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Ms. J. E. Watkins

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  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,484
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,472

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

Gripping, emotional and humbling.

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

Reviewed: 25-02-18

I could not stop listening to this book. I found myself engrossed. Despite other reviews, I found no issues with the volume. This story stops you in your tracks. I would highly recommend.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Fate

  • Fate Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Reyes
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

When Rose tagged along with her big sister to a baby shower, the last thing she expected was to meet a guy. But this wasn't just any guy. This was the exciting, sexy as sin, way out of her league black sheep of his family - Vincent Moreno. Even more surprising, this heart-stopping bad boy seemed interested in her. Fate always had a way of interfering in Vince's best-laid plans. He was sure to be bored out of his skull, but instead, he met sweet little Rosie Zendejas.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing. Teenage love story.......cringe!

  • By Ms. J. E. Watkins on 02-09-13

Disappointing. Teenage love story.......cringe!

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

Reviewed: 02-09-13

What would have made Fate better?

If it was based on an adult love story and not childish teenagers. A better narrator would help too. Her character voices were terrible.

Has Fate put you off other books in this genre?

Possibly.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Coleen Marlo?

Unknown.

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

Many of them. It was very repetitive.

  • Roots

  • By: Alex Haley
  • Narrated by: Avery Brooks
  • Length: 30 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 252

Tracing his ancestory through six generations - slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lawyers and architects - back to Africa, Alex Haley discovered a sixteen-year-old youth, Kunta Kinte. It was this young man, who had been torn from his homeland and and in torment and anguish brought to the slave markets of the New World, who held the key to Haley's deep and distant past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing

  • By tru.gough on 23-12-12

Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-13

What a pleasure to listen to. The Narrator is superb. The story is heart breaking and heart warming.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Examined Life

  • By: Stephen Grosz
  • Narrated by: Peter Marinker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196

We are all storytellers - through stories, we make sense of our lives. But it is not enough to tell tales. There must be someone to listen. In his work as a psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz has spent the last 25 years uncovering the hidden feelings behind our most baffling behaviour. The Examined Life distils over 50,000 hours of conversation into pure psychological insight, without the jargon. This extraordinary book is about one ordinary process: talking, listening, and understanding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Saffy on 13-02-13

Interesting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-13

It wasn't quite what I had expected however I thoroughly enjoyed it anyway. It was more interesting than insightful. The narrator is fantastic and a pleasure to listen to. Was disappointed when it came to an end.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful