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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-18

I kept hoping for good ending..

If I am reading a book about the horrors of world war 2 I would be grateful if there would also be a fragment of positivity. This book was sad through and through.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-18

Barbara Havers is back ...

I like this book very much. It is written in the usual Inspector Lynley style. I do like a book that switches between different views of the same story. You are kept guessing :-) There is one drawback though and that is the fact that someone decided to make all phone calls sound as if you are listening to the caller through a telephone left dangling on the cord. I found that a nuisance and not necessary at all..

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-18

I got hooked ..

This book is about piracy. I did not think I would like it but I got intrigued and hooked. I love the way this book tells the story from different angels and therefore gives food to thought about the interactions of rich and poor countries. Well worth a listen..

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-18

Had me laughing out loud ...

I recommend this book to anyone looking for plot which has much to offer. This book ought to be made into a film.. The characters are amazing and so is the story.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-07-16

A trip to remember

Where does Shantaram rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best audiobook I have listened to in a very long time. Although a very long book, it never got tedious.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the fact that the story was unpredictable and I was eager to know what would be around the next corner

Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances? How does this one compare?

The narrator was amazing. I have not heard him perform before. The indian accent had me cracked up. It was wonderful !

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

I would have listened to this book in one sitting - if I had the time :-)

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book for it seriousness and its very amusing parts. It was educational and very moving. Thank you Gregory David Roberts and Humphrey Bower for making the book come alive. If I should in any way make a comparison it would be to John Irving :-)

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-14

An Educating Listen

Where does Get Me Out of Here rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think I have learned so much from this book. Though it feels wrong to say that I feel entertained, I did, while learning at the same time.
The time flew listening to the book and I laughed out loud one minute and curled my toes the next.
I work with frail people so this book has been good for my work life too.

What other book might you compare Get Me Out of Here to, and why?

I do not have a comparison... You do ask some silly questions from time to time ;-)

Have you listened to any of Mazhan Marno’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to Mazhan Marno before.. She did very well!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did have different emotional reactions to the book and it both frightened me and made me laugh.. but even more it gave me food for thought.
It was hard to put down as it moved on so very smoothly.. I think many people may benefit from reading / listening to it.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-14

Dying Died on Me..

Would you try another book written by Anita Moorjani or narrated by Anita Moorjani?

I doubt if I would listen to another of Anita's books. Although the subject is out of this world interesting, I got bored quite quickly along the way.
I cannot put my finger on why I find the book tedious but I suspect that I have read too many self help books over the years and when I heard Wayne Dwyer in the foreword my heart sank...

What was most disappointing about Anita Moorjani’s story?

It was just too long. All Anita had to say could in my opinion have been said in half the time or less.

What aspect of Anita Moorjani’s performance might you have changed?

I am sure Anita Moorjani performs really good. She just did not catch my heart - but I stayed with her to the end and I am grateful for the story she has told.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-14

I wish I had know then ....

Where does The Baby's Coming rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have enjoyed Virginia Howel's book immensely. It took me right back to my own experience with childbirth in 1980. The way V.H tell's you about childbirth on the NHS during that period of time made me realize that we had the same kind of experience but then I was not aware that I actually had a say in the matter. I just went with the flow and things happened around me that I was not aware of. Virginia's views on home births and the way she helps women and ease their stress is just amazing. It makes so much sense and I hope that I can persuade my own daughter to a home birth with the aid of an amazing midwife when the time comes. The book captured my attention and my heart from start to finish.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Virginia is my favorite. My heroine :-)

What does Julie Maisey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narration was fabulous and it gives the book so much character. JM managed to portray so many voices. The only glitch I can think of was the turkish accent. That sounded very eastern european to me!

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

Yes I would have love to listen in one sitting.. Even though the book is about births not two is ever the same. It never becomes boring.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend The baby's coming :-)

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-10-14

A tedious affair

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It's hard to say but the book was just not what I expected. I had a hard time with that particular american accent too.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I found that the book did not really have head or tail. It was tales of different affairs - on both parts. I would have liked the book to have more of a 'red thread' - to be more like a novel.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Coleen Marlo?

No - I would not. I did not like C.M's voice or accent.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Vow?

Most of them. I would have told the story in a whole different way. It became kind of boring.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-14

I was touched ...

Would you listen to This Boy again? Why?

I never listen or read a book twice but if I did, this might be one of them :-)

Who was your favorite character and why?

I did not have one favorite character. I had three. Alan, his mum and his sister.
I felt like I was there in the middle of their lives. Alan tells his story so vividly.

Have you listened to any of Alan Johnson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first one.

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

Oh yes..

Any additional comments?

The part that touches me the most is that this is not fiction. This is real life. This is Alan Johnson's childhood. Thank you for sharing.

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