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Elisabeth

Harpenden, Herts, United Kingdom
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  • 30
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  • 33
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  • Eve Green

  • By: Susan Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Sion Thomas
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Winner of the Whitbread Book Award, First Novel Award, 2004.
A Richard and Judy Book Club Selection.

Following the loss of her mother, 8-year-old Evie is sent to a new life in rural Wales, a dripping place, where flowers appear mysteriously on doorsteps and people look at her twice. With a sense of being lied to, she sets out to discover her family's dark secret, unaware that there is more darkness to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narrative

  • By Mandy on 23-02-08

Atmospheric

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Great story beautifully told. Immersion in the welsh country life quiet lovely. The social life reminiscent to a degree of my own background. Such a huge shame the very good reader seemed unable to pronounce all the Welsh names properly rather than just some. Also Eve would not have used the term “Grandmother” but as with most welsh communities “ Nain”.

  • A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

  • By: Robert Olen Butler
  • Narrated by: Robert Olen Butler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 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

Robert Olen Butler's lyrical and poignant collection of stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its impact on the Vietnamese was acclaimed by critics across the nation and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. This edition includes two subsequently published stories - "Salem" and "Missing" - that brilliantly complete the collection's narrative journey with a return to the jungles of Vietnam.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful stories but. .

  • By Elisabeth on 22-02-18

Beautiful stories but. .

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

Reviewed: 22-02-18

Thoroughly enjoyingthese stories but a shame the author does not know one woman he would trust to read those stories which are written in the female voice. Sometimes when listening one does not know it is the female voice until the first feminine personal pronoun is encountered. It would make better listening, and vary the audio experience when listening to the short stories.

  • I Married a Communist

  • Nathan Zuckerman, Book 2
  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: Ron Silver
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Iron Rinn, born Ira Ringold, is a Newark roughneck, a radio actor, an idealistic Communist, and an educated ditchdigger turned popular performer. A six-foot, six-inch Abe Lincoln lookalike, he emerges from serving in World War II passionately committed to making the world a better place and instead winds up blacklisted, unemployable, and ruined by a brutal personal secret from which he is perpetually in flight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Roth read by Silver is stunning.

  • By RONAN O'CALLAGHAN on 22-10-16

Atmosphere from the past McCarthy era.

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

Reviewed: 20-12-17

Fascinating story. Told with such character. Moderately arduous but so insightful. How lives were ruined in this time under a paranoid regime

  • The Next Big Thing

  • By: Anita Brookner
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

At seventy-three, Herz is facing an increasingly bewildering world. He cannot see his place in it or even work out what to do with his final years. Questions and misunderstandings haunt Herz like old ghosts. Should he travel, sell his flat, or propose marriage to a friend he has not seen in thirty years? The letters he writes and does not send and the passers-by he encounters remind him how out of touch he is, how detached from the modern world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • thoughful and moving

  • By Elisabeth on 31-01-11

thoughful and moving

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-11

a sensitively told tale of older man and the loneliness of later life spent on one's own. well told and moving. not the most cheerful of stories but a salutory lesson in the importance keeping up one's contacts and being thoughtful of older people who spend too much time alone. we're not exploting this source of experience properly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Solar

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. A compulsive womaniser, Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering. But this time it is different: she is having the affair, and he is still in love with her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but a bit typical

  • By Ms on 11-03-16

entertainment

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-11

amusing and lightly told tale. One very funny scene in the snow made me laugh out loud.

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    Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
    52 ratings
    Overall 3.8
  • A Spot of Bother

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Steve Hodson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Shortlisted for the Costa Coffee Book Awards, 2006
George Hall doesn't understand the modern obsession with talking about everything. At 57, he is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden, reading historical novels, listening to a bit of light jazz. Then Katie, his tempestuous daughter, announces that she is getting remarried to Ray. Her family is not pleased. Katie can't decide if she loves Ray or just loves the wonderful way he has with her son, Jacob.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Spot of Bother

  • By Susanne on 10-07-07

funny

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-10

A very funny view of late middle age crisis - i laughed out loud over the incident where he cuts himself. Lots of dry humour and an easy listen but still beautifully written

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,690

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Karen on 17-05-07

excellent and different perspective of the war

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-10

simply brilliant. refreshingly different perspective from ordinary poor german family view.
loved the foster family - wife and husband such characters. the story with the hidden jewish refugee was brilliant.
I cannot give this book enough praise and read at an excellent pace without rushing.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Outcast

  • By: Sadie Jones
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

1957, and Lewis Aldridge is travelling back to his home in the South of England. He is straight out of jail and nineteen years old. His return will trigger the implosion not just of his family, but of a whole community. A decade earlier, his father's homecoming casts a different shape. The war is over and Gilbert has recently been demobbed. He reverts easily to suburban life - cocktails at six thirty, church on Sundays - but his wife and young son resist the stuffy routine. Lewis and his mother escape to the woods for picnics, just as they did in wartime days. Nobody is surprised that Gilbert's wife counters convention, but they are all shocked when, after one of their jaunts, Lewis comes back without her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Elisabeth on 02-08-10

excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-10

a great book - so atmospheric of its era you could reach out and touch the stilted atmosphere of the times. the painful story of the young man's relationship with his father, the woman's relationship with her new husband - quite astounding. I was carried away listening to it- This is the sort of book that needs applause. I will look out for more of Sadie Jones

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

  • By: Paul Torday
  • Narrated by: John Sessions, Samantha Bond, Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

A Richard and Judy Summer Read Selection.
Written as a "report into the circumstances surrounding the decision to introduce salmon into the Yemen", this is a novel that is made up of e-mails, letters, diary extracts, records of the prime minister's Question Time, interviews, and chapters from the memoirs of a fantastically weaselly Peter Mandelson-type figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Nicky on 03-04-07

easy read

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-10

An easy read, a little romantic at times but unexpectedly more enjoyable than the twee title led me to expect. the stories of the Yemen kept me interested as did hte project itself, the love interest was a little obvious though the many speakers in the story made it very entertaining. Mary was particularly entertaining. easy holiday read

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Riddle Of The Sands

  • By: Erskine Childers
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

Riddle of the Sands is set during the long suspicious years leading up to the First World War and is a classic of spy fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent reading

  • By Andrew on 10-01-09

all at sea

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-10

entertaining traditional thriller with lots of solid stereo types and many heroic excitements. a little long in the telling but a good old fashioned story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful