LISTENER

Layla Sacker

  • 24
  • reviews
  • 11
  • helpful votes
  • 123
  • ratings

Plunged me into her world.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-2020

The narration was probably one of the best I have heard and did justice to this beautifully written narrative. I was at all times totally immersed in the world of "the girl with the Louding voice" sometimes holding my breath in anxiety for her as she shared her often harrowing experiences. I wanted so much for her to have happiness and the odds against it were so great. Brilliant

1 person found this helpful

Not a cricket fan BUT......

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2020

I know very little about cricket but found myself really absorbed and appreciating both the excellent writing as well as the plot. The protagonist is probably one of the most infuriating, frustrating characters I have met and yet despite his deplorable, decisions and choices there are so many sports "heroes" who lamentably make the headlines for similar reasons. I kept wanting him to choose something different and so he was still an engaging yet deeply flawed individual for the reader. The narrator is excellent and kudos for the many accents he is able to do so well. I was engaged throughout and now see the poetry of cricket ... a really good read.

A treat.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-2020

This collection was just what I needed and the short stories were all original, beautifully written and the subject matter so engaging. While there were some that I preferred, each one well deserved inclusion in the shortlist . I looked up some of the writers that I most enjoyed, to see if there was anything else they had published. I look forward to reading their next work and so appreciated the opportunity to hear some new voices.

Cutting, true, sad and funny perspective.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-2019

Brodesser -Akner was able to turn me in knots as she changed perspectives during this thoroughly fantastic book. I loved her style. I loved the voice of the narrator I loved the insights on marriage, gender, parenthood and at times they were so close to the bone it was with a shock of recognition that I responded. I found it hard to stop listening. It was really clever as well - playing with narratives and possibilities so I was constantly engaged.

1 person found this helpful

A sad and yet positive read

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

Reviewed: 14-08-2019

Each split narrative voice mutually enhances the other and adds layers to the story. I was totally absorbed as the narrative in the present began to align with the past. A moving read.

22 hours that never flagged.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-2019

Who would have thought that I would be totally absorbed by this incredible tale and for 22 hours?? It's not my usual genre BUT on a recommendation I downloaded it and from start to finished was amazed at the drama, the immediacy and the often awful reality and wondrous travels of these early voyagers. The narration was fantastic and the seamless weaving of the actual words of the characters and the detail too, had me on the edge of my seat. Brilliant read.

Hard to hear but a must

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

Reviewed: 25-06-2019

I had to steel myself each time I listened to this - as anger, frustration and despair at the sheer unfairness of the legal system and the difficulties that abuse victims have to endure piled on page after page. And yet it is also a story of courage and the triumph of one incredible strong young woman. The scale of the issue will mean that so many people will benefit from Bri's experience - Im glad I persevered.

1 person found this helpful

Ho Hum... write by numbers.

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

Reviewed: 25-05-2019

The plot and writers style were almost taken from a "How to write a novel" handbook. There was little originality, and the ending was so predictable that I almost did not believe it when I read it. Detail upon detail was added that rarely advanced either character or plot. The characters were flat and lacked any redeeming or interesting characteristics. I listened to the end in the futile hope that something would engage me - but no such luck.

Gritty underbelly given a face

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

Reviewed: 07-04-2019

While I found the narration annoying - in particular the very low ,husky reading of the male characters - I was equally aghast and drawn to the very real and brutal perspective of life on the streets. The inability of the protagonist to take action made me want to scream for her but I understood that that state of mind is due to so many factors. This is rather nit picky - but I wondered how the dog (certainly one of the main characters) was being fed... and how she could afford to feed him. AS the novel was so real the omission of that detail jarred a bit. I'm glad I read this book - I thought the writing in particular how Mark Brandi captured her narrative voice and the setting was excellent .

The past and the now and the future.

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

Reviewed: 29-03-2019

Long after I had finished this wonderful book, so many ideas, thoughts, connections and questions continue to come to me. I loved the narration (which is rather rare when an author reads their own work) and the voices of Nick,Willa and Thatcher and Mary were perfect. As a person of Willa's generation I so understood that fear, that love for family and never once judged any of them harshly. The narrative is written with so much compassion and tenderness ever for the most difficult of characters.

1 person found this helpful