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Diana John

Gloucestershire, UK
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  • Winter of the World

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353

Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-20th century. Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil step her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winter of the World

  • By Rachel on 06-10-12

Fantastic in every way

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

Reviewed: 01-10-13

My husband and I have been enjoying this book together - he is reading it on his Kindle and I am listening to it in the car as I drive long distances for my work. I have just finished it and wish it could have gone on for every. Ken Follett has managed to weave a story that is both satisfying on a human level and as a historical commentary. Follett is brilliant at giving opposing points of view and describing horrific events that although shocking and upsetting, are always tempered by some amazing and heroic characters of both genders. I recommend this book unreservedly. John Lee's narration is excellent. He manages to give all the characters a unique voice and even does the "German/Scottish/English" accent of one of the characters justice. The book has sparked a lively debate in our family about the events surrounding WWII and has helped to remind us how lucky we are. It reminded me on more than one occasion of the excellent Band of Brothers series on TV.

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-changing

  • By Diana John on 02-06-13

Life-changing

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

Reviewed: 02-06-13

This was well-near perfect. The narration was fantastic and had me speaking in a Nigerian accent to myself and saying the names to myself because the sounds that made them up were so beautiful. The story was powerful, authentic, moving and challenging. As a white person who grew up in South Africa during apartheid and then moved to England, I felt heartbroken at some of the experiences that are portrayed in this book. The author has written a sensitive, deeply moving story about what it means to be a black person in the modern world. Ifemelu is a wonderful heroine - she has her faults but she grows through the experiences that happen to her and we really come to love her as she comes to love and accept herself. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Half of a yellow sun was fantastic, but Americanah is faultless.

31 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Irresistible Persuasion

  • The Secret Way to Get Yes Every Time
  • By: Geoff Burch
  • Narrated by: Christopher Oxford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Getting what you want isn't easy. Why? Because most of us have no clear idea what we're looking for a lot of the time. The key to being brilliantly persuasive and influential is knowing exactly what you want before you set out to get it. Irresistible Persuasion presents a process that you can apply to any situation: You choose your starting point and your goal, and then just join the dots. It's the only way to make success inevitable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Diana John on 07-04-13

Enlightening

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

I bought this book because I want to improve my sales technique - I work in direct sales. I like the very non-American style and the practical and insightful advice. Geoff Burch takes the reader on a journey exploring all the way-points to successful persuasion. All the points are backed up by common-sense and the information is conveyed using great anecdotes, jokes and consice summaries at the end of each chapter. I am listening to it for the second time now. Recommended

5 of 5 people found this review helpful