LISTENER

Vivien

  • 29
  • reviews
  • 66
  • helpful votes
  • 60
  • ratings

Intense and moving.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-2019

The book Thief Markus Zusak This book was captivating and, even though incredibly sad, there were moments of deep enchantment. The characters were developed with great skill and as the narrator "Death" pointed out - several of the key players had "soft" souls due to their loving generously towards the downtrodden. This kindness was in stark contrast to the many fervent Nazis who were taking over this small town on the outskirts of Munich. The story was a tender window into the life of a young, effectively orphaned, girl living through this harrowing time of war in Nazi Germany. I was sad when the book finished. I wanted to know more.

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 14-01-2019

I liked the way that the individual characters gradually took shape. The interaction between the 5 boys was convincing and entertaining. The boy Clay was imbued with qualities that could only be revealed through this slow and detailed study of his responses to situations that would not be necessarily expected. It is these unique qualities that gave him his power. He reminded me of a special person in my life.

Heartfelt

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

Reviewed: 14-12-2018

Becoming Michelle Obama I thoroughly enjoyed the honestly and compassion which Michelle Obama has woven through the stories of her childhood in South Chicago to her success in her career including her swerves onto less predictable avenues. Her meeting with Obama is explained with the passion she felt but her wards are chosen discreetly as she alludes to one poetic moment after another! Then there are the gruelling campaign trails along with her absolute commitment to her two daughters no matter what in spite of the pressure. Her story unfolds with one extraordinary episode after another but she delivers her tale with humility and modesty. It was a wonderful era when the Obamas walked the floors of the White House for 8 years! I strongly recommend this book!

Important insights

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

Reviewed: 12-10-2018

I greatly recommend this important book to anyone - but especially to those who have had to deal with a crisis in their lives or to one of their loved ones. Leigh Sales has looked into the strategies needed to cope with tragedy- the post traumatic growth that can be a consequence and what is helpful to others who are going through a crisis. The take-home message being- be there!

1 person found this helpful

A journey through darkness

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

Reviewed: 18-09-2018

I greatly enjoyed finding out what happened to Joy after listening to the last book-club"Shanghai Girls" and I was not disappointed. The tale deepened my understanding of life in China in the 1950s including life in the collectives, the Great Leap Forward and the famine. It was an incredibly engaging tale!

Endless difficulties

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

Reviewed: 10-09-2018

I loved this book and can't wait to listen to the next on in the series. The lives of theses two women were heart wrenching. They overcame such dreadful circumstances but grew in wisdom and resilience as a result. One can hardly believe the level of racism experienced by the Chinese in America in the 1940s.

Identity, a spiritual path and love.

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

Reviewed: 02-09-2018

I loved this book. I once visited the Akha tribe in northern Thailand and I was touched by their beauty and confidence. This story made me feel so deeply about the importance of understanding one's roots and the coincidences and crossed paths that brought you into existence. It was a beautifully told narrative that spoke very frankly about concepts of identity. I strongly recommend this book.

1 person found this helpful

Relentless struggle

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

Reviewed: 19-08-2018

Again, having listened now to 6 of Peter Fitzsimon’s war books, I am stuck by the horror of these battles that were previously just an abstract understanding for me. Hearing about the scenarios in graphic detail really makes you realise what extraordinary heroes these men were- I feel I really needed to understand more about these wars and battles and Peter Fitzsimons has made the story accessible by building the narrative through many individual characters that really become credible. I strongly recommend this book.

Deep relationships

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

Reviewed: 27-07-2018

I greatly enjoyed this insight into an ancient world of arranged marriages, secret women’s business, the world of the inner chamber, bound feet and the Taiping Rebellion. The way the story unfolds through an organised relationship between two young girls sheds light on the expectations of those women. The lives they each forged for within the constraints of a very ordered and patriarchal society creates a compelling story. Arranged marriages led some women into dreadfully abusive situations and others into great privilege. Nevertheless privilege comes at a price. The main character faces many sorrowful situations in spite of her wealth and fortune. I became very involved with this story. It gave me a great deal to think about. In our modern Western world we grew up shunning all rules and regulations. However this anarchy also does not guarantee joy! Many people feel directionless and their circumstances are often dependent on luck. Solid parenting is essential in this era - just as it was in ancient China. We do not have a road map but need to teach children how to make choices from an early age. Their direction is not spelled out from birth. However society is changing faster than we can learn to fit into it so the task of sound parenting is becoming increasingly hard. into great privilege. Nevertheless privilege comes at a price. The main character faces many sorrowful situations in spite of her wealth and fortune. I became very involved with this story. It gave me a great deal to think about. In the modern West we grew up shunning all rules and regulations on our lives. However this anarchy also does not guarantee joy! Many people feel directionless - solid guiding parenting is essential in this era where the society is changing faster than we can learn to fit into it!!!

1 person found this helpful

A revealing tale

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

Reviewed: 17-06-2018

Monash- Peter Fitzsimons I really enjoyed this book that followed on from the Fromelle story and then the Villers Bretonneux battle. I knew so little about Monash. I now intend to listen to Peter Fitzsimon's Gallipoli. I feel I have been shown a slice of important Australian history and now have individual accounts of such men as Jack Axford, Cliff Geddes and Two Guns Harry Dalziel as part of my knowledge of a bygone era that is indeed so easy to forget!! Lest we forget!!

1 person found this helpful