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  • Fear the Worst

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

The worst day of Tim Blake's life started out with him making breakfast for his seventeen-year-old daughter Sydney. Syd was staying with him while she worked a summer job - even if he wasn't entirely sure what her job at the Just Inn Time motel actually was - and Tim hoped this quality father-daughter time would somehow help her deal with his divorce. When she didn't arrive home at her usual time, he thought she'd probably gone to the mall to hang with her friends. When she didn't answer her phone he began to worry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nightmare journey to find a missing daughter

  • By Kirstine on 24-12-10

Entertaining

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-10

The first book I have read by this author and I wouldn't rule out downloading another.

Tim Blakes daughter vanishes without a trace, and the story follows his quest to find her. His relationship with his ex wife and her husband is tense to say the least, and he struggles to hold down his car salesman job whilst conducting his search. I found it hard, sometimes, to feel any sympathy for him, because I found him a bit whingey and self-pitying!

At times I found it a bit slow, but the final twist was satisfying. It was one of those books that was not hard to listen to and not disappointing because of the surprising end.

Better than mediocre, but not an absolute hit...

  • Slave

  • By: Mende Nazar, Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Mende Nazer tells the story of her kidnap, at age 12, from an idyllic life with her family in a village in Sudan, and being sold into slavery. Trafficked to Europe and the London home of a diplomat, Nazer escaped - only to find she had to fight for asylum.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic story

  • By Rosamund on 30-06-08

Shocking

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-10

A disturbing account of a young girls enslavement and the brutal and horrific treatment she endured at the hands of the two families who subsequently 'owned' her.

Mende was 12 years old when she was snatched by slavers from her loving family in Sudan. After years of inhuman treatment, she finally ends up working for the family of a diplomat in London. From here she manages to escape and eventally gains asylum.

This raw account should be read as part of the school curriculum, to create awareness of modern day slavery and it's impact on survivors.

Beautifully read - a 'must listen'......

  • The Poisonwood Bible

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Dean Robertson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent read

  • By metalwork on 22-09-10

So beautiful....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-10

I listened to this book after hearing Tim Butchers account of his trip down the Congo (Blood River).

It is one of my favourite audio books so far.

The characters are so beautifully drawn, they almost seem real. In fact, at times I found it hard to believe that it was a work of fiction and not based on real events (although the political backdrop is, i believe, based on what really happened and is still happening).

It is, in places, heart wrenchingly sad and there isn't really a totally happy ending, but still I felt satisfied at the end.

Some of the descriptions of people, places and emotions are almost poetic.

It's a lovely, feast of a book...

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Blood River

  • By: Tim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Tim Butcher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

When Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to cover Africa in 2000, he quickly became obsessed with the idea of recreating H. M. Stanley's famous expedition - and travelling alone. Despite warnings that his plan was suicidal, Butcher set out for the Congo's eastern border with just a rucksack and a few thousand dollars hidden in his boots.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic and addictive

  • By R on 08-09-08

Well worth a listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-10

I found this both interesting and informative. Tim Butcher really manages to convey a sense of the beauty, danger and sheer remoteness of the Congo. I found it hard to stop listening at times and was often shocked and saddened by descriptions of the extreme poverty and political corruption. Definately worth a listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful