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Malie Lalor

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  • Rebecca

  • By: Mrs Wilna Adriaanse
  • Narrated by: Susanne Beyers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Op vyf en twintig is Rebecca Fagan in besit van 'n regsgraad, 'n rugsak, 'n groot mond en baie guts. Sy het twee jaar lank druiwe gepluk in Frankryk, in Italië op 'n olyfplaas gewerk en in Duitsland was sy 'n kelner. Maar nou is sy terug in Suid Afrika en sy soek 'n “regte” werk. Verkieslik een wat opwindend is en 'n groot salaris betaal. Toe sy hoor dat Julian Hoffman, derde geslag erfgenaam van ‘n multibiljoenrand-maatskappy, op soek is na 'n persoonlike assistent, besluit sy om aansoek te doen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Prettige romanse - let op herhaalde hoofstukke

  • By Malie Lalor on 09-04-18

Prettige romanse - let op herhaalde hoofstukke

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Hierdie is ‘n ligte, prettige romanse. Dit het my ‘n rukkie gevat om aan die voorleser gewoond geraak, maar haar styl pas heel goed by die boek.
Die eerste en laaste hoofstukke, en ‘n paar in die middel, is herhaal. Dit is nogal irriterend, veral aan die einde - jy dink daar’s nog ‘n hoofstuk, maar die boek is klaar!

  • The Brig Society: Complete Series 4

  • The BBC Radio 4 series
  • By: Toby Davies, Jeremy Salsby, Marcus Brigstocke
  • Narrated by: William Andrews, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Colin Hoult, and others
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Comedian Marcus Brigstocke presents a two-part special focussing on the great British press. In the first episode, he plunges headfirst into the contents of the great British newspaper and comes up smelling of Daily Mail. Plus he reveals the headline of the year that you'll never get to read.... In the second episode, there's sex, scandal and saucy secrets on offer as Marcus examines how the great British press combine the difficult jobs of both selling newspapers and ruining peoples' lives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • very disappointed

  • By Stephen on 16-06-17

Complete series but only 2 episodes?? Hmm

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

Reviewed: 21-07-17

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

I expected 6 episodes like the other complete series I own - didn't notice it was only 55 minutes long.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Northanger Abbey

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

A coming-of-age tale for the young and naïve 17-year-old Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey takes a decidedly comical look at themes of class, family, love and literature. Revelling in the sensationalist - and extremely popular - Gothic fiction of her day, the story follows Catherine out of Bath to the lofty manor of the Tilneys, where her overactive imagination gets to work constructing an absurd and melodramatic explanation for the death of Mrs Tilney, which threatens to jeopardise her newly forged friendships.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Austen's best work brought to life

  • By S Plateau on 31-07-17

Lovely dramatisation of a favourite Austen

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

Reviewed: 21-07-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Northanger Abbey to be better than the print version?

I think if you're an Austen fan you need to own the print, the wonderful unabridged audio version narrated by Juliet Stevenson, AND this great dramatisation for your life to be complete.

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

Emma Thompson is brilliant as the arch and sympathetic narrator. Eleanor Tomlinson in particular is wonderful as Miss Tilney and I would love to listen to other books read by her. The other characters are all very well performed though Isabella isn't exactly how I imagined her.

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

Yes, definitely. I'm sure I'd listen to it again.

Any additional comments?

So satisfying having a leisurely adaptation that gives a pretty much unabridged version of this Austen rather than a brief 2- or 3-hour version. Hope Audible Studios will give all the other Austens this treatment, and a few other classics too!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,948

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically Odd

  • By Oliver Dayman on 29-05-13

Quirky tale - great narrator

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

Reviewed: 25-07-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared to be better than the print version?

Not sure I would have enjoyed it as a print book, but the performance made it an easy listen.

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

I found the flashback bits a bit long and rambling at times and here and there I lost the thread of the story. The present-day events were always interesting, though.

What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

Peter Kenny is great at voicing a wide range of characters, including women, and adept at different accents without making them ridiculous. He's one of my favourite narrators.

  • Scrum Essentials

  • Agile Software Development and Agile Project Management for Project Managers, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, and Stakeholders
  • By: Troy Dimes
  • Narrated by: Alex Ballantyne
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

You have a limited amount of time to create software, especially when you’re given a deadline, self-imposed or not. You’ll want to make sure that the software you build is at least decent but more importantly, on time. How do you balance quality with time? This audiobook dives into these very important topics. After listening to Scrum Essentials, you will know about scrum roles, sprints, scrum artifacts, and much more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good little introduction but narration grated

  • By Malie Lalor on 13-05-15

Good little introduction but narration grated

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

Reviewed: 13-05-15

Any additional comments?

This is a quick no-nonsense introduction to Scrum. Good pace and clear explanations. I feel bad criticizing the narrator but I found him hard to listen to! I found his voice grating and there were a few mispronounced words and odd pauses. Listen to the sample before you buy to see if it will annoy you as might just be me.

  • The Agile Samurai

  • How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software
  • By: Jonathan Rasmusson
  • Narrated by: Don Azevedo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Faced with a software project of epic proportions? Tired of over-committing and under-delivering? Enter the dojo of the agile samurai, where agile expert Jonathan Rasmusson shows you how to kick-start, execute, and deliver your agile projects. Combining cutting-edge tools with classic agile practices, The Agile Samurai gives you everything you need to deliver something of value every week and make rolling your software into production a non-event. Get ready to kick some software project butt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thorough, practical, light intro to Agile

  • By Malie Lalor on 25-04-15

Thorough, practical, light intro to Agile

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

Reviewed: 25-04-15

Any additional comments?

A good little primer on Agile, with lots of practical tips and 'war stories'. The narration is perfect for the subject matter (I didn't mind the slight cheesiness of the "dojo" bits!) but I mostly sped it up to 1.25x as it was a little slower than I like.
I really liked that it addressed principles for development teams such as refactoring code, continuous integration, unit testing etc - I am not a developer but I it was explained in a way that a non-dev could understand it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Look Who's Back

  • By: Timur Vermes
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,175

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb satire on modern life

  • By Evolutionary Artefact on 16-09-14

One-trick pony, but good narration

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

Reviewed: 28-02-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?
I found the story itself a bit tedious. It's a controversial and an interesting concept, but didn't quite deliver for me. It was occasionally quite funny, but didn't really develop enough to retain my interest.

What could Timur Vermes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
The plot relies on a central misunderstanding which continues throughout the book, and it stretches the reader's suspension of disbelief too far in my view.

Have you listened to any of Julian Rhind-Tutt’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Julian Rhind-Tutt is one of my favourite narrators. This book was originally written in German so he reads with a slight German accent when voicing Hitler (and English accents for the other Germans), which works very well for the book (even if it sounds like it shouldn't work!). I prefer him reading in his own accent though (e.g. Jeeves and the Wedding Bells).

  • Uncle Fred in the Springtime

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Once again we find ourselves at that idyllic country seat, Blandings. This time it's debonair charmer, Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, fifth Earl of Ickenham (known to most as 'Uncle Fred') who has been lured to the castle by affable Lord Emsworth. His lordship requires an expert in human behaviour to prevent the egg-throwing Duke of Dunstable from stealing Emsworth's treasured pig, Empress of Blandings. The plot's eccentricities naturally include love and romance and, crucially, three imposters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pip, Pip & Tinkety Tonk, Old Bean!

  • By Craig M. Hanson on 20-04-18

Wonderful performance of a classic Wodehouse

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

Reviewed: 20-02-15

What other book might you compare Uncle Fred In The Springtime to, and why?

Nothing compares to Wodehouse. Other Wodehouse books maybe?

What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

Real commitment to the characters. Brilliant voices - like listening to a full cast performance.

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

Would happily have done so.

Any additional comments?

The last hour and a half of the download is something else (Murder by someone or other) - I didn't listen to it, and it was a real surprise when the book suddenly ended and a new story started. It's not mentioned in the cover blurb so seems to be some sort of mistake (?)

  • The Sittaford Mystery (Dramatised)

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: John Moffatt, Stephen Tompkinson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

A blizzard has hit England. In the tiny village of Sittaford, on the fringes of Dartmoor, a party of six is gathered in Sittaford House, home of Captain Trevelyan. He has rented the house out for the winter and is staying in a nearby village. As evening draws in, a seance is proposed. But it reveals more than they had anticipated - TREVELYAN DEAD, spells out the board. Slowly the table begins to rock again, spelling out the word M-U-R-D-E-R. Is it true? And who would kill a man who doesn’t have an enemy in the world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spooky and atmospheric, outstanding performances.

  • By Catwat on 16-09-15

Good Christie, but not Poirot

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

Reviewed: 02-06-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if they like Agatha Christie!

What did you like best about this story?

Cosy murder mystery.

Any additional comments?

I've been seeking out all the Hercule Poirot stories that feature John Moffat as I just love his Poirot. But in this dramatisation he plays a minor character and there's no Poirot! Should have read the blurb more carefully. Still a good story, though, if you like Agatha Christie :)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Artists in Crime

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model's pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been re-enacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed for ever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It's a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn. How can he believe that the woman he loves is a murderess? And yet no one can be above suspicion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic mystery, appealing detective, 5 star narrator

  • By Malie Lalor on 23-01-14

Classic mystery, appealing detective, 5 star narrator

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

Reviewed: 23-01-14

What did you like most about Artists in Crime?

Clever mystery, along the lines of Dorothy L Sayers. Have now listened to a couple of others by Ngaio Marsh and they have also not disappointed. Looking forward to listening to more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roderick Alleyn (the detective) - gentle, intelligent and humane.

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

Lovely voice, and commitment to dramatizing all the characters subtly and skilfully. (Well, he is an excellent actor after all!)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful