generally not a fan of science fiction or anything of the like, I was incredibly impressed with this one. I found it easy to follow (despite so much happening), the characters were relatable and mostly even loveable and the story flowed at a steady pace without giving me a head spin.

I love the way the story is portrayed through a series of emails and letters, mostly written from Chip to his 'girlfriend', this allows the story to have the love story intertwined, as well as giving the reader snippets of backstory to show the complicated situation of their relationship, all the while during this full on, edge-of-your-seat, harrowing adventure through the multi-dimensional universe.

This book is a very enjoyable read/listen and I highly recommend.

Brilliantly informative life changing advice

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

Reviewed: 22-08-2018

This book is packed with life changing information and advice, written with down to earth comedy and in an easy to understand, relatable way.
I have recommended this book to half a dozen people before I’d even finished it myself and strongly believe that every Australian should read this book.
The only ‘flaw’ I found with it, is that the advice is tailored to the general working person and while it is understanding why an avid taxpayer is against government benefits, I did find it a little excluding and I actually felt like a lower class citizen simply by being in receipt of a disability support pension.
I don’t choose to be in receipt of government benefits, I quite literally don’t have a choice. I have spent years trying to hold down a job (of any sort, be it casual or full time) but due to my extensive disabilities I am unable to do so.
I would love to hear some advice for someone in my situation, who is unable to earn a general income, earn super etc.
Whilst on the pension I have managed to overcome homelessness and pay off over $50,000 in debt on my own. This is not an easy feat. Now I wish to start working towards buying my own home, but a pension is not viewed as an ‘income’. While the investing advice is very helpful, it is a little harder to stick to the barefoot investor plan on a government benefit, but I’ll still give it my best shot.

Completely misleading

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

Reviewed: 05-08-2018

This book is more about one persons interpretation of the bible, not what the bible teaches about the supernatural at all. As a matter of fact, the supernatural is barely even mentioned. Very disappointed

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Most annoying audible ever!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-2018

This was the most annoying and difficult audiobook to get through. The narrator coughs, repeats entire paragraphs, gulps and drinks right by the microphone and at one point you can even hear a mobile phone ringing in the background - beyond frustrating and more than disappointed.
As for the actual books, they may be enlightening and interesting to children and the theory behind the stories is good and each story has an underlying lesson, which I really quite liked. What I didn’t like was the overuse of particular words throughout, the constant ‘was the reply’ became so irritating I was quite literally gritting my teeth every time it was repeated (I’ll need to visit my dentist)
The overall stories are good and would be okay for children to read, but for me, I’m not a fan and in all honesty I wouldn’t recommend this book, even to a child. Simply not my sort of thing I guess

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Very frustrating

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

Reviewed: 20-07-2018

I am a huge fan of Cathy Glass, her work as a foster carer and her written works, but this one has me rolling my eyes in exasperation.
While I appreciate that this was back when Cathy was fairly new to foster care, I felt that the way in which this particular case was dealt with was severely masked and inappropriate, in particular between Cathy and Dawn’s social worker.

Very echoed

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

Reviewed: 24-05-2018

Audible is extremely echoed and hard to listen to, though the actual performance was good.
The book itself is very good and informative. One I will listen to again.

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 25-04-2018

This book has left me speechless, breathless and in absolute awe.
Impeccably written, characters with such depth it’s impossible not to picture them as real people. As much as I enjoyed this reading/audio journey I can’t help but be slightly envious of John Green’s inspiring work.
I listened to this on audio and Kate Rudd’s performance as narrator was stunning. As someone who not only has life-threatening disabilities, but as a person with many friends who can relate to the characters of this book on a more pure and personal level, the attitudes of the characters, especially in regards to their illnesses, ailments and situation is captured perfectly.

I can’t recommend this book enough. I absolutely LOVED it. This is the type of book every reader dreams of picking up. The book you can’t stop thinking about that continues on within you. This book is the golden light in the dusty corners of literature. A pure gem.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Common sense

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

Reviewed: 25-04-2018

This ‘book’ is more about the common sense of turning a blog into a book. It is very short and therefore doesn’t have a lot of information. Majority of this book was dedicated toward advertising the authors other books and projects.