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Karen

Karen Plumstead, London, United Kingdom Member Since 2005

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  • "Atmospheric and gripping"

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    This is really good listening and I would thoroughly recommend you download it without delay. The backdrop to the characters is the war and life on the home front. As a reader you are uncertain what will happen, and this parallels the uncertainty that the characters have about their future. What if we die tomorrow? What if we don't? It is amazing to think about how people managed any kind of normal existence with bombs and buildings falling all around them. Yet here we see that for some the war also provided more freedom, and an escape from convention. People falling in love, falling out of love, people questioning the boundaries of relationships, people discovering who they are. A gripping story unravels ....

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    The Night Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
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    Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
    Shortlisted for Audible's Listen of the Year, 2006.
    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2006.
    Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2006.

    Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked out streets, illicit liaisons, sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941...

    Karen says: "Atmospheric and gripping"
  • "A great listen"

    Overall

    It took me several attempts to get into this book, but it was definately worth it. I thought this was a great listen, really well paced and read by the narrator and an enchanting tale. I liked and engaged with so many of the characters in this book. I finished the story this morning on the tube - Yes I was that woman on the Metropolitan line who was sobbing - and no I wasnt having a life trauma - just finishing a remarkable and very emotional novel. This certainly comes under my 'download without delay' selection.

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    The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
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    When nine-year-old Liesel arrives outside the boxlike house of her new foster parents at 33 Himmel Street, she refuses to get out of the car. Liesel has been separated from her parents, "Kommunists", forever, and at the burial of her little brother, she steals a gravedigger's instruction manual, which she can't read. It is the beginning of her illustrious career.

    Jim says: "Superb"
  • "loved it................."

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    I absolutely loved this book. I have never listened to anything by this author before, but found the story totally engrossing, I really didnt want to stop listening. The story is full of twists and turns, I loved the idea of the present day researcher uncovering the past, and the stories of folks long past. Its not perhaps great literature, but it was a really good story, well told and the 1940's 'Britain at war' setting gave the story a great back drop. There were bits of the narration that I found a little bit irritating, particularly what i thought was an overdone "camp" character, but as I got more involved in the story this faded in significance.
    20 plus glorious hours of story telling, I was tempted to call in sick just to hear the end......

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    The Darkest Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Barbara Erskine
    • Narrated By Sandra Duncan
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    In the summer of 1940, most eyes are focused on the skies above the South of England. The battle for Britain has just begun. But young Evie Lucas has eyes for no-one but a dashing young pilot called Tony. Evie has a glittering career as an artist ahead of her but seems to be wasting her time sketching endless portraits of Tony. She wants his parents to have something to remember him by in case it all goes wrong in the war...

    Karen says: "loved it................."
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