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Fabulous as always

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

Bryce Courtenay writes the most engaging stories and this follows on from his previous novels and is fascinating. The characters are so well portrayed you feel like you know them and the attention to detail regarding their lives as they would have been at that time is excellent. Highly recommended.

Don’t miss this!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-17

A wonderful book with an intriguing storyline, the narrator is excellent and the weaving of fact and fiction is engaging. Leaves you with a moment or two to reflect on life and how we relate to the passing of time. Loved it!

Drivel

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

What disappointed you about For You?

The story of some horrific murders was totally dismissed in favour of hero worshipping the main characters continuously, quite bizarre.

What was most disappointing about Kristen Ashley’s story?

The insulting terminology in relation to the male/female relationship was unbelievably misogynistic, the frequent references to women as mere sex objects was toe curling.

How could the performance have been better?

Start from scratch!

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not that I can think of.

Any additional comments?

Avoid like the plague

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Deeply moving portrayal of life and love

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

What made the experience of listening to The Letter the most enjoyable?

There were some harrowing scenes which showed how hard some people's lives can be but the courage showed by the main character was eventually rewarded. She truly deserved and received true love and showed the power that kindness and compassion for others can overcome so much.

What did you like best about this story?

The chance to inspire women to keep striving for better no matter how hard life gets.

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

N/a

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A chance discovery reveals hidden secrets and true love

Any additional comments?

Will be reading more of Kathryn Hughes in the future!

Atmospheric

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

Where does The Kashmir Shawl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A great listen, the story is interwoven through the generations and all comes together at the end. I reminds us of the importance of history and how it affects our lives and of those who follow, great job by the narrator too.

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Be warned - this series is addictive!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

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

This series of books is the best I have ever read. The stories make you laugh and cry and you get to learn a huge amount about the period. I can't recommend them highly enough!

What other book might you compare Outlander to, and why?

I am not used to reading historical novels but this has everything so think it stands alone.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

The narration is an absolute joy, she has the best style of any narrator I have heard and reads with such conviction it is quite absorbing.

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

I listened to it in my car, doing the housework, gardening, cooking - you name it, it went everywhere with me and I am now on Book 6 and don't know what I will do when it's all over!

Any additional comments?

Love, love love it - could you tell! :>)

Gripping from start to finish

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-14

Would you listen to The Ice Cream Girls again? Why?

It's a once only kind of book - once you know the end it's a done deal

Who was your favorite character and why?

Poppy, she had coped incredibly well with her terrible prison sentence and continuing loss of her friends and family - I wanted to hug her!

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

No

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not much to laugh about it was too serious and tragic for that, it made me sad to see yet again how women can be subjected to these terrible events.

Any additional comments?

I just can't wait to see the dramatisation now!

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 29-09-14

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

It's a great depiction of life in the 50's and the story is cleverly woven to a fascinating conclusion. The narrator is also excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed getting to understand the main character Thomas and the lessons he learned as a result of his actions.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the drunken night, followed by the secret assignation with the 2 absurd English special agents.

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

If I had the time yes, however it was also easy to dip in and out of

Any additional comments?

Funny and entertaining but with a darker side too - a bit of everything for everyone!